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Robotics Today latest talks – Raia Hadsell (DeepMind), Koushil Sreenath (UC Berkeley) and Antonio Bicchi (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia)

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Bio: Antonio Bicchi is a scientist interested in robotics and intelligent machines. After graduating in Pisa and receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Bologna, he spent a few years at the MIT AI Lab of Cambridge before becoming Professor in Robotics at the University of Pisa. In 2009 he founded the Soft Robotics Laboratory at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa. Since 2013 he is Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. He has coordinated many international projects, including four grants from the European Research Council (ERC).


Yes, dogs can 'catch' their owners' emotions

National Geographic

Dog-owners often feel that their pooches are good at picking up on their emotions. New studies show how behavioral and chemical cues from humans can affect dogs in ways that enable them to not only discriminate between their owners' fear, excitement, or anger, but also to "catch" these feelings from their human companions. Just as human toddlers look to their parents for cues about how to react to the people and world around them, dogs often look to humans for similar signs. When their people project feelings of calm and confidence, dogs tend to view their surroundings as safe and secure. "The emotional connection between humans and dogs is the essence of the relationship," says Clive Wynne, a professor of psychology and director of the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University.


The morals of the driverless cars

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There is something different about this car, however. Someone is in the driver's seat, but the car is driving itself. This vehicle is part of Uber's self-driving pilot program and is a fleet of vehicles cruising throughout America. Dazed, the driver, who has barely touched the wheel all day, stares into the empty Arizona desert. The driver freaks out; he instantly fears the worst.


Siri, McCormick rally AL West-leading Astros past D-backs

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Jose Siri and Chas McCormick hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning, rallying the AL West-leading Houston Astros over the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 on Sunday. Carlos Correa also homered as the Astros held their comfortable division lead over Oakland. Houston won for the fourth time in five games and cut Tampa Bay's lead for the best record in the AL to 3 ½ games.


Meet the autonomous driving influencers of TikTok

Mashable

That's what Arizona State University retail store manager and mother to three Sophia Lovasz asked her TikTok followers back in April. In a 15-second video we see a driverless Waymo minivan approach before Lovasz hops in and shows that no one is at the wheel. "Ngl it was trippy at first," reads a caption, as the steering wheel moves on its own. The short clip set to "Lottery (Renegade)" by K Camp racked up 1.9 million views. Whatever hashtag it's known by, this is where the far-off concept of self-driving cars is portrayed as an everyday reality thanks to posts from early adopters. Based on the success of her first post, Lovasz -- or @sosobombs -- continued documenting her experience as an early rider using the Alphabet-owned Waymo One robo-taxi service in the Phoenix, Arizona area.


Waymo robo-taxi starts picking up passengers in San Francisco

Mashable

Just when you thought there were too many self-driving cars being tested on the streets of San Francisco, get ready for even more, but with passengers. Alphabet-owned self-driving company, Waymo, on Tuesday became the first taxi operator to offer autonomous rides to the public in SF. Waymo first started at Google before spinning off on its own. While Waymo's autonomous taxi service called Waymo One has been operating in the Phoenix, Arizona region since the end of 2018, the rides in a sensor-loaded Chrysler Pacifica had only been available in the desert suburbs until now. In San Francisco early riders will be able to book a robo-ride through the Waymo app, but the rides will be free.


Waymo announces construction of trucking hub in Dallas and Ryder partnership

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Waymo Via, Waymo's autonomous truck unit, announced on Wednesday the construction of a hub for its fleet of autonomous trucks in Dallas, and a partnership with trucking company Ryder. The double announcement came as Waymo prepares to grow its delivery operations across Texas, California and Arizona. After raising $2.5 billion from outside investors in June, the Alphabet-owned company said today that its new primary operations center will be in a nine-acre site in South Dallas, and the company will move into it in the first half of 2022. Th self-driving truck company has started testing on the fifth generation of its Driver on the Class 8 trucks fleet as it continues freight hauling for JB Hunt. The hub will accommodate hundreds of trucks and personnel.


Lotus Labs on Clutch's Top AI Companies in Arizona

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Nowadays, machines, robots, droids, and computers are helping a lot of businesses to succeed. Because of these advanced technologies, it reduces working hours, saves expenditures, and expands business quickly. At Lotus Labs Inc, we help companies transform into AI-driven enterprises. Our AI platform Padmé provides a comprehensive solution to deploy machine learning models at the edge with a click of a button. We are a team of innovative professionals passionate about emerging technology.


Developing a more human-like response is an increasing feature of AI

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When an Uber autonomous test car killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona, in March 2018, it sent alarm bells around the world of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Walking her bicycle, Herzberg had strayed on to the road, resulting in a fatal collision with the vehicle. While there were other contributory factors in the accident, the incident highlighted a key flaw in the algorithm powering the car. It was not trained to cope with jay-walkers nor could it recognise whether it was dealing with a bicycle or a pedestrian. Confused, it ultimately failed to default quickly to the safety option of slowing the vehicle and potentially saving Herzberg's life.


Intel expands AI career education program to 18 community colleges

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The program aims to prepare community college students for careers tapping AI skills. Intel said Tuesday it's expanding a program that aims to educate tomorrow's engineers and technologists on the intricacies of artificial intelligence and help them find jobs in their chosen field. The AI for Workforce Program offers students courses on data collection, computer vision, AI model training, coding, the societal impacts and ethics of AI technology. Students who complete the program will be awarded a certificate or associate degree in artificial intelligence. The program began as a collaboration with an Arizona community college but is being expanded to 18 community colleges in 11 states through a partnership with Dell Technologies, which will provide guidance on how best to configure AI labs for teaching in-person, hybrid and online students.