SAN FRANCISCO – The top diplomats of Japan, the United States and South Korea on Tuesday urged North Korea to refrain from military provocation and continue denuclearization talks, but ruled out any easing of crushing economic sanctions without progress in the stalled negotiations. Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi held discussions with his U.S. and South Korean counterparts, Mike Pompeo and Kang Kyung-wha, in East Palo Alto, just outside San Francisco, two weeks after a deadline set by Pyongyang for progress by the end of 2019 passed. "We agreed on the importance of North Korea making positive efforts in talks with the United States rather than going through with provocative moves," Motegi told reporters. The statement appeared to contradict remarks in a New Year speech by South Korean President Moon Jae-in a day earlier in Seoul, where he said that he could seek exemptions of U.N. sanctions to bring about improved inter-Korean relations that he believes would help restart the deadlocked nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington. Moon has previously made similar comments, despite outside worries that any lifting of sanctions could undermine U.S.-led efforts to eliminate North Korea's nuclear arsenal.
The rapper and Fast & Furious franchise star Ludacris told USA TODAY on Wednesday that he hasn't had much luck scoring one of the EVs, even though one of Tesla's driving modes has a strikingly similar name. "We've been trying to get a free car out of my man Elon Musk for a long time. But'Ludicrous Mode' I guess, wasn't Ludacris mode," the Grammy award-winning musician said before a glitzy performance hosted by Spotify during CES. The Palo Alto-based automaker launched "Ludicrous Mode" in 2016, a powertrain that enables the Model S to sprint from 0 to 60 in less than three seconds. Ludacris hit the car scene in a big way in 2003 after the rubber cooled on the set of the crime thriller "2 Fast 2 Furious."
Toyota will build a 175-acre hydrogen-powered test city beginning next year at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji to study the interactions of a number of cutting-edge technologies, including autonomous transportation, robotics and artificial intelligence. The huge project, called Woven City, is being personally championed by Toyota Motor Corp. CEO Akio Toyoda, who appeared Monday at CES here to discuss the plan. Woven City -- which will be roughly the size of Apple's circular campus in Cupertino, Calif., -- is being designed by renowned Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, CEO of Bjarke Ingels Group and designer of Google's new headquarters, 2 World Trade Center in New York City and a number of other high-profile projects globally. The cost of the project was not revealed, but it is expected to be in the billions of dollars. Toyota says an estimated 2,000 people -- employees and their families, retired couples, retailers, visiting scientists and industry partners -- are expected to inhabit Woven City initially when completed.
The chip designer Ambarella has announced two new chips for automotive cameras and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) based on its CVflow architecture for artificial intelligence processing. The Santa Clara, California-based company introduced the CV22FS and CV2FS automotive camera (SoC) systems with CVflow AI processing and ASIL-B compliance to enable critical safety applications. Ambarella will also demonstrate applications with its existing chips, as well as a robotic platform and Amazon SageMaker Neo technology to train machine learning models, at CES 2020, the big technology fair in Las Vegas this week. The company, which was made public in 2011, started as a manufacturer of low-power chips for video cameras. But he turned that ability into computer vision experience and launched his CVflow architecture in 2018 to create low-power artificial intelligence chips.
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Alphabet's X team for moonshot projects has been using robots to sort compost, recycling, and landfill waste in initial use at X company offices in recent months. The robots on wheels can drive to trash sites in the Mountain View, California office and sort recycling and trash using a combination of computer vision and a robotic arms. The news today came as Alphabet unveiled the Everyday Robot Project, a moonshot to make robots augment human activity in the physical world in environments like the home or office the same way computers do in the virtual world. The Everyday Robot Project has been underway for years, as many members of the team that collaborates with Google AI joined Alphabet in 2015 or 2016. "During the last few months, our robots have sorted thousands of pieces of trash and reduced our office's waste contamination levels from 20% -- which is what it is when people put objects in the trays -- to less than 5%," Alphabet X robotics project lead Hans Peter Brondmo said in a post today.
"I think we're just seeing the beginnings of more consolidation in cybersecurity. The space is too crowded," said Rama Sekhar, a partner at Norwest Venture Partners, based in Palo Alto, Calif. Deal value in the information-security market reached $21.6 billion in the first nine months of 2019, according to data from Statista Inc., exceeding 2018's total of $15 billion. Most of the consolidation is expected to affect companies that specialize in one aspect of cybersecurity and cannot scale to become a platform with multiple capabilities, Mr. Sekhar said. Some deal making will come from larger vendors picking off smaller competitors or seeking to add capabilities to their offerings.
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