The Self-Driving Project That Could Help China Leapfrog the West

The #Chinese plan to overtake all #selfdriving cars #baidu #AI

  • One of Baidu’s experimental self-driving

    The CEO of Baidu, Robin Li, arrived at his company’s first AI developer conference, held in Beijing this week, in a vehicle that has the potential to reshape the world of self-driving cars.

  • The vehicle was controlled using software that Baidu (50 Smartest Companies 2017) plans to offer for free in the coming years through a project called Apollo.
  • The Apollo platform consists of a core software stack, a number of cloud services, and self-driving vehicle hardware such as GPS, cameras, lidar, and radar.
  • Dawen Zhou, Apollo’s principle product manager, explained that the simulation platform being developed by Baidu would be used to test the code and also to train self-driving algorithms.
  • Since lots of real-world driving data is vital for the continued improvement for Baidu’s self-driving technology, one of the biggest benefits of opening up the Apollo platform is the data Baidu can receive from its partners.

Baidu opens up its software, a stark departure from the normally secretive world of commercial AI development.
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Baidu launches SwiftScribe, an app that transcribes audio with AI

Baidu launches SwiftScribe, an app that transcribes audio with #AI

  • Baidu, the Chinese company operating a search engine, a mobile browser, and other web services, is announcing today the launch of SwiftScribe, a web app that’s meant to help people transcribe audio recordings more quickly, using — you guessed it!
  • SwiftScribe can handle up to an hour of audio in any given file, but that will take 20 minutes to process, Baidu project manager Tian Wu told VentureBeat in an interview.
  • Wu’s team believes SwiftScribe can help people transcribe audio 1.67 times faster — in 40 percent less time — than they would on their own.
  • While the product is certainly designed for transcriptionists — who are used to working on computers as opposed to mobile devices, hence the fact that SwiftScribe is only available as a web app — SwiftScribe could also come in handy for other people, like journalists and historians.
  • Today, Baidu is providing SwiftScribe as a free service — unlike Nuance’s Dragon software.

Baidu, the Chinese company operating a search engine, a mobile browser, and other web services, is announcing today the launch of SwiftScribe, a web app that’s meant to help people transcribe audio recordings more quickly, using — you guessed it! — artificial intelligence (AI).
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Baidu follows US tech giants and open-sources its deep learning tools

Baidu follows US tech giants and open sources its deep learning tools

  • 9:00 AM Mossberg: The post-Jobs Apple has soared financially, but lacks a breakthrough product
  • 8:10 AM Acer announces the thinnest and fattest laptops in the world
  • 8:00 AM Lytro releases the first footage shot by its VR camera
  • 1:45 PM the wristband turns your fingers into a phone
  • 2:30 PM The $400 Moto Z Play could be Android’s new battery champion

Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon have all done it — and now Baidu’s doing it, too. The Chinese tech giant has open sourced one of its key machine learning tools, PaddlePaddle, offering the…
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Google Deep Learning Founder says Tesla’s Autopilot system is ‘irresponsible’

Google Deep Learning Founder says Tesla’s Autopilot system is ‘irresponsible’

  • Tesla will prioritize Model 3 reservations for current Tesla owners over non-owners
  • It doesn’t seem fair for Ng to ask not to ship the Autopilot, which is extremely useful to tens of thousands of Tesla owners, just because a few of them are abusing the system.
  • Following a few recent accidents in the past weeks, Tesla received some criticisms over its approach on releasing semi-autonomous features.
  • One of the most severe criticism came from renowned scientist Andrew NG who said that it was plainly “irresponsible” for Tesla to ship the Autopilot.
  • It’s still difficult to agree with Ng’s claim of creating a “false sense of safety” when Tesla asks drivers to “prepare to take immediate corrective action” and even recommend to keep their hands on the wheel – it doesn’t do much to create a sense of safety.

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Google Deep Learning Founder says Tesla’s Autopilot system is ‘irresponsible’