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Honda brings robotic devices and energy management solutions to CES 2018 - Automotive World

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Honda introduced its new 3E (Empower, Experience, Empathy) Robotics Concept at CES 2018, demonstrating a range of experimental technologies engineered to understand people's needs and make their lives better. Through a suite of robotic concepts expressing a variety of functions and designs, Honda shared its vision of a society where robotics and AI can assist people in many situations such as disaster recovery, recreation and learning from human interaction to become more helpful and empathetic. Honda's 3E Robotics Concept is part of the company's core areas of focus at CES 2018: robotics, mobility, and energy management. Honda intends to pursue these areas through its "open innovation" approach, developing technology themes that foster collaboration with partners who share Honda's vision. Rather than stand-alone devices that work independently, Honda envisions robotics as multiple devices that work together as a system, enabling people to expand their life's potential.


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Britbots, the organisation dedicated to promoting U.K.-based robotics companies, and Sapphire Capital Partners, a specialist manager of tax-efficient funds, today announces the launch of the second British Robotics Seed Fund. The new fund follows the success of the first fund, which has now been fully invested, leading the seed rounds of six high-potential robotics and AI (artificial intelligence) related ventures. The new fund will be predominantly focused on SEIS-qualifying investment opportunities thereby delivering the most significant tax benefits to investors, nonetheless there will be scope for the fund to make a number of investments under the EIS scheme when there are scale-up opportunities for existing portfolio companies. Further information is available at www.britbots.com/fund There has been rapid increase in the number of robotics-related start-ups and the fund looks to partner with entrepreneurs and academic robotics teams to deliver high-value businesses that can deliver superior returns for investors.


Sony unveils its latest products ahead of CES in Las Vegas

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Sony has revealed several new products designed to take your entertainment experience to the next level. At a press conference in Las Vegas ahead of CES, the firm teased a look at new smartphones that aim to capture the best selfies, a prototype 8K display featuring its X1 Ultimate picture processor, and its new wireless noise-cancelling earbuds. And, Sony unveiled its jaw-dropping $30,000 Ultra Short Throw Projector. During the event, Sony also brought back the latest iteration of a nostalgic companion, the Aibo robot – but, the cheeky bot decided not to acknowledge its owner on stage. Sony invited the new Aibo robot to the stage, which launched in Japan this past fall.


GoPro to exit drone business, cites regulatory concerns; lay off 20 percent of workforce

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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.


Nvidia is partnering with Uber, Volkswagen and Baidu on driverless cars

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Nvidia has partnered with Uber, Volkswagen and China's Baidu in driverless cars, as the chipmaker looks to expand its presence in the autonomous driving space. Ride-hailing service Uber will use Nvidia's chips for its artificial intelligence (AI) computing system in its fleet of self-driving cars, the companies said at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Sunday. Nvidia makes graphics computing chips which are key components of the autonomous cars setup. Its stock was up s percent in morning trading. Uber began working with self-driving technology in 2015 and has since launched trials in Pittsburgh, PA, and Phoenix, Arizona.


Buy These 4 Stocks on Growing AI Popularity

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is taking the world by storm, impacting startups and tech majors in a big way. Incidents like when the greatest Go player Lee Sedol lost to AI program AlphaGo, developed by Alphabet Inc. GOOGL, speaks volumes about the same. The rapid development of AI technology is reflected in the stellar performance of the Robotics & Artificial Intelligence ETF BOTZ and the ROBO Global Robotics and Automation Index ETF ROBO . While BOTZ has rallied 59.6% over the past year, ROBO gained 44.8%. Both ETFs outperformed the S&P 500's 19.4% gain.


Solid state LiDAR to debut at CES (but only for developers)

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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.


Nissan's future cars may read your brain to prevent accidents

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Nissan is developing a way to help drivers execute evasive maneuvers faster using brain wave technology, the company announced today. By recognizing whether a driver is about to brake, swerve, or perform some other evasive move, Nissan says that this "brain-to-vehicle" interface could help a car with semi-autonomous capabilities begin those actions between 0.2 and 0.5 seconds faster. The company plans to put this technology on display next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. But details are otherwise light. "It's something that's being shown in a relatively early phase, and is not yet close to implementation," a representative for Nissan said via email.


AAAI News

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The Twenty-First National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-06) and the Eighteenth Conference on Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI-06) will be held in Boston, Massachusetts at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, July 16-20, 2006. AAAI-06 will mark the launch of activities celebrating AI's fiftieth anniversary. Please join us for this landmark event! AAAI is pleased to announce the launch of the First Annual Artificial Intelligence for Interactive Digital Entertainment Conference. The conference will be held June 1-3, 2005 at the Marriott Hotel in Marina del Rey, California.


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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 membership04@aaai.org.