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3 Industries That Will Be Impacted By Artificial Intelligence

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Working in digital marketing keeps you fairly up to date on many of the top trending topics in the worlds of media and technology. Sometimes, a new topic or buzzword will bubble up and take hold for a while before eventually fizzing out without much of a real-world impact. Other times, a trend will have real staying power. These are the instances that create wholly new industries and transform existing ones. One trend that figures to have this kind of impact is artificial intelligence (AI).


BDD100K: A Large-scale Diverse Driving Video Database

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TL;DR, we released the largest and most diverse driving video dataset with rich annotations called BDD100K. You can access the data for research now at http://bdd-data.berkeley.edu. We have recently released an arXiv report on it. And there is still time to participate in our CVPR 2018 challenges! Autonomous driving is poised to change the life in every community.


Nuro's self-driving vehicle is a grocery-getter and errand-runner

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Not every self-driving car has to be able to move passengers from point A to point B. Take, for example, Nuro: The startup just revealed their unique autonomous vehicle platform, which is more of a mobile small logistics platform than a self-driving car. The company, which has been working away in stealth mode in Mountain View until now, has raised a $92 million Series A round led by Banyan Capital and Greylock Partners to help make its unique vision of autonomous transport take shape. Nuro's vehicle is a small, narrow box on wheels, which is about half the width of a regular car, and which is designed to be a lightweight way to get goods from a local business to a customer, or from one person to another within a neighborhood or city. The platform is just one example of what Nuro wants to do, however; the startup bills itself as a product company focused on bringing "the benefits of robotics" to everyday use and ordinary people. Nuro's AV also operates completely autonomously, and looks like something you'd see on a Moon base in a retro-futuristic sci-fi show.


Apple hires ex-Waymo engineer for self-driving project

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Apple may not be as loud about its plans to create a self-driving car as Google or Uber, but the company is still in the game. According to The Information, Apple has just hired Jamie Waydo, a prominent engineer from Waymo's autonomous vehicle unit. Apple's project, currently code-named Titan, could likely benefit from the excitement over such a high-profile executive. It could mean that the company is closer to a prototype, or that it's ready to start showing off its progress. Either way, Apple needs to ramp things up if its to remain relevant in the highly-competitive (and scrutinized) arena of self-driving cars.


Mars Opportunity And Spirit Rovers Could Have Lived Practically Forever With One Tiny Change

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The identical robotic explorers, Spirit and Opportunity, were able to trek up to 109 yards each Martian day. They found evidence for liquid water among many other things, with Opportunity traveling farther than any autonomous vehicle on any world: over 45 km (28 miles) over more than 5000 days. In 2004, NASA launched two exploration vehicles to the red planet: the Spirit and Opportunity rovers. These two Mars Exploration Rovers were originally designed for 90-day missions to image, explore, and investigate the Martian surface. Yet these twin solar-powered rovers far exceeded their design lifetimes.


Steps to autonomy

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This seems pretty straightforward, until you start thinking about how you might actually deploy this - and about the fact that some places are easier to drive in than others. As we can already see with the early tests being done with prototype autonomous cars (with their need for a human'safety driver', today these are are effectively L2 or at best L3), autonomy of any kind in one city is different to another - Phoenix is easier than San Francisco, which is easier than Naples or Moscow. This variability applies not just across different cities and countries but also in different parts of each urban landscape: freeways are easier than city centers, which might be easier or harder than suburbs. It naturally follows that we will have vehicles that will reliably reach a given level of autonomous capability in some ('easy') places before they can do it everywhere. These will have huge safety and economic benefits, so we'll deploy them - we won't wait and do nothing at all until we have a perfect L5 car that can drive itself around anywhere from Kathmandu to South Boston.


Army researchers develop A.I. tech that helps U.S. soldiers learn 13x faster than conventional methods

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A Phys.org article states that Army researchers are making huge strides in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) that can support U.S. soldiers on the battlefield. Their latest development is an affordable yet capable AI assistant that can reportedly help human troops learn more than 13 times faster than normal training methods. Featuring vastly improved machine learning capabilities, the AI will be installed upon the Army's future ground combat vehicles. It is intended to help a human soldier spot important clues, recognize the developing situation, and come up with a solution to the problem on the fly. The AI would reportedly help preserve American lives during the chaos of combat.


Grabbing an Uber? Now You Can Buy Your Own Insurance for the Ride

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The startup, Sure Inc., has developed a product for passengers to purchase accident and death coverage on an on-demand, per-day basis via a smartphone application. It covers costs of injuries sustained when traveling in a ride-sharing vehicle. One of the world's biggest property-casualty insurers, Chubb is part of an industrywide race to develop new products as the car industry goes through a monumental shift. Ride-hailing services continue to rise in popularity, while growth in autonomous vehicles will shift driving from humans to computers. Both trends threaten to cut into one of the industry's biggest product lines in the U.S.: car insurance bought by individuals.


WAZE for drones: expanding the national airspace

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Sitting in New York City, looking up at the clear June skies, I wonder if I am staring at an endangered phenomena. According to many in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry, skylines across the country soon will be filled with flying cars, quadcopter deliveries, emergency drones, and other robo-flyers. Moving one step closer to this mechanically-induced hazy future, General Electric (GE) announced last week the launch of AiRXOS, a "next generation unmanned traffic" management system. Managing the National Airspace is already a political football with the Trump Administration proposing privatizing the air-control division of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), taking its controller workforce of 15,000 off the government's books. The White House argues that this would enable the FAA to modernize and adopt "NextGen" technologies to speed commercial air travel.


'Naggy' Autopilot update released by Tesla leaves owners 'confused and frustrated'

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Tesla is updating its Autopilot software to make it clearer when drivers need to have their hands on the wheel. In the wake of a fatal Tesla crash in California, the electric car maker began flashing warnings in cars every 30 seconds that'nag' users to'hold the wheel.' But many were annoyed and confused when the warnings didn't go away, even after applying a'white knuckle death grip.' Now, Tesla boss Elon Musk says Tesla will update the system so it's not so naggy. Tesla is updating its Autopilot software to make it clearer when drivers should have their hands on the wheel. A previous update would warn drivers every 30 seconds to'hold the wheel' A Tesla owner tweeted at Musk complaining that the new Autopilot update, released a few days ago, is a'pain' and that it required him to constantly hold the wheel to keep the warnings at bay. 'Will be adjusting screen alert to clarify that we mean'slight up or downward force on the wheel,' not really'hold the wheel'', Musk replied in a tweet on Wednesday.