A flight simulator to train drones. Also: All kinds of AI progress. — FTN DAILY EDITION #121, Innovation & Technology

Jaromír Kavan

Tell your drone to hit the sim

A simulation suite for autonomous vehicles just went open-source.

Conner Forrest for TechRepublic:

AirSim was built on the Unreal Engine, and is available on GitHub through an open source license.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/microsofts-ai-system-for-training-autonomous-cars-and-drones-goes-open-source/


Self-Learning

AIs start to teach themselves new tricks.

Dom Galeon for Futurism:

Gamalon calls the technique it employed Bayesian program synthesis.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/microsofts-ai-system-for-training-autonomous-cars-and-drones-goes-open-source/


Time-critical

Time can be a tricky thing for global databases. Google figured it out.

Cade Metz for WIRED:

It hopes to convince customers that Spanner provides an easier way of running a global business, a easier way of replicating their data across multiple regions and, thus, guard against outages.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/microsofts-ai-system-for-training-autonomous-cars-and-drones-goes-open-source/


Ready for take off

Passenger transportation by drone will be available in Dubai this summer.

Abhimanyu Ghoshal for The Next Web:

Starting this July, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates will see people traveling across its skies in single-passenger drones.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/microsofts-ai-system-for-training-autonomous-cars-and-drones-goes-open-source/


Efficency boost

A new technology promises radical energy saving in smartphones.

Joe McGauley for thrillist:

Yeah, it’s complicated.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/microsofts-ai-system-for-training-autonomous-cars-and-drones-goes-open-source/


Replaiced

The first white collar jobs are being replaced by robots.

David Ryan Polgar for Big Think:

The AI system will be used to read and understand medical certificates, hospital stays, surgical procedures, and medical history to make a more accurate assessment of payouts.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/microsofts-ai-system-for-training-autonomous-cars-and-drones-goes-open-source/


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