Dubai as a tech pioneer, from flying taxis to robocops

Daily Mail

The undisputed star of the expo, which has more than 4,000 companies from 71 countries participating, was Dubai's flying taxi project. It will fly at a height of 120 metres (130 yards), meaning it will be'out of the way of commercial flights' The undisputed star of the expo, which has more than 4,000 companies from 71 countries participating, was Dubai's flying taxi project developed by German drone firm Volocopter. The motion's rear facing 12-megapixel camera, with dual-tone LED flash, can take high quality stills and shoot 4K video at 30 fps The device will initially be launched in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, before becoming available elsewhere. On the rear, a 12-megapixel camera with dual-tone LED flash can take high quality stills and shoot 4K video at 30 fps.

New entrants flock to Tokyo's cutting-edge technology trade show

The Japan Times

This year, CEATEC has attracted 667 companies and organizations, up 2.9 percent from the 648 exhibitors last year. But if you look inside, some dramatic changes are happening," said Kiyoshi Shikano, executive vice president of Japan Electronics Show Association, CEATEC's organizer. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. is showing off financial technology services, including a foreign exchange prediction system co-developed with Tokyo-based artificial intelligence startup AlpacaJapan Co. MUFG, as the banking group is known, sees collaboration with startups as a way to accelerate its "open innovation," which combines the company's vision and assets with external technical expertise, said Hirofumi Aihara, general manager of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group's Digital Transformation Division. Meanwhile, major electronics maker Panasonic Corp. exhibited a computer that can calculate the nutritional content of food in about 10 seconds.

Review: A New Exhibition Shows That Humanoid Robots Have Been Around Longer Than You Think

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

The humanoid creations on display at the Science Museum include a creepy animatronic baby. Unlike earlier automata that were essentially wind-up toys with preprogrammed motions, robots of the 21st century are learning to sense human expression and movement, and to respond in useful ways. Among those on view here are RoboThespian, the first full-size humanoid to be commercialized (IEEE Spectrum covered its theatrical debut in New York City in 2015); Hiroshi Ishiguro's Kodomoroid, a female humanoid robot "employed" as a television newsreader; Rethink Robotics' Baxter, a dual-armed industrial robot with a virtual face designed to fit into a human factory workspace (and another Spectrum favorite); the Shadow Dexterous Hand, which replicates the movement of a human hand; and several childlike humanoids designed to help children with learning and social deficits. In his 1965 preface to the science fiction collection The Pseudo-People: Androids in Science Fiction, William F. Nolan called humanoid robots an inevitable development: "The android will duplicate the human form as nearly as possible; synthetic flesh will cover a body and brain made up of superbly designed electronic components."

Be at IJCAI in Sweden, if Artificial Intelligence is core to your organisation


The International Joint Conference of Artificial Intelligence (or in short IJCAI) is the most established, important and leading scientific event in Artificial Intelligence. Melbourne was the proud hosting city of IJCAI 2017, attracting over 2000 AI researchers and 42 industrial sponsors and exhibitors. The Swedish AI Society is the local AI hosting organisation of IJCAI-ECAI-18, overlooked by the IJCAI foundation headquartered in the United States of America. Christian Guttmann (PhD) is the executive director of the Nordic Artificial Intelligence Institute, Associate Professor (Adj.)

Banksy donates funds from anti-arms artwork sale

BBC News

The artwork, Civilian Drone Strike, was on display at the Stop the Arms Fair art exhibition in east London. The exhibition was held alongside the world's largest arms fair, the Defence and Security Equipment International - both exhibitions closed on Friday. The money raised from the Banksy sale will be split between one of the exhibition's organisers, Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), and the human rights group Reprieve. During last week's Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) fair, Mr Smith said it was "shameful that the government is welcoming despots and dictatorships to the UK to buy weapons".

How artificial intelligence and robots can change your living spaces


The Bone Chair is set to go on display at the New York's Cooper Hewitt, The Smithsonian Design Museum, alongside other highlights from Laarman's career, including a set of tables made from reprogrammable molecular building blocks called voxels. The exhibition, titled "Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age," encourages visitors to interact with technologies that may soon become commonplace, said the show's curator Andrea Lipps. "Right now, you can see digital fabrication is taking off and this leads to a completely new type of form language. "Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age" will be exhibited at Cooper Hewitt, The Smithsonian Design Museum from 27 September 2017 to 14 January 2018.

Chilling warning about how artifical intelligence can be used against us


The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art ...

A/B Testing Vs. AI Conversions


One of the standouts, with some solid AI conversion case studies, was San Francisco based Sentient, a 10-year-old AI company that uses a branch of artificial intelligence called evolutionary algorithm. "The marketers can give the AI all of their ideas, and then based on the traffic that comes to their site, it starts to understand which ideas increase conversions better. It's basically an end goal determined that's handed off to the AI engine, which then determines how to meet that goal. In one case for Cosabella, the global luxury lingerie brand, the Sentient AI engine tested 2,300 combinations of changes, ending in a 93% conversion rate on mobile and overall conversion rate increase of 38%.

'Dota 2' pro destroyed by AI player from an Elon Musk start-up


Elon Musk, noted artificial intelligence worrywart, backs the tech firm behind a robot brain that was smart enough to take down a Dota 2 pro this week. The goal is to eventually assemble a full team of AI bots for 5v5 matches and, further down the road, to mix AI players in with human players on a single team. As you weigh all of this, remember again: Elon Musk, AI fearmonger extraordinaire, is an OpenAI founder. Teaching a robot brain to play battle-oriented strategy games... what could go wrong?

The Neural Net That Recreated 'Blade Runner' Has the Movie Stuck in Its Memory


Artist and machine learning engineer Terence Broad's Auto-Encoding Blade Runner is the project Philip K. Dick would have made if he were a scientist. The real question behind Broad's Blade Runner parallels the themes of Philip K Dick's legendary novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep: Where does one draw the line between human and machine, the real and the seemingly real? That's what I think is powerfully evocative about Auto-encoding Blade Runner--that synthetic leap that the neural network makes." For example, Broad's network couldn't recognize black screens.