AI and IoT: Tech's New BFFs - InformationWeek


Artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things are two of tech's most popular buzzwords. Put them together, and you have a potent combination for handling the mind-boggling amounts of data flooding enterprises from all directions. Worldwide spending on IoT is expected to reach $1.4 trillion by 2021, according to IDC, as organizations invest in IoT-enabling hardware, software, services and connectivity. IoT is seen as the future of just about everything, from smart-city advances like traffic congestion relief and intelligent street lighting, to better energy management, to industrial robotics and asset tracking, to monitoring of medical equipment and patient condition (not to mention the array of home consumer applications). All of these devices and sensors – an oft-quoted Gartner prediction places the number of connected things at 20.4 billion by 2020 -- produce nearly unimaginable volumes of data.

NVIDIAVoice: AI Is Enabling Our Need For Speed And Safety In Racecar Driving


The racing industry is on the fast track to driverless racecars, thanks to AI. At the center of this evolution is Roborace, the world's first autonomous racing competition. Conceived by renowned car designer Daniel Simon -- a former Bugatti designer who's gone on to create various cars for Hollywood -- the "Robocar" is designed, developed, and built by the Roborace organization. Teams compete by writing the software and developing deep neural networks that consume the sensor data to see, think, and act. The cars -- which are 4.8-meters-long -- can reach speeds of over 300 kilometers per hour.

Driverless Cars Offer New Forms Of Control – No Wonder Governments Are Keen

International Business Times

Imagine a state-of-the-art driverless car is zipping along a road with a disabled 90-year-old-passenger. The car must make a decision: drive into the mother and child and kill them, or career into a wall and kill the passenger. This is a variation of the trolley problem, which dominates academic and popular thinking about the ethics of driverless cars. The problem is that such debates not only dismiss the complexity of the system in which driverless cars will exist, but are really moral red herrings. The real ethical issues lie in the politics and power concerns with driverless cars.

Artificial Intelligence Turns Design Into A Collaborative Undertaking


The media films an artificial intelligence machine named AI-MATHS in Chengdu, in China's southwest Sichuan province. A Chinese aphorism says that "the fire burns highest when everyone adds wood to it." It's an apt way to describe the way that industrial design and product development are becoming a collaborative undertaking. Cities like Shenzhen, long known as factory towns that churn out low-end toys and shoes, are embracing a new identity as creative meccas for design. This trend is gathering steam worldwide, for one main reason: design tools are starting to function less like inanimate objects and more like colleagues or assistants.

A Burger Joint Where Robots Make Your Food WSJD - Technology

On June 27, he and Steven Frehn, a mechanical engineer, will open Creator, a San Francisco burger shop where a robot preps, cooks and assembles your meal. Creator is betting that robotic efficiency and consistency, combined with techniques borrowed from Michelin-star chefs, will lead to a better burger--for the relatively affordable price of $6. The restaurant is designed with the muted colors and clean lines of a luxury home-goods store. All the better to focus on the real stars: two 14-foot-long burger-making machines, each comprised of roughly 7,000 parts, including hundreds of sensors. Buns, tomatoes, onions, pickles, seasonings and sauces are stored in clear tubes, which sit over a copper conveyor belt on a wooden base carved into Zaha-Hadid-style swooping lines.

Robot Bloodhound Tracks Odors on the Ground Lab Manager


Bloodhounds are famous for their ability to track scents over great distances. Now researchers have developed a modern-day bloodhound--a robot that can rapidly detect odors from sources on the ground, such as footprints. The robot, reported in ACS Sensors, could even read a message written on the ground using odors as a barcode. Over the past two decades, researchers have tried to develop robots that rival the olfactory system of bloodhounds. However, most robots can only detect airborne odors, or they are painstakingly slow at performing analyses.

Ahmedabad Smart City bets big on IoT, AI, Machine Learning


At Smart City Ahmedabad Development Corporation's (SCADL) goal is to emancipate the quality of services to citizens, reduce expenses and reduce time to respond to any issues using leading technologies, be it Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Machine Learning. SCADL tends to get as close as it can to the root cause of problems, draw out necessary patterns by cognitive analytics and figure out a scientific data drive befitting long term solution to these issues. This all will lead it to take governance to the citizens without intermediaries and have maximum citizen connect. Areas in which IoT is being used IoT is one of the many key technologies which SCADL has used extensively across various interventions. The use of IoT has led to enhanced situational awareness, sensor-driven decision analytics, optimised resource consumption and instantaneous control and response in complex autonomous systems.

These AI-powered insoles turn your shoes into a gross, sweaty running coach


Running is one of the world's most popular physical activities, but, unlike other sports, the average participant is rarely coached. If you play football, squash, hockey, or train a martial art, the chances are you've had or have lessons. I know folks who have completed multiple marathons, but have never even spoken with a coach. This is where Runvi comes in. The device – which has reached its funding goal on Kickstarter – aims to be an AI-running coach by analyzing the way you move.

SpotMini Boston Dynamics


SpotMini is a small four-legged robot that comfortably fits in an office or home. It weighs 25 kg (30 kg if you include the arm). SpotMini is all-electric and can go for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing. SpotMini is the quietest robot we have built. SpotMini inherits all of the mobility of its bigger brother, Spot, while adding the ability to pick up and handle objects using its 5 degree-of-freedom arm and beefed up perception sensors.

Vivint Smart Home bundles two Google Minis with its starter kits, nudging users toward voice control


Before now, smart-home-as-a-service provider Vivint was happy to sell you a smart speaker--either an Amazon Echo or a Google Home--on top of its other offerings. Today, the company announced that it has partnered with Google to include two Google Home Minis in all its starter packages. Amazon had a long head start with Vivint, a Utah-based company that sells and services custom-installed smart home systems. Customers could use Amazon's Alexa digital assistant and Echo devices with Vivint Smart Home for months and months before they were able to do the same with Google Assistant and Google Home hardware. I know, because there's a Vivint system in my own home.