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California allows companies to charge for autonomous car rides

Engadget

One of the most common potential scenarios involving autonomous cars is using them as driverless taxis; both Uber and Lyft have made self-driving cars a big part of their future strategies. The possibility of hopping into a ride without a driver just got a little closer, at least in California -- as spotted by The Verge, California approved two new autonomous driving programs last week that let companies charge fares for autonomous rides. The two new programs are the "Drivered Autonomous Vehicle Deployment Program" and the "Driverless Autonomous Vehicle Deployment Program," both of which allow approved participants to offer "passenger service, shared rides, and accept monetary compensation for rides in autonomous vehicles." Naturally, interested companies need to get the necessary permits and show the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that they're taking the proper safety measure. They'll need to get a AV Deployment Permit from California's DMV as well as one of two permits issued by CPUC.


Facebook using artificial intelligence to forecast COVID-19 spread in every U.S. county

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State officials hope California's new 10 p.m. stay-at-home order will slow the spread of COVID-19, otherwise, another 10,000 San Diegans are projected to contract the virus in the next 10 days. That's according to a new county-by-county forecast from Facebook, which rolled out the prediction software last month. Facebook projects L.A. County will see the second-largest increase in cases in the country by November 30. San Diego County is projected to add the 15th most cases, reaching a total of 78,594 infections by Nov. 30. The two-week forecast was released before Governor Gavin Newsom announced enhanced restrictions.


Robots invade the construction site

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Theresa Arevalo was in high school when she first tried finishing drywall at her brother's construction company. "It's a fine art," she says of mudding--applying and smoothing drywall. "Like frosting a cake, you have to give the illusion that the wall is flat." Fast-forward a few decades: Arevalo now works at Canvas, a company that's built a robot using artificial intelligence that's capable of drywalling with almost as much artistry as a skilled human worker. The robot has been deployed, under Arevalo's supervision, at several construction sites in recent months, including the new Harvey Milk Terminal at San Francisco International Airport and an office building connected to the Chase Center arena in San Francisco.


Robotaxis Can Now Collect Cash Money From Passengers In California

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More than a dozen companies have long been approved to test out self-driving cars in California. Now, they can also charge passengers if they launch a robotaxi service. On Thursday, November 19, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved both the ability to launch robotaxi services and charge for them after many months of these companies -- such as Cruise, Waymo, Aurora Innovation, Pony.ai, and Zoox -- lobbying for such policies. Of course, the companies still have to jump through various stacks of paperwork in order to be granted such approvals, but all in time. Waymo has been operating such a service in Arizona, Waymo One, for more than a year.


The 12 Coolest Machine-Learning Startups Of 2020

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Artificial intelligence has been a hot technology area in recent years and machine learning, a subset of AI, is one of the most important segments of the whole AI arena. Machine learning is the development of intelligent algorithms and statistical models that improve software through experience without the need to explicitly code those improvements. A predictive analysis application, for example, can become more accurate over time through the use of machine learning. But machine learning has its challenges. Developing machine-learning models and systems requires a confluence of data science, data engineering and development skills.


California man charged with crashing drone into LAPD helicopter

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. A Hollywood man who operated a drone that crashed into a police helicopter, forcing an emergency landing, is facing a federal charge. Andrew Rene Hernandez, 22, was arrested by FBI agents Thursday and charged with one count of unsafe operation of an unmanned aircraft, the Justice Department said. The criminal case is believed to be the first in the nation stemming from a drone collision.


How AI Is Rapidly Reshaping The Data Center Market

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With cloud technology advancing at a brisk clip, artificial intelligence has become something of a double-edged sword for data centers. Advanced algorithms are placing new demands on servers, requiring heightened power, space and cooling in data centers. But they're also part of the solution, with software boosting efficiency and raising the bar for data center operators. "With businesses of every size looking to leverage AI, particularly medium-sized businesses that can't afford extensive in-house data center networks, the demand for modernized data centers will only increase," Nuclear Research analyst Daniel Elman said. "Of course, a large part of that increase will be serviced by the largest cloud vendors ... but it leaves opportunity for other players to enter the market as well to meet the growing demand."


When Sharks Turned Up at Their Beach, They Called in Drones

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Once rare off Southern California beaches, great white sharks are beginning to show up more often. The newcomers are mostly juvenile sharks, which prefer the warm waters closer to shore. That means many beachgoers who are now spotting sharks have never seen the predators before. "When these little fins started to pop up, everyone was scrambling to figure out what was going on," said Douglas J. McCauley, a marine science professor and the director of the Benioff Ocean Initiative at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A new project using artificial intelligence called SharkEye may help keep track of these fearsome fish.


Small Business Reveals Everything - How To Avoid Pandemic Lockdowns an Increase Profits

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Live or travel anywhere you want, and join the new rich... Learn more here https://bit.ly/36aDm1I More and more jobs are being replaced by robots and software. What if you could build an internet business that pays you passively to live the life you've always wanted? We have all heard about the overnight millionaires made in Silicon Valley but that is no longer the only rags-to-riches story to be told. There has been a quiet revolution happening with millennial entrepreneurs leveraging their blogs and Facebook advertisements proving to be just as lucrative. John is one of those entrepreneurs.


Robots Invade the Construction Site

WIRED

Theresa Arevalo was in high school when she first tried finishing drywall at her brother's construction company. "It's a fine art," she says of mudding--applying and smoothing drywall. "Like frosting a cake, you have to give the illusion that the wall is flat." Fast-forward a few decades: Arevalo now works at Canvas, a company that's built a robot using artificial intelligence that's capable of drywalling with almost as much artistry as a skilled human worker. The robot has been deployed, under Arevalo's supervision, at several construction sites in recent months, including the new Harvey Milk Terminal at San Francisco International Airport and an office building connected to the Chase Center arena in San Francisco.