Lyft Self Driving Dataset

Lyft have released a huge self driving level 5 dataset comprising 55,000 human labelled 3D annotated frames, a driveable surface map and an underlying spacial semantic map to contextualise the data. The release of the dataset is part of a competition with a prize of $25,000, aimed at researchers to help Lyft train AI algorithms to help them reach their goal of a Level 5 (fully automated) self driving car.

Hololens Hologram Language Transaltion

Julia White from Microsoft Azure Marketing demonstrated the use of Hololens 2 to project a motion captured holograph of herself speaking in Japanese using her own speech patterns. The demonstration was created using Azure mixed reality to record the hologram, Azure text to speech and translate to create the spoken content and Azure neural text to speech technology to imprint her speech patterns in Japanese.

LaLiga Is Listening

The Spanish soccer league LaLiga has been fined €250,000 for breah of data privacy laws after they used their scores app to covertly listen for soccer matches being illegally streamed in bars using the phone's microphone and GPS location. The app was downloaded more than 10 millions times and did include a clause in the terms and conditions that user would consent to allowing their phone to be used to detect fradulent behaviour like pirated soccer games.

Free Wolfram Engine for Developers

Wolfram have launched their Wolfram Engine as a free package for developers. Described by Stephen Wolfram himself on his blog, the Wolfram engine implements the Wolfram Language, which in turn offers a huge range of computational intelligence and algorithmic processing, access to the Wolfram Knowledgebase as well as over 5000 abstracted functions like machine learning, visualisation and image computation.

AI at Ford

Forbes have published a piece about how Ford Motor Company have been using AI for 15 years in their manufacturing and quality assurance processes. More recently, Ford use AI to manage inventory, to simulate their motorsport vehicles before track testing and of course, in their fleet of cars to manage their all-wheel drive system among other things. They expect to launch their self-driving car fleet in 2021.


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