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Back-Flipping Robot Is A Giant Leap For Robot Kind

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MIT's Atlas robot, nicknamed Helios, completes the driving task at the June 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals. Helios is a second-generation Atlas, developed for DARPA by Boston Dynamics. MIT's Atlas robot, nicknamed Helios, completes the driving task at the June 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals. Helios is a second-generation Atlas, developed for DARPA by Boston Dynamics. Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 was a day filled with news.


If You Give Sheep Cameras, They'll Help Create Street Maps

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The Faroe Islands didn't have Google street view, but they wanted to. So they strapped 360-degree cameras on the backs of sheep to make their own.


Why Google Home Has Hard Time Recognizing The Smash Hit 'Despacito'

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The Latin Grammy nominated song "Despacito" is a smash hit on YouTube. But if you ask Google's personal assistant to play "Despacito" it can't understand the command. Even though YouTube is part of Google. It's a learning moment about artificial intelligence, how natural language processing works and why machines still struggle with translation and foreign accents.


Self-Driving Cars Aren't Quite Ready For City Streets

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Self-driving cars hit the gas this week with an autonomous shuttle bus debut in Las Vegas, and Waymo's vehicle testing in Phoenix. Cities aren't quite ready for these cars to be out on the streets, but that is in the works. Linda Bailey, executive director of the National Association of City Transportation Officials talks about a blueprint the organization released last week to help them get there.


Study Backs Getting Driverless Cars On The Road, As Waymo Ditches Backup Drivers

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The company says they're deploying cars without backup drivers. The company says they're deploying cars without backup drivers. A new study is bolstering the case for putting more autonomous vehicles on the road sooner rather than later -- at the same time that self-driving cars are hitting a milestone in parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area. A research report released this week argues that deploying driverless cars commercially as soon as they become at least a little safer than human drivers, could end up saving hundreds of thousands of lives -- as compared to waiting for the technology to be close to perfect. Meanwhile, on the roads in Arizona, the first public tests of self-driving cars without backup drivers have begun.


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Scientists have developed a computer model that breaks through a key test used to tell a human from a bot. Text-based CAPTCHAs, a rough acronym for Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart, are groups of jumbled characters along with squiggly lines and other background noise.


From Post-it Notes To Algorithms: How Automation Is Changing Legal Work

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While document review used to be tedious work for lawyers, Kirk says they can now sift through gigabytes of data within days with the help of artificial intelligence. While document review used to be tedious work for lawyers, Kirk says they can now sift through gigabytes of data within days with the help of artificial intelligence. This is part of an occasional series: Is My Job Safe? These stories look at jobs that might be at risk because of technology and automation. Shannon Capone Kirk's first job as a young lawyer in the late '90s was "document review."


Skip To 'The Good Part' Of Romance Audiobooks

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Getting to the steamy stuff – you know what we're talking about – just got a little easier. Audible recently launched a feature for some romance audiobooks that lets listeners skip to "the good part." The Amazon company launched the Audible Romance Package, which allows users to "binge to your heart's content" thousands of audiobooks included. Because parsing through the masses can be daunting, there are a few ways to narrow the search, including recommendations from the "Take Me to the Good Part" tool. It offers listeners the option to jump to certain places in select audiobooks based on 10 categories.


Skip To 'The Good Part' Of Romance Audiobooks

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Getting to the steamy stuff – you know what we're talking about – just got a little easier. Audible recently launched a feature for some romance audiobooks that lets listeners skip to "the good part." The Amazon company launched the Audible Romance Package, which allows users to "binge to your heart's content" thousands of audiobooks included. Because parsing through the masses can be daunting, there are a few ways to narrow the search, including recommendations from the "Take Me to the Good Part" tool. It offers listeners the option to jump to certain places in select audiobooks based on 10 categories.


Alexa, Are You Safe For My Kids?

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Earlier this month, the toy-giant Mattel announced it had pulled the plug on plans to sell an interactive gadget for children. The device, called Aristotle, looked similar to a baby monitor with a camera. Powered by artificial intelligence, Aristotle could get to know your child -- at least that was how the device was being pitched. "Aristotle is designed to comfort, entertain, teach and assist," according to a company release issued in January. It was designed to "displace essential parenting functions, like soothing a crying baby or reading a bedtime story," says Josh Golin, executive director of the advocacy group Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.