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Aruba Snaps Up Cape Networks, Announces AI-Powered Analytics And Assurance Solutions

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Wired and wireless networks have existed for decades, but that doesn't mean innovation has stalled. Increasingly Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, such as machine learning, will improve networking products. While a majority of the AI buzz surrounds solving globally important problems such as curing cancer and eliminating traffic congestion with self-driving vehicles, there are far simpler problems that AI can address today. Minimizing the complexity of troubleshooting network issues, predicting problems before they impact a user's network experience and preventing security threats are three areas where AI technology can drive significant improvements for IT and end users. Improving performance, simplifying the management and increasing security for an IoT-enabled world were key themes at the Aruba Network's Atmosphere conference in Las Vegas.


Ticket-buying robots facing ban

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The UK government is drawing up plans to ban robots from buying tickets for concerts and musicals – and, I assume, other things you might need tickets for, such as An Evening With Les Dennis. Actually, what the authorities want to crack down on is ticket touts swallowing up vast amounts of tickets with automated software – which they then sell on at massively inflated prices to fill their greedy pockets. The ticket-tackling legislation will be presented to MPs this week, and if passed those who use software in such a covetous manner will'face an unlimited fine'. Back in December, the Telegraph reported that tickets to the hip-hop musical Hamilton were being sold by touts for up to £6,000. Meanwhile, and also in 2017, the inexplicably popular Ed Sheeran was so incensed by the antics of touts that he cancelled 10,000 tickets to some of his shows that were being sold online at ridiculous prices.


Meet Boston Dynamics' family of robots

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Robots have come a long way in the past few years, and none are more terrifying than the group of bipedal and doglike robots developed by Boston Dynamics. Check out Boston Dynamics' fleet of robots and make sure to hit the "like" button on CNET's new Facebook Watch show, What The Future. Check out our playlists: www.youtube.com/user/CNETTV/playlists Follow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/cnet Follow us on Instagram: http://bit.ly/2icCYYm


Coming to your parked car: Amazon Prime in-car deliveries

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Amazon will now make deliveries to Prime members parked cars. The company said it will deliver packages to Prime members with Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac and Volvo cars via the Key App and linked connected car. Like the Amazon Key effort, which allows the e-commerce giant to open your door and deliver goods, Prime will now expand to your car. Amazon recently said that Prime has more than 100 million subscribers. Read also: Amazon unveils in-home delivery service Amazon Key 62 percent of Amazon deliveries may flow through USPS Amazon Ring acquisition: Made not for smart homes, but for deliveries Why Amazon's home robots aren't a stretch: All the infrastructure, ecosystem via AWS is in place Prime members will have the option to receive deliveries via the Key In-Car service.


Delivery Bots Have Awkward Sidewalk Interactions, Too

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Self-driving cars have it rough. They have to detect the world around them in fine detail, learn to recognize signals, and avoid running over pets. But hey, at least they'll spend most of their time dealing with other robot cars, not people. That means interacting with people--lots of people--and dogs and trash and pigeons. Unlike a road, a sidewalk is nearly devoid of structure.


Ethical as well as technological challenges to robotics and AI

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"Well, if droids could think, there'd be none of us here, would there?" - Obi-Wan Kenobi Fully autonomous robots with humanlike capabilities might yet be some way away, still the realm largely of science fiction, but lawmakers, legal experts and manufacturers are already engaged in debates about the ethical challenges involved in their production and use, and their legal status, their "legal personality": ultimately, whether it's these machines or human beings who should bear responsibility for their actions. There are questions about whether and how much self-learning machines should be taking independent decisions about moral equivalence involving ethical choices which have traditionally been the preserve of humans. At the extreme, for example, can it be right for a machine to decide to kill an enemy combatant that it has identified without resort to human agency? Or is the robot morally no different from a "brainless" weapon? Is there an inherent difference morally between a "sexbot" and a standard, brainless sex toy?


Stunning drone footage shows the new £90million 'floating' cycle path around Lake Garda taking shape

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Stunning drone footage shows the progress of a £90million'floating' cycle path that will circle Italy's largest lake. The track is currently under construction around Lake Garda, and once finished will stretch for 87 miles. And with parts of the path built off the banks of the lake and in some places even skimming the water, it will make cyclists feel as though they are floating. The stunning footage shows the progress of the cycle track, which is being built around Italy's largest lake The video has been viewed thousands of times with the route already dubbed Europe's most beautiful bike ride Drone footage of the construction of the path has been posted on social media, showing how cyclists will be able to ride near the water's edge. The video has been viewed thousands of times with it already being dubbed Europe's most beautiful bike ride, despite not yet being open yet.


Google Parent Posts Surge in Profit, but Expenses Also Jump

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The earnings growth was Alphabet's strongest since the fourth quarter of 2009. Advertising revenue, which accounts for nearly all of the company's top line, soared 24% to $26.6 billion. Revenue from "Other Bets," a segment which includes Waymo self-driving cars, totaled $150 million, an increase of 14% from the same period last year. The results landed while regulators in Washington are considering getting tougher on internet privacy. While most of the attention on the issue has focused on Facebook Inc., many observers believe Google's dominant role online means the firm will also be subject to tougher scrutiny.


These 3 countries are more prepared for automation than anyone else, here's why

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Singapore, South Korea, and Germany topped a recent survey of how countries across the world are dealing with rapidly advancing artificial intelligence (AI) technology primed to automate millions of jobs in the coming years. Commissioned by ABB, The Economist Intelligence Unit created their Automation Readiness Index using data and interviews with industry stakeholders, economists, government officials, and NGOs. The index ranks countries by how prepared they are for what they call "intelligent automation." There have long been questions about the future of automation and the adoption of AI-backed robotics that can do more than just replicate physical human tasks. Businesses are showing little hesitation in exploring AI, but governments continue to struggle in preparing populations for the coming changes to the workforce.


The Morning After: Amazon's household robot rumors

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We review the best Android phone you'll probably never get to buy, the wonderful game mash-up of Super Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time and Google's podcast app -- which was apparently there all along. Amazon is also looking to build a domestic robot we've been dreaming of. It won't be the first. We're upgrading Engadget's daily newsletter and want to hear from you. Tell us exactly what you think by emailing us at themorningafter(at)engadget.com.