Innovation

Google AI evolves with humanity

Google held an annual developer conference "Google I / O 2018" on May 8, CEO Sundar Pichai introduced at the beginning was a controversial case that modified hamburger's emoticons (Laugh) I think that only the person in charge of Google actually designed it, but it means that artificial intelligence (AI) is hard to understand (time consuming), but it is said that AI First's It was an interesting topic like Google (^ ^) It was announced at Google I / O that there was a medical field beyond human capabilities and an automatic driving field, while people such as language that can not be distinguished from people There were also many fields pursuing a friendly interface, and the Google I / O 2018 was supposed to imagine the direction and future of artificial intelligence (AI). Machine learning (ML) library An outline of Cloud TPU 3.0, which is the third generation of TPU (Tensor Processing Unit) for TensorFlow, has been announced. The TPU 3.0 pod seems to have processing performance of up to 100 peta FLOPS. Since last year's TPU 2.0 was 11.5 peta FLOPS (1.15 Kyoto operation per second), it is about nine times the computing capacity improvement. We are also considering the practical application of quantum computers, but it is the backbone of Google's AI First strategy, supporting the new functions and evolution such as Google Assistant, Google Photos, Google Lens and Gmail now. Artificial intelligence (AI) that has grown into an infrastructure indispensable for modern society, I am looking forward to how "Google AI will evolve with humanity" (^^) Watch the full Google I / O Keynote ( YouTube) 10 tips announced at Google I / O 2018: AI is already too great # io18 (GIZMODO)

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Movie

Do you trust this computer? (Do You Trust This Computer?

A documentary film "Do You Trust This Computer?" That spotted "doubts" against computers and AI (artificial intelligence) has been released. Recently, there seem to be many people who individually connect 3 desktop computers, notebook PCs, smartphones to the same cloud environment. I remember being puzzled for a moment when asked "Are you a reliable computer?" "Are you a reliable site?" The use of the human "trust" word means that the computer exceeds just a "tool" (^ ^) The movie says, "AI is now in all of our lives We are beginning to reconfigure the side.In the unknown data which has been created, interpreted and fed back with the tsunami of the application, personal assistant, smart device, targeted advertisement, almost every industry on the planet is working I am experiencing this transformation from automation to medical diagnosis and military operations.I will search for promises and crisis of the new era.AI's evolution celebrates the era of unprecedented possibilities and the final invention and Will it be? "Asked. The director / scriptwriter is Mr. Chris Paine. I directed and screened a documentary movie "Who killed electric car?" Dealing with electric cars in 2006. A pop-up called "Do you trust this computer?" Which was displayed when connecting a smartphone to a PC several years ago gained the inspiration of a movie because it felt reflexively "NO" It is said that. I am doing the whole streaming (78 minutes) open (Vimeo) for a limited time only. Do You Trust this Computer? (Website) Full-length release in a limited time (78 minutes) Do You Trust this Computer? (2018) (IMDb) Rating: 8.1

