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Regulators scramble to stay ahead of self-driving cars

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"If you had 50 different requirements for 50 different states, each state (might do it) different," said Chan Lieu, an adviser to the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, whose members include former Google driverless car project Waymo, automakers Ford and Volvo and ride-hailing firms Uber and Lyft. "That has been our challenge since Day One," said Jessica Gonzalez, spokesperson for the California Department of Motor Vehicles, which recently proposed revised rules in a state home to several tech giants that are developing self-driving car technology, such as Google, Apple, Uber and Tesla. So we see all the advantages to it, but at the same time we're tasked with making sure this technology is safe," In March, California regulators introduced a pathway to obtain permits for driverless car testing after initially signaling last year that it would require a steering wheel and brake pedals in all test vehicles. "The U.S. still runs the risk of slowing down the development and introduction of autonomous driving technologies by making it difficult for carmakers to test, develop, certify and sell" self-driving cars, said Anders Karrberg, Volvo's vice president of government affairs.


States get ready for the self-driving car revolution

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That's because when it comes to getting the nation's infrastructure ready for autonomous traffic, the most critical upgrade amounts to making sure the lines on our 4 million miles of roads are solid, bright and preferably white so they can be picked up by computer vision gear. While some states such as California, Michigan, Arizona and Ohio are eagerly welcoming self-driving vehicle tests and beginning to make upgrades to roads to accommodate robot-driven vehicles, others are taking a more measured approach given the nascent state of the industry. Ken Washington, Ford's vice president of research and advanced engineering, says smart roadways would make self-driving cars even more capable, but "you can't count on that being there, which is why our technical approach is to build the capability completely on the vehicle." What's more, experts say that if every vehicle on the road had sophisticated autonomous vehicle technology on board, highway officials could make lanes narrower and pack more cars on the road without expensive lane expansion projects.


NASA Are Figuring Out How to Use AI to Build Autonomous Space Probes

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Adding artificial intelligence to the machines we send out to explore space makes a lot of sense, as it means they can make decisions without waiting for instructions from Earth, and now NASA scientists are trying to figure out how it could be done. The next generation of AI robots will have to be able to detect "features of interest", detect unforeseen features, process and analyse data, and adapt their original plans where necessary, say the researchers. The Mars Curiosity rover has software on board that helps it to pick promising targets for its ChemCam – a device that studies rocks and other geological features on the Red Planet. In time, AI is going to become more and more important to space travel, the researchers say, and as artificial intelligence makes big strides forward here on Earth it's also set to have a big role in how we explore the rest of the Universe.


Robots' role in humanity to be a core topic at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics

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Prof. Barrett has more than 25 years experience in robotics, including VP of engineering at iRobot, director of the Walt Disney Imagineering Corporation, research engineer at MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and technical director at Draper Laboratory. David Edelman is leading the Project on Technology, the Economy, and National Security (TENS) at the MIT, which is a joint position between MIT CSAIL and MIT's Center for International Studies. Edelman recently left government, where he served for the past seven years in a variety of roles, including Special Assistant to President Barack Obama on issues of the digital economy and national security, including the impact of robotics on the economy and cyberwarfare. Brian Pierce is the director of the DARPA Information Innovation Office (I2O) and has 30 years of experience developing advanced technologies in the aerospace/defense industry.


Artificial Intelligence Tech Will Arrive in Three Waves

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Modria, which specializes in the creation of smart justice systems, took the job and devised an automated system that relies on the knowledge of lawyers and divorce experts. First wave AI systems are usually based on clear and logical rules. Well, it turns out that even'primitive' software like Modria's justice system and Google Maps are fine examples for AI. One year later, when DARPA opened Grand Challenge 2005, five groups successfully made it to the end of the track.


NASA studies Artificial Intelligence for Future Robotic Space Missions - Clarksville, TN Online

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Artificial intelligence is poised to change the way NASA studies space. A.I. onboard a NASA Earth science satellite detected the eruption of an Icelandic volcano in 2010, helping to produce this colorful image.


NASA studies Artificial Intelligence for Future Robotic Space Missions - Clarksville, TN Online

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Artificial intelligence is poised to change the way NASA studies space. A.I. onboard a NASA Earth science satellite detected the eruption of an Icelandic volcano in 2010, helping to produce this colorful image.


Uncle Sam Wants Your Deep Neural Networks

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Earlier this year, Kaggle ran a $1 million contest to build algorithms capable of identifying signs of lung cancer in CT scans, helping to fuel a larger effort to apply neural networks to health care.


Experts hash out next-generation cyber defenses -- GCN

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The writers, ICIT fellows and industry security experts, voiced a common theme: Cyber threats continue to pervade government systems and no one solution is a cure-all. Attackers exfiltrated personally identifiable information, such as names, birthdates and Social Security Numbers, as well as operational intelligence "that could be leveraged to impact the public, critical infrastructure, national security, or additional public and private sector organizations," Scott added. Yet modernized systems aren't immune to attacks either, wrote Malcolm Harkins, ICIT fellow and chief security and trust officer at Cylance. "Sophisticated machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions dynamically detect and respond to suspicious activity before malicious code executes on the system," Harkins wrote.


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Here's what's new and interesting in entertainment and the arts: Dennis Rodman partly takes credit for Otto Warmbier's release from North Korea New Han Solo film director Ron Howard is'beyond grateful' At Glastonbury Festival, Johnny Depp jokes about assassinating President Trump A Star Is Born: Randy Jackson turns 61 today Broadway's'Cats' revival will end in December Trevor Noah reflects on the Philando Castile verdict Guns N' Roses will launch new SiriusXM channel with Apollo Theater show Dennis Rodman partly takes credit for Otto Warmbier's release from North Korea New Han Solo film director Ron Howard is'beyond grateful' Broadway's'Cats' revival will end in December Guns N' Roses will launch new SiriusXM channel with Apollo Theater show New Han Solo film director Ron Howard is'beyond grateful' and hopes'to honor the great work already done' "Star Wars" fan Ron Howard is "beyond grateful" to add his voice to the Lucasfilm franchise and hopes "to honor the great work already done" on the upcoming Han Solo film, which he inherited from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The Oscar-winning director proclaimed his love for George Lucas' universe and eagerness to take the helm on Twitter on Thursday following the official news that he would replace Lord and Miller on the untitled project after they were surprisingly ousted over creative differences with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. The "Happy Days" alum and his wife stood in line for two hours the day "Star Wars" was released in 1977: "It was all the things you dream you're going to experience in the movies." Howard, who had been approached by Lucas to direct "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" but declined, said of his dozens of directorial efforts, he is "probably" most proud of his own 1995 space odyssey, "Apollo 13."