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TC Mobility early bird ending - and some great AI posts

TC Mobility early bird ending - and some great AI posts
By Andra Keay • Issue #6 • View online
Lightmatter is building AI photonic chips - potentially the next transistor - with performance 5x faster than an NVIDIA A100 unit on a large transformer model like BERT, while using about 15 percent of the energy.
UK government green lights self-driving cars on motorways.  Bloomberg gives us a quicktake on logistics going electric. More on Walmart’s decision to move away from in store robot towers and focus on other fulfilment automation.
Also, US companies investing heavily in robotics, sensors startups Aeva and Oculii release new data and raise $55m respectively, while the US Senate will deliberate the U.S. legislative proposal to allocate about $110 billion for basic and advanced technology research and science in the face of rising competitive pressure from China on May 12.
AND IEEE just shared some great AI stories:
In May’s cover story, Microsoft’s AI team argues that if AI systems could better understand human emotions, they might serve us better. And if AI systems are powered by their own approximations of emotions, things might get really interesting.
Michael I. Jordan explains why today’s artificial-intelligence systems aren’t actually intelligent.
AI pioneer says machine learning may work on test sets, but that’s a long way from real world use.
Computers designed to make simple mistakes appear more human, he suggested.
Jeff Hawkins, the Palm Pilot’s creator, thinks AI needs much more neuroscience in the mix.
The Turing Award winner wants AI systems that can reason, plan, and imagine. 

Events
Opportunities
Deadline for Phase 1 submissions of the DOE E-Robot Prize for construction is coming up on May 12!
Deadline for early bird prices for TechCrunch Mobility Sessions is May 6. 
Another funding opportunity for R&D comes through the NRO or National Reconnaissance Office
News
The 2021 Perception Sensor Industry Map
Robotics investments recap – April 2021
Einride raises $110M to autonomous truck development
Robot orders for non-automotive industries surge in Q1
Roam Robotics Announces Ascend Smart Knee, Pioneering a New Era of Human Mobility
Building a 7 axis robot from scratch
DARPA Subterranean Challenge announces systems competition teams for final event
AI Advocates Seek Vast Expansion of New National Initiative
Bonus material!
Good reading this week is Ruha Benjamin’s Race After Technology
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