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Innovation

Amazon Go promoting the digital economy and Amazon Effect

The first store of prototype grocery store "Amazon Go" operated by Amazon.com will be opened on Amazon 's new headquarters (Day One) in Seattle, USA on January 22. It was opened to the public on about one year late since it was announced in December 2016. The interior of the shop is about 168 square meters (50 tsubo), small grouper that cooks basic foods such as milk and bread, cheese, seasoning and confectionery and kitchen made at the kitchen, cook kit that summarizes the ingredients of the recipe It is a large grocery store. 3D sensors and cameras adopted for automatic driving cars are installed in the store and the ceiling, and the system using artificial intelligence (AI) is tracking the state of the product and the behavior of the user accurately. No lines. No checkout. (No queue, no register) as a catchphrase (see movie) "Amazon Go" is a "smart store" proposed by Amazon, a mail order company promoting the digital economy. I feel common idea of ​​innovation as Apple's computer maker in 2001 opened up "Apple Store". I think that there is the essence of the digital economy such as entering from different industries and reforming and integrating the industrial structure. (From the media industry to all industries) Inside Amazon Go, a Store of the Future (The New York Times) In-store coverage Articles Amazon Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles (The New York Times) Evolve and workers find new roles The Amazon effect (Amazon Effect) is that department stores and shopping malls in the United States will be forced to close in the US as consumer purchasing behavior shifts from real stores to online shopping I am expressing words. Recently, in the United States seems to be reviewed as "why retail industry employment is exaggeratedly exaggerated as dead". Extreme negative news and coverage such as IT technology, robots, artificial intelligence (AI) spread, "human beings no longer need", "employment is deprived" Liberty living in New York posts articles. I think that it is necessary not to resist towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution and towards the digital economy, but to become a side of their own business style, shops, organization, lifestyle. Countries and companies that can not digit digital can fall as historical evidences. Tags: Digital Economy (Nobuyuki Kokai) The real appearance of "Amazon Effect" reconsidered in America "How to play in NY" The counterattack of a real shop! "The brick and mortar store Read more ...

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Innovation

An easy customization "Cloud AutoML" announced (Google)

On January 17, 2018, we announced "Cloud AutoML", which users can easily customize AI (Artificial Intelligence) service (Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine) offered by Google. The first Cloud AutoML allows you to easily customize machine learning models by adding the new "Cloud AutoML Vision" to the "Cloud Vision API" for image recognition. First, register "teacher data (with metadata)" using the web-based UI. Cloud AutoML Vision lets AI learn new subjects using Transfer Learning. Cloud AutoML Vision does not need big data for learning, because learned image recognition model corresponds to new subject. Specifically, just by registering dozens of "teacher data", new subjects can be recognized. By using Cloud AutoML Vision, user companies will be able to realize image recognition AI specialized for business types and task details without programming. Fei-Fei Li, chief scientist of the Google Cloud AI division said, "The biggest challenge of using AI in general corporations is that we can not secure AI human resources and budgets, even if there is no expert, It is the aim of Cloud AutoML to be able to enjoy it. " Cloud AutoML: Making AI accessible to every business (www.blog.google) Cloud AutoML Alpha Program (services.google.com) sign up https://cloud.google.com/automl/ Demonstration experiments have already been conducted in the United States , URBN (Urban Outfitters), Disney, ZSL (London Zoological Society) etc participate. In any case the usefulness is confirmed.

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Innovation

Transmissive AR goggles Magic Leap One first public release in 2018

Magic Leap, a mysterious company dealing with AR and virtual reality (VR), first released the transparent AR goggle Magic Leap One "Creator Edition" for the first time. In October 2014, Magic Leap raised $ 542 million in funding, as a lead investor, Sundar Pichai (Sundar Pichai) senior vice president (now the current CEO) of the company has assumed office as a director I will. Magic Leap One is a product that is smaller than a general VR headset or Microsoft HoloLens, a cable is connected to a transmissive display Lightwear of a large goggle type for sunglasses and a disk-like wearable computer Lightpack mounted on a belt. The display is a transflective type, and a virtual object appears superimposed on the real field of view. It is the most characteristic feature that it is displayed naturally more than a conventional transparent type AR display in such a way that a virtual object exists there according to its own method. The product that was waited for a long time and first released was "Magic Leap One" Creator Edition ". It is scheduled to be released in 2018 for creators and developers. Various resources for content development will be released on next year's creator portal. The light of "digital light field" that Magic Leap appeals as proprietary technology seems to blend seamlessly with the light emitted by natural objects, so that virtual objects also look natural, and explained that it is hard to get tired even for long hours of use I will. Also, surrounding environments are recognized with various sensors such as a number of cameras and microphones lined up like spider eyes. In addition to floors and walls, by learning machine learning by grasping objects such as furniture and so on precisely, virtual objects seem to interact with reality without contradiction. Magic Leap Fact Sheet (pdf) Presentation / Specification Tag: Magic Leap (Nobuyuki Kokai) article list Specific specifications are unknown, but built in speaker for space sound, environmental sound is also made with 4 microphones Recognition, 6 axis remote control and hand gesture recognition, gaze recognition interface etc are equipped. Price is undecided. Regarding viewing angle, it is said to be "to be greatly improved with future new models". I really want to see it (^ ^) AR goggle Magic Leap One first public release, released in 2018. Transmissive "digital light field" display adoption (Engadget Japan version)

