artificial intelligence


Salesforce updates Sales Cloud with AI-based productivity features

ZDNet

Salesforce on Tuesday announced a slew of new productivity features in Sales Cloud that aim to streamline administrative tasks for sales reps. Salesforce posits that sales reps spend roughly 9 hours per week searching for information that they need to close deals, which translates into less time doing actual selling. With that in mind, the latest Sales Cloud update focuses on features that make access to information and collaboration more efficient. Among the updates is the new Inbox Now app. Salesforce said the app, powered by its AI system Einstein, is a tool that let sales reps integrate account, contact and meeting information directly into their calendar so insights are surfaced in context.


Quobyte's TensorFlow plug-in speeds machine learning

ZDNet

Quobyte announced last week that its Data Center File System is the first distributed file system to offer a TensorFlow plug-in, providing increased throughput performance and linear scalability for ML-powered applications. They say it provides 30 percent faster throughput performance improvement for ML training workflows Quobyte's Inc., whose major product is their scale-out Data Center File System (DCFS), is the first distributed file system to offer a TensorFlow plug-in. TensorFlow is Google's open-source ML software library for numerical computation and large-scale machine learning. It's used across industries such as autonomous vehicles, robotics, financial services, healthcare, government, aerospace, defense, and many others. The plug-in allows TensorFlow applications to talk directly to Quobyte, bypassing the operating system kernel to significantly reduce kernel mode context switches and CPU usage.


Take a stand for consumer privacy: The anti-surveillance economy

ZDNet

If you have worked in or around tech for the last decade, you have heard -- or likely spoken -- this irreverent remark about the data economy. While critics are all too willing to give this judgment on the use of consumer data in modern business, there are notably few alternatives or solutions mentioned. But the most concerning part of this saying is the seeming inevitability of data collection, aggregation, and monetization. No other mechanisms exist for people beyond what appears to be a binary choice. And even choice is an illusion in some cases.


Where are the cameras in your car and what are they looking for?

USATODAY

Shot at the New York Auto Show, the new Cadillac Super Cruise includes a driver facing camera. In 2018, drivers asked for hi-tech, onboard cameras and now they're getting them. The New York International Auto Show, open to the public through April 28, is ground zero for next-generation car technology and also home to several vehicles that offer in-car and exterior monitoring systems. From upgraded blind spot cams to facial recognition software installed in the dash, cars on display are equipped with several sets of digital eyes that can improve vehicle security, safety and convenience. Some of the cameras can help propel cars closer toward an autonomous future by enabling the vehicle to see what's around it.


Video of parked Model S spontaneously exploding adds to Tesla woes ahead of earnings results

The Japan Times

SHANGHAI - Video of a parked Tesla Model S exploding and a Wall Street downgrade of the electric carmaker's stock pushed shares down 4 percent Monday, just as it prepared to issue results for a troubled first quarter. Brokerage Evercore cut its recommendation for shares of the Silicon Valley company to "sell," becoming the 12th brokerage to ask investors to abandon billionaire Elon Musk's venture and raising bearish sentiment to its highest level ever. Musk and Tesla Inc. have faced a range of challenges over the past year as one of the leaders in electric vehicle technology sought to ramp up production, deliveries and sales of the Model 3 sedan seen as crucial to its long-term profitability. The company, which is struggling with deliveries of its higher-priced Model S and X luxury cars, said it has sent a team to investigate the video on Chinese social media apparently showing the latest in a string of fires involving its cars. The video, time stamped Sunday evening and widely shared on China's Twitter-like Weibo, shows the parked vehicle emitting smoke and bursting into flames seconds later.


Tesla says 'robotaxis' coming next year, touts self-driving microchip

The Japan Times

SAN FRANCISCO - Chief Executive Elon Musk said Tesla Inc. "robotaxis" with no human drivers will be available in some markets next year thanks to exponential improvements in technology. "Probably two years from now we'll make a car with no steering wheels or pedals," he predicted, while acknowledging he often misses deadlines and his presentation on Monday started 30 minutes late. Musk also unveiled on Monday a microchip for self-driving vehicles that the electric car company hopes will give Tesla an edge over rivals and persuade investors its massive investment in autonomous driving will pay off. The presentation came two days before Tesla is expected to announce a quarterly loss on fewer deliveries of its Model 3 sedan, which represents Tesla's attempt to become a volume carmaker. Global carmakers, large technology companies and an array of startups are developing self-driving cars -- including Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo and Uber Technologies Inc. -- but experts say it will be years before the systems are ready for prime time.


Elon Musk claims Neuralink technology that will connect human brain with computers is 'coming soon'

Daily Mail

Elon Musk believes humans must link up with machines in order to fight the inevitable onslaught of artificial intelligence. In a recent tweet, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO said technology from his latest company, Neuralink, will be'coming soon.' Musk has yet to offer up any more details on when or how the tech will come to fruition. Neuralink has previously teased a product that would effectively connect human brains to computers using a tiny implanted chip. Elon Musk believes humans must link up with machines in order to fight the inevitable onslaught of artificial intelligence. In a recent tweet, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO said technology from his latest company, Neuralink, will be'coming soon' In a new interview, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his latest company Neuralink will have the technology ready to merge human brains with machines'within the next decade' While many tech leaders push that AI will become invaluable to humanity, others argue it poses a threat to our species.


Elon Musk claims Tesla has created 'the best chip in the world' for autonomous vehicles

Daily Mail

Elon Musk has given a rare glimpse into the underpinnings of his electric car company's futuristic autonomous vehicle technology. At Tesla's first-ever Autonomy Day with investors, the firm revealed it has developed what it says is the'best chip in the world' that will allow its cars to achieve full self-driving capabilities without the need for human intervention. The new chip has allowed Tesla to make strides in bringing fully autonomous software to its fleet of vehicles, so much so that Musk predicts Tesla will have more than one million fully self-driving cars on the road by 2020. Elon Musk has given a rare glimpse into the underpinnings of his electric car company's futuristic autonomous vehicle technology. How could it be that Tesla, who has never designed a chip before, would design the best chip in the world?' Musk said on stage at the event, which was hosted at Tesla's Palo Alto, California headquarters.


Tesla will launch its first fleet of autonomous robotaxis by 2020

Daily Mail

Elon Musk said he's'very confident' that Tesla will have autonomous robo-taxis on the road as soon as next year. The billionaire tech mogul showed off a Tesla ride-sharing app at the company's Autonomy Day with investors at its Palo Alto, California headquarters on Monday. Not long after Tesla's robo-taxis are operational, Musk also predicts the firm will eliminate the steering wheel and pedals from its vehicles by 2021. Elon Musk said he's'very confident' that Tesla will have autonomous robo-taxis on the road as soon as next year. Pictured is a mock up of Tesla's ride-sharing app, shown at Autonomy Day'I feel very confident predicting autonomous robo-taxis for Tesla next year,' Musk said on stage.


Organizers of the Google Walkout Say They've Been Threatened With Demotion

Slate

On the first day of November last year, some 20,000 Google employees at more than 40 offices across the world staged a walkout protesting how the company had dealt with serious accusations of sexual assault and harassment and what many employees described as a culture of impunity for executives. The event was planned by a core group of seven organizers who work at Google. On Monday, two of those women, Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton, shared examples of retaliation they've face from the company since on a Google-internal mailing list. Wired first reported the two were facing blowback from Google for helping to organize the protest. Stapleton is a 12-year veteran at Google.