We’ve heard about her creepy laugh, but this may be the first reported instance of her tattling on her
masters family. In what Amazon calls an “unlikely but possible” string of events one Echo device recorded a family’s private conversation and sent recording to contact.
Apparently, the device interpreted a word in the background conversation as ‘Alexa,’ prompting her to wakeup and take notice. She then it interpreted the ensuing words in the conversation as a send message.
Alexa’s query, ‘To whom? ‘ went unheard among the conversants, and she (Alexa) interpreted a word among in the conversation as the name of a saved family contact. Asking for confirmation (‘ ________, right?’) she interpreted, among the following words, a confirming, ‘right.’
Then did what she believes was told to do.
Amazon’s statement : “As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely.“
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excerpted from: CNN-Money
Uber has removed its self-driving cars from the roads following what is believed to be the first fatality involving a fully autonomous car.
A self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg as she walked her bicycle across a street in Tempe, Arizona, Sunday night, according to the Tempe police. The department is investigating the crash.
“The vehicle involved is one of Uber’s self-driving vehicles,” the Tempe police said in a statement. “It was in autonomous mode at the time of the collision, with a vehicle operator behind the wheel.”
Uber said it is “fully cooperating” with local officials. “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family,” Uber said in a statement.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it is launching an investigation.
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Ben Katz and Jared Di Carlo‘s, robot can solve Rubik’s Cube in under a second.
But then, speed isn’t everything..
Electronic giant LG and Intelligent mapping group HERE, are joining talents to bring AI to self-driving cars. You can read more about that here. But what I’m excited about is the marketing teams’ optimistic view of the SF commuting:
In the above marketing pic, not only is there an absence of standing traffic on the SF Bay Bridge during what must be rush-hour (judging by the suncast shadows on the road), but there is also a pedestrian walkway on the western span (the one that links Treasure Island to San Francisco).
Now THAT’S a future I’m looking forward to.
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Manna from Heaven?
Google‘s parent company, Alphabet, is partnering with Guzman y Gomez to deliver Mexican food to the great Outback. A successful pilot program by these taco-copters will lead to burritos dropping out of the sky all over the down under.
via TC: Alphabet’s Project Wing now delivers burritos …
Matternet, Mercedes-Benz, and Swiss online-shop, siroop, have teamed up to deliver coffee and other products to your front door.
Earlier this week the city of Zurich hosted a test. For this demonstration, the drone successfully flew and landed on it destination, the roof of a Mercedes-Benz van.
How will it work in practice?
The drone reads the destination information using a QR code on the package, then flies the goods to the receiver directly using onboard GPS. Moving at speeds of 43 mph(70 km) and with a range of 12 miles (20 km) it will delivery it’s goods (up to 4.5 lbs) directly to the consumer.
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