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Innovation

Google's fun AIY Vision Kit and AIY Voice Kit

DIY is self-made (self-made), but a kit that looks fun has been released (released) from Google's AIY (Do-it-yourself artificial intelligence) project. Vision Kit (AI camera etc for product) and Voice Kit (product is Google Assistant). The appearance is made of corrugated cardboard so that people around the world can easily try AI service as easily and cheaply as possible in various devices. I also feel the importance of intellectual production like Google and AI First policy (^ ^) aiyprojects.withgoogle.com (Website) These two products are kit, equivalent to eyes, ears and mouth connected with artificial intelligence (AI) is. Image recognition AI's "Vision Kit" is scheduled to be released on December 31, separately requires "Raspberry Pi Zero W", camera "Raspberry Pi Camera 2", microSD card, power adapter and so on. The price is $ 44.99 (about 5,000 yen). "Voice Kit" which corresponds to the smart speaker on sale is sold online at $ 24.99 (about 3,000 yen). It is an assembly kit that you can enjoy learning about cutting edge AI technology (^ ^) In addition to the functions that the kit has from the beginning, using SDK (software development kit) and TensorFlow (machine learning library provided by Google) , Function expansion, customization can be done. With Raspberry Pi, you can add state-of-the-art AI technology more easily. It is an important field of 21st century type digital skills which is an infinite possibility to question our creativity. Google AIY Vision Kit (Micro Center Web Store) Reservation Inquiries YouTube is an explanatory video about the Google AIY Voice Kit (1/3).

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Innovation

Chinese "competitiveness of popular establishment / mass creation" and Japan

On 18th October, the National Congress of the Communist Party of China will be held and the party convention will be held until October 24, which will also determine the basic policy of China over the next five years.習近 made a speech at the beginning tournament flat Jintao, China has stated that greeted the "stand on the stage in the center of the world" should be "a new era". Opening of the Communist Party of China Congress "The time has come to be at the center of the world stage" and a master's seat (BBC News) Japan is a major indicator of national economy and finance, exceeding that of China and India. The same goes for the competitiveness of the whole country. However, that situation may change in the future. There is an interesting article (10/21 Forbes) that it is because human resources will eventually become the source of maintaining the advantage in terms of competition in the world economy. China and India are already beyond Japan in two important indicators of competitiveness. The World Economic Forum (WEF) "2017 - 2018 International Competitiveness Ranking" clarifies. Japan is superior to China and India by competitiveness (10/21 Forbes Japan) While Japan was 73th in 'Capacity to acquire human resources', India ranked 19th, which is significantly higher than that, while China 23 It is a place. In addition, "Power to secure human resources" is Japan: 44th place, India: 24th place, China: 34th place. "There are two points as to why China and India can attract and maintain more talented people than Japan, one of which is" high liquidity of human resources ", Mr. Mourducouta (Panos Mourdoukoutas) is. Human resources move towards places where there is growth and opportunity. In the past few decades, the Japanese economy has been sluggish, and China and India have achieved rapid growth. Secondly, China and India in each situation, China has invested heavily in acquiring excellent talent for foreigners to improve the level of university in recent years. As a result, the ranking of Chinese universities in world ranking has risen. In addition, there are companies that have expanded their presence in international markets, such as Alibaba, Tencent and Lenovo. Regarding Japan, "While calling by the government, companies are unable to attract and utilize foreign talents, which means that foreign companies are not ready to provide" careers "for jobs . And socio-economic circumstances and talented individuals are able to extend and improve their career, and lack cultural thinking. " In China, we want to increase the level to a higher level by expanding the development promotion strategy based on novation, "Public founding · Manufacturer's innovation (entrepreneurial entrepreneurship / innovation by all people)". Also known as "Silicon Valley in China", there is an interesting article of Shenzhen (Shenzhen) City that developed at an unprecedented speed in history. Series "Changing City Unknown Shenzhen" (Masakazu Takasu / DIAMOND online) Fun Article

