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Glasses could prevent motion sickness in self-driving cars


Never mind festooning a self-driving car in lights and other devices to fend off motion sickness -- you might just have to slip on some eyewear. University of Michigan researchers have patented a system that could use glasses or a headset to prevent a disconnect between your sense of motion and what you see. The approach would use a set of sequentially activated light pipes that would imitate the movement of the autonomous vehicle in your peripheral view, giving your body a frame of reference while freeing you to check your phone without getting sick. The technology could be embedded into the car itself, but the nature of the design makes it portable. Uber's recent patent application for a similar concept relied on sensory input that demanded non-wearable gear and was more about signalling intentions and offering distractions than mimicking the car itself.

MIT 6.S094: Deep Learning for Self-Driving Cars


This class is an introduction to the practice of deep learning through the applied theme of building a self-driving car. It is open to beginners and is designed for those who are new to machine learning, but it can also benefit advanced researchers in the field looking for a practical overview of deep learning methods and their application. MIT 6.S094: Deep Learning for Self-Driving Cars is a course on a cutting-edge research area. Support for this course was genorously provided by the companies whose logos are shown below. And none of it would be possible without the great community of bright young minds at MIT and beyond.

The revolution that Artificial Intelligence is set to spark


With the power of the human brain increasing manifold, the degree of technological advancement is also correspondingly getting infinite. With Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) clearly making its presence felt across several industries, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are not far behind. In fact, the future looks to be largely governed by these two forces so much so that several businesses are driving their investment in this direction, banking on the innovative benefits that it promises. AI unfolds itself as a significant game-changer by being a key player in the process of digital transformation for a wide range of industries. In order to understand how AI is culminating to be the next driving force in the technology paradigm, let us understand how it all started and what its primary capabilities are.

Self-Driving Cars Mean New Love for the Auto Industry


Henrik Fisker spent this year's CES at Booth 3315, standing next to a deep red, curvaceous, quirky electric sedan with doors that pivot like wings. The EMotion is the work of Fisker Inc, the car designer's latest venture. But the stage Fisker and the car stood on didn't say Fisker Inc. It said Quanergy--a Silicon Valley-based startup that makes lidar sensors for self-driving cars; it has plans to embed several of its units is discreetly into the new car. Fisker wasn't the only one shacking up at CES. Ford's display highlighted not cars, but its deal with Dominos to work on autonomous pizza deliveries.

And the award for most nauseating self-driving car goes to …


In many ways this year's CES looked a lot more like an autonomous-car show than a consumer electronics show. There were announcements aplenty from the likes of Ford, Baidu, Toyota, and others about self-driving vehicles, upcoming driving tests, and new partners. In a parking lot across from the Las Vegas Convention Center, several companies offered rides; you could even schedule a ride in a self-driving Lyft through the company's app and get dropped off at one of many casinos on the Strip. A couple of miles away in downtown Las Vegas, an eight-passenger autonomous shuttle bus ran in a loop around Fremont Street. It was part of an ongoing test between commuter transit company Keolis, autonomous-car maker Navya, and the city.

Drunk Tesla Driver Arrested For DUI Despite Self-Driving Car

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A Bay Area man who took advantage of one of the marvels of modern technology was arrested on the afternoon of Jan. 13. The San Francisco branch of the California Highway Patrol tweeted out this image and accompanying caption Friday, showing an unidentified man who got arrested for a DUI after he was caught passed out behind the wheel of a self-driving Tesla. When u pass out behind the wheel on the Bay Bridge with more than 2x legal alcohol BAC limit and are found by a CHP Motor. Driver explained Tesla had been set on autopilot. He was arrested and charged with suspicion of DUI.

Ford CEO Jim Hackett on the future of computing, cities, and self-driving cars


In May 2017, Ford announced that it had replaced its CEO, Mark Fields, who had been with the company since 1989, with Jim Hackett. Despite being on Ford's board since 2013, Hackett was probably best known for leading Steelcase, the large office-furniture company, for decades and turning around its fortunes, as well as for working with the University of Michigan to bring NFL coach Jim Harbaugh to the school. Other than the fact that all these things are based in Michigan, there wasn't really much that pointed to Hackett as the person who would lead the 114-year-old company into the future. But his first few months at the helm have cemented his vision for Ford. Earlier this month he released a treatise doubling down on the company's commitment to autonomous vehicles and the loosely defined concept of "mobility" and the "transport operating system" of the future.

Is The Concern Artificial Intelligence -- Or Autonomy?


There's a provocative interview with the philosopher Daniel Dennett in Living on Earth. The topic is Dennett's latest book -- From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds -- and his idea that Charles Darwin and Alan Turing can be credited, in a way, with the same discovery: that you don't need comprehension to achieve competence. Darwin showed how you can get the appearance of purpose and design out of blind processes of natural selection. And Turing, one of the pioneers in the field of computation, offered evidence that any problem precise enough to be computed at all, can be computed by a mechanical device -- that is, a device without an iota of insight or understanding. But the part of the interview that particularly grabbed my attention comes at the end.

My tech predictions…


As recruiters in the Information Management and Data Analytics industry we are constantly immersing ourselves in the world of technology, we're always hearing about the future and where it is all going (in fact we're even running a survey about it – check it out here!). As more people look towards the future of technology we wanted to know what the KDR team's top tech predictions are… "That you will be able to go into a'VR' room, ask a question and have the answer shown to you in whatever medium you choose. The'machine' will be able to trawl all the available answers on the web and feed it back to you in whatever format suits you best, having learned your preferences through machine learning and AI." – Mark "That you will be able to have a chip placed in your brain that will record your experiences and be able to play back memories as you want. You'll never lose a good memory again." "Virtual Reality is already giving people the chance to experience things from their living rooms, like going on safari or riding a rollercoaster, but I think VR will get to a point where people won't have to move if they don't want.

Video Friday: Crawling Baby Robot, Tethered Drone, and New Intel RealSense

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Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!): Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos. When babies crawl on the floor, especially in carpeted areas, their movement kicks up lots of dirt and dust, including things like skin cells, bacteria, and fungal spores. Researchers at Purdue University wanted to find out if that could be bad for the babies.