Archive | February, 2021

Biden putting tech — not troops — at center of U.S.-China strategy

The Biden administration is moving to put semiconductors, artificial intelligence and next-generation networks at the heart of U.S. strategy toward Asia, attempting to rally what …

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'Farms are going to need different kinds of robots'

A growing number of tech firms are helping farmers better look after their animals and crops.

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Can Your Ride In A Self-Driving Car Be Comfortable?

Riding in robocars will turn us from drivers into passengers. Research is making technologies to keep the ride comfortable and prevent motion sickness.

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Digidog, a Robotic Dog Used by the Police, Stirs Privacy Concerns

The New York Police Department has been testing Digidog, which it says can be deployed in dangerous situations and keep officers safer, but some fear it could become an aggressive surveillance tool.

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Inside Amazon’s ‘Labor Awakening’: Journalist Erika Hayasaki on her New York Times Magazine story

A delivery driver loads packages at an Amazon distribution facility. (Amazon Photo)
What happens when Amazon becomes an integral part of the economy and culture of a community? And what does the outcome say about the tech giant’s larger impact on the world?
This week on the GeekWire Podcast, we explore the double-edged sword of the company’s rapidly expanding fulfillment

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Convincing A Self-Driving Car To Go Where You Want It To Go When It Won’t Go There

Examining how to deal with a self-driving car that refuses to go where you want it to go, as exemplified via an interesting use case involving a tow truck situation.

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The company using robots and fan input to pitch stories to Hollywood

Intellectual property is the lifeblood of entertainment, and Hollywood badly needs a transfusion.Stuck recycling the same ideas and producing the same franchises, Hollywood is now looking to podcasts, news articles, and even songs and paintings to dredge up stories that could be hits with global audiences. Finding the right stories—and developing them into things that actually exist on screen—can be

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IBM Brings 8-Bit AI Training to Hardware

At ISSCC, IBM Research presented a test chip which represents the hardware manifestation of its years of work on low-precision AI training and inference algorithms. The 7nm chip supports 16-bit and 8-bit training, as well as 4-bit and 2-bit inference (32-bit or 16-bit training and 8-bit inference are the industry standard today).
Reducing precision can slash the amount of compute

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