Doug Davis on the Road Ahead for US Leadership in Autonomous Vehicles

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Doug Davis, senior vice president and general manager of the Automated Driving Group at Intel Corporation, speaks in May at the company’s autonomous driving workshop at its Silicon Valley Center for Autonomous Driving in San Jose, California. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
In the midst of significant policy changes for self-driving cars, Doug Davis, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Automated Driving Group (ADG), spoke with tech reporter Michaela Ross on Bloomberg BNA’s Code & Conduit podcast. Davis addressed what this array of new federal regulations means for the near future of self-driving cars and Intel’s relentless focus on safety and innovation.

More: Autonomous Driving (Press Kit) | Listen to the Code & Conduit podcast

Davis and Ross dove into areas including the new self-driving car guidelines released by Secretary Elaine Chao and the Department of Transportation, the SELF DRIVE Act passed by the House earlier this summer and, on the eve of its release, Intel’s hopes for the Senate’s bipartisan legislative proposal for self-driving cars. Davis advocated for the involvement of tech companies in development and testing of autonomous vehicles and the importance of clear federal and state regulatory roles to support deployment across the country:

“The House SELF DRIVE Act expands a framework for test vehicles … It gives enough flexibility to get cars out on the road and demonstrate the various different scenarios that they need to be able to operate in. It creates an environment where technology companies working together with the OEMs and developers of these vehicles can aid in both the development and the testing of these vehicles as they get put out on the road.”

In addition, Davis spoke about the common concern that self-driving cars will cause job displacement. He encouraged listeners to instead consider that while they will transform the job market, self-driving cars will also create exciting new opportunities, industries and jobs. It’s all part of what Intel calls the Passenger Economy.

“We’ll see shifts in where jobs exist and how those jobs will change … but history has shown that new technologies and new types of automation actually create more jobs. … Our vehicles could provide new capabilities around advertising. We could provide mobility as a benefit to apartment complexes. We could even think about things like services being delivered as part of your transportation. You have a 45-minute commute in an autonomous vehicle; maybe you request a ride-share service where you can get your nails done while you’re on your way to work or meet with a financial adviser. We can start to imagine all kinds of things that are possible as we get that time back – all the time we spend stuck in traffic, unable to do other more productive things.”

In closing, Davis emphasized that Intel is working with many industry organizations on legislation, and that two key points of focus are: prioritizing safety and helping create guidelines around consistency in safety protocol; and ensuring technology is scalable and cost-effective to open up the Passenger Economy.

“We’ll continue to help encourage the kind of climate such that the United States is able to play a leadership role in both the development and deployment of [self-driving] vehicles.”

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Getting Good Ink: How AI Can Help You Find the Perfect Tattoo

Few choices in life are more personal, or more permanent, than picking a tattoo. Getting just the one you want may soon get a little easier thanks to AI.

Tattoodo, a Copenhagen-based startup, has come up with a deep learning-powered app that can help people find the right style and image before they submit to the gun.

More than 20 million tattoo lovers, and the plain curious, flock to Tattoodo’s site each month to peruse its massive collection of ink uploaded by people from around the world.

Previously, these uploads had been laboriously hand-categorized and tagged. Then Tattoodo developers Goran Vuksic and Dennis Micky Jensen — tinkering around during some of their company’s regular hacker hours — had the insight to build a neural network for image recognition and apply it to Tattoodo’s collection of body art.

The duo trained their model on the manually tagged collection with a focus on the style or motif of the tattoos. Now, people simply need to type in a textual description of the style they’re interested in and the algorithm will pull up tattoo pictures relevant to the search.

“When you show an interest in an artist, a particular style or motif, the system figures it out and offers you more suggestions of that type of art,” said Vuksic.

Providing What You Want

Vuksic and Jensen created their neural network using the Caffe machine learning framework running on an NVIDIA DIGITS instance on Amazon Web Services.

DIGITS is a deep learning GPU training system that made it easy for the pair to generate the data set and train their model. Accessing it via AWS put the immense processing power of GPUs at their fingertips, without having to invest in a lot of hardware themselves.

The developers are now on their way to curating more than 350,000 tattoo art images for people to draw inspiration from.

And the results are phenomenal. Whether you want a Japanese-style tattoo with a dragon motif or a mandala in full color, the model will recognize your request and suggest tattoos from the database relevant to your search.

It will even show you artists to follow — an important consideration given that works from more than 50,000 artists are part of the Tattoodo collection.

         

Looking Ahead

More than 1 million tattoo enthusiasts use Tattoodo’s app. As this number grows, Vuksic and Jensen plan to apply their AI work to improve the upload process, automatically suggesting styles and tags for the art being posted.

With NVIDIA GPUs facilitating the training process, Vuksic and Jensen are also concentrating on improving precision of the results, including further training the model using incoming data from uploads.

