INRIX chose its criteria based on a future business model where an autonomous truck powered by electric batteries or diesel-hybrid motors would cross long highway miles and then be taken over by people who would pilot the rigs through crowded cities to the final loading dock or port, said Avery Ash, INRIX's autonomous vehicle director.
Another option is at the very least to cooperate in order to increase the power of negotiation. A lot of the development of AI is based on the accumulation of enormous amount of data. This data is being accumulated from throughout the world, from countries like India, Brazil or Mexico, and is centralized in places like California or China. You can say that to some extent what we see today in the world is a kind of data colonization. Just as in the 19th century (when) raw material from South America, Africa, Asia, was used to fuel the industrial revolution in Europe and the countries that provided the raw material gained almost nothing in return, a similar thing may be happening now with data.
It's difficult to keep track of the many publicity disasters that have been touched off in recent months by Elon Musk's pronouncements and accusations on Twitter. He berated Wall Street analysts who questioned his company's finances on a conference call. He announced on Twitter that he was considering taking Tesla private, only to do an about-face. And then there was the recent podcast where he appeared to be smoking marijuana in a far-flung philosophical interview touching on everything from improving the safety of self-driving cars to the dangers of artificial intelligence, sending Tesla stock to its lowest point in months.
BMW on Saturday showed off the electric, autonomous "Vision iNext" SUV in Beijing as part of a publicity tour in which the prototype car and a stage have traveled around the world in the hold of a Lufthansa cargo jet. The vehicle, with gas and brake pedals that sink into the floor during autonomous driving and touch-screen controls embedded in the rear seat cushion, hints at an electric vehicle BMW could launch among 12 fully electric models it has promised by 2025.
The safety of self-driving cars has become a source of concern for U.S. transportation regulators this year after one of Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] vehicles struck and killed a woman in March in Arizona, prompting the company to shut down its testing efforts for a time. Uber has said it plans to have self-driving cars back on the road by the end of the year.
"Big Bertha," though, was most notable for its disturbing content, reflecting Taylor's penchant for giving equal time to the darkest depths of human nature. "Bertha" is a robotic carnival creature. A wholesome 1950s family -- a couple and their daughter -- comes out to the fun fair to play, but after feeding coins into Bertha's slot, slips into depravity; by the end, the father has raped and killed his pig-tailed young daughter. Even a lighter work, "Company B," a set of jaunty dances like the jitterbug to the music of the Andrews Sisters, has its dark elements: Look closely amid the joyful dances and you see young men as soldiers, shot and crumpling to the ground.