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Will robots help or harm? It's time for 'big thinking,' A.I. experts warn

Robots have considerable potential to make human lives better, but only if humans start doing some "big thinking" now about how to ensure that the effects of artificial intelligence are beneficial, experts said at the Heidelberg...

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Obama administration rolls out policy for self-driving vehicles

The Obama administration released an overview of the federal government’s automated vehicles policy, which includes a checklist for makers on various aspects of the cars they are developing, as well as guidelines to states on evolving...

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Robot cars will make up most of Lyft’s rides in five years

Autonomous cars are set to take off but they are less likely to be driven by private owners and will in all probability be part of networks operated by ride-hailing services, according to the co-founder and president of Lyft.

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IBM's Watson IoT hits the skies with Aerialtronics drone deal

A.I.-powered drones soon will be everywhere, monitoring crowds at major events, checking out traffic patterns on busy roads, surveying disaster sites and inspecting airplanes.

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A.I. and robotics could replace 6% of U.S. jobs by 2021

In just five years, intelligent systems and robots may take up to 6% of U.S. jobs.

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Your next Uber could be self driving

Self-driving Ubers are now arriving in Pittsburgh as the company tests out its autonomous car development

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Drones and robots will get smarter with Nvidia's Jetson TX1 update

The Jetson TX1 developer board is now a lot faster and better equipped to handle AI and image processing. Nvidia's new Jetpack 2.3 software tools, announced on Tuesday, double the deep-learning performance of the board.

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Sony's prototype Xperia gadgets

An Android computer with a projector, smart ear piece and home assistant that can make you coffee.

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Stay tuned for a new robot, says Sony CEO

Speaking in Berlin, Kaz Hirai provided an update on the project

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Baidu to test autonomous vehicles in California

Chinese Internet giant Baidu said it has received permission from authorities in California to test its autonomous driving technologies in the state.

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A robot may help you buy a hammer at Lowe’s

The Lowe's chain of home improvement stores said that, beginning next month, 11 stores in the San Francisco Bay area will begin using autonomous service robots to help customers.

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Uber, Alphabet autonomous car rivalry heats up

The race to develop autonomous cars is making rivals of old friends as is evident from the exit of Alphabet’s senior executive David Drummond from the board of Uber Technologies.

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NuTonomy starts trials in Singapore of self-driving taxi service

NuTonomy is offering rides in its self-driving taxis to select residents of Singapore from Thursday, ahead of a commercial launch of the service in 2018.

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Tiny robots move like caterpillars, powered by light

The micro-robot is designed to move along flat surfaces, climb inclines, carry loads and squeeze through narrow openings.

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Airbus to complete a self-driving, flying-car prototype next year

Citing the growth of urban congestion and traffic, Airbus sees an enormous opportunity to introduce autonomous flying vehicles that would be used as ride-sharing and ride-hailing services for "millions" of people.

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Why you might be better off letting Ford drive you home instead of Uber or Tesla

Real robotic intelligence requires skill, patience, cooperation, and a willingness to accept risk. It also takes time.

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NASA $1M contest intent on sending robots to Mars

NASA engineers want humanoid robots to help astronauts living and working on Mars to help build habitats, grow food and make potable water.

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Intel's new computer can serve as the brains of robots

A compact computer called Euclid from Intel should make the development of robots much easier.

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