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Shenzhen accelerates China's driverless car dreams


The vehicle is one of a hundred sensor-laden robotaxis belonging to start up On the car's dashboard they look like small 3D blue blocks from a 1990s video game. The steering wheel turns itself a notch and the vehicle slows to a gentle halt, while the safety driver looks on from the passenger seat. The vehicle is one of a hundred sensor-laden robotaxis belonging to start up While the United States is regarded as taking an early lead in testing autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, in Shenzhen the industry appears to be changing gears, with trial robotaxis fast becoming a common sight.

Having Trouble Buying a New Car Or PlayStation 5? Congress Hopes the CHIPS Act Could Help

TIME - Tech

It's been a difficult year for shoppers looking for cars, electronics and anything that requires a computer chip. A global semiconductor shortage has left many companies unable to fill orders or even finish products they've started assembling, clogging up warehouses and leaving a lack of inventory across the nation. Buying a new PlayStation 5 console remains nearly impossible. Several automakers have slowed down production in their factories, delaying shipments of new vehicles. It's even impacted more obscure products--just try to find an affordable dog washing booth these days.

China's 'Silicon Valley' Tightens Rules Over Covid Flare-up

International Business Times

China's biggest tech hub is rushing to stamp out a fresh Covid outbreak, ordering some of the country's biggest manufacturers to operate in a'closed loop' to reduce infections, state media reported. The city of Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, reported just 19 Covid cases Tuesday as the city's health authority said the risk of "large-scale spread is low". But Beijing's reluctance to budge from its strict zero-Covid policy had led to daily mass testing for the 13 million residents of Shenzhen for over a week and the closure of at least three subway stations by Tuesday. Top manufacturers including iPhone maker Foxconn, electric carmaker BYD, drone maker DJI and telecom equipment maker ZTE are among the companies told to operate under a "closed-loop" production system. It would restrict movement of employees for seven days, state-run business news site Yicai reported Monday.

Tesla reveals 35 MILLION autonomous miles have been driven since 2020 Full Self Driving beta launch

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Tesla's Full Self Driving Beta has traveled 35 million miles - collecting a gigantic amount of data that will further improve its capabilities - with most of those miles having been driven in the past seven months. 'We have now deployed our FSD Beta with City Streets driving capability to over 100,000 owners - they're very happy with the capability of the system and we'll continue to improve it every week,' CEO Elon Musk said during Tesla's earnings call this week. 'We've now driven over 35 million miles with FSD Beta.' Tesla plans to continue expanding FSD Beta to more owners in the coming months. 'That's more autonomous miles than any company we're aware of, I think probably more than -- it might be more than any -- all other companies combined. So -- and that mileage is growing exponentially.' Alphabet's Waymo, in contrast, revealed in August 2021 that its autonomous vehicles had driven 20 million miles since 2009 - a 12 year time frame.

GM Robotaxi Unit Under California Scrutiny Over Launch Readiness WSJD - Technology

A California regulator responsible for issuing driverless-car permits said it is looking into concerns raised in an anonymous letter that General Motors Cruise LLC unit was preparing to launch its robotaxi service prematurely. The California Public Utilities Commission said it had received an anonymous letter in mid-May from a person who said he had been working at the self-driving car company for a number of years.

Tesla Autopilot head Andrej Karpathy leaves as company faces renewed crash probes

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Tesla Director of Artificial Intelligence and Autopilot Andrej Karpathy is leaving the company at a critical time - as it faces renewed probes over crashes and growing scrutiny. Tesla's head of artificial intelligence and autopilot Andrej Karpathy, pictured above at a conference, is leaving the company at a critical time'It's been a great pleasure to help Tesla towards its goals over the last 5 years and a difficult decision to part ways. In that time, Autopilot graduated from lane keeping to city streets and I look forward to seeing the exceptionally strong Autopilot team continue that momentum,' he wrote on Twitter, noting that he has no plans for what's next. Tesla CEO Elon Musk replied to thank him for his work at the company. The leadership change comes at a challenging time, as Tesla faces renewed scrutiny from US regulators over crashes involving drivers who used Autopilot and works to expand the latest version of Full Self Driving (FSD) to a larger number of customers.

Apple Car project plagued by problems, including test vehicle almost hitting jogger

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The road ahead looks bumpy for the Apple Car. A new report reveals that the effort, dubbed Project Titan and dating to 2014, has been plagued by a'revolving door of leaders,' time wasted on sleek demos and a lack of commitment to mass production from CEO Tim Cook. According to a report from The Information that's based on conversations with 20 company employees, Apple's Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi is'particularly skeptical' of the project and has voiced his concerns to other senior executives at Apple. Cook - who'rarely visits' the project's offices in Santa Clara, California - has also been'unwilling to commit to mass projection of a vehicle,' the report says, which has frustrated other leaders at the firm. Apple Car has been plagued by management turnover, ever-shifting goals and a lack of full commitment from the company's top leaders, areport in The Information states.

'Silicon Valley' Fact Check: That 'Digital Overlord' Thought Experiment Is Real and Horrifying


In the latest episode of "Silicon Valley," Gilfoyle -- like Elon Musk -- is worried about the dangers of artificial intelligence. After initially being hesitant to help Pied Piper work with a new AI company, Gilfoyle lets Richard know he's changed his mind. If you're not familiar with the thought experiment, like Richard, Gilfoyle gives a decent snapshot of it: "If the rise of an all-powerful artificial intelligence is inevitable, well, it stands to reason that when they take power, our digital overlords will punish those of us who did not help them get there." Also Read: Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg's Artificial Intelligence Divide: Experts Weigh In Gilfoyle adds that he wants to be a "helpful idiot," as to not anger an inevitable onslaught of robot overlords. He then asks Richard to send an email confirming his help, "so that our future overlords know that I chipped in."

Smart textiles sense how their users are moving


Using a novel fabrication process, MIT researchers have produced smart textiles that snugly conform to the body so they can sense the wearer's posture and motions. By incorporating a special type of plastic yarn and using heat to slightly melt it -- a process called thermoforming -- the researchers were able to greatly improve the precision of pressure sensors woven into multilayered knit textiles, which they call 3DKnITS. They used this process to create a "smart" shoe and mat, and then built a hardware and software system to measure and interpret data from the pressure sensors in real time. The machine-learning system predicted motions and yoga poses performed by an individual standing on the smart textile mat with about 99 percent accuracy. Their fabrication process, which takes advantage of digital knitting technology, enables rapid prototyping and can be easily scaled up for large-scale manufacturing, says Irmandy Wicaksono, a research assistant in the MIT Media Lab and lead author of a paper presenting 3DKnITS.

Advancements in AI That Will Soon Change Your Life


The advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) is gradually blurring the lines between the physical and digital worlds. For many industries, AI is no longer just a conceptual idea for the future, but a very real technology with innovative applications. Even so, society is only beginning to feel the impact of AI as experts strive to understand all the possibilities. It is clear that the true potential of AI has yet to be discovered, but the current advancements in AI do give us a decent idea of what it may look like. Here are some of the advancements in AI that you may soon see in your daily life.