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Cryplogger AI collected the most important news from the world of AI over the past week.
- IBM, Cisco and Nvidia stopped selling licenses in Russia
- Tesla laid off 200 employees from the Autopilot development team.
- Cruise drones paralyzed traffic in San Francisco for several hours.
- Niantic to develop mobile AR game NBA All-World.
- The unmanned Mayflower arrived in Plymouth, USA.
- The most important transactions in the field of AI.
IBM, Cisco and Nvidia stopped selling licenses in Russia
IBM and Cisco have stopped renewing licenses to use equipment in Russia. This will block the activation of new devices, as well as support and maintenance of existing ones.
According to Vedomostithe issue will affect storage systems based on IBM Power architecture processors and Cisco networking equipment.
Nvidia also stopped sale and renewal of software licenses in Russia. The restrictions affected developers of popular cloud gaming services that use the tech giant’s software to optimize GPU performance.
In the future, the problem may affect owners of supercomputers like Yandex and Sberbank.
Tesla cut autopilot developers
Tesla has laid off 200 employees from its Autopilot Active Driver Assistance Systems team. The company also closed an office in San Mateo (USA).
According to Bloomberg, many of the laid-off employees were involved in evaluating and labeling autopilot data received from customers. The rest of the team of 350 people the company transferred to another office.
Cruise drones paralyze traffic in San Francisco
More than six Cruise robot taxis blocked traffic for several hours in San Francisco (USA).
According to TechCrunchOn June 28, 2022, several drones suddenly stopped working in the urban area of Fillmore. Cruise employees who arrived at the call had to manually move robotic cars.
The company apologized for the incident, but did not explain the reasons for this behavior of drones.
The neural interface helped the paralyzed man to eat with the help of robotic arms
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have presented a neural interface that helped paralyzed man eating with robotic arms.
The developed method based on a common control system minimizes mental efforts to complete tasks. The technology allowed a partially paralyzed person to match four movements with 12 degrees of freedom of manipulators.
The study participant made light gestures with his hands at certain prompts of the system, such as “choose the place of the cut,” so that the robotic arms with a fork and knife would share food and bring it to their mouth. According to scientists, the man was able to eat dessert in 90 seconds.
In the future, the researchers plan to add touch-like feedback, as well as improve the accuracy and efficiency of the system.
Startup tests AR lenses on humans
Mojo Vision Company tested contact lenses with augmented reality Mojo Lens on a person.
The first test of the prototype was the head of the company, Drew Perkins. He said he was able to interact with the compass, view images and use the teleprompter.
The lens has a green monochrome MicroLED display with a diameter of less than 0.5 mm and a resolution of 14,000 pixels per inch. The device is equipped with an ARM Core M0 processor and a 5GHz ultra-low latency radio. Also, the gadget is equipped with sensors to track eye movement and image stabilization.
Mojo Lens received a microbattery built into the outer ring, which in the final version of the device will be able to hold a charge all day. The gadget is controlled by eye movements.
The company announced the start of testing the lens on other volunteers, whose feedback will form the commercial version of the product for subsequent licensing and sale.
Unmanned Mayflower arrives in American Plymouth
Mayflower unmanned craft reached coast of Massachusetts (USA).
The trimaran was towed into Plymouth Harbor and moored next to the original Mayflower, which carried the Pilgrims across the Atlantic Ocean in 1620.
According to the developers, they will now study the data collected by the drone and the performance of AI systems.
The neural network was taught to play Minecraft
Open AI engineers trained AI to play Minecraft. The neural network can run, swim, avoid obstacles, mine resources, make diamond tools, hunt animals and cook food.
Researchers have developed a video pre-training method that allows them to use a large array of unlabeled data. They also trained the AI to play with mouse and keyboard emulators.
First, the engineers showed the neural networks 2000 hours of marked-up Minecraft gameplay, indicating the keys pressed by the users. They created a click-predicting algorithm that flagged another 70,000 hours of open-source video game play.
The researchers then asked the gamers participating in the project to create a new world in Minecraft, collect the necessary resources to start and craft essential items from them. AI trained to create a workbench, make objects and build shelters.
The engineers also used RL methodto train the neural network to make diamond tools.
Niantic and NBA team up to create AR basketball game
Niantic and the National Basketball Association (NBA) will create the NBA All-World mobile AR game. The app will be available to iOS and Android users.
According to Polygon, gamers will have to “surf the neighborhood” in search of some of the basketball league stars, including Chris Paul, Stephen Curry and James Harden. Players will be able to dress up characters and upgrade squads with items found in real places.
Also, gamers will be allowed to compete in virtual teams in one-on-one matches in various real places, including basketball courts.
Enthusiasts combined Wordle and DALL-E mini into Wordalle game
Members of the Huggingface Projects Community created Wordalle web game. Users need to guess the request from an AI-generated image.
The developers combined the Wordle puzzle with the Craiyon neural network (formerly DALL-E mini). Players need to substitute letters in the cells: if it is correct and in the right place, the field will turn green, if the player mixed up the position of the letter, it will turn yellow.
Users have seven attempts to guess the query generated by the algorithm. You can also skip words.
According to the developers, the queries used in Wordalle are varied, but easy to guess, like “Yoda does yoga” or “pug tacos”.
Startup develops pet door with muzzle recognition
Petvation Company developed door with muzzle recognition for pets.
The system is equipped with infrared cameras with a viewing angle of 120 degrees and IR illumination, a downwardly directed video sensor and motion sensors. The machine learning algorithm identifies cats and dogs, as well as other animals like raccoons, squirrels and skunks.
According to Petvation, the system does not require the pet to look at the camera before leaving the premises. The engineers also eliminated the risk of an animal’s paw or tail getting caught in the door, the company said.
The most important AI deals of the last week
From June 26 to July 2, 2022, AI startups raised over $230 million. Here are the most interesting transactions.
- Gloat received $90 million to support the AI labor marketplace.
- Speechmatics collected $62 million to expand inclusive speech-to-text technology.
- Developers of software for the development of AI systems Modular attracted $30 million
- Mona collected $14.6 million to develop a metaverse platform for 3D engineers.
- Industrial Next received $12 million to improve manufacturing technologies for electric vehicle suppliers.
- Developers of the Kogniz computer vision platform attracted $10 million
- AI Squared collected $6 million to improve tools for integrating AI into applications.
- Heyday received $6 million to create knowledge bases from content from web pages viewed and cloud services.
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