A panel of experts at the recent 2017 Wharton Global Forum in Hong Kong outlined their views on the future for artificial intelligence (AI), robots, drones, other tech advances and how it all might affect employment in the future. Their comments came in a panel session titled, "Engineering the Future of Business," with Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett moderating and speakers Pascale Fung, a professor of electronic and computer engineering at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Vijay Kumar, dean of engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and Nicolas Aguzin, Asian-Pacific chairman and CEO for J.P.Morgan. A fundamental problem is that most observers do not realize just how vast an amount of data is needed to operate in the physical world -- ever-increasing amounts, or, as Kumar calls it -- "exponential" amounts. "To have electric power and motors and batteries to power drones that can lift people in the air -- I think this is a pipe dream.
As self-driving cars are being tested everywhere from the US to South Korea, Germany to Australia, reports today make it clear that it won't be happening in India. The country's transport and highways minister, Nitin Gadkari told reporters today, "We won't allow driverless cars in India. Rather, the minister's rejection of self-driving vehicles is about the jobs they would take away from drivers in the country. "We won't allow any technology that takes away jobs.
Rich Sutton is old school king of RL. (see RL courses below). David Silver is the new school king of RL and superstar of Deepmind's AlphaGo (which uses Deep RL). Not much success in real world yet, but I'm still a fan as the questions and problems they're looking at feels a lot more applicable to real world than DL (e.g.
Anthony Rowe, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, wants bikes to feed information to nearby cars to avoid collisions. Anthony Rowe, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, wants bikes to feed information to nearby cars to avoid collisions. In Pittsburgh, where Uber is testing self-driving cars, each autonomous vehicle has two employees in the front seat; one is ready to grab the wheel and apply a foot to the brake pedal, the other in the passenger seat, has a computer screen showing what the car's rooftop laser-bouncing radar is seeing. In Pittsburgh, where Uber is testing self-driving cars, each autonomous vehicle has two employees in the front seat; one is ready to grab the wheel and apply a foot to the brake pedal, the other in the passenger seat, has a computer screen showing what the car's rooftop laser-bouncing radar is seeing.
Two companies in Norway are working on an autonomous shipping boat that wouldn't need a human crew. Firms Yara International ASA and Kongsberg Gruppen are developing the Yara Birkeland and want to begin test runs with the boat starting in 2018, according to the Wall Street Journal. Within the past few years, self-driving technology has seen massive investment from companies like Tesla and Lyft as they try to be the first to bring fully autonomous cars to consumers. Like with the Birkeland, companies have also explored development for self-driving shipping trucks to bring similar upgrades and cost-savings to businesses.
In the book Tipping Point by Martin Gladwell Wikipedia Tipping Point he talks about how several factors combining can cause'the moment of critical mass' and how ideas, products, messages and behaviours can spread like viruses. Ray Kurzweil coined the term'law of accelerating returns' which talks about the exponential nature of increase, when technology is used to design technology. The two most popular areas of Deep Learning are Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) and Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs). Last year Microsoft was able to transcribe conversational speech at a word error rate of 6.3%, this is equivalent to the ability of a human to transcribe speech.
A 3-month analysis of 3-million anonymous drivers, who made 570 million trips and covered 5.6 billion miles, released earlier this month by Zendrive, found that in 88% of trips, drivers used their phones. The convergence of three trends--ride sharing (services such as Uber and Lyft), autonomous driving, and vehicle electrification--will cut travel costs 60%, says BCG. Another recent forecast, from ABI Research, puts at 11 million the number of shared driverless vehicles operating on the roads globally by 2030, serving an average of 64 users per shared driverless vehicle. "Fully driverless technology will spark a transformation of personal mobility, enabling consumers to abandon costly vehicle ownership and summon shared vehicles when needed," predicts ABI.
China is creating roadblocks for U.S. auto makers and tech companies to bringing self-driving cars to the world's largest auto market. Citing national security concerns, China is limiting the amount of mapping that can be done by foreign companies, as General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., Alphabet Inc. and Apple Inc. rush to develop self-driving cars or the software behind them. To secure turn-by-turn navigation maps, foreign car makers currently work with Chinese mapping companies. German mapping provider HERE, owned by auto makers Audi, BMW AG BMW -2.61% and Daimler AG, will bring its maps to China after receiving investment and forming a 50-50 joint venture with Navinfo last December.
The new division marks a shift for Lyft, which had favored partnerships with self-driving vehicle developers including Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo, NuTonomy Inc., General Motors Co. GM -0.93% and Tata Motors Ltd.'s Jaguar Land Rover. Later this year, NuTonomy and GM plan to test their cars on Lyft's network. "This isn't about bringing one car or two cars or a hundred cars onto the streets of San Francisco--this is about bringing hundreds of thousands of cars" to Lyft's network," Mr. Kapoor said. Uber, which denies the allegations, has sought to be a leader in self-driving cars, rolling out tests in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Tempe, Ariz. Lyft is opening a new office in Palo Alto, Calif., in a building once used by video-calling company Skype, and hopes that base will help it attract engineering talent, said Director of Product Taggart Matthiesen.