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You Scared, Bro? Maybe Your Autonomous Car Should Ease Your Fears


Most people surveyed about autonomous are comfortable with the technology and yet billions continue ... [ ] to be invested in the technology. In a recent survey by Myplanet of various technologies, "autonomous driving" came in as the most uncomfortable of the thirty-five technologies at 66.8% of the Americans surveyed. To put that in perspective, one of the technologies near the middle of the pack was "surgical robot" at 42% negative, which translates into "I'd rather your'bot cuts me open than have it drive me to the corner store." As summarized well by Jason Cottrell, Myplanet CEO, "Customers have made up their minds about autonomous driving and it's skewed heavily to the negative." Other studies, in fact, corroborate that level of fear (e.g.

How Musk Really Made His Billions


It's time to tell the truth. Billionaires are not like the rest of us. To their credit, They think and act differently. Elon Musk saw his net worth soar to $70.5 billion Friday, and it's up again today. The 49 year old Tesla ((TSLA) -Get Report) chief is now the seventh richest person in the world.

AI in the (Increasingly Virtual) Workplace -- Machina Ventures


The advent of the pandemic has resulted in the virtualization of many jobs, perhaps permanently. The associated increased quantification of the workplace will enable the accelerated adoption of AI. As our private and professional lives inevitably blur as we work more from home, we need ethical rules more than ever about how companies can use employee-generated data and deploy AI in the workplace. One lasting change from COVID-19 is likely to be that we all will be working from home (or anywhere) more often. Many companies have announced they will allow work from home as a permanent policy.

Micro-Measurements Releases Advanced Sensors Technology CEA and EA


Micro-Measurements, a Vishay Precision Group, Inc. brand, announced the successful integration of Advanced Sensors Technology in its new CEA-Series and EA-Series strain gages. Designed for general purpose, static and dynamic stress analysis, the new CEA and EA strain gage sensors are ideally suited for a broad range of applications including structural health monitoring, autonomous vehicles, aviation, robotics & automation, smart load cells, and condition monitoring. The new Micro-Measurements' CEA-Series universal strain gages builds on approximately 70 years of proven usage and the installation of hundreds of thousands of field-tested devices. Offering a constantan grid completely encapsulated in polyimide, with large, rugged copper-coated tabs, these CEA's provide for ease of application, reduced installation time, high reliability, low total cost of installation. Constructed with constantan foil in combination with a tough, flexible, polyimide backing, the EA-series is available in a wide range of options available including strain range from 3% for gage lengths under 1/8 in (3.2 mm) and 5% for 1/8 in and over.

Information Systems Professor Receives $190K Grant to Improve Self-Driving Cars - AfroTech


Trailblazing information systems professor, Siobahn Day Grady, Ph.D., is a Black tech unicorn you should know about. Not only is she the first woman to receive a doctorate degree in the field of computer science -- according to North Carolina Central University -- from North Carolina A&T State University in 2018, but she also recently received a $190,000 grant to conduct research to improve self-driving cars. Grady received the grant from the National Science Foundation's Historically Black Colleges and Excellence in Research program and plans to use the funds to research and identify issues with self-driving cars. "This research is very timely and relevant; it's the future," Grady said, according to North Carolina Central University. "I'm excited to contribute to the field as well as provide research opportunities to students."

How To Create An AI (Artificial Intelligence) Model


Digital generated image of data. Lemonade is one of this year's hottest IPOs and a key reason for this is the company's heavy investments in AI (Artificial Intelligence). The company has used this technology to develop bots to handle the purchase of policies and the managing of claims. Then how does a company like this create AI models? Well, as should be no surprise, it is complex and susceptible to failure.

Take a deep dive into AI with this $35 training bundle


It's not an exaggeration to say that when it comes to the future of human progress, nothing is more important than Artificial Intelligence (AI). Although often thought to only be associated with everyday entities such as self-driving cars and Google search rankings, AI is in fact the driving force behind virtually every major and minor technology that's bringing people together and solving humanity's problems. You'd be hard-pressed to find an industry that hasn't embraced AI in some shape or form, and our reliance on this field is only going to grow in the coming years--as microchips become more powerful and quantum computing begins to be more accessible. So it should go without saying that if you're truly interested in staying ahead of the curve in an AI-driven world, you're going to have to have at least a baseline understanding of the methodologies, programming languages, and platforms that are used by AI professionals around the world. This can be an understandably intimidating reality for anyone who doesn't already have years of experience in tech or programming, but the good news is that you can master the basics and even some of the more advanced elements of AI and all of its various implications without spending an obscene amount of time or money on a traditional education.

These driverless cars in Shanghai form the world's first 'robotaxi' fleet


While Didi is the first ride-hailing company to roll out a robotaxi service in Shanghai, a few companies launched similar services in other Chinese cities earlier this year. Tech giant Baidu introduced 45 of its robotaxis in the central city of Changsha in March, and Momenta, a startup backed by Baidu rival Tencent, has announced plans for a robotaxi test run in Beijing this fall.

The Intersection Between Self-Driving Cars and Electric Cars


Cars have not been good for the environment, to put it lightly. Someday, self-driving cars will appear widely in the US. Wouldn't it be nice if they also helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Trouble is, making an electric car self-driving requires tradeoffs. Electric vehicles have limited range, and the first self-driving cars are expected to be deployed as roving bands of robotaxis, traveling hundreds of miles each day.