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He Moved Fast and Broke Uber

Slate

Uber and others--Google and Tesla and the auto companies--have invested a lot of money in developing technology for self-driving cars because technologists believe that the technology is still good and will eventually become so pervasive that most of us won't drive cars around anymore. If you're the company that controls that technology, then you could in theory control the transportation network that runs that technology. That's why it's investing a lot of money in its own self-driving car technology. General Motors is investing a lot of money.


Google's self-driving car unit nabs senior Tesla engineer

USATODAY

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google's autonomous car company, Waymo, has hired Tesla engineer Satish Jeyachandran to lead its hardware team. At Waymo, he'll work with Google's proprietary LiDAR (light detection and ranging) technology, radar, and camera vision -- hardware that helps self-driving cars to see the road. Jeyachandran's hiring comes is the second high-level exit this week from Tesla's self-driving car team. Two days ago, the company's software chief, Chris Lattner, left Tesla's self-driving car unit after six months on the job.


Autonomous Vehicles Will Choose Who Lives and Dies -- What Are We Going To Do About It?

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It's true a significant amount of labor will be displaced, but second order effects will create a net increase in new jobs. It's true that the auto did displace pre-auto transportation jobs, but it also paved the way for entirely new industries -- three big beneficiaries come to mind. Second, consumer industries; the actual businesses that lived in these newly constructed complexes needed labor after all. It's the precise reason why every tech company and auto company is strategizing on how they will navigate the space.


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How can we anticipate and manage trends in AI, and will creative and analytical skills really be the key to job success in an AI world? The progression and extensive testing of these vehicles presents a problem that cannot be easily fixed, meaning there'll be a gap between the smart cruise control phase and the introduction of a truly autonomous vehicle. That's not to say that autonomous vehicles won't be amazing. This next generation will become amazing at controlling and training the bots that manage their life.


Wisconsinites can now (legally) get 20 pounds of cheese and beer delivered by robot

Mashable

If you live in the Badger State, you can now legally have your award-winning cheeses delivered to you 20 pounds at a time inside Starship Technologies' delivery bots. The only stipulation is that the bots weigh 80 pounds or less, and a human must be in position to take control of the machine in case the six-wheeled pods try to steal a customer's cheese and/or beer. Starship bots weigh 40 pounds on their own and can carry 20 pounds of supplies, about the equivalent of 20 bricks of Widmer's 10-year aged cheddar cheese. If three's a trend, then Starship delivery bots are now on a literal roll.


Germany's biggest industrial robotics company is working on consumer robots The Verge

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You might not have heard of Kuka, but you'll almost certainly know its products. The German firm is one of the world's top manufacturers of industrial robots, and its robot arms are instantly recognizable thanks to their signature orange livery. But in the future, Kuka's robots might become an even more familiar sight, with the company saying it's now exploring the world of consumer robotics.


Uber Waymo Lawsuit: Court Filing Reveals Travis Kalanick Knew Fired Engineer Had Google Information

International Business Times

Alphabet's self-driving unit Waymo said ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick knew the company's engineer had Google information, lawsuit documents uploaded by TechCrunch show. Waymo sued Uber earlier this year claiming the startup benefited from stolen self-driving car technology from the Alphabet company. Waymo claims both engineers stole autonomous technology secrets before they departed the company. Read: Uber Apologizes To NYC Riders, Former Employee Claiming That'It's All A Show' In the recently revealed documents, Waymo said Uber knew Levandowski had Google information as of last March, before it acquired Otto.


Google Glass: Shock update hints at return from the dead

The Independent

A new update for Google Glass has just rolled out, to the surprise of the entire technology community. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped ...


Driverless shuttles arrive at University of Michigan this fall

USATODAY

The University of Michigan will implement two driverless shuttle buses on its campus this fall. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. The University of Michigan will implement two driverless shuttle buses on its campus this fall.


Tesla hired a top AI expert to lead a critical aspect of Autopilot -- here's what we know

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Tesla has completely shaken up its Autopilot team, and its newest addition is Andrej Karpathy, the new director of artificial intelligence and Autopilot vision. He received a pHd in machine learning and computer vision from Stanford University. Karpathy has mostly worked in academia, but he joined Tesla's artificial intelligence group OpenAI last September as a research scientist. As a Tesla exec, Karpathy said he will look to apply his work with convolutional nets to Autopilot.