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Robots break new ground in construction industry


As a teenager working for his dad's construction business, Noah Ready-Campbell dreamed that robots could take over the dirty, tedious parts of his job, such as digging and leveling soil for building projects. Now the former Google engineer is turning that dream into a reality with Built Robotics, a startup that's developing technology to allow bulldozers, excavators and other construction vehicles to operate themselves. "The idea behind Built Robotics is to use automation technology make construction safer, faster and cheaper," said Ready-Campbell, standing in a dirt lot where a small bulldozer moved mounds of earth without a human operator. The San Francisco startup is part of a wave of automation that's transforming the construction industry, which has lagged behind other sectors in technological innovation. Backed by venture capital, tech startups are developing robots, drones, software and other technologies to help the construction industry to boost speed, safety and productivity.

Tempe police chief: Fatal Uber crash with pedestrian likely 'unavoidable'


Uber is confirming that one of its self-driving vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in the Phoenix metro area Sunday night. Company officials say Uber is halting all of its self-driving testing as of Monday as the investigation continues. FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016 file photo, an Uber driverless car waits in traffic during a test drive in San Francisco. PHOENIX -- A fatal crash involving a self-driving Uber likely was "unavoidable" based on an initial police investigation and a review of video, Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir told The Arizona Republic on Tuesday. Moir said, however, that any charging decision would be up to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

Uber's self-driving car just killed a pedestrian


Police in Tempe, Arizona, are investigating a fatal crash involving an autonomous Uber vehicle, according to a report from ABC15. The report claims Uber's self-driving car was in autonomous mode when it hit 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg Sunday night around 10 PM. She was walking her bicycle in the street outside designated crosswalks, and later died from her injuries at a local hospital. The vehicle was in autonomous mode, but there was a human operator in the driver's seat, 44-year-old Rafael Vasquez. Police have determined that neither the driver nor the victim were impaired, and the weather was clear.

Computational Linear Algebra for Coders Review - Machine Learning Mastery


Numerical linear algebra is concerned with the practical implications of implementing and executing matrix operations in computers with real data. It is an area that requires some previous experience of linear algebra and is focused on both the performance and precision of the operations. In this post, you will discover the Computational Linear Algebra for Coders Review Photo by Ruocaled, some rights reserved. The course "Computational Linear Algebra for Coders" is a free online course provided by

Arizona Governor Helped Make State 'Wild West' For Driverless Cars


An Uber driverless car heads out for a test drive in San Francisco in December 2016, the same month that the company halted testing there and moved it to Arizona. An Uber driverless car heads out for a test drive in San Francisco in December 2016, the same month that the company halted testing there and moved it to Arizona. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey began a push three years ago to attract makers of self-driving cars to the state and actively wooed Uber away from California as a venue for testing those vehicles. Shortly after his election in 2015, the governor signed an executive order supporting the testing and operation of self-driving vehicles that he said was about "innovation, economic growth, and most importantly, public safety." Now the "public safety" part of that order has been thrown into question and Arizona's willingness to become a testing ground for emerging driverless vehicles has come into sharp focus after Sunday's incident in which a self-driving Volvo SUV operated by Uber struck and killed a 49-year-old woman who was walking her bicycle in Tempe.

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An Arizona woman was killed after being struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle, an incident believed to be the first of its kind. But Uber is not the only company that has experienced accidents with driverless cars. Companies like Google, Tesla and General Motors also join the list. An Arizona woman was killed after being struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle this week - prompting the company to suspend all testing of self-driving vehicles in cities across the country. The Uber was in autonomous mode at the time of the collision in Tempe, and there was a vehicle operator behind the wheel, police said.

Uber parks its self-driving cars after fatal pedestrian crash in Tempe


Uber has parked its autonomous cars in North America after a crash early this morning in Tempe, Arizona that killed a female pedestrian. Tempe Police said in a statement provided by Uber that the car was operating in autonomous mode with a human driver when the accident occurred. Elaine Herzberg was taken to the hospital from the site of the accident, where she died from her injuries. She was 49 years old. According to the police's statement, she was walking outside of the crosswalk at the time of the crash.

Productivity boost? Robots break new ground in the construction industry


Robots have moved into factories, warehouses, stores and even our homes. Tech startups are developing self-driving bulldozers, drones to inspect work sites and robot bricklayers. In this photo taken Jan. 26, 2018, Mike Moy, an assistant plant manager for Lehigh Hanson Cement Group, inspects a Kespry drone he uses to survey inventories of rock, sand and other building materials at a mining plant in Sunol, California. Robots are coming to a construction site near you. Tech startups are developing self-driving bulldozers, survey drones and bricklaying robots to help the construction industry boost productivity, speed and safety as it struggles to find enough skilled workers.

On Demand AI Means On Demand Intuitive Marketing


It's not hyperbole to state that all of us -- our behaviours, buying decisions and ultimately our thoughts -- are constantly informed by a cascade of clever algorithms that have learned our patterns. It's an absolute certainty that those of us leading marketing will continue to work diligently to apply machine learning algorithms to the myriad of real world items listed in Federico's Artificial Intelligence Marketing Manifesto just one year ago. These included Predictive Customer Service, Dynamic Product Pricing, Forecasting, plus sophisticated Image, Voice and Language recognition algorithms. Federico, who founded the Artificial Intelligence Marketing Association(AIMA) just 1 year ago (Jan 2017) has seen the San Francisco chapter grow and expand, attracting thousands of local followers and magnetizing AI marketers (270 in the bay area) across borders to the point that we've attracted an impressive international conference as a partner The AI Expo. Federico spoke at the flagship North American event in Santa Clara, CA last November in the Future of Chatbots panel discussion.

SmartRecruiters Unveils Artificial Intelligence Recruiting Assistant, Hiring Scorecard


At the Hiring Success 18 conference in San Francisco, SmartRecruiters unveiled an AI-powered recruiting assistant. The San Francisco-based recruiting startup is on a roll. In just 3 years since launching its enterprise talent acquisition online and mobile platform, SmartRecruiters signed up 2,000 of the world's largest companies like Alcoa, Avery Dennison, Bosch, IAC, IKEA, Nature's Bounty or Visa and connected 15 million candidates to 900,000 jobs. The 200-employee technology company also added more than 3,000 small business customers since it relaunched its free SmartStart offering, last September. "Last year we've also added more than 200 new large enterprise customers replacing competitors like BrassRing (IBM), ICIMS, Jobvite, SuccessFactors (SAP) and Taleo (Oracle)," said SmartRecruiters CEO Jerome Ternynck during an analyst briefing at the company's user conference, Hiring Success 18, in San Francisco this week.