Saturday, March 25, 2017

Facebook, Salesforce, Google and IBM Research Offer AI Updates at MIT

By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor Here is a roundup from the MIT Technical Conference held on Feb. 18, with its focus on Exponential Technologies: Facebook is working on “social” virtual reality, following up on...

MD Anderson Benches IBM Watson In Setback For AI In Medicine

It was one of those amazing “we’re living in the future” moments. In an October 2013 press release, IBM declared that MD Anderson, the cancer center that is part of the University of Texas,...

MIT Panel: Reduce Scope Of Problem Set To Help Robots Perform

By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor If we say that robots can solve a fairly small set of problems today, we can ask what are the key challenge to having robots become more integral...

Alexa voice-activated access to AI in the cloud now boasts 9,000+ skills

By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor A design goal for the Alexa voice control system developed by Amazon was to have the device perform tasks without the user needing to use hands or eyes,...

Salesforce adds some AI to customer service products

Last Fall when Salesforce introduced Einstein, its artificial intelligence initiative, it debuted with some intelligence built into the core CRM tool, but with a promise that it would expand into other products over time....

Why Ford is investing $1 billion in startup Argo AI

Ford has announced it's investing $1 billion over the next five years in Pittsburgh-based artificial intelligence startup Argo AI. Let's try to make sense why the carmaker is willing to drop 1 followed by...

The Quest For Earthquake Prediction – an AI problem?

A research team in Palo Alto seeks an AI technique to find precursor signals in the weeks ahead of major earthquakes – and to save lives. One hundred and fifty years ago we couldn’t predict...

China’s intelligent weaponry getting smarter, challenging U.S.

Robert O. Work, the veteran defense official retained as deputy secretary by President Trump, calls them his “A.I. dudes.” The breezy moniker belies their serious task: The dudes have been a kitchen cabinet of...

Piaggio Launches Robot Luggage

The Piaggio Group has launched GITA and KILO, the first projects developed by Piaggio Fast Forward (PFF), a Boston company doing advanced research for future mobility choices. The Group explores the evolution of mobility...

Singapore hosts first full-scale autonomous truck platoon trial

A fleet of autonomous trucks is joining all the self-driving taxis and buses Singapore is testing on its streets. Toyota and Volkswagen subsidiary Scania will begin the first full-scale autonomous truck platooning trial in the...

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