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Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

A Tesla with Autopilot engaged accelerated toward a barrier in the final seconds before a deadly crash, an official report into the crash has revealed. Apple engineer Walter Huang was driving his Model X P100D on a Silicon Valley freeway on the morning of March 23 when the car, under computer control, moved into the triangular …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Jun 2018
robot butler

Automation won’t take your job until the next recession threatens it

Good news! Automation capable of erasing white collar jobs is coming, but not for a decade or more. And that’s also the bad news because interest in automation accelerates during economic downturns, so once tech that can take your job arrives you’ll already have lived through another period of economic turmoil that may already …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Jun 2018
magic leap

At last: Magic Leap reveals its revolutionary techno-goggles – but wait, there's a catch

Analysis After years of promises, augmented-reality hype-machine Magic Leap finally revealed its hardware… in the most bizarre way imaginable. The American upstart promised a "closer look" at its Magic Leap One headset earlier this week, raising hopes that it would actually demonstrate a technology that it has been talking about in …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Jun 2018
Cloud Pets toys

IoT CloudPets in the doghouse after damning security audit: Now Amazon bans sales

Amazon on Tuesday stopped selling CloudPets, a network-connected family of toys, in response to security and privacy concerns sounded by browser maker and internet community advocate Mozilla. The move follows similar actions taken by Walmart and Target last week. And other sellers of the toy are said to be considering similar …
Thomas Claburn, 06 Jun 2018
One of the Greenwich Gateway trial's pods, parked up on the path. Pic: Gateway Consortium

UK.gov lobs £25m at self-driving, self-parking, self-selling auto autos

The British government is offering up £25m for a half dozen industrial projects designed to test self-driving – and self-parking – car technology. The Meridian project will fund up to six infrastructure projects to "develop connected and autonomous vehicle testing infrastructure for automated parking and interurban automated …
Gareth Corfield, 06 Jun 2018
Windows Collaboration Display

Microsoft partners to fling out collabo-visual Ginormonitors this year

Microsoft last night dropped the veil on a "new category of teamwork devices" – the not-quite-a-Surface-Hub Windows Collaboration Display (or Whopping Computer Display, judging by the size of it.) The device, which on first glance looks like a giant monitor, was shown off at Computex 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan, last eve, with …
Richard Speed, 06 Jun 2018
Two people holding their fists up to the camera

RoboCop-ter: Boffins build drone to pinpoint brutal thugs in crowds

Video A drone surveillance system capable of highlighting “violent individuals” in a crowd in real time has been built by eggheads. The artificially intelligent technology uses a video camera on a hovering quadcopter to study the body movements of everyone in view. It then raises an alert when it identifies aggressive actions, such …
Katyanna Quach, 06 Jun 2018

I see a satellite of a man ... Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, that's now 4 sats fit to go

Unperturbed by posturing in the UK and EU, the European Space Agency has welcomed the latest pair of Galileo satellites to its spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana, ahead of a July launch. Galileo is Europe's global satellite navigation system. Satellites 25 and 26 will join their siblings, the imaginatively named 23 and 24, …
Richard Speed, 05 Jun 2018
Friends singing at karaoke

AIOps they did it again, played with your heart, new acronym shame

“So, let me ask you,” he said, smoothing out his goatee with one hand. “Five planes have been circling for hours, delayed. You can land one.” A long pause. “How do you choose?” Us 20-something developers had been corralled into a windowless room to meet with this new “CTO”, but we were pretty sure they didn’t do much right …
Michael Cote, 05 Jun 2018
Models of Putin, Trump, and Kim taking a selfie

Uh oh! Here's yet more AI that creates creepy fake talking heads

Video Machine-learning experts have built a neural network that can manipulate facial movements in videos to create fake footage – in which people appear to say something they never actually said. It could be used to create convincing yet faked announcements and confessions seemingly uttered by the rich and powerful as well as the …
Katyanna Quach, 04 Jun 2018
Burned chips. pic by shutterstock

AI, AI, Pure: Nvidia cooks deep learning GPU server chips with NetApp

NetApp and Nvidia have introduced a combined AI reference architecture system to rival the Pure Storage-Nvidia AIRI system. If you've got $1m+ to blow on AI, meet Pure, Nvidia's AIRI fairy: A hyperconverged beast READ MORE It is aimed at deep learning and, unlike FlexPod (Cisco and NetApp's converge infrastructure), has no …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2018
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Qualcomm buddies up with Ford, Panasonic to punt connected car tech

Qualcomm, amid all of its corporate wranglings with Broadcom, is branching out into silicon for connected cars thanks to a three-way tie-up with Panasonic and Ford. The so-called C-V2X project (cellular vehicle-to-everything) will enable connected cars to talk not only to each other but also to smart street furniture. In spite …
Gareth Corfield, 04 Jun 2018

Google nukes military AI, Amazon happy touting Rekognition to police, and much more

Roundup Here's a quick roundup of all the important announcements in AI this week. Google has succumbed to pressure and won't be renewing its contract with the US Department of Defense for Project Maven, there's a public massive data dump for useful for training self-driving cars and some hatred for AI stock photos. Google to pull …
Katyanna Quach, 02 Jun 2018

Help, I'm being held prisoner in a security camera testing factory. So please read this...