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Innovation

Attention to Google's new idea AI camera and AI earphone of 40 countries translation

On October 5, Google 's event "Made by Google 2017" introduces products of new ideas with AI (artificial intelligence) as the key word. Using AI, a new smartphone "Pixel 2 / XL" realizing portrait mode (a picture with a blurred background) with a monocular camera, "Pixelbook" 2 in 1 note, automatically cuts a definite momentary shutter "Google Clips" small camera built in AI cameraman, and wireless earphone "Google Pixel Buds" simultaneous real-time translation in 40 languages. (See YouTube) Particularly noteworthy are the AI ​​camera (Google Clips) and the 40-country translation AI earphone (Google Pixel Buds). This is a new fun product embodying Google's "transition to AI First world" (^ ^) Google's "autonomous search engine" and "autonomous traveling car" are also the same, but the user's intention and annoyance Understanding and "attracting all scenes" will be noted as a product group of new ideas. The AI ​​mini camera "Google Clips" is a place to worry about "name photographer" or "stray photographer" (^^) The Verge (YouTube) is an AI mini camera (Google Clips) (6 minutes 42 seconds) I will explain Google Pixel Buds (3 minutes 43 seconds) in an easy-to-understand manner (continuous playback). It is a bit disappointing that AI earphone is compatible only with Pixel series .... The best hardware, software and AI-together (blog.google) Teachable Machine (teachablemachine.withgoogle.com) "Machine learning" experience with browser The Google version of the Japanese version has been on sale from October 6th (Fri), and Google Home Mini Will be available for purchase from the Google Store etc. from October 23 (Monday). For Mini, it seems that we accept purchase reservation from October 6th. Google announcement summary. New smartphone Pixel 2, 40 language translation earphone, AI photographer etc. many new product (engadget Japan version) Google Home and Read more ...

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Media

Also smart speaker users pay attention to pet which they do

In London in England, a pet yeum (Buddy) imitated the owner's voice and a rarity occurred using Amazon Echo to order a 10-pound gift set (about 1,500 yen). The British popular newspaper Sun (The Sun) tells us. Corienne Pretorius, who lives in the southeastern part of London, found out an order unfamiliar to the family and found out that the buddy was interacting with the speaker and heard the "culprit" Pretorias says, "I could not believe it when I realized that Buddy ordered it at Amazon" (^^) Yeoum (Scientific name: Psittacus erithacus) It is a large parake distributed in forest areas on the west coast of Africa. It is famous for its high intelligence and familiarity with people's languages ​​and seems to be popular as a domestic bird. It is said that there is the ability not only to mimic people's words but to understand the meaning of words and to communicate with humans (^ ^) It is expected as the next-generation ecosystem, but at the present state of technology An interesting event by voice? It seems inevitable (^ ^) There was a rare case like "Amazon Echo and Google Home reacted by listening to TV sound" that occurred in the United States, but there seems to be caution even for pet monsteries (laugh) (AFP BB News) SHOPPING POLLY Parrot show he's a clever boy by ordering Amazon gift boxes with voice-controlled gadget Alexa (9/20 THE SUN) Google Home Although Japanese version will be released in early October, rare phenomena unique to voice may occur with the spread of smart speakers (^ ^) This is different smart speaker. What are the features of Amazon, Google, LINE, Apple, MS? (AV Watch)

