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Three Anecdotes from the DARPA Autonomous Land Vehicle Project

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The DARPA Autonomous Land Vehicle was a 12' tall, 8-wheeled robot with multiple sensors, tasked to go from point A to point B without human intervention in the hills outside of Denver in c. 1985. This was a large applied research effort that presented many opportunities for unusual experiences.

Larry Ellison On The Main Reason You Need An 'Autonomous Cloud'--Data Security


SAN FRANCISCO--Oracle Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison laid out his vision for the "world's first truly autonomous cloud," a vision that takes the concept behind trends such as self-driving cars and planes and applies it to cloud computing. The result is Oracle database, infrastructure, and other IT services that are more secure, reliable, flexible, and cost-efficient than competing cloud services. During his opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld on September 16, Ellison explained how the most important benefits from autonomous systems will come from eliminating human errors. In cars, eliminating such errors avoids accidents, he said. In technology, it eliminates common user errors that expose data to hackers.

Heineken made a cute but garish autonomous beer cooler


Nothing says summer quite like a cooler full of beer, but it wouldn't be 2021 without a modern twist on the concept. It can hold up to 12 cans of beer, will follow you almost anywhere and has a "charming" AI personality. Think Wall-E but with garish corporate branding, and you're most of the way. But just by virtue of being a robot instead of something you wear, the Heineken BOT is way cooler than the Smooth Operator Vest Keystone Light put out earlier in the month, and it can carry more beer to boot. Like the Smooth Operator Vest, BOT is a limited edition item. The only way you can get yourself one is by entering the competition Heineken plans to hold on July 1st.

WWPI – Covering the best in IT since 1980 » Blog Archive » Oracle announces autonomous database cloud to boost performance and increase machine learning


Oracle unveiled on Monday its initial autonomous database cloud that comes powered by Oracle Database 18c. It uses machine learning to enable automation that eliminates human labor, human error and manual tuning, to enable improved availability, high performance and security at a much lower cost. Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud is a next-generation cloud service built on the self-driving Oracle Autonomous Database technology using machine learning to deliver enhanced performance, reliability and ease of deployment for data warehouses. As an autonomous cloud service, it eliminates error-prone manual management tasks and frees up DBA resources, which can now be applied to implementing more strategic business projects. The Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud eliminates the human labor associated with tuning, patching, updating and maintaining the database and includes self-driving that provides continuous adaptive performance tuning based on machine learning.