Kalashnikov Concern, the largest arms manufacturer in Russia, recently released a YouTube video of a man flying a hoverbike on September 25, 2017. A pilot flew the hoverbike inside a warehouse among a crowd of bystanders. The video only showed a preview of the Russian innovation, but the 16 motor manned aerial vehicle (MAV) is still a working prototype.
Microsoft’s first mission statement envisioned a computer on every desk and in every home, but Bill Gates also had another goal: that computers would someday be able to see, hear, communicate and understand humans and their environment.More than 25 years and two CEOs later, Microsoft is betting its future on it.“We truly believe AI is this disruptive force, even though it’s not new,” said Harry Shum, the executive vice president in charge of Microsoft’s AI and Research group, in an interview with GeekWire. “The recent progress is just enormous. We certainly have seen that through our own products and engagement with customers. We also feel we have a very strong point of view about how we take AI to the next step.”Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella formed the Microsoft AI and Research group one year ago this month as a fourth engineering division at the company, alongside the Office, Windows and Cloud & Enterprise divisions. The move reflects Nadella’s belief in “democratizing AI,” making it available to any person or company, and radically changing the way computers interact with and work on behalf of humans.One way to measure Microsoft’s AI bet: In its first year of operation, the AI and Research group has grown by 60 percent — from 5,000 people originally to nearly 8,000 people today — through hiring and acquisitions, and by bringing aboard additional teams from other parts of the company.
Applying its vast knowledge of art from the Renaissance to today, “Vincent” can take your simple sketch and transform it a finished painting influenced by Van Gogh, Cézanne and Picasso. “We’re exploring completely uncharted territory –- much of what makes Vincent tick was not known to the machine learning community just a year ago,” said Cambridge Consultants Machine Learning Director Monty Barlow.
Tesla is reportedly now working with the chip manufacturer AMD on the development of its own self-driving tech management AI chip, according to an unnamed source quoted by CNBC in a recent article.According to that source, Tesla has now “received back samples of the first implementation of its processor and is now running tests on it” — bringing the company closer to its goal of being entirely vertically integrated and not dependent upon outside firms for key components.This processor is, as noted above, based on top of AMD intellectual property, so complete independence is clearly not going to be the case within the immediate future, but perhaps not too long into the future either.
Renault has partnered with global infrastructure operator Ferrovial Services to create a car-sharing service in Madrid, called Zity. The new company will initially offer a fleet of 500 ZOE EVs located within the capital’s M-30 beltway, and in some adjoining areas.Ferrovial operates toll roads, airports and other municipal services in more than 20 countries.Renault’s ZOE, one of the most popular EVs in the European market, offers a real-world range of approximately 186 miles.
A recent ceremony in Turin, a city rich in automotive history, inaugurated the arrival of Italy’s first BYD electric buses. Three e-buses arrived in the historic Piazza Castello, to be met by the Mayor of Turin and other civic leaders.The three 12-meter e-buses are the first of 23 to be delivered by BYD to Gruppo Torinese Trasporti, which serves a metropolitan area of two million citizens and operates a fleet of over 1,100 buses.Twenty of the new buses will serve routes in Turin, and three will operate in nearby Novaro, connecting the city centers with suburban areas. BYD will supply full service support for 10 years.“Italy, together with the UK, France and countries in Benelux and Scandinavia, is now truly a top market for BYD in Europe thanks to the vision of GTT to make Turin green,” said Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe