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Office of Senator Gary Peters – Senators Release Bipartisan Principles for Self-Driving Vehicles Legislation

“Self-driving vehicles will not only dramatically change how we get from place to place, they have the potential to prevent accidents and save thousands of lives,” said Peters, a member of the Commerce Committee. “I’m pleased we have compiled this bipartisan framework, which is an important step toward introducing and enacting meaningful legislation that will help the federal government promote the safe development and adoption of self-driving vehicles and ensure the United States remains the world leader in transportation innovation.”

Silicon Beat – U.S. mulls restricting Chinese investments into artificial intelligence companies

The United States is considering clamping down on Chinese investments into select Silicon Valley industries, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. With Chinese capital flooding into Silicon Valley the past few years, the move may hinder much-needed growth for startups in emerging technologies. But current and former U.S. officials believe the move is necessary to safeguard sensitive technologies critical for national security.


ABC News / The Associated Press – Facebook deploys AI to fight terrorism on its network

Facebook has started deploying its artificial intelligence capabilities to help combat terrorists' use of its service. Company officials said in a blog post Thursday that Facebook will use AI in conjunction with human reviewers to find and remove "terrorist content" immediately, before other users see it. Such technology is already used to block child pornography from Facebook and other services such as YouTube, but Facebook had been reluctant about applying it to other potentially less clear-cut uses.

Business Insider – Lyft just unveiled its plan to reduce its carbon emissions dramatically by 2025

In June, Lyft joined a coalition of 902 businesses, nine states, and 125 cities in formally agreeing to uphold the Paris Agreement, regardless of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the commitment. Now Lyft has outlined its plan to uphold the climate deal, saying its efforts will reduce emissions for the transportation sector by at least 5 million tons per year. Lyft's plan relies on launching a fleet of electric, self-driving vehicles on a mass scale.

Inverse – Tesla Just Started Harvesting Data for Full Autonomous Driving

Tesla has started collecting data from its Autopilot semi-autonomous system, which will help the company achieve its goal of fully autonomous driving. One Tesla owner spotted unusual spikes in activity from their router, leading them to realize that their car had started uploading short video clips of driving routes that can help train other cars.

Reuters – Exclusive: GE begins testing drones to inspect refineries, factories - executive

General Electric Co has begun testing autonomous drones and robotic "crawlers" to inspect refineries, factories, railroads and other industrial equipment with an eye on capturing a bigger slice of the $40 billion companies around the globe spend annually on inspections. In trials with customers, aerial drones and robots are able to move around and inside remote or dangerous facilities while photographing corrosion or taking temperature, vibration or gas readings that can be analyzed by computer algorithms and artificial intelligence.

WIRED – Uber's culture problems could sink its self-driving future

Different people want different things from a relationship: unfailing kindness maybe, or someone tough, with a bit of an edge. Nobody, however, wants a partner who comes with lawsuits, a broken ethical compass, federal agents sniffing around the house, a work ethic that moves beyond crushing to something more sinister, and endless instability. A partner like Uber. 


Forbes – Half Of People Who Encounter Artificial Intelligence Don't Even Realize It

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer in the future. It’s not science fiction. It’s here. It’s now. It’s happening all around us, and actually has been for more years than most of us even know.

MIT Technology Review – Artificial Intelligence May Discover the Next Blockbuster Drug

AI is revolutionizing countless industries, but its biggest impact may be felt in medicine. Machine learning has proved capable of identifying signs of disease in medical images and records, and it may become invaluable for analyzing vast genomic data sets for clues as to the origins of different disorders. Benevolent AI, headquartered in London, is working to apply the latest AI techniques to the identification and development of novel drug compounds. 

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