If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
The following article is a part of our April Fool's edition, The Scoop. The content of these stories is entirely fabricated and not to be taken seriously. With low participation from the most recent underclassmen at Bradley, the university has implemented artificial intelligence to replace club members. As part of a senior capstone project, Jeff Echo, a computer science major, developed a program to help prevent clubs from losing the "full experience" of extracurriculars. "I remember when student organizations were a big part of my life, and sitting at the meetings gave me a chance to bond with other students," Echo said.
Waymo is a self-driving car company, but they don't particularly like using that terminology. Instead they prefer fully autonomous as a more accurate way to describe driverless or autonomous driving technology. What consumers may not fully understand is the difference between self-driving and fully autonomous. A self-driving car is a type of vehicle that can provide some level of automation like ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) or automatic cruise control. It still requires driver attention for proper operation or it can lead to accidents.
Tim Cook confirmed what we were already pretty sure we knew: He never met with Elon Musk about Apple acquiring Tesla. In a wide-ranging New York Times interview with Kara Swisher, the Apple CEO briefly spoke about his company's pursuit of a foothold in the growing self-driving car space. Cook exhibited typical corporate shyness regarding Apple's vehicle projects, but he did make it clear that he has, in fact, never communicated directly with Musk. "You know, I've never spoken to Elon, although I have great admiration and respect for the company he's built," Cook told the Times. "I think Tesla has done an unbelievable job of not only establishing the lead, but keeping the lead for such a long period of time in the EV space. So I have great appreciation for them."
Plenty of Tesla owners (and people who hope to own Teslas one day) love their electric cars. But do they love them enough to pay for the car twice? CNBC points out a trend where multiple recent buyers who paid for their cars with direct debit payments say their bank accounts were charged twice. That's annoying when it happens with a movie ticket or a pair of shoes, but can be backbreaking if it's a $53,000 SUV. To make matters worse, while Tesla's zero-contact deliveries and remote service stations can make it convenient to get a car, it's apparently not so easy to contact someone who can work out a way to reverse the charges.
Earlier this month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said drivers will soon gain a "button" to request access to the Full Self-Driving beta. Last Saturday, he changed the story totally. According to a tweet from Musk, responding to comments on when the FSD access button would roll out, he said there's "limited value" in testing the current version of the software, which is 8.3. Instead, he doesn't see access widening until Version 9.0 is ready, which he's "hoping" will be ready next month. It's hardly a solid commitment, but his latest comments do feel like a U-turn from what was supposed to be a massive widening of drivers eligible to try out FSD.
Automated vehicles are rapidly advancing in capability, altering the risks and liabilities ... [ ] traditionally associated with driving. Self-driving vehicles should ideally accomplish a few things: convenience for operators/owners of vehicles, cost reduction for commercial vehicles (no driver), and safer roads (fewer and less severe crashes). This last item, if true, will significantly lower the risks traditionally associated with driving. In fact, the removal of the driver fundamentally alters the liabilities that insurance companies have spent almost a century covering. As liabilities and risks shift, how vehicles are insured and the costs of that insurance will change, disrupting a $300B industry and creating opportunities for innovation. The US Department of Transportation rates a vehicle's ability to self-drive from Level 0 (none) to Level 5 (fully autonomous).
Tesla car owner Draper Younce says his Tesla is a huge reason why he survived an attempted carjacking. Tesla has canceled a planned expansion of its Full Self-Driving beta software test ahead of a major update reportedly launching in April. Approximately 2,000 Tesla owners have been given early access to the expanded functionality, which allows a vehicle to control itself on city streets with human supervision and is listed as version 8.2 of the software. In early March, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that a download button for version 8.3 would soon appear on the displays in certain cars, but he has apparently confirmed on Twitter that the company will be skipping the upgrade in lieu of a version 9.0 coming in April. Musk last week said that the upgrade would eliminate the need for the system to use radar and would rely solely on the eight cameras the cars are equipped with and artificial intelligence.
Disappointed Tesla fans have spent the week waiting for an updated version of the electric car's advanced driver assistance system, Autopilot. Called "Full Self-Driving," or FSD, it's been available to a small, select group of Tesla owners since October, but CEO Elon Musk promised widespread access starting last week. Then he pushed out the wider release a few more days, and now it's the weekend and Tesla drivers are still waiting. Even if Tesla drivers don't have access to a more adept version of Autopilot that can autosteer, stop at stop signs, and accelerate on smaller city streets, the original automated assistance system is still available for anyone who bought the extra feature. While Tesla has offered Autopilot since 2014, competitors have cropped up, like General Motors' Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance feature in 2017.
Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk used an opportunity to speak to an audience in China to strenuously deny the electric carmaker would ever use a vehicle's technology for spying. Appearing on Saturday at the China Development Forum, a conference organized by a unit of the country's State Council, in a session titled: The Next Disruptive Innovation?, Musk said that if Tesla ever used its cars to spy in China, or anywhere, we would get "shut down everywhere." "If a commercial company did engage in spying, the negative effects to that company would be extremely bad," said Musk, who was beamed in remotely from America, where it was late in the evening. "For example, if Telsa used the cars to spy in China -- or anywhere, any country -- we will get shut down everywhere. So there's a very strong incentive for us to be very confidential with any information."
A Tesla Model Y traveling on Autopilot crashed into a parked police car in Michigan while officers were investigating an accident involving a deer and another vehicle. The crash took place around 1:12 a.m. Lt. Brian Oleksyk of the Michigan State Police confirmed the Tesla was operating on its driver's assistance system when it crashed into a squad car that was parked partially in the right lane. The name of the driver has not been released. The 22-year-old who was operating the vehicle received citations for having a suspended license and failing to move over.