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The Future of AI Part 1


It was reported that Venture Capital investments into AI related startups made a significant increase in 2018, jumping by 72% compared to 2017, with 466 startups funded from 533 in 2017. PWC moneytree report stated that that seed-stage deal activity in the US among AI-related companies rose to 28% in the fourth-quarter of 2018, compared to 24% in the three months prior, while expansion-stage deal activity jumped to 32%, from 23%. There will be an increasing international rivalry over the global leadership of AI. President Putin of Russia was quoted as saying that "the nation that leads in AI will be the ruler of the world". Billionaire Mark Cuban was reported in CNBC as stating that "the world's first trillionaire would be an AI entrepreneur".

Buying a new car? These tech features could drive your choice

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What do automotive shoppers really want? A few years ago, those who kicked the tires on new vehicles might have prioritized fuel efficiency, comfort, or perhaps horsepower. "The race never ends to develop'must have' vehicle technologies," says Kristin Kolodge, executive director of driver interaction and human machine interface research at J.D. Power. "New technology continues to be a primary factor in the vehicle purchase decision." "However, it's critical for automakers to offer features that owners find intuitive and reliable," Kolodge adds.

Breakthrough in safety-critical machine learning could be just the beginning


Safety is the central focus on driverless vehicle systems development. Artificial intelligence (AI) is coming at us fast. It's being used in the apps and services we plug into daily without us really noticing, whether it's a personalized ad on Facebook, or Google recommending how you sign off your email. If these applications fail, it may result in some irritation to the user in the worst case. But we are increasingly entrusting AI and machine learning to safety-critical applications, where system failure results in a lot more than a slight UX issue.

From bomb-affixed drones to narco tanks and ventilated tunnels: How well-equipped are the Mexican cartels?

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Mexico's increasingly militarized crackdown of powerful drug cartels has left nearly 39,000 unidentified bodies languishing in the country's morgues – a grotesque symbol of the ever-burgeoning war on drugs and rampant violence. Investigative NGO Quinto Elemento Labs, in a recent report, found that an alarming number of people have been simply buried in common graves without proper postmortems, while others were left in funeral homes. The so-called war of drugs has claimed the lives of nearly 300,000 people over the last 14 years, while another 73,000 have gone missing. All the while, these cartels have yet to be designated formal terrorist organizations despite boasting well-documented arsenals of sophisticated weaponry to rival most fear-inducing militias on battlefields abroad. Just last month, reports surfaced that Mexico's Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) now possess bomb-toting drones – which The Drive's Warzone depicts as "small quadcopter-type drones carrying small explosive devices to attack its enemies."

Self-Driving Vehicle Technology

Communications of the ACM

Automakers have already spent at least $16 billion developing self-driving technology, with the promise of someday creating fully autonomous vehicles.2 What has been the result? Although it seems that we have more promises than actual progress, some encouraging experiments are now under way, and there have been intermediate benefits in the form of driver-assist safety features. Engineers started on this quest to automate driving several decades ago, when passenger vehicles first began deploying cameras, radar, and limited software controls. In the 1990s, automakers introduced radar-based adaptive cruise control and dynamic traction control for braking.

How Autonomous Vehicles will redefine the concept of mobility.


The technology behind Autonomous vehicles can surprise you. These vehicles are characterized by not having to deal with human limitations, such as tiredness and inattention. To the delight of many, these machines can park alone, and they do not drive drunk or speak on the phone while driving, like many humans that we know. It is known that human failures cause 94% of traffic accidents, and this innovation is mainly developed to save lives, reducing consistently the fatalities. According to a study from 2015 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic accidents are the most significant cause of death of young people between 15 and 29 years globally, overcoming the victims of AIDS, flu, and dengue together, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Tesla CEO Elon Musk's next big bet rides on better batteries

The Japan Times

SAN RAMON, California – Tesla is working on new battery technology that CEO Elon Musk says will enable the company within the next three years to make sleeker, more affordable cars that can travel dramatically longer distances on a single charge. But the battery breakthroughs that Musk unveiled Tuesday at a highly anticipated event didn't impress investors. They were hoping Tesla's technology would mark an even bigger leap forward and propel the company's soaring stock to even greater heights. Tesla's shares shed more than 6 percent in extended trading after Musk's presentation. That deepened a downturn that began during Tuesday's regular trading session as investors began to brace for a potential letdown.

Elon Musk says Tesla's full self-driving Autopilot is coming soon and it's 'clearly going to work'

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The full-self driving car is about to take a step closer to reality. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday that the test version of company's Autopilot system will be released in "a month or so." While he didn't describe its capabilities, Musk said that once it's out, "you'll see what it's like. It's clearly going to work." A number of startups and established automakers have been racing to develop self-driving technology.

uOttawa professor steers AI startup toward 'huge' opportunity in self-driving car industry


With that crispness in the air a sure sign summer is coming to an end, Robert Laganière is already looking forward to the sub-zero chill of January. While snowbanks, blizzards and icy roads are a veritable nightmare for most Ottawa residents, for the University of Ottawa computer scientist and entrepreneur they represent the ideal proving ground for his company's cutting-edge tech. Laganière is the founder and CEO of Sensor Cortek, a startup launched early last year out of an incubator run by uOttawa's Faculty of Engineering. He leads a team of researchers developing technology for self-driving vehicles that uses artificial intelligence to help detect pedestrians, cars and other surrounding objects. The seven-person company's state-of-the-art sensors combine tools such as radar and Lidar with deep neural computer networks that mimic the functions of the human brain.

Why Voice Tech is the Future of the Automotive Industry


Car manufacturers are catching on the new tech wave. After the pandemic hit and social-distancing became our new normal, a personal vehicle became one of the safest ways to travel -- with proper sanitation, of course. And as we're all moving to a touchless future, the automotive industry is no exception. According to the study by While analysts from Frost & Sullivan predict that the importance of digital voice assistants in automotive branding will increasingly grow. We believe that in the next few years, voice technology will become one of the key drivers transforming the automotive industry.