The interesting thing about autonomous vehicle technology is that it’s not just about cars. Here’s an interesting story about an autonomous snowplow in Canada.

Otto, the airport’s self-driving snowplow. Winnipeg’s airport is now the home of North America’s first ever autonomous snowplow. Richardson International Airport collaborated with Manitoba companies Northstar Robotics and Airport Technologies to create the plow, which was unveiled Thursday. #ICYMI : WAA partnered with @NorthStarRobot and Airport Technologies Inc. to […]

We rarely think about the infrastructure at the hear of the internet, except maybe lamenting that there are not enough cell phone towers. However, there’s a massive network of cables under the oceans that connect the world together. These undersea cables are the backbone of the internet.

These submarine fiber optic cables permit the world’s web traffic to flow and I can’t help but thinking of the NYC Subway map when looking at where the cables are.

submarine cables

One such cable is called Marea. It runs from Virginia Beach in the U.S. to Balboa, Spain and it just set a speed record of  26.2 terabits per second, more than enough to stream 793,000 ultra-high-def movies at once.

Infinera makes the “equipment that puts the light into the optical fiber,” Bennett explains. To hit data transfer rates of 20 percent over the capacity of the fiber, Bennett says they did two things. First, they implemented “multiple wavelengths on a single optical chip, so that we could squeeze the individual wavelengths closer together, and get more wavelengths on the fiber,” he explains. “And the second part is, each wavelengths is transmitted as a set of subcarriers that also allows tighter spacing.” So, while the pipe remained the same, they increased how much data could be sent through it in a given amount of time. [Read more]

One of the questions that I get asked a lot is how to get started in Data Science. In some ways, it’s easier now than when I started — there’s a lot more learning resources. In others, it’s harder — there’s a lot more competition for data science jobs.

Here’s a great article from towardsdatascience.com with six bits of advice for those wanting to get into this field.

Building experience before landing a job Data science is a field with a huge demand, in part because it seems to require experience as a data scientist to be hired as a data scientist. But many of the best data scientists I’ve worked with have diverse backgrounds ranging from

[Read More]

In something straight out of science fiction, the high tech city of Shenzhen, a local subway operator is testing facial recognition subway access, powered by a 5G network.

From the article:

The trial is limited to a single station thus far, and it’s not immediately clear how this will work for twins or lookalikes. People entering the station can scan their faces on the screen where they would normally have tapped their phones or subway cards. Their fare then gets automatically deducted from their linked accounts. They will need to have registered their facial data beforehand and linked a payment method to their subway account.

I am excited that I can now finally talk about this initiative publicly: an online AI training course geared towards business decision makers.

Is your company AI-ready? Learn more about AI strategy, culture, responsibility, and technology through our insightful AI leadership series.

Forbes points out that the term “Big Data” has been eclipsed by “Data Science” in the hype cycle. However, the Great Hype Cycle resembles Game of Thrones and I think we can all agree that “AI” or “Machine Learning” is next to sit on the Iron Throne of Hype.

In a world in which “big data” and “data science” seem to adorn every technology-related news article and social media post, have the terms finally reached public interest saturation? As the use of large amounts of data has become mainstream, is the role of “data science” replacing the hype of “big data?”

In sci-fi and popular culture, there is much talk about when “AI becomes self-aware/conscious” and then bad things will happen to humanity. Aside from being somewhat an overplayed theme, it raises several profound questions. What is consciousness? What is self-awareness? What is sentience? There are no easy answers that could withstand scrutiny.

For me, this is one of the most fascinating aspects of AI – where it bridges the worlds of science, philosophy, and even theology. KurzGesagt has a fascinating video exploring the evolutionary origins of consciousness and how empathy relates to sense of self.

If you’re curious about getting into Data Science, then here’s a great free resource: Edureka video on Data Science. You can watch an end to end, detailed and comprehensive knowledge dump on Data Science.

This Data Science video will start with basics of Statistics and Probability and then move to Machine Learning and Finally end the journey with Deep Learning and AI.