US got a dictator to undermine its democracy.
Walmart is mainstreaming technology to make its stores more productive by shifting employees from repetitive or taxing work to new jobs, such as personal shoppers filling online orders to be picked up or delivered to customers.Reference: Walmart rolling out robots
This report mirrors exactly what I posted earlier that bad data fooled the on board software to force aircraft nose dive and crash. Boeing did not do enough testing before releasing this feature in production aircraft.
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg acknowledged, for the first time, that bad data feeding into an automated flight system on the company’s popular 737 jets played a role in two crashes that killed 346 people after Ethiopian aviation officials said their investigation found no pilot error in a March 10 crash in Addis Ababa.
With the heating topics in machine learning, artificial intelligence, automatic driving and others, companies are promoting the ideas of letting machines / computers taking more central role in our day-to-day life. However, the danger of machines and computers can not be left unchecked.
For auto industry, companies have been testing automatic driving in recent years. This is a good direction to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers in a future automatic driving vehicles.
However, airline manufacturers are not doing a good job of keeping people safe. Such tragedies demonstrate that “data could kill people”. For the Boeing 737 Max case, if verifies, its angle-of-attack sensor is sending wrong data to its automated stabilizer system, therefore, causing the auto pilot system to take over the control and crashing aircraft. Such technology if tested thoroughly before US FAA approving it could have save these people’s life. This also demonstrates the importance of ethnicity of data science professionals. Data are not just numbers; when combined with machine learning or artificial intelligence, they have physical impact to our world. So, any program should be designed and tested thoroughly before being implemented.
Reference: Ethiopian Airline Flight 302
In recent years, advances in AI have produced algorithms for everything from image recognition to instantaneous translation. But when it comes to applying these advances in the real world, we’re only just getting started. A new product from Nvidia announced today at GTC — a $99 AI computer called the Jetson Nano — should help speed that process.
This AP article has a simple infographic communicating an important message about global warming. The message is that there is a decreasing trend of cold weather. It’s such a simple but powerful infographic. Although the on-line article does not seem to have the infographic, it is included here so you would not miss it.
Reference: Hot records double cold since ’99
Trump said Friday he will back a short-term funding bill to reopen the government that does not include funds to construct a wall along the southern border. As usual, it becomes another fake news when he announces it as his sole achievement instead of him shutting the government down in the first place.