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The 'Amazon effect' will drive autonomous vehicles, Nvidia CEO says

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Amazon is changing the way products and services are delivered to customers, and so will autonomous vehicles, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang believes. Last year, the autonomous truck delivered 51,744 beer cans from Denver to a facility in Colorado Springs. Google, Nvidia and Intel have put autonomous vehicles on streets, and tech companies like Apple are also chasing self-driving cars. During the quarter, Nvidia announced a deal with Paccar to develop autonomous trucks.


ServiceNow taps AI to automate everyday workflows

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The machine-learning capabilities will be brought into ServiceNow's cloud services for security, customer service, and HR. The Intelligent Automation Engine's algorithms are based on technology the company acquired through its purchase of DxContinuum in January. ServiceNow's new machine-learning capabilities center around the following areas: The predictive intelligence capability will be brought into the company's IT Service Managment offering first, and be incorporated into the fourth-quarter release of the Now Platform, code-named Kingston. In addition to DxContinuum, ServiceNow has acquired other companies over the past year, including IT security firm BrightPoint Security as well as cloud-management company ITapp.


Intel races ahead in autonomous cars with $15.3 billion Mobileye buy

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Intel has shifted its self-driving car efforts into high gear with a $15.3 billion deal to acquire computer vision and collision-avoidance company MobileEye. Mobileye fills that gap, and now the challenge will be to combine Mobileye's technologies with Intel's current product offerings. Intel has already acquired a handful of companies developing self-driving car technologies and last year said it would invest US$250 million over the next two years to develop autonomous cars. The combined Intel-Mobileye organization will support both companies' existing production programs and build on relationships with automotive manufacturers, suppliers and semiconductor partners to advanced driving assist, highly autonomous and fully autonomous driving technology, Intel said.


Logitech to release an Alexa skill for its Harmony Hub-based universal remote controls

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Logitech says it will release a new Alexa skill this week that renders its Harmony Hub-based universal remote controls (e.g., the Harmony Elite or the Harmony Companion) compatible with Amazon's Alexa digital assistant. In addition to TVs, set-top boxes, and A/V receivers, Logitech's Hub can also control many smart-home devices, such as smart light bulbs, motorized window shades, and even smart entry locks. When I reviewed the Harmony Elite remote control, I found this process to be extremely easy. I'd really like to have the lights dim along with the existing Harmony Activities I call "Watch TV" (which turns on my TV, A/V receiver, and DirecTV set-top box) and "Watch a movie" (which turns on the TV, A/V receiver, and Roku box).


Tesla cars to have full self-driving gear, but feature disabled for now

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Tesla Motors' cars will come fitted with full self-driving hardware, as the company jousts with tech rivals like Google and car makers like Ford who are making a dash for the autonomous car market. The company has since then upgraded the Autopilot technology, adding radar as a primary control sensor. The radar was added to all Tesla vehicles in October 2014 as part of the Autopilot hardware suite, but was only meant to be a supplementary sensor to the primary camera and image processing system, Tesla said. The company said that as of Wednesday all cars, including Model 3, produced in its factory will have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability "at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver."


Google's CEO just called the next wave in computing, and it's not VR

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"I do think in the long run we will evolve in computing from a mobile-first to an AI-first world," said Sundar Pichai, Google's CEO, answering an analyst's question during parent company Alphabet's quarterly earnings call Thursday. Google believes it has a lead in AI and the related field of machine learning, which Alphabet's Eric Schmidt has already pegged as key to Google's future. Machine learning is one of the ways Google hopes to distinguish its emerging cloud computing business from those of rivals like Amazon and Microsoft, Pichai said. Pichai made his comments during Alphabet's earnings call for the first quarter, which were a mixed bag.


Lutron's Caséta wireless lighting controller now works with Amazon's Echo devices

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Lutron announced today that its Caséta wireless lighting systems are now compatible with Amazon's Alexa voice-control system, enabling owners of Amazon's Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, or Amazon Fire TV to control Caséta-connected lighting fixtures with voice commands. Lutron's Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge and Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge Pro can control up to 50 Caséta lighting-control devices, using Lutron's proprietary Clear Connect technology. The company's Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge Pro is also compatible with Apple's HomeKit platform, and the company has partnered with Nest (participating in the Works With Nest program), Comcast (it can be integrated into Xfinity Home systems), and several smart thermostat manufacturers (including Honeywell, Carrier, and Ecobee). The Caséta line also enables you to group multiple lights into "rooms," and multiple "rooms" into "zones."


Meet Tay, Microsoft's new AI chat bot

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That, at least, is according to a new Web page for the artificially intelligent bot, which was created by Microsoft to learn more about how people converse. If you share information with Tay, the bot will track your nickname, gender, favorite food, ZIP code and relationship status. Tay was developed by Microsoft's Technology and Research and Bing teams by mining public data and using AI and content developed by a staff including "improvisational comedians," the bot's page explains. Such technologies can offer a less expensive alternative to human-led efforts, Enderle noted, as well as helping to reduce the bias that can be unintentionally introduced by human researchers.