Rolls-Royce, Google Join Forces on Making Autonomous Ships a Reality

first_imgRolls-Royce has inked a deal with Google to develop further its intelligent awareness systems which are believed to make existing vessels safer and are essential for autonomous ships to become a reality.The agreement, said to be the first of its kind in the marine sector, was signed at the Google Cloud Summit in Sweden on October 3. It allows Rolls-Royce to use Google’s Cloud Machine Learning Engine to further train the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) based object classification system for detecting, identifying and tracking the objects a vessel can encounter at sea.“While intelligent awareness systems will help to facilitate an autonomous future, they can benefit maritime businesses right now making vessels and their crews safer and more efficient. By working with Google Cloud we can make these systems better faster, saving lives,” Karno Tenovuo, Rolls-Royce, SVP Ship Intelligence, commented.As disclosed, Rolls-Royce will use Google Cloud’s software to create machine learning models which can interpret large and diverse marine data sets created by Rolls-Royce. Data will be prepared to train models, ensuring that it is relevant and in sufficient quantity to create statistical significance. As part of the machine learning process, the models’ predictions are evaluated in practical marine applications, allowing the models to be further refined.By accessing this software through the Cloud, the models can be developed from anywhere in the world and are immediately accessible globally allowing thousands of users. Models can, therefore, be trained on large quantities (terabytes) of data. This will be essential as autonomous ships become commonplace.In the longer term, Rolls-Royce and Google intend to undertake joint research on unsupervised and multimodal learning. The two companies will also test whether speech recognition and synthesis are viable solutions for human-machine interfaces in marine applications. They will also work on optimizing the performance of local neural network computing on board ships using open source machine intelligence software libraries such as Google’s TensorFlow.Intelligent awareness systems are expected to make vessels safer, easier and more efficient to operate by providing crew with an enhanced understanding of their vessel’s surroundings. This will be achieved by fusing data from a range of sensors with information from existing ship systems, such as Automatic Identification System (AIS) and radar. Data from other sources, including global databases, will also have a role, Rolls-Royce said.last_img read more

Five takeaways from NXT TakeOver: Phoenix

first_imgNever doubt NXT TakeOver events that continue to be some of the best WWE shows of the year.NXT TakeOver: Phoenix on Saturday night once again delivered with exciting action from a super-hot tag team match to kick off the show all the way to a tense main event for the NXT championship. It’s amazing to see men this big move so quickly and make it look easy. Plus, they work so well together in the ring as a polished tag team, something that has come from working together for so long on the indies to their current run in NXT.Expect War Raiders to have a good, long run as NXT tag champions in what has become another very deep, talented division that includes War Raiders, Mustache Mountain, Street Profits, The Forgotten Sons, and the team of Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan.Brian Fritz can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @BrianFritz and listen to his Between The Ropes podcast on iTunes. Johnny Gargano and Ricochet arguably had the best match of the night, which is saying something considering the rest of the card and how good it was.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearIn case you missed it, here are the quick results from NXT TakeOver: Phoenix:— War Raiders defeated Undisputed Era to become NXT tag team champions— Matt Riddle got revenge against Kassius Ohno, beating him for the third straight time.— Johnny Gargano won his first NXT title, defeating Ricochet for the North American championship— Shayna Baszler held off Bianca Belair with some help from Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir to retain the NXT women’s championship— Tommaso Ciampa successfully defended the NXT championship against Aleisnter Black Here are five takeaways from the show:1. Tommaso Ciampa is the best NXT champion in the history of the brandNXT has a distinguished list of previous champions that including Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, and Shinsuke Nakamura. Yet, Ciampa feels like the strongest champion the brand has had to date.Just like previous champions, Ciampa has had fantastic matches during his title reign with Johnny Gargano, Andrade, and this most recent one against Aleister Black to headline NXT TakeOver: Phoenix.Be your own hype man. @ProjectCiampa #NXTChampionship #NXTTakeOver pic.twitter.com/jQckbZdhEL— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) January 27, 2019However, this championship run means so much more to the “Blackheart” considering the depth of his character and his love of “goldie”, the name he has given to his beloved NXT championship.Plus, there isn’t a feeling that he is headed to the WWE main roster anytime soon as there have been with previous champions. Ciampa fits the best in NXT where he is an awesome sinister character and puppet master, pulling the strings of his former partner-turned-nemesis Johnny Gargano.2. Matt Riddle will have to wait his turn before getting a shot at the NXT championshipRiddle has met all of the high expectations since joining NXT last summer. Despite another decisive win against Kassius Ohno, the former UFC star should have to wait a bit longer before getting a shot at the title.The “Original Bro” is on track to be a massive star with the brand and a future NXT champion. He could be fast-tracked into the title picture but it makes more sense for him to feud with someone else — maybe Adam Cole — before earning a championship match.As for the title picture right now, Velveteen Dream could be next up but the most likely scenario is yet another showdown between Ciampa and Gargano. Even though they have been rather chummy lately — including them posing side-by-side at the end of TakeOver: Phoenix with their respective championship — that could fall apart in a second, especially when Gargano realizes that Ciampa has been playing mind games to ensure that he doesn’t have to face “Johnny Wrestling” again for his NXT championship.3. Velveteen Dream is the brand’s biggest starDream received some of the biggest ovations of the night despite not having a on the show. Fans went wild when he was shown backstage getting out of a limo in a tight red turtleneck sweater and plaid pants with a woman on each arm and again when he was sitting ringside during the event.Immediately after the show went off the air, Dream confronted both Ciampa and Gargano to the delight of the audience. That turned into a pull-apart with Ricochet, Aleister Black, and Adam Cole also getting involved.Things got HEATED between @ProjectCiampa @JohnnyGargano @VelveteenWWE @AdamColePro @WWEAleister & @KingRicochet when #NXTTakeOver went off air! pic.twitter.com/X7cS5iWpC8— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) January 27, 2019Velveteen Dream has a special quality from his unique fashion sense to his unbridled passion for professional wrestling. He has the “it” factor but the question is how will that be used? Does WWE think it’s time to pull the trigger and put him on the main roster soon or will he remain in NXT a while longer?Don’t be surprised if he makes a surprise appearance in the Royal Rumble match on Sunday night, but the right move with Dream right now would be to keep him in NXT. Let him continue to grow and improve at a slow pace so when he does move up, he has plenty of tools and experience to be a star and remain one. He’s only 23 years old so there’s no need to rush him.4. Bianca Belair has a lot of potentialBelair had a good outing against Shayne Baszler in what was the first big match of her career. The former track star and CrossFit competitor had no wrestling experience before signing with NXT two-and-a-half years ago.It’s obvious that the 29-year-old has come a long way during that time. She’s an athletic freak and has an incredible weapon at her disposal in her long, braided hair that she can use to whip opponents.Belair has plenty of room for improvement but this was a good step forward and she will be one of the featured stars in NXT along with Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir, Kairi Sane, Io Shirai and others in what is becoming a deep women’s division.5. War Raiders are absolute freaksNXT TakeOver: Phoenix got off to an exciting start with an elaborate, Viking-style entrance for War Raiders followed by the team tearing down the house against Undisputed Era to win the NXT tag team championship.Both Hanson and Rowe displayed incredible athleticism and agility for their size, easily moving around the ring and many time flying through the air like cruiserweights. The 6’ 1”, 260 lb. Rowe is amazing with his strength and stature but his partner Hanson many times stands out at 6’ 2” and around 350 lb. considering what he does from somersault dives to cartwheels and back spring elbows, all of which he showed off during the match.last_img read more