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Uber’s self-driving project could have been a collaborative effort between the ride-hailing giant and a major automaker, according to a report by The Information. In the summer, Uber rejected an acquisition offer for the self-driving unit by an unnamed automaker. That led executives to discuss the possibility of further collaboration…

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is now widely used in advanced business spheres, like vehicle manufacturing, machine maintenance, retail business, and more. According to the latest research data, the number of IoT connected devices, which made up ∼4.9 million things in 2015, reached ∼3.9 billion in 2016. See also: With some…

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The Colorado Department of Transportation has said it will deploy a self-driving truck to protect road crews from speeding vehicles by the end of this fall, potentially extending the program to cover all road maintenance if the trial is a success. The self-driving truck will act as a “crash truck”,…

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With virtual assistants answering our emails and robots replacing humans on manufacturing assembly lines, mass unemployment due to widespread automation seems imminent. But it is easy to forget amid our growing unease that these systems are not “all-knowing” and fully competent. As many of us have observed in our interactions…

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DeepMind, a British artificial intelligence firm acquired by Google in 2014, is building an AI capable of “imagination” and understanding the consequences of previous actions. In two research papers submitted last week, DeepMind describes how the AI would be able to “construct a plan” and remember information that may be…

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Fitbit has confirmed the company’s next smartwatch will come with a software development kit (SDK) for developers, and users will be able to download apps from a dedicated store. Fitbit CEO, James Park, told The Verge that it would launch the smartwatch with a select few apps, before opening the…

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Few people would argue that cybersecurity is in a parlous state. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a connected car wash and fish tank hacked respectively and a smart gun unlocked and fired thanks to a magnet at the latest DefCon. In response to the problem, a bipartisan group…

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Ten years ago you didn’t have to worry about someone hacking your refrigerator. Today, your personal home assistant is quite literally listening to your every move. Experts believe that in just a few years, there will be over 20 billion devices connected to the internet with the possibility of being…

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