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Venezuela Asks Peru to Find Drone Blasts Suspects: Peru Foreign Ministry

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Maduro's critics say he is using the incident to stifle dissent and cement his power in the oil-rich nation amid the economic crisis that has brought with it hyperinflation and power cuts. He says his government is the victim of an "economic war" led by opposition activists with the help of Washington.


Deliver the Future of Work Today with Intelligent Automation

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Of course, intelligent automation can't arrive at your business overnight. Transitioning from an entirely human workforce to one in which humans and robots work side-by-side must be a gradual process. However, the vast majority of companies find that the benefits of intelligent automation far outweigh the effort required to implement it within their organization, so start with a test run by implementing small automation projects, and then move to a company-wide deployment as you grow more comfortable.


This tiny robot spider could one day perform surgery inside your body

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Sounds a bit unsettling, but this creepy, crawly robot could eventually save your life. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sounds a bit unsettling, but this creepy, crawly robot could eventually save your life.


Claims Apple will launch a self driving car between 2023 and 2025

Daily Mail

The Apple Car could be in the works after all. Longtime Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities has predicted that the iPhone maker could release its an Apple-branded car between 2023 and 2025. Insiders and Apple fans have predicted that the company will release a car at some point in the near future, but so far, the only firm details that have emerged surround its self-driving car program. Kuo, who has correctly predicted several Apple products in the past, believes an Apple Car could be the firm's next'star product.' It has the potential to revolutionize the auto industry, just like the iPhone did for the smartphone industry when it was first released in 2007, Kuo noted.


Uber's Second-Quarter Sales Rise 63% With Narrower Loss

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The San Francisco-based company's second-quarter revenue rose 63% from the prior year to $2.8 billion, while gross bookings, a measure of the overall demand for its ride and delivery services, jumped 41% to about $12 billion, according to a financial statement released by Uber. The company narrowed its loss to $891 million in the second quarter from $1.1 billion a year ago. The loss was, however, wider than the $550 million loss in the first quarter of this year, not including a $3 billion gain from the sales of its southeast Asian and Russian operations. The company is spending more money on new businesses such as food delivery and scooters, according to an Uber spokesman. Mr. Khosrowshahi, who replaced ousted Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick last August, has worked to cut expenses at the ride-hailing company in preparation for an initial public offering.


Humanity confronts a defining question: How will AI change us?

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What will happen when we've built machines as intelligent as us? According to the experts this incredible feat will be achieved in the year 2062 – a mere 44 years away – which certainly begs the question: what will the world, our jobs, the economy, politics, war, and everyday life and death, look like then? Fortunately, Toby Walsh, Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at UNSW has done the research for us. An avid sci-fi fan from childhood, Walsh, who also leads the Algorithmic Decision Theory group at Data61 – Australia's Centre of Excellence for ICT Research, has long been fascinated by robots, machines and the future. In 2017, he published his first book, It's Alive!, in which he tells the story of AI and how it is already affecting our societies, economies and interactions.


Robots have power to significantly influence children's opinions

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The study, conducted at the University of Plymouth, compared how adults and children respond to an identical task when in the presence of both their peers and humanoid robots. It showed that while adults regularly have their opinions influenced by peers, something also demonstrated in previous studies, they are largely able to resist being persuaded by robots. However, children aged between seven and nine were more likely to give the same responses as the robots, even if they were obviously incorrect. The study used the Asch paradigm, first developed in the 1950s, which asks people to look at a screen showing four lines and say which two match in length. When alone, people almost never make a mistake but when doing the experiment with others, they tend to follow what others are saying.


Tech bosses privately admit that AI will harm humanity, says robotics guru Max Tegmark

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Top technology bosses privately believe that advances in artificial intelligence may ultimately harm humanity, but are prevented from saying so publicly because of the potential impact on corporate profits, according to an MIT professor who is considered one of the world's foremost experts. Max Tegmark, who has written more than 200 academic papers and a best-selling book on AI, says: "Is anyone ever going to talk about the risks artificial intelligence might pose? Of course not because their corporate lawyers are going to stop them." The academic from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston is viewed as a leading thinker in the world of AI and robotics.


Uber investors demand firm sells its self driving car division

Daily Mail

Investors have told Uber Technologies Inc it would be wise to sell off its self-driving car unit. The calls come after it racked up losses of $125 million to $200 million each quarter for the past 18 months, tech news site The Information reported on Wednesday, citing an unnamed person familiar with the issue. Uber did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. Uber is due to release its second-quarter earnings to investors later on Wednesday. Uber is only just getting its autonomous vehicles back on the road for the first time since one of its driverless cars fatally wounded a pedestrian.


Robots have power to 'significantly influence' children, study reveals

The Independent

Children are far more susceptible than adults to being influenced by robots, according to a study. Researchers at the University of Plymouth used a technique developed in the 1950s to determine how much influence robots can have on people's opinions. The Asch paradigm was originally used to describe how people will usually follow the opinions of others, even if they are clearly wrong. "People often follow the opinions of others and we've known for a long time that it is hard to resist taking over views and opinions of people around us," said robotics professor Tony Belpaeme, who led the study alongside Plymouth researcher Anna Vollmer. "We know this as conformity.