With all the news about Facebook recently, you might be wondering, what exactly does Facebook know about me from my profile? Sure, you can peruse your profile online, but that doesn't tell the whole story. One way to see what Facebook has on you is to download your Facebook data. The ability to download your Facebook data isn't really new, but not many users know that you can do it. It only takes a few minutes; how long depends on how big your data files are.
Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!): Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos. Agility Robotics had a good week. Cassie had a meet-and-greet with a four-legged friend during one of our visits to Playground.
This week, a self-driving Volvo owned by Uber struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. We won't know the exact details of what happened until much later once Uber, the local police, and the federal government have completed their investigations. But the tragedy has opened up many questions about how self-driving car technology works, and particularly how well these robotic cars can see what's happening around them. Alex Davies and Aarian Marshall from WIRED's transportation desk join us this week to talk about autonomous vehicle safety, Lidar, street design, and the human component. The crash comes at a time when pedestrian deaths are spiking.
Joakim Karlén handed me the headset, such as it was. It was a reference design only; the hard plastic box lacked a headstrap, and had a utilitarian form factor only a dystopian sci-fi fan would love. However, it was also completely self-contained--no cables trailing away from it to a nearby PC, no cellphone to power it. This was Qualcomm's latest "standalone" headset reference, a prototype and platform architecture that the company would provide to developers in order to create all-in-one devices. When I held the headset up to my eyes (no headstrap, remember?)
Herzberg's death occurs at time when eagerness to put autonomous vehicles on public roads is accelerating in Silicon Valley, the auto industry and state and federal governments. More than 100 auto manufacturers and industry associations in early March sent a letter urging Congress to expedite passage of a proposal from Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, that aims to provide regulatory oversight and make it easier to deploy the technology.
Moore's Law, the principle that chips are supposed to get smaller and faster every few years, is faltering. But one company, Xilinx, thinks that's actually good news for a new type of flexible processors it expects to sell next year. You've heard of Intel, Apple and Samsung, some of the biggest chipmakers around. But you probably don't know Xilinx unless you're building things like high-end network equipment or self-driving cars. Xilinx's new chief executive, Victor Peng, hopes to change that.
The Robotics Summit and Showcase is just a couple months away. Find out all about our agenda here and register by April 20 for a 20% discount to learn from the best in the robotics industry. Affectiva Automotive AI hopes to improve driver safety. Artificial intelligence (AI), to date, has helped autonomous vehicles mainly by monitoring the world around them. As we learned from the fatal Uber self-driving car crash, unfortunately, the technology is not perfect.
BENGALURU: Imagine you walk into aretail store wearing a blue striped shirt and by the time you go to the store help, he is already prepared with half a dozen striped shirts that you could consider buying. This might very well be possible, thanks to a suite of artificial intelligence (AI) based retail in-store products of SaaS provider Capillary Technologies. The company, which recently raised $20-million, has been working on using AI to understand the demographics, footfall and conversations within a retail store to give these stores a helping hand in an era where online players are aggressively expanding their operations. By using these solutions, stores can now attempt to do targeted advertising, produce heat maps, analyse conversations and build unique customer profiles. Capillary is piloting these solutions with an initial few customers.