15-year-old who uses AI to solve world problems is Time’s first-ever Kid of the Year

Gitanjali Rao, an Indian-American, has been named Time’s first-ever Kid of the Year, 2020. The young scientist uses technology such as Artificial Intelligence to solve world problems. Through her innovations and leadership qualities, Gitanjali aspires to inspire more young people to become innovators.

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Graphcore raises $222 million to scale up AI chip production

Graphcore claims its M2000 AI computer hits 1 petaflop

Graphcore, a Bristol, U.K.-based startup developing chips and systems to accelerate AI workloads, today announced it has raised $222 million in a series E funding round led by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board. The investment, which values the company at $2.77 billion post-money and brings its total raised to date to $710 million, will be used to support continued global expansion and further accelerate future silicon, systems, and software development.

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Robotics and AI trends: the 2021 edition

If there’s one thing 2020 proved to us all, it’s that no one can predict the future. I’ve often confessed that I have no crystal ball, but despite my lack of psychic abilities, I couldn’t have been more surprised by what we’ve seen in the past 12 months. Investing in technology? Here are the top trends in robotics & AI to watch in 2021.

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The Work of the Future – Building better jobs in an age of Intelligent Machines

Three years ago, robots, artificial intelligence (AI), and self-driving cars seemed to be coming fast. A widely cited study projected nearly half of all jobs in industrialized countries could soon be performed by robots or AI. One beer advertisement showed robots gleefully surpassing humans in running, bicycling, and golfing, but ended with a robot gazing wistfully through a window at people socializing in a bar. Humans would soon be outcompeted in every arena except social drinking, this ad seemed to say.

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White House: Recommendations for leveraging cloud computing resources for federally funded artificial intelligence research and development

The United States Government [will] sustain and enhance the scientific, technological, and economic leadership position of the United States in AI R&D and deployment through a coordinated Federal Government strategy … [that includes] better enabling the use of cloud computing resources for federally funded AI R&D.

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The essential landscape of Enterprise AI Companies 2020

Plenty of enterprise companies use combinations of automated data science, machine learning, and modern deep learning approaches for tasks like data preparation, predictive analytics, and process automation. Many are well-established players with deep domain expertise and product functionality. Others are hot new startups applying artificial intelligence to new problems. We cover a mix of both.

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Deloitte’s 2020 State of AI in the Enterprise study, 3rd Edition

For the third straight year, Deloitte surveyed executives about their companies’ sentiments and practices regarding AI technologies. We were particularly interested in understanding what it will take to stay ahead of the pack as AI adoption grows – and we wanted to learn how adopters are managing risk around the technologies as AI governance, trust, and ethics become more of a boardroom issue.

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NVIDIA: Implementing Robotics Applications with ROS 2 and AI on the Jetson Platform

Deep learning is being adopted in robotics to accurately navigate indoor environments, detect and follow objects of interest, and maneuver without collisions. However, the increasing complexity of deep learning makes it challenging to accommodate these workloads on embedded systems. While you can make trade-offs between accuracy and deep learning model size, compromising accuracy to meet real-time demands often proves counterproductive in most robotics applications.

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World Economic Forum: How AI can help combat slavery and free 40 million victims

Despite legalised slavery being abolished in the UK in 1833 and the US fighting a Civil War that culminated in the Abolition Act of 1863, the practice has evolved to thrive all over the modern world. Today, organized criminal networks profit an estimated $150 billion a year from the indentured labour of as many as 40 million victims worldwide.

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Hands-free Authentication and Autonomous Sanitizing Robot

Icuro have designed an affordable artificial intelligence (AI) powered mobile robot for precision sanitization of any indoor area. For any commercial buildings, facilities, offices, restaurants, and schools, our robot can sanitize with a fog spray of the disinfectant solution while navigating around tables, chairs, or fixed objects.

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