A revolution, it is said, is not an apple that simply falls when it is ripe. You have to make it drop. As AI moves beyond proof-of-concept and sandbox implementation, businesses are looking to recruit top machine learning talent, cultivate AI skills across their workforce, and begin to use this amazing set of technologies for incredible outcomes in 2018. There's still not enough AI experts out there to make this a reality – and a huge AI skills gap is opening up as a result. Last year, 56% of senior AI professionals argued in a recent Ernst & Young poll that the lack of talent and qualified workers is the greatest single barrier to the implementation of AI across business operations.
GoPro said it will exit the drone business citing a "hostile regulatory environment" for the foreseeable future and lay off more than 20 percent of its workforce as it cuts cost after a big revenue miss. The company, which has struggled since going public in 2014, said its revenue for the fourth quarter will be $340 million, well below analysts estimates of $472 million. GoPro launched as a camera maker, tried its hand at content and evolved to improve its software platform. However, GoPro has struggled to maintain profit margins over time. The exit of the drone market is likely to hurt future growth.
Innoviz Technologies, which makes LiDAR sensors, announced today that it's bringing an early version of its solid state LiDAR technology to market. The device, called the InnovizPro, is geared toward developers and is an early version of a forthcoming solid state LiDAR sensor due out in 2019. The rush to market is a sign of how competitive things are getting in the sensor space when it comes to self-driving vehicles. This year's CES will feature a number of LiDAR and Radar solutions that are smaller, yield higher resolution, and are available cheaper than ever before. LiDAR (Light Imaging Detection and Ranging) has been around for about fifty years and was first developed by the U.S. military in collaboration with NASA as a means of measuring distance in space.
Check Out the New AAAI Member Site! AAAI is pleased to announce the launch of the new AAAI member site. By now you should have received email and login information for the new AAAI member site. Using this site, you can renew your membership in AAAI and update your contact information directly. In addition, you will be directly connected with other members of the largest worldwide AI community via the AAAI online directory and other social media features. Direct links are available for new AI Magazine features, such as the online and app versions.
Mark your calendars now for AAAI-07, which will be the second AAAI conference to be held in Canada. You will note a slight name change in the conference to account for this trend! We are delighted to announce this permanent change as we expand the venue for the conference throughout the whole of North America. The Twenty-Second AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-07) will be held July 22-26, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in cooperation with the Canadian Society for the Computational Studies of Intelligence (CSCSI/CSEIO) and the University of British Columbia. The Nineteenth Conference on Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence will be collocated with AAAI-07, and will be held July 24-26 (for details see the links at www.aaai.org/Conferences/).
We are delighted to announce the continuation of the cooperative effort with AI Journal, giving unlimited access to the online version of the Artificial Intelligence Journal to all regular AAAI members. AAAI regular members can view and browse tables of contents, view articles published in recent issues of AI Journal, and utilize the current features available through Elsevier's electronic journal service. They may also view, print and/or download excerpts of reasonable quantity, provided that the use of such excerpts is personal and does not amount to or result in commercial distribution. Complete details were mailed to all regular members in good standing in January. If you have forgotten your membership number or need instructions, please write to us at email@example.com.
AAAI is pleased to announce the continued expansion of its awards program in 2000. The first AAAI Effective Expository Writing Award will be presented at the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, to be held July 31-August 3 in Austin, Texas. This award joins the two special awards established last year, the AAAI Classic Paper Award and the AAAI Distinguished Service Award. The AAAI Effective Expository Writing Award honors the author(s) of a high-quality, effective piece of writing, accessible to the general public or to a broad AI audience (not just a subarea), written within the last two years. The contribution should be based on sound science, interesting ideas, or systematic review, with nontrivial content, but the award is primarily for the exposition--the author need not be the one who has done the research.
The Spokane Valley company that created "Ask Jenn," Alaska Airlines' virtual travel concierge, was sold this week for $30 million. Next IT Corp. and its affiliate, Next IT Innovation Labs, was purchased by New York-based Verint Systems Inc. in an all-cash deal. The sales agreement includes the potential for an additional $21 million in payments, if certain milestones are achieved over the next year. Next IT was founded in 2001 by local entrepreneur Fred Brown. The company uses artificial intelligence for customer service applications.
NASA has called a press conference to reveal a breakthrough discovery from its alien-hunting Kepler telescope. The discovery was driven by Google's machine-learning artificial intelligence software. The announcement will be live-streamed on NASA's website, according to a press release. It will take place Thursday, December 14, at 1 p.m. EST. NASA's Kepler space telescope has been searching for habitable planets since 2009.
Microsoft hopes to use artificial intelligence to help the globe. Microsoft is looking to artificial intelligence to save the planet. The company has announced that it's committing $50 million to fighting climate change with AI. The investment is a part of a five-year plan from Microsoft, with the hope of using data on the Earth's air, water, wildlife and land conditions to help. To do that, the company said, robust AI is needed that can convert the massive amount of data into useful information.