Hitting the Books: What autonomous vehicles mean for tomorrow's workforce


In the face of daily pandemic-induced upheavals, the notion of "business as usual" can often seem a quaint and distant notion to today's workforce. But even before we all got stuck in never-ending Zoom meetings, the logistics and transportation sectors (like much of America's economy) were already subtly shifting in the face of continuing advances in robotics, machine learning and autonomous navigation technologies. In their new book, The Work of the Future: Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines, an interdisciplinary team of MIT researchers (leveraging insights gleaned from MIT's multi-year Task Force on the Work of the Future) exam the disconnect between improvements in technology and the benefits derived by workers from those advancements. It's not that America is rife with "low-skill workers" as New York's new mayor seems to believe, but rather that the nation is saturated with low-wage, low-quality positions -- positions which are excluded from the ever-increasing perks and paychecks enjoyed by knowledge workers. The excerpt below examines the impact vehicular automation will have on rank and file employees, rather than the Musks of the world.

New York Times ad warns against Tesla's "Full Self-Driving" – TechCrunch


A full page advertisement in Sunday's New York Times took aim at Tesla's "Full Self-Driving" software, calling it "the worst software ever sold by a Fortune 500 company" and offering $10,000, the same price as the software itself to the first person who could name "another commercial product from a Fortune 500 company that has a critical malfunction every 8 minutes." The ad was taken out by The Dawn Project, a recently founded organization aiming to ban unsafe software from safety critical systems that can be targeted by military-style hackers, as part of a campaign to remove Tesla Full Self-Driving (FSD) from public roads until it has "1,000 times fewer critical malfunctions." The founder of the advocacy group, Dan O'Dowd, is also the CEO of Green Hill Software, a company that builds operating systems and programming tools for embedded safety and security systems. At CES, the company said BMW's iX vehicle is using its real-time OS and other safety software, and it also announced the availability of its new over-the-air software product and data services for automotive electronic systems. Despite the potential competitive bias of The Dawn Project's founder, Tesla's FSD beta software, an advanced driver assistance system that Tesla owners can access to handle some driving function on city streets, has come under scrutiny in recent months after a series of YouTube videos that showed flaws in the system went viral.

10 Best AI Stocks for 2022


In this article, we discuss the 10 best AI stocks for 2022. If you want to skip our detailed analysis of these stocks, go directly to the 5 Best AI Stocks for 2022. Artificial intelligence is the backbone of a myriad of innovations in today's world such as self-driving cars, high-tech computing, enterprise solutions, and robotics to name a few. AI is also set to play a key role in blockchain technology which forms the basis of the cryptocurrency industry. In addition, AI also played a key role in fighting the spread of COVID-19 from contact tracing to robots and drone deployment to responding to urgent needs in hospitals as well as performing deliveries of food, medications, and equipment.

2021 highlights in science and technology


Despite the ongoing disruption from COVID-19, many impressive breakthroughs in science and technology occurred this year. Below we have listed our top 20 most viewed blogs of 2021, in reverse order. In June, researchers from Google reported a new machine learning technique for microchip floorplanning that can outperform human experts. In November, the world's first electric and self-piloting container ship – Yara Birkeland – undertook its maiden voyage in the Oslo Fjord. This will cut 1,000 tonnes of CO2 and replace 40,000 trips by diesel-powered trucks a year.

Tesla recalls more than 475,000 US cars on technical issues

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Tesla Inc. recalled some 475,000 cars in the U.S. -- nearly equivalent to its global deliveries last year -- because of technical defects that may increase the risk of accidents. The company plans to recall all Model 3 vehicles made between 2017 and 2020 -- that's as many as 356,309 cars. The cable harness for the rear-view camera may be damaged by opening and closing the trunk and prevent the image from displaying, it told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Tesla is also recalling as many as 119,009 Model S cars assembled from 2014 because of a faulty front-trunk latch that could cause the hood to open unexpectedly, according to a separate NHTSA statement also posted on its website Thursday. The company said it will fix both issues free of charge.

The best films of 2021


This year flooded theaters and streaming sites with a wealth of riches. Audiences hungry for escape were rewarded with adventures that boasted evil AI, high fantasy, and sprawling superhero showdowns. Those craving the cerebral were gifted art house films with a perturbed princess, an unnerving nurse, and a serial killer who took her love of muscle cars to a wild extreme. It was a year where musicals sang of the best and worst of New York City, where dramas made infectiously thrilling turns and comedies took culotte-coated leaps that had us in stitches. Here are our picks for the 15 best films of 2021.

Nvidia shares rise as FYQ3 results top expectations, forecast higher, as demand for AI chips 'surges'


Graphics chip powerhouse Nvidia this afternoon reported fiscal Q3 revenue and profit that both topped Wall Street's expectations, and an outlook for this quarter's revenue that was higher as well, driven by record sales of chips for data centers, especially those that crunch artificial intelligence programs. However, revenue from chips used for crypto mining plunged, the company said. The report sent Nvidia shares up almost 4% in late trading. CEO and co-founder Jensen Huang in prepared remarks called the quarter's results "outstanding," noting the company had "record revenue" for its data center chips. Added Huang, "Demand for NVIDIA AI is surging, driven by hyperscale and cloud scale-out, and broadening adoption by more than 25,000 companies. Huang mentioned the company's GTC event last week, noting it "was our most successful yet, highlighting diverse applications, including supply-chain logistics, cybersecurity, natural language processing, quantum computing research, robotics, self-driving cars, climate science and digital biology.

This Week In Startup Funding: Good Glamm Turns Unicorn, Zoomcar Raises $92 Mn


A short Diwali break later, startups are back to announcing their fresh funding rounds and adding to the list of new unicorns emerging in 2021. A unicorn is a privately held entity with a valuation of $1 billion or above. The week ended November 11 saw large-scale fundraises to the tune of $450 million from startups across online platforms for direct-to-consumer products, car rental, freight transport, offline retail savings, edtech and telepharmacy, according to data by Tracxn. The week also saw online food delivery platform Zomato turn investor, announcing its plans to invest a total of $175 million across three startups – Shiprocket, Curefit and Magicpin. Good Glamm became the 35th startup to join the unicorn club this year with a $150 million Series D fundraise.

Autonomous Vehicles: When Will We Get There? – Scitech Patent Art


At least one headline, either in newspapers or news channels, is often packed with stories of self-driving vehicles. Driverless cars, as most of us know, have also sparked Hollywood's imagination for the last few decades! The first autonomous cars appeared in the 1980s, with Carnegie Mellon University's Navlab and ALV projects in 1984, and Mercedes-Benz and Bundeswehr University Munich's Eureka Prometheus Project in 1987.Since then, however, limited research had been observed until 2005. SO WHAT'S NEW? It's surprising to know that, the concept of autonomous vehicles is not entirely new, if we drive down history lane a bit. As early as 1925, Houdina Radio Control demonstrated a radiocontrolled driverless car, the "Linrrican Wonder" on New York City streets, traveling up Broadway and down Fifth Avenue through the thick of the traffic.

Waymo will start testing self-driving cars in New York City


Much of Waymo's self-driving vehicle testing has largely focused on warm climates, but it's about to give those machines a harsher trial. Waymo will start driving its autonomous Chrysler Pacifica vans in New York City on November 4th. This and a later wave of Jaguar I-Pace EVs will rely on human drivers to map streets and learn from the environment, but the goal is clearly to achieve full autonomy. The test will focus on Manhattan below Central Park (aka midtown and lower Manhattan), including the financial district and a portion of New Jersey through the Lincoln Tunnel. All tests will operate during daylight.