“We are the No. 1 destination for tattoo inspiration,” said Vuksic, who says he plans to keep exploring opportunities in AI to keep it that way.

Spoiler Alert: AI Tries to Write the Next Chapter in ‘Game of Thrones’ Saga

If you missed last week’s episode of our AI Podcast, give it a listen. We spoke to an impatient developer who created an AI to write the next chapter in the Game of Thrones saga.

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Telia, Ericsson and Intel First to Make 5G Real in Europe

EU Digital Summit – Tallinn, Estonia, Sept. 29, 2017 – Telia is deploying the first public 5G live network use cases in Europe in collaboration with Ericsson and Intel. This includes a high-speed 5G connection to a commercial passenger cruise ship delivering internet connectivity to the ship and its passengers while in port, and an industrial use case featuring a construction excavator remotely controlled with a live 5G network.

The move is an important milestone in the global 5G roadmap, moving Ericsson, Intel and Telia, and more importantly Telia customers, closer to the goal of bringing 5G services to life in 2018 in both Tallinn and Stockholm, two of the world’s most digitalized cities.

More: Telia, Intel and Ericsson Media Briefing (Replay) | 5G (Press Kit)

Gabriela Styf Sjöman, global head of networks for Telia Company, says: “We want to be early with 5G and will bring it to life in Stockholm, Tallinn and Helsinki in 2018. We work together with our partners in the whole ecosystem to explore the powerful effect it is going to have for our customers and in society. It’s not only about building a new network but it’s also about building a new way of thinking and perceiving what a mobile network can be and can do. High speed, low latency, guaranteed capacity and truly mobile is going to push the boundaries of digitalization and we want to be there pushing it together with our partners.”

Deploying early 5G solutions in real-world settings is vital for the industry to learn how the various technologies integrate into different types of businesses, in what types of environments it performs best, and the interoperability between systems across the network, cloud and devices. Telia and Ericsson announced a joint roadmap in 2016 that aims to let Telia customers experience 5G services in 2018 in Tallinn and Stockholm. Now in collaboration with Intel, early examples of these services have been brought to life in these use cases for consumers and businesses.

The “real life” 5G environment for Tallink was created at the Port of Tallinn to test and explore how the new mobile technology can provide higher data connection speeds and improved quality. During the test in September 2017, 5G technology was deployed for the whole ship while it was in harbor. The technology enabled Wi-Fi usage for 2,000 passengers and the ship’s own information and communications technology systems. This is a first example of many uses that 5G will provide access to in transport situations, as well as very broad gigabit wireless services delivered to consumers.

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Asha Keddy, Intel Corporation vice president, observes Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on Sept. 29, 2017, remotely controlling an industrial excavator over an ultrafast live 5G network as part of the first public live 5G trial in Europe, made possible by Ericsson, Intel and Telia. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
Gearing up for 5G, the participants in the EU Digital Summit taking place today in Tallinn have a unique opportunity to experience what it feels like to remotely control machinery – in this case an industrial excavator – via an augmented reality remote control operated over an ultrafast live 5G link with very low latency. This shows how a machine operator can work with 5G remote controlled excavators in hazardous environments, from the comfort and safety of an office environment. This highlights the capabilities and opportunities 5G will bring to harsh or dangerous industrial settings.

The solution stack underpinning the cases in Estonia consists of technologies from Ericsson and Intel. An Ericsson 5G base station consisting of 5G antenna, radio and baseband, in conjunction with the Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform – provides millimeter wave and extends the Telia mobile network to 5G.

Arun Bansal, head of Europe and Latin America for Ericsson, says: “Our own report about the 5G business potential identifies a huge opportunity for telecom operators globally who address industry digitalization with 5G. We foresee that they can benefit from a market opportunity of $582 billion by 2026, and this represents a potential to add 34 percent growth in revenues. Capturing this market potential requires investment in 5G technology as well as business development and go-to-market models.”

Asha Keddy, vice president and general manager of the Next Generation and Standards Group at Intel Corporation, says: “Our work together trialing early usages of 5G technologies and the experiences it will bring to different industries, demonstrates the importance of collaboration and the need for seamless flow of data across the network, cloud and devices to make 5G a reality. Intel’s 5G platforms are critical enablers for today’s active, real-world 5G trials with service providers around the globe, providing crucial insights and helping to define the future of 5G.”

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About Telia Company

We’re Telia Company, the New Generation Telco. Our 21,000 talented colleagues serve millions of customers every day in one of the world’s most connected regions. With a strong connectivity base, we’re the hub in the digital ecosystem, empowering people, companies and societies to stay in touch with everything that matters 24/7/365 – on their terms. Headquartered in Stockholm, the heart of innovation and technology, we’re set to change the industry and bring the world even closer for our customers. Read more at www.teliacompany.com.

