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Funny AI: Review of AI in Cartoons and Comic Strips - AI Trends


Mother-in-law jokes are dated, old as the hills. This one does present a real problem for programmers of self-driving car routines, on how to handle an ethical dilemma in a real-world driving scenario. The AI would need to detect that a baby is at risk, then it would have to factor in which life was more valuable, the baby's who is just starting out, or the older folks who have been around for a while? That's some challenging coding to have to deal with, level 5 stuff, which our AI Trends Insider columnist Lance Eliot has written about many times in AI Trends.

Federal agencies buying up Chinese drones previously deemed a national security threat: report

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Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy has the latest on the president's speech at the U.S. on'Special Report' Federal law enforcement agencies in the Biden administration are reportedly purchasing surveillance drones from China that have previously been labeled a potential national security threat by the Pentagon. The U.S. Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have recently acquired surveillance drones from the Shenzhen-based company DJI, around the same time the Defense Department deemed products from the Chinese company to be a potential national security threat, according to an Axios report. DOBRIANSKY AND RUNDE: CHINA'S POWER INSIDE THE UN IS GROWING RAPIDLY AND US MUST UP ITS GAME Procurement records show that the Secret Service bought eight DJI drones on July 26 just three days after the Defense Department issued a statement warning about possible threats posed by the company's products. Around the same time, records show that the FBI bought 19 drones from DJI. DJI is one of the most popular drone manufacturers in the industry, and the company requires those who purchase their products to download proprietary software and provide to users their own mapping databases that have the potential to be monitored remotely. Concerns about the company's products being used to advance China's interests have been longstanding and include a 2017 statement from the Department of Homeland Security that claimed with "moderate confidence" that DJI was "providing U.S. critical infrastructure and law enforcement data to the Chinese government."

New Test Leverages Machine Learning to Diagnose and Predict Sepsis


Sepsis is a huge healthcare concern. "You take every single cancer and all the deaths due to every single cancer and you add them all up together. More people die from sepsis worldwide than that," said Bobby Reddy, Jr., CEO of Prenosis, in an interview with MD DI. And even if patients survive, they can have lifelong consequences. "Sepsis occurs when you have a very abnormal, unhealthy reaction to infection," Reddy said.

Tesla drivers become less attentive when using Autopilot, study finds


Tesla's more advanced version of its standard Autopilot feature -- its "Full Self-Driving" software -- will very soon be available to more drivers. Previously only available to a select number, the FSD Beta v10.0.1 update will be possibly released on Sept. 24 if all goes to plan, so significantly more drivers could be using the software on public roads (depending on one's driving skills, according to CEO Elon Musk). People who have paid for FSD mode have been promised a button that enables said update. But the feature comes with some forewarning. A new study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology suggests that Autopilot may lead to drivers becoming inattentive when administering the advanced driving system.

Top 10 Things A 'Self-Driving' Vehicle Must Do to Actually Be Self-Driving


Argo tests in multiple cities to ensure its SDS is exposed to a wide range of driving regulations, enabling it to operate appropriately and consistently with local rules, which often vary from place to place. Consider, for example, how a vehicle should behave when turning right if there is a bike lane. In California, a car may occupy the bike lane to turn right on red, but in Pennsylvania, the same right turn requires the car to stay in the vehicle lane. Argo's powerful prediction system can incorporate a database of driving styles from which to match data, anticipate likely actions, make appropriate decisions, and avoid extreme situations in order to achieve "naturalistic driving." The SDS can even handle the (in)famous "Pittsburgh left," an unwritten rule in Argo's home city which calls for oncoming traffic to give up the right-of-way and politely let left-turning vehicles turn against a green.

Air Force IG to investigate Kabul drone strike that killed 7 children

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The Air Force on Tuesday said Lt. Gen. Sami Said will lead a review of the investigation into the Kabul Aug. 29 drone strike that was intended for ISIS-K militants but actually killed 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children. "The secretary of the Air Force has directed Lt. Gen. Sam Said, the Department of the Air Force inspector general, to investigate the facts and circumstances relating to the civilian casualty event on Aug. 29, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan," the Air Force said in a statement. The announcement comes one day after Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered a senior-level review of the investigation that detailed the day's events. The investigation conducted by the U.S. Central Command found that the military mistakenly identified a white Toyota Corolla, believed to be carrying at least one Islamic State fighter, and instead was carrying a longtime Afghan employee at a U.S. humanitarian organization. The vehicle in question had been tracked for eight hours after initially being spotted in an Islamic State compound in Kabul.

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Tesla drivers become 'inattentive' when using Autopilot, study finds


Tesla may soon launch its latest FSD (full self-driving) Autopilot to a wide group of drivers, and US safety authorities aren't that happy about it. They have reason to be concerned, according to a new MIT study seen by TechCrunch. The researchers studied glance data and found that drivers become more inattentive when using Tesla's Autopilot system. "Visual behavior patterns change before and after [Autopilot] disengagement," according to the study. "Before disengagement, drivers looked less on road and focused more on non-driving related areas compared to after the transition to manual driving. The higher proportion of off-road glances before disengagement to manual driving were not compensated by longer glances ahead."

Subaru plans to sell automated cars for use on ordinary roads in late 2020s

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Subaru Corp. aims to start selling vehicles equipped with the equivalent of "level-2" autonomous technology, which can steer, accelerate and slow down on ordinary roads, in the second half of the 2020s, company officials said Tuesday. But developing such vehicles to run on ordinary roads has been a challenge, due to the need to respond to unexpected scenarios such as pedestrians' movements in order to avoid accidents. Subaru plans to develop a next-generation system using its EyeSight Driver Assist Technology and artificial intelligence to recognize a traffic lane even when the white line on the roads cannot be seen. Level-2 technologies allow drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel under certain conditions, but drivers are still required to monitor the vehicle's driving at all times. Earlier this year, Toyota launched new models of its luxury sedan Lexus LS and hydrogen-powered Mirai that are equipped with level-2 assistant technologies.

Uber CEO aims for 'fully green' food-delivery business

The Japan Times

Uber Technologies Inc. wants to expand its zero emissions pledge to food-delivery and make the business environmentally sustainable, but Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi stopped short of committing to do so by a 2030 deadline for its ride-hailing arm. The CEO said in an interview that food deliveries Uber makes in Europe are typically carried on scooters and bikes, so it prioritized cars for its green ambitions. "We wanted to start with our mainline mobility business, and then based on our learnings there, we will absolutely apply them to delivery as well," Khosrowshahi said. "I don't know if it'll be included in the 2030 target, but we're absolutely going to look to drive delivery to be fully green as well." Ahead of two weeks of climate talks between world leaders -- known as COP26 -- several transportation-focused technology firms called for sped-up sustainability targets and expanded urban mobility options.