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Tesla's Self Driving Algorithm Explained

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The problem with self-driving cars

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Wise Health System Partners with Biofourmis for Continuum-Wide Care-at-Home Initiative

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Biofourmis, a Boston-based global leader in virtual care and digital medicine, has announced its engagement with Wise Health System to launch a continuum-wide care-at-home initiative. Wise Health System is a four-hospital, integrated care network in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Wise Health System will launch the effort with a home hospital program leveraging Biofourmis' Hospital@Home end-to-end solution that combines artificial intelligence (AI)-based remote patient monitoring technology and clinical support services. Wise Health System has nearly 200 beds across its four-hospital campus, with over 200 physicians and more than 2,000 employees. The health system is launching a hospital at home program with Biofourmis as part of its progressive healthcare delivery philosophy, to enable participation in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS') Acute Hospital Care at Home program, for which it has already earned a waiver.


Wing Zone goes all in on robot fry cook

ZDNet

It's official: the robots are here to stay. Another fast food restaurant has opted to place a robot cook in the back of house, marking a swift and dramatic shift away from humans in fast food. This week's update comes via Wing Zone, which offers made-to-order chicken wings. This chain is partnering with Miso Robotics to make Flippy 2 a part of its standard build for all future restaurant locations. This is significant in that it goes well beyond the trials and testbeds we've seen before, and it suggests a much broader commitment to automated fry cooks going forward. "With over 100 new shops in our current development pipeline, our technology roadmap relies heavily on strategic partnerships with companies like Miso, a pioneer in the field of food automation, that has the knowledge, data and resources to design robotics solutions that maximize our efficiency and provide a better overall customer experience," said David Bloom, Chief Development and Operating Officer of Wing Zone.


An Autonomous Car Blocked a Fire Truck Responding to an Emergency

WIRED

On an early April morning, around 4 am, a San Francisco Fire Department truck responding to a fire tried to pass a doubled-parked garbage truck by using the opposing lane. But a traveling autonomous vehicle, operated by the General Motors subsidiary Cruise without anyone inside, was blocking its path. While a human might have reversed to clear the lane, the Cruise car stayed put. The fire truck only passed the blockage when the garbage truck driver ran from their work to move their vehicle. "This incident slowed SFFD response to a fire that resulted in property damage and personal injuries," city officials wrote in a filing submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission.


Dyson has been secretly building robots – TechCrunch

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You probably know Dyson for their vacuums, or maybe that too-powerful dryer you've tentatively stuck your hands in while waiting for a flight. Maybe you've seen their hair dryers or fans. Dyson is a company that develops premium products that move air around. Recently, the firm expanded with a very strange face-mounted air purifier. While showcasing the product, Dyson took pains to highlight some of the research behind it. It offered a peek into their labs, providing some insight into a future of products that expand well beyond premium vacuum cleaners.


This futuristic, autonomous pod vehicle is a living room on wheels

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To mark its its centennial, Japan's Asahi Kasei has unveiled the AKXY2 concept pod vehicle. The vehicle has been designed to reimagine values of sustainability, satisfaction and society and how these will influence the needs of future mobility on the road to automation and electrification. When looked at closely, the concept AKXY2 can be seen featuring a split body with a streamlined lower section and an upper glass canopy. The latter can be lifted up vertically, while a door folds down to provide access to the cabin. The exterior of the vehicle features slender lighting units and aerodynamic wheel covers with transparent inserts.


How an AI robot can help seniors battle loneliness - MedCity News

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Powered by AI, ElliQ is a voice-operated robotic care companion designed to foster independence and provide support for older adults. About 1 in 4 adults 65 and older are considered to be socially isolated, putting them at increased risk for a wide range of health conditions, from dementia to heart disease and stroke. Many don't have family and friends who live nearby or visit regularly; and the number of professional caregivers is failing to keep up with demand as the U.S. population ages. Responding to the need, the New York State Office for the Aging announced Wednesday that it is partnering with Intuition Robotics to bring an AI robotic care companion into the homes of 800 older adults as part of the state's efforts to battle social isolation and support aging in place. NYSOFA is working with local offices for the aging and other partners to identify older adults who would most benefit from ElliQ by Intuition Robotics, which the Israeli company describes as first-ever proactive and empathetic AI robotic care companion.


When I First Saw Elon Musk for Who He Really Is

Slate

On a beautiful day in May 2015, I drove the 13 hours from my home in Portland, Oregon, to Harris Ranch, California, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. At the time, Tesla was touting a battery-swap station that could send Tesla drivers on their way in a fully powered vehicle in less than the time it takes to fill up a car with gas. Overtaken by curiosity, I had decided to spend a long Memorial Day weekend in California's Central Valley to see if Elon Musk's latest bit of dream weaving could stand up to reality. There, amid the pervasive stench of cow droppings from a nearby feedlot, I discovered that Tesla's battery swap station was not in fact being made available to owners who regularly drove between California's two largest cities. Instead, the company was running diesel generators to power additional Superchargers (the kind that take 30 to 60 minutes to recharge a battery) to handle the holiday rush, their exhaust mingling with the unmistakable smell of bullshit.


Swinburne University researchers develop blood donation processing robot

ZDNet

Researchers from Swinburne University of Technology have developed a robotic prototype designed to help staff automate the processing of blood donation packs. Currently, processing blood donation is a largely manual task, according to Swinburne. The university explained the process involves separating whole blood donations into its cellular components via centrifugation, a mechanical method that involves spinning each blood pack in a solution in a centrifuge rotor at high speed. To do this, the blood pack needs to be folded in a particular way to ensure there is no bacterial contamination, which can still carry risk due to human error. "Damaged or torn packs not only lead to the loss of a precious donation, but also disrupt production and expose staff to potentially hazardous biological materials. Even subtle non-conformities can occur and build over time, leading to quality deviations," the university said.