Apple’s AI director on advances in machine learning for its self-driving car project

Apple’s AI director on advances in machine learning for its self-driving car project:

Apple’s secretive autonomous car project has shifted focus over the years, but this year, it seems to be picking up speed. In April, the company received a permit to test self-driving cars in California, while in June, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that they were working on software that could allow cars — and maybe other things — to drive themselves. During a talk on Friday, Apple’s director of artificial intelligence research, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, spoke about some of the company’s recent advances in machine learning that would be useful for such a project.

Wired reports that Salakhutdinov spoke before a group of AI experts at the end of this year’s Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference in Long Beach, California. There, he spoke about how Apple is using machine learning to analyze data to from a vehicle’s cameras. He talked about techniques used in a recently published study on the advances that the company has made in using AI to detect pedestrians and cyclists using LiDAR. But he also revealed efforts on some other projects: software that uses a car’s cameras to identify objects such as cars and pedestrians, as well as the drivable lanes on the road. He also showed off images that demonstrated how the system performed even when camera lenses were obscured by raindrops, and how their software could infer where pedestrians were, even when they were obscured by parked cars.

Salakhutdinov also discussed how their software was interpreting the data that it was being fed. One uses a technique called SLAM to allow the software to have a sense of direction, something that’s used in map building and augmented reality, while another project takes the data from the cars and uses it to help build maps with more detail. According to Wired, he didn’t speak specifically about how these projects fit into Apple’s project, but it seems as though Apple’s focus will be on developing the brains that will eventually steer the cars safely.

(Via The Verge – All Posts)

Apple announces App of the Year, Game of the Year and Best of 2017 top charts

Apple announces App of the Year, Game of the Year and Best of 2017 top charts:

Apple has announced its Best of 2017 apps and games, this year utilizing the Today cards in the iOS 11 App Store to feature the winners. Apple says its app of the year for iPhone is Calm, a meditation and sleep app, and Splitter Critters is 2017’s iPhone game of the year. Apple says the title ‘radiates imagination and originality’.

For iPad, Apple has chosen Affinity Photo, the desktop-class photo editor, and the game Hidden Folks. It has also announced most popular apps, music, movies and more …

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(Via 9to5Mac)

Ulysses – The ultimate notes App is finally here

Finally found my notes and text app?

This has been a VERY long road that has taken in testing, adopting (and then ditching):

  • Ulysses
  • Apple Notes
  • Evernote
  • OneNote

And yet, here I am, back (for the long term this time) with Ulysses

What has changed?

In short, Sync – That is what has changed… In the past, the work around of using Ulysses on a desktop and Daedalus on iOS to get notes onto both platforms was a whole bag of hurt.

Well, I am pleased to say that that issues is no longer here – Ulysses for both Mac and iOS (Phone and iPad) sync seamlessly, using iCloud sync.

Moving from Notes

Apple notes has improved massively in the past 6-9 months – Good functionality, great sync – Basically, it is now an option.

But for me, Ulysses still feels like another level of “pro” app – and the fact that there is now a way to import from both Evernote and Apple Notes directly into Ulysses means that the transition for most people should be a painless experience.