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Drones With 'Most Advanced AI Ever' Coming Soon To Your Local Police Department

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Three years ago, Customs and Border Protection placed an order for self-flying aircraft that could launch on their own, rendezvous, locate and monitor multiple targets on the ground without any human intervention. In its reasoning for the order, CBP said the level of monitoring required to secure America's long land borders from the sky was too cumbersome for people alone. To research and build the drones, CBP handed $500,000 to Mitre Corp., a trusted nonprofit Skunk Works that was already furnishing border police with prototype rapid DNA testing and smartwatch hacking technology. They were "tested but not fielded operationally" as "the gap from simulation to reality turned out to be much larger than the research team originally envisioned," a CBP spokesperson says. This year, America's border police will test automated drones from Skydio, the Redwood City, Calif.-based startup that on Monday announced it had raised an additional $170 million in venture funding at a valuation of $1 billion. That brings the total raised for Skydio to $340 million.


Drones With 'Most Advanced AI Ever' Coming Soon To Your Local Police Department

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Three years ago, Customs and Border Protection placed an order for self-flying aircraft that could launch on their own, rendezvous, locate and monitor multiple targets on the ground without any human intervention. In its reasoning for the order, CBP said the level of monitoring required to secure America's long land borders from the sky was too cumbersome for people alone. To research and build the drones, CBP handed $500,000 to Mitre Corp., a trusted nonprofit Skunk Works that was already furnishing border police with prototype rapid DNA testing and smartwatch hacking technology. They were "tested but not fielded operationally" as "the gap from simulation to reality turned out to be much larger than the research team originally envisioned," a CBP spokesperson says. This year, America's border police will test automated drones from Skydio, the Redwood City, Calif.-based startup that on Monday announced it had raised an additional $170 million in venture funding at a valuation of $1 billion. That brings the total raised for Skydio to $340 million.


Drones With 'Most Advanced AI Ever' Coming Soon To Your Local Police Department

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Three years ago, Customs and Border Protection placed an order for self-flying aircraft that could launch on their own, rendezvous, locate and monitor multiple targets on the ground without any human intervention. In its reasoning for the order, CBP said the level of monitoring required to secure America's long land borders from the sky was too cumbersome for people alone. To research and build the drones, CBP handed $500,000 to Mitre Corp., a trusted nonprofit Skunk Works that was already furnishing border police with prototype rapid DNA testing and smartwatch hacking technology. They were "tested but not fielded operationally" as "the gap from simulation to reality turned out to be much larger than the research team originally envisioned," a CBP spokesperson says. This year, America's border police will test automated drones from Skydio, the Redwood City, Calif.-based startup that on Monday announced it had raised an additional $170 million in venture funding at a valuation of $1 billion.


Artificial Intelligence Stocks To Buy And Watch Amid Rising AI Competition

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Artificial intelligence stocks are rarer than you might think. Many companies tout AI technology initiatives and machine learning. But there really are few -- if any -- public, pure-play artificial intelligence stocks. The "AI" stock ticker, though, has been claimed. Startup C3.ai, which sells AI software for the enterprise market, filed on Nov. 13 for an initial public offering. Thomas Siebel, who started Siebel Systems and sold it to Oracle for nearly $6 billion in 2006, founded Redwood City, Calif.-based C3.ai.


Amazon's Zoox Gets Green Light for Robotaxi Tests in California

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Amazon.com Inc.'s self-driving-car unit, Zoox Inc., is getting a green light from California to test autonomous vehicles on public roads without a safety driver, becoming the fourth company to receive the state's blessing for truly driverless testing. The permit allows Zoox to operate two vehicles without a driver behind the wheel, a step up from approval it received four years ago that required the presence of a person to take control if needed, the state's Department of Motor Vehicles said in a statement. While some 60 companies have permission to conduct autonomous testing with a safety driver in California, Zoox joins Alphabet Inc. unit Waymo LLC, Nuro Inc. and AutoX Technologies in a small club of truly driverless testers in the state. Zoox will be allowed to conduct tests on public roads within a designated area in San Mateo County near its headquarters in Foster City, California. The tests are allowed only under fair-weather conditions and on streets with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour.


