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Silicon Valley Pursues Artificial Intelligence

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The arms race in Silicon Valley is on for artificial intelligence. Facebook is working on a virtual personal assistant that can read people's faces and decide whether or not to let them in your home. Google is investing in the technology to power self-driving cars, identify people on its photo service and build a better messaging app. Now Apple is adding to its artificial intelligence arsenal. The iPhone maker purchased Emotient, a San Diego maker of facial expression recognition software that can detect emotions to assist advertisers, retailers, doctors and many other professions. Apple confirmed the purchase this month, but did not give details of the deal. The purchase comes during fevered interest in artificial intelligence, or A.I., which relies on algorithms powered by troves of data to bridge the gap between computers and natural human thinking.
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California Agencies Deploy Data Analytics to Determine Traffic Project Impact

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When it comes to the fast-moving field of traffic management technology, there is something of a bubble between what is known — data — and what is unknown. And in that space exists a bubble of uncertainty and potential, a place where government might be able to improve its own operations or even address big public problems like congestion and collisions. So much so, there’s an industry that works in that bubble. Case in point: INRIX. The company, which gathers traffic data from private vehicles, recently announced three contracts in Colorado and California, where it is either selling data or data analytics to government entities hoping to gain better insights into what’s happening on their roads.
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Bay Area Rapid Transit Dummy Cameras Come Under Fire

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BART’s longtime practice of relying primarily on decoy surveillance cameras inside trains appears to be unusual among major city transit agencies and prompted criticism Thursday from a Bay Area congressman who has long fought to steer federal funding to the agency to beef up security. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, said he was “surprised” to learn that the vast majority of ceiling-mounted surveillance units in BART rail cars are dummies with no cameras inside. The Chronicle revealed the decoy program after BART failed to capture video footage of a killing last weekend on a train, even though the attacker opened fire just feet from what appeared to be cameras.
BART’s on-train security may get an upgrade before the agency begins transitioning to a new fleet of cars in 2017. Spokeswoman Alicia Trost said Thursday that BART will in the coming year outfit “a select number of train cars” with cameras that can be monitored remotely in real time.
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H1B and L1 Fee to go up by $4000 and $4500 until year 2025

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This Omnibus bill to increase the H1B and L1 petition Fee passed both US House of Representatives and US Senate on Friday ( Dec 18th, 2015). It was also signed by President Obama to be law soon. It is official, check USCIS Guidance on H1B and L1 Fee increase until 2025
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