Archive | December, 2018

“I don’t want to be their real-world mistake”: People lash out at Waymo’s self-driving cars

Not everyone is a fan of self-driving cars.

Chandler, Arizona, is one of the Phoenix suburbs where Alphabet-owned Waymo is testing self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans, and where it debuted a commercial taxi-like driverless car service operated through an app earlier…

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The Year in Robots (2018): Boston Dynamics, Baxter, and More

Look back on the biggest moments in robotics in 2018, from the continued ascendance of SpotMini to the rapid rise and fall of the home robot.

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U.S. Army Faces a Made-in-America Controversy Over Robots

Many have worried that advances in artificial intelligence and robotics could put people out of work.

For those in the United States Army, seeing robots take over certain dangerous jobs, like defusing bombs, as the Associated Press reports, might be welcome….

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Elon Musk Leads the Most-Read Transportation Stories of 2018

This year, our readers remained obsessed with self-driving and electric cars—and one of the most famous men making them.

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The 15 coolest interfaces of the year

Prepare your “mind blown” emojis.

It was the year when self-driving cars got boring. When iPhones became confusing. When the army spent $480 million on Microsoft Hololens headsets. When we finally got to see the long-awaited Magic Leap…and it was a dud. When…

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Are AI toys ethical?

Artificial intelligence (AI) can be found everywhere these days, from the smartphones in our pockets to the microwaves in our kitchen. So, it only follows that AI-powered children’s toys are reaching new heights of popularity.

However, when it comes to kids’…

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Technology News We Never Saw Coming in 2018

NEWS ANALYSIS: 2018 brought us some significant improvements in tech, but a few of those happenings–from an autonomous car carrying a drunken driver to a subpoena for a robot and big data-catching crooks–were surprises.

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Advancing Both A.I. and Privacy Is Not a Zero-Sum Game

Given the reliance of artificial intelligence on machine learning, and of machine learning on data, the conventional wisdom is that privacy and A.I. are fundamentally at odds–progress in one must come at the expense of the other.


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