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27 Apr, 2018

Episode 14 - Weekly IoT News Update

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This week we look at cameras being enabled to ‘see’ using AI, how Alibaba is connecting cars to homes and the President of India endorses Sanskrit for ML and AI. 

These cameras will know what they are seeing thanks to AI

A new breed of AI chips have arrived to help cameras in stores, sidewalks, and homes make sense of what they see. These smart cameras with built-in AI capabilities can offer new conveniences, for stance: parents receiving a phone notification that their child just arrived home safely. On the other hand, there is the argument that they will reduce privacy in public and private spaces. What we do know is that companies are already exploring how smart cameras can be used to gather marketing data, or assist law enforcement. 

Alibaba links up with automakers to connect cars to homes

Daimler, Audi and Volvo have become the first automakers to add Alibaba’s smart voice assistant Tmall Genie to the range of smart devices compatible with their connected car apps. Tmall Genie is the top selling voice-controlled speaker in China. Using this app means car owners are able to monitor their fuel levels, mileage and the status of the engine and battery, as well as control car doors, windows and air conditioning, from home via voice command.

President of India endorses Sanskrit for ML and AI

Indian tech startups may soon be on their way to blend their tech algorithm for ML and AI with the ancient Sanskrit language. During the 17th convocation of the Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha in New Delhi, President Ram Nath Kovind shared that “many scholars believe that the grammar of Sanskrit, which is rule-bound, formula-bound and logical, is the most appropriate to write algorithms or to be used in ML and even AL.  He emphasised that the tradition of Sanskrit language, literature and science has been the most effective chapter in the glorious journey of our intellectual growth 

Healthcare services will be built around IoT by 2030

Predictions have been made that by 2030, healthcare providers and patients will see the use of IoT technology as mainstream and part of standard care. This includes patients using apps and wearable tools to monitor their own health, but also do their own scans and self-diagnose conditions at home. These devices will automatically integrate with digital patient records, automatically updating on conditions and treatments, giving caregivers a richer, real-time, readily accessible data to make better decisions.

How Google is turning it's Cloud Speech-to-text AI into a real business tool

Google announced a major update to its Cloud Speech-to-Text technology that will make the API more useful for businesses. Updates includes improved phone call and video transcription, automatic punctuation, recognition of metadata, and speech recognition models that are tailored so customers can select the services that best fit their businesses.

Microsoft: Office 365 Advanced Protection, $5 Billion for IoT Research, AI Training courses

Microsoft has launched a new artificial intelligence course through the Microsoft Professional Program. This course has 10 modules, each of which takes 8-16 hours to finish online. The courses cover a range of sub-disciplines like computer vision, data analysis, natural language processing and speech recognition. 

Qualcomm unveils IoT-focused vision intelligence platform

Qualcomm, one of the world’s leading technology manufacturers, has announced the launch of its new Vision Intelligence Platform, purpose built for IoT.  The company has implemented a range of its leading technologies into computer chips, including its AI engine and cutting-edge computing and graphics processors (CPU and GPUs). The Visual Intelligence Platform includes Qualcomm’s camera processing, machine learning and computer vision software development kits, allowing developers to explore new possibilities for both industrial and commercial devices. 

Summit to examine digital, data driven future of aircraft manufacturing

Big data, AI and robotics are powering exciting innovations across the aerospace industry, many of which are happening in the background, invisible to everyday airline customers. At the Global Aerospace Summit, held in Abu Dhabi from April 30th – May 1st, attendees will have the opportunity to explore the advanced digital technologies that are being used in this industry - from the shop floor to optimise processes, avert assembly problems and reduce cost, to the manufacturing of aircrafts.

BMW chooses Israeli Innoviz's autonomous car sensors

Israeli company Innoviz Technologies, which provides advanced laser-based sensor solutions (LiDAR), announced that auto manufacturer BMW had selected its InnovizOne LiDAR sensor for installation in its autonomous and semi-autonomous series of vehicles starting in 2021. Innoviz's advanced sensor solution facilitates advanced scanning capability that generates highly accurate 3D mapping of the vehicle's surroundings, and allows it to operate effectively in difficult weather conditions, while substantially lowering the cost. The finished integrated product will be installed in BMW vehicles by Magna, one of the world's leading auto industry suppliers and a leading investor in Innoviz.

The Military created an AI that learned how to program software

BAYOU is a deep learning tool that works like a search engine for coding, you have to tell what sort of program you want to create with a couple of keywords, and it will generate a java code that will do what you’re looking for, based on its best guess. This tool was developed by a team of computer scientists from Rice University who received funding both from the military and Google.

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