Watch Torc Robotics' Autonomous Car Share the Road with Pedestrians -


Pedestrians continue to be a tricky thing for autonomous technology to get down. After Uber's incident where one of its self-driving Volvo's struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz. the focus on autonomous vehicles is how they can share the road with people. While current technology can detect other vehicles and is starting to get good at detecting cyclists, pedestrians continue to be a sore spot. Pedestrians, cyclists, and human drivers are tricky things to get right. And it takes us years to understand that, for us to be able to know that we should look out for bad drivers and to share the road with others.

Bill Nye hails America's child scientists as he hits out at climate change deniers

Daily Mail

Smart wristbands, wireless sensing systems, and ultra-efficient solar cells – a glance through the list of winning projects from this year's ExploraVision competition might sound a lot like roll call at the Consumer Electronics Show. But, the concepts that claimed the top prizes aren't coming from tech's biggest names, or even the latest startups to break out of Silicon Valley. They're all, essentially, created by kids. 'Quite often young kids have these ideas for medical advancements, and it's out of empathy or feelings for someone they know – a friend of theirs, a family member who has some medical condition that they develop a device or system that would address it,' Nye said The Toshiba-backed initiative announced the winners of its annual k-12 science competition earlier this month, revealing the groundbreaking prototypes that seek to bring answers to our everyday problems. With solutions for everything from current medical failings to electrical grid woes, it's no wonder the student projects have already begun to capture industry attention.

The truth about gaming disorder, from Fortnite to World of Warcraft

The Guardian

Gaming disorder may be a newly recognised condition, but disordered gaming is anything but new. In 2010, a Korean couple was arrested for fatal child neglect spurred by an obsession with Prius Online. Five years earlier, another Korean man collapsed and died after a 50-hour session playing StarCraft in an internet cafe. In the west, World of Warcraft, released in 2004, was one of the first games to trigger addiction narratives in the mainstream press, with the game blamed for causing college students to drop out of university and others losing careers and families. What's changed this time round is partially a matter of scale.

Can Artificial Intelligence Help Stop School Shootings?


For all their stunning frequency, school shootings remain a confounding horror. Not only is there little consensus on how to stop them--with suggestions ranging from restricting gun access to arming teachers--but there's even less certainty about why a student would open fire on his classmates. Now, some scientists are starting to explore if artificial intelligence (AI) could help find answers. The idea is that algorithms might be able to better analyze data related to school shootings, and perhaps even identify patterns in student language or behavior that could foreshadow school violence. The research is still in its early stages, and the prospect of using machines to predict who might become a school shooter raises privacy issues and other ethical questions associated with any kind of profiling, particularly since the process would involve children.

Basic income could work--if you do it Canada-style

MIT Technology Review

Dana Bowman, 56, expresses gratitude for fresh produce at least 10 times in the hour and a half we're having coffee on a frigid spring day in Lindsay, Ontario. Over the many years she scraped by on government disability payments, she tended to stick to frozen vegetables. She'd also save by visiting a food bank or buying marked-down items near or past their sell-by date. But since December, Bowman has felt secure enough to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. She's freer, she says, to "do what nanas do" for her grandchildren, like having all four of them over for turkey on Easter.

Why robots helped Donald Trump win

MIT Technology Review

Ronald Shrewsbery II used to be the Robot Doctor. Now he's known by the more bureaucratic-sounding title "WCM (World Class Manufacturing) Electrical Technical Specialist," but he still doctors the robots. There are a thousand of these machines inside Ohio's Toledo Assembly Complex, a 312-acre manufacturing leviathan dedicated to producing Jeeps. The Toledo Assembly Complex is one of the most heavily automated car factories in the United States. It can extrude 500 cars in a shift, far more than the Cove, the old Jeep plant that was shut down in 2006. And the machines make the work easier. There used to be a lot more lifting, more pushing.

SIOS Technology Opens R&D Facility at University of South Carolina to Advance Artificial Intelligence and Application Availability Technologies through Collaboration with Faculty and Students - SIOS


SAN MATEO, CA and COLUMBIA, SC – June 21, 2018 – SIOS Technology Corp., the industry pioneer in the application of artificial intelligence (AI) to help enterprises lower costs and ensure resilience of their critical information technology infrastructures, today announced the opening of the SIOS R&D facility at the M. Bert Storey Engineering and Innovation Center at the University of South Carolina's College of Engineering and Computing in Columbia. The new facility will serve as the SIOS R&D center for product development and is strategically located at the University for the purpose of advancing collaborative research in AI and machine learning through collaboration with students and faculty. With the new R&D facility located on-campus, students will have an opportunity to work with the latest AI technologies on projects addressing real-world problems alongside senior research engineers at SIOS. In turn, SIOS has the unique opportunity to participate deeply in a vibrant and rich academic community, tapping into academic programs, intern programs, Capstone projects, and helping to design meaningful research projects. To support the fostering of leading-edge research in AI, SIOS has also awarded the University a $475,000 grant for the use of its SIOS iQ software.

This Swedish Tech School Teaches AI Ethics 'Like A Muscle'

Forbes Technology

Classes at the Hyper Island business school can be uncomfortable at times. When its Masters degree students comes up with an idea for a digital business model, the professors will poke as many ethical holes in it as they can. Stanford University, a spawning ground for Google, Cisco, Yahoo, Netflix and the recently-disgraced Theranos, said earlier this month that it would start integrating ethics more deeply into its technology courses. Hyper Island says it's already been doing that for 20 years. In a typical module, teachers at the "alternative degree provider" will regularly ask questions about the impact of a digital service that's being built, says Jonathan Briggs, a co-founder of the Swedish school, which also has branches in Manchester, UK, Singapore, New York and Sao Paulo.

Millennials Are Buying Cryptocurrencies to Save For Retirement -


Among millennials, the cryptocurrencies investment trend is gaining momentum for retirement purposes. Moreover, as tech-savvy millennials are shunning traditional banking methods, innovative startups are creating new retirement solutions powered by blockchain and artificial intelligence technologies. Most millennials, people born between 1981 and 1996, are not saving for retirement. For example, in February 2018, the National Institute on Retirement Security released a study, which concluded that "95 percent of millennials are not saving adequately for retirement." Then there's the fact that over 66 percent of working millennials have nothing saved for retirement.