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The inside story of Taiwan's AI whizz

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When Chih-Han Yu's work on multi-agent artificial intelligence (AI) was nominated as the best doctoral thesis of the year in 2010, the rising star in AI was not content with his stellar achievements, which included an early prototype self-driving car that laid the foundation for Google's self-driving car project. "People knew we were publishing high-quality research, but back in my dorm, my room-mate and I were thinking that we've worked on all this coding, but we have never seen any algorithm that has really impacted the world and transformed how people live and how business is done," said Yu, referring to his time at Harvard University. The duo decided they should do something and started a company specialising in AI-powered game engines that mimic the actions of human gamers, based on Yu's doctoral thesis. But that proved to be a mistake, said Yu, because there was no demand for the technology at the time. Two years later, they pivoted the business that would later become Appier, a supplier of AI-based marketing technology that helps businesses improve customer engagement and drive sales at a time when interest in big data was growing.


Artificial Intelligence Innovation in Taiwan Research Blog

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Taiwan is a small island off the coast of China that is roughly one fourth the size of North Carolina. Despite its size, Taiwan has made significant waves in the fields of science and technology. In the 2019 Global Talent Competitiveness Index Taiwan (labeled as Chinese Taipei) ranked number 1 in Asia and 15th globally. However, despite being ahead of many countries in terms of technological innovation, Taiwan was still looking for further ways to improve and support research within the country. Therefore, in 2017 the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), initiated an AI innovation research program in order to promote the development of AI technologies and attract top AI professionals to work in Taiwan.


This AI-Powered Cockpit Knows When To Cut Off The Driver

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Fully self-driving cars are still a thing of the future. But in today's laboratories, the technology ranges from commonly used cruise control systems to so much automation that humans don't need to get into a car at all. In Taiwan, a startup is developing a driver's cockpit that's comfortable and packed with artificial intelligence features that transfers control of the vehicle to the computer whenever the system senses that the human driver is sick, tired, distracted or just sloppy. The 3-year-old Taipei-based Mindtronic AI developed this cockpit, called DMX, last year with luxuries like easy-to-use entertainment for the driver. But what if the driver gets mesmerized by a soccer match?


Taiwan-made driverless cars ready to hit the road: developer Science & Technology

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Taipei, Dec. 9 (CNA) Taiwan's Automotive Research Testing Center (ARTC) is preparing to put driverless cars on the road, saying that it now has all the necessary technology to do so. Since the ARTC first invested in advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) back in 2007, it has been working toward the goal of developing driverless vehicles, it said. In a recent interview with reporters, ARTC General Manager Huang Lung-chou (黃隆洲) said that not only has the center acquired the technological expertise to develop a driverless car, but it has also conquered the challenges associated with navigating such vehicles in real traffic. He said the ARTC has mapped out certain controlled areas in which its driverless vehicles will operate, in order to gather more data on the vehicles' navigation, before taking them into traffic. The ARTC said its driverless cars use 10 ADAS capabilities, including automatic parking, lane change assistance and a collision avoidance system.


Chipmaker Nvidia's CEO Sees Fully Autonomous Cars Within 4 Years

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TAIPEI (Reuters) - Nvidia Corp chief executive Jensen Huang said on Thursday artificial intelligence would enable fully automated cars within 4 years, but sought to tamp down expectations for a surge in demand for its chips from cryptocurrency miners.


Chipmakers at Taiwan's biggest tech fair look beyond crowded smartphone market

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TAIPEI: Chipmakers switched focus at Taiwan s top tech fair this week with bets on new areas such as driverless cars, virtual reality and artificial intelligence, shifting away from smartphones where intense competition has pushed down components prices. The Computex Taipei event, now in its 36th year, has historically been a central venue for electronic parts manufacturers to show off their processors and other components, products that play a large part in Taiwan s export-driven economy. As prices of processors fell, companies pushed into headline-grabbing launches like last year s Zenbo, a child-friendly home robot unveiled by Asustek Computer Inc, that could sing, snap pictures and help in the kitchen. This year, attention is back on core processing rather than novelties, but this time aimed more squarely at the "internet of things" (IoT), a buzzword used to describe connectivity between an increasing range of devices. "We are going from hype phase to more a reality phase with real products.


HTC U11: A surprise package with squeeze functionality and a quality camera

The Independent - Tech

The last few metres of the journey to HTC's glossily efficient, sci-fi white Taipei HQ are a lolloping dash through puddles and driving showers under grey umbrellas – HTC-branded, of course. Inside, the central atrium (cooled by the natural flow of air rather than aircon, I'm told) is dominated by a huge video screen that is playing a video loop of ketchup being squeezed, a bulging bicep being squeezed, a rubber toy being squeezed, a… well, you get the idea. I'm here to see the new HTC U11, a mobile phone that you can squeeze. In the next 40 minutes, execs from the Taiwanese manufacturer describe why squeezing the sides of a mobile is a natural gesture that adds innovative functionality to the new handset. 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.


Why Manufacturing Stands to Gain the Most Through Artificial Intelligence - PCQuest

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Siri on the iPhone, Cortana on Windows, Alexa, self-driving cars, and face recognition on Facebook photos, these are all examples of how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already having a profound impact on human lives. This trend is also impacting manufacturing, albeit on a smaller scale now, with robots being increasingly used to replace humans in factories across the globe, from the US, Europe, Japan, China and Taiwan. Foxconn has already replaced 60,000 humans with robots in its factories, after developing artificial intelligence solutions for its manufacturing processes. Such a strategy they insist shall help them offset increasing labour costs in labour-intensive countries such as China. Also, with AI technologies finding their way into manufacturing, leading economists from MIT are worried that technology is replacing jobs at a faster pace than creating new ones, which could lead to higher unemployment over a short-term period.


IBM's first 'portable' computer shows from the 1970's just how far technology has come

Daily Mail - Science & tech

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NVIDIA Launches New AI Technology at GTC Europe NVIDIA Blog

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Our third regional GPU Technology Conference in as many weeks reached another packed house today, as NVIDIA co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled technology that will accelerate the deep learning revolution. "GPU computing is at the beginning of something very, very important, a brand new revolution, what people call the AI revolution, the beginning of the fourth industrial revolution," Huang told a crowd of 1,600 scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and press, gathered at Amsterdam's gleaming waterfront music hall. "However you describe it, we think something really big is around the corner." In the latest stop in a tour that will bring GTC to eight cities around the world, Huang unveiled Xavier, our next-generation system-on-chip for powering self-driving cars; announced an agreement with TomTom, the Dutch mapping and navigation group, to use AI to create a cloud-to-car mapping system for self-driving cars; detailed our DriveWorks Alpha 1 release, and highlighted the work we're doing with some of Europe's most innovative startups and research labs. In the previous two weeks, Haung spoke at regional GTCs in Beijing and Taiwan that each drew crowds of more than 2,000.