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    What AI have MIT been creating? - BBC Click
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    Click heads to MIT's CSAIL to check out its weird and wonderful robotic research, and visits Wimbledon to see how AI is set to transform the tennis tournament.
     
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    Uber scales back self-driving operations, lays off 100 employees
    In the wake of a fatal crash back in March, Uber continues to wind back its self-driving operations, laying off 100 employees in Pittsburgh and San Francisco.
    BY JACKSON RYAN, JULY 11, 2018 10:56 PM PDT
    https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/...s-off-100-employees-pittsburgh-san-francisco/

    "Approximately 100 employees in Uber's self-driving operations across Pittsburgh and San Francisco have been laid off, Quartz reported Wednesday.

    According to the report, Uber held a meeting on July 11 announcing to around 100 safety drivers of their autonomous fleet that they would be laid off. With the positions abolished, Uber plans to train up new drivers known as "mission specialists" with a more advanced skill set that will help develop the self-driving fleet by providing additional feedback to Uber developers.

    CNET reached out to Uber for comment, but at time of writing had not received a reply.

    Uber has told multiple news outlets that drivers laid off could apply for the 55 "mission specialist" positions that will be created and will be given priority consideration.

    Although operations are being wound back, an Uber spokesperson told Quartz that the team "remains committed to building safe self-driving technology" and "look forward to returning to public roads in the coming months."

    Uber's driverless-car operations were shuttered in Arizona and 300 employees were laid off in May, following the first pedestrian fatality by an autonomous vehicle. Experts suggested that the crash was avoidable.

    As a result of the incident, Uber also halted operations across North America, with autonomous fleets in San Francisco, Toronto, Tempe and Pittsburgh all pulled off the roads."
     
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    This sun-chasing robot looks after the plant on its head
    Good robot
    By James Vincent@jjvincent Jul 12, 2018, 6:50am EDT
    https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/12/17563688/robot-plant-hybrid-hexa-vincross-succulent
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    The robot-plant hybrid, built by Vincross founder Sun Tianqi. Image: Sun Tianqi

    "Back in school, I remember learning that plants are “heliotropic,” meaning they grow toward light. I always found this oddly touching, as if those green tendrils stretching out to the sun proved the plant was yearning to live. And why not? That is why they do it.

    But what if plants could do more than stretch? What if they could move like animals, independent of their roots? Evolution hasn’t got there yet, but it turns out, humans can help. Chinese roboticist and entrepreneur Sun Tianqi has made it happen: modding a six-legged toy robot made by his company Vincross to carry a potted plant on its back.

    The resulting plant-robot hybrid looks like a leafy crab or a robot Bulbasaur. It moves toward the sunshine when needed, and it retreats to shade when it’s had enough. It’ll “play” with a human if you tap its carapace, and it can even make its needs known by performing a little stompy dance when it’s out of water. It’s not clear from Tianqi’s post how the plant actually monitors its environment, but it wouldn’t be too hard to integrate these functions with some basic light, shade, and moisture sensors. We’ve emailed for more details.
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    The robo-plant hybrid can move into the sun when it needs to.
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    It can retreat into the shade.
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    It can even “play” with humans (sort of).
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    And it does a little stomping dance when it needs watering.
    Image: Tianqi Sun
    Tianqi described the project in a forum post last year (which we spotted via The Outline), saying it was a remake of an earlier installation he made in 2014 of a walking succulent (a “Hakuhou” echeveria). He called the project “Sharing Human Technology with Plants.”

    Tianqi says that he was inspired by seeing a dead sunflower at an exhibition that was sitting in the shadows for some reason. Plants are usually “eternally, inexplicably passive,” he writes. You can cut them, burn them, and pull them out of the earth, and they do nothing. “They have the fewest degrees of freedom among all the creatures in nature,” he says. But, in the same way that humans have augmented our ability to move with bikes, trains, and planes, technology can give plants new freedom.

    “With a robotic rover base, plants can experience mobility and interaction,” writes Tianqi. “I do hope that this project can bring some inspiration to the relationship between technology and natural default settings.”

    It’s a beautiful little mod, one that raises all sorts of imaginative possibilities. Having mobile plants would be perfect for people like myself, with homes full of succulents and other plants, who need to move them about so they don’t get burned. But why not dream bigger? Imagine robot planters the size of small bears, lumbering slowly around gardens and parks, looking for a place to sun themselves. It would certainly make us think of vegetation in a new light, and it might even make gardening a bit easier."
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    We’re Close to a Universal Quantum Computer, Here’s Where We're At
     
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    5 Latest Inventions 2018 | That Will Blow Your Mind
     
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    What happens if Earth gets 2°C warmer?
     
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    This was determined many years ago, where that statement defined 2c warmer than the temperature that existed *before* industrialization, not 2c warmer than now... we are already there in many places in local measurements.
     
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    Why computers will never simulate the human brain?
     
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