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Driverless vans will now deliver groceries in London

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Autonomous delivery vehicles are making drop-offs in London as part of a trial program and study spearheaded by University of Oxford self-driving spin-off Oxbotica, as well as Ocado Technologies, a developmental division of the UK-based, online-only supermarket service. SEE ALSO: Car rental companies are nervous about driverless cars, so they're doing something about it The CargoPod runs on Oxbotica's Selenium autonomous control system, which was designed for multiple vehicle types. The UK requires that autonomous test vehicles have someone to take control if anything goes wrong, like most areas that allow autonomous trials in the United States. The team behind the project is also focused on observing how such a system might impact cities and fit into a residential neighborhood, along with how real-world customers react to a driverless vehicle pulling up to their door with their groceries.


Notorious crow single-handedly shuts down mail delivery in neighborhood

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And now for some very Canadian news: Mail delivery has been halted in certain areas of Vancouver because a "well-known crow" attacked a mailman. SEE ALSO: Buy this house and you'll live in 2 countries at once Canuck the crow, who is identifiable to locals because of a red tag on its ankle, has been causing trouble in the area for a long time apparently. Canada Post spokeswoman Darcia Kmet told the BBC: "Regular mail delivery was suspended to three homes due to it being unsafe for our employees. Canuck the badass crow has two times more Facebook fans than the state of Arkansas, and his fanbase seems to absolutely love him.


Amazon's Echo Show has video streaming feature that plays Jimmy Fallon, CNN, CNBC, and more

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Jimmy Fallon, host of The Tonight Show, revealed a new Echo Show feature on Wednesday that gives users the ability to stream on demand video, including Fallon's daily monologue, via the device's video screen. SEE ALSO: Why the Echo Show could be Amazon's most disruptive product The feature is called Flash Briefing and it should already be familiar to anyone who's received audio news updates on the Amazon Echo, with the Echo's audio version of Flash Briefing. With the Echo Show, you can ask the device to show you your Flash Briefings and the device will play short videos from various news sources like CNBC, Reuters, CNN, CBS News, NBC News, Fox News, and now The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Excited to announce our new "Tonight Show Monologue" Flash Briefing!


Samsung Bixby is promising, but Siri has nothing to worry about (for now)

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That is one difference between Samsung's Bixby digital assistant and Apple's Siri. Over the past couple of weeks, however, Samsung has opened a more functional, listening, and speaking Bixby to a small group of Samsung Galaxy S8 owners. When I said, "Take a screenshot and post on Instagram," Bixby grabbed my current screen and composed an Instagram post, asking me to fill in the caption. It's a vision others are trying to fulfill by building their AI voice assistants into home hubs like Google Home and Apple HomePod, but that Samsung could complete by putting Bixby in everything else.


New AI tools could help customer service reps get to your complaints faster

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The new tools, which harness Salesforce's in-house AI, Einstein, will give developers the ability to add features like natural language processing and image recognition to their apps for the CRM service. There are three new services available: Einstein Sentiment, Einstein Intent, and Einstein Object Detection. Sentiment gives developers the ability to create apps to sort messages by the perceived tone of the text as positive, negative, or neutral by identifying keywords, then automatically take appropriate actions. Intent provides a similar service, allowing developers to design apps to automatically classify what a customer is looking to accomplish by sending a message.


Apple wants to hire Siri a personal assistant to keep up with the cool kids

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Apple's AI assistant is tasked with answering your questions and keeping track of your busy schedule, but Siri can't always keep up with all the events jamming the packed-out pop culture calendar. The iPhone maker recently listed a new job posting, spotted by 9to5Mac, for a "Siri Event Maven." The ad's thirst is palpable, incorporating some cringeworthy recruiter-speak to describe a position that will essentially serve as an assistant for Apple's own AI assistant to keep it up to speed on what the cool kids are buzzing about. Unfortunately, the vibe it's giving off is more along these lines: Best of luck to Apple to fill the spot, and to the future Siri Event Maven in their future endeavor of tracking every single made-up holiday in the book.


MIT's new drones that both fly and drive could be huge for creating flying cars

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Thanks to a team of researchers at MIT, we're one step closer to finally having the flying car technology that science fiction of the 1950s promised us. A team at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is working to help achieve all our flying car dreams by developing drones that can both drive and fly. It includes eight quadcopter drones with the ability to fly or drive through a course that includes parking lots, landing pads, and no-fly zones. And while the project is currently working with drones, it could be a huge development for flying cars in the future.


Car rental companies are nervous about driverless cars, so they're doing something about it

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Two high-profile moves reported this week link driverless cars with Big Car Rental: Google's Waymo entered partnership with Avis to storing and maintaining autonomous vehicles, while Apple's self-driving Lexuses have been linked to Hertz in news that, notably, hasn't been officially confirmed by either company. Avis will service Waymo's fleet as part of the new partnership. Avis will instead provide fleet management, servicing, and maintenance support for Waymo's 600-strong fleet of autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans as part of its public pilot program in Phoenix. Apple reps declined to comment about any potential agreements between the two companies, and Hertz reps had no comment when asked for clarification via email.


The neuroscience of motivation—and how it can change your life

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Schaufenbuel's UNC Executive Development white paper has given insight into motivation in the workplace. Our motivation levels are related to our perceived difficulty of a task and the perceived rewards that come from completing that task." You can also use David Rock's SCARF model to further understand how the brain responds to perceived threats and rewards. Status relates to a person's relative importance to others, so provide feedback that aid the recipient's status.


Hinge is adding video. It's time to get yourself camera ready.

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The dating app is launching a new video feature today that will allow you to add clips to your profile. McLeod said they opted for this very low-stress approach because they wanted it to be easy for their users, and they really wanted to avoid ending up with something akin to those infamously creepy direct-to-camera video profiles. Hinge wants to be a place for, as McLeod put it, "one-to-one, intimate communication." They report they're currently growing 20 percent month over month and creating 15,000 dates a week.