Amazon's Self-Driving Bet and More Car News This Week


That old saw about watching the money turns out to work as well in the wild world of transportation as anywhere else. First up, the robotics veterans behind autonomous vehicle company Aurora just raised a cool $530 million in funding, and check out where it came from: stalwart Silicon Valley venture firm Sequoia Capital and ... Amazon. We chilled with 600 acolytes of the micromobility craze--you know, the bikes, scooters, velomobiles, and unicycles that have taken so many cities by storm. Also, we got inside a pair of track-worthy vehicles: the Porsche 911 Carrera and the roller coaster Mr. Will Pemble built in his backyard. Let's get you caught up.

Veteran of IBM's Deep Blue launches AI-based cybersecurity company


Four new malware strains are created every second, and the banking industry is almost 300 times as likely to get attacked by malware as other types of businesses, according to Nayeem Islam, CEO of Blue Hexagon. That's why his deep-learning cybersecurity startup, which has been in stealth mode for a year and a half and officially launched Tuesday, is making financial services one of the primary industries it serves. The company has received $31 million in funding from the venture capital firms Benchmark and Altimeter Capital. Heffernan Insurance is its first public customer. Blue Hexagon uses self-learning technology to catch network threats, Islam said.

How Governments Are Adopting Blockchain and AI In Advanced Economies


Governments in advanced countries are adopting Blockchain technology and artificial intelligence at a rapid pace. From Estonia, to Malta, The Netherlands to the United States, all countries busy themselves to become fully digitalized societies, hopefully before the expiration of the current decade. As I have written on a previous article, blockchain, AI and the Internet of Things are evolving at an unimaginable speed, particularly in advanced economies. Thus governments necessarily need to look at blockchain technology as being the best tech to cope with an increasingly interconnected and complex world. The reason why blockchain can be so useful pertains to its characteristics in terms of enhanced trust and because they are designed at their core to be transparent.

Struggling couples could soon get relationship help from AI 'woebots'

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AI'woebots' could be the answer to the growing demand for counselling in the UK, the head of Britain's largest relationship charity said today. A need for more human counsellors has also opened to door to emotional support offered by computers via online chat, text or WhatsApp. Aidan Jones, chief executive of Relate, says that AI chatbots can in some cases offer couples support in the same way a human can. Experts also claim that some people can'open up' more away from a counselling room. Similar'woebots' including one called'Ellie' have already been tested on US Army soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Calcalist to Host Tel Aviv Big Data Conference


Speakers at the event include Israeli pop star and entrepreneur Ivri Lider. Lider is co-owner of MyPart Inc., a Tel Aviv-based startup that lets little-known artists offer their original songs, lyrics, music, translations, and visual art to successful musicians of their choice. One of the key speakers will be Avi Korenblum, a 20-year veteran of Israeli intelligence organizations. In 2012, Korenblum founded New York-headquartered online data analysis company Voyager Labs. Incorporated as Voyager Analytics Inc., the company develops artificial intelligence technology that provides enterprises with real-time actionable insights into their users' on-site activity.

'Homecoming' Discussion: We Need to Talk About That Ending


Before it was even released, Homecoming was notable for many reasons. For one, it was the new project from Mr. Robot mastermind Sam Esmail. For another, it marked Julia Roberts' first turn leading an episodic television show. And finally, the Amazon original series was one of Hollywood's first big bets on adapting podcasts for the screen. Sam Esmail's Homecoming Is Nothing Like Mr. Robot Where Is Hollywood Looking for Its Next Hit?

Artificial Intelligence Paving a Way for Mental Health Analytics Insight


At least one in every five adults are affected by mental difficulties in the United States. On a global level, the number is much bigger, with alone in Europe, almost 83 million people are suffering from mental health issues. However, where there is a problem, technology always has a solution. How about productively using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to solve this issue? This might sound surprising to many but, AI is already being used to treat mental health issues or even examine your voice for any evidence of depression.

Google's new job-hunting tools help veterans search for more fitting civilian work


Google Assistant wants to make the world a little bit brighter with its newest feature. Tony Spitz has the details. Google has some new job search tools for military veterans that make it easier for them to find civilian jobs fitting the skills they had in the military. Google has some new job search tools, especially for military veterans and their families who are looking for work. The new features, available now, let military service members and their families search "Jobs for Veterans" and then enter specific military job codes (MOS, AFSC, NEC, etc.) to find civilian jobs with skills similar to those they used in the military.

Artificial Intelligence May Help Match Veterans with Civilian Jobs


One of the problems military veterans have long faced is matching their skills learned in the armed forces to the needs of civilian employers, an issue Congress continues to grapple with in the fiscal 2019 spending bills. Many military jobs translate perfectly into the civilian sector -- repairing an Abrams tank is much like repairing any heavy piece of machinery, for example -- but many combat and leadership skills do not, on the surface, directly transfer. The Department of Veterans Affairs' Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program is at the forefront of helping veterans find the right job after military service. The program's counselors help assess capabilities of veterans and help men and women veterans find the right job. But the VR&E program, as it is known, is often short of counselors and funding.

Meet the Chatbots Providing Mental Health Care WSJD - Technology

"Half an hour on a good night," I write back. "What do you do to calm down or relax?" "I watch crappy tv or read." "If you need more ideas, try reading a relaxing novel, meditating, or taking a soothing bath," Sara replies. Her responses are encouraging and empathetic--if occasionally robotic. That's because Sara is not a person.