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CVS Health tests self-driving vehicle prescription delivery

Associated Press

CVS Health will try delivering prescriptions with self-driving vehicles in a test that begins next month. The drugstore chain said Thursday that it will partner with the Silicon Valley robotics company Nuro to deliver medicines and other products to customers near a Houston-area store. A CVS spokesman said the prescriptions will routinely be delivered within an hour of being ordered. Customers will have to confirm their identity in order to unlock their delivery after the vehicle arrives. Nuro has previously started partnerships to test the delivery of pizzas for Domino's or groceries for Kroger, also in the Houston area.


Belkin SoundForm Elite Hi-Fi smart speaker review: The case of the missing midrange

PCWorld

My thoughts about the Belkin SoundForm Elite Hi-Fi Smart Speaker Wireless Charging can be distilled in a single word: boring. Listening to a $300 speaker should be exciting. Belkin doesn't have a track record of building great audio equipment, but its partner on this project--the French audiophile company Devialet--most certainly does. The Devialet Phantom blew my mind when I reviewed it five years ago. So, I had high hopes when I learned Belkin had enlisted that company's expertise to develop something more mainstream.


Windows 10 May 2020 Update review: Microsoft boosts Linux and Your Phone, but Cortana slips hard

PCWorld

Update, 05/27/2020: Microsoft launched the May 2020 update on May 27, through manual download first, or you can just wait for Microsoft to push it to your PC. Our review of Microsoft's Windows 10 20H1 update--also known as version 2004, or the Windows 10 May 2020 Update--shows an OS focused primarily on building out existing features, rather than launching new ones. Some scaffolding is still apparent in tweaks to Your Phone, and especially Cortana. Microsoft has further polished Task Manager, Settings, and Game Bar, however, and isn't afraid to serve niche audiences with upgrades to the Windows Subsystem for Linux and the related Terminal app. As in the past, we've based our review on the Insider builds of the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, beginning with the major features and working through to its minor additions.


This robot vacuum cleaner is perfect for pet owners

Mashable

TL;DR: The Coredy robot vacuum cleaner is on sale for £151.99 on Amazon, saving you 28% on list price. Pets are special little friends who fill your life with love and joy, but it's not all good. We know that fluff is part of their charm, but the stuff gets absolutely everywhere. Fortunately there are devices out there that can handle all that pet hair, without you having to lift a finger. Robot vacuum cleaners do all of the hard work for you, with features designed to remove pet hair from areas you can't see.


This PlayStation Store sale has a bunch of great games under $20

Mashable

Having to stay indoors is probably one of the best excuses you'll ever get to be able to play an unbelievable amount of video games without judgment from others (or yourself). So, it's time to stock up and create a massive backlog to keep you occupied for the months ahead. PlayStation owners have the opportunity to do just that while getting some pretty sweet discounts in the process -- the PlayStation Store has brought back their Games Under $20 sale, which is exactly what it sounds like. There are almost 200 games up for grabs, and if you want to peruse them all, you can do that here. Prey -- $14.99 (was $29.99) Friday the 13th: The Game -- $4.99 (was $19.99) Just Dance 2020 -- $19.99 (was $39.99) Assassin's Creed Origins: Deluxe Edition -- $13.99 (was $69.99)


U.S. Joins G7 Artificial Intelligence Group to Counter China

U.S. News

The partnership launched Thursday after a virtual meeting between national technology ministers. It was nearly two years after the leaders of Canada and France announced they were forming a group to guide the responsible adoption of AI based on shared principles of "human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation and economic growth."


Robots learning to move like animals

AIHub

Whether it's a dog chasing after a ball, or a monkey swinging through the trees, animals can effortlessly perform an incredibly rich repertoire of agile locomotion skills. But designing controllers that enable legged robots to replicate these agile behaviors can be a very challenging task. The superior agility seen in animals, as compared to robots, might lead one to wonder: can we create more agile robotic controllers with less effort by directly imitating animals? In this work, we present a framework for learning robotic locomotion skills by imitating animals. Given a reference motion clip recorded from an animal (e.g. a dog), our framework uses reinforcement learning to train a control policy that enables a robot to imitate the motion in the real world.


Temel Selected as WEF Young Scientist

CMU School of Computer Science

Zeynep Temel, a robotics researcher who uses inspiration from nature to design novel means of motion and locomotion for tiny robots, has been named by the World Economic Forum to its Young Scientists Class of 2020. Temel, an assistant professor in the Robotics Institute, and Stephanie Sydlik, an assistant professor of chemistry, are the latest Carnegie Mellon University faculty members to join the WEF's Young Scientists community. The distinction recognizes scientific rising stars under the age of 40 who are pursuing high-impact research. "I am very excited to be a part of the WEF Young Scientists community and incredibly honored to be representing CMU," Temel said. "It will be a great adventure to learn from amazing scientists and develop projects that will improve the state of the world.


Optimizing loops in Pandas for Enhanced Performace Machine Learning Py

#artificialintelligence

In this tutorial, you will learn different ways of optimizing loops in pandas. Pandas is one of the most popular python libraries among data scientists. While performing data analysis and data manipulation tasks in pandas, sometimes, you may want to loop/iterate over DataFrame and do some operation on each row. While this can be a simple task if the size of the data is small, it is cumbersome and very much time consuming if you have a larger data-set. So, we need to find an efficient way to loop through the pandas DataFrame.


Google pledges to no longer build AIs for the fossil fuel industry

#artificialintelligence

Google has pledged to no longer build AIs for the fossil fuel industry as it further distances itself from controversial developments. A report from Greenpeace earlier this month exposed Google as being one of the top three developers of AI tools for the fossil fuel industry. Greenpeace found AI technologies boost production levels by as much as five percent. In an interview with CUBE's John Furrier, the leader of Google's CTO office, Will Grannis, said that Google will "no longer develop artificial intelligence (AI) software and tools for oil and gas drilling operations." The pledge from Google Cloud is welcome, but it must be taken in a wider context.