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GM Plans to Build, Test Thousands of Self-Driving Bolts in 2018

February 18th, 2017

Via: Reuters: General Motors Co plans to deploy thousands of self-driving electric cars in test fleets in partnership with ride-sharing affiliate Lyft Inc, beginning in 2018, two sources familiar with the automaker’s plans said this week. It is expected to be the largest such test of fully autonomous vehicles by any major automaker before 2020, […]

Flashback 2013: Jeff Bezos Is Doing Huge Business with the CIA, While Keeping His Washington Post Readers in the Dark

February 17th, 2017

Not only do I buy a lot of homeschooling books for my children from Amazon, but Cryptogon depends on affiliate commissions from Amazon. Several retailers in New Zealand simply buy stuff at retail from Amazon and then send it over to NZ. (That should give you an idea of how broken retailing is in NZ […]

AI-Powered Body Cams for Police

February 17th, 2017

Via: Vocativ: The police body camera industry is the latest to jump on the artificial intelligence bandwagon, bringing new powers and privacy concerns to a controversial technology bolstered by the need to hold police accountable after numerous high-profile killings of unarmed black citizens. Now, that tech is about to get smarter. Last week, Taser, the […]

Cassie – Next Generation Robot

February 17th, 2017

Via: Oregon State University: Related: Agility Robotics


February 13th, 2017

Forestry jobs? *poof* Via: Vimeo: DroneSeed: First Video of a Drone Planting a Tree from DroneSeed on Vimeo.

Elon Musk: Humans Must Merge with Machines or Become Irrelevant in AI Age

February 13th, 2017

haha oh sure. Via: CNBC: Billionaire Elon Musk is known for his futuristic ideas and his latest suggestion might just save us from being irrelevant as artificial intelligence (AI) grows more prominent. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO said on Monday that humans need to merge with machines to become a sort of cyborg. “Over time […]

The AI Threat Isn’t Skynet, It’s the End of the Middle Class

February 11th, 2017

Via: Wired: At a time when the Trump administration is promising to make America great again by restoring old-school manufacturing jobs, AI researchers aren’t taking him too seriously. They know that these jobs are never coming back, thanks in no small part to their own research, which will eliminate so many other kinds of jobs […]

Cortana Now Reminds You to Do the Things You Promised in Emails

February 9th, 2017

haha. Just cut to the chase and release a Cortana anal suppository. Via: The Verge: Microsoft is adding a new feature to Cortana today that will remind you to keep your promises. Suggested reminders lets Cortana remind you when you’ve promised to do something in an email. Microsoft is using machine learning to highlight phrases […]

As Goldman Embraces Automation, Even the Masters of the Universe Are Threatened

February 9th, 2017

Via: MIT Technology Review: At its height back in 2000, the U.S. cash equities trading desk at Goldman Sachs’s New York headquarters employed 600 traders, buying and selling stock on the orders of the investment bank’s large clients. Today there are just two equity traders left. Automated trading programs have taken over the rest of […]

Bank of America Opens Branches Without Employees

February 8th, 2017

Via: Reuters: Bank of America Corp has opened three completely automated branches over the past month, where customers can use ATMs and have video conferences with employees at other branches, according to spokeswoman Anne Pace. Like many U.S. banks in recent years, Bank of America has been reducing its overall branch count to cut costs […]

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