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DeepMind's new AI system can perform over 600 tasks – TechCrunch


The ultimate achievement to some in the AI industry is creating a system with artificial general intelligence (AGI), or the ability to understand and learn any task that a human can. Long relegated to the domain of science fiction, it's been suggested that AGI would bring about systems with the ability to reason, plan, learn, represent knowledge, and communicate in natural language. Not every expert is convinced that AGI is a realistic goal -- or even possible. Gato is what DeepMind describes as a "general-purpose" system, a system that can be taught to perform many different types of tasks. Researchers at DeepMind trained Gato to complete 604, to be exact, including captioning images, engaging in dialogue, stacking blocks with a real robot arm, and playing Atari games. Jack Hessel, a research scientist at the Allen Institute for AI, points out that a single AI system that can solve many tasks isn't new.

Self-Driving Cars Could Get Safer Thanks to These 3 Tech Developments


Self-driving cars are one of the most hotly debated topics when it comes to vehicle safety. Plenty of companies are using autonomous vehicles for various purposes. However, most Americans don't think they're all that safe. Additionally, with videos showing the faults of some of these systems, it's easy to see the hesitation. So, it will undoubtedly get better over time.

Jersey Mike's to offer its subs by drone


Greg Nichols covers robotics, AI, and AR/VR for ZDNet. A full-time journalist and author, he writes about tech, travel, crime, and the economy for global media outlets and reports from across the U. You might think you should look down toward the water to spot a sub. If you're in North Carolina, you'd be better off looking up. That terrible joke is brought to you by a drone delivery services company called Flytrex, which just announced a partnership with Jersey Mike's Subs.

Chatbots and a tortilla-making robot: Chipotle's AI


"With AI, we can really target and segment who gets what message and based on previous purchases and viewing habits. We can see how we can customize our messaging," Park said. An example of this AI-driven marketing approach is the way the chain -- which has some 2,000 locations in the U.S., Canada and Europe -- targets the 27 million loyalty rewards members who have downloaded its mobile app. Chipotle uses recommendation algorithms to send notifications to users of the app about deals tailored to the different foods they've ordered before, therefore improving their customer experience, according to the company. Chipotle also uses AI to improve customer service.

MIT researchers use simulation to train a robot to run at high speeds


We are excited to bring Transform 2022 back in-person July 19 and virtually July 20 - 28. Join AI and data leaders for insightful talks and exciting networking opportunities. Four-legged robots are nothing novel -- Boston Dynamics' Spot has been making the rounds for some time, as have countless alternative open source designs. But with theirs, researchers at MIT claim to have broken the record for the fastest robot run recorded. Working out of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), the team says that they developed a system that allows the MIT-designed Mini Cheetah to learn to run by trial and error in simulation. While the speedy Mini Cheetah has limited direct applications in the enterprise, the researchers believe that their technique could be used to improve the capabilities of other robotics systems -- including those used in factories to assemble products before they're shipped to customers.

Qualcomm goes beyond smartphones with 5G and edge-AI robotics solutions


We are excited to bring Transform 2022 back in-person July 19 and virtually July 20 - 28. Join AI and data leaders for insightful talks and exciting networking opportunities. Qulacomm said it is launching new platform support for advanced robotics products, 5G wireless networking and edge-AI applications. The company unveiled the Qualcomm Robotics solutions at its annual Qualcomm 5G Summit event as it recognizes the ways in which 5G is proliferating beyond smartphones. The San Diego, California-based company took the wraps off its Qualcomm Robotics RB6 Platform and the Qualcomm RB5AMR reference design, which can be used to build advanced edge-AI and robotics products using Qualcomm's chips. The solutions will help unlock new commercial markets for autonomous mobile robots, delivery robots, highly automated manufacturing robots, collaborative robots, unmanned aircraft, industrial drone infrastructure, autonomous defense solutions and beyond.

Kagan: Why Qualcomm keeps hitting it out of the park


Qualcomm is on a roll. They just keep hitting the ball out of the park, quarter after quarter, with strong and expanding growth. A few short years ago they were bogged down with Apple and U.S. government battles, but now that things have settled down, they are looking stronger than ever going forward. Let's take a closer look at what we can expect. First, Qualcomm is a leader in the very attractive wireless industry which keeps expanding, decade after decade.

How robots are learning new skills from humans


As robots begin to dominate our everyday lives, Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) researchers have taught a robot how to learn a new pick-and-place task with the help of human demonstrations. The human demonstrations help to "reprogramme" the robot in random poses which it has never encountered earlier. The new technology allows the robot to quickly learn a new skill in 10 to 15 minutes. According to the researchers, the new technology uses a "neural network" to reconstruct 3D images, the system quickly grasps what the neural network has learned and then executes it. The new technology is set to be a gamechanger in e-commerce warehouse storage where robots have to perform a variety of tasks like storing mugs upside down and in various places.

Stocks To Watch in 5G Wireless Growth Wave: Jeff Kagan


The wireless industry has been one of the fastest growing spaces for several decades. That does not mean, however, that it is always on fire. Every growth wave has ebbs and flows. It all depends on the period of time in which you are focused. The good news is the wireless industry has entered the next growth wave with 5G, AI, IoT, AR, VR, cloud and more.

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May Mobility is transforming cities through autonomous technology to create a safer, greener, more accessible world. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, May develops and deploys autonomous vehicles (AVs) powered by our innovative Multi-Policy Decision Making (MPDM) technology that literally reimagines the way AVs think. Our vehicles do more than just drive themselves - they provide value to communities, bridge public transit gaps and move people where they need to go safely, easily and with a lot more fun. We're building the world's best autonomy system to reimagine transit by minimizing congestion, expanding access and encouraging better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant and livable spaces. Since our founding in 2017, we've given more than 300,000 autonomy-enabled rides to real people around the globe.