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) …
Tesla finally unveiled its heavy-duty, all-electric Semi truck, and we're impressed. The big rig is the sum of all of the automaker's work in one massive package, featuring design cues from its other vehicles and even borrowing their parts, like the Model 3 motors that power each of its "super single" wheels. Musk claims the Semi will also offer truckers BAMF acceleration and performance specs, up to 500 miles of range per charge, and a cheaper cost to operate than standard diesel trucks. The Semi certainly looks the part of the next big thing for the trucking industry -- but there's still so much about it that we don't know. Elon Musk only showed off certain aspects of the truck during his presentation, leaving some very important features to be shared at a later date, when Tesla is ready to start churning out the rigs for clients.
Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. They're helpful, kinda adorable, and the exact right amount of intelligence we want our devices to have. Plus, you can give it a fun name. SEE ALSO: Here's how to get one of those Star Wars vacuums if you don't want to shell out $800 up front Roomba was one of the first to the Smart Home trend. Before Amazon got Alexa into every room of your house, you could still get a robot to do your chores.
Looks like Apple lovers are going to have to wait a little longer for smart, room-filling sound. Per a report from CNBC, Apple announced on Friday it will delay the release of the HomePod, a smart speaker set to directly compete with the Amazon Echo, until early 2018. "We can't wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it's ready for our customers," Apple wrote in an email to Mashable. "We'll start shipping in the U.S., UK and Australia in early 2018." Apple debuted the device in June at their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), and originally planned to release the HomePod in December of 2017.
Atlas has been working on its moves. The humanoid robot from Boston Dynamics that was once beat up by a jerk human and later stumbled on stage during an important presentation is now jumping and flipping like it's nothing. With its slick new moves, Atlas may just be plotting its revenge for that ill-conceived abuse from its handler last year. Earlier this week, Boston Dynamics shared a video of its dog-like SpotMini smoothly trotting through a backyard, kneeling, and looking right at the camera. The only clue about what's going on with Boston Dynamics in the latest video is the video headline: "What's new, Atlas?"
Since the technology behind artificial intelligence is so scientific and complex, it's easy to think that AI is only beneficial for advanced corporations or technology companies. In reality, AI is present in many aspects of our everyday lives. Although large companies are usually the ones exploring AI research, we all interact with AI technology in our daily routines--even if we don't always realize it. We have smartphones and home assistants that utilize AI to collect information and respond to requests and questions like, "What's the weather right now?" And if you've ever received a fraud alert from your bank or credit card, this is a result of AI monitoring activity and processing information as well.
Elon Musk is a man with a plan and, yes, a giant semi-truck fits right inside it. The all-electric cargo mover, which Musk will unveil publicly for the first time on Thursday, fits neatly between the affordable all-electric Tesla Model 3 Musk is currently struggling to produce in volume and ride-sharing on steroids. SEE ALSO: Tesla has bad news if you're waiting for a Model 3 Unlike the other electric vehicles Tesla and Musk have put on the road thus far, the Tesla Semi truck is not for you. Well, maybe it is for you if you know how to work a CB radio and can handle an 18-wheeler. No, the Tesla Semi is Musk's first commercial all-electric vehicle, and the difference in sheer size, purpose, and target market raises many important and, admittedly, fascinating questions.
Tesla will reveal its semi-truck design tonight in a highly anticipated event in Hawthorne, California, reaching another goal in founder Elon Musk's "Master Plan" for the company. The semi is the automaker's first shot at disrupting the trucking industry in the same way it brought all-electric cars to the forefront of the consumer auto conversation -- but Tesla won't be alone in its attempt to bring electric, autonomous big rigs to the world's highways. There are multiple next-gen trucking projects in the works from all manner of players, from fledgling startups with one killer concept to major conglomerates launching new brands. Some of the ventures focus on creating all-electric powertrains for heavy-duty vehicles, while others add self-driving features and new fleet logistics systems to standard rigs -- but they all want to shake up the trucking industry. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk rips the press for'ridiculous' coverage of Tesla firings Before Musk takes the stage at 8 p.m. Pacific on Thursday (or jumps on top of his new rig or whatever he winds up doing), lets take a look at a few of the other most exciting trucks in development that could change the way we haul cargo.
Google Home and the Amazon Echo have new competition. Baidu, which runs China's most popular search engine, has produced the Raven H, a voice-activated speaker that runs on an artificial intelligence platform. The Raven H is the first product in Baidu's upcoming AI plan, following its acquisition in earlier this year of Beijing-based smart home startup, Raven. 'Humans & machines have been interacting w/ one another for years, but raven H aims to create a world in which this interaction is seamless.' If anything, the new speaker's design looks like none of the competition, and appears to be able to flip up to face the user, when activated.
The "Idea Train" is pulling into the station and with it comes workout stations, a children's lounge, and relaxation compartments. Deutsche Bahn, a German rail system, recently revealed its concept train of the future. It includes many amenities because the company anticipates future trains will be competing with self-driving cars. The appeal of the train as a place to read and work will be eliminated when riders can do the same thing in an autonomous car. So the train company has to step up its game.