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Nuro expands Kroger driverless deliveries to Houston

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Nuro, a self-driving car company founded by two former Google employees, today announced that it's expanding its driverless delivery partnership with grocery giant Kroger to a new market: Houston. This follows pilots in Scottsdale, Arizona that kicked off in August, first with a fleet of modified Toyota Priuses and then with Nuro's custom vehicle, R1. In Houston, Nuro will service four zip codes -- 77401, 77096, 77005, and 77025 -- near two Kroger locations, one on 10306 South Post Oak Road and other off of 5150 Buffalo Speedway. Customers within range will be able to place autonomous same-day or next-day delivery orders via Kroger's website or app seven days a week (based on slot availability) later this spring, for a flat price of $5.95. Once an order is placed, store employees will load the groceries into one of several compartments in Nuro's thin, stout R1, which packs a proprietary mix of laser sensors, cameras, and computers.


Machine learning 'causing science crisis'

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Machine-learning techniques used by thousands of scientists to analyse data are producing results that are misleading and often completely wrong. Dr Genevera Allen from Rice University in Houston said that the increased use of such systems was contributing to a "crisis in science". She warned scientists that if they didn't improve their techniques they would be wasting both time and money. Her research was presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington. A growing amount of scientific research involves using machine learning software to analyse data that has already been collected.


Addressing the promises and challenges of AI

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A three-day celebration event this week for the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing put focus on the Institute's new role in helping society navigate a promising yet challenging future for artificial intelligence (AI), as it seeps into nearly all aspects of society. On Thursday, the final day of the event, a series of talks and panel discussions by researchers and industry experts conveyed enthusiasm for AI-enabled advances in many global sectors, but emphasized concerns -- on topics such as data privacy, job automation, and personal and social issues -- that accompany the computing revolution. Kicking off the day's events, MIT President Rafael Reif said the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing will train students in an interdisciplinary approach to AI. It will also train them to take a step back and weigh potential downsides of AI, which is poised to disrupt "every sector of our society." "Everyone knows pushing the limits of new technologies can be so thrilling that it's hard to think about consequences and how [AI] too might be misused," Reif said.


Is machine learning creating a science crisis? - AI Med

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Statistician Dr. Genevera Allen of Rice University in Houston called it a "crisis in science" as more scientists engaged in machine learning (ML) techniques to analyze their data. Speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington earlier this month, Dr. Allen warned ML is "wasting both time and money" of scientists because it only singles out noise found within existing data patterns which may not be representative of the real World or be reproduced by another experiment. Dr. Allen believes the problem of reproducibility is especially significant when scientists employ ML on genome data to identify patients with similar genomic profiles. A common approach in precision medicine which aims to develop drugs that target specific genome of a disease. However, ML fails to yield consistent results at the moment.


Machine learning 'causing science crisis'

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Machine-learning techniques used by thousands of scientists to analyse data are producing results that are misleading and often completely wrong. Dr Genevera Allen from Rice University in Houston said that the increased use of such systems was contributing to a "crisis in science". She warned scientists that if they didn't improve their techniques they would be wasting both time and money. Her research was presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington. A growing amount of scientific research involves using machine learning software to analyse data that has already been collected.


Rebuilding a Smarter City: Lessons from Houston

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Smart Cities are the future. So when Houston, Texas faced rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, it seized the opportunity to transform itself as a tech-centric, smart city by incorporating emerging technologies including Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Machine Learning and data analytics. Houston is being extremely planful in building multiple innovative solutions across departments at the same time that communicate with one another which is significantly increasing the positive impact it's bringing to its citizens. As a result, Houston has come to serve as a model for Smart City initiatives. We will hear from those responsible for Houston's transformation and examine what others - from policymakers to city officials to business leaders - can learn from their experience.


Looking for a Job? Meet Your Machine Learning Interviewer JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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This article was originally published by Ozy. In 2016, Houston's petrochemical industry had countless job positions that were unfilled. And at the same time, a number of the city's residents were looking for work. So, how was Houston going to fix this? In an effort to help match eligible candidates with open positions, private companies began to step in.


How an Anonymous 4chan Post Helped Solve a 25-Year-Old Math Puzzle

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In September 16, 2011, an anime fan posted a math question to the online bulletin board 4chan about the cult classic television series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Season one of the show, which involves time travel, had originally aired in nonchronological order, and a re-broadcast and a DVD version had each further rearranged the episodes. Fans were arguing online about the best order to watch the episodes, and the 4chan poster wondered: If viewers wanted to see the series in every possible order, what is the shortest list of episodes they'd have to watch? Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences. In less than an hour, an anonymous person offered an answer -- not a complete solution, but a lower bound on the number of episodes required.


New algorithm can more quickly predict LED materials

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Researchers from the University of Houston have devised a new machine learning algorithm that is efficient enough to run on a personal computer and predict the properties of more than 100,000 compounds in search of those most likely to be efficient phosphors for LED lighting. Jakoah Brgoch, assistant professor of chemistry, and members of his lab describe the work a paper published Oct. 22 in Nature Communications. The researchers used machine learning to quickly scan huge numbers of compounds for key attributes, including Debye temperature and chemical compatibility. Brgoch previously demonstrated that Debye temperature is correlated with efficiency. LED, or light-emitting diode, based bulbs work by using small amounts of rare earth elements, usually europium or cerium, substituted within a ceramic or oxide host--the interaction between the two materials determines the performance.


Looks like the first U.S. robot brothel isn't happening ... yet

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The U.S. won't get its very first "robot brothel" after all. The Houston City Council amended an ordinance to prevent a company called KinkySdollS from opening a showroom where people could have, um, intimate relations with realistic sex dolls. The dolls sell for anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000, with optional "body heat" and AI voice options. The amendment -- which doesn't make it illegal to sell the dolls, only to "test" them (oh god why) at the showroom -- was passed unanimously Wednesday by city council members, including Greg Travis, who, reports the AP, called the brothel "weird" and "gross." Regular Houston citizens also spoke out against the business.