Alphabet Inc.’s Google is getting into self-driving cars in a new way. Gradient Ventures, an early-stage venture fund within Google, is leading a $6 million investment in a new company that’s building software to let humans control cars remotely. Scotty Labs, a nine-person startup, works on “teleoperations,” an emerging slice of the autonomous vehicle business that may grow more critical as the field faces closer scrutiny.California recently moved to let companies test driverless cars on public roads with remote human operators, starting in April. Scotty’s technology is designed for new regulatory environments like this. When a self-driving car finds itself in a tricky situation – stuck in snow, or behind a truck for instance – it alerts a trained operator in a call center who takes over.Scotty Labs (as in “beam me up, Scotty”) has built remote-driving … [Read more...] about Google Backs Startup Working on Remote-Controlled Driverless Cars
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Self-driving cars are supposed to be our salvation, drastically reducing the 1.3 million road fatalities worldwide each year by replacing humans with robots who can do precision piloting and never get distracted, drowsy or drunk. So why did a self-driving Uber SUV being tested in Tempe, Arizona, strike and kill a woman March 18 without so much as hitting the brakes? The accident will only drive more anxiety about autonomy given that 63 percent of Americans already say they’d be afraid to ride in a fully self-driving car, according to a AAA survey. As experts and investigators pore over the Arizona fatality to determine the cause, here’s a look at some factors that may determine how safe robot rides may, or may not, be.1. How do self-driving cars work?Driverless cars “see” the world around them by using data from cameras as well as radar and lidar -- sensors that bounce laser light off objects to determine their shape and location. High-speed processors crunch … [Read more...] about Just How Safe Is Driverless Car Technology, Really?
The Wadhwani brothers launched the world's first nonprofit AI institute to improve lives of poor farmers 0SHARES Share Tweet Email Artificial intelligence could be deployed by dictators, criminals and terrorists to manipulate elections and use drones in terrorist attacks, more than two dozen experts said on Wednesday, 21 February 2018. PHOTO: AFP As debate swirls on whether artificial intelligence will be a boon or a curse for humanity, two Indian-American entrepreneur brothers are out to ensure the emerging technologies don’t just benefit the richest in society. Romesh and Sunil Wadhwani this week launched what is billed as the world’s first nonprofit institute dedicated to putting AI to work improving lives of poor farmers, rural health care workers or teachers in communities with scant resources. “AI will go where AI will go; it is difficult to predict where” Sunil Wadhwani said of the conflicting views on … [Read more...] about Brothers look to harness artificial intelligence for greater good
PUBLISHED: 09:13 21 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:13 21 February 2018 AI experts have warned the technology could be used by terrorists to destabilise the world, but it probably won't look like T-800 from the Terminator series. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures) A group of international experts have warned that rogue states and terrorists could turn to artificial intelligence (AI) to destabilise the world. A new report by 26 experts on AI, security and technology suggests that unless preparations are made against the malicious use of the technology, cybercrime will rapidly increase in years to come. The report, The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation, also warns of the rise of “highly believable fake videos” impersonating prominent figures or faking events to manipulate public opinion around political events. It forecasts artificially intelligent bots being used to manipulate the news agenda, social media and elections as well as … [Read more...] about Artificial intelligence experts warn terrorists could use the technology to “destabilise the world”
Artificial intelligence and smart home assistants are expected to dominate the agenda at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), when it begins on Tuesday. One of the word’s largest gatherings for the technology industry, the Las Vegas-based convention will see more than 170,000 people attend, looking to see the latest innovations from the likes of Intel, Samsung and Sony. But smart home speakers and the AI assistants that power them have been predicted to be the most widely discussed technology at the event, according to analysts, with Amazon and Google set to lead the way. Amazon has already announced new tools that will enable cooking appliances to connect to and be controlled by its virtual assistant Alexa, while dozens of start-ups and other firms are expected to showcase speakers and other devices compatible with Google Assistant, the internet giant’s own AI helper. Industry expert Ben Wood, of analyst firm CCS Insight, said he expected a show awash with smart gadgets. … [Read more...] about CES 2018: Experts predict a festival of artificial intelligence and smart home products