Tom SimoniteThe video for Google's "AI bots learn football/soccer" project really needs commentary.
"Nice pass by Achimedinho unleashes an attack by Frequentists United...Einstein nips past Euler and Pythogoras...Newton's not worried—the shot is wide."
Amazon revealed new technology that allows its Alexa virtual assistant to handle multiple tasks in the same conversation.
Tom SimoniteAn upgrade to Alexa's conversational skills will let it remix outside services like Uber and movie ticket buying in a single conversation. Right now, the 90,000 "skills" that integrate outside services have to be used in isolation.
In an Amazon sorting center, a swarm of robots works alongside humans. Here’s what that says about Amazon—and the future of work.
Tom SimoniteAmazon just announced that a new breed of robot—the Pegasus—is at work inside its package sorting sensors. Looks like a Kiva robot with a conveyor belt on top so it can drop off boxes where they need to go. wired.com/story/amazon-w… via @mrMattSimon
Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom says technology often has unintended consequences, and that we may have to choose between totalitarianism and annihilation.
Tom SimoniteProbability-literate followers (if you're out there):
Is Nick Bostrom's vulnerable world hypothesis, which casts the history of technology as "the process of extracting balls from a giant urn" inherently frequentist? What would a Bayesian view be?
Aurora is buying Blackmore, whose “Doppler lidar” system can determine how far away an object it, and its speed.
Tom SimoniteElon Musk: Those lidars everyone is using are unnecessary for robot cars
Chris Urmson (used to run Google's self-driving project): Those lidars everyone is using are not sufficient for robot cars
wired.com/story/self-dri… via @adavies47
Tom Simonite2017: NYT story describes Pentagon collection of metal alloys "recovered from unidentified aerial phenomena"
2019: Apple says an unidentified "physical material that exists within the butterfly mechanism" will fix MacBook keyboards
The social network has a plan to merge the worlds of artificial intelligence and real-world machines, so that both may grow more powerful.
Tom SimoniteFacebook's chief AI scientist Yann LeCun says the company's mission requires robots. "Robotics is going to be an important component—think about things like telepresence...the logical succession is perhaps things that you can control from a distance."
Microsoft announced plans to use the bitcoin blockchain to create a "digital identity" that could be used to access sites and apps across the internet.
Tom Simonite1999: "Microsoft today launched Passport, a single sign-in and wallet service for communication and commerce on the Internet."
2019: Microsoft launches ION, a single-sign in service for the internet based on a bL0cKChaIn