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Ford's self-driving cars may have delivery robots because humans are too lazy

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Fox News Flash top headlines for May 22 are here. Check out what's clicking on Ford is developing self-driving delivery vehicles it plans to launch in 2021, but there's a problem. If there isn't a driver, who's going to bring the package or pizza to your door? In tests with faux-autonomous Domino's Pizza cars, Ford discovered that a lot of people were simply too lazy to make the trip to the curb to get their orders from the car themselves, so it came up with the obvious solution: robots.

Will robot drivers rule the road?


It was on the motorway near Phoenix, Arizona, that I realised fully driverless cars might be quite a distant dream. And that was because our Google Waymo robo-taxi seemed incapable of leaving that motorway. We were in Arizona to record a radio documentary for the BBC World Service about the progress towards creating autonomous vehicles that would make our roads safer and replace human drivers with robots. Google leads this race at the moment and for the past six months has been offering a robo-taxi service, Waymo One, to a select few early adopters in and around the Phoenix suburb of Chandler. Our first ride with Waymo took us through the quiet suburban streets, where traffic is sparse and drivers well mannered.

What is AI? Everything you need to know about Artificial Intelligence ZDNet


This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet / TechRepublic special feature, advises CXOs on how to approach AI and ML initiatives, figure out where the data science team fits in, and what algorithms to buy versus build. It depends who you ask. Back in the 1950s, the fathers of the field Minsky and McCarthy, described artificial intelligence as any task performed by a program or a machine that, if a human carried out the same activity, we would say the human had to apply intelligence to accomplish the task. That obviously is a fairly broad definition, which is why you will sometimes see arguments over whether something is truly AI or not. AI systems will typically demonstrate at least some of the following behaviors associated with human intelligence: planning, learning, reasoning, problem solving, knowledge representation, perception, motion, and manipulation and, to a lesser extent, social intelligence and creativity. AI is ubiquitous today, used to recommend what you should buy next online, to understand what you say to virtual assistants such as Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri, to recognise who and what is in a photo, to spot spam, or detect credit card fraud. AI might be a hot topic but you'll still need to justify those projects.

Teaching AI how to feel FEAR could make autonomous cars better drivers, study suggests

Daily Mail - Science & tech

'Physiological changes are correlated with these biological preparations to protect one-self from danger.' According to the researchers, teaching the algorithm when a person might feel more anxious in a given situation could serve as a guide to help machines avoid risks. 'Our hypothesis is that such reward functions can circumvent the challenges associated with sparse and skewed rewards in reinforcement learning settings and can help improve sample efficiency,' the team explains. The researchers put the autonomous software through a simulated maze filled with walls and ramps to see how they performed with fear instilled in them. And, compared to an AI that was trained based only on wall proximity, the system that had learned fear was much less likely to crash. 'A major advantage of training a reward on a signal correlated with the sympathetic nervous system responses is that the rewards are non-sparse - the negative reward starts to show up much before the car collides,' the researchers wrote. 'This leads to efficiency in training and with proper design can lead to policies that are also aligned with the desired mission.'

AI and pharma sales


Research into artificial intelligence (AI) started in the 1950s but the technology has only recently been put to use by industry. In fact, this time last year, just 15% of businesses were using AI and 31% planned to use it within a year. According to Veeva, the technology could transform pharmaceutical sales in 2019. Put simply, AI is the development of'intelligent' computers that can perform a number of human-like tasks. The technology should develop traits, such as reasoning, problem-solving, perception and planning, and learn from past experiences.

AI in Five, Fifty and Five Hundred Years -- Part Two -- Fifty Years


Check out part one of this series for what the next five to fifteen years looks like in AI. In part two we get super sci-fi and see if our crystal ball can reach 50 years into the future. Once dumb objects have woken up. Your shirt is babbling away with your shades and having a conversation with your girlfriend's pearl earrings when she's traveling to give a talk in Brazil. Everything from our houses, to weapons, to planes, trains and automobiles, to roads, clothes, jewelry, headphones, glasses, and eye contacts are wild with thoughts. The dynamic new algorithms that pushed us past deep learning and powered the fourth wave of the intelligence revolution sprang from world wide efforts to map every single neuron and connection in the human brain. Eventually the processors and biotechnology caught up with our ambitions and scientists succeeded beyond our wildest expectations.

7 Indicators Of The State-Of-Artificial Intelligence (AI), April 2019


More than 30% said their companies have allocated $50 million or more to smart automation projects, and more than half have already spent at least $10 million; the initiatives include various combinations of robotic process automation (RPA), artificial intelligence, machine learning, cognitive computing and analytics; highest expenditure levels were for the finance and accounting category, marked by 23% of respondents as receiving investment of slightly more than US$50 million; the technology that organizations are experimenting with or piloting the most is AI (36); 30% of companies are opting not to invest or are unsure of their plans for smart automation (KPMG Easing the Pressure Points). Lawyers surveyed think AI will be valuable for tracking billable time (53% of US layers, 49% of UK lawyers), conflicts clearance (43% and 41%), and compliance with client billing documents (34% for both US and UK lawyers) (Intapp survey reveals lawyers' attitudes toward technology). The portion of auto companies not using or testing AI rose to 39% in 2019 from 26% in 2017 (Capgemini). "The accelerated growth of RPA is being driven by high levels of efficiency and productivity that can now be achieved from intelligent automation, which combines advanced RPA, artificial intelligence and embedded analytics. The demand for RPA solutions has surged as legacy companies are now competing with'digital native' companies like Amazon and Uber, in which nearly every part of the business is completely automated"--Mihir Shukla, CEO of Automation Anywhere Inc., an RPA maker that expects to deploy three million software robots at organizations worldwide by 2020, a 200% increase from today (Wall Street Journal).

To Be Ethical, AI Must Become Explainable. How Do We Get There? - Liwaiwai


AI can now write realistic-sounding text, give debating champs a run for their money, diagnose illnesses, and generate fake human faces--among much more. After training these systems on massive datasets, their creators essentially just let them do their thing to arrive at certain conclusions or outcomes. The problem is that more often than not, even the creators don't know exactly why they've arrived at those conclusions or outcomes. There's no easy way to trace a machine learning system's rationale, so to speak. The further we let AI go down this opaque path, the more likely we are to end up somewhere we don't want to be--and may not be able to come back from.

How self-driving cars predict behaviour of other road users

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Footage shows what a self-driving car'sees' as it navigates past cyclists, pedestrians and how it anticipates the unpredictable behaviour of children. Using a test vehicle, the technology can predict the path of a cyclist and slow down while overtaking to overtake a parked van to allow them to pass. The car perceives the cyclist's path and recognise any point of collision, which it sees as a red dotted line, which resembles a bridge. Formerly Google's self-driving car project - Waymo has released two videos of what information its tech is getting back from moving through a complex environment. Object detection is a two-part process, image classification and then image localisation.

Driverless cars won't be ready for at least a DECADE, experts say, despite Elon Musk's Tesla claims

Daily Mail

Driverless cars are at least a decade away as the machines remain vulnerable to hacking, industry experts say. Further major problems are presented from the highly advanced technology to provide a car with the artificial intelligence required to drive as well as a human. The news comes after Tesla boss Elon Musk held his first Autonomy Day with investors this week, claiming he would have fully self-driving cars on the road by 2020. The UK government have also said they want self-driving cars within two years. The Tesla Model Y is unveiled at Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne on March 14, 2019 Tesla said their computer is low cost and low power, as well as'straightforward and simple.'