US tech giant Apple Inc. has laid off more than 200 people from its secretive self-driving program Project Titan this week amid restructuring of a new leadership of the company's autonomous vehicle group, Trend reports with the reference to Xinhua. Other employees affected by the restructuring were moved to different jobs inside Apple, said a report of CNBC. An Apple spokesperson confirmed the reshuffle, saying the employees assigned new roles will support the company's machine learning and other initiatives. "We have an incredibly talented team working on autonomous systems and associated technologies at Apple. As the team focuses their work on several key areas for 2019, some groups are being moved to projects in other parts of the company, where they will support machine learning and other initiatives, across all of Apple," said the spokesperson of the Cupertino, California-based tech giant. "We continue to believe there is a huge opportunity with autonomous systems, that Apple has … [Read more...] about Apple cuts 200 jobs from self-driving department
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Apple has cut more than 200 staff from its secretive self-driving car unit Project Titan, as the business undergoes some restructuring under new management. The dismissals, first reported by CNBC, come after Apple hired a former veteran of the firm Doug Field and Tesla's ex-vice president of engineering to lead the project alongside Bob Mansfield last year. An Apple spokesperson confirmed the move: "We have an incredibly talented team working on autonomous systems and associated technologies at Apple. As the team focuses their work on several key areas for 2019, some groups are being moved to projects in other parts of the company, where they will support machine learning and other initiatives, across all of Apple." "We continue to believe there is a huge opportunity with autonomous systems, that Apple has unique capabilities to contribute, and that this is the most ambitious machine learning project ever," they added. Read more: Apple reaches a new self-driving car milestone It was … [Read more...] about Apple dismisses more than 200 staff from its self-driving unit
In May this year, to whoops and yeahs, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai unveiled Duplex, Google’s artificial intelligence (AI)-powered personal assistant. “Hi. Erm, I’d like to reserve a table,” said the machine to an unsuspecting restaurant receptionist, in a perfectly non-robotic tone. “For four.” “For four people you can just come,” replied the oblivious human. “How long is the wait, err, to be seated?” pursued the assistant, to the exhilaration of the crowd. This idiot doesn’t realise she’s talking to a machine! “Oh no, it’s not too busy,” said the human. “You can come for four people, OK?” “Oooooh, I gotcha, thanks.” “Yep, bye-bye.” Click. This demo was the culmination of years of Google research, and the company will soon be testing the AI with its Google Assistant. But the reaction to Duplex’s eery imitation of a human was not as … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightHow AI could kill off democracy
It is a fact that people are afraid of robots and let's just admit it, the lot of us are scared that they will pose security risks and take over the workforce. The announcements of formidable names of technology - such as English physicist-theoretician Stephen Hawking, and Tesla and Space X's founder Elon Musk - that robots with artificial intelligence have the potential to become the biggest security threat in the future have people worried. For this reason, prominent names from around the world are holding campaigns to take necessary precautions before robots become a danger. One of the leading movements is a group called "Stop Killer Robots." Noel Sharkey, who is the most important pillar of this group in the U.K., commented on whether "robots are friendly or hostile." Sharkey, a professor of robotics and artificial intelligence at the University of Sheffield, does not think that robots and technology that develop together should be completely destroyed. Sharkey's concern is not … [Read more...] about Future of robots: Is it machines we fear or man?
HOFOLDING, Germany — The other drivers wouldn’t have noticed anything unusual as the two sleek limousines with German license plates joined the traffic on France’s Autoroute 1. But what they were witnessing — on that sunny, fall day in 1994 — was something many of them would have dismissed as just plain crazy. It had taken a few phone calls from the German car lobby to get the French authorities to give the go-ahead. But here they were: two gray Mercedes 500 SELs, accelerating up to 130 kilometers per hour, changing lanes and reacting to other cars — autonomously, with an onboard computer system controlling the steering wheel, the gas pedal and the brakes. Decades before Google, Tesla and Uber got into the self-driving car business, a team of German engineers led by a scientist named Ernst Dickmanns had developed a car that could navigate French commuter traffic on its own. The story of Dickmann’s invention, and how it came to be all but … [Read more...] about The man who invented the self-driving car (in 1986)