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Tesla Model X autonomously crashes into building, owner claims

PCWorld

The owner of a brand-new Tesla Model X SUV said the car suddenly accelerated at "maximum speed" by itself, jumped a curb and slammed into the side of a shopping mall while his wife was behind the wheel. The owner of the Model X, Puzant Ozbag, said the vehicle had been delivered only five days earlier to his home in Irvine, Calif., where the accident also took place. He said his wife had not activated any self-driving features at the time of the crash. "My wife is 45 years old and has had a driver's license almost 30 years and has a clean record. It's not like she's a 90-year-old person who's going to press the gas pedal instead of the brake," Ozbag said in an interview with Computerworld.


Hackers, experts decode the magic of 'Mr. Robot' ahead of Season 2

Mashable

Season 1 of USA's Mr. Robot enjoyed the kind of acclaim that freshman shows can only dream of getting, and ahead of the new season, a collection of hackers, actors, experts and superfans are dissecting the code to the show's success in a new special. In Mr. Robot Decoded, creator Sam Esmail, stars Rami Malek and Christian Slater, real-life hacker Jeff Moss and several other experts open up about how the show made an extremely technical subject relatable to a wide audience and brought humanity to hackers through main character Elliot. Robot' Season 2 trailer will fill the hacker-shaped hole in your heart The special, airing June 20, also looks at much more than the show's unlikely rise, though. It's a catch-up for the poor souls who missed Season 1, an exploration of much larger questions about the morality of hacking, and a preview of Season 2. For a taste of what's in store, watch the first 15 minutes of the special below, which you're seeing only on Mashable. Season 2 of Mr. Robot begins Wednesday, July 13 at 10 p.m. ET.


Bosch's driverless parking system handles complex parking with ease

Mashable

In the near future, your car will handle the complex parking -- even without you in it. Auto-parts-maker Bosch demonstrated its latest partially automated driverless car system in Farmington Hills, Michigan last week. It's called "home zone park assist" and Bosch expects the tech to make a North American debut in a production car in 2019. Unlike rudimentary auto-park systems currently on the market like Tesla's Summon, Bosch's home zone can handle up to 100 complex parking maneuvers. In order to use home zone, the driver first sets a start point with their smartphone.


Drones Pave the Way for a Dramatic Future

Huffington Post - Tech news and opinion

There have been concerns from different quarters regarding the safety of drones and their uses, with different voices having contributed to this debate. There is a consensus, however, that there is need for policing and regulating policies to ensure that drones do not expose people and countries to danger. Last year, an unmanned autonomous vehicle was spotted flying towards a passenger airplane flight 366 causing different groups to come together and work with the industry, the White House and various universities to develop rules and regulations on the use of drones. And while these rules and regulations are necessary, stakeholders also agree that it is crucial to provide a policy for drone technology in the national air space. "There's tremendous personal responsibility, and you need to educate yourself before you open the box and start to operate an airframe like this," Keith Kaplan, CEO of Tesla Foundation and representative of UAV System Association, was quoted as saying.


'Silicon Valley arrogance'? Google misfires as it strives to turn Star Trek fiction into reality

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Google employees, squeezed onto metal risers and standing in the back of a meeting room, erupted in cheers as newly arrived executive Andrew Conrad announced they would try to turn science fiction into reality: The tech giant had formed a biotech venture to create a futuristic device like Star Trek's iconic "Tricorder" diagnostic wizard -- and use it to cure cancer. Conrad, recalled an employee who was present, displayed images on the room's big screens showing nanoparticles tracking down cancer cells in the bloodstream and flashing signals to a Fitbit-style wristband. He promised a working prototype of the cancer early-detection device within six months. That was three years ago. Recently departed employees said the prototype didn't work as hoped, and the Tricorder project is floundering. Tricorder is not the only misfire for Google's ambitious and extravagantly funded biotech venture, now named Verily Life Sciences. It has announced three signature projects meant to transform medicine, and a STAT examination found that all of them are plagued by serious, if not fatal, scientific shortcomings, even as Verily has vigorously promoted their promise.


Everything you think you know about artificial intelligence is wrong

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Robots are coming for our jobs. These doom-laden predictions probably sound familiar to anyone who's read or seen any movies lately involving artificial intelligence. Sometimes they're invoked with genuine alarm, as in the case of Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking warning against the danger of killer automatons. Other times, the anxiety comes across as a kind of detached, ironic humor masking the true depths of our dread, as if tweeting nervous jokes about #Skynet will somehow forestall its rise. AI raises unsettling questions about our place in the economy and society; even if by some miracle 99 percent of employers agree not to use robots to automate labor, that still leaves many hardworking people potentially in the lurch.


Robots, VR and the future of male masturbators

Engadget

There were pillows, mattresses, bottles, a couple of cuts of raw meat and even a vacuum. Yes, sometime not long after I discovered the wonders of masturbation, I attempted to have sex with a vacuum and it turned out about as well as you might imagine. When I was a kid, masturbation was an adventure in engineering. As I've come of age, however, so has the sex-toy market. After centuries of ejaculating into whatever we can find, a seemingly robust market has sprouted up around male-masturbation aids.


Inside an Experimental Robotics Class: A Robot Sketch Artist, a Robot That Plays Dominos, and More

IEEE Spectrum Robotics

Each year, Stanford Professor (and IEEE Fellow) Oussama Khatib introduces a new class of students to control theory and sets them loose on a room full of robot arms, including the Kuka LWR, the Kuka IIWA, the Barrett WAM, and the Kinova Jaco. The students in the Experimental Robotics class are charged with making the robots do something, typically, something that requires computer vision and force control. Said Khatib: each robot team had to develop "a strategy to draw or to play or to track, [because] the heart of robotics is perception connected to action." Typically, these industrial robot arms are programmed to perform factory tasks, like assembly, welding, and painting. The Stanford students get a rare opportunity to use them in more imaginative ways.


A.M. BestTV: Artificial Intelligence as an Insurance Disruptor? 'You Can Count on It,' Says Singularity's Jacobstein

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OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In this A.M.BestTV episode, Neil Jacobstein, artificial intelligence and robotics co-chair, Singularity University, predicts a wave of change as web-based insurance competitors use intelligent automated systems to address risk in new ways. Click on http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v jacobstein516 to view the entire program. "The insurance industry has been using artificial intelligence for over three decades," said Jacobstein. "They've used it in different forms, and it's gotten better and better. The underlying technology is now quite sophisticated but it's used actually throughout the industry." Jacobstein also believes that the usage of artificial intelligence is really something that will disrupt the industry over the next few years.


Microsoft's Plans for Self-Driving Vehicles - Dice Insights

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While Google, Uber, and (reportedly) Apple plunge ahead with plans to design self-driving cars, one tech giant has been noticeably absent from the conversation: Microsoft. For longtime tech-watchers, that might seem a bit unusual in light of the company's previous partnerships with the auto industry. For example, Ford and Microsoft joined forces nearly a decade ago to co-develop in-vehicle infotainment systems (which eventually hit the market under the brand name SYNC). Given its history and software expertise, Microsoft seems like a natural for autonomous-vehicle research. According to Microsoft executive Peggy Johnson, speaking at the Converge technology conference this week, the company has no plans to build its own autonomous vehicle, although it will contribute software to the self-driving industry: "We would like to enable autonomous vehicles and assisted driving as well."