If you see an electric scooter tootling along the street by itself in the not-too-distant future, do not be alarmed. It’s probably on its way to a charging station. Segway-Ninebot, currently the largest scooter supplier for smartphone-based services such as Bird and Lime, has unveiled a semi-autonomous scooter that can make its way to a charging station when its battery runs low. The KickScooter T60 will begin road testing in September 2019, and is slated to become available to scootersharing services in the first quarter of 2020. Scootersharing companies currently pay teams of people to gather up the scooters for recharging at the end of each day. While not exactly good news for those collectors who rather like the idea of holding onto their job, a scooter that can pretty much make its own way to a charging station will certainly be of interest to scootersharing companies as they look to streamline their operations. The KickScooter T60 could also help restore order to particular … [Read more...] about You could soon see electric scooters driving themselves to charging stations
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You might not expect to find a player named Libratus around a poker table in a high-stakes game of no-limit Texas Hold’em. Yet it was Libratus – an artificial intelligence (AI) – that emerged triumphant from a gruelling 20-day tournament that culminated late last Monday in a dramatic victory over four of the world’s top players. The victory – which saw Libratus pocket $1.7m in fake chips at the expense of the quartet of serious pros – stunned the generally unshockable world of poker. But more than that, it reopened the increasingly urgent debate about the potential – and possible dangers – of AI, or intelligent machines. If machines are clever enough to beat humans at a game that requires intuition, bluffing skills, intelligence as well as a capacity to retain data – then what else is possible? Everyone is betting on AI. As a 2016 Forbes article speculated: “Businesses that use AI, big data and the internet of things … … [Read more...] about AI can win at poker: but as computers get smarter, who keeps tabs on their ethics?
“Is data the new oil?” asked proponents of big data back in 2012 in Forbes magazine. By 2016, and the rise of big data’s turbo-powered cousin deep learning, we had become more certain: “Data is the new oil,” stated Fortune. Amazon’s Neil Lawrence has a slightly different analogy: Data, he says, is coal. Not coal today, though, but coal in the early days of the 18th century, when Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine. A Devonian ironmonger, Newcomen built his device to pump water out of the south west’s prolific tin mines. The problem, as Lawrence told the Re-Work conference on Deep Learning in London, was that the pump was rather more useful to those who had a lot of coal than those who didn’t: it was good, but not good enough to buy coal in to run it. That was so true that the first of Newcomen’s steam engines wasn’t built in a tin mine, but in coal works near Dudley. So why is data coal? The problem is similar: there are … [Read more...] about Why data is the new coal
The heads of more than 100 of the world's top artificial intelligence companies are very alarmed about the development of 'killer robots'. In an open letter to the UN, these business leaders – including Tesla's Elon Musk and the founders of Google's DeepMind AI firm – warned that autonomous weapon technology could be misused by terrorists and despots or hacked to perform in undesirable ways. But the real threat is much bigger – and not just from human misconduct but from the machines themselves. Scroll down for videos Research into complex systems shows how behaviour can emerge that is much more unpredictable than the sum of individual actions. This means human societies can behave very differently to what might be expected from an individual, and this can also apply to technology WHY ROBOTS COULD BE MORE DANGEROUS IN GROUPS The research into complex systems shows how behaviour can emerge that is much more unpredictable than the sum of … [Read more...] about Forget killer robots – Wikipedia bot study warns even ‘good’ AI can be ‘scarily unpredictable’
Dusting figures in a wax museum isn’t a typical starting job for business leaders. But that was how Rodney Fong, the new CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, spent his early years. Fong’s family operated a wax museum half a block from Fisherman’s Wharf, and the young man would shine props, adjust lighting and remove lint from the figures’ clothing with masking tape wrapped around his hands. Fong, 53, now needs to dust off something else: The venerable chamber, founded during the Gold Rush, must adjust to the fast-changing character of the city, as tech companies proliferate and street filth and soaring prices threaten companies large and small. Fong hears continuously about how crazy street behavior, feces and drug use make workers feel unsafe. The streaming music company Spotify, for example, left its Mid-Market office last year, with former employees saying the move was motivated in part by an assault on an employee near the building. … [Read more...] about As tech takes over city, SF Chamber of Commerce seeks to adapt