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After Uber's Fatal Crash, Self-Driving Cars Should Aim Lower

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More than a month after a self-driving Uber struck and killed a pedestrian crossing the street in Arizona, it's still not clear what sort of failure might explain the crash--or how to prevent it happening again. While the National Transportation Safety Board investigates, Uber's engineers are sitting on their hands, their cars are parked. The crash and its inconclusive aftermath reflect poorly on a newborn industry predicated on the idea that letting computers take the wheel can save lives, ease congestion, and make travel more pleasant. An industry dashing toward adulthood--Google sister company Waymo plans to launch a robo-taxi service this year, General Motors is aiming for 2019--and now, suddenly, on the verge of being rejected by a public that hasn't even experienced it yet. In other words, AV makers are clearing the technological hurdles and tripping over the psychological ones.


Porsche Consulting partners with TUM to create applications for artificial intelligence

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Porsche Consulting has entered a strategic partnership with UnternehmerTUM, the Center for Innovation and Business Creation at the Technical University in Munich, to create applications for artificial intelligence. In collaboration with established companies, start-ups, and scientists, the management consultancy wants to advance the use of artificial intelligence in actual practice. To this end, the appliedAI initiative has now been launched in Munich. With this appliedAI partnership, the management consultancy is expanding its own range of services offered in the fields of analytics and artificial intelligence. Teams made up of consultants and AI experts will support the projects from conception to the test run.


All the Benefits Artificial Intelligence Gave Us Analytics Insight

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There's no need to say that we live in the age of technology. Artificial intelligence has become something face on a daily basis but have you ever stopped for a second and wondered what are the benefits artificial intelligence brings? Read on to find out. In the 1950s, experts in the field Minsky and McCarthy described artificial intelligence as a program that can perform any task just like a human would do it. This might be a fairly broad definition but it explains what artificial intelligence is all about.



Smarter Cities and Safer Self-Driving Cars: Imagining Life in 5G

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Today it takes about four minutes to download a movie on a 4G LTE network. With 5G, that same film could be on your tablet or phone in as little as six seconds. At those speeds--and with help from connected headsets--theme-park visitors could stream high-definition, virtual-reality experiences while on a speeding roller coaster. For self-driving cars to safely navigate the streets, they need to be able to communicate--with one another, with traffic signals and with passengers. Cars equipped with 5G-powered mapping will be able to see and react to their surroundings instantaneously.


Artificial Intelligence: What Is It, and Why Are Companies Adopting It? Nasdaq MarketInsite

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Investments in the technology sector are subject to greater risk and are more greatly impacted by market volatility than more diversified investments. Many products and services offered in technology-related industries are subject to rapid obsolescence, the planned process of becoming obsolete, which may reduce the value of the issuers. There are risks involved with investing in ETFs, including possible loss of money. Shares are not actively managed and are subject to risks similar to those of stocks, including those regarding short selling and margin maintenance requirements.


Recommended Reading: Tesla and Waymo's self-driving data quests

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How Tesla and Waymo are tackling a major problem for self-driving cars: Data Sean O'Kane, The Verge In order for cars to drive themselves, the vehicles and their systems require loads of data. And gathering those details are one of the main goals for companies developing the autonomous cars that will eventually take us to the office. The Verge takes a look at how two of the main players in the self-driving space -- Tesla and Waymo -- are gathering gobs of data in very different ways. Facebook didn't seem to care I was being sexually harassed until I decided to write about it Jesselyn Cook, HuffPost There were a few stories about issues with Facebook's reporting tools this week, but this one from a reporter at HuffPost is by far the most eye-opening. You may recall the Neopets hype in the early 2000s, but what you might not know is that the company, as The Outline describes it, "employed business practices directly connected to the Church of Scientology."


Artificial Intelligence: To Be Feared Or Embraced - Futurum

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As global experts continue to refine the technology behind artificial intelligence (AI), many also continue to debate whether that technology will help--or hurt--human society. For the last few decades, we've seen tons of movies outlining the ways giant, weaponized robots can outsmart humankind--potentially wiping us out altogether. Last year, Hawking went on record saying AI could be the last major event in our history--unless we learn to avoid the risks. But what exactly are those risks? And how can we avoid them?


Self-driving cars. Scooters. The future of commuting to work is here

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U.S. Transportation Secy.: Self-driving tech will make roads safer Innovation is underway to rethink one of the biggest headaches we face on a daily basis: getting to work. From crowdsourced shuttle buses to companies offering rides to lure top talent, here are concepts used in some cities that could one day help your morning commute. Some of the largest US companies, including Google, Apple and Facebook, offer shuttles or arranged ride shares to get employees to work. These shuttles often come with free WiFi, and pick up near employees' homes. "It's the dawn of private transportation systems operating under the radar," Ryan Croft, co-founder of TransitScreen, a startup providing real-time transit planning information, told CNN.


Thermal Imaging Cameras Could Keep Self-Driving Cars Safe

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After Uber's fatal self-driving crash last month in Tempe, Arizona, most observers had two basic question: Why did the car not see Elaine Herzberg crossing the street and stop before hitting her? And how can we stop this happening again, to someone else? The ride-hailing company has indefinitely suspended its testing program, and is cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board's investigation of the crash. The NTSB hasn't revealed any findings yet, but the lidar--the laser-shooting sensor that should have spotted Herzberg, even in the dark--is an obvious focus. Maybe it had a blind spot, or lacked the resolution to identify Herzberg as a pedestrian.