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Waymo to test self-driving big rig as big week for autonomous trucks continues

The Independent - Tech

The autonomous vehicle division of Google's parent company will start hauling cargo using self-driving trucks, capping a busy week for next-generation shipping technology. Waymo, the driverless vehicle unit of Alphabet, announced a pilot programme that will have self-driving big rigs transport cargo to the company's data centres in Georgia. Several companies are vying to dominate the nascent self-driving vehicle industry, believing the technology will reshape how humans and goods travel. Waymo has already extensively tested autonomous cars intended to ferry people around. "Now we're turning our attention to things as well", the company said in a blog post, noting that driverless trucks pose unique tech challenges.


Self-driving cars attacked by angry San Francisco residents

The Independent - Tech

Technology and automotive companies touting self-driving cars as the future of transportation may have some work to convince San Franciscans, who keep attacking the vehicles. A third of traffic collisions involving autonomous vehicles in 2018 so far featured humans physically confronting the cars, according to data released by California. In one case, a taxi driver exited his cab and slapped the front passenger window of a General Motors Cruise parked behind him. No one was hurt, though the car sustained a scratch. In another case, a pedestrian hurtled across an intersection despite a "do not walk" sign, shouting as he went, and rammed his body into a different Cruise's rear bumper.


The artificial intelligence race heats up The Japan Times

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There is a tendency to see artificial intelligence as the latest technology fad, either a buzzword that canny entrepreneurs exploit or the starting point for dystopian nightmares. Both are potentially accurate descriptions of much of the discussion surrounding AI, but both miss the most important point: AI is almost certain to become the most critical feature of the digital economy, assuming a role akin to electricity in the industrial revolution. If that prediction is correct -- and few disagree -- then mastery of AI and leadership in the field could determine the future economic and military balance of power.


At drone fair, Chinese show off armed model likely being used by UAE military

The Japan Times

ABU DHABI – Walking through a trade show all about military drones, Emirati officials made a point on Sunday to stop first at a stand run by Chinese officials with a mock armed drone hanging above them.


Russia's best troll 'Jenna Abrams' is back with an incredible blog post about AI and the Matrix

Mashable

The fake Twitter account that fooled pretty much every news outlet in America (including Mashable) on behalf of the Internet Research Agency, a Russian propaganda farm? SEE ALSO: That moment you learn you've been yelling at a Russian troll Well, despite being banned from Twitter, Jenna Abrams lives in a blog -- you guessed it, it's https://jennabrams.wordpress.com. The latest entry attempts to drag us in a dizzying hellscape of self-doubt, making us question the basic fabric of our reality. I missed you too," she said in the first line of her post, ironically (?) entitled "Our Democracy Has Been Hacked". I hope you do not feel bad for falling for it.


Fall of Raqqa no end game for U.S. as Islamic State, other extremist threats persist, spread

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – The imminent fall of the Islamic State's de facto capital leaves America a multitude of tasks to restore stability in the Middle East, starting with pockets of remaining IS resistance in Syria and Iraq.


Alice, the making of: Behind the scenes with the new AI assistant from Yandex

ZDNet

Today, another AI assistant is joining the party with Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Viv, and the gang. Her name is Alice, and she comes from Russia. Yandex, the Russian internet giant, has big plans for the future and Alice is a key part of those. Read also: Russia sentences hackers from Humpty Dumpty ring Facebook, Google, Twitter execs to testify at Russia hearings Did Russia's election hacking break international law? Recently, Yandex celebrated its 20 years in Moscow, and the celebration was an opportunity to visit Yandex HQ, converse with some of its top minds, and get the lowdown of what's cooking and how things work behind the scenes.


All the tiny details you missed from the 'Rick and Morty' Season 3 finale

Mashable

There's a lot to absorb in the twenty or so minutes of any Rick and Morty episode. And the Oct. 1 season finale, "The Rickchurian Mortydate," proved to be no exception. Whether the sheer volume of jokes per minute, deeper philosophical implications, or emotional arcs, there's a lot you can miss on the first watch. Even the show's co-creator Dan Harmon recently revealed in an interview that he himself misses a good chunk of easter eggs: I'll watch YouTube videos about, "20 Things You Missed About Rick and Morty" and I will have missed 12 of them. Because a lot of them are artist based.


How Trump can destroy Kim Jong Un's nukes without blowing up the world

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In the long view of history, North Korea getting a nuclear-tipped intercontinental missile in 2017 is the rough equivalent of an army showing up for World War II riding horses and shooting muskets. Nukes are so last century. War is changing, driven by cyberweapons, artificial intelligence (AI) and robots. Weapons of mass destruction are dumb, soon to be whipped by smart weapons of pinpoint disruption--which nations can use without risking annihilation of the human race. If the U.S. is innovative and forward-thinking, it can develop technology that ensures no ill-behaving government could ever get a nuke off the ground.


Iran tests new missile after U.S. criticizes arms program

The Japan Times

DUBAI – Iran said on Saturday it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and would keep developing its arsenal despite U.S. pressure to stop. The United States has imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, saying its missile tests violate a U.N. resolution, which calls on Tehran not to undertake activities related to missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons. Iran says it has no such plans. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter the missile test illustrates the weakness of the Iran nuclear deal reached by his predecessor Barack Obama. He also linked the action to recent aggressive moves by North Korea.