Watson Will Soon Be a Bus Driver In Washington D.C.


IBM has teamed up with Local Motors, a Phoenix-based automotive manufacturer that made the first 3D-printed car, to create a self-driving electric bus. Named "Olli," the bus has room for 12 people and uses IBM Watson's cloud-based cognitive computing system to provide information to passengers. In addition to automatically driving you where you want to go using Phoenix Wings autonomous driving technology, Olli can respond to questions and provide information, similar to Amazon's Echo home assistant. The bus debuts today in the Washington D.C. area for the public to use during select times over the next several months, and the IBM-Local Motors team hopes to introduce Olli to the Miami and Las Vegas areas by the end of the year. By using Watson's speech to text, natural language classifier, entity extraction, and text to speech APIs, the bus can provide several services beyond taking you to your destination.

Today: Mr. Trump Goes to Washington. You Must Be This Small to Ride.

Los Angeles Times

Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. Donald Trump will try to work his magic on Capitol Hill today, meeting with GOP leaders to see if they can find some common ground. Though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy have cautiously stepped onto the Trump train, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan has refused to endorse the billionaire. We'll be keeping an eye on everything here. Twice, the chairman of the California Coastal Commission met with developers of the Newport Banning Ranch project -- which calls for homes, retail space and a hotel to be built on the largest undeveloped coastal parcel in Southern California.

The sound of gunfire, then a stampede: Five dead in mall shooting in Washington state

Los Angeles Times

A gunman who police said killed five people in a Washington state mall remained at large Saturday as authorities appealed for help in identifying the suspect but said there were no indications the slayings north of Seattle were a terrorist act. People fled, customers hid in dressing rooms and employees locked the doors of nearby stores after gunshots rang out just after 7 p.m. Friday at the Cascade Mall. A helicopter, search teams and K-9 units scoured the area for a rifle-carrying man in a police response that included more than 200 officers. "There are people waking up this morning and their world has changed forever," Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton said Saturday at a news conference. "The city of Burlington has probably changed forever."

Essential Politics: Mr. Trump goes to Washington

Los Angeles Times

In the history of awkward encounters, it's hard to find one that ranks with what will happen today when President-elect Donald Trump walks into the White House for his first transition meeting with President Obama. From coast to coast, we will all be wondering: Is this the most unexpected odd couple of all time? I'm Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers, and while our civics books teach us about the peaceful transitions of power in the United States, it's never quite been put to this test before. Trump's arrival in Washington marks the official beginning of a process few there had imagined, Lisa Mascaro and Evan Halper write: What will a Trump administration do? Unlike a change in governing, it comes with a completely different mindset about the nature of government itself.

US: Four killed in mall shooting in Washington state

Al Jazeera

Authorities in the US Washington state say four people have been killed during a shooting at a mall north of Seattle and at least one suspect remains at large. The Washington State Patrol says on Twitter the four were shot Friday at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, about 105km north of Seattle. Sgt Mark Francis says authorities are searching for a man wearing grey who was last seen walking towards a highway from the mall. Francis says it wasn't immediately known if there was more than one gunman involved.