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allai launching insurance AI app store


Canadian insur-tech startup allai is taking an innovative approach to AI for the Canadian insurance industry. There are 2 types of "friction" we are tackling at allai. First of course is insurance friction and second is AI friction. Many of the existing options on the market are based on an "AI as a Service" model where the customer, policy, claims data must "live" in a provider's cloud or data center. This causes concern with regards to not only privacy and security for the insurance industry but also adds friction over data intellectual property (IP).

'Mind-engaged vehicles will be a disruptive force' and other CES 2018 member comments


Each year in January, tech companies from all over the world gather in Las Vegas to show off their latest and greatest technology from self-driving cars, to robot assistants to the tiniest of TVs. Now that CES 2018 is over, let's take a look at what you thought about the hot (and not so hot) products and trends that will shape the year ahead. Charlie Osborne (Read more) Can autonomous systems which read your thoughts make driving safer as well as more enjoyable? ZDNet member onroda: So, this is not "driverless" technology, at all. Which means that, when the other fully autonomous vehicles hit the road, the mind-engaged vehicles will be a disruptive force, meaning that, it presents a danger to all the others using driveless vehicles.

And the award for most nauseating self-driving car goes to …


In many ways this year's CES looked a lot more like an autonomous-car show than a consumer electronics show. There were announcements aplenty from the likes of Ford, Baidu, Toyota, and others about self-driving vehicles, upcoming driving tests, and new partners. In a parking lot across from the Las Vegas Convention Center, several companies offered rides; you could even schedule a ride in a self-driving Lyft through the company's app and get dropped off at one of many casinos on the Strip. A couple of miles away in downtown Las Vegas, an eight-passenger autonomous shuttle bus ran in a loop around Fremont Street. It was part of an ongoing test between commuter transit company Keolis, autonomous-car maker Navya, and the city.

Ford CEO Jim Hackett on the future of computing, cities, and self-driving cars


In May 2017, Ford announced that it had replaced its CEO, Mark Fields, who had been with the company since 1989, with Jim Hackett. Despite being on Ford's board since 2013, Hackett was probably best known for leading Steelcase, the large office-furniture company, for decades and turning around its fortunes, as well as for working with the University of Michigan to bring NFL coach Jim Harbaugh to the school. Other than the fact that all these things are based in Michigan, there wasn't really much that pointed to Hackett as the person who would lead the 114-year-old company into the future. But his first few months at the helm have cemented his vision for Ford. Earlier this month he released a treatise doubling down on the company's commitment to autonomous vehicles and the loosely defined concept of "mobility" and the "transport operating system" of the future.

How machine learning streamlines location data with the Kalman filter - IoT Agenda


We have spoken about machine learning and the internet of things as tools to optimize location analytics in logistics and supply chain management. It's an accepted fact that technology, especially cloud-based, can benefit companies by optimizing routes and predicting the accurate estimated time of arrivals (ETAs). The direct business value of this optimization lies in the streamlining of various fixed and variable costs associated with logistics. The IoT is imminent – and so are the security challenges it will inevitably bring. Get up to speed on IoT security basics and learn how to devise your own IoT security strategy in our new e-guide.

The lesser evil (the true paradox)


An autonomous car approaches a certain speed towards a group of people, so it activates the braking system in order to stop before hitting them, however this system fails and the car continues at the same speed in the direction of the group. What choice should Artificial Intelligence take that controls the car? Dilemmas like the one above have been running through our minds for a while. Isaac Asimov, in several of his stories, published numerous paradoxes of this kind. However, can they really show up?

The Amazing Ways Tesla Is Using Artificial Intelligence And Big Data


Tesla has become a household name as a leader and pioneer in the electric vehicle market, but it also manufactures and sells advanced battery and solar panel technology. As a tech pioneer with a significant interest in the race to build and market autonomous vehicles, it makes sense that today they would be deeply interested in artificial intelligence. However, it was only this month that the business's billionaire founder and CEO Elon Musk publicly announced it is working on its own AI hardware. This is definitely interesting if not exactly surprising. Musk, after all, has been outspoken in his views about AI.

Uber Nearing Autonomous Cars Without Human Backup Driver

U.S. News

San Francisco-based Uber started carrying passengers with autonomous vehicles in 2016, first with two Uber employees on board, Meyhofer said. The person in the passenger seat documented the vehicle's behavior while the one on the driver's side would intervene if the car needed help. The vehicles have improved to the point where Uber has removed one of the humans and now the backup driver enters data on a screen in rare cases, Meyhofer said.

Ripsaw reveals special edition 'sports tank'

Daily Mail

It has been dubbed the first'sports tank', boasting supercar performance on tank tracks. Originally developed to help to military avoid IEDs, the Ripsaw'sports tank' has become a hit with car enthusiasts. Now, a new version has received a huge overhaul - and has been dubbed'the most obnoxious vehicle ever built'. The newest incarnation, the EV3-F1, is'the most extreme and most terrain dominant Ripsaw ever developed,' the firm behind it says. The Ripsaw, developed by twin brothers Mike and Geoff Howe, both 40, from Maine-based company Howe and Howe technologies, has been around for several years in various forms.

Should I buy bitcoin? Whether or not to invest in cryptocurrency amid the crash

The Independent

Bitcoin's price has tumbled, falling by more than 25 per cent over the past seven days. At one point today, it was worth just half as much as it was a month ago. That's an enormous decline, and investors are concerned that they may be about to lose money. Here's the latest on bitcoin and why its value has plummeted. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.