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Autonomous Cars: Deep Learning and Computer Vision in Python

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The automotive industry is experiencing a paradigm shift from conventional, human-driven vehicles into self-driving, artificial intelligence-powered vehicles. Self-driving vehicles offer a safe, efficient, and cost effective solution that will dramatically redefine the future of human mobility. Self-driving cars are expected to save over half a million lives and generate enormous economic opportunities in excess of $1 trillion dollars by 2035. The automotive industry is on a billion-dollar quest to deploy the most technologically advanced vehicles on the road. As the world advances towards a driverless future, the need for experienced engineers and researchers in this emerging new field has never been more crucial.


Stanford's Robot Makers: Andrew Ng Stanford News

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What inspired you to take an interest in robots? I've always played with robots. For example, I remember a competition in high school where my friends and I built a robotic arm to move the chess pieces on the chessboard. It seems very trivial now, but way back then, the robots were all primitive and as high school students, we thought that building a robot that could do that was a big deal. Graduate students Ashutosh Saxena, left, and Morgan Quigley, center, and Ng were part of a large effort to develop a robot to see an unfamiliar object and ascertain the best spot to grasp it.


Making AI accountable easier said than done, says U of A expert

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If you had to program a self-driving car, which option would you choose if only two were available: hit a pedestrian who suddenly appears in front of the vehicle or veer off into a baby carriage on the sidewalk? It's the kind of ethical conundrum that could shape artificial intelligence in years to come, and one of many the University of Alberta's Geoffrey Rockwell has been pondering lately. Earlier this month, the professor of philosophy and digital humanities joined a national brainstorming forum on the ethics of AI in Montreal, along with industry leaders, federal government officials and other academics, including philosophers. They gathered to grapple with an industry currently worth US$7.4 billion, according to figures circulated at the forum, and expected to reach almost US$16 trillion by 2065--amounting to a seismic shift in how we live and work. The forum followed the signing last June of the Canada-France Statement on Artificial Intelligence, meant to jump-start an international coalition charged with exploring the societal implications of a technology that promises to soon be as ubiquitous as the internet, only with the power to potentially make life-and-death decisions on our behalf.


Ready for the Future of Education With Artificial Intelligence?

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News Flash! 2019 is here, whether you are ready or not. Almost no one in the education sector is ready for the Future, capital "F", that I learned about when taking an online course on artificial intelligence offered through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Which means we need to get cracking. You might be thinking that artificial intelligence (AI) is not something people in education need to focus on too much. After all, AI is really about replacing routine jobs in factories and large businesses, right?


The Complete Self-Driving Car Course - Applied Deep Learning

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Self-driving cars, have rapidly become one of the most transformative technologies to emerge. Fuelled by Deep Learning algorithms, they are continuously driving our society forward, and creating new opportunities in the mobility sector. Deep Learning jobs command some of the highest salaries in the development world. This is the first, and only course which makes practical use of Deep Learning, and applies it to building a self-driving car, one of the most disruptive technologies in the world today. With over 28000 students, Rayan is a highly rated and experienced instructor who has followed a "learn by doing" style to create this amazing course.


Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom: Q&A With Michelle Zimmerman

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From adaptive software to recommendation engines to voice-activated speakers, artificial intelligence is making its way into K-12 classrooms. At the same time, schools are under growing pressure to prepare students to be workers in a labor market where AI is likely to play an ever-larger role--and to be citizens in a society where AI reshapes the decisions we face, the meaning we make, and the challenges we must confront. How can busy educators make sense of this rapidly changing world? The International Society for Technology in Education hopes to help, in part via a new book funded through a grant from General Motors. In'Teaching AI: Exploring New Frontiers for Learning,' educator Michelle Zimmerman, who has a Ph.D. in learning sciences and human development from the University of Washington, brings a teacher-centric lens to big questions around the various definitions of artificial intelligence, how AI is upending the workforce, and how to teach about--and with--artificial intelligence.


It's Time To Add AI To Your Robotics Competition

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Participants prepare their work in a robotics challenge.Ready AI Most industrial robots are preprogrammed or remotely controlled. That's starting to change with the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI). Some robots operate autonomously and learn to improve task efficiency. The same is true about elementary and secondary school robotics competitions--few involve real AI. Usually, the robots are teleoperated to perform a task like picking up objects and putting them in a bucket.


Five reasons to teach robotics in schools

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Technology is critical for innovation, yet schools struggle to get students interested in this area. Could teaching robotics change this? The Queensland government has just announced plans to make teaching robotics compulsory in its new curriculum – aimed at students from prep through to year 10. Robotics matches the new digital technologies curriculum, strongly supported by the university sector and states, including Victoria. But while, worldwide, there are increasing initiatives such as the Robotics Academy in the US to teach robotics in schools, Australia isn't doing enough to get it taught in schools.


The Future Of Artificial Intelligence In The Work Place Big Cloud Recruitment

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Although many will feel that one of life's pleasures will be robbed from them, there's a compelling argument that the introduction of self-driving cars will lead to increased road safety. Fewer traffic accidents will occur, predictive software can accurately monitor traffic flow into cities and a more sophisticated traffic light system can help reduce congestion at key junctions. AI undoubtedly offers an exciting future for us all due to the potential for automation and increased efficiency.


PepsiCo is launching robots to bring snacks on colleges

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Today, PepsiCo announced that it will be rolling out a fleet of snack-carrying robots on the University of the Pacific's campus in California. The robots -- or "snackbots" -- carry snacks and beverages from the company's Hello Goodness portfolio, which includes choices like Smartfood Delight popcorn, Baked Lays, Pure Leaf Tea, and Starbucks Cold Brew drinks. Students can place their orders on the iOS app and have them delivered to select locations around the 175-acre campus between 9AM and 5PM. The snackbots are nearly identical to the other delivery machines we've seen before. They can travel 20 miles on a single charge, and they have headlights and a camera.