Would you buy a self driving car? Researchers find nearly half of all Americans WON'T

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Almost half of Americans say they would never buy a fully self driving car, a new survey has found. The huge blow to the industry comes after rocky trials that have seen multiple accidents, including a self-driving Uber vehicle that killed a pedestrian in the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle in March. The Cox Automotive Evolution of Mobility Study found that consumer awareness of driverless vehicles has skyrocketed - but that people still want to be able to drive themselves. The research found 84 per cent want to have the option to drive themselves even in a self-driving vehicle, compared to 16 per cent who would feel comfortable letting an autonomous vehicle drive them without the option of being able to take control. It also found 84 per cent want to have the option to drive themselves even in a self-driving vehicle, compared to 16 per cent who would feel comfortable letting an autonomous vehicle drive them without the option of being able to take control.

Robots have the power to 'significantly influence' children's opinions, scientists warn

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Robots can'significantly influence' children's opinions, researchers have found. Experts used a classic psychological test to compare how adults and children respond to an identical task when in the presence of their peers and robots. They showed that while adult's opinions are often influenced by peers, they are easily able to resist being persuaded by robots - with children aged between seven and nine were more likely to give the same responses as the robots, even if they were obviously incorrect. Experts used a classic psychological test to compare how adults and children respond to an identical task when in the presence of their peers and robots. The study, conducted at the University of Plymouth and called titled'Children conform, adults resist', used the Asch paradigm - first developed in the 1950s - which asked people to look at a screen showing four lines and say which two match in length.

Uber is investing its revenue in everything from scooters and bikes to flying taxis


Owning a car means having the freedom to venture at your own pace… it also means a great deal of expenses, and surprisingly a study found that it might be cheaper to Uber in these major cities than to own a car. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has brought Uber back to basics, refocusing on delivering profitable ride-hailing. Uber wants to be more than your first choice for a ride-sharing service: It wants to infiltrate your life, just as Amazon does. The ride-hailing company, now nine years old, is generating revenue growth, and reinvesting that into a variety of expansive ventures – from scooters and bikes to flying taxis. Uber generated $2.8 billion in revenue last quarter, up 63 percent from the same period a year ago when revenue was about $1.7 billion.

Uber's Second-Quarter Sales Rise 63% With Narrower Loss WSJD - Technology

The San Francisco-based company's second-quarter revenue rose 63% from the prior year to $2.8 billion, while gross bookings, a measure of the overall demand for its ride and delivery services, jumped 41% to about $12 billion, according to a financial statement released by Uber. The company narrowed its loss to $891 million in the second quarter from $1.1 billion a year ago. The loss was, however, wider than the $550 million loss in the first quarter of this year, not including a $3 billion gain from the sales of its southeast Asian and Russian operations. The company is spending more money on new businesses such as food delivery and scooters, according to an Uber spokesman. Mr. Khosrowshahi, who replaced ousted Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick last August, has worked to cut expenses at the ride-hailing company in preparation for an initial public offering.

Robots have power to 'significantly influence' children, study reveals

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Children are far more susceptible than adults to being influenced by robots, according to a study. Researchers at the University of Plymouth used a technique developed in the 1950s to determine how much influence robots can have on people's opinions. The Asch paradigm was originally used to describe how people will usually follow the opinions of others, even if they are clearly wrong. "People often follow the opinions of others and we've known for a long time that it is hard to resist taking over views and opinions of people around us," said robotics professor Tony Belpaeme, who led the study alongside Plymouth researcher Anna Vollmer. "We know this as conformity.

Intelligent Factories Of The Future


As more manufacturers begin to integrate smart machines into their production processes, employees throughout the industry seek to understand what it will mean to the factory of the future. To understand how new industrial technology will impact employees, a team from Intel's Internet of Things Group conducted a study to find out what workers from the factory floor to the boardroom can expect in the intelligent factory of the future. Led by Dr. Irene Petrick, industrial innovation director, and Dr. Faith McCreary, principal engineer and researcher, the global study involved interviewing 145 employees working in industrial manufacturing -- including petrochemical, metal fabrication, and food and beverage companies with factories, primarily in North America. "Current manufacturers who are considering new digital implementations need to think not just about the technology piece, but also about their workforce," said Petrick, an internationally recognized expert in strategic road mapping and innovation. "It's not just about the numbers of jobs that are changed.

How Rude Humanoid Robots Can Mess With Your Head


The little humanoid robot's name is Meccanoid, and it is a scoundrel. The well-meaning human test subject asks the robot: If you were to make a friend, what would you want them to know? "That I'm bored," Meccanoid says. A new participant asks Meccanoid the same question, but now the robot is programmed to be nice. What does this robot want the friend to know? "I already like him a lot," Meccanoid says. Researchers in France have been exposing human subjects to nasty and pleasant humanoids for good reason: They're conducting research into how a robot's attitude affects a human's ability to do a task.

Uber Narrows 2Q Loss as Company Polishes Tarnished Image

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Uber's efforts to develop self-driving cars also have been bogged down during the past year amid allegations that it stole technology from a Google spinoff and a fatal collision involving one of its robotic cars that ran over a pedestrian in Arizona. And on Tuesday, New York City's mayor signed a bill that would impose a yearlong cap on new licenses for ride-hailing apps and also allow the city to set a minimum wage for drivers. New York is the largest American market for Uber.

Haru: An Experimental Social Robot from Honda Research

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Social robots have had it tough recently. There are lots of reasons for this, but a big part of it is that it's a challenge to develop a social robot that's able to spark long-term user interest without driving initial expectations impractically high. This isn't just the case for commercial robots--social robots designed for long-term user interaction studies have the same sorts of issues. The Honda Research Institute is well aware of how tricky this is, and researchers there have been working on the design of a prototype social robot that achieves a "balance between human expectation, surface appearance, physical affordance, and robot functionality." It's called Haru, and Honda Research has provided a fascinating and detailed look into how they came up with its design.

AI-powered drones will ensure birds steer clear of airports


Most airports are working to keep drones away, but a new AI-powered breed could help to improve safety by steering birds clear of airspace. While rare, birds can pose a serious problem to aircraft – from broken windshields to engine failures. That's not to say bird strikes themselves are uncommon. Between 1990-2015, there were 160,894 bird strikes on US aircraft. Each year, bird strikes cost US airlines an estimated $1.2 billion.