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Tesla's Model 3 'production hell' is testing Elon Musk's fix-as-you-go carmaking model

Los Angeles Times

When Elon Musk talks about the future of factory automation at Tesla, he envisions new breeds of robots and smart machines compressed in dense factories with little room for human operators, guided by self-learning software. "At the point at which the factory looks like an "alien dreadnought" -- a nod to a video game spaceship -- "you know you've won," Musk has told investors. But so far, the manufacturing of Tesla's new all-electric compact sedan, the Model 3, at its Fremont, Calif., factory is moving at a more earthbound pace. When Musk launched the car at an elaborate stage show in July, Tesla was anticipating a production rate of 20,000 Model 3s a month by the end of December. Over three months through September, though, Tesla had produced only 260 Model 3s -- about three cars a day.


Lyft taxi app boosted by $1bn investment from Google-led consortium

The Guardian

The US ride-hailing company Lyft has secured a $1bn (£760m) investment from a Google-led consortium, a considerable war chest that will help finance its challenge to Uber in the US – and possibly overseas. The funding round was led by CapitalG (formerly known as Google Capital), the strategic investment arm of Google's corporate parent Alphabet, and takes the valuation of Lyft up to $11bn. That's still a fraction of Uber's market cap, which is somewhere between $50bn and $70bn, but it pegs the company as a major domestic competitor to the trouble-stricken cab firm. Lyft is tight-lipped as to what, precisely, the new funding will be spent on. In a statement announcing the investment round, the company said: "While we've made progress towards our vision, we're most excited about what lies ahead.


Cisco snaps up machine learning outfit Perspica

ZDNet

Cisco has revealed plans to acquire San Jose startup Perspica to bolster the firm's previous purchase of AppDynamics in the data analytics arena. On Thursday, Cisco said in a blog post that Perspica is "the first acquisition to support and accelerate the AppDynamics vision." Financial details were not disclosed. The network equipment maker snapped up AppDynamics in January this year in a deal valued at $3.7 billion. AppDynamics is the developer of an enterprise platform suitable for monitoring application performance and business metrics.


NIH Clinical Center provides one of the largest publicly available chest x-ray datasets to scientific community

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The dataset of scans is from more than 30,000 patients, including many with advanced lung disease. The NIH Clinical Center recently released over 100,000 anonymized chest x-ray images and their corresponding data to the scientific community. The release will allow researchers across the country and around the world to freely access the datasets and increase their ability to teach computers how to detect and diagnose disease. Ultimately, this artificial intelligence mechanism can lead to clinicians making better diagnostic decisions for patients. NIH compiled the dataset of scans from more than 30,000 patients, including many with advanced lung disease.


Element AI Joins Partnership on AI to Shape and Design Best Practices

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MONTREAL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Element AI, an artificial intelligence company that delivers groundbreaking AI solutions, today announced it has joined the Partnership on AI (PAI) to design best practices and principles that will promote fairness, safety, transparency, and positive social impact. PAI's goals are to study and formulate best practices on the development, testing, and fielding of AI technologies while advancing the public's understanding of AI. Its mission is to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society as well as identifying and fostering aspirational efforts in AI for socially beneficial purposes. Amazon, Apple, Google/DeepMind, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft founded the partnership to bring different, valuable perspectives to its efforts through the inclusion of innovative companies like Element AI. According to a statement released by the Partnership on AI, "We actively designed the Partnership on AI to bring together a diverse range of voices from for-profit and non-profit, all of whom share our belief in the tenets and are committed to collaboration and open dialogue on the many opportunities and rising challenges around AI." In addition to Element AI, another world renown company to join PAI is Element AI Series A investor NVIDIA along with other prestigious companies including: Accenture, Association for Computer Machinery, AI Now, Amnesty International, Article 19, Berkeley CHAI, doteveryone, Fraunhofer IAO, Future of Life Institute, Hastings Center at Yale University, Hong Kong University Electronic & Computer Engineering, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Omidyar Network, Oxford Internet Institute and Tufts HRI Lab.


Martin Brossman Addresses Artificial Intelligence and Your Future in Science Talk at St. Andrews University - Press Release - Digital Journal

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A basic understanding of how it is affecting our culture is critical for business, students, sales representatives and professionals. It is a topic that inspires St. Andrews alumnus Martin Brossman to gather big-picture insights which he will share in his presentation at noon on Friday, October 20 in LA104 on the Laurinburg campus. "There has never been any other time in life when so many aspects of our world are focused on advancing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning as today," Martin Brossman said, "I believe students and professionals need a basic understanding of how Machine Learning and AI are progressing today because its influence on our life is growing rapidly. As our world gets more automated and AI gains greater dominance in our society, working on enhancing our best human qualities will give us a competitive advantage." About the Friday Science Series "Friday Science at St. Andrews seminar series consists of a seminar most Friday's of each semester.


Pornhub is using machine learning to automatically tag its 5 million videos

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Artificial intelligence has proven to be a dab hand at recognizing what's going on in photos and videos, but the datasets it's usually trained on are pretty genteel. Not so for Pornhub, which announced today that it's using machine learning to automatically catalog its videos. The site is starting small, deploying facial recognition software that will detect 10,000 individual porn stars and tag them in footage. It plans to scan all 5 million of its videos "within the next year," and then move onto more complicated territory: using the software to identify the specific categories videos belong to, like "public" and "blonde." In a press statement, Pornhub VP Corey Price said the company was joining the trend of firms using AI to "expedite antiquated processes."


The Global Service Robotics Market

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The Global Service Robotics Market is a strategy report from Berg Insight analysing the latest developments on this market covering floor cleaning robots, robot lawn mowers, milking robots, humanoid robots, telepresence robots, powered human exoskeletons, surgical robots, AGVs, AMRs and UAVs. This strategic research report from Berg Insight provides you with 240 pages of unique business intelligence including 5-year industry forecasts and expert commentary on which to base your business decisions. The future is here: Service robotics will change our lives Robots are now being increasingly adopted for service applications, both by consumers and professionals. The service robot market comprises many different types of robots, most of which can be used for applications in multiple industries. At a consumer level service robots are commonly used for tedious and repetitive tasks such as domestic chores, or for leisure and entertainment purposes.


If you own a Ford pickup truck, it probably just got recalled

Mashable

Ford has issued a recall of approximately 1.3 million of its vehicles. SEE ALSO: A futurist and innovations expert explains what is and isn't real about AI in movies Ford announced today that the recalled models lack a shield to protect their side doors' latches from water. This is a problem because water can severely damage a door's latch or actuation cable, the cable that facilitates the opening and closing of the door. If a cable or latch is damaged by water or freezes, it can stop the door from being able to open or close. It could also make your car door unable to fully close, putting it at risk of flying open while you're driving.


Frost & Sullivan Names IntelliVision the 2017 Entrepreneurial Company

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IntelliVision, a pioneer and leader in AI/Deep Learning video analytics software for smart cameras, announced today that it has been named the 2017 Entrepreneurial Company of the Year for Security Intelligence and Video Analytics by leading analyst firm Frost & Sullivan. "Video analytics and intelligence functions will remain the most in-demand security technology segment for customers looking to modernize their security operations and increase overall efficiency," said Danielle VanZandt, security industry analyst with Frost & Sullivan. "IntelliVision's advanced analytics and intelligence technologies, coupled with its ability to deploy inside the camera, on-premise servers, or on the cloud put it well ahead of its competition in this field." "We are honored to receive this award from Frost & Sullivan," said Vaidhi Nathan, IntelliVision's CEO. "It is a vindication of our many years of research, development and customer service in the growing field of AI-based video analytics for smart cameras."