At a Glance – Adversarial Attacks - Disruption Hub


No machine learning algorithm is perfect. Whilst the margin of error might be tiny, any computer which uses such algorithms sometimes makes mistakes. Earlier this month, research conducted by a team of students from MIT showed that Google's neural network could be tricked into misidentifying a 3D printed turtle as a gun. The group used a hacking technique known as an adversarial attack, altering the image that the software received. In other words, an adversarial attack is a smokescreen for computers.

Analyzing start-up and investment trends in the mobility ecosystem


How can companies identify--and source--the technologies that will be critical for crafting a strategy to keep up in the shifting automotive landscape? The automotive industry is in the early phases of what is expected to be rapid and fundamental change. Technology is the key to further penetration of all these trends, as well as the developing business models that allow companies to capitalize on them. The industry players--traditional automotive companies and new entrants alike--that identify and secure those technological resources will be best positioned to benefit in the new mobility landscape. Thus, industry players need to think about sourcing underlying technologies rather than acquiring single products or services.

It Might Not Sound Sexy, but AI and AR are What's Hot in Retail


When you go to Fashion Week, the talk is all about what's trending in colors, cuts, hemlines and finishes. When you go to retail seminars, it's about data and how artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and even augmented reality (AR) are moving the needle in transforming the customer experience and the future of the commerce. While these tech-oriented terms might not have the headline appeal of Philipp Plein's cabaret runway show, they are defining the future of retail. Lori Mitchell-Keller, global general manager of consumer industries for software solutions firm SAP, says AI and AR will help retailers provide not only a seamless shopping experience, but convenience in today's fast-paced economy. "With personalized recommendations, consumers get the best of both worlds," Mitchell-Keller says.

For the first time, a robot passed a medical licensing exam


Experts generally agree that, before we might consider artificial intelligence (AI) to be truly intelligent --that is, on a level on par with human cognition-- AI agents have to pass a number of tests. And while this is still a work in progress, AIs have been busy passing other kinds of tests. Xiaoyi, an AI-powered robot in China, for example, has recently taken the national medical licensing examination and passed, making it the first robot to have done so. Not only did the robot pass the exam, it actually got a score of 456 points, which is 96 points above the required marks. This robot, developed by leading Chinese AI company iFlytek Co., Ltd., has been designed to capture and analyze patient information.

Machine learning can boost IoT efficacy


A new report from Forrester advises CIOs to leverage machine learning to turn the tsunami of data obtained in Internet of Things (IoT) deployments into actionable insights. Successful companies in the industrial sector that are doing this are not only predicting problems and opportunities before they occur, but are also developing new revenue streams during their digital transformation. Large volumes of data are required to train and then exploit machine learning algorithms, and fortunately that data is now easily accessible, especially as IoT gains traction in industries. According to Forrester's Paul Miller, senior analyst serving CIO professionals and lead author of the report, "Put Data to Work in the Industrial Internet of Things," machine learning is becoming a powerful tool in efforts to win, serve, and retain customers. "It's easy to focus on automating or augmenting existing processes with IoT, and this can deliver real cost savings and efficiency gains.

Drones Distribute Swarms of Sterile Mosquitoes to Stop Zika and Other Diseases

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The deadliest animal on Earth, by far, is the mosquito. Millions of people die annually from mosquito-borne illnesses, and many of those diseases can't be cured with drugs. It's best to avoid being bitten in the first place, but this is becoming more difficult as the insects expand their range, migrating north with warming climates. For decades, government agencies and nonprofit organizations have tried to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in developing countries by spraying large areas with insecticides. But that process is expensive, especially as mosquitoes develop resistance to commonly used chemicals.

Engineers get the feeling for robotic fingers


A robotic gripper that can screw in lightbulbs or use a screwdriver without needing to'see' them or be pre-programmed to recognize them has been developed at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

Baig's best tech picks of 2017 will eat at your wallet


The new iPhoneX has a less alarming price tag if you do a trade-in deal at one of the four major carriers. These were among the standout products I've checked out these past 12 months. Though some of the entries on my chosen list made it on potential, and none are without flaws, each in its own way left a strong favorable impression. Warning: they'll also leave you in some cases with a considerably smaller bank account. When the most hyped and anticipated iPhone in years not only ditches the familiar home button and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor but also cracks the $1000 price barrier, there was more than a little bit of pressure on Apple to belt a home run with the iPhone X. More: I've had an iPhone X all week.

'Dota 2' and 'League of Legends' players might be smarter than you


People who play multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBA) like Dota 2 and League of Legends perform better on problem solving and logic tests than those who play shooters Destiny and Battlefield 3, researchers found. "The specific MOBA genre is remarkable in the sense that it already engages a vast number of players across the globe, but more generally, complex, socially-interactive and intellectually demanding video games are now ubiquitous and generate a constant stream of performance data that can be normalized against millions of other players," a team from the University of York in the UK concludes. The scientists found that as participants got older, shooter skills dropped. The performance pattern suggested that younger players had an advantage over older ones and that "performance decreases monotonically with age." Since MOBAs tend to favor more strategy and planning than twitch reflexes, this might not be too surprising.

Roomba robotic vacuums now follow IFTTT instructions


If Roomba vacuums are going to feel like they're truly part of your connected home, they need to do more than dutifully clean your floors on a set schedule. Thankfully, iRobot is helping them do just that. It just added IFTTT "recipes" that tell Roomba robots when to clean or to interact with other devices. You can tell your robovac to start cleaning when you leave or stop when you get home, for starters. However, the cleverest tricks come when the robot interacts with the outside world.