Weekly roundup: December 13, 2019

CIMON-2 short for Crew Interactive Mobile Companion is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS). Its predecessor CIMON-1 spent just over a year on-board and was the first example of artificial intelligence on the ISS. The CIMON-2 will live in the Columbus European research area of the space station and will be used to keeps the astronauts company and demonstrate AI features. This free-flying robot, which is said to have a better sense of direction and better microphones than its previous version is expected to stay on-board for up to three years and its ultimate goal will be to provide astronauts with a fully functional AI assistant when traveling further afield to desinations such as Mars or the Moon.

Plus.ai the American based company which is at the forefront of autonomous trucking has reached a milestone by delivering butter from Tulare, CA to Quakertown, PA in under three days. The L4 self-driving truck is this first of its kind to complete this feat on U.S soil. The voyage was an essential demonstration of the vehicle’s ability to navigate different terrains and weather conditions. The trip’s success is of great importance to the company as COO and co-founder of Plus.ai., Shawn Kerrigan explains,  “Continued advances in our autonomous trucks will make it possible for these quick cross-country runs to be the norm in the future. We are excited to demonstrate what our technology can already achieve today while meeting rigorous autonomous driving safety and food transportation compliance standards.”

Aerobanquets RMX will be exhibiting its first show at the non-profit culinary arts James Beard House in New York. This one of a kind dining experience uses virtual reality headsets to take dinners to a “Dali-esque landscape” where they undergo a seven-course, sensory food, and art adventure, that is said to be mind-altering and the future of dining.

NASA has released a factsheet detailing the objective of the 2020 Mars Rover, including how they intend to identify ancient life. The rover will be able to collect and store rock samples which will provide more insight into whether life once existed on the red planet. These rocks, which are rich in iron, formed in prehistoric lakebeds are presumably the most likely place to find evidence of fossils dating back to billions of years ago.

Car manufacturer, BMW, has announced it will be introducing Android Auto™ in the middle of 2020, allowing android smartphone users to wirelessly connect to the company’s latest models. Android Auto™ will provide drivers with seamless connectivity to media, messaging applications, music and suggestions such as appointments and destinations without having to reach for your phone.

NVIDIA is in the headlines again. The company, which is in the front of the pack when it comes to Artificial Intelligence development has reached another breakthrough this time for teaching machine intelligence to differentiate 3D images from 2D. The company has created DIB-R, a framework that allows AI to process and understand image information.