Don't Call It a Car: China Tech Giants Want to Sell 'Mobile Living Spaces' WSJD - Technology

These three companies--the so-called BATs--are plowing millions of dollars into electric-vehicle startups, car-sharing services and online retailers, as well as software platforms for autonomous driving and online car selling. U.S. tech companies, notably Alphabet Inc. and its self-driving car unit Waymo, also are pushing into the auto sector. But the BAT companies have a big advantage in China, where tight government internet controls make it difficult for foreign enterprises to compete. For example, non-Chinese companies aren't allowed to operate digital mapping systems needed for autonomous driving. That has prompted both foreign and domestic auto companies like Ford Motor Co., BMW AG, SAIC Motor Corp. and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. to seal tech partnerships with the BAT firms.

Machine Learnings -- Creepy AI surveillance, Strokes, and Gun Control


When the software thinks it has found a blockage -- suggesting the most common form of stroke -- it sends an alert to a brain specialist's smartphone asking them to review the images. The software also flags the specific images it judges to be most important. Mansi says this can save precious time -- and brain -- by bringing in specialists earlier. Usually, the call would only go out after another radiologist had read a patient's scan." Digital cameras brought about a revolution in photography, but until now, it was only a revolution of scale: Thanks to microchips, cameras got smaller and cheaper, and we began carrying them everywhere.

Twitter set to join Google in banning cryptocurrency advertising

The Independent

Twitter is reportedly about to join Google in banning cryptocurrency adverts. The social media site is "preparing to prohibit a range of cryptocurrency advertisements amid looming regulatory intervention in the sector", according to Sky News. The company is expected to prohibit advertising for initial coin offerings, token sales and wallets in order to protect consumers from scams. Google announced last week that it would be culling crypto-investment promotions from its search results from June as part of a crackdown on "deceptive content", a damning verdict on the emerging sector. That decision led to a downward slump in the value of all but two of CoinMarketCap's top 50 digicoins, underlining the volatility of virtual currencies and their susceptibility to wild fluctuations.

Inside The Race To Deliver The First Self-Driving Car CNBC


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Bus Lane Blocked, He Trained His Computer to Catch Scofflaws


Alex Bell hates it when the designated bike lane he is pedaling down is blocked. So, too, do many cycling New Yorkers. But Mr. Bell hates it so much that he has tried to do something about it: Three years ago he sued U.P.S., targeting the delivery company's trucks for blocking his bike path, a case he lost that is in its second round of appeals. Now Mr. Bell is trying another tack -- the 30-year-old computer scientist who lives in Harlem has created a prototype of a machine-learning algorithm that studies footage from a traffic camera and tracks precisely how often bike lanes are obstructed by delivery trucks, parked cars and waiting cabs, among other scofflaws. It is a piece of data that transportation advocates said is missing in the largely anecdotal discussion of how well the city's bus and bike lanes do or do not work.

Smart has built a self-driving, car-sharing concept


This is the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo, and it is the first car in Daimler's mighty empire to completely do without a steering wheel or any pedals. Welcome, to a rather scary, wipe-clean future. The reason for a lack of anything to actually, y'know, direct the car manually, comes from its brief. Smart describes it thusly: "A new vision of urban mobility and individualised, highly flexible, totally efficient local public transport." The Vision EQ is the smallest car to come under Merc's EQ umbrella, and is a response to the latest trend of car-sharing (particularly popular in big US cities like LA); latest studies show that users of car share schemes globally will quintuple between now and 2025 to 36.7 million.

Driverless drift: Robotics firms are developing virtual 'Fast and Furious'-style simulations to boost safety

The Japan Times

Self-driving cars will rarely have to deal with a pack of drivers who think they are in a "Fast and Furious" movie, but training them to do so might just be what it takes to reach true autonomy. Nonetheless, sending driverless vehicles drifting around curves at high speeds isn't exactly practical or safe. That's why Ascent Robotics Inc. is building a virtual simulation that it believes will help create self-driving automobiles capable of handling any scenario, however unlikely. The Tokyo-based startup is raising ¥1.1 billion ($10 million) in its first funding round, led by SBI Investment Co. The total distance traveled by driverless vehicles on public roads has long been considered the main metric of progress in the industry.

A Review of Udacity's Self-Driving Car Nanodegree -- Third Term and Beyond!


It's okay for me, since I did not put that much effort in it.The I feel bad for the other students though. So there are two electives, semantic segmentation, and functional safety. Functional safety is interesting but I chose semantic segmentation, because it is a coding project, the functional safety project is to write a document. I learned about the concept of functional safety, and functional safety frameworks to ensure that vehicles is safe, both at the system and component levels.

Who needs a tech futurist? In today's world, you do - TotalCIO


Pat Ryan's job is to think about tomorrow. He fills a new role as tech "futurist" at tech consulting company SPR. His job is to study budding technologies he projects will catch on in the next few years and "make them concrete" for clients. What exactly is digital transformation? You may hear the term often, but everyone seems to have a different definition.