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Tesla crash: investigators '100% sure' no one driving car in fatal Texas incident

The Guardian

Federal safety regulators have sent a team to investigate the fatal crash of a Tesla electric car in a Houston suburb in which no one was behind the wheel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Monday it had sent a special crash investigation team to Spring, Texas. Investigators are "100% sure" no one was driving the 2019 Tesla Model S on Saturday night when it ran off a road, hit a tree and burst into flames, killing two men inside, Constable Mark Herman of Harris county precinct four said. One man was found in the front passenger seat and the other was in the back seat. KHOU-TV reported that the car was a 2019 Tesla Model S, and the men were aged 59 and 69.


Winning The AI-Enabled War-at-Sea

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DARPA's Ocean of Things (OoT) program aims to achieve maritime situational awareness over large ocean areas through deploying thousands of small, low-cost floats that form a distributed sensor network. Each smart float will have a suite of commercially available sensors to collect environmental and activity data; the later function involves automatically detecting, tracking and identifying nearby ships and – potentially – close aircraft traffic. The floats use edge processing with detection algorithms and then transmit the semi-processed data periodically via the Iridium satellite constellation to a cloud network for on-shore storage. AI machine learning then combs through this sparse data in real time to uncover hidden insights. The floats are environmentally friendly, have a life of around a year and in buys of 50,000 have a unit cost of about US$500 each.


What Waymo's new leadership means for its self-driving cars

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Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving car subsidiary, is reshuffling its top executive lineup. On April 2, John Krafcik, Waymo's CEO since 2015, declared that he will be stepping down from his role. He will be replaced by Tekedra Mawakana and Dmitri Dolgov, the company's former COO and CTO. Krafcik will remain as an advisor to the company. "[With] the fully autonomous Waymo One ride-hailing service open to all in our launch area of Metro Phoenix, and with the fifth generation of the Waymo Driver being prepared for deployment in ride-hailing and goods delivery, it's a wonderful opportunity for me to pass the baton to Tekedra and Dmitri as Waymo's co-CEOs," Krafcik wrote on LinkedIn as he declared his departure.


China and Artificial Intelligence

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The U.S. National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence released its final report recently, listing China as a strategic competitor to the United States in this field. The report describes China as a U.S. peer in many areas and an AI leader in some areas. This new technology allows machines to exhibit characteristics associated with human learning and problem-solving, and can be applied to areas such as facial and speech recognition, natural language processing, and automated reasoning. While China has made technological strides in the AI field, the authors of the report view these developments as a threat. As recorded in the report, potential threatening applications can be made in a number of areas. First, AI boosts the threat imposed by potential cyberattacks coming from China.


IIT Roorkee launches Online Certificate Programs in Data Science and Machine Learning on Coursera

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Roorkee: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee has launched two online certificate programs in high-demand topics -- Data Science and Machine Learning and Advanced Machine Learning and AI -- on Coursera, one of the world's leading online learning platform. "We are happy to announce two certificate courses in data science, machine learning, and AI in partnership with Coursera. This will enable a large number of aspirants to acquire these relevant areas for their professional growth," said Prof. Ajit K. Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee IIT Roorkee is among 150 top universities, including Yale, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and Imperial College of London -- that offer programs on Coursera. "For over 170 years, IIT Roorkee has been a leading Indian institution, known for its rigorous technical programs," said Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer at Coursera. "Through our partnership, we are expanding access and allowing more students to learn from IIT Roorkee's renowned faculty. Learners will gain the cutting-edge skills they need to advance their careers while creating powerful networks with their peers."


Modular Machine Learning - Best Of Both Worlds?

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A Webinar By Joseph Simonian Abstract: After reviewing some differences between traditional statistics & data science, we present a modular machine learning framework for model validation which blends the two paradigms. Model validation is set up as a sequence of procedures, in which the output from one procedure serves as the input to another procedure within a single validation framework. An econometric model is used in the first module to classify data in an economically intuitive way. Proceeding modules apply data science techniques to evaluate the predictive characteristics of the model components. We apply the framework to the fundamental law of active management, a well-known formal characterization of portfolio managers alpha generation process.


Nvidia is building a giant virtual 'metaverse' of the world, with 'digital twins' of cars, cities, and people

The Independent - Tech

Jensen Huang, Nvidia's chief executive, says the company's next step is creating a'metaverse', artificially created environments where companies can simulate the future before acting on it. Mr Huang said the company wanted to "create the future" by creating a virtual world that is thousands of times larger than the physical world. This digital space would be recreations of New York City and Shanghai, Mr Huang predicts, with "digital twin[s]" of "every single factory and every single building". "Engineers and software programmers could simulate new software that will ultimately run in the physical version of the car, the physical version of the robot, the physical version of the airport, the physical version of the building", Mr Huang said in an interview with Time magazine. "All of the software that's going to be running in these physical things will be simulated in the digital twin first, and then it will be downloaded into the physical version".


NASA Lands Ingenuity, the First Ever Mars Helicopter

WIRED

Very early this morning, NASA flew a small drone helicopter that its latest rover had toted to Mars, marking humankind's first controlled and powered flight on another planet. Ingenuity stuck the landing--and space engineers are stoked. Ingenuity ascended about one meter per second, until it rose three meters--about 10 feet above Mars. The helicopter hung as evenly as its state-of-the-art electronics could allow, and then landed where it had been 40 seconds before. Then, Ingenuity pinged its Earth-bound engineers a message they've sought for almost a decade: Mission accomplished.


How can small businesses benefit from artificial intelligence?

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By now, most people who run small and midsize businesses know that they ought to take advantage of artificial intelligence to make their companies competitive in the digital age. But many don't know how to go about it. To meet this demand, Northeastern, which invested $50 million in a new artificial intelligence research institute last year, will lead a new Massachusetts program, AI Jump Start, to connect small business owners in the state with academic faculty experts to learn how machine learning can grow their companies. The initiative is aimed at a broad range of small and midsize enterprises in defense, manufacturing, health, and other industries whose leaders would like to incorporate artificial intelligence but aren't quite sure where to turn. It's open also to companies that want to upgrade data-driven computing to glean new insights into customers, suppliers, and competitors.


Best Chatbot App Development Services Company

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For new tech babies, Chatbots are a new concept, but it is there in the market for half a century. A Chatbot is a powerful AI-based online chat option incorporated on the website, web app, and mobile app platform by which companies create their personalized messenger to simulate a natural conversation with the users in an auditory or textual manner. Chatbots are now getting more adhesion because of the resultant behavior of consumers where messaging apps are the first port of call for maximum conversations. Are you planning to build a chatbot and looking out for an affordable Chatbotdevelopment company? We provide you quick analysis and free proposal for it.