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Best Public Datasets for Machine Learning and Data Science

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This resource is continuously updated. If you know any other suitable and open datasets, please let us know by emailing us at pub@towardsai.net or by dropping a comment below. Google Dataset Search: Similar to how Google Scholar works, Dataset Search lets you find datasets wherever they are hosted, whether it's a publisher's site, a digital library, or an author's web page. It's a phenomenal dataset finder, and it contains over 25 million datasets. Kaggle: Kaggle provides a vast container of datasets, sufficient for the enthusiast to the expert.


Waymo simulated real-world crashes to prove its self-driving cars can prevent deaths

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In a bid to prove that its robot drivers are safer than humans, Waymo simulated dozens of real-world fatal crashes that took place in Arizona over nearly a decade. The Google spinoff discovered that replacing either vehicle in a two-car crash with its robot-guided minivans would nearly eliminate all deaths, according to data it publicized today. The results are meant to bolster Waymo's case that autonomous vehicles operate more safely than human-driven ones. With millions of people dying in auto crashes globally every year, AV operators are increasingly leaning on this safety case to spur regulators to pass legislation allowing more fully autonomous vehicles on the road. But that case has been difficult to prove out, thanks to the very limited number of autonomous vehicles operating on public roads today.


Australian agtech firm Agerris helping farmers with weed management to improve crop yield

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A "drone on wheels" robot developed by Australian agtech firm Agerris is the newest addition to the Victorian-based SuniTAFE Smart Farm that will be used to not only support the farm's operations, but also to train technical staff on-site. The Digital Farmhand was developed to help farmers improve crop yield, pest and weed detection, as well as reduce the need for pesticides. Each mobile roving robot runs on solar energy and features navigation sensors, laser sensors, infrared sensors, cameras. It also has an artificial intelligence system that can create weed heat maps, as well as detect each individual crop and determine its yield estimation, plant size, fruit and flowering count. The contract with SuniTAFE is one of several that Agerris has secured over the last few years since it spun out as a commercial entity from the University of Sydney's Australian Centre for Field Robotics in 2019.


Algorithm helps artificial intelligence systems dodge 'adversarial' inputs

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In a perfect world, what you see is what you get. If this were the case, the job of artificial intelligence systems would be refreshingly straightforward. Take collision avoidance systems in self-driving cars. If visual input to on-board cameras could be trusted entirely, an AI system could directly map that input to an appropriate action--steer right, steer left, or continue straight--to avoid hitting a pedestrian that its cameras see in the road. But what if there's a glitch in the cameras that slightly shifts an image by a few pixels? If the car blindly trusted so-called'adversarial inputs,' it might take unnecessary and potentially dangerous action.


Opinion/Middendorf: Military risks and potential of artificial intelligence

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Former Secretary of the Navy J. William Middendorf II, of Little Compton, lays out the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party in his recent book, "The Great Nightfall." With the emerging priority of artificial intelligence (AI), China is shifting away from a strategy of neutralizing or destroying an enemy's conventional military assets -- its planes, ships and army units. AI strategy is now evolving into dominating what are termed adversaries' "systems-of-systems" -- the combinations of all their intelligence and conventional military assets. What China would attempt first is to disable all of its adversaries' information networks that bind their military systems and assets. It would destroy individual elements of these now-disaggregated forces, probably with missiles and naval strikes.


How Toyota thrives when the chips are down

The Japan Times

Beijing – Toyota Motor Corp. may have pioneered the just-in-time manufacturing strategy, but its decision to stockpile the chips that have become key components in cars goes back a decade to the Fukushima disaster. After the catastrophe severed Toyota's supply chains on March 11, 2011, the world's biggest automaker realized the lead-time for semiconductors was far too long to cope with devastating shocks such as natural disasters. The automaker came up with a business continuity plan (BCP) that required suppliers to stockpile anywhere from two to six months' worth of chips, depending on the time it takes from order to delivery, four sources said. That's why Toyota has so far been largely unscathed by a global shortage of semiconductors following a surge in demand for electrical goods under novel coronavirus lockdowns that has forced many rival automakers to suspend production, the sources said. "Toyota was, as far as we can tell, the only automaker properly equipped to deal with chip shortages," said a person familiar with Harman International, which specializes in car audio systems, displays and driver assistance technology.


5G: New Wave in the IoT Regime

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IoT has been radically changing consumer and business landscape over the last few decades. The diverse set of connected devices from a range of verticals needs a unique communication infrastructure. Besides, these connected devices require low power, faster connectivity, and higher security. With the advent of technologies, enterprises have adopted digital transformation to get an edge over their competitors. As a result, new application areas are emerging across a range of verticals, such as industrial automation, smart factories, Machine to Machine (M2M) process control, discrete and process manufacturing, smart grid, smart meters, smart energy, smart lighting, remote patient monitoring, hospital asset tracking, remote diagnosis, remote surgery, warehouse logistics, fleet management, asset tracking, autonomous driving, smart cities, public safety, parking management, video surveillance, smart building, smart retail, environmental monitoring, water management, and crop management.


8 Best Robotics Courses, Training, and Certifications Online

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Get Robotics Certification taking the Online Robotics Degree Programs. However, you can get an online Robotics Degree from a lot of places like Coursera, Udemy, EDx, Futurelearn, and so on. One of the robotics tutorials for beginners to advanced. Learn Robotics online to open career opportunities and have fun to learn electronics focused on building robot automation! An autonomous light-seeking an obstacle avoiding robot for Arduino Makers that want to learn the hard way!


What happened when Waymo reenacted real fatal car crashes with its autonomous vehicle

Mashable

Waymo's autonomous vehicles were put through the gnarly paces of 72 simulations of fatal crashes for safety research. The Google spinoff company, which operates its self-driving car service in the area just outside Phoenix, released a study Monday showing how its autonomous vehicles would respond during unsafe driving situations. The company collected crash information from 72 real fatal crashes with human drivers at the wheel that took place in the Chandler, Arizona, area between 2008 and 2017. Researchers reconstructed them in a virtual simulation, with the Waymo vehicle replacing both the car that initiated the crash (called "the initiator" in the study) and the car responding ("the responder"). With Waymo replaced virtually in both positions of the crash, the company ran enough simulations (91 of them, to be exact, since some of the crashes involved just one car) to understand how its autonomous platform would respond in the situation.


Can We Be Friends with Robots?

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To determine how close humans and robots can become, we need a clear understanding of what, exactly, friendship is, and defining friendship isn't easy. Our friendships are made, maintained, and repaired all the time. Hopefully, we all have friends and believe, deep in our hearts, that the one ship that won't sink is friendship. Although friendship plays such a profound role in our lives that research links it to both emotional and physical well-being, people disagree about what makes friendship special and how far the bonds can go. Can we be friends with people who do things we find unconscionable?