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It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, no – it’s AI! – This Week in Artificial Intelligence 11-21-15

Daniel Faggella

Daniel Faggella is the founder and CEO at Emerj. Called upon by the United Nations, World Bank, INTERPOL, and many global enterprises, Daniel is a sought-after expert on the competitive strategy implications of AI for business and government leaders.

It's a Bird, it's a Plane, no - it's AI! - This Week in Artificial Intelligence 11-21-15

1 – Boston Firm’s Tech Adds Artificial Intelligence to Drone Cameras

The Boston-based tech company Neural has introduced AI technology that allows drones to photograph and film people and objects more autonomously. The software comes in the form of a mobile app called “Neurala Selfie Dronie”, which first prompts the user to select an object or a person and then, by voice command, a flying and camera angle. The company, which was founded in 2006 in part by CEO Massamiliano Versace, presently designs intelligent software for organizations like NASA and the U.S. Air Force. Other AI technologies in the works include software that allows drones to fly autonomously and avoid obstacles.

(Read the full article on Boston Business Journal)

2 – NASA Gives MIT a Humanoid Robot to Develop Software for Future Space Missions

MIT is one of two universities to receive a “Valkyrie” or “R5” humanoid robot from NASA, which hopes to use the robot for future space missions to Mars and beyond. The move is part of NASA’s upcoming Space Robotics Challenge, which aims to develop more dexterous and autonomous robots that can help or take the place of humans in more dangerous space endeavors. MIT’s CSAIL team, led by Russ Tedrake, will develop algorithms with two-year fundings from NASA.

(Read the full article on MIT News)

3 – Meta, an Artificial Intelligence Platform for Science, Receives $6 Million in Funding

Meta, a machine-learning-driven platform for science researchers, has been granted $6 million in funding by Rho Canada Ventures, Western Technology Investment, and iGan Partners. The platform, formerly known as ScienceScape, allows researchers to search and filter through scientific literature on the web – an estimated 25 million papers, with 4,000 new papers published every day. The additional funding will allow Meta to continue investment in its AI technologies, such as updates to its literature discovery engine, and continue to encourage growth across its platform.

(Read the full article on Techvibes)

4 – Japanese Artificial Intelligence Passes University Exams

An AI known as the Todai Robot Project scored above average on a Japanese college-entrance exam, qualifying it for 80% admission acceptance to over 400 national universities (excepting the exclusive University of Tokyo, which the project aims to pass in 2021). The AI was tested in subjects that included math, physics, english, and others; while it performed very well in areas such as math and history, it answered poorly on physics questions. The National Institute of Informatics, which pioneered the AI, stated that its AI has the intelligence but lacks the language-processing capabilities required to answer these complex questions. The institute aims to use the AI to work across country lines to better understand the human mind.

(Read the full article on Daily

5 – Dell Takes Endpoint Security to a New Level with Cylance Advanced Threat Protection Technology

Dell announced its decision to work with Cylance to integrate cybersecurity technology across its Dell Data Security solutions, making it the first tier one PC vendor to offer this robust security suite. In a world where anti-virus and anti-malware solutions often fail to keep up with quickly-evolving technologies, Dell’s Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise with Cylance technology aims to protect users against modern attacks, such as zero day, scripting, and targeted attacks. According to Cylance, the software stops 99 percent of malware and other threats, surpassing the 50 percent efficacy rating of more traditional anti-virus software.

(Read the full article on BusinessWire)

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