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Tesla's new AI guru will help its cars learn for themselves

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Elon Musk has hired a new director of AI research at Tesla, and it may signal a plan to rethink the way its automated driving works. This week, Musk poached Andrej Karpathy, an expert on vision, deep learning, and reinforcement learning, from OpenAI, a nonprofit that Musk and others are funding that's dedicated to "discovering and enacting the path to safe artificial general intelligence." After Stanford, Karpathy interned with DeepMind, where reinforcement learning is a major focus. Appointing Karpathy a Tesla's director of AI research indicates something else about the challenge of autonomous driving: there's some distance left to go before it's solved (see "What to Know Before You Get in a Self-Driving Car").


Artificial intelligence in the workplace changes roles of employees - Modern Mobility

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Machine learning and data analytics are on the rise, leaving some employees to fear that computers will take over their jobs, but that is not the case. In the past, the job of professionals was to gather data and information as if they were solving a puzzle, but that changes with today's data analytics and artificial intelligence in the workplace. Employees today aren't puzzle solvers who go out and gather information, but mystery solvers who must make sense of complex information that machines gather, Gladwell said. "In the future, we are not getting rid of human judgment," Gladwell said.


Tesla hired a top AI expert to lead a critical aspect of Autopilot -- here's what we know

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Tesla has completely shaken up its Autopilot team, and its newest addition is Andrej Karpathy, the new director of artificial intelligence and Autopilot vision. He received a pHd in machine learning and computer vision from Stanford University. Karpathy has mostly worked in academia, but he joined Tesla's artificial intelligence group OpenAI last September as a research scientist. As a Tesla exec, Karpathy said he will look to apply his work with convolutional nets to Autopilot.


3D imaging reveals Bryn Celli Ddu was bigger than thought

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Bryn Celli Ddu, or the'Mound in the Dark Grove' has a special feature, which means that on the longest day of the year, a beam of light is cast down the passage, lighting up the chamber Researchers have used ground penetrating radar (GPR) which bounces radar signals from structures beneath the surface such as stones, or the fills of pits to reveal hidden structures. They also used resistivity which involves passing a current through the soil, identifying high resistance structures (like stones in a cairn), and low resistance features (like pits or ditches). Researchers used ground penetrating radar (GPR) which bounces radar signals from structures beneath the surface such as stones, or the fills of pits to reveal hidden structures. Experts used magnetometry which measures tiny variations in the earth's magnetic background caused by buried archaeology Experts believe Bryn Celli Ddu had five wooden posts which were built in the tomb's forecourt during the Mesolithic period.


Tesla hires AI expert to help lead team in charge of self-driving software

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Tesla Inc. has hired a Stanford University computer scientist specializing in artificial intelligence and deep learning to lead its efforts around driverless cars. Karpathy is "one of the world's leading experts in computer vision and deep learning," the spokesperson said. Apple's CEO Tim Cook recently confirmed the company's efforts around what he called "autonomous systems," and called driverless cars "the mother of all AI projects." The hire comes as Tesla's lead of Autopilot software, Chris Lattner, earlier this week announced he was leaving the company after six months on the job.


Fine List of 50 Top World Digital Experts to Follow in 2017 [with @Moz Social Score]

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Here's a Fine List of 50 Top World Digital Experts to Follow on Twitter in 2017 [ranked by their Moz Social Score]. Tip: You can check your Moz Social Authority there: MySocialAuthority.com


Tesla reshuffles its Autopilot self-driving team

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Earlier this year Tesla announced engineer Chris Lattner would leave Apple and lead its Autopilot engineering team, but just five months later he is departing. Lattner, the designer of Apple's Swift programming language, tweeted "Turns out that Tesla isn't a good fit for me after all," while Tesla announced it has hired Andrej Karpathy, "one of the world's leading experts in computer vision and deep learning." He will become the company's Director of AI and Autopilot Vision, reporting directly to CEO Elon Musk, who he may know well from his previous job as a research scientist at the Musk-backed OpenAI. Andrej Karpathy, one of the world's leading experts in computer vision and deep learning, is joining Tesla as Director of AI and Autopilot Vision, reporting directly to Elon Musk.


AI may take your job - in 120 years - BBC News

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In 45 years' time, though, half of jobs currently filled by humans will have been taken over by an artificial intelligence system, results indicate. On the big question of whether AI would be good or bad for the human race, most felt the probability for a bad outcome was low (10%), compared with a median probability of 25% for a good outcome. Noel Sharkey, a robotics and AI expert at Sheffield University, said: "Survey results about the future can be useful within a five to 10 year range. He said it was inevitable that machines would outperform humans on many tasks but questioned whether this would make the technology comparable to humans.


Does Machine Learning Have a Future Role in Cyber Security?

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Open source machine learning and data science tools such as Python's Scikit-learn package are freely available, very powerful and often used to build these tools. Supervised learning requires labelled training datasets and is less suited to cyber security. Unsupervised learning doesn't require labelled training data and is better suited to finding suspicious activity, including the ability to detect attacks that have never been seen before. Some recent developments and improvements in cyber security machine learning include a joint effort by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and a ML startup called PatternEx.


How traditional industries will reap the benefits of machine learning

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Traditional industries possess a wealth of historical data due to the established operational processes already in place. While traditional methods of optimisation would require the introduction of new equipment or technologies, often leading to significant expenditure with no or little guaranteed return on investment for several years, with machine learning companies are able to increase efficiency in just a matter of months and with no capital investment. Through this ability to deliver more precise predictions and recommend the best options for routine, repetitive processes, AI brings tangible improvements. But as we await this revolution – one bound to take several decades and several billion in financial investment to completely reveal its full potential – businesses should focus on another AI applications which can come to benefit in a matter of months.