Artificial intelligence teaches robots how to walk, the AI system saves rare animals from poachers, while the population of Finland learns how to work with AI. These and other events in the artificial intelligence world are described in the digest.

Walmart patents AI system for sound recognition in shops

Walmart, a US retailer, has patented an AI system that records and analyzes any sounds in shops.

The system recognizes rustling and records talks of staff and customers. Analyzing the distance between acoustic sources, the neural network determines how many people stand in a queue. Besides, the system can calculate the amount of purchased goods using register signals.

According to the company, such an information will help to assess thepersonnel efficiency. Therefore, the retail chain will be able to increase customer satisfaction.

AI system to protect rare animals from poachers

Resolve has developed a system based on artificial intelligence aimed at detecting rare animal hunters.

The TrailGuard AI system can identify poachers using Intel computer vision chips and special algorithms. The neural network analyzes all the recorded activity: AI will warn animal monitoring rangers of any suspicious moves.

The TrailGuard AI will be applied in 100 African wildlife sanctuaries within 2019.

Finland to teach its population how to deal with AI

The authorities of Finland are going to train one quarter of the citizens in AI and ML operations. As of 2019, they are planning to teach approximately 55 thousand people, which is 1% of the country’s total population.

The authorities believe that this AI development strategy will allow to speed up the integration of innovations within the country. Thus, 250 Finland-based companies said that they would enroll all of their employees on AI courses.

Last year, about 6 thousand people received the skills of AI operations. The University of Helsinki is giving a free-access one-month course – Elements of AI.

AI-based bowl for animals

Italia-based Volta has developed a bowl for domestic animals based on artificial intelligence – Mookkie. An embedded neural network and a camera allow to recognize certain pets, so that each animal will receive a required amount of feed.

Besides, the bowl features a magnet system and a polypropylene body. It can also be connected to Wi-Fi. This bowl is compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa voice assistants.

According to CEO Silvio Revelli, the bowl will enter the market in 2019 and will cost around $190.

Kia Motors AI system to transform UAV interior

Kia Motors has designed R.E.A.D, a system recognizing the mood of unmanned aerial vehicle passengers and changing lighting, temperature, humidity, and music in the car.

The system is based on the computer vision and special sensors that analyze electrical activity of the skin and heartbeats. Due to collected data, the system affects the UAV cabin, making it more comfortable for passengers.

Artificial intelligence to teach robots how to walk

Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley and Google Brain have introduced a system that will teach robots how to walk. The algorithm has already trained a quadruped robot in moving.

Scientists used deep reinforcement learning technology. The model was tested in OpenAI Gym, a system imitating the open-source environment.

As the result, the algorithm taught Minitaur Robot how to move across even and uneven surfaces as well as to overcome steps.


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