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Kuandeng Technology to overrun Autonomous Driving industry in Europe and America

Betty Tűndik

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The global autonomous driving industry experienced fierce competition in 2018. The two key words in the autonomous driving industry is mass production and industry structure change. At CES 2019, autonomous driving is still a hot topic. Chinese enterprises are showing their strong technology and advantages to their counterparts in Europe and the United States.

To achieve autonomous driving, High-definition Maps and the self-positioning module are indispensable. At CES 2019, Kuandeng Technology from China has changed the data collection, measuring, and drawing methodology used by traditional mapping companies. Through continuous technical iteration, the company completed accurate and abundant map data production, quality inspection and update. China’s autonomous driving might soon overrun European countries and the United States.

The main products of Kuandeng Technology include pre-installed high-definition maps, high precision localisation, and crowdsourcing map Cloud Solution. On the one hand, Kuandeng Technology adopted a vision-focused survey mode, and solved the contradiction problem between high precision and low cost. The number of survey units of Kuandeng Technology is increasing, and the coverage will gradually expend to more specific and complex roads. Kuandeng has more than 20 map Survey vehicle engaged in large scale acquisitions in China, and it is expected that there will be more than 50 map Survey vehicle by the first quarter of 2019.

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The Patent Landscape for AI Technology

Betty Tűndik

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AI has become a ubiquitous term today, both inside and outside the tech landscape. It is not only a functional term that points to the power of technology but is also emotive. The ethos behind AI can be summed up in one word: potential. AI points to the future of what is possible.

Since its conception in 1956, innovators and researchers have published over 1.6 million AI-related scientific publications and filed nearly 340,000 AI-related patent applications. Machine Learning (ML) technology is included in 40% of these patent application claims. The functional applications underlying the majority of these patent applications are natural language processing, speech processing, and image recognition.

What is a patent?

A patent is a federal grant of exclusive right given to an inventor who receives an issued patent claim. It can last up to twenty years.

With a patent grant, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) confers patent owners with the “right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling” the invention in the United States or importing the invention into the US.”

A valid patent bars protection for any subsequent independent invention by another inventor, deeming the later inventor the infringer. It is a powerful form of Intellectual Property (IP) protection that protects either the functionality or the aesthetic properties of an invention.

Is AI patent-eligible?

Any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture or composition of matter may fall under the scope of subject-matter that qualifies for a utility patent. Since AI software is inherently a process, it can be patent eligible, as long as it meets the USPTO’s five rules for patent eligibility.

The rules are as follows: (1) The invention must be a process, machine, or object; (2) the invention must have utility; (3) the invention must be novel or new; (4) the invention must be non-obvious; and (5) the invention must not have been disclosed to the public before the patent application.

To qualify under ‘process, machine, or object’, says JD Houvener, USPTO-licensed attorney with Bold Patents, the subject-matter of the proposed AI patent application claim must cover a unique software invention that is either tied to a machine or that offers an identifiable improvement to society that humans can’t do alone. Where AI requires a computer, processor, or software to analyze or receive data, it is inherently a method with a practical application.

AI represents the ability of a computer to conduct, improve, or manage activities that humans can’t do alone. The sheer weight of that realization is incredible and points back to the concept of the vast potential of this emerging technology.

Most AI technology that is connected to a computer will be patent-eligible. If an invention qualifies, patent protection is an absolute must for inventors because it is such an evolving technological sector and the pace of change is fast. As such, the last thing an inventor wants is to miss out on ownership or exclusivity over what he or she developed.

AI Patent Landscape

International Data Corporation forecasted in 2017 that the AI industry will generate more than $57 billion in 2021. Efforts to patent AI inventions have exponentially increased, seen in how over 9,000 USPTO patent applications in AI-related areas were published in the last four years. There have been over 154,000 global AI patent applications filed since 2010, the majority of which are in the fields of health and digital security.

Microsoft and IBM are at the top of the pack in the AI patent landscape. Tech giant IBM leads with nearly 9,000 AI-related patent applications, followed by Microsoft with close to 6,000.

Effects of AI Patents

If the USPTO system does its job correctly, AI-related issued and pending patents will have a positive impact on the market. As new discoveries are made and new patents are issued, there will be more momentum for innovation which will better society in the long term.

In the short term, however, the USPTO system may reward the larger companies such as IBM and Microsoft rather than scrappy startups. This is because patents are expensive, time-consuming, and require resources that most new companies often don’t have the ability to use on IP protection.

However, more innovation by larger companies may reward the smaller and more agile companies in the long term. This would depend on whether smaller companies are reading and learning from issued patents, so the responsibility is upon them to watch for trends and use the dynamic force of AI in their research.

