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What happened when Waymo reenacted real fatal car crashes with its autonomous vehicle

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Waymo's autonomous vehicles were put through the gnarly paces of 72 simulations of fatal crashes for safety research. The Google spinoff company, which operates its self-driving car service in the area just outside Phoenix, released a study Monday showing how its autonomous vehicles would respond during unsafe driving situations. The company collected crash information from 72 real fatal crashes with human drivers at the wheel that took place in the Chandler, Arizona, area between 2008 and 2017. Researchers reconstructed them in a virtual simulation, with the Waymo vehicle replacing both the car that initiated the crash (called "the initiator" in the study) and the car responding ("the responder"). With Waymo replaced virtually in both positions of the crash, the company ran enough simulations (91 of them, to be exact, since some of the crashes involved just one car) to understand how its autonomous platform would respond in the situation.


Ice robots could sculpt and repair themselves on other planets

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IceBot is a handmade, proof-of-concept ice robot created in the GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. While IceBot is currently looked at for Antarctic exploration, researchers hope it could one day be used in space exploration missions. The idea is to have a robot that can build and repair itself using the abundantly available resources. On a cold planet, the robot could potentially source ice locally and use heat, water, or a power drill to sculpt and repair itself.


Learn how to play piano from home with this lifetime subscription

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TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to Skoove Premium Piano Lessons is on sale for £108.37 as of March 8, saving you 50% on list price. You can get started on your new hobby with this app. With hundreds of lessons, thousands of instructional videos, and a rich, curated catalog, Skoove is a super impressive piano learning app. It's unique in that it lets you choose your own learning approach. If you want to copy hand positions and practice getting your technique right, hand videos will show you the ropes.


All the best robot vacuum deals to help jumpstart your spring cleaning

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Ready to spring into spring cleaning? Spring is a time of renewal, growth, and change, but you can't take advantage of all the restorative vibes of the season if you're carrying old baggage around. No, we're not talking about those problems that need to be talked out in therapy -- we're talking about all the clutter, dust, and grime that has built up in your home over the last year. Staying inside more often probably means that your home has accumulated way more messes than in years past, so deep spring cleaning is a must. Get ready to organize, toss out old junk that isn't serving you anymore, and give everything a good scrub down in time for the changing of the seasons.


Tesla and other carmakers want you to pay monthly for feature subscriptions

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Tesla is giving customers looking for self-driving abilities some options. Pay $10,000 in full for your car to drive itself down the street and onto the highway (with you still paying attention at the wheel) -- or pay in installments for a monthly subscription to the same hands-free, automated driving features. Tesla CEO Elon Musk first assured Tesla drivers late last year about a forthcoming option to subscribe to the Autopilot advanced driving feature, Full Self-Driving mode (known as FSD). An FSD subscription on the EVs will open up access to drivers who haven't paid a steep $10,000 one-time fee. While the subscription offer is taking longer than Musk originally anticipated (typical for Tesla), he tweeted on Monday that it's supposed be available to Tesla owners in the next few months.


Save on an AI tool that will help you apply for scholarships

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As of March 4, get a lifetime subscription for $119.99 -- a 90% savings. Applying for scholarships is a great idea for incoming college freshmen. The process, however, can be a little daunting. ScholarshipOwl makes applying for multiple scholarships easier with a little help from AI. The platform lets you write, edit, and proof your application essays directly in ScholarshipOwl, so you won't lose track of you progress.


How battery swapping could reduce EV charge time to just 10 minutes

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The fastest electric vehicle charging stations currently get an empty battery to 80 percent full in about 30 minutes. But a new company is working on swapping out empty battery packs for fully charged ones. That would get an electric vehicle to 100 percent full in about 10 minutes. Ample, which officially launched this week at two sites in San Francisco and another Oakland, builds and operates battery-swapping stations that use a robot to pluck out dead battery packs from under the car and replace them with packs fully charged and ready to go. The Ample stations can be set up anywhere close to a power source so that the robot machine can get under the belly of the car and also charge a waiting supply of replacement batteries. The stations are completely autonomous and you don't even have to get out of the car while the batteries are switched.


Listen to deepfake Gucci Mane read classic literature

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Mark Twain once said that the mark of a classic is that everyone wants to have read it but not actually read it. It makes sense: Classics must provide some artistic or cultural value to be considered "classic" -- but they're just so boring. MSCHF just made the Western canon more exciting with Project Gucciberg. It's Project Gutenberg (a collection of public domain Western literature) meets the rapper Gucci Mane. Using Artificial Intelligence, MSCHF recreated his voice to read classics from Pride and Prejudice to Don Quixote.


Build your own voice assistant with this DIY kit

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With this coding kit, which is ideal for ages 11 and up, you can spend quality time with your kiddos creating Spencer, the DIY voice assistant. You'll follow step-by-step instructions to build Spencer. Don't worry, no prior coding or electronics knowledge is necessary. Along the way, you'll learn about coding a microcomputer in C, C, and CircuitBlocks (similar to Scratch), artificial intelligence, voice recognition, sound processing, soldering, and more. Once he's up and running, Spencer can tell you the weather forecast, sing a song, set alarms and reminders, show animations and scrolling text with flashy LEDs, find news online, and even tell jokes.


The Roomba 670 is just $199 at Walmart

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The iRobot Roomba 670 WiFi robot vacuum is only $199 at Walmart as of March 2. Spring cleaning isn't fun, but it doesn't have to be a chore. You can tag team the entire process if you invest in a faithful robot companion to focus on your floors and hard-to-reach nooks. And it doesn't need to be a huge investment if you take advantage of a budget-friendly robot vacuum available at Walmart. SEE ALSO: Don't leave mopping out of spring cleaning. Save $50 on iRobot's robot mop instead.