Appier

Appier is a technology company which aims to provide artificial intelligence (AI) platforms to help enterprises solve their most challenging business problems.

Appier was established in 2012 by a passionate team of computer scientists and engineers with expertise in AI, data analysis and distributed systems. Appier serves around 1,000 global brands and agencies from offices in 14 markets across Asia, including Taipei, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Osaka, Sydney, Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, Hong Kong, Mumbai, New Delhi, Jakarta, Seoul, and Bangkok.

Kill animals and destroy property before hurting humans, Germany tells future self-driving cars

Gareth Corfield, reporting for The Register;

Among the proposed rules are:

  • The protection of human life always has top priority. If a situation on the road goes south, and it looks as though an accident is going to happen, the vehicle must save humans from death or injury even if it means wrecking property or mowing down other creatures.
  • If an accident is unavoidable, the self-driving ride must not make any choices over who to save – it can’t wipe out an elderly person to save a kid, for instance. No decisions should be made on age, sex, race, disabilities, and so on; all human lives matter.
  • A surveillance system should be in place – such as a black box – that records the steps leading to an accident so that it’s obvious who was driving at the time and who is therefore at fault: the human behind the wheel, or the computer. The identity of the driver should also be documented. It should be entirely possible to proportion blame accurately, essentially.
  • Drivers should have full control over what personal information is collected from their vehicles. This would basically to stop tech giants taking location data on the down-low to custom advertising, for example.

Not the best title for the article but the propose rules are reasonable enough, specially the part where the car needs to have a surveillance system. This will definitely help the car manufacturer for any lawsuit that they may face.

AI creates fake Obama

Steven Millward, reporting for Tech in Asia;

Researchers made the AI-powered mimicry tech for well-meaning reasons, but this could have nefarious uses in creating fake news.

This is interesting, creepy and disturbing in so many levels. Just think of all the (legal, political, religious, etc.) implications that this software/AI can cause.

The Google Assistant is coming to more Android phones

Google;

Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. Enter the Google Assistant, which is conversational, personal and helps you get things done—from telling you about your day to taking a selfie. The Assistant is already available on Pixel, Google Home, Google Allo and Android Wear. Now we’re bringing it to even more people. Starting this week, the Google Assistant is coming to smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Samsung plans $150m for early-stage AI, VR, and IoT startups

Eva Xiao, reporting for Tech in Asia;

After a rocky year of Galaxy Note 7 explosions, Samsung is starting the new year with good news.

On Wednesday at CES, the Korean tech giant announced the launch of the Samsung NEXT Fund, a US$150 million venture capital fund for early-stage startups in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, internet-of-things, and other “frontier technologies.”