This article is a contribution of Carly Klein

About the author

Carly Klein is a first-year student at Loyola Law School. A Los Angeles native and a graduate from Boston University with a B.A. in Political Science & Philosophy, she seeks to pursue a career in civil litigation.

 

 

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Sustainability Deal – Gwyneth Paltrow & The Unscented Company

Betty Tűndik

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Spectacular-Looking Vegan Breakfast(Buddha Full Breakfast) - Charcoal Oat Waffles with Blueberries and Spirulina Yogurt - Photo Source: goop.com
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The Unscented Company also stated, smells, fragrances, essential oils, flower smells, or fruit smells are nice and good. I share this vision. Our senses are opened with the scents. However, personally, I am glad that there are more companies that are producing products without fragrances or scents. I am not a fan of smells. In the past years, I’ve used more organic products and natural, products, that I realized at a moment, that for me some products’ had too strong smells or my senses are different, now. Not to mention, that I have pets in my home, who, especially cats are really sensitive to fragrances, even if they are natural, some of them can even be harmful for them. I also started to use more fragrance-free products. The truth is I’ve seen this company’s website and I am delighted about the products. Those fragrance-free products are really great, and I think they are healthier as well. They use plant-based and biodegradable products, without testing on animals.

If I am delighted about those products, and as we can see, others like big names from the Film Industry, like Gwyneth Paltrow, too. She owns a company, which has also an online shop. Gwyneth’s goop company and her vision will probably suit well to this environmentally friendly company. At goof you can find and shop so many products, starting from beauty products, to food and recipes, lifestyle advises, and it is involved in wellness, travel, and spirituality as well. You can find detox ayurvedic products or sustainability starter kit for kids. The website clearly has made a decision to support sustainability, natural and plant-based products, advices for working women and interesting recipes.

I admit that, till now, I’ve been never heard about these two companies and their websites, and I am pleased to write about them, as I find it really amazing. Also, goof has an extraordinary openness to more niches and you can find, as a woman, everything you’d like to know, to buy, or to make some changes in your lifestyle and daily habits.

The Unscented Company have prevented through the years thousands of plastic bottles from entering into the circulation and markets. So this deal will help people who are shopping online from such websites like a goof to change their habits and to live more environmentally friendly.

Packaging Impact – Photo Source: theunscentedcompany.com

I would like to add here a Vegan Breakfast. I’ve founded on goof, and made me feel more flattered.

Charcoal Oat Waffles with Blueberries and Spirulina Yogurt

4 tablespoons flax meal
6 tablespoons water
3 cups oat flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon activated charcoal
½ teaspoon salt
1½ cups almond milk
¼ cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon spirulina
1 cup coconut yogurt
1 cup fresh blueberries

 

  1. Combine the flax meal and water in a bowl and let sit to gel for 5 minutes. Add the oat flour, baking powder, charcoal, and salt.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the almond milk, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet until totally combined.
  3. Pour a ladleful of batter into a preheated waffle maker, set to desired setting, and let cook.
  4. Combine the spirulina and coconut yogurt in a bowl. Top the waffle with a dollop of the yogurt and fresh blueberries. (The Recipe is from goop.com – 3 Delicious, Spectacular-Looking Vegan Breakfasts)

 

References: goop.com

SOURCE: The Unscented Company

 

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New study seeks innovative treatment regime to reduce risk of Alzheimer’s

Niji Narayan

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Researchers are developing a clinical trial for older adults, who will learn a mental exercise routine focused on processing information to target cognitive improvements over time
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A new clinical trials being study conducted by University of South Florida (USF) is trying to devise an innovative training regimen, which could involve solving brain games and puzzles, to improve brain function. Funded by a $2.7-million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the researchers behind the study are conducting clinical trials for up to 1,600 older adults, who will learn a mental exercise routine focused on processing information to target cognitive improvements over time.

“This is a large primary prevention trial to examine if computerised cognitive exercises will reduce the risk of dementia,” said Dr. Elizabeth Hudak, Research Assistant Professor at USF Morsani College of Medicine. “It is the first of its kind study that will train adults on these exercises.”

The primary investigators of the new study “Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease with Cognitive Training” are Dr. Jerri Edwardswith the USF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences and Dr. David Morgan with Michigan State University and former head of USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute. They will oversee four training facilities, three in Tampa Bay and one in Michigan, that will each host up to 400 older adults.

One of the training sites will be located on the campus of USF St. Petersburg (USFSP).

“What we have learned is that the types of activities people do as they age really matter,” said Dr. Jennifer O’Brien, Associate Professor of Psychology who will supervise data collection and analysis at USFSP. “Those that target these cognitive functions, that continue to challenge a person and adapt with performance across time are beneficial to improving quality of life.”

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