Maritime transportation industry has been facing employment shortage. Manless operations may solve this problem and reduce the high cost of manpower. In comparison to land autonomous driving, there are fewer obstacles on the sea where travel routes are more open.
Yuanqing Lin’s AI startup Aibee.ai — or AI2B, AI to business — has landed US $25 million in angel round funding. The company was founded by the former Director of Baidu’s Institute of Deep Learning (IDL), and provides general AI solutions such as computer vision and image and speech recognition for companies in education, finance, retail, real estate and other sectors.
CES exhibitors promoted everything from AI-powered vehicles to smart refrigerators and robot puppies. But the tech driving these diverse products was the same: the virtual assistant, a conversational AI that can understand human speech and generate humanlike responses.
To boost learning research aimed at endowing robots with better generalization capabilities, Yi Wu from UC Berkeley and Yuxin Wu, Georgia Gkioxari, and Yuandong Tian from Facebook AI research recently published the paper Building Generalizable Agents with a Realistic and Rich 3D Environment.
On December 5th Alibaba, Ant Financial, and Shanghai Shentong Metro Group jointly launched a new voice interaction system for purchasing subway tickets. Riders can now tell a machine their destination — for example, Zhongshan Park — and the system will use the AutoNavi cloud map to issue a ticket for the nearest station.
Nature will publish the first issue of Machine Intelligence in January 2019. The new journal will cover the “best research from across the field of artificial intelligence,” ranging from machine learning, robotics and human-machine interactions to ethical, legal and societal dimensions of AI.