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The Way We Train AI Is Fundamentally Flawed

The Way We Train AI Is Fundamentally Flawed by Tyler Durden Mon, 11/23/2020 - 14:09 Submitted by Nicholas Colas of DataTrek Research Peter Thiel’s most famous one-liner may well be, “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters”. As a send-up of tech entrepreneurship’s focus on the mundane rather than the magnificent, it’s pretty good. And Twitter may be 280 characters now, but we still don’t have flying cars. We thought of that line today when we came across an article in the MIT Technology Review titled “ The way we train AI is fundamentally flawed ” by Will Heaven, the journal’s senior editor for AI and Ph.D. in Computer Science. The piece reviews a recent paper by 40 Google researchers across 7 different teams. There’s links to both the MIT article and the Google paper below (the latter is heavy reading), but here is a brief summary:  Artificial intelligence training is a 2-step process. You start by showing an algorithm a dataset. As it goes through that data, it “learns”

KFC Launches Autonomous 5G Food Trucks In China

KFC Launches Autonomous 5G Food Trucks In China by Tyler Durden Sun, 11/22/2020 - 22:30 In China, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has launched a new food truck program, using 5G autonomous vehicles that allow hungry customers to purchase finger-licking good chicken without human interaction. Twitter handle " shanghaineko " snapped a couple of pictures of the unmanned vehicles with KFC chicken for sale outside a metro station in the city of Shanghai. In another tweet, shanghaineko shows there is more than one autonomous KFC food truck. According to Malaysian media outlet SoyaCincau , customers can "place an order on the screen, and it accepts payment via QR-code. After payment is made, the door will open for you to collect your order." SoyaCincau states the food trucks are manufactured by Neolix, a self-driving logistics startup based in Beijing. The startup offers autonomous delivery vehicles that are level 4 as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Neo

Qantas airline to mandate COVID-19 vaccine for international flights

Qantas airline to mandate COVID-19 vaccine for international flights By Noah Manskar November 23, 2020 | 9:05am | Updated No shot, no service. Australian airline Qantas will require travelers on international flights to be jabbed with a coronavirus vaccine once an inoculation is ready, CEO Alan Joyce said. “Whether you need that domestically, we’ll have to see what happens with COVID-19 in the market, but certainly for international visitors coming out and people leaving the country, we think that’s a necessity,” Joyce said in a Monday interview with the Australian news program “A Current Affair.” Australia’s largest airline is planning to enshrine the mandate in its terms and conditions, which would be amended to say that international travelers must be vaccinated before they can board a Qantas plane, Joyce said. Other airlines are likely to impose similar requirements once health regulators around the world approve a vaccine, according to Joyce. He said the policies could be enfo

Boston Dynamics' Robot Dog Starts New Work On BP Oil Rig

Boston Dynamics' Robot Dog Starts New Work On BP Oil Rig by Tyler Durden Fri, 11/20/2020 - 22:40 The virus pandemic is accelerating the trend of robots replacing humans in the workplace. One robot that is quickly being adopted by mega-corporations is Boston Dynamics' compact four-legged robot, called Spot. June was the month when Boston Dynamics began selling Spot. By July, Ford Motor Company received the robot dog, equipped with five cameras to survey its Van Dyke Transmission Plant in Michigan. Ford employed the four-legged robot over human surveyors to save money and time. The Michigan-based automobile manufacture isn't the only company embracing robot dogs to complete mundane tasks generally performed by humans. Reuters notes BP Plc has programed Spot to "read gauges, look for corrosion, map out the facility, and even sniff out methane on its Mad Dog rig."   Adam Ballard, BP's facilities technology manager, said the robot dog would make working on a

Digital Poker Sites Say '95%' Of Players Demand Payouts In Bitcoin To 'Enhance' Winnings

Digital Poker Sites Say '95%' Of Players Demand Payouts In Bitcoin To 'Enhance' Winnings by Tyler Durden Fri, 11/20/2020 - 14:30 As bitcoin powers back toward all-time highs unseen since late 2017, traders around the world are wondering: who exactly is driving this rally? Many probably assumed that the retail Robinhood traders who invaded the stock market this year have also found their way to trading crypto, and that's probably a fair assessment. But to sustain this type of a move, larger institutional players are necessary to ensure that demand never slackens, or else the volatility for which the pioneering cryptocurrency is infamous could come roaring back. Well, a reporter with Bloomberg who apparently set out to identify some of the big players in the market has made an interesting discovery: For years now, digital poker websites have been a constantly growing source of demand for the cryptocurrency, since customers often prefer to cash out in bitcoin, instead

Google Muscles In On Wall Street's Turf With New Checking Accounts

Google Muscles In On Wall Street's Turf With New Checking Accounts by Tyler Durden Wed, 11/18/2020 - 13:45 Following in the footsteps of Apple Pay and the Apple/Goldman credit card , Google owner Alphabet is finally making its move to expand its rudimentary Google Pay service into a checking account that can also grant users access to other cards and discounts. The upgrade marks Google's deepest foray yet into the US financial system, just as the pandemic speeds up the shift toward a "cashless society" and authorities raise concerns about Chinese super-apps such as Alipay and WeChat. Instead of applying for a banking license to try and challenge the existing banking system directly, Google is already working with 11 partners banks, including Citigroup, which on Wednesday launched a wait list for accounts built for the new ecosystem, and Stanford Federal Credit Union. "We’re working very closely with the financial industry," said Caesar Sengupta, vice presid

Boeing 737 Crashes Caused By A Few Lines Of Missing Code, Now is Re-Certified to Fly

Boeing 737 Crashes Caused By A Few Lines Of Missing Code by Tyler Durden Thu, 11/19/2020 - 15:30 Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk, The FAA certified the Boeing 737 Max on Wednesday. Here's the inside scoop on exactly what caused the crashes. The Boeing 737 Max has been grounded since March of 2019 after two aircraft crashes killing everyone on board. The first crash killed 189 people, the second crash killed 157. On Wednesday, November 18, 2020, the FAA Cleared Boeing's 737 Max To Resume Passenger Service After 20 months on the tarmac following two fatal crashes, Boeing's troubled 737 Max airliner has been given the green light to resume passenger flights, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Wednesday . The plane's return to the skies will not be immediate, however. The FAA is requiring a series of design changes laid out in a 115-page directive . It also put forward training requirements for pilots and maintenance requirements for airlines. "This