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An Autonomous Car Blocked a Fire Truck Responding to an Emergency

WIRED

On an early April morning, around 4 am, a San Francisco Fire Department truck responding to a fire tried to pass a doubled-parked garbage truck by using the opposing lane. But a traveling autonomous vehicle, operated by the General Motors subsidiary Cruise without anyone inside, was blocking its path. While a human might have reversed to clear the lane, the Cruise car stayed put. The fire truck only passed the blockage when the garbage truck driver ran from their work to move their vehicle. "This incident slowed SFFD response to a fire that resulted in property damage and personal injuries," city officials wrote in a filing submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission.


When I First Saw Elon Musk for Who He Really Is

Slate

On a beautiful day in May 2015, I drove the 13 hours from my home in Portland, Oregon, to Harris Ranch, California, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. At the time, Tesla was touting a battery-swap station that could send Tesla drivers on their way in a fully powered vehicle in less than the time it takes to fill up a car with gas. Overtaken by curiosity, I had decided to spend a long Memorial Day weekend in California's Central Valley to see if Elon Musk's latest bit of dream weaving could stand up to reality. There, amid the pervasive stench of cow droppings from a nearby feedlot, I discovered that Tesla's battery swap station was not in fact being made available to owners who regularly drove between California's two largest cities. Instead, the company was running diesel generators to power additional Superchargers (the kind that take 30 to 60 minutes to recharge a battery) to handle the holiday rush, their exhaust mingling with the unmistakable smell of bullshit.


Using Data Science to Catch Criminals

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The power of data science is not limited to solving technical or business issues. Its usage is not limited to data analytics to create new technologies, target ads to consumers, and maximize profits and sales in business. The concept of open science has led organizations to use data to handle social problems. It can offer a statistical and data-driven solution to hidden human behavior and cultural patterns. We will be using data from the San Francisco crime department to understand the relation between civilian-reported incidents of crime and police-reported incidents of crime. To store and readily access a large amount of data, we will be using GridDB as our database platform.


#ICRA2022, the great robotics scicommer – Day 1 video digest

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The IEEE International Conference on Automation and Robotics, ICRA, is the itinerant flagship conference of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, RAS. In its 39th edition, ICRA is being held in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, in Philadelphia, PA, USA, between May 23 and 27, 2022. ICRA started just after the birth of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (formerly IEEE Robotics and Automation Council) in 1983. The first edition was held in Atlanta, GA, USA, in 1984. During its first years, the conference showed the growing interest of researchers and industry leaders in the emergent field of robotics.


12 Companies turning AI Robots Into Real Life Wins

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It's a scenario movies and sci-fi stories have predicted for years: an intelligent fleet of human-serving AI robots become too smart and take over the world. This common storyline has some people worried it will come to real-world fruition -- thanks to technological developments in artificial intelligence and robotics. For many others, though, applying intelligence to robotics is all about furthering innovation. And innovation there has been. Robotics dates back to 1898, when Nikola Tesla used radio waves to remotely direct the movement of a robot boat in a miniature man-made pond during an electrical exhibition at Madison Square Garden in New York. That experiment led to Tesla becoming the father of robotics.


AI/ML, Data Science Jobs #hiring

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How Automation Hero uses accurate AI to process documents

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We are excited to bring Transform 2022 back in-person July 19 and virtually July 20 - 28. Join AI and data leaders for insightful talks and exciting networking opportunities. Before Dr. Alan Turing designed the first computer, people merely dreamed of intelligent machines that could read paperwork and do most of their grunge work for them. Science-fiction movies depict advanced software processing large amounts of documents to find hidden insights that save the day. Today this is available in real life from progressive-thinking software providers. One of them, San Francisco-based Automation Hero, today launched v6.0 of its Hero Platform, a SaaS service the company claims takes a quantum leap in OCR (optical character recognition) document-processing accuracy.


Top 10 AI-Generated Images by DALL-E 2 - Simplified

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OpenAI, a San Francisco Artificial Intelligence company closely affiliated with Microsoft, launched an A.I. system and neural network in January 2021 known as DALL-E. Named using a pun of the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí and Pixar's famous movie WALL-E, DALL-E creates images from text.In this blog, we'll let you in on everything you should know about DALL-E, its variation DALL-E 2, and share ten of the most creative AI-generated images of Dall-E 2. Picture of a dog wearing a beret and a turtleneck generated by the DALL-E 2 image generation software. Now, you may be wondering what DALL-E is all about. It's an AI tool that takes a description of an object or a scene and automatically produces an image depicting the scene/object. DALL-E also allows you to edit all the wonderful AI-generated images you've created with simple tools and text modifications.


The 30 top artificial intelligence companies most well founded

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is currently one of the most disruptive technologies, and it is a great means for startups to achieve their hyper-growth goals. Artificial intelligence has numerous applications in fields such as big data, computer vision, and natural language processing, and is revolutionizing businesses, industries, and people's lives. Among the most well-funded and promising independent startups, the majority of the top Artificial Intelligence companies are from the US or China, with many more countries participating. The benefits of AI in many industries are evident in these two key countries, but each country seems to have slightly different concerns. The largest AI startups in the U.S. are particularly present in the areas of big data analytics and process automation for business, autonomous driving and biotechnology.


Ford's Argo AI begins driverless vehicle operations in Austin and Miami

Engadget

Ford's self-driving Argo AI unit has hit a major milestone. On Tuesday, it began driverless operations in Austin and Miami. The company's cars aren't carrying paying customers just yet, but they're now allowed to ferry Argo AI employees without a safety driver at the wheel. Argo called the announcement an "important step" in its plan to commercialize autonomous driving technology by providing a suite of APIs designed to allow ridesharing, delivery and logistics companies to incorporate its vehicles into their own services. Argo is one of a handful of companies competing in the already crowded space, and a clear winner has yet to emerge.