Four Weekly Tech Newsletter – Jan 24

A round up of the latest tech stories, curated for you weekly, by Four.

Lead articles from January 24

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AI researchers rank the top AI labs worldwide

Artificial intelligence researchers don’t like it when you ask them to name the top AI labs in the world, possibly because it’s so hard to answer. There are some obvious contenders when it comes to commercial AI labs. U.S. Big Tech have all set up dedicated AI labs over the last decade. There’s also DeepMind, which is owned by Google parent company Alphabet, and OpenAI, which counts Elon Musk as a founding investor.

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The Edge: what does it mean for AI?

The edge is an end point where data is generated through some type of interface, device or sensor. Keep in mind that the technology is nothing new. But in light of the rapid innovations in a myriad of categories, the edge has become a major growth business.  “The edge brings the intelligence as close as possible to the data source and the point of action,” said Teresa Tung, who is the Managing Director at Accenture Labs.

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Three tech trends that COVID-19 will accelerate in 2021

Spending 2020 under the shadow of a pandemic has affected what we need and expect from technology. For many, COVID-19 accelerated the rate of digital transformation: as employees worked from home, companies needed AI systems that facilitated remote work and the computing power to support them.

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Aurora partners with Paccar to develop driverless trucks

Self-driving startup Aurora today announced a partnership with Paccar to build and deploy autonomous trucks. It’s Aurora’s first commercial application in trucking, and the company says it will combine its engineering teams around an “accelerated development program” to create driverless-capable trucks starting with the Peterbilt 579 and the Kenworth T680.

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These five AI developments will shape 2021 and beyond

The year 2020 was profoundly challenging for citizens, companies, and governments around the world. As covid-19 spread, requiring far-reaching health and safety restrictions, artificial intelligence (AI) applications played a crucial role in saving lives and fostering economic resilience.

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Future of work: envision, educate and upskill

Rapid automation, augmentation of digital technology, and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing the future of work, and changing the dynamics of demand and supply of the future workplace. A rule of thumb in any sector is to match the supply with the demand, and it applies to the job market too. The future of work will revolve around data scientists, tech architects, etc.