Review One of the interesting side effects of being asked to test smart-home technology is that you get grumpier about it. Most folks buying a product like a smart thermostat or socket or lighting or security camera will be excited about its possibilities, imagining scenarios where it will make their lives better, saving time or …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 Jun 2018
FTC scam lawsuit

Fake NIPS slip site scandalizes AI world

A cheeky website is pretending to take attendee registrations and hotel bookings for folks heading to the upcoming Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference in Montreal, Canada, at the end of this year. Thousands of AI researchers and previous attendees received an email from the official NIPS team warning of the …
Katyanna Quach, 01 Jun 2018

Smart bulbs turn dumb: Lights out for Philips as Hue API goes dark

Philips' Hue smart-home lighting has had an embarrassing outage with its API going offline for four hours on Thursday, preventing customers from accessing the system remotely. On the same day that the company launched its new service – where its lights will respond automatically to streaming music and games – the system died …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Jun 2018

Kill the blockchain! It'll make you fitter in the long run, honest

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I am looking for a fit man. Sorry, did I forget to put that in quotation marks? C'est Mme D qui parle and she's staring at her computer screen. "I am looking for a fit man," she repeats in a monotone. I have a quick check around the room: nope, we haven't acquired an Echo, although she did say it twice (heh heh). Is she using …
Alistair Dabbs, 01 Jun 2018
Robot hand holding cards

You should find out what's going on in that neural network. Y'know they're cheating now?

Neural networks – the algorithms that many people think of when they hear the words machine learning – aren't very good at explaining what they do. They are black boxes. At one end you feed in training data such as a set of cat pictures and a set of non-cat pictures, the neural net crunches the data to produce a statistical …
Danny Bradbury, 01 Jun 2018
Woman forces a smile at an unfunny joke

Experts build AI joke machine that's about as funny as an Adam Sandler movie (that bad)

Researchers in Japan have tried to build an artificially intelligent system to make people laugh – but, surprise, surprise, the jokes it told were terrible. The “Neural Joking Machine” (NJM) was created by computer scientists from Tokyo Denki University and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology …
Katyanna Quach, 01 Jun 2018

Artificial intelligence... or advanced imitation? How DeepMind used YouTube vids to train game-beating Atari bot

Video DeepMind has taught artificially intelligent programs to play classic Atari computer games by making them watch YouTube videos. Typically, for this sort of research, you'd use a technique called reinforcement learning. This is a popular approach in machine learning that trains bots to perform a specific task, such as playing …
Katyanna Quach, 31 May 2018
Car drift skid marks

Capture your late-night handbrake turns with this 'autonomous' car-chasing camera drone

An American camera drone startup has come up with an eye-opening new feature for its products: automatic car following. Skydio, a Californian upstart that makes, as its blurb says, "flying tools that free your hands and mind" (aka small autonomous aircraft fitted with cameras), has declared that its Skydio R1 quadcopter is now …
Gareth Corfield, 31 May 2018

'Autopilot' Tesla crashed into our parked patrol car, say SoCal cops

Police in Laguna Beach, California, have said a Tesla car – which the driver claimed had been operating in "autopilot" mode – has crashed into one of the force's stationary cop cars. Photos of the incident were tweeted by Laguna Beach Police Department Public Information Sergeant Jim Cota on Tuesday (this morning UK time). The …
Kat Hall, 30 May 2018

New UK drone laws are on the way – but actual Drones Bill still in limbo

New drone laws will be brought forward by the British government today in Parliament – but we won't see the long-awaited Drones Bill. The new laws will make it illegal to fly a drone weighing more than 250g without first registering with the Civil Aviation Authority and passing online safety tests. In addition, the existing …
Gareth Corfield, 30 May 2018

If you have cash to burn, racks to fill, problems to brute-force, Nvidia has an HGX-2 for you

GTC Taiwan Nvidia chose its GPU Technology Conference in Taiwan today to unveil the HGX-2: its latest stack of high-end kit to run artificially intelligent software in data centers and the cloud. CEO Jensen Huang is particularly enthusiastic about it all because with general-purpose processors running into physical walls, server and …
Katyanna Quach, 30 May 2018

Beardy Branson: Wacky hyperloop tube maglev cheaper than railways

Richard Branson, figurehead of all things branded Virgin, has opined that our rain-sodden island needs a hyperloop railway system. The billionaire Brit, who is non-exec chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One, told BBC Radio 4's You and Yours programme that a hyperloop "would end up transporting people far quicker, in far greater …
Gareth Corfield, 29 May 2018

How much is the drone biz worth to the UK? How's £42bn by 2030 sound? – PWC

Accounting house PwC has stuck its fingers in the air and declared that drones will create more than 600,000 jobs in the United Kingdom. They've also said it will add more value to the UK than the entire Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish manufacturing sectors combined. A 28-page PwC report titled "Drones – taking the UK's …
Gareth Corfield, 29 May 2018
Insitu's Scaneagle 3 unmanned aircraft

FPGAs for AI? GPUs and CPUs are the future, shrugs drone biz Insitu

Interview "It's just too hard to maintain all of those threads," eye-in-the-sky drone firm Insitu told The Register, explaining its move away from FPGAs to commercial off-the-shelf compute hardware for its AI and machine learning tech. The firm's chief growth officer, Jon Damush, was answering our questions about the tech underneath the …
Gareth Corfield, 29 May 2018

Overhyping AI doctors, language translation goes open source, and new jobs on the cards

Roundup Here’s a quick roundup to keep you updated on what’s been happening in AI, beyond what we've already covered, for your long weekend. It includes news of Samsung and Qualcomm setting up new AI research teams, why human radiologists are still better than machines and support for Amazon’s Keras-MXNet backend. Hold your horses AI …
Katyanna Quach, 26 May 2018

IBM's Watson Health wing left looking poorly after 'massive' layoffs

IBM has laid off approximately 50 and 70 per cent of staff this week in its Watson Health division, according to inside sources. The axe, we're told, is largely falling on IBMers within companies the IT goliath has taken over in the past few years to augment Watson's credentials in the health industry. These include medical …
Iain Thomson, 25 May 2018

Remember that $5,000 you spent on Tesla's Autopilot and then sued when it didn't deliver? We have good news...

Tesla has reached a court settlement over its alleged "essentially unusable and demonstrably dangerous" Autopilot system. The automaker was sued in the US by its electric car owners last year after it failed to meet its own deadlines and targets regarding its Enhanced Autopilot feature – which was supposed to grant vehicles …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 May 2018

International Maritime Organisation turns salty gaze on regulating robotic shipping

The International Maritime Organisation has woken up to the notion of robot boats – and is now pondering whether to regulate them. Unmanned shipping, as a concept, has been around for a good few years. Rolls-Royce, makers of engines for aircraft and watercraft alike for many decades, even published a marketing paper about …
Gareth Corfield, 25 May 2018

Tufts boffins track device location without GPS or towers

Tufts University boffins believe the combination of 5G and the Internet of Things will make it impossible for networks to track the expected tens of billions of connected devices. Their answer, proposed in this week's Proceedings of the IEEE, is an algorithm that places less importance on anchors like base stations or GPS …
Uber self-driving car on a transport truck

Uber robo-ride's deadly crash: Self-driving car had emergency braking switched off by design

One of Uber’s self-driving cars killed a pedestrian crossing the road at night because its emergency braking systems were turned off, according to an investigation by the US government's National Transport Safety Board. The watchdog's four-page report released on Thursday is a grave reminder that today's autonomous vehicles …
Katyanna Quach, 24 May 2018
Elon Musk

As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

Elon Musk is having a bad week. Early reviews of the delayed Model 3 Tesla have been far from glowing; the company is dealing with a big production backlog; he has been accused of threatening workers who want to unionize; there was yet another autopilot crash; and then of course there remains the question of whether his entire …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 May 2018
Person hides face in shocked anticipation of something horrible. Photo via shutterstock

You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

Updated It's time to break out your "Alexa, I Told You So" banners – because a Portland, Oregon, couple received a phone call from one of the husband's employees earlier this month, telling them she had just received a recording of them talking privately in their home. "Unplug your Alexa devices right now," the staffer told the couple …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 May 2018
Royal Navy frigate HMS Richmond, Type 23. Crown copyright

UK's Royal Navy accepts missile-blasting missile as Gulf clouds gather

A Royal Navy frigate is to sail to the Far East while carrying the newly accepted Sea Ceptor anti-missile missile system. Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll will sail to the Pacific Ocean later this year, defence secretary Gavin Williamson announced this morning. Argyll's sister ship, HMS Montrose, has just become the third RN warship …
Gareth Corfield, 24 May 2018

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