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How AI is optimizing transportation

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Today’s Menu

Appetizer: DOT invests $15 million in AI initiative 🚗

Entrée: Meta to label AI-generated images across platforms 🤖

Dessert: AI deciphers 2,000 year old philosophy text 📜


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People really shouldn’t text and drive. Just yesterday, someone who was texting and driving swerved right in front of me! … It almost made me spill my bowl of cereal. 🥣

What’s new? The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has pledged $15 million in federal funding to help the Small Business Innovation Research Program carry out the Complete Streets AI Initiative, which aims to leverage AI systems and machine learning to enhance the country’s transportation infrastructure.

How will this work? The primary focus of the initiative is on addressing data gaps in various regions, where crucial information related to traffic and sidewalks is lacking. The initiative will unfold in multiple phases, with the initial round awarding 10 Phase 1 contracts to small businesses. These contracts will empower businesses to utilize automated data analytics to develop “Complete Streets” nationwide. The envisioned AI systems will incorporate interactive data analytics tools for urban planning professionals, featuring technologies like satellite imagery and computer vision. DOT anticipates that these technologies will enable the generation of interactive maps and visualizations, offering insights into current street conditions, traffic patterns, and citizen mobility. The goal is to make the platforms accessible not only to government entities but also to the private sector, non-profits, and academic institutions. The availability of this data along with the tracking of activity patterns will allow for the creation of Complete Street infrastructure, which will maximize the overall efficiency of transportation through the implementation of stoplights, sidewalks, biking paths, intersections, lane width adjustments, bus lanes, and more.


We are starting to act like a bunch of high school girls … always wanting to put a label on things. 🙃

What’s new? In a move towards transparency, Meta has announced plans to label posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Threads that contain images identified as AI-generated. With over 5 billion active accounts across its platforms, Meta aims to apply this labeling policy universally, covering all supported languages.

How will this work? Facing pressure from the Oversight Board and anticipating global elections in 2024, Meta is working on stronger AI-generated content policies. While the technical solution for automatic labeling is still in development, Meta will use metadata (no pun intended) to identify AI-generated images from various sources. Additionally, the company is working on classifiers to detect AI-generated content even without visible markers. In response to criticisms from the Oversight Board regarding manipulated media, Meta is also introducing a feature allowing users to disclose AI-generated or digitally altered “photorealistic” content.


Text from the Herculaneum scroll, which has been unseen for 2,000 years. (Credit: Vesuvius Challenge)

Q: What's a philosophers favorite toy?

A: Plato. 🧐

What happened? AI has helped unveil the writing of an ancient Greek philosopher, hidden for centuries within the charred remains of a papyrus scroll from AD 79.

What did it say? Youssef Nader, Luke Farritor, and Julian Schilliger, the trio behind the breakthrough, may have opened a treasure trove of knowledge about ancient philosophy. The decoded passages are believed to originate from Philodemus, the philosopher-in-residence at the Herculaneum library, and delve into Epicurean philosophy. The findings hint at a critique of the Stoic school, shedding light on ancient debates about the pursuit of pleasure.

How did it work? The discovery utilized 3D mapping and AI algorithms to decipher previously illegible text within the digitally scanned Herculaneum papyri. Following this success, the plan is to scale up the 3D scanning and digital analysis techniques, with hopes to unlock the secrets of 800 more ancient philosophy scrolls waiting to be explored.

“I think it’s going to be a huge boon to our knowledge of ancient philosophy, just gigantic—a staggering amount of new text.”

-Michael McOsker, University College London


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