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by   -   March 22, 2016

Big_dog_military_Boston_Dynamics

The maker of advanced humanoid and 4-legged robots (BigDog and Atlas), Boston Dynamics, is up for sale. According to the Financial Times, “this is one of those discordant moments that makes you question easy assumptions and the current state of Alphabet and of robots.”

by   -   March 17, 2016

Google's AI machine won 4 out of 5 games in a $1.3 million contest against South Korean Lee Sedol, rated as the world's best Go player.

by   -   March 14, 2016
AlphaGo playing challenger. Source: Google DeepMind
AlphaGo playing challenger. Source: Google DeepMind

Update: The final match was played on Tuesday, 15 March, with AlphaGo winning over Lee Sedol 4-1! Watch all the livestream matches below.

by   -   March 4, 2016

google-buggy_car_autonomous_robocarReports released reveal that one of Google’s Gen-2 vehicles (the Lexus) has a fender-bender (with a bus) with some responsibility assigned to the system. This is the first crash of this type — all other impacts have been reported as fairly clearly the fault of the other driver.

by   -   January 18, 2016
Toyota Executive Technical Advisor and Chief Executive Officer of Toyota Research Institute (TRI) Dr. Gill Pratt speaks during a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 in Las Vegas, Jan. 5, 2016. Photo: Kathryn Rapier
Toyota Executive Technical Advisor and Chief Executive Officer of Toyota Research Institute (TRI) Dr. Gill Pratt speaks during a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 in Las Vegas, Jan. 5, 2016. Photo: Kathryn Rapier

At a press conference last week at CES, Toyota, led by Gill Pratt of DARPA fame and now CEO of Toyota Research Institute (TRI), informed the world what Toyota intended to do with it’s billion dollar investment in their new AI research facilities in Silicon Valley and Cambridge.

by   -   January 15, 2016

While many people view technology or regulation as the biggest obstacles to robocar deployment, it could be that the bigger obstacle is that we have yet to determine what our safety goals are for autonomous cars, and also how to test these vehicles so that we can know when these goals have been met.

by   -   November 23, 2015

Google_Car_ticket_police_trafficAlmost every newspaper in the world reported the story of how a motorcycle cop pulled over one of Google’s 3rd generation test cars, the 2-seaters, and many incorrectly reported that the car was given a ticket for going too slow.