Baidu starts mass producing 2nd generation Kunlun AI chips

On Wednesday, Chinese tech giant Baidu said, it has started mass-producing its second-generation Kunlun artificial intelligence (AI) chips, as it races to become a major player in the chip industry with Beijing’s backing. In a statement Baidu said, the second-generation Kunlun AI chips, using 7 nm process technology, produced computational speeds of two-to-three times faster…

Toyota acquires US map and driverless data provider Carmera

On Thursday Toyota Motor Corp’s research arm said, it had acquired US based map and driverless vehicles data provider Carmera. The acquisition underscores Toyota’s push to bulk up its self-driving arsenal as traditional automakers compete with tech giants in the emerging autonomous vehicles sector. The acquisition will provide Toyota access to real-time, high-definition maps and crowdsourced…

Japanese companies will collaborate with TSMC to gain chip making edge

In a report, Japan’s Nikkei newspaper said, around 20 Japanese companies, including electronic component maker Ibiden Co, will collaborate with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) to develop chip manufacturing technology in Japan. Fifty percent of $337 million (37 billion yen), the cost of the research facility, will be borne by the Japanese government In February,…

Microsoft expands cloud solutions for healthcare customers, acquires Nuance for $16 billion

In a statement Microsoft Corp said, it would acquire artificial intelligence and speech technology firm Nuance Communications Inc for around $16 billion. The development sees Microsoft’s expands in the cloud solutions for healthcare customers. The deal comes in the wake of a 2019 partnership wherein both companies had partnered to automate clinical administrative work including…

Google names Black executive Marian Croak to oversea research of AI ethics

Alphabet Inc’s Google has named Marian Croak, a Black executive, to oversee research on responsible artificial intelligence (AI). The development comes midst weeks of internal anger over a firing of a prominent Black scientist. In a statement Google confirmed that Croak will manage 10 teams, including a dozen scientists studying the ethical considerations of automated…

Amazon.com to use Ai-powered video cameras in its branded delivery vans

In a statement Amazon.com said, it will install AI-powered video cameras in its branded delivery vans in order to improve the safety of both drivers and the communities in which it delivers. Recently Amazon has started rolling out camera-based safety technology across its delivery fleet. “This technology will provide drivers real-time alerts to help them…

Autonomous cars to hit the market after 2025: VW CEO Herbert Diess

In an interview, to Germany’s Wirtschaftswoche weekly magazine, Herbert Diess, Volkswagen’s CEO stated the carmaker expects autonomous vehicles to be ready for sale between 2025 and 2030. Improvements in artificial intelligence, as well as improvements in the performance of computer chips are speeding up the development of autonomous vehicles. “It is foreseeable that the systems…

Cloud security startup SentinelOne’s valuation touches $3 billion in latest funding round

In an interview, Tomer Weingarten, the CEO of SentinelOne said, the startup has raised $267 million from venture capital backers including Sequoia and Tiger Global, and saw its valuation jump to more than $3 billion – nearly three times its valuation in February 2020. The startup uses artificial intelligence technology to protect mobile phones and…

Portland’s city council bans govt and corporate use of facial recognition technology

Portland has voted for the first ever ban on facial recognition in the United States in private entities, including restaurants and retail stores, as well as in public places in the city. Portland’s city council voted to ban local government bureaus from acquiring or using facial recognition surveillance technology. Other U.S. cities which have previously…