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The SmartShuttles go on-demand in Uvrier

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Five years after the launch of the "SmartShuttle" project, world's first commercial deployment of self-driving buses in public transport, the two automated shuttles "Valère" and "Tourbillon" start a new adventure in Uvrier. After having carried almost 54,000 passengers on the public road network in downtown Sion, the autonomous shuttles now run on-demand in the Uvrier district, with a connection to the SBB train station in St-Léonard, as part of a 6 months test-run. Since April 12th, residents and tourists are able to book for free the autonomous vehicles for their desired route via a dedicated mobile application or telephone. Mayor Philippe Varone is enthusiastic about the new operation: "The shuttles have proven themselves over the past few years. We are pleased that we can now take the next step in Uvrier and cover an entire residential area with an automated on-demand service with the shuttles.


Combining News Media and AI to Rapidly Identify Flooded Buildings

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has sped up the process of detecting flooded buildings immediately after a large-scale flood, allowing emergency personnel to direct their efforts efficiently. Now, a research group from Tohoku University has created a machine learning (ML) model that uses news media photos to identify flooded buildings accurately within 24 hours of the disaster. Their research was published in the journal Remote Sensing on April 5, 2021. "Our model demonstrates how the rapid reporting of news media can speed up and increase the accuracy of damage mapping activities, accelerating disaster relief and response decisions, said Shunichi Koshimura of Tohoku University's International Research Institute of Disaster Science and co-author of the study. ML and deep learning algorithms are tailored to classify objects through image analysis.


Analyzing COVID Medical Papers with Azure and Text Analytics for Health

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The idea to apply NLP methods to scientific literature seems quite natural. First of all, scientific texts are already well-structured, they contain things like keywords, abstract, as well as well-defined terms. Thus, at the very beginning of COVID pandemic, a research challenge has been launched on Kaggle to analyze scientific papers on the subject. The dataset behind this competition is called CORD (publication), and it contains constantly updated corpus of everything that is published on topics related to COVID. Currently, it contains more than 400000 scientific papers, about half of them - with full text.


A new era of innovation: Moore's Law is not dead and AI is ready to explode - SiliconANGLE

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Moore's Law is dead, right? Although the historical annual improvement of about 40% in central processing unit performance is slowing, the combination of CPUs packaged with alternative processors is improving at a rate of more than 100% per annum. These unprecedented and massive improvements in processing power combined with data and artificial intelligence will completely change the way we think about designing hardware, writing software and applying technology to businesses. Every industry will be disrupted. You hear that all the time. Well, it's absolutely true and we're going to explain why and what it all means. In this Breaking Analysis, we're going to unveil some data that suggests we're entering a new era of innovation where inexpensive processing capabilities will power an explosion of machine intelligence applications.


How will the rise of artificial intelligence change marketing?

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is a term that has been thrown around a lot lately, but what does it really mean? AI is a branch of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans. It has been around for a very long time, but today it is becoming a critical component of digital marketing that is helping companies realize meaningful results. Everyone's talking about AI, but fewer marketers truly understand what's going on. How should you, and your agency, prepare for AI?


Best Machine Learning Software in 2021

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Llanor Alleyne is managing editor of a portfolio of enterprise IT and SMB technology sites, including IT Business Edge, Enterprise Networking Planet, and Small Business Computing. In an editorial career that has spanned nearly 18 years, Llanor previously held editorial leadership roles at Residential Systems Magazine, Digital Signage Magazine, and media company AVNation.TV. Previously the host of the Digital Signage Digest podcast, Llanor is committed to understanding the impact of technology on social mores and folkways. Her deep knowledge base includes audio/video integration, IoT/smart home, immersive tech, IT, and more.


This week's best deals: $20 off Google's Nest Audio and more

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This week brought a bunch of deals on new gadgets, including Amazon's rotating Echo Show 10 and Google's Nest Hub. The former dropped to a new all-time low while the latter remains 20 percent off at various retailers. AirPods Pro are more than $50 off right now, and Amazon Prime members can snag the Fire TV Stick Lite for only $20. Here are the best tech deals from this week that you can still get today. The Nest Audio smart speaker is still $20 off across the web, bringing to down to $80.


We're still spending record amounts on gaming, a year into the pandemic

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Video game sales are still smashing records roughly a year after the COVID-19 pandemic led many people to stay indoors. The NPD Group has determined that video game spending in the US surged 18 percent in March 2021 compared to a year earlier, hitting a new record of $5.6 billion. Hardware sales in particular jumped 47 percent to $680 million, breaking a March record that hasn't been touched since 2008 -- yes, the heyday of the Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360. It won't surprise you to hear that new consoles helped fuel the hardware surge, but it wasn't all up to the new models. The PlayStation 5 is the fastest-selling console in US history both in dollars and units, NPD said. However, it wasn't the strongest seller in March -- that honor went to the four-year-old Nintendo Switch, which outperformed the PS5 in sheer volume.


AI and Fake News in Social Media

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Trump's recent use of Twitter as his main form of communication with the American people marks a turning point for social media. However, its ability to exchange pictures, video, and stories has allowed fake news and disinformation thrive on these platforms. Disinformation is false information whose goal is to mislead or change public opinion (Merriam-Webster). Today, the most apparent form of disinformation is fake news, and I'm sure you have all interacted with it in the form of Instagram posts with questionable statistics such as global warming deniers or other posts that are now flagged with'false information' tags. Unfortunately, "[s]tudies have shown that fake news spreads six times faster and lasts longer than true news."


A guide to Robotic Process Automation

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Robot-led automation has the potential to transform today's workplace as dramatically as the machines of the Industrial Revolution changed the factory floor. Both Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Intelligent Automation (IA) have the potential to make business processes smarter and more efficient, in very different ways. Both have significant advantages over traditional IT implementations. Robotic process automation tools are best suited for processes with repeatable, predictable interactions with IT applications. These processes typically lack the scale or value to warrant automation via IT transformation.