IBM Services and C3.ai Announce Strategic Alliance for Digital Transformation with AI - C3.ai

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ARMONK, NY & REDWOOD CITY, CA – February 27, 2020 – IBM (NYSE: IBM) and C3.ai, a leading enterprise AI software provider, today announced a global strategic alliance to bring enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) solutions across industries globally. With the combined expertise of the IBM Services global delivery network and C3.ai's platform, this alliance is designed to help fast-track the delivery of enterprise-scale industry and domain specific AI applications, shorten the time to value and accelerate the scaling of mission-critical solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, IBM will become the first preferred global systems integrator for the C3.ai platform. "It takes a sophisticated ecosystem of partners to help companies realize the promise and opportunity of digital transformation," said Thomas M. Siebel, CEO, C3.ai. "C3.ai and IBM Services offer a powerful platform for companies seeking to dramatically reduce cost and risk, accelerate deployment, and quickly generate financial returns from their digital transformation programs."


A Sales Leader's Story Worth Reading SalesChoice

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SalesChoice Inc., an award winning AI SaaS Sales Platform is expanding its USA market coverage as it enters its Scale Up Plans in the Guided Selling and Responsible AI Market place. This is the amazing story of what made a veteran Silicon Valley sales leader join SalesChoice. The global artificial intelligence software market is expected to experience massive growth in the coming years, with revenues increasing from around 9.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2018 to an expected 118.6 billion by 2025, according to the market research firm Tractica. "We wanted to ensure we recruit only talent that can see beyond where we are today in Sales Enablement and can help guide our customers to a more productive top line revenue growth realization. The reality is B2B Sales Productivity is rapidly declining and CRM systems, have in many cases been empty and unproductive vessels of incomplete or inaccurate data. Our software is uncannily simple where every move you make on opportunities or accounts, determines your odds, like in chess. AI gives Sales professionals an edge that we have never had before, by blending Science and Relationships into a stronger formula that no longer focusses only a segment of sales but on the entire journey. We wanted to go beyond just forecasting or predictions to enable sales teams end-to-end. Accordingly, we had to ensure that we recruited strong sales talent that were passionate about the changes with AI Enablement, and also have been in the trenches in both mid and large enterprises with robust CRM operational experiences and valued fact based leadership, something I deeply learned from my Xerox Leadership experience. We found these leadership skills in Steve Levy who recently joined our Sales and Marketing Leadership Team to advance our USA market coverage in the Silicon Valley," says Dr. Cindy Gordon, CEO and Founder, SalesChoice Inc. Steve Levy, Strategic Advisor and Silicon Valley Scale Up Leader, shares his story: The journey to SalesChoice for me started three decades ago in Redwood City, California.


Sr. Machine Learning Engineer (life-saving startup, up to $200k ) - Skyrocket Ventures - Menlo Park, CA Dice.com

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Skyrocket Ventures is a recruiting firm for hundreds of high growth technology companies that range from industry leaders to top-tier startups. This opportunity is with one of our client companies for a full-time permanent hire. Please only apply if you are authorized to work in the U.S. Please note that even if this job is not a perfect match, we encourage you to apply as long as it is in the ballpark. Companies are often flexible in hiring candidates who do not perfectly fit their written job description, as long as the most important qualifications are there and the candidate is good in general. Most of the jobs we are recruiting for are not posted online, so if you would like to know of all the opportunities we have that match your interests and qualifications, then please get in touch with us.


Inception Spotlight: New Skydio 2 Drone Powered by NVIDIA Jetson GPUs Can Track up to 10 Objects at a Time - NVIDIA Developer News Center

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Redwood City, California-based Skydio and member of NVIDIA's startup accelerator, Inception, has just released the latest version of their AI capable GPU-accelerated drone, Skydio 2. Comprised of six 4K cameras, with an NVIDIA Jetson TX2 as the processor for the autonomous system, Skydio 2 is capable of flying for up to 23 minutes at a time and can be piloted by either an experienced pilot or by the AI-based system. The Jetson TX2 has 256 GPU cores and is capable of 1.3 trillion operations a second. According to the team, the drone uses nine custom deep neural networks that help the drone track up to 10 objects while traveling at speeds of 36 miles per hour. "Skydio 2 enables you to capture everything from a backyard pickup game to a downhill adventure with a single tap, the company wrote in blog post. "It builds on Skydio R1's foundation and takes it to the next level."


The Next Generation of Robots Will Be Powered By Artificial Intelligence: Eye on A.I.

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Robots must be smarter if they're going to pack boxes in warehouses, scan inventory in stores, and even care for the elderly. The rise of machine learning in recent years is making that possible. Steady innovation has led to robots that can independently "learn" to navigate tight corridors and grasp delicate objects without crushing them. Some of the leading American and Japanese robotics companies and investors recently gathered in Menlo Park, Calif. to discuss artificial intelligence in robotics and its impact on business. But it may require some cooperation between the U.S. and an important overseas ally.