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Drink too much beer at a Dallas Cowboys game? Now a free robot-driven van will scoop you up afterward.

Washington Post

Things are not only bigger in Texas, they're also hotter, more sprawling and increasingly traffic-clogged thanks to a population boom that has lasted nearly a decade. In many of the state's fast-growing, car-dependent cities, these realities make for lousy walking conditions and long commutes. For the self-driving car company Drive.ai, Nearly four months after the Mountain View, Calif.-based start-up launched a six-month pilot program in nearby Frisco, Tex., the company deployed its second self-driving service on public roads in Arlington, Tex., on Friday. The service -- which is free to use -- will operate multiple routes in geo-fenced areas in downtown Arlington, according to Drive.ai


Drink too much beer at a Dallas Cowboys game? Now a free robot-driven van will scoop you up afterward.

Washington Post

Things are not only bigger in Texas, they're also hotter, more sprawling and increasingly traffic-clogged thanks to a population boom that has lasted nearly a decade. In many of the state's fast-growing, car-dependent cities, these realities make for lousy walking conditions and long commutes. For the self-driving car company Drive.ai, Nearly four months after the Mountain View, Calif.-based start-up launched a six-month pilot program in nearby Frisco, Tex., the company deployed its second self-driving service on public roads in Arlington, Tex., on Friday. The service -- which is free to use -- will operate multiple routes in geo-fenced areas in downtown Arlington, according to Drive.ai


Eric Tyree On The Future Of Artificial Intelligence And Humanity

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The debate on how to appropriately incorporate artificial intelligence into everyday life will become more intense as the robots get smarter. There are moral as well as practical questions, but also safety concerns. First written down by Isaac Asimov 75 years ago, the first of Three Laws of Robotics states that "a robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm." Conceived as science fiction, that law has some serious connections to today's real world. Carlson Wagonlit Travel vice president and chief data scientist Eric Tyree uses self-driving cars as an example of how AI can go wrong but eventually benefit the masses.


Eric Tyree On The Future Of Artificial Intelligence And Humanity

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The debate on how to appropriately incorporate artificial intelligence into everyday life will become more intense as the robots get smarter. There are moral as well as practical questions, but also safety concerns. First written down by Isaac Asimov 75 years ago, the first of Three Laws of Robotics states that "a robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm." Conceived as science fiction, that law has some serious connections to today's real world. Carlson Wagonlit Travel vice president and chief data scientist Eric Tyree uses self-driving cars as an example of how AI can go wrong but eventually benefit the masses.


Robotic Security Forces On Patrol In NYC Prompt Privacy Concerns For Some

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The security force of the future is already patrolling several neighborhoods in the Tri-State Area. The robotic protectors can see what you're doing and even talk back to you, but the machines created by a New Yorker have prompted serious privacy concerns, CBS2's Clark Fouraker reported Tuesday. One of the models, named "Rosie," uses the same technology as a self-driving car to patrol the sidewalks at the Lefrak City Apartments in Queens. "This is a crazy combination of artificial intelligence, self-driving autonomous technology, robotics, and analytics in something that's actually useful for society," said Knightscope CEO William Santana Li. Li's company has built three robot models in the United States, and is introducing them to customers inside a new showroom at 47th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.


This city is letting people try out self-driving cars for free

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If you're visiting Arlington, Texas, and have been itching to try out an autonomous vehicle, you're in luck. The Arlington deployment will be around for the next year. "This is a not a quick demonstration," CEO Bijit Halder said in a phone call this week. If you're interested, you can download the Drive.ai The cars are taking passengers along three routes that hit the Dallas Cowboys stadium, the Texas Rangers ballpark, the Arlington Convention Center, restaurant districts, and other venues.


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Optimization is a fancy word for "finding the best way." We can see how it works if we take a closer look at drinking tea. There is a best temperature for tea. If your tea is too hot, it will scald your tongue and you won't be able to taste anything for three days. There is a sweet spot in the middle where it is comfortably hot, warming you from the inside out all the way down your throat and radiating through your belly.


How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever

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Companies are using artificial intelligence and robotics to transform everything from appliance shopping to grocery delivery. The world's companies are in the initial stages of what might be called the "physical cloud," an e-commerce ecosystem that functions like the Internet. Although fully automated warehouses are still a few years away, companies such as Amazon and Walmart have patented blimp-like warehouse structures that will float 1,000 feet in the air, with drones ready to deliver consumer goods to people's homes. However, before this becomes a reality, robots need to be able to perform every warehouse task without human intervention. After warehouses, delivery vehicles will be the next stage of e-commerce automation; some companies are developing systems to get packages from a self-driving van to the consumer, either by deploying a smaller autonomous vehicle or delivering to a locker in the neighborhood.


Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting Up

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Systems engineer Prasad Venkiteswaran, left, and software engineer, Erick Fuentes test a Volkswagen Golf equipped with Aurora Innovation's self-driving technology near the company's office in Pittsburgh. Three former executives at Google, Tesla and Uber who once raced to be the first to develop self-driving cars have adopted a new strategy: Slow down.


Ghosts in AI Self-Driving Cars - AI Trends

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One way or another, I had to stay in that room. I asked the hotel staff if I could book my room for the computer industry event to be that ghostly haunted room. I told friends and colleagues about it. Some wondered if I would be frightened by the appearance of the ghost, if it so appeared. I told them I would be ecstatic to actually see a ghost.