About Ericsson

Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services with headquarters in Stockholm. Our organization consists of more than 111,000 experts who provide customers in 180 countries with innovative solutions and services. Together we are building a more connected future where anyone and any industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Net sales in 2016 were SEK 222.6 billion ($24.5 billion). The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on NASDAQ in New York. Read more at www.ericsson.com.

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Telia, Ericsson and Intel First to Make 5G Real in Europe

EU Digital Summit – Tallinn, Estonia, Sept. 29, 2017 – Telia is deploying the first public 5G live network use cases in Europe in collaboration with Ericsson and Intel. This includes a high-speed 5G connection to a commercial passenger cruise ship delivering internet connectivity to the ship and its passengers while in port, and an industrial use case featuring a construction excavator remotely controlled with a live 5G network.

The move is an important milestone in the global 5G roadmap, moving Ericsson, Intel and Telia, and more importantly Telia customers, closer to the goal of bringing 5G services to life in 2018 in both Tallinn and Stockholm, two of the world’s most digitalized cities.

Press Kit: 5G

Gabriela Styf Sjöman, global head of networks for Telia Company, says: “We want to be early with 5G and will bring it to life in Stockholm, Tallinn and Helsinki in 2018. We work together with our partners in the whole ecosystem to explore the powerful effect it is going to have for our customers and in society. It’s not only about building a new network but it’s also about building a new way of thinking and perceiving what a mobile network can be and can do. High speed, low latency, guaranteed capacity and truly mobile is going to push the boundaries of digitalization and we want to be there pushing it together with our partners.”

Deploying early 5G solutions in real-world settings is vital for the industry to learn how the various technologies integrate into different types of businesses, in what types of environments it performs best, and the interoperability between systems across the network, cloud and devices. Telia and Ericsson announced a joint roadmap in 2016 that aims to let Telia customers experience 5G services in 2018 in Tallinn and Stockholm. Now in collaboration with Intel, early examples of these services have been brought to life in these use cases for consumers and businesses.

The “real life” 5G environment for Tallink was created at the Port of Tallinn to test and explore how the new mobile technology can provide higher data connection speeds and improved quality. During the test in September 2017, 5G technology was deployed for the whole ship while it was in harbor. The technology enabled Wi-Fi usage for 2,000 passengers and the ship’s own information and communications technology systems. This is a first example of many uses that 5G will provide access to in transport situations, as well as very broad gigabit wireless services delivered to consumers.

Gearing up for 5G, the participants in the EU Digital Summit taking place today in Tallinn have a unique opportunity to experience what it feels like to remotely control machinery – in this case an industrial excavator – via an augmented reality remote control operated over an ultrafast live 5G link with very low latency. This shows how a machine operator can work with 5G remote controlled excavators in hazardous environments, from the comfort and safety of an office environment. This highlights the capabilities and opportunities 5G will bring to harsh or dangerous industrial settings.

The solution stack underpinning the cases in Estonia consists of technologies from Ericsson and Intel. An Ericsson 5G base station consisting of 5G antenna, radio and baseband, in conjunction with the Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform – provides millimeter wave and extends the Telia mobile network to 5G.

Arun Bansal, head of Europe and Latin America for Ericsson, says: “Our own report about the 5G business potential identifies a huge opportunity for telecom operators globally who address industry digitalization with 5G. We foresee that they can benefit from a market opportunity of $582 billion by 2026, and this represents a potential to add 34 percent growth in revenues. Capturing this market potential requires investment in 5G technology as well as business development and go-to-market models.”

Asha Keddy, vice president and general manager of the Next Generation and Standards Group at Intel Corporation, says: “Our work together trialing early usages of 5G technologies and the experiences it will bring to different industries, demonstrates the importance of collaboration and the need for seamless flow of data across the network, cloud and devices to make 5G a reality. Intel’s 5G platforms are critical enablers for today’s active, real-world 5G trials with service providers around the globe, providing crucial insights and helping to define the future of 5G.”

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About Telia Company

We’re Telia Company, the New Generation Telco. Our 21,000 talented colleagues serve millions of customers every day in one of the world’s most connected regions. With a strong connectivity base, we’re the hub in the digital ecosystem, empowering people, companies and societies to stay in touch with everything that matters 24/7/365 – on their terms. Headquartered in Stockholm, the heart of innovation and technology, we’re set to change the industry and bring the world even closer for our customers. Read more at www.teliacompany.com.

About Ericsson

Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services with headquarters in Stockholm. Our organization consists of more than 111,000 experts who provide customers in 180 countries with innovative solutions and services. Together we are building a more connected future where anyone and any industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Net sales in 2016 were SEK 222.6 billion ($24.5 billion). The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on NASDAQ in New York. Read more at www.ericsson.com.

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