Fear Not the Future: Humanity Needs Artificial Intelligence, and That's a Good Thing


As the amount of data in the world multiplies, AI will only improve in helping us increase efficiency, save lives, reduce errors, solve complex problems and make better decisions in real time. Perhaps best known for defeating a chess master and winning the game show Jeopardy, IBM's Watson computer has also proven incredibly adept at connecting disparate pieces of information from medical journals, helping doctors save time and better treat their patients. Businesses are starting to use "voice prints" to quickly identify their customers over the phone, helping service reps save time and remove the customer frustration that comes with answering a myriad of security questions. Instead, by helping us better analyze data and make quicker, smarter decisions, it will help us realize our true potential and achieve previously unimaginable new heights.

Robotics and automation: threats and opportunities


All these processes and sensors work simultaneously, processing large data sets to redefine the driving experience. Chat bots too require complex understanding to simulate human behaviour for efficient customer service. Data analytics can provide significant value to chat bot technology by leveraging large data sets that form the basics to simulate human behaviour. While automation technologies like driverless cars and chat bots may disrupt our lives in the future, each one of these could potentially create avenues and opportunities for individuals and businesses.

National Day Rally 2017: 'Smart' lamp posts to become key nodes for surveillance and data collection


"We are making every lamp post a smart lamp post to mount different types of sensors," Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday (Aug 20) when he spoke about making Singapore a Smart Nation. During the year-long trial, GovTech and other agencies will monitor noise, water and sewage levels for better estate management, and install smart water meters in homes to better track the use of utilities. National water agency PUB has sensors to detect water levels in drains. Boston police identified the two bombers within three days, after pulling together and analysing a vast amount of data from CCTV cameras, social media and footage contributed by the public.

Google car is cushy

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As it continues to improve its sensor technology to help its vehicle understand its surroundings and respond quickly and safely to unfolding events, it's also been considering how to deal with unavoidable collisions, whether it's with a "soft" human that could easily sustain an injury, or a harder object like another vehicle. A patent recently awarded to Waymo offers some insight into how the company is approaching the issue. In Waymo's own words: "The vehicle may contain tension members that are arranged so that a change in tension across one or more of the tension members will alter the rigidity of the vehicle's surface. The vehicle may identify and respond to a potential collision by altering the tension that is applied to one or more tension members, thereby altering the rigidity of the vehicle's surface."

What's the Best Computing Architecture for the Autonomous Car?


Today, most automakers accomplish that with a distributed form of data processing. Many engineers now favor a more centralized form of data processing, in which simple sensors send raw unprocessed data to a powerful central processor, which does all the "thinking." Could you define distributed and centralized autonomous vehicle architectures for us? Distributed meant that every sensor node knew what every other node was doing.



It all comes down to one crucial, high-stakes question: How do we use AI and machine learning to get better at what we do? Maybe they hired their first data scientist to less-than-stellar outcomes, or maybe data literacy is not central to their culture. Yes, self-actualization (AI) is great, but you first need food, water and shelter (data literacy, collection and infrastructure). Jay Kreps has been saying (for about a decade) that reliable data flow is key to doing anything with data.

Everyone could soon have the powers of Doctor Octopus


The system can even act as a pair of robotic walking sticks, helping the wearer walk faster and with less effort. The team, led by MIT PhD candidate Federico Parietti and engineering professor Harry Asada, developed a sensor vest that receives inputs from the user's pectoral and abdominal muscles. Contracting your left pec moves the left appendage forward, squeezing your left abs to move the appendage back and the same on the other side. "You do not need to command the robot, but simply move your fingers naturally," professor of engineering Harry Asada said in a statement.

Video shows soap dispenser only responding to white skin

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Then, a darker skinned man waves his hand under the dispenser in various directions for ten seconds, with soap never being released. They send out invisible light from an infrared LED bulb and work when a hand reflects light back to the sensor. Then, a darker skinned man waves his hand under the dispenser in various directions for over ten seconds, with soap never being released. Essentially, the soap dispenser sends out invisible light from an infrared LED bulb and works when a hand reflects light back to the sensor.

Autonomous sail boats are thriving on Geospatial technology!


These boats include the Global Positioning Systems (GPS), make use of satellite imageries and sensors that help the boats navigate through the wide seas and undisclosed locations. Understanding that the future of sailboats is not going to be limited to "just" sensors for data collection and foreseeing autonomous capability for sailboats in the future, Arutunian and Duncan, designed a built the fourth generation autonomous sail drone, the Nav2. Forming a core component of the autonomous sail boat is a dual Global Positioning System and GNSS technology. Bilal Zuberi, a partner at Lux Capital, adds that Saildrone has the potential to be bigger than Google Maps and bigger than any space satellite program for spatial data.

Smartphone cameras are getting

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Big changes are coming to your phone's smartphone camera next year, with Qualcomm previewing an update to its image signal processor (ISP) that will better support features like face recognition and mixed reality. While the next major Snapdragon update won't arrive until next year, the changes planned for the Spectra ISP have major implications not just for the cameras on 2018 Android phones but for virtual- and augmented reality headsets as well. Specifically, Qualcomm is promising that its new camera module will feature improved biometric sensing for detecting people's faces and support for depth sensing that can power mixed reality features for smartphones and headsets. The iris authentication module provides always-on security that can support phone unlocking features.