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John Zimmer, Tony Fernandes: Charting the future of transportation

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Those were some of the questions posed by John Zimmer, president and co-founder of U.S. rideshare firm Lyft, at the recent Rakuten Optimism 2019 conference in Yokohama, Japan. Lyft became the first ridesharing company to go public earlier this year when it completed an IPO with a valuation of $24 billion. It has also been pursuing autonomous driving technology: in partnership with Aptiv, Lyft recently notched 50,000 rides in Las Vegas in just a year, and has recently launched Waymo autonomous vehicles on the Lyft platform in Phoenix, Arizona. Against that background, Zimmer spoke about the future of transport with Mickey Mikitani, CEO of early Lyft investor, Rakuten. "We have to think about what is the right infrastructure to support (the future of transport)," Zimmer said during his second appearance at Optimism since speaking at the inaugural conference last year in San Francisco.


NASA picks site on asteroid Bennu where it will grab space rock sample

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OSIRIS-REx is NASA's first mission to an asteroid to retrieve a sample and return it to Earth. 'X' marks the spot as NASA prepares for a historic asteroid mission. NASA has selected the site on asteroid Bennu where its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will retrieve a sample of space rock. Scientists identified four potential sites before picking a spot dubbed "Nightingale" that is located in Bennu's northern hemisphere. ASTEROID BENNU IS SHOOTING OUT ROCKS – AND NASA ISN'T SURE WHY "After thoroughly evaluating all four candidate sites, we made our final decision based on which site has the greatest amount of fine-grained material and how easily the spacecraft can access that material while keeping the spacecraft safe," said Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona in Tucson, in a statement.


Waymo's driverless car: ghost-riding in the back seat of a robot taxi

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I'm in the middle seat of a Chrysler Pacifica minivan, heading north on Dobson Road in Chandler, Arizona, when I notice we may have taken a wrong turn. Under normal circumstances, I would just lean forward and ask the driver for an explanation. There is, after all, no driver to ask. Last October, Alphabet's self-driving subsidiary Waymo emailed its customers in the suburbs of Phoenix to let them know that "completely driverless Waymo cars are on the way." For several years, Waymo has offered its autonomous taxi service to a small group of people, but the rides typically included a safety driver behind the steering wheel.


Kartik Talamadupula - IBM

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Kartik Talamadupula is a research staff member at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York in the AI Science - Reasoning group in IBM Research AI. His research interests lie in the field of Automated Planning, within the wider umbrella of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and in examining the issues inherent in using planning and reasoning technologies as mediators in human-machine teams. He also has research interests in reinforcement learning, conversation and dialog systems, crowdsourcing/human computation, AI for IoT, and information retrieval on social media (specifically Twitter). He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in Fall 2014 from Arizona State University, where he worked on extending the frontiers of AI planning methods and technologies. His research focused on understanding, analyzing, and extending the role that automated planners can play as part of integrated AI systems that interact directly and cooperatively with humans.


Waymo's new iPhone app lets some users order self-driving taxis

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Waymo One is now one. It's been one year since the self-driving taxi service opened for public (but still very limited) rides in a geofenced part of the Phoenix area. Its fleet of Chrysler Pacifica minivans and other autonomous vehicles just hit more than 100,000 rides. To celebrate, Waymo One is now on the App Store, available for download for any iPhone user. But to actually order and ride the robo-taxis in Arizona, you still have to get on a waitlist.


Waymo's new iPhone app lets some users order self-driving taxis

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Waymo One is now one. It's been one year since the self-driving taxi service opened for public (but still very limited) rides in a geofenced part of the Phoenix area. Its fleet of Chrysler Pacifica minivans and other autonomous vehicles just hit more than 100,000 rides. To celebrate, Waymo One is now on the App Store, available for download for any iPhone user. But to actually order and ride the robo-taxis in Arizona, you still have to get on a waitlist.


NASA captures incredible close-up shot of plumes of dust leaving an asteroid

Daily Mail - Science & tech

NASA has captured an incredible close-up shot of plumes of dust and rocks erupting from the surface of near-Earth asteroid Bennu as it spins through the solar system. Researchers from the University of Arizona have been studying the images taken by the navigation camera on the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. The high-resolution images were taken as part of a NASA mission to bring samples of the asteroid - that is about 300,000miles away - back to Earth for scientists to study. These images offer a detailed look at small-scale rock and particle loss from an active asteroid for the first time, say researchers. Previous studies have been limited to only the largest ejections seen from Earth.


Building a machine learning classifier model for diabetes

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The Pima Indians of Arizona and Mexico have the highest reported prevalence of diabetes of any population in the world. A small study has been conducted to analyse their medical records to assess if it is possible to predict the onset of diabetes based on diagnostic measures. The dataset is downloaded from Kaggle, where all patients included are females at least 21 years old of Pima Indian heritage. The objective of this project is to build a predictive machine learning model to predict based on diagnostic measurements whether a patient has diabetes. This is a binary (2-class) classification project with supervised learning.


Kroger starts use of unmanned vehicles for delivery in Arizona - Reuters

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The delivery service follows a pilot program started by the companies in Scottsdale in August and involved Nuro's R1, a custom unmanned vehicle. The R1 uses public roads and has no driver and is used to only transport goods. Kroger's deal with Nuro underscores the stiff competition in the U.S. grocery delivery market with supermarket chains angling for a bigger share of consumer spending. Inc (AMZN.O) have also invested heavily in their delivery operations by expanding their offerings and shortening delivery times. Walmart, Ford Motor Co (F.N) and delivery service Postmates Inc said last month they would collaborate to deliver groceries and other goods to Walmart customers and that could someday use autonomous vehicles.


Waymo Doesn't Want to Put On a Show

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The company insists it will not be rushed. That's a glaring contrast to Uber's hard-charging efforts, which skidded to a halt after one of its self-driving test cars killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona, in 2018. It's also notably different from Tesla, which incrementally updates its "Autopilot" software for cars that are already on the road, while casually reminding drivers that "Autopilot" doesn't mean the car is fully autonomous. Waymo's more measured approach could indeed be a savvy move: The Edelman Trust Barometer shows that consumer confidence in autonomous vehicles is low. In this year's edition of the survey, only 54 percent of respondents in 27 markets worldwide said they trust AVs.