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  • The Pentagon plans to spend $2 billion to put more artificial intelligence into its weaponry

    09/08/2018 7:22:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    The Verge ^ | Sep 8, 2018, 6:00am EDT | Zachary Fryer-Biggs
    Officials say they want computers to be capable of explaining their decisions to military commanders The report noted that while AI systems are already technically capable of choosing targets and firing weapons, commanders have been hesitant about surrendering control to weapons platforms partly because of a lack of confidence in machine reasoning, especially on the battlefield where variables could emerge that a machine and its designers haven’t previously encountered. Right now, for example, if a soldier asks an AI system like a target identification platform to explain its selection, it can only provide the confidence estimate for its decision, DARPA’s...
  • Sprint and T-Mobile to combine in deal that could reshape the U.S. wireless landscape

    04/29/2018 5:23:58 PM PDT · by Captain Peter Blood · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | 04-29-2018 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK — T-Mobile and Sprint have struck a deal that could reshape the U.S. wireless landscape, bringing it down to three major cellphone companies. T-Mobile on Sunday closed a $26.5 billion agreement that merges the phone company with Sprint, upping Sprint’s market value to $6.62 per share, CNBC reported.
  • Once Robots Are Self-Aware, We Should Full-On Merge With Them, Says Michio Kaku

    03/20/2018 3:56:24 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 81 replies
    Curosity ^ | 03/19/18 | Cody Gough
    Artificial intelligence is getting smarter every day. While we have a long way to go before robots become self-aware, any robot that comes to know it's a robot could kick off the machine uprising that so many science-fiction dystopias warn about. Fortunately, there might be another way — at least according to renowned theoretical physicist Michio Kaku. My Heart Is Human, My Blood Is Boiling, My Brain I.B.M. "Robots are pretty stupid now. However, eventually they'll be as smart as a mouse, then a rat, then a rabbit, then a cat, then a dog. By the end of the century,...
  • Uber and Lyft want you banned from using your own self-driving car in urban areas

    02/04/2018 9:36:53 AM PST · by jiggyboy · 29 replies
    The Mercury News (San Jose, CA) ^ | February 3, 2018 | Ethan baron
    The rabble can’t be trusted with self-driving cars, and only companies operating fleets of them should be able to use them in dense urban areas. So say Uber and Lyft, as signatories to a new list of transportation goals developed by a group of international non-governmental organizations and titled “Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities.”
  • Women Uber Drivers Earn Less Than Men, But Discrimination Isn’t to Blame

    02/10/2018 2:39:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Observer ^ | 02/08/18 | Sissi Cao
    Men and women Uber drivers prefer different locations and hours. REMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty Images Economists at Stanford University and the University of Chicago conducted an unprecedented study recently on the pay equality between men and women in the “gig economy,” where workers get to pick their own hours and get paid by project, instead of a fixed salary. The study sampled workers from one of the largest gig platforms of today—Uber. After tracking 1.8 million drivers (for Uber X and Uber Pool) nationally from January 2015 to March 2017, researchers found that male drivers, on average, make seven percent more than...
  • Uber Executive Calls On White Men To ‘Make Noise’ About Diversity

    03/13/2018 2:05:58 PM PDT · by blam · 116 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3-13-2018 | Lucas Nolan
    Uber Chief Brand Officer Bozoma Saint John has called on white men to ‘make noise’ about diversity in the workplace. CNN reports that Uber chief brand officer Bozoma Saint John has called on white men to encourage diversity in the workplace during a panel at the South by Southwest film festival. “I want white men to look around in their office and say, ‘Oh look, there’s a lot of white men here. Let’s change this,'” said Saint John. She claims that it’s not the responsibility of minorities to encourage diversity: “Why do I — as the black woman — have...
  • Uber should release its camera footage of its fatal crash to the public

    03/20/2018 3:24:24 AM PDT · by grundle · 40 replies
    wordpress ^ | March 20, 2018 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Uber should release its camera footage of its fatal crash to the public Two days ago, a self driving Uber car crashed into and killed a woman in Arizona. The car had a backup human driver behind the wheel who had the ability to take control at any time. The woman who got killed was walking in the street but was not in a crosswalk.In my opinion, the government should get a warrant from a judge to require Uber to release its camera footage of the collision to the public. As long as we don’t get to see the footage, we...
  • Uber Halts Testing On Driverless Cars After Pedestrian Killed

    03/19/2018 1:33:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    cbs2la ^ | March 19, 2018 at 10:23 am
    The woman died of her injuries at a hospital and her name was not made public. In a statement Monday, Uber said: “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We’re fully cooperating with @TempePolice and local authorities as they investigate this incident.” Dara Khosrowshahi. the company’s CEO, tweeted this statement: Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona. We’re thinking of the victim’s family as we work with local law enforcement to understand what happened ... Uber has been testing the self-driving vehicles in Tempe and Phoenix for months. Late last month, California announced new rules that will allow driverless...
  • Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian

    03/19/2018 11:44:55 AM PDT · by grundle · 112 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 19, 2018 | DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI
    SAN FRANCISCO — A woman in Tempe, Ariz., has died after being hit by a self-driving car operated by Uber, in what appears to be the first known death of a pedestrian struck by an autonomous vehicle on a public road. The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode with a human safety driver at the wheel when it struck the woman, who was crossing the street outside of a crosswalk, the Tempe police said in a statement. The episode happened on Sunday around 10 p.m. The woman was not publicly identified. Uber said it had suspended testing of its self-driving...
  • Uber is stopping self-driving car tests in all cities after pedestrian killed

    03/19/2018 10:20:30 AM PDT · by Reno89519 · 199 replies
    CNBC ^ | March 19, 2018 | Anita Balakrishnan
    Uber is temporarily halting self-driving car tests in all locations after a deadly accident. Programs in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Toronto will be paused after a woman was hit and killed overnight by an Uber self-driving car when walking across the street in Tempe, Arizona. It is likely the first pedestrian fatality caused by a self-driving car.
  • A Compilation of Robots Falling Down at the DARPA Robotics Challenge

    11/12/2017 12:19:35 PM PST · by SES1066 · 10 replies
    DARPA Robotics Challenge ^ | 6/6/2015 | DARPA - 2015
    Look, it is Terminator's GG...Grandad - kind of like the naked baby pictures of humans. Yes, it was 2015 but they ain't getting all that much better yet.
  • Vanity: Google is shooting themselves in the foot

    08/21/2017 9:18:05 AM PDT · by McGarrett · 62 replies
    08/21/2017 | McGarrett
    Like so many of my fellow freepers, I have real intellectual problems with Google and the way it operates, but I've tended to stick with them because their news search function was extremely helpful. But they've changed things and their news search is much less helpful now.
  • Facebook kills AI that invented its own language because English was slow

    07/30/2017 9:17:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies ^ | Paul Lilly
    The AI was trained in English but apparently had grown fed up with the various nuances and inconsistencies. Rather than continue down that path, it developed a system of code words to make communication more efficient. What spooked the researchers is that the phrases used by the AI seemed like gibberish and were unintelligible to them, but made perfect sense to AI agents. This allowed the AI agents to communicate with one another without the researchers knowing what information was being shared. ... AI technologies use a "reward" system in which they expect of a course of action to have...
  • Introducing Handle - 5 Million Views On YouTube

    03/04/2017 11:19:38 AM PST · by waus · 10 replies
    You Tube ^ | 3/4/2017 | waus
    Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4​ ​feet vertically. ​It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. ​​​Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles​ found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs Handle can have the best of both worlds.
  • Benchmarks from Apple’s next-gen processor just leaked and it’s scary how powerful it is

    10/05/2016 7:41:04 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 51 replies
    BGR ^ | Oct 4, 2016 at 5:11 PM | By Zach Epstein
    Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are far and away the most powerful smartphones the world has seen thus far. In terms of both raw benchmark test scores on paper and real-world performance, Apple’s latest mobile devices outshine every other phone on the market. In fact, they’re even more powerful than Apple’s latest iPad Pro tablets, which is no small feat.As powerful as they already are though, Apple is constantly working on next-generation products, looking to make them better and faster than their predecessors. Now, it looks like benchmark tests from Apple’s next-gen processor have leaked, revealing...
  • Google’s Andromeda: One OS to rule them all

    10/03/2016 11:01:41 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 32 replies ^ | Oct 3, 2016, 12:30p | Bob O'Donnell
    Google’s new OS is expected to bring some of the desktop-like capabilities of Chrome into Android to form a super OS that will be able to compete directly with Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Veteran fans of thriller author Michael Crichton may recall that his career kicked into high gear with the 1969 release of a novel entitled “The Andromeda Strain.” The book described the impact of a deadly microbe strain delivered to earth from space via a military satellite.Tomorrow in San Francisco, Google is expected to announce the release of a new strain of operating system code-named “Andromeda.”...
  • Robot escapes testing grounds, disturbs traffic in Russia

    06/15/2016 8:51:38 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 18 replies
    RT ^ | 15 JUNE 16 | Sayu Himitsu
    A robot escaped from a testing area in Perm, a city not far from the Urals, and made it on to a busy junction, baffling passersby, but also disturbing traffic. “The robot was learning automatic movement algorithms on the testing ground, these functions will feature in the latest version of the Promobot.” The co-founder of the robot’s maker, Oleg Kivokurtsev, told news agency. “Our engineer drove onto the testing ground and forgot to close the gates. So the robot escaped and went on his little adventure.” Kivokurtsev explained.
  • Watch Google's terrifying humanoid robot running through a forest as firm pledges it will soon [tr]

    08/17/2015 1:38:28 PM PDT · by C19fan · 58 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 17, 2015 | Mark Prigg
    It may have fared badly in the recent robo-olympics, causing hilarity with a series on unexpected falls, but Google has revealed its humanoid robot has been set free in the woods to learn how to run through terrain. The Atlas robot created by Google-owned firm Boston Dynamics is a formidable figure at 6ft 2in tall and weighing in at 330lb. In the video, it is shown struggling to stay upright - but managing to traverse a forest path without falling.
  • Musk, Hawking warn of 'inevitable' killer robot arms race

    07/27/2015 10:53:05 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    wired ^ | 7-27-2015 | MICHAEL RUNDLE
    A global robotic arms race "is virtually inevitable" unless a ban is imposed on autonomous weapons, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and 1,000 academics, researchers and public figures have warned. In an open letter presented at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aries, the Future of Life Institute signatories caution that "starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea, and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control". Although the letter, first reported by the Guardian, notes that "we believe that AI has great potential to benefit humanity in many...
  • SKYNET alert: Hackers can now take control of your car

    07/22/2015 12:07:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/22/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    One of the big complaints I’ve had with cars and trucks (including ours) since the 90s is the increasing reliance on onboard computers which control nearly every aspect of the vehicle’s performance. I’m sure there must be a number of benefits to it, but it makes home repair of your car (which I used to quite enjoy) impossible in many cases unless you own a computer test station costing as much as the vehicle. Also, your car can break down because of a computer failure when there’s nothing actually wrong with the mechanical performance of the engine or drive...