How data and machine learning are changing European football - Which-50


Netherlands-based data intelligence company SciSports is hoping to change world football through data, motion tracking and machine learning. Using data and machine learning, the company produces a "SciSkill Index" – an objective ranking of current ability, potential and influence of thousands of footballers across hundreds of different competitions around the world. The score is determined by the SciSports' existing data library and from 3D data collected from stadium cameras, which converts movements in practice or during the match into useful information in real time. "It is the first system that allows you to compare James Troisi with Neymar and check if Milos Degenek has the potential to become as good as David Luiz," a company spokesperson told Which-50. "This will enable clubs to increase their scouting scope, decrease their risk of signing the wrong player and enlarge the change of finding the right talent."

A Check-Up for Artificial Intelligence in the Enterprise - InformationWeek


According to a recent Teradata study, 80% of IT and business decision-makers have already implemented some form of artificial intelligence (AI) in their business. The study also found that companies have a desire to increase AI spending. Forty-two percent of respondents to the Teradata study said they thought there was more room for AI implementation across the business, and 30% said their organizations weren't investing enough in AI. Forrester recently released their 2018 Predictions and also found that firms have an interest investing in AI. Fifty-one percent of their 2017 respondents said their firms were investing in AI, up from 40% in 2016, and 70% of respondents said their firms will have implemented AI within the next 12 months.

Bill Inmon on Hearing The Voice Of Your Customer


What do these very diverse businesses have in common? They have one thing in common. They were once thriving business that are now either going out of business or have gone out of business. There are many reasons why a once prosperous business wakes up to find out that they no longer exist. But one of the recurring themes that is common to many business that go out of business is that – over time – they did not listen to their customer.

You can now search for love without swiping on OkCupid


Tired of the endless swiping game that is online dating? OkCupid is trying something a bit different. Starting today they're rolling out a feature that lets you search profiles based on keywords. It's currently available on desktops and for users of their iPhone app. You can search for about 20,000 different terms and find profiles that contain them.

Somnox might be the first robot you'll want to cuddle


Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. They love being the little spoon, they meditate, and they promise to wake you up gently after your night together. No, it's not your latest Tinder match, it's Somnox, the "world's first sleep robot" that's currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. SEE ALSO: Get a better night's sleep with some help from sleep tech Depending on your definition of "robot" that claim is a little dubious, but I cover a lot of sleep tech here at Mashable and have never seen anything like it. Most products to improve your sleep are supposed to be inconspicuous.

Budweiser beer could be shipped by Tesla Semi trucks starting in 2019


Tesla's Semi has a famous new customer: Budweiser. SEE ALSO: Tesla switches on the world's largest lithium ion battery Anheuser-Busch, which makes the über patriotic lager, just announced it had reserved 40 of Elon Musk's all-electric big rigs. So it looks like the company's famous Clydesdales will have to make some extra room in the stables for the all-electric trucks. The company claims the order is one of the largest placed for the trucks since reservations were opened on Nov. 17, when Musk unveiled the design. The all-electric fleet is meant to help Anheuser-Busch in its efforts to cut its carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2025.

Artificial muscles give soft robots superpowers


Soft robotics has made leaps and bounds over the last decade as researchers around the world have experimented with different materials and designs to allow once rigid, jerky machines to bend and flex in ways that mimic and can interact more naturally with living organisms. However, increased flexibility and dexterity has a trade-off of reduced strength, as softer materials are generally not as strong or resilient as inflexible ones, which limits their use. Now, researchers at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University and MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have created origami-inspired artificial muscles that add strength to soft robots, allowing them to lift objects that are up to 1,000 times their own weight using only air or water pressure, giving much-needed strength to soft robots. The study is published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). "We were very surprised by how strong the actuators [aka, "muscles"] were.

FaSTrack: Ensuring safe real-time navigation of dynamic systems


Real time autonomous motion planning and navigation is hard, especially when we care about safety. This becomes even more difficult when we have systems with complicated dynamics, external disturbances (like wind), and a priori unknown environments. Our goal in this work is to "robustify" existing real-time motion planners to guarantee safety during navigation of dynamic systems. In control theory there are techniques like Hamilton-Jacobi Reachability Analysis that provide rigorous safety guarantees of system behavior, along with an optimal controller to reach a given goal (see Figure 1). However, in general the computational methods used in HJ Reachability Analysis are only tractable in decomposable and/or low-dimensional systems; this is due to the "curse of dimensionality."

Robohub Podcast is on Patreon!


Robohub Podcast has launched a campaign on Patreon! If you don't know, Robohub Podcast is a biweekly podcast about robotics. Our goal is to explore global robotics through interviews with experts, both in academia and industry. We have published nearly 250 episodes and have spoken with many of the most influential people in robotics, such as Rodney Brooks, Dean Kamen, Radhika Nagpal, and Helen Griener. We would like your support so we can bring you interviews from the leading robotics conferences and laboratories around the world.

You Don't Need to Change Your Birth Control Method Due to the New Study on Cancer Risk


Second, this study only investigated the chances that birth control increases one's risk of breast cancer. But birth control does other things, too: The pill seems to lower the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancers, for example. If taking hormonal contraceptives comes with a slight uptick in breast cancer risk and a slight downtick in other cancer risks, that might be an even trade. And not for nothing, hormonal contraception also does a pretty spectacular job at lowering the risk of another major health problem for women: unplanned pregnancy. Medicine should not be assessed only by its rare side effects.