[slides] #MachineLearning and #CognitiveComputing @CloudExpo #AI #ML


Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, discussed how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to improve safety, performance, and reliability in today's modern wind turbines. Speaker Bio Stuart Gillen is the Director of Business Development at SparkCognition. In this role, he is responsible for driving business engagements, partner development, marketing activities, and go-to market strategy.

Introductory resources on AI safety research


Potential risks from advanced artificial intelligence. A formalization of the reward misspecification problem in terms of true and corrupt reward, a proof that RL agents cannot overcome reward corruption, and a framework for giving the agent extra information to overcome reward corruption. This paper studies the interruptibility problem as a game between human and robot, and investigates which incentives the robot could have to allow itself to be switched off. A blog on designing safe, efficient AI systems (approval-directed agents, aligned reinforcement learning agents, etc).

Airliner lands safely after being first over Canada to collide with drone

The Japan Times

QUEBEC – A Canadian passenger plane landed safely after it was hit by a drone in the first case of its kind in the country, a Cabinet minister said Sunday. The Canadian incident happened last Thursday when a drone collided with a domestic Skyjet plane approaching Jean-Lesage International Airport in Quebec City, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a statement. "This is the first time a drone has hit a commercial aircraft in Canada and I am extremely relieved that the aircraft only sustained minor damage and was able to land safely," said the minister, a former astronaut. But Garneau said this year there have been 131 drone incidents "of aviation safety concern."

Waymo is the first company to give a detailed self-driving safety report to federal officials

Los Angeles Times

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has suggested a set of 28 "behavioral competencies," or basic things an autonomous vehicle should be able to do. Some are exceedingly basic ("detect and respond to stopped vehicles," "navigate intersections and perform turns"); others, more intricate ("respond to citizens directing traffic after a crash.) "This overview of our safety program reflects the important lessons learned through the 3.5 million miles Waymo's vehicles have self-driven on public roads, and billions of miles of simulated driving, over the last eight years," Waymo Chief Executive John Krafcik said in a letter Thursday to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. "You can't expect to program the car for everything you're possibly going to see," said Ron Medford, Waymo's safety director and a former senior National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official.

National Robot Safety Conference 2017


For somebody (like myself) who does not work with industrial robot safety standards every day, when people start rattling off safety standard numbers it can get confusing very fast. Robot integrator is a certification (and way to make money) from Robotic Industries Association (RIA) that helps provide people who come trained to fill the safety role while integrating and designing new robot systems. In particular R15.06 which is for Industrial Robot Safety standards, the proposed R15.08 standards for industrial mobile robot safety standards, and the R15.606 collaborative robot safety standards. R15.08 which is expected to be ratified as a standard in 2019 looks at things like mobile robots, manipulators on mobile robots, and manipulators working while the mobile base is also working.

'Mr. Robot' Season 3: Elliot is back in control, but Angela's the one to watch


At New York Comic Con this past weekend, USA Network launched one of the most impressively elaborate activations at the con, staging a "launch party" for E Corp's new fictional cryptocurrency, ECoin, complete with an in-character appearance from CEO Phillip Price (Michael Cristofer). Some superfans (and a few curious journalists) were enlisted to join fsociety and help stage a coup at the event, which culminated in masked members of the group crashing the party, bringing down E Corp's logo and giving the room an fsociety makeover, before premiering the first episode early, much to the rapturous response of the crowd. But he spoke too soon -- those anarchists soon hacked Price's presentation to throw up fsociety's logo instead, marching onto the stage and scaring off the pompous CEO, their presence prompting the crowd to don their own fsociety masks in solidarity. "Phillip Price would have you believe that our attempts to destroy Evil Corp have failed, but Phillip Price is tragically mistaken," the masked man gloated on the video.

California Takes Another Step Toward Allowing Fully Self-Driving Vehicles


OK, sure, there are self-driving cars on California roads today. General Motors' Cruise has Chevrolet Bolts zipping around San Francisco; Google self-driving spinoff Waymo has got Chrysler Pacifica motoring about Mountain View; secretive startup Zoox has black Toyota Highlanders mixing it up along San Francisco's Embarcadero. But all these vehicles, however capable, have a decidedly un-futuristic feature: There's a human in the driver's seat, ready to grab control in case the robot goes rogue. It's not just common sense, it's the law. California's Department of Motor Vehicles requires that safety driver to be there.

California to allow autonomous cars without driver

Daily Mail

California officials Wednesday unveiled new regulations that would allow autonomous vehicles to operate on state roads in test projects without a human operator. The new rules come with a growing number of tech firms and automakers testing self-driving vehicles, and follows new guidelines from the federal government aimed at spurring the technology widely believed to improve road safety and reduce accidents. DMV director Jean Shiomoto said the agency hopes to finalize its regulations by the end of the year and noted that 42 companies have permits to test autonomous vehicles in the states. The state agency said any autonomous vehicles would need to meet federal safety standards.

Totally driverless cars could be on California roads by June 2018

Los Angeles Times

California's existing regulations, which require a human driver behind the wheel even when completely driverless cars are being tested, have been criticized by industry leaders and some politicians as too strict. DMV officials said Wednesday that the federal government will continue to set safety standards for automobiles, while the state's role is to make sure vehicles traveling on state highways conform to federal standards. The new regulations would require that manufacturers testing driverless cars on California roads certify that they're meeting federal standards and that any public paperwork shared with federal regulators on driverless testing is also passed to the DMV. The new regulations would trim back existing rules that require municipalities to approve vehicle testing.

The technology behind driverless vehicles


The Driver PX Pegasus is intended to be the next step in self-driving hardware by being the company's first Level 5 system, meaning it's capable of supporting fully automated driving for fully autonomous vehicles. The company said it can achieve this level of performance due to a combination of factors including the already announced Xavier SoC, which will include a powerful GPU based on Nvidia's next-generation graphics technology (the generation following Volta). Taxi services are the prime target for such technology, using complex scanning cameras, algorithmic environmental analysis and hundreds of thousands of miles worth of road tracking gives driverless cars the capability to safely measure distances to other vehicles and hazards, follow navigation in real time and safely transport along the worlds busy streets. We are really keen to try and improve the efficieny of driverless vehicles and AI can really help future businesses to transport goods quickly and also efficiently store or deliver products across both localised short distances or across country."