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In Texas, driverless trucks are set to take over roads


A giant 18-wheel transport truck is barreling down a multi-lane Texas highway, and there is no one behind the wheel. The futuristic idea may seem surreal, but it is being tested in this vast southern US state, which has become the epicenter of a rapidly developing self-driving vehicle industry. Before driverless trucks are allowed onto roads and highways, however, multiple tests must still be conducted to ensure they are safe. Self-driving lorries are operated using radars, laser scanners, cameras and GPS antennas that communicate with piloting software. "Each time we drive a mile or a kilometer in real life, we re-simulate a thousand more times on the computer by changing hundreds of parameters," explains Pierre-François Le Faou, trucking partner development manager at Waymo, the self-driving unit at Google's parent company Alphabet.

Moon's Hidden Depths Uncovered with New Algorithm


Certain areas near the moon's poles linger perpetually in shadow, never receiving direct sunlight. Recent studies suggest these so-called permanently shadowed regions (PSRs) contain rich ice reservoirs that could reveal details about the early solar system; they could also help future visitors make fuel and other resources. But these areas are hard to photograph from satellites orbiting the moon and thus are a challenge to study. The few photons PSRs do reflect are often overwhelmed by staticlike camera noise and quantum effects. Now researchers have produced a deep-learning algorithm to cut through the interference and see these dark zones.

UT researchers working to address racial bias in AI


The rise of computational models in sectors like policing, employment, health and financial lending has come under fire in recent years over concerns that it perpetuates structural inequities. But a professor at the University of Texas at Austin is working to change that. S. Craig Watkins is part of a team that's tackling the issue of AI and systemic racism in a program at UT. Ahead of MLK Day, Watkins shared a TEDx Talk he gave on AI and the future of racial justice. The tech sector and researchers have focused on creating "fair" algorithms but Watkins asks, "What constitutes fairness in the context of structural racism?" To understand how AI can be improved, Watkins directs the audience and viewers to facial recognition systems, which have demonstrated racial and gender bias, as an example.

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These States Offer the Most A.I.-Related Job Openings


If you've spent any time in the tech industry, you've no doubt heard quite a bit about artificial intelligence (A.I.) and machine learning. Based on that chatter, you might think companies everywhere are trying to fill many thousands of roles that utilize artificial intelligence. As a new CompTIA analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data makes clear, a rising number of jobs in "emerging tech" deal with A.I. In December 2021, some 13 percent of all "emerging tech" job postings mentioned A.I. as a necessary component of the job (and "emerging tech" job postings constitute roughly 30 percent of all tech job postings). In states like California and Texas, where enormous tech companies are looking for highly specialized talent (including A.I. experts), there are thousands of A.I.-related job openings every month; in other states, the average number generally drops to several hundred.

Waymo has its first commercial autonomous trucking customer


Last June, Alphabet's self-driving unit worked with J.B. Hunt, a trucking and logistics company, to test its Waymo Via technology in Texas. On Friday, the two announced they're forming a strategic partnership with the hope of deploying a fully autonomous trucking operation within the state sometime in the next few years. In the immediate future, Waymo and J.B. Hunt say they plan to hold multiple pilots involving Waymo Via. That's the Waymo Driver-powered unit the Alphabet subsidiary developed for Class 8 trucks. They also plan to complete additional market studies.

Citizen science, supercomputers and AI


Citizen scientists have helped researchers discover new types of galaxies, design drugs to fight COVID-19, and map the bird world. The term describes a range of ways that the public can meaningfully contribute to scientific and engineering research, as well as environmental monitoring. As members of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) recently argued in a Quadrennial Paper, "Imagine All the People: Citizen Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Computational Research," non-scientists can help advance science by "providing or analyzing data at spatial and temporal resolutions or scales and speeds that otherwise would be impossible given limited staff and resources." Recently, citizen scientists' efforts have found a new purpose: helping researchers develop machine learning models, using labeled data and algorithms, to train a computer to solve a specific task. This approach was pioneered by the crowdsourced astronomy project Galaxy Zoo, which started leveraging citizen scientists in 2007.

Nuro unveils third-generation autonomous delivery vehicle


Nuro's newest model has a larger storage capacity than its previous models. Nuro announced its third generation autonomous delivery vehicle – called Nuro. Previous iterations of the vehicle were called R1 and R2. One of the most eye-catching features of the new vehicle is its external, front airbag. This airbag deploys if the vehicle collides with pedestrians and bikers, and is meant to keep those around the vehicle safe.

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Alabama's Jordan Battle sees no need for drastic change in Tide's defensive approach

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Alabama junior safety Jordan Battle watched his defense collect five quarterback hurries, three sacks and two interceptions in the Crimson Tide's 41-24 victory over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 4. Battle returned one of the interceptions 42 yards for a touchdown and 38-17 lead early in the fourth quarter. Cincinnati wide receiver Tyler Scott (21) runs for gain after catching a pass as Alabama's Jalyn Armour-Davis (5) and Jordan Battle (9) defend during the first half of the Cotton Bowl NCAA College Football Playoff semifinal game, Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. Stetson Bennett, whose longest completion in that game was 32 yards, is still Georgia's quarterback, and No. 1 Alabama (13-1) will likely have a similar plan for the national championship game in Indianapolis Monday (8 p.m. Eastern, ESPN).