The life of an Uber test driver

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A test driver was behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber vehicle when it struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona on Sunday night.  Autonomous car companies have test drivers on board so they can take over in case of emergencies.  But that safeguard wasn’t enough to prevent the death 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg. Tempe police say… Read more »

Inside the Alexa Prize

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Amazon has challenged 15 teams of some of the world’s best computer science graduate students to build “a socialbot that can converse coherently and engagingly with humans on popular topics for 20 minutes.” If any team succeeds, its members will snare academic glory and the promise of brilliant future careers. (Consider that some of the… Read more »

Amazon plans to open six more cashierless Go stores

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Amazon.com plans to open as many as six more cashierless stores this year, Recode reported. The e-commerce giant is considering locations in Los Angeles and Seattle, where the first and only Amazon Go store opened to the public last month. Source: Seattle Times Date: February 23rd, 2018 Link: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon-plans-to-open-six-more-cashierless-go-stores-recode-says/ Discussion 1) Why is Amazon doing this? 2) What could… Read more »

Microsoft AI

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<iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/9tucY7Jhhs4?rel=0″ width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe> This video is a TV commercial from Microsoft talking about their AI systems. <strong>Source: </strong>Microsoft <strong>Date: </strong>February 15th, 2018 <strong>Link: </strong><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tucY7Jhhs4″>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tucY7Jhhs4</a> <strong>Discussion</strong> 1) What actually is Artificial Intelligence? 2) What sorts of applications can you think of, beyond those shown in the video, that could use AI?

Why Silicon Valley singles are giving up on the algorithms of love

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Kate Chan, a 30-year-old digital marketer in Silicon Valley, first approached dating apps with a blend of curiosity and hope that they’d help her find a great guy.  But after six months of dead-end mismatches with guys she thought were boring or work-obsessed, she has gone back to what she called “meeting the old-fashioned way”: without… Read more »

‘I didn’t even meet my potential employers’

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As companies rely more on machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to find the right job candidates, is recruitment in danger of losing that personal touch?  Peter Lane, a 21-year-old who graduated last summer from Cardiff University with a degree in History, is hoping to get into business consulting.  He’s applied for 55 jobs and secured around… Read more »

The Tricky Ethics of Knightscope’s Crime-Fighting Robots

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THE San Francisco SPCA deployed a 5-foot-tall, 400-pound robot to patrol its campus. Not for muscle, mind you, but for surveillance. The SPCA, a large complex nestled in the northeast corner of the city’s Mission neighborhood, has long dealt with vandalism, break-ins, and discarded needles in its surrounding parking lots. Fearing for the safety of its… Read more »

Amazon’s Alexa going live in Canada

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The Toronto Star’s publisher is one of several Canadian companies that have partnered with Amazon as the company’s voice-activated digital assistant heads north. Source: Toronto Star Date: December 7th, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2017/12/05/amazons-alexa-going-live-in-canada.html Discussion 1) This article notes that the Toronto Star “is one of several Canadian companies that have partnered with Amazon as the company’s voice-activated digital assistant… Read more »