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Oregon Family Finds Amazon's Alexa Has a Mind of Her Own

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University researchers from Berkeley and Georgetown found in a 2016 paper that sounds unintelligible to humans can set off voice assistants in general, which raised concerns of exploitation by attackers. Amazon did not immediately comment on the matter, but it previously told The New York Times that it has taken steps to keep its devices secure.


Amazon: Echo Device Sent Conversation to Family's Contact

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"What makes it particularly unfortunate is the sense that Amazon Echo users will have that there's any prospect that what they say in their private home might end up outside the home," Calo said. "We feel less reassured about the control we assert over it than we once did. It's the feeling you have to watch what you say in front of a device that's supposed to make your life better."


South Carolina Plans to Use Drones to Remotely Watch Inmates

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State Corrections Director Bryan Stirling showed reporters new drones on Thursday that can be used to monitor a prison and the area outside, where contraband such as cellphones and drugs can be launched over walls.


Feds: Uber Self-Driving SUV Saw Pedestrian but Didn't Brake

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In a preliminary report on the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that emergency braking maneuvers are not enabled while Uber's cars are under computer control, because it reduces the potential for erratic behavior.


Uber Self-Driving Car Failed to Recognize Pedestrian, Brake: U.S. Agency

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Uber [UBER.UL] self-driving vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in March failed to identify the pedestrian or to brake, raising serious questions about its performance, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released on Thursday.


Feds: Uber Self-Driving SUV Saw Pedestrian; Did Not Brake

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The NTSB report comes a day after Uber pulled its self-driving cars out of Arizona, eliminating the jobs of about 300 people who served as backup drivers and performed other jobs connected to the vehicles. Uber had suspended testing of its self-driving vehicles in Arizona, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto while regulators investigated the cause of the March 18 crash.


The Potential Winners of the Global Artificial Intelligence Race

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China has set an ambitious target of becoming the leader in this field by 2030 and transform AI work into an industry worth $150 billion. Beijing already recognizes that will take work. By 2020 the central government says the country will need to develop new AI theories and technologies in a fast-changing field, according to the Chinese State Council. By 2025, China's industries should be transformed by breakthroughs in AI, while the following five years will seal the country's status as a world leader in the technology.


Uber Shutters Self-Driving Program in Arizona

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Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] is not shuttering its entire autonomous vehicle program, a spokeswoman said, but rather is focused on more limited testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and California. It aims to resume self-driving operations this summer.


Uber Puts Brakes on Self-Driving Car Operation in Arizona

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The ride-sharing service said in a prepared statement that it remains focused on a "top-to-bottom safety review" and will now focus more efforts on its engineering hubs in Pittsburgh and San Francisco.


Israel's Defense Expertise Drives Tech Boom for Autonomous Cars

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StoreDot, which raised $60 million from Daimler in September and another $20 million from BP on Tuesday, developed a super-fast charger for cellphones before switching to automotives. The company, valued at $750 million according to startup marketplace Funderbeam, says its batteries can fully charge an electric vehicle in five minutes.