Uber's Vision of Self-Driving Cars Begins to Blur


After Dara Khosrowshahi took over as Uber's chief executive last August, he considered shutting the company's money-losing autonomous vehicle division. A visit to Pittsburgh this spring changed that. In town for a leadership summit, Mr. Khosrowshahi and other Uber executives were briefed on the state of the company's self-driving vehicle research, which is based in Pittsburgh. The group was impressed by the progress its autonomous division had made in testing driverless cars in Pittsburgh and in Arizona, according to three people familiar with the ride-hailing company, who were not authorized to speak publicly. They left the meeting energized, convinced that Uber needed to forge ahead with self-driving cars, the people said.

Learn to Program Self-Driving Cars (and Help Duckies Commute) With Duckietown

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

There is a strong and natural relationship between robots and rubber duckies. Being small, cheap, colorful, and pleasingly compliant, duckies became a sort of physical Stanford Bunny--when you want to show the scale of a robot, or give a robot something to visually locate or grasp or something, just toss a duckie in there. This relationship was formalized through the 2016 ICRA conference, where duckies inspired a bunch of videos and some poetry that is surprisingly not terrible. Since then, duckies have been taking over in robotics--at this point, I'm fairly certain that Andrea Censi at ETH Zurich is held hostage by (and doing the bidding of) a small army of little yellow duckies. This would explain why an entire duckie village full of duckie-sized autonomous cars that you can learn how to program is now on Kickstarter, with the hope that you'll help them take over the entire world.

Air Force Secretary on Hand to Commemorate Drone Flight

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The flight was conducted Monday by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., which is a tenant at the Grand Sky aviation technology park. A recent authorization by the Federal Aviation Administration allows the drones to fly within 30 miles of the park.

Apple Store evacuated after 'exploding' iPad goes off in shop

The Independent

An Apple Store in Amsterdam had to be cleared after an iPad exploded in the shop, according to local reports. The battery inside the tablet appears to have caught fire and create a dangerous situation inside the store. It was quickly secured and placed into a bucket of sand to ensure that any fire was contained. But because of the potential for dangerous vapours to be released the store was shut down and three people were treated for breathing difficulties, the local fire department tweeted. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.

Apple caves in to China and removes 25,000 apps from App Store

The Independent

Apple has pulled thousands of apps from its App Store in China, following criticism from government-backed media in the country. Local reports suggest the cull involved up to 25,000 apps related to gambling and lottery games, though Apple did not confirm the number. China is Apple's most important market outside the US, as well as the home to iPhone and iPad production, and the trillion-dollar company appears to have acted quickly following the criticism to avoid further backlash. "Gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China," Apple said in a statement. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.

Irrational Exuberance and the 'FATE' of Technology


I am sure that many of us still remember the Netscape IPO in 1995 and the fivefold growth in share value in four months. Expectations for technology and its impact were in the stratosphere. The then-Federal Reserve Board chairman, Alan Greenspan, gave a speech at the American Enterprise Institute where he famously questioned the "irrational exuberance" in the market and in technology[1]. I believe today we are seeing a similar exuberance with technology. Are revolutionary technologies for cancer screening -- ones that rely only on a finger prick drawing just one thousandth the normal amount of blood -- really feasible?

Autonomous cars getting security act together, say infamous Jeep hackers - Rethink


Infamous Jeep hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Vasalek have said that the state of self-driving vehicle security is surprisingly good, while presenting at the Black Hat security conference. Now employed by GM's Cruise subsidiary, the pair are hoping to improve the collective capabilities of the industry, with Vasalek noting that an incident for a competitor will damage them too. The presentation, available here, is worth diving into. The key takeaways are that the industry has a unique opportunity to harden its systems while very few people have access to the code, ensuring that their systems will be better able to stand up to attack once released into the wild. This includes hardening the physical access to the vehicle's subsystems, such…

How Artificial Intelligence Can Increase Your Business Productivity


By 2035, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the power to increase productivity by 40 percent or more, according to Accenture. For manufacturing companies, integrating AI into legacy information and communications systems will deliver significant cost, time and process-related savings quickly. AI improves the manufacturer's bottom line through intelligent automation, labor and capital augmentation, and innovation diffusion. For example, by analyzing incidents in real time, AI can provide early warning of potential problems and propose alternative solutions. These benefits mean that AI has the potential to boost profitability an average of 38 percent by 2035.

Industry 4.0 Revolution - Importance of Human in Smart Manufacturing


Digital transformations in manufacturing are about leveraging advanced technology to improve how a company operates. But, as the manufacturing industry focuses on digital transformation it must not forget the value of the'human element'. Concerns about the impact of technology were raised by Deloitte in an article that stated over 33% of the jobs in the UK are at risk of being replaced by automation in the next two decades. From the transportation industry to retail, automation is now taking the world by storm. Even restaurants around the world are now using iPads to streamline the process of taking orders and giving out receipts to customers.

The 6 Stages In The Evolution of AI and Customer Experience


Customers want your business to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve their experience and make their life easier -- even if they don't know what it is or what it does. They understand that they must enable AI-powered experiences to better serve customers and to keep up with competitors. But even with adoption and interest being as high as it is, we're just at the beginning of the AI journey. In this article, we take a look at how the 6 evolutionary stages of AI are significantly shaping new customer experience expectations. When you type anything into Google, you're met by a barrage of search results.