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What Waymo's new leadership means for its self-driving cars

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Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving car subsidiary, is reshuffling its top executive lineup. On April 2, John Krafcik, Waymo's CEO since 2015, declared that he will be stepping down from his role. He will be replaced by Tekedra Mawakana and Dmitri Dolgov, the company's former COO and CTO. Krafcik will remain as an advisor to the company. "[With] the fully autonomous Waymo One ride-hailing service open to all in our launch area of Metro Phoenix, and with the fifth generation of the Waymo Driver being prepared for deployment in ride-hailing and goods delivery, it's a wonderful opportunity for me to pass the baton to Tekedra and Dmitri as Waymo's co-CEOs," Krafcik wrote on LinkedIn as he declared his departure.


Siemens partners with Google to offer industrial AI tools

ZDNet

Google on Monday said that it's partnering with Siemens to advance AI deployments in industrial use cases. More specifically, Siemens is integrating Google Cloud data analytics and AI capabilities into its Digital Industries Factory Automation portfolio. The integration gives Google a major partner in the manufacturing space, one of six key verticals the cloud company is targeting. The integration, the companies said, should make it easier for manufacturers to manage factory data, run cloud-based AI and machine learning models on top of it, and deploy algorithms at the network edge. Over the next few months, the companies will have share more about the specific Google Cloud tools that will be integrated into the Siemens portfolio and offered as a joint solution, a Google spokesperson told ZDNet.



AI in Content Marketing

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AI tools can transform the entire marketing production process, helping marketing teams make data-driven decisions about what to write, who to write for, and how to reach readers as effectively as possible. Tools like Smart Compose from Gmail are already producing short-form content that replicates a human tone. Does this mean that robots will be writing the content you enjoy reading every day? Currently, AI is being used primarily in content production planning stages. For example, tools that can dynamically cluster relevant content topics can help marketers identify actionable opportunities. Some tools help marketers navigate changes occurring in search engines and social media algorithms.


DARPA says industry interest in AI Next campaign is 'very good, solid' - FedScoop

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Despite a summer of controversy surrounding the use of artificial intelligence for military purposes, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says it has no problem garnering interest in its AI research projects. "We don't see that we are having problems engaging with industry," Valerie Browning, director of the Defense Science office at DARPA, said on a Washington Post event panel last week. DARPA recently announced a $2 billion campaign called "AI Next" aimed at "third wave" AI research. The goal is to get the technology to a place where machines adapt to changing situations the way human intelligence does. Responding to a question about whether and how Google's decision to end its work with Pentagon AI initiative Project Maven has impacted DARPA, Browning downplayed any effect.


What is Python Used For

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Python is one of the most popular programming languages in the world. There are a lot of reasons why big companies like Google, Instagram, Pinterest, Spotify use this awesome language. In this article, I am going to talk about Python and then the areas that Python programming language is used in. Python is an interpreted, object-oriented, high-level programming language. It was created by Guido van Rossum in the 1980s.


The Morning After: SpaceX's Starship secures a lunar lander deal with NASA

Engadget

While we continue to wait for news about the Mars copter's first test flight, Elon Musk and SpaceX closed out the week with a big win, scoring a contract from NASA to use Starship as a lander for the Artemis lunar program. The company beat out Blue Origin (which teamed up with key aerospace players like Lockheed Martin) and defense contractor Dynetics to secure the $2.9 billion contract. There are still funding hurdles for NASA to clear if it plans to fly as scheduled, but those missions are still years away at best. In the nearer future, Apple's Spring Loaded event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday and Chris Velazco has reminders of the rumors you should know about before it starts. New iPads and iMacs seem like safe bets, but we'll see if there are any big surprises in a few days.


This week's best deals: $20 off Google's Nest Audio and more

Engadget

This week brought a bunch of deals on new gadgets, including Amazon's rotating Echo Show 10 and Google's Nest Hub. The former dropped to a new all-time low while the latter remains 20 percent off at various retailers. AirPods Pro are more than $50 off right now, and Amazon Prime members can snag the Fire TV Stick Lite for only $20. Here are the best tech deals from this week that you can still get today. The Nest Audio smart speaker is still $20 off across the web, bringing to down to $80.


Google tracking: what does Australian court ruling mean and how can I secure my devices?

The Guardian

If you have ever used Google Maps on your phone without fiddling with the location settings, it goes without saying that the tech giant knows everywhere you've been. The really bad news is that even if you have previously tried to stop Google tracking your every movement, the company may have done so anyway. On Friday the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) won a legal action in the federal court, which ruled that, thanks to a peculiar set-up that required a user to check "No" or "Do Not Collect" to both "Location History" and "Web & App Activity" on some Android and Pixel phones, someone who ticked "No" to just one would still end up being tracked. We asked Dr Katharine Kemp, a legal academic from the University of New South Wales whose focus is consumer law, and the Australian cryptographer Vanessa Teague for their thoughts on the significance of the decision and how a person might go about securing their devices. Kemp, an Apple user herself, says that for many consumers, today's decision may not actually mean much, as the decision only related to Android users and Google has since updated the settings that formed the basis of the ACCC's complaint.


Google, Amazon & Microsoft - Who Is Leading The AI Race?

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Rightfully called a disruptive technology, it won't be wrong to say AI is the 21st century's biggest new industry. Once what was only a concept in sci-fi movies, AI is not a make-belief technology anymore, it's here to stay. The best broader applications of artificial intelligence are processes like machine learning, neural networks, deep learning, and voice and speech recognition. A lot of small to medium-sized businesses, as well as tech giants across industries, has invested heavily in adopting AI to their benefit. In fact, if you remove AI from their business practices, their profitability would instantly collapse.