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Mobileye’s autonomous cars use cameras to navigate freeways in Munich

Mobileye, Intel’s autonomous driving division, today published an hourlong video of its test vehicle navigating urban and highway driving in Munich, Germany. Mobileye says that it was able to drive autonomously within days of delivering the vehicle thanks to its technology that leverages crowdsourced data to map over 15 kilometers (~9.32 miles) of roads daily. Some experts predict the pandemic […]

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U.S. Homeland Security and businesses respond to suspected Russian hack

(Reuters) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and thousands of businesses scrambled Monday to investigate and respond to a sweeping hacking campaign that officials suspect was directed by the Russian government. Emails sent by officials at DHS, which oversees border security and defense against hacking, were monitored by the hackers as part of the sophisticated series of breaches, three […]

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Amazon launches Live Translation mode for Alexa

Amazon today rolled out Live Translation, a new Alexa feature that aims to assist with conversations between people who speak two different languages by leveraging speech recognition and machine translation technology. Amazon says that Live Translation can interpret between a number of dialects in real time, including English and French, Spanish, Hindi, Brazilian Portuguese, German, or Italian. The pandemic appears […]

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What Big Tech and Big Tobacco research funding have in common

Amid declining sales and evidence that smoking causes lung cancer, in the 1950s tobacco companies undertook PR campaigns to reinvent themselves as socially responsible and to shape public opinions. They also started funding research into the relationship between health and tobacco. Now, Big Tech companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google are following the same playbook to fund AI ethics research […]

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Lidar startup Innoviz goes public via $1.4 billion SPAC merger

Israeli lidar startup Innoviz Technologies today announced that it will become publicly listed through a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) merger, where a “blank check” shell corporation — Collective Growth Corporation — will take it public without going through the traditional IPO process. Innoviz says the cash-and-stock transaction values it at $1.4 billion; it’s expected to be listed on the NASDAQ […]

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Hyundai acquires majority stake in robot maker Boston Dynamics

(Reuters) — Hyundai and its chairman have agreed to buy an 80% stake in robot maker Boston Dynamics from SoftBank, Hyundai said on Friday. Hyundai said the deal values the robot firm at $1.1 billion, suggesting the automaker group offered $880 million for the 80% stake. Hyundai can leverage robot technology to expand automation at its unionised car factories, as […]

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Google’s Look to Speak taps gaze-tracking AI to help users with impairments communicate

Google today launched an experimental app for Android that leverages AI to make communication more accessible for people with speech and motor impairments. Called Look to Speak, it tracks eye movements to let people use their eyes to select prewritten, customizable phrases and have them spoken aloud. Approximately 18.5 million people in the U.S. have a speech, voice, or language […]

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Researchers investigate whether ‘fairness constraints’ mitigate bias in algorithms

Automated systems trained with real-world data have a tendency to discriminate against disadvantaged groups. For instance, an algorithm adopted by the U.K. government downgraded hundreds of thousands of students’ grades, disproportionately impacting those from tuition-free schools. One approach to alleviating the bias issue is imposing “fairness constraints” such that certain statistical measures are roughly equalized across groups. But the long-term […]

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