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Media

2017 Mobile application usage survey report (comScore)

The 2017 report on the mobile application (The 2017 US Mobile App Report) was announced on August 24 from ComScore (comScore) which carries out the digital market analysis such as US Internet audience rating measurement and mobile usage trend survey. Half of the digital media use time has become to occupy the mobile application of the smart phone, and it is established in the modern lifestyle. You can also see interesting features from the mobile application usage trend. In the category of dramatically diversified applications, it occupies nearly two-thirds with entertainment and communication, such as social media, music, movies, games, pictures, messages, etc. Also the standardization of applications to be used is progressing. Especially the use time of movies and music is on the rise trend, it seems that trend of consolidating all kinds of media and consolidating services will continue. For applications using age brackets, Snapchat, Instagram, pandora, etc are included in Top 10 at the age of 18-34. Differences in lifestyle from those aged 35 or over, which emphasize practical and business, and differences in meaning of smartphones are manifest. Detailed reports such as differences in screen handling of smartphones according to age, the difference of one handed action, the ratio used as DeskTop, Mobile Web, Mobile App, etc. Please see the detailed report from the following. The 2017 US Mobile App Report (comScore) Download (1.8 MB: pdf)

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Media

Password is a phrase that is longer than a funny character string and easy to memorize (NIST)

"NIST Special Publication 800-63" of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which handles the setting of industry standards in the US, was fully revised in June this year and the worst part of the password directive was abandoned. According to Paul Grassi of NIST who took over the work for 2 years to revise, revision was initially thought to end with simple editing at first. In the 8-page document created in 2003, we encouraged you to periodically change the password by including symbols, capital letters and numbers, as a way of protecting accounts used on the Internet. In the revised edition now spreading to the world, there is no advice of the password deadline, and the special character (symbol) is not mandatory condition. These rules were almost ineffective for security and had "negative impact on usability," Grassi said. Now, phrases that are easier to memorize than funny strings are supported. According to NIST, "Users should change their passwords only when there are signs of being stolen." Password researchers say that passwords with four words are harder to hackers than gathering shorter strange characters. It is said that the one with a larger number of characters becomes more difficult than the one with fewer letters, symbols, and numbers. Diversification of authentication, such as two-step verification, has progressed, but it is a password setting that is often annoying. A long string that you can remember easily, such as the phrase that you were impressed, may be good (^^) 2017 draft update to NIST password standards (^^) (For the US federal government) 800-63 Chocolate Plus Password (Information-technology Promotion Agency, IPA Independent Administrative Institution) Mr. Bill · Bar (72), a writer of a famous booklet on password management (NIST Special Publication 800-63) , I confess that that was a failed work. That password rule was actually a failed work (WSJ Japan version)

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Innovation

Amazon Robotics Challenge 2017 is controlled by ARCV (Australia)

At the 2017 Robotics Challenge 2017 held in Nagoya, Australia, Robotic Vision Center (ARCV) ranked the top eight teams (7 / 30th) to $ 80,000 8,800,000 yen) was acquired. ARCV is a team formed by researchers and students of the Australian Center for Robotic Vision, a research base that 4 universities in Australia is participating in. It was sixth in the item sorting robot contest (Amazon Picking Challenge 2016) in 2016. ARCV who won the championship is not a mainstream arm robot type, but designed and manufactured an inexpensive custom robot (Cartman) of 24,000 dollars (about 2.44 million yen). We are developing an original method of image recognition and machine learning that we can pick and place tasks even in a cluttered environment. Center Team Wins Amazon Robotics Challenge with Low Cost Robot (roboticvision.org) Cheap Australian robot uses 7 images to ID Amazon products (zdnet.com) 16 teams from all over the world (below) participated. Second place is Bonn University in Germany, Third place is Nanyang Science and Technology University in Singapore. NAIST - Panasonic, who participated for the first time in Japan, was ranked sixth. It is like a college robot contest in the world (^ ^) MC ^ 2: Mitsubishi Electric, Chubu University, Chukyo University, Nakagyo University NAIST - Panasonic: Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Panasonic Team T2: Tottori University, Toshiba Team K: The University of Tokyo MIT-Princeton: Read more ...

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