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Police: Operator in Self-Driving Uber Crash Was Streaming 'The Voice'

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"This crash would not have occurred if Vasquez would have been monitoring the vehicle and roadway conditions and was not distracted," the Tempe, Ariz., police report said. The police report said Ms. Vasquez could face vehicular manslaughter charges. Tempe police have referred the case to the Yavapai County attorney's office, where a spokeswoman said the matter is under review. Uber said in a statement it has a "a strict policy prohibiting mobile device usage for anyone operating our self-driving vehicles." Ms. Vasquez, who no longer works for Uber, couldn't be reached for comment.


Driver in fatal self-driving Uber crash was reportedly watching 'The Voice'

FOX News

Raw video: Cameras mounted inside the car catches the fatal moment. Authorites are investigating the cause of the crash. A police report released Thursday on the deadly self-driving Uber accident in March reportedly revealed that the female backup driver had been watching "The Voice" prior to the crash. The report from police in Tempe, Arizona, indicated that the crash could have been prevented had the driver, Rafaela Vasquez, not been watching the show, The Associated Press reported. Elaine Herzberg, 49, was killed in the March 18 crash - believed to be the first of its kind - after being struck by the autonomous vehicle while walking outside of the crosswalk, authorities said at the time.


Will There Be Enough Power With 100 Billion Connected Things?

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This week in Vienna kicks off an incredibly important global discussion happening at Electrify Europe; energy, electricity, and the transformation of our entire power structure. Have you thought about how we will power 100 billion connected things, as well as, support all the electric vehicles set to disrupt the combustion engine automotive industry? In an electricity sector undergoing rapid change and transition, it's vital for us to wrap our minds around the implications on the industry as a whole. Most of us are keenly aware of the conversations happening around Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, etc,, but I find it interesting that what powers our future is energy and I'm not hearing much discussion at the global events I have been keynoting this year on what's going to keep the lights on. That's when I found, Electrify Europe, a conference dedicated to bringing together thousands of innovators and thought leaders to discuss how the latest technologies will affect us, and how we can all benefit from evolving our businesses to position them for success in the future.


Artificial Intelligence: Will We Lose Our Jobs To Technology? - IDEX's Memo

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How likely is it that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will, in the coming decades, be used to automate millions, tens of millions or even hundreds of millions of jobs? And will that have an impact on the diamond trade? The possible future impact of AI is being hotly debated by high-tech and other experts. Fundamentally, on one side you have billionaire Elon Musk, the founder of electric car maker Tesla, and on the other side many of the biggest stars of the tech firmament, such as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, among others, who believe that Musk is overestimating the power of AI and the speed of its likely development. The debate becomes even more interesting, especially to politicians and economists, when Musk adds in the argument that a universal basic income (UBI) – which really means government allowances to people who will not be able to find jobs due to AI replacing them.


Here’s the fundamental flaw with self-driving cars: Humans

Mashable

The safety driver in a self-driving Uber was not being very safe -- aka, not paying attention -- when the vehicle in autonomous mode struck and killed a woman in an Arizona city earlier this year, police records show. Included in a massive Tempe Police Department report this week were details about the March 18 fatal crash. The 318-page report found that Rafaela Vasquez, the 44-year-old driver, was frequently looking down and even smiling and laughing at what appears to be a cellphone streaming an episode of the talent search show, The Voice. In the moments before the test vehicle hit 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, who was walking her bicycle across a Tempe, Arizona, road, the test driver, Vasquez, was apparently streaming the TV show through Hulu. A video of the moments before the crash shows Vasquez looking toward her right knee while occasionally looking up and around.


Detroit: Become Human review – Being a person has never been so personal

The Independent

In Detroit: Become Human, the ultimate challenge is deciding what it means to be alive. The kinds of questions that this game forces you to ponder – what it means to be alive as a human, what it means to not be, and whether it's possible to switch between – are the kinds of questions that the greats of both both science fiction and science fact have been asking themselves for decades. But Detroit: Become Human makes them immediately real, lifting them out of the abstract and forcing you to confront what it actually means to be a person, in perhaps the most personal way ever. Starting the game, you're dropped into 2038, which is largely like our current world except is filled with androids that help out around the home. And you're dropped into the heads of three of those androids, all of whom are at different stages of figuring out their role in this new and computer-populated world: one who is tasked with hunting down other rogue androids, and two who are stuck in domestic servitude, each teetering on the brink of their own breakthrough.


Listening to audiobooks is more engaging than watching films – even if you don't realise it, study finds

The Independent

Audiobooks are more emotionally engaging than TV and film – even if you don't realise it, according to a landmark new study. The new research from UCL suggests that having a book read to you causes physiological changes including an increased heart rate and heat spreading through your body. During the experiment, scientists had 103 participants of various ages listen to a range of different books, and compared their responses to how they felt when they watched the same scene in a film or TV adaptation. The study included emotional scenes from Game of Thrones and the Girl on the Train, for instance, both from the original book and their hugely popular adaptations. 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.


Gtech e-bike review: Like a normal bike, except you feel like you're incredibly good at cycling

The Independent

Technically, an e-bike is a normal bicycle that also includes a battery that gives you a push, but in reality it's nothing like that. In reality it's like a wizard: able to summon winds behind your back to propel you, like making yourself roughly twice as strong and fit as you really are, or like getting a backie from a friendly ghost. You pedal as normal, but when you do it triggers a computer that starts the motor whirring at the same time, propelling you along; when you reach 15mph, the law requires that it stops helping you, but it will kick back in when you slow down. Gtech's e-bike manages this magical act even better than most, by virtue of looking like a real bike. Some of its rivals embrace the fact that they are something towards a moped, with visible batteries and plenty of wires and weight; the Gtech model has all that, of course, but packs it onto a frame that looks like a normal push bike.


Driverless Cars Offer New Forms Of Control – No Wonder Governments Are Keen

International Business Times

Imagine a state-of-the-art driverless car is zipping along a road with a disabled 90-year-old-passenger. The car must make a decision: drive into the mother and child and kill them, or career into a wall and kill the passenger. This is a variation of the trolley problem, which dominates academic and popular thinking about the ethics of driverless cars. The problem is that such debates not only dismiss the complexity of the system in which driverless cars will exist, but are really moral red herrings. The real ethical issues lie in the politics and power concerns with driverless cars.


This new system could help air taxis and drone deliveries avoid crashing

Popular Science

Right now, if you're in the United States and you want to fly a drone, you have to keep the zippy little vehicle in sight. That, and you can't go any faster than 100 mph. No soaring over people, either, and keep its altitude under 400 feet. Those are the FAA regulations. But these rules present an obstacle for any company or organization that wants to use drones for practical tasks, like delivering packages or monitoring highway traffic.