The Battle For The Future Of Transportation Seems Imminent

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Earlier this week, Google announced that its popular Waze app, which offers crowd-sourced navigation and has 65 million active users, plans to explore a carpooling feature in the Bay Area sometime this fall. Drummond's departure ends a three-year stint with the company that began in 2013, when Google invested 360 million in Uber. Both companies released statements attesting to their continued collaborative spirit. "I wish David and Alphabet the best, and look forward to continued cooperation and partnership," Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said. Drummond said that Google Ventures "remains an enthusiastic investor and Google will continue to partner with Uber."


Hybrid Vehicular Crowdsourcing With Driverless Cars: Challenges and a Solution

IEEE Computer

Although vehicular crowdsourcing represents an emerging technology to assist many smart city applications, maintaining sensing data quality is still a challenge. This article considers the challenges and offers a potential solution for a hybrid scenario involving both driverless cars and human-controlled vehicles, within the limited task budget. H. Gao, C. H. Liu and W. Wang, "Hybrid Vehicular Crowdsourcing With Driverless Cars: Challenges and a Solution," in Computer, vol.


Memes, Drones, and Pop-Up Bars: Ten Wild Jobs That Didn't Exist Ten Years Ago

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Robots are coming for our jobs, and the work left over for humans is getting worse and paying less. Changes in technology and culture over the past decade have created jobs your high school guidance counselor could never imagine in their wildest dreams. Meanwhile, the safe, traditional jobs like lawyering and doctoring come with ever-increasing price tags and fewer career prospects. Unless the post-work utopia theorists are raving about comes around soon, picking your career is one of the most important choices of your life. You might as well make it one that's fulfilling and cuts a decent paycheck.


Can Crowdsourcing Teach AI to Do the Right Thing?

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As we cede more and more control to artificial intelligence, it's inevitable that those machines will need to make choices based, hopefully, on human morality. But where are AI's ethics going to come from? Could they be crowdsourced, essentially voted on by everyone?


Is Facebook Building An Autonomous Car?

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Today at the Frankfurt motor show, one of the biggest and most prestigious motor shows in the world, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, spoke before German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Now what is Facebook and most importantly, Sheryl Sandberg doing at an automotive industry event? The obvious answer that comes to mind when one relates Facebook and the car industry is the billions of advertising dollars the industry spends on marketing and advertising. However, that does not seem to be Facebook's game plan, as highlighted by Sheryl and shown at their pavilion. Facebook seems to have a strategy of leveraging its capabilities in social marketing, AR & VR and interestingly, who would have thought of it, leveraging its advanced AI and deep learning capabilities to support the development of autonomous vehicles.