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China is making it  harder for foreign companies to test driverless vehicles on the country’s roads, as authorities fear that self-driving cars could be collecting information and images for espionage. While on-road testing is not yet allowed in China, new regulation expected to come out early next year is expected to include such restrictions. The Financial […]

UPDATE: Ars Technica reports that on Thursday, following the backlash, SPCA decided to stop using Knightscope robots. A charity took flak after using bulky security robots to keep homeless people away from its animal shelter in San Francisco. Knightscope security automata have been around since 2013 and are a familiar presence in Silicon Valley and elsewhere. Earlier this year, the […]

Microsoft has announced a $50 million (£37.56 million) investment in AI for Earth— its programme to use artificial intelligence to pursue   sustainability and humanitarian goals. The tech giant launched the initiative — with an initial investment of $2 million (£1.5 million)— in summer 2017. Since then, the project has doled out grants to 35 companies […]

Britain’s Digital Catapult has announced the creation of a a “Machine Intelligence Garage” providing  Artificial Intelligence and machine learning startups access to computing power and specific expertise. The government-backed innovation-boosting organisation revealed the new programme on Thursday, explaining that the garage will be kick-started on 23 January 2018, and run for a period of three […]

Are we getting closer to the much-fabled intelligence explosion? Google researchers have created an artificial intelligence able to design and build other AIs; the news now is that this AI’s first “child” is better at recognising images than any smart system humans have ever made. Cue the shrieks of terror from journalists, commenters and sundry AI-doomsayers, […]

The United States of America are falling behind in the Artificial Intelligence arms race, as China and Russia are striding ahead with the creation of AI-powered weapons, a new report revealed. The study— by data analysis group Govini and ex US Deputy Secretary of Defence Robert Work— flagged up how the American Department of Defence risks losing […]

Russia’s Internet giant (aka “Russia’s Google”) Yandex has trialled its driverless Toyota Prius taxis in a snow-covered Russian road last weekend, notching up about 300 kilometres overall during the test. The trial, which involved two cars, was interesting in that it allowed to demo how self-driving vehicles would fare in a scenario other than sunny California’s highways. […]

New planned regulation might require British drone users to take safety awareness tests in order to fly unmanned vehicles over 250 grams of weight. Drones over 250g—i.e. most professional and recreational drones, apart from the cheapest toy versions—might also be banned altogether from flying near airports or above 121 metres (400 ft) of altitude, with the aim of avoiding collisions with […]

Artificial Intelligence and driverless technology featured prominently in UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond’s budget speech, in which he announced new investment and tax breaks for technology companies, in the latest bid to shore up the sector ahead of Brexit. Life sciences, immersive technology, 5G, and FinTech were other key fields Hammond mentioned in his […]

Ride-hailing service Uber has struck a deal with  Volvo to purchase 24,000 XC90 SUVs between 2019 and 2021, with the aim to convert them into its driverless fleet, Bloomberg has revealed. Each XC90 costs about £35,000 on the market, and the Financial Times pegged the value of the deal at around £1 billion. Uber has already […]

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