If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Comedian Lil Duval aka Roland Powell's latest Instagram video immediately became a sensation as it shows him smoking a hollowed out cigar with the autopilot feature of his Tesla vehicle allowing him to take his hands completely off the steering wheel. The stand-up comedian, MTV2 host and music video star is seen blowing out plumes of smoke while the Maze and Frankie Beverly song, "Silky Soul," can be heard playing over the car's speakers. Lil Duval is casually reclined back smoking as the Tesla autopilot, self-driving computer system has taken full control of the vehicle. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has suggested in the past that by 2019 drivers will be able to sleep in their fully autonomous vehicles. "What y'all fake caring about today," the comedian asks on his lilduval Instagram post from Saturday.
Las Vegas is the first city in the country to get a driverless shuttle -- and it crashed within its first hour. There were no injuries, and it appears both vehicles received minimal damage. The autonomous vehicle runs a half-mile loop in downtown Las Vegas and began running at 10 a.m. The shuttles are free to passengers and the program is sponsored by AAA. The pilot program is scheduled to run for a year.
Tesla is expected to finally unveil its semi truck on Nov. 16. The vehicle will be Tesla's first venture into commercial trucks, and is also being considered a test for the electric vehicle technology. Commercial deployment of large batteries needed to support such trucks will mark a paradigm shift for fuel guzzling vehicles with large carbon footprints. It will also make way for autonomous electric vehicles. While Tesla is bringing its range of technology to the trucking segment, it also has competitors in waiting.
Elon Musk has taken it upon himself to act as the canary in the coal mine that is the artificial intelligence world for some time now. The SpaceX, Tesla, Boring Company founder and CEO believes that AI is part of the future but also that there needs to be regulation around it, now. More specifically, the AI god that former Uber engineer, Anthony Levandowski is planning to develop. Musk tweeted the article and wrote "On the list of people who should absolutely *not* be allowed to develop digital superintelligence…" He gave no further information about why Levandowski was one of the people who he thought should not be allowed to develop such an AI. But the two have been in conflict before.
Tesla is known not only for creating electric vehicles with impressive ranges for one charge, but also for developing self-driving technology. While this technology currently isn't in use by drivers, each vehicle is equipped with the necessary technology, "All Tesla vehicles produced in our factory, including Model 3, have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver," says the company's website. But Tesla founder and CEO, Elon Musk, suggested over the weekend that the cars might be capable of more than that in the future. In a seemingly matter of fact tone he answered questions from his Twitter followers who inquired about the self-driving capabilities of the cars. One Twitter user suggested that it would be ideal if they could just ask their car to take them somewhere.
Tesla Motors' mass-market Model 3 electric cars are seen in a handout picture from Tesla Motors on March 31, 2016. Robotic arms can be seen working away as sparks fly from the structural body of the vehicle mid production. The site currently says that there is a 12 to 18 month expected wait time for deliveries, "As we ramp up production, deliveries for Model 3 reservations placed today are not expected to be delivered until mid 2018." The plan for 2017 was to achieve production of the long range battery necessary for the car, begin custom deliveries in October and to begin producing the standard battery in November.
However, going by the official video, it doesn't seem to be equipped for flying long distances. Unlike diesel or petrol vehicles, battery-powered flying vehicles are equipped to fly less than an hour, also the thin frame doesn't give room to add much payload to the vehicle and also limits the number of rotors on the vehicle. But the concept can be scaled up and made capable of flying long distances and carrying bigger payloads. But it is not just the Russian military, the U.S. military is also working on a similar concept with Malloy Aeronautics, but that concept currently has a robot riding the hoverbike.
Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority announced it successfully tested autonomous taxi drones in the city. Volocopter, the German company that built the flying drones, said this week's test is the "first-ever public flight of an autonomous urban air taxi." Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority announced the flying drones at the 2017 World Government Summit in February. The drone taxi is powered by 18 rotors and includes an "intelligent autonomous control system," said Volocopter.
Musk called the upcoming vehicle a'beast' and'unreal,' so the upcoming vehicle is expected to compete with large rigs. Tesla has accommodated its battery in place of the regular engine in its cars, but the frame of a truck and its engine are designed differently and Tesla's design is expected to be interesting. But to compete with traditional long haul trucks, the Tesla Semi trucks will need to boost this range to 1,000 miles as regular long haul trucks have a range of 600-900 miles at least. But that brings up a quagmire -- the company will need a larger battery to provide the truck with an extended range, but if the battery is too big, it could actually interfere with the truck's weight carrying capacity.
It will focus on three categories -- conditional assistance, high assistance and fully automated self-driving. Forward Collision Warning: Sensors will detect and warn the car's systems of a potential collision and help minimize loss of life. Automatic Emergency Braking: In case of an imminent collision, the car's systems will apply brakes automatically. Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking: The cars' sensors will especially detect pedestrians and warn the human driver inside, along with the car's systems and brakes will be automatically applied to ensure the pedestrians' safety.