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Imported self-driving shuttles have an edge over their U.S. rivals


Two of Local Motors' competitors -- EasyMile and Navya -- import their vehicles from France and are able to get exemptions for R&D purposes. Local Motors is petitioning the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, complaining that "smaller, innovative American vehicle manufacturers" like themselves are at a disadvantage, hindering competitiveness and endangering American leadership in autonomy and new technology development. "American companies creating American jobs building American cars have a higher bar to get vehicles on the road for purposes of research and testing than foreign companies importing vehicles," David Woessner, head of regulatory affairs for Local Motors, tells Axios. "The technology is moving faster than the regulatory environment can keep up with," adds Randell Iwasaki, executive director of Contra Costa Transportation Authority, which is trying to deploy both U.S. and foreign-made shuttles on public roads. Two of Local Motors' competitors -- EasyMile and Navya -- import their vehicles from France and are able to get exemptions for R&D purposes.

Meet Five Synthetic Biology Companies Using AI To Engineer Biology


AI is changing the field of synthetic biology and how we engineer biology. It's helping engineers design new ways to design genetic circuits -- and it could leave a remarkable impact on the future of humanity TVs and radios blare that "artificial intelligence is coming", and it will take your job and beat you at chess. But AI is already here, and it can beat you -- and the world's best -- at chess. In 2012, it was also used by Google to identify cats in YouTube videos. Today, it's the reason Teslas have Autopilot and Netflix and Spotify seem to "read your mind."

Verizon 5G for V2I at Mcity Autonomous Track


Verizon is working with Mcity at the University of Michigan to advance transportation safety and shape the future of autonomous vehicles and smart cities using 5G. The Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband network is now live at the Mcity Test Facility where we are testing various 5G solutions designed to boost pedestrian safety and avoid car accidents. This includes installing 5G-connected cameras at every intersection inside the Mcity test track to help identify traffic and pedestrian patterns to prevent collisions. While connected cars have sensors that can "talk" to each other to help avoid accidents, cameras connecting to traffic light signals can help protect people walking or biking. "We've installed signal controllers at the intersections within Mcity that provide signal phase and timing data to the 5G network," said Eric Raamot, chief technology officer at Econolite.

DeepMind's AI predicts kidney injury up to 48 hours before it happens TMG Pulse


Acute kidney injury, or AKI, is a condition in which the kidneys stop filtering waste products from the blood. It occurs quickly (in two days or less) and debilitates an estimated 1 in 5 hospitalized patients in the U.K. and 1 in 4 hospitalized patients in the U.S. Worse still, because it's difficult to detect, AKI kills upwards of 600,000 people annually in both countries combined despite the more than $1.2 billion (£1 billion) the U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS) spends treating it each year. The U.K.-based AI research firm said it's made progress toward automated systems addressing the 11% of failures to detect AKI deterioration in U.S. hospitals and the 30% of preventable cases globally. Over the course of two separate joint studies conducted with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (RFL), DeepMind's health care division -- DeepMind Health -- investigated ways to flag AKI warning signs clinicians might otherwise fail to spot. The resulting pair of papers published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) and Nature Digital Medicine reveal the fruit of the organizations' labor: an algorithm that can predict the presence of AKI up to 48 hours in advance and an app that cuts missed AKI cases from 12.4% to 3.3%.

UCL launches global vision to position AI as a force for good in the world


UCL has launched an innovative strategy detailing how Artificial Intelligence (AI) should be used as a transformative technology to make a positive impact on the planet. AI for People and Planet was launched by Professor Geraint Rees – UCL's Pro-Vice-Provost of AI – at the Science Museum in London on Tuesday 10th September. It encapsulates the belief that the purpose of research and innovation in the sector is ultimately to benefit people and societies around the world and to have a positive impact on the planet. The launch event included a panel discussion around issues relating to AI in healthcare, society, ethics, economics and the current state of AI. As well as UCL experts, the panel also included Professor Thore Graepel, Research Group Lead of Google DeepMind and Azeem Azhar, board member of the Ada Lovelace Foundation, venture partner at Kindred Capital and advisor to Fabric Ventures.

Andrew Yang gets why Donald Trump won. He won't be president but he deserves attention.

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I know, I know: Andrew Yang is not going to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2020. Yang somehow made the cut to participate in last week's third Democratic debate, clearing the fundraising and polling thresholds the party established in an effort to winnow its presidential field. But he did little to persuade viewers who remained alert throughout that three-hour marathon that he will be a factor in the primaries to come. So I'm not writing this to suggest that the political oddsmakers should be taking Yang's dark-horse candidacy more seriously, or that Yang would be getting more respect if the average Democratic voter were as far-sighted as he is. I simply want to acknowledge that he is the only candidate talking about an issue that seems likely to loom larger in presidential campaigns to come, and suggest that critics who scoff at his signature proposal for a universal basic income may feel compelled to examine it more closely in the decade ahead -- especially if Yang's forecast of an artificial intelligence-induced tsunami of unemployment prove prescient.

Ex-Google worker fears 'killer robots' could cause mass atrocities


A new generation of autonomous weapons or "killer robots" could accidentally start a war or cause mass atrocities, a former top Google software engineer has warned. Laura Nolan, who resigned from Google last year in protest at being sent to work on a project to dramatically enhance US military drone technology, has called for all AI killing machines not operated by humans to be banned. Nolan said killer robots not guided by human remote control should be outlawed by the same type of international treaty that bans chemical weapons. Unlike drones, which are controlled by military teams often thousands of miles away from where the flying weapon is being deployed, Nolan said killer robots have the potential to do "calamitous things that they were not originally programmed for". There is no suggestion that Google is involved in the development of autonomous weapons systems.

Automation And Robots Are Coming - How Likely Is Your Job To Survive?


Robots are growing and impacting the way society, economy and the world are organized. Areas with the lowest income, usually rural regions, are more vulnerable to the progress of automation. The permanent loss of jobs will be softened by new jobs that'll be created and demand new skills from people. Automation is likely to increase economic growth and boost productivity but it'll also increase inequality among the globe and drastically change it. When should we start preparing for these changes?