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Reasonableness Monitors

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As we move towards autonomous machines responsible for making decisions previously entrusted to humans, there is an immediate need for machines to be able to explain their behavior and defend the reasonableness of their actions. To implement this vision, each part of a machine should be aware of the behavior of the other parts that they cooperate with. Each part must be able to explain the observed behavior of those neighbors in the context of the shared goal for the local community. If such an explanation cannot be made, it is evidence that either a part has failed (or was subverted) or the communication has failed. The development of reasonableness monitors is work towards generalizing that vision, with the intention of developing a system-construction methodology that enhances both robustness and security, at runtime (not static compile time), by dynamic checking and explaining of the behaviors of parts and subsystems for reasonableness in context.

Meet your new chief of staff: An AI chatbot – TechCrunch


Years ago, a mobile app for email launched to immediate fanfare. Simply called Mailbox, its life was woefully cut short -- we'll get to that. Today, its founders are back with their second act: An AI-enabled assistant called Navigator meant to help teams work and communicate more efficiently. With the support of $12 million in Series A funding from CRV, #Angels, Designer Fund, SV Angel, Dropbox's Drew Houston and other angel investors, Aspen, the San Francisco and Seattle-based startup behind Navigator, has quietly been beta testing its tool within 50 organizations across the U.S. "We've had teams and research institutes and churches and academic institutions, places that aren't businesses at all in addition to smaller startups and large four-figure-person organizations using it," Mailbox and Navigator co-founder and chief executive officer Gentry Underwood tells TechCrunch. "Pretty much anywhere you have meetings, there is value for Navigator."

County Updates Ordinance Requiring House Numbers

U.S. News

Supervisor Phillip Carlisle says he recently saw a fire truck make a U-turn because it couldn't find the correct driveway for a smoking house. He says a mailbox with an address number would have helped.

Amazon unveils Ring sensor for mailboxes that alerts users if someone steals their mail

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The US Postal Service handles more than 187.7 million pieces of mail each day, which is how many opportunities a thief has to steal people's identities if they get their hands on the deliveries To combat these numbers, Amazon has designed a new Ring sensor that sits inside a mailbox and alerts users when it is opened or closed – allowing them to keep their mail safe and secure. The system was quietly revealed along with the tech giant's Ring Product Announcement Thursday, which included a home surveillance drone. The Mailbox Sensor pairs with the Ring app, allowing customers to receive real-time alerts, and is equipped with a camera that activates when the postbox is opened. Amazon has designed a new Ring sensor that sits inside a mailbox and alerts users when it is opened or closed – allowing them to keep their mail safe and secure. The technology is just $30 and is attached to the door or flap of a mailbox that is triggered every time it is opened or closed.

Smart Alert for Mail (SAM) review: How to check your mailbox without leaving the house


The creator of Smart Alert for Mail obviously had a problem that no one else had been able to solve: Knowing when their mail had arrived. Enter Smart Alert for Mail--aka SAM--a gadget with a singular purpose, one which you've already figured out after reading this far. SAM comes in two pieces, a transmitter that fits in your mailbox and a receiver that sits inside your house. The transmitter attaches via sticky tape and Velcro to the inside of your mailbox (a small antenna wire snakes out through the gap in the door), while the receiver goes anywhere inside your house that's in range of a power outlet (and as close to the transmitter as possible). The transmitter communicates via the unlicensed 433.92MHz frequency band, which gives it 300 feet of range in unobstructed, open air.