Self-driving cars begin transporting groceries to Texas homes

FOX News

Now, it's self-driving cars to make the delivery. Two Kroger markets in Houston are rolling out a self-driving car program, in which orders can be placed online and delivered right to your home without a driver. The self-driving service will be offered at stores in South Post Oak Road and Buffalo Speedway, per ABC13. Those in Texas can access the service from the 77401, 77096, 77005 and 77025 ZIP codes, for same- or next-day delivery. The delivery service was conceived by the robotics company Nuro, founded by two ex-Google employees.

#SXSW2019 - AI Assisted Music - Tech Trends


Tech Trends is in Austin, Texas to cover the action at the South by Southwest conference. SXSW is a "convergence of the interactive, film and music industries." Over the span of ten days, there are panels, educational sessions, a trade show, special events and more. One particularly unique element of the experience is the intersection of ideas. You can go straight from a concert to a discussion of artificial intelligence.

Democratic Candidates Target Tech Giants, Who Are Major Party Donors


Over the weekend in Austin, Texas, South by Southwest became a major presidential forum. More than half a dozen candidates showed up to the annual music, arts and technology convention. Democrats competed with each other to be the tough-on-tech candidate, a development in line with the party's move to the left, but at odds with its reliance on tech donors. Hundreds of fans cheered as Sen. Elizabeth Warren hopped on stage. She'd just rallied in Queens, N.Y., where Amazon pulled its plan to build a new headquarters in the face of protest.

Amy Webb highlights over 300 tech trends in annual report


The Future Today Institute today unveiled the latest annual Tech Trends Report, which highlights 315 trends, up from 225 last year. This is the 12th year of the Tech Trends Report. The report highlights top trends in areas like energy, robotics, AI, transportation, data, privacy, and security. Future Today Institute director and New York University Stern School of Business professor Amy Webb will release the report and detail highlights in a presentation today at SXSW in Austin, Texas. The report is written to be accessible to Fortune 500 companies as well as small business owners, universities, governments, and startups.

Review: Low-budget 'My Stretch of Texas Ground' takes the high road on terror at the border

Los Angeles Times

Given that some outrage-stirring politicians have begun recounting details from action movies like "Sicario" as though they were hard facts, certain viewers may bristle at the very idea of the low-budget thriller "My Stretch of Texas Ground," which imagines a scenario where a terrorist cell sneaks an assassin across the Mexican border to take out a U.S. senator. But director Erich Kemp and screenwriter Ralph Cinque are surprisingly even-handed in their depiction of international crime and its consequences. By opening with multiple discussions of drone attacks and "enhanced interrogation," "My Stretch of Texas Ground" creates a context for its central stand-off, between a shrewd killer, Abdul (Junes Zahdi), and a wise small-town sheriff, Joe Haladin (Jeff Weber). If anything, the film's main problem is that it feels more like a debate than a cop picture, with too much of its leisurely running time set aside for airing different points of view, and too little for shootouts and chases. The other big stumbling block is that the production often borders on the amateurish, with weak acting, flat lighting and poor sound.

NASA is close to finalizing its drone traffic control system for cities


NASA is ready to put its drone traffic management system to the ultimate test and has chosen Nevada and Texas as its final testing sites. The agency, together with the FAA, has been developing an Unmanned aircraft Traffic Management (UTM) system over the past four years in an effort to figure out how to safely fly drones in an urban environment. Now that the project is in its last phase, it has teamed up with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems in Las Vegas and the Lone Star UAS Center for Excellence & Innovation in Corpus Christi, Texas to conduct a final series of technical demonstrations. NASA and the FAA are planning to demo a big list of technologies, including their interface with vehicle-integrated detect-and-avoid capabilities, vehicle-to-vehicle communication and collision avoidance, as well as automated safe landing technologies. All those will help NASA understand the challenges of flying in an urban environment and conjure up ideas for future rules and policies.

Statistician Raises Red Flag about Reliability of Machine Learning Digital Trends


Machine learning is everywhere in science and technology: powering facial recognition, picking your recommendations on Netflix, and controlling self-driving cars. But how reliable are machine learning techniques really? A statistician says that the answer is "not very," arguing that questions of accuracy and reproducability of machine learning have not been fully addressed. Dr Genevera Allen, associate professor of statistics, computer science, and electrical and computer engineering Rice University in Houston, Texas has discussed this topic at a press briefing and at a scientific conference, the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She warned that researchers in the field of machine learning have spent so much time developing predictive models that they have not devoted enough attention to checking the accuracy of their models, and that the field must develop systems which can assess the accuracy of their own findings.

Rebuilding a Smarter City: Lessons from Houston


Smart Cities are the future. So when Houston, Texas faced rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, it seized the opportunity to transform itself as a tech-centric, smart city by incorporating emerging technologies including Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Machine Learning and data analytics. Houston is being extremely planful in building multiple innovative solutions across departments at the same time that communicate with one another which is significantly increasing the positive impact it's bringing to its citizens. As a result, Houston has come to serve as a model for Smart City initiatives. We will hear from those responsible for Houston's transformation and examine what others - from policymakers to city officials to business leaders - can learn from their experience.

The DIY designer baby project funded with Bitcoin

MIT Technology Review

At his keyboard in Austin, Texas, Bryan Bishop was writing quickly. A nationally ranked speed typist, he had drafted a polite inquiry to a prominent futurist in the UK. He wanted advice on his "designer baby startup." For a few years now, Bishop, a 29-year-old programmer and Bitcoin investor, has been leaving a trail of comments about human "enhancement" on the web. He's a transhumanist, which means he thinks humans can be improved in profound ways by technology. He'd long exhorted others to do something about the human condition. Now, he had decided to do it himself.

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