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Foxconn Weighs $7 Billion U.S. Factory With Apple

January 22nd, 2017

In other news, Foxconn Plans to Replace Almost Every Human Worker with Robots. So, I’d take the 30,000 to 50,000 jobs statement below with a grain of salt. Via: Bloomberg: Foxconn Technology Group Chairman Terry Gou told reporters in Taipei the company is considering a joint investment with Apple Inc. for a display manufacturing facility […]

Tesla’s Second Generation Autopilot Could Reduce Crash Rate by 90%, Says CEO Elon Musk

January 21st, 2017

Whatever you think about autonomous drive technologies, my point with posting these stories is not to be a cheerleader one way or another. I just want to be sure everyone knows that this stuff is real and it is coming. Millions of drivers will lose their jobs, and these are not minimum wage, burger flipping […]

Making AI Systems That See The World As Humans Do

January 20th, 2017

Via: PhysOrg: A Northwestern University team developed a new computational model that performs at human levels on a standard intelligence test. This work is an important step toward making artificial intelligence systems that see and understand the world as humans do. “The model performs in the 75th percentile for American adults, making it better than […]

Robot Cars Can Learn to Drive without Leaving the Garage

January 17th, 2017

Via: MIT Technology Review: The computers that control self-driving cars are gaining valuable knowledge about the real world in some surprising ways—including browsing online maps and playing video games. Researchers at Princeton University recently developed a computer vision and mapping system that gathered useful information about the physical properties of roads by studying Google Street […]

Airbus CEO Sees ‘Flying Car’ Prototype Ready by End of Year

January 17th, 2017

Via: Reuters: Airbus Group plans to test a prototype for a self-piloted flying car as a way of avoiding gridlock on city roads by the end of the year, the aerospace group’s chief executive said on Monday. Airbus last year formed a division called Urban Air Mobility that is exploring concepts such as a vehicle […]

Air Force Tests IBM’s Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter

January 17th, 2017

Nope, there aren’t any SkyNet jokes in the article. Via: MIT Technology Review: Satellites, aircraft, and growing numbers of drones—the U.S. Air Force has a lot of electronic eyes in the sky. Now it’s exploring whether brain-inspired computer chips could give those systems the smarts to do things like automatically identify vehicles such as tanks […]

‘Side Hustle’ as a Sign of the Apocalypse

January 14th, 2017

Definitely related: L.A. Coliving: PodShare Via: Medium: “These days, everyone needs a side hustle,” starts the Uber commercial recruiting new drivers. And it’s got bouncy music and the dude is hip and it makes it sound like this is super fun and I’m sitting there thinking: Are they seriously trying to make a “second job” […]

Facebook: Building 8

January 12th, 2017

Wikipedia: Transcranial Pulsed Ultrasound: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is undergoing research to develop a helmet that could control the minds of soldiers through the use of TPU. It would have the potential to control a soldier’s stress and anxiety levels with the click of a remote controlled button.[5] Sound waves would target specific […]

European Parliament Considers Legal Status of Robots

January 12th, 2017

Via: Guardian: The European parliament has urged the drafting of a set of regulations to govern the use and creation of robots and artificial intelligence, including a form of “electronic personhood” to ensure rights and responsibilities for the most capable AI. In a 17-2 vote, with two abstentions, the parliament’s legal affairs committee passed the […]

China Has Wealth of Data on What Individuals Are Doing at a Micro Level

January 11th, 2017

Most of what sounds grim about this situation in China is the same in the U.S. Via: CBC: Living in China, it’s safe to assume pretty much everything about you is known — or easily can be known — by the government. Where you go, who you’re with, which restaurants you like, when and why […]

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