On this Memorial Day weekend – traditional start of the racing season the US and the calendar home of the Indy 500 – we thought we'd take a look at the future of racing, and whether Ricky Bobby will find himself hammering it home in the driver's seat…or pushing fries in the concession stand. Racing leagues – including aptly-named Roborace – are popping up promising spectators the opportunity to see driverless cars compete in virtual battles of algorithms. Teams of researchers are taking algorithms similar to those already being used by major brands like Tesla and Google to put cars on the open road and put them to work on the racetrack. There is so much interest in the idea of pushing autonomous vehicle technologies to the extreme that track days have been set up to enable autonomous technologies developers to put their vehicles to he test on the track. Recently, Arrow Electronics broke records with its semi-autonomous vehicle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The final pay-per-view before WrestleMania 33 is set for Sunday night in Milwaukee with WWE Fastlane 2017. The show will have major implications for WWE's biggest PPV of the year as multiple titles could change hands. Kevin Owens has held the WWE Universal Championship for six months, but he's in danger of losing the belt to Goldberg. Goldberg hasn't held a title in more than 13 years, but his return to WWE has gone so well that he appears to be headed for another championship run. While that match could help set up the main event for WrestleMania 33, the WrestleMania 33 Raw Women's Championship Match at the April 2 PPV could also be established at WWE Fastlane.
The all- new test vehicle will be used to explore a full range of autonomous driving capabilities. Toyota's work on autonomous vehicles in the United States began in 2005 at its technical center in Ann Arbor, Mich.-- The company secured its first U.S. patents in the field in 2006.-- According to a report last year by the Intellectual Property and Science division of Thomson Reuters, Toyota holds more patents in the field than any other company. "This new advanced safety research vehicle is the first autonomous testing platform developed entirely by TRI, and reflects the rapid progress of our autonomous driving program," said TRI CEO Gill Pratt.
Horse betting is harder than it looks. At the 142nd Kentucky Derby last week, only one of five experts from Churchill Downs Racetrack correctly predicted the winner. None of them correctly predicted the top four horses. Known as a superfecta, this latter bet came with 540 to 1 odds, meaning 100 down would return 540,000. And although the experts failed to predict the finishing order, an anonymous group of internet users did.
In May 2016, TechRepublic challenged a startup called Unanimous A.I. to predict what some thought would be impossible: The superfecta at the Kentucky Derby. Hardly anyone, including Louis Rosenberg, CEO of Unanimous A.I., thought this would actually work--but he accepted the challenge, creating an artificial "swarm" through an AI-based platform called UNU that picked the top four horses, in order, at the 2016 Derby. The swarm consisted of a group of 20 people with some knowledge of horse racing, chosen anonymously, who participated on the UNU platform. The model, based loosely on the concept of nature's swarms--How do honeybees decide where to migrate to?--incorporated a kind of group intelligence, a collective decision. The swarm correctly predicted the superfecta, beating 540-1 odds.