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Synced Global AI Weekly | 2018.10.27—11.2

Driveless Public Transportation Is Around the Corner

Volkswagen, Intel, and Mobileye Will Launch A Self-driving Taxi Service in Israel in 2019

Volkswagen and Mobileye, the computer vision firm owned by Intel, announced Monday a plan to launch a commercial self-driving ride-hailing service in Israel in 2019. It’s an aggressive move by the German automaker that could propel it to the front of the pack of companies working to commercialize autonomous driving, along with Alphabet’s Waymo and GM’s Cruise.

(The Verge)

Baidu Announces Autonomous Taxi & Bus Fleet for Hunan

Baidu today announced plans for a comprehensive self-driving taxi and bus service in Changsha. Baidu has signed a partnership agreement with the Changsha Municipal People’s Government and Hunan Xiangjiang New Area Development Group that aims to reinvent the local commute.


Sensible 4 and MUJI Create All-weather Robotbus

The so-called Gacha robotbus will combine Sensible 4’s autonomous driving technology with MUJI’s design and user experience and will be displayed to the public in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, in March 2019.

(Good News)


Horizon: The first open source reinforcement learning platform for large-scale products and services

"Today we are open-sourcing Horizon, an end-to-end applied reinforcement learning platform that uses RL to optimize products and services used by billions of people. We developed this platform to bridge the gap between RL’s growing impact in research and its traditionally narrow range of uses in production."


New HotpotQA Dataset Has the Answers for Multi-Hop Queries

“Hot Pot Brothers” — Zhilin Yang from Carnegie Mellon, Peng Qi of Stanford University, and the Montreal Institute of Learning Algorithms’ Saizheng Zhang — recently introduced their HotpotQA Dataset, which supports a diverse, complex-reasoning-driven natural language QA system.


Facebook Open-Sources QNNPACK Kernel Library

Facebook announced today that it is open-sourcing QNNPACK, a high-performance kernel library optimized for mobile AI. The computing power of mobile devices is but a tiny fraction of that of data center servers.


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REWORK Deep Learning Summit in Toronto

RE•WORK organized the second Canadian edition of its RE•WORK Global DL Summit Series in Toronto on October 25–26. The event attracted over 600 attendees from more than 20 countries who joined conversations with leading AI and Deep Learning experts.


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