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With the help of Microsoft, last year Toyota created a new data analytics division called Toyota Connected to bring Internet-connected services into the car. Earlier this year, Renault-Nissan inked a deal to leverage Microsoft's Connected Vehicle Platform and its Azure cloud architecture to collect vehicle sensor and usage data in order to develop "connected driving experiences." Ford recently invested $182 million in Pivotal, a cloud-based software company, in part to create analytics tools and a cloud platform to support the automaker's Smart Mobility initiative. Cadillac introduced the first production vehicle-to-vehicle communication system on its 2017 models, and last year, Audi launched a Traffic Light Information vehicle-to-infrastructure system that lets its cars know how long a light will stay red or green to help improve traffic flow.



3 machine learning success stories: An inside look

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Fewer technologies are hotter than artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), which mimic the behavior of the human mind to help companies improve business operations. Even Uber, weathering several legal challenges, has made time to reveal Michelangelo, an internal ML-as-a-service platform, that "democratizes machine learning and makes scaling AI to meet the needs of business as easy as requesting a ride." For the past several months, he has been using Salesforce.com's Einstein AI/ML technology to increase personalization across the bank's small business, wholesale, commercial wealth and commercial banking units. Key advice: Using ML to identify patterns is the key to creating self-healing capabilities.


3 machine learning success stories: An inside look

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Fewer technologies are hotter than artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), which mimic the behavior of the human mind to help companies improve business operations. Even Uber, weathering several legal challenges, has made time to reveal Michelangelo, an internal ML-as-a-service platform, that "democratizes machine learning and makes scaling AI to meet the needs of business as easy as requesting a ride." For the past several months, he has been using Salesforce.com's Einstein AI/ML technology to increase personalization across the bank's small business, wholesale, commercial wealth and commercial banking units. Key advice: Using ML to identify patterns is the key to creating self-healing capabilities.


A Robot Designed To Help Kids With Autism Learn Social Cues

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Using machine learning, Hoffman and the team at Google are working on designing ways for Blossom to act during different videos to help autistic kids learn key social cues. As robots become increasingly common in our offices, public spaces, and homes, designers have added everything from friendly faces to fur to make the devices more approachable. "In the end, we love warm, organic materials, things made of wood and natural materials like wool or fabric," Hoffman says. "Why aren't social robots also made from these materials?"


Hastings begins hunt for artificial intelligence experts

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Hastings is the latest British insurer looking to invest in artificial intelligence after chief executive Gary Hoffman pledged to hire hundreds of data experts. Mr Hoffman said the FTSE 250 company was looking to hire a "few hundred people in the next few years, particularly data analytics people and people involved in AI [artificial intelligence]." Insurers are competing to embrace artificial intelligence or machine learning to spot risky behaviour and fight fraudulent claims, with Aviva confirming earlier this year that it was looking to acquire start-ups in this space. Mr Hoffman's comments follow a strong first half for the group, which reported a 22pc boost in profits to £86.5m after cashing in on the rising number of people shopping for a bargain on price comparison websites.


Roomba vacuum maker iRobot betting big on the 'smart' home

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Amazon declined to comment, and Apple and Google did not respond to requests for comment. Low-cost Roomba rivals were the subject of a report by short-seller Ben Axler of Spruce Point Capital Management, which sent the stock down 20 percent to $84 at the end of June. The company's smart home vision has helped bring around some former critics. Short-seller Axler's June report caused a stir mostly with its prediction that value-priced appliance maker SharkNinja Operating LLC could launch a robovac by year's end.


Roomba vacuum maker iRobot betting big on the 'smart' home

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All robovacs use short-range infrared or laser sensors to detect and avoid obstacles, but iRobot added a camera, new sensors and software to Roombas in 2015 to give them the ability to map while they clean. So far investors have cheered Angle's plans, sending iRobot stock soaring to $102 in mid-June from $35 a year ago, giving it a market value of nearly $2.5 billion on 2016 revenue of $660 million. So far investors have cheered Angle's plans, sending iRobot stock soaring to $102 in mid-June from $35 a year ago, giving it a market value of nearly $2.5 billion on 2016 revenue of $660 million But there are headwinds for iRobot's approach, ranging from privacy concerns to a rising group of mostly cheaper competitors - such as the $300 Bissell SmartClean and the $270 Hoover Quest 600 - which are threatening to turn a once-futuristic product into a commoditized home appliance. All robovacs use short-range infrared or laser sensors to detect and avoid obstacles, but iRobot in 2015 added a camera, new sensors and software to its flagship 900-series Roomba that gave it the ability to build a map while keeping track of their own location within it.


A new breed of scientist, with brains of silicon

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But here's the key difference: When the robots do finally discover the genetic changes that boost chemical output, they don't have a clue about the biochemistry behind their effects. So far, Hoffman says, Zymergen's robotic lab has boosted the efficiency of chemical-producing microbes by more than 10%. And the advantageous genetic changes that the robots find represent real discoveries, ones that human scientists probably wouldn't have identified. AI could give biologists limited help in designing better experiments, Hodak says, but he worries that outsourcing any more of the scientific process will prove "much more complicated than we expect."


Reid Hoffman: 'If you could train an AI to be a Buddhist, it would probably be pretty good'

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LinkedIn founder and Microsoft board member Reid Hoffman shared a number of thoughts on the future of artificial intelligence research during the annual State of Technology Luncheon Friday in Seattle, as part of a wide-ranging discussion hosted by the Tech Alliance.