Robots ‘in the wild’. We are often asked about the ‘rules… | by Ed Lovelock | Starship Technologies | Sep, 2022

We’re often asked about the ‘rules of the road’ and how the Starship robots navigate the community, so we wanted to provