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Comment: Re:Oooooold Tech (Score 1) 112

by malachiorion (#49328891) Attached to: Bring On the Boring Robots
It's definitely not much more complex than that. The only technical innovation is the use of computer vision to recognize that a door has opened. But this thing is designed to operate almost continuously, and probably costs exponentially less to build. Those experimental bots almost always insanely expensive, and constantly breaking down.

Comment: Re:Move aside (Score 1) 112

by malachiorion (#49328863) Attached to: Bring On the Boring Robots
Do you encounter any robots that do that? iRobot's AVA, or even those bots in hospitals, will stop and wait for a clear path, but it would take some really bad engineering, and a deep urge to be sued, to build a robot that plays chicken with pedestrians, This bot specifically weaves around obstacles, instead of coming to a dead stop like a big dummy.

Comment: Re:No tipping required (Score 1) 112

by malachiorion (#49328729) Attached to: Bring On the Boring Robots
One of the things I didn't include in the story, since it was more of a hunch on the part of the robot's makers than anything based on the pilot, is the notion that people might be more likely to make service item requests if they don't have to deal with a human. That could be because they don't want to worry about tipping someone for bringing an item, like a toothbrush, that's ostensibly free, or because they simply don't want to deal with someone after a long trip. Or, and this is where some data would be valuable, there's the anecdotal "evidence" of female hotel guests just not being comfortable with opening the door to a stranger, if it's not absolutely essential. Again, not exactly a concrete benefit, but I think it makes a good deal of sense.

+ - Steve Wozniak now afraid of AI too, just like Elon Musk

Submitted by quax
quax (19371) writes "Steve Wozniak maintained for a long time that true AI is relegated to the realm of science fiction. But recent advances in quantum computing have him reconsider his stance. Just like Elon Musk, he is now worried about what this development will mean for humanity. Will this kind of fear actually engender the dangers that these titans of industry fear? Will Steve Wozniak draw the same conclusion and invest in quantum comuting to keep an eye on the development? One of the bloggers in the field thinks that would be a logical step to take. If you can't beat'em, and the quantum AI is coming, you should at least try to steer the outcome."

+ - New project lets individuals open source their DNA->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Open Humans network [http://thestack.com/open-humans-network-open-source-dna-240315] is a new online platform which lets participants share their medical data and genomes for a variety of open source research projects. The project currently has three research partners, including one researching into stomach bacteria, and is expecting interest from a number of potential collaborators. Open Humans project director Jason Bobe said "“It's like open-sourcing your body,” [http://blog.openhumans.org/]. Instead of the standard scrollable disclaimers that usually herald the dismissal of users' privacy, participants must pass a test to prove that they understand the consequences of sharing their most intimate medical information and their DNA with a third party."
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+ - Bring On The Boring Robots->

Submitted by malachiorion
malachiorion (1205130) writes "After a successful 6-month pilot, Savioke's "butler bots" are heading to hotels around the country. These are not sexy, scary, or even technically impressive machines. But they were useful enough, over the course of their 2000 or so deliveries, to warrant a redesign, and a larger deployment starting in April. Savioke's CEO had some interesting things to say about the pilot, including the fact that some 95 percent of guests gave the robot a 5-star review, and only the drunks seemed to take issue with it. Plus, as you might expect, everyone seemed to want to take a damn selfie with it. But as small as the stakes might appear, highly specialized bots like this one, which can only do one thing (in this case, bring up to 10 pounds of stuff from the lobby to someone's door) are a better glimpse of our future than any talk of hyper-competent humanoids or similarly versatile machines. This is my post for Popular Science about why the rise of the boring robot is good news for robotics."
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+ - Philips creates fake checkout page to gauge product interest, leaks PII->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Philips, the people who brought you the Hue lights, targeted me with an ad on Facebook. The product looked pretty neat, so I pulled my credit card out to buy one. After entering my name, address, and phone number into the checkout page, I was notified that the product was in beta, and could either press a button saying not to contact me, or another button to be notified if it is released. I feel as if they trick me into giving up my personal information. I then noticed that the web form used the GET method, so that all info I entered became part of the URL of the next page that loaded, which means that it is now in the web server logs, and was sent in clear text to the partners that they work with (Inspectlet, Eloqua, etc). Am I overreacting, or is tricking people in this way fair game?"
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+ - UK Government Admits Intelligence Services Allowed To Break Into Any System->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Recently, Techdirt noted that the FBI may soon have permission to break into computers anywhere on the planet. It will come as no surprise to learn that the US's partner in crime, the UK, granted similar powers to its own intelligence services some time back. What's more unexpected is that it has now publicly said as much, as Privacy International explains:

        The British Government has admitted its intelligence services have the broad power to hack into personal phones, computers, and communications networks, and claims they are legally justifed to hack anyone, anywhere in the world, even if the target is not a threat to national security nor suspected of any crime.

That important admission was made in what the UK government calls its "Open Response" to court cases started last year against GCHQ."

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+ - Chevy Malibu 'Teen Driver' Tech Will Snitch if You Speed-> 1

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "General Motors wants to help curb teen crashes with a new system that lets parents monitor their kids' driving habits—even when mom and dad aren't actually in the car.
Dubbed Teen Drive, the new system will debut in the 2016 Chevy Malibu, offering a bunch of features designed to encourage safe driving. It will, for instance, mute the radio or any device paired with the car when front seat occupants aren't wearing their seatbelts, and give audible and visual warnings when the vehicle is traveling faster than preset speeds.
It doesn't end there. Brace yourself, teens, because you might not like this next part too much. The new system also lets parents view a readout of how you drove the car, including how fast you went, how far you drove, and whether any active safety features (like over-speed warnings) were engaged.
Parents can also set the radio system's maximum volume to a lower level, and select a maximum speed between 40 and 75 miles per hour, which, if exceeded, will trigger warnings."

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+ - Uber shut down in multiple countries following raids->

Submitted by wired_parrot
wired_parrot (768394) writes "Worldwide raids were carried out against Uber offices in Germany, France and South Korea. In Germany, the raids followed a court ruling banning Uber from operating without a license. In Paris, raids followed an investigation into deceptive practices. And in South Korea, 30 people, including Uber's CEO, were charged with running an illegal taxi service."
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+ - The Dream of Delivery Drones Is Alive (And On A Truck)->

Submitted by malachiorion
malachiorion (1205130) writes "Amazon's drone delivery service was never going to work. It was too autonomous, and simply too risky to be approved by the FAA in the timeframe that Jeff Bezos specified (as early as this year). And yet, the media is still hung up on Amazon, and much of the coverage of the FAA's newly released drone rules center around Prime Air, a program that was essentially a PR stunt. Meanwhile, a Cincinnati-based company that makes electric delivery trucks has an idea that's been largely ignored, but that's much more feasible. The Horsefly launches from and returns to a delivery truck once it reaches a given neighborhood, with a mix of autonomous flight to destination, driver-specified drop-off locations, and remote-piloted landings. The company will still need to secure exemptions from the FAA, but unlike Amazon, they at least have a chance. There's more detail about Amp's technically impressive (and seemingly damn tough) drone in my story for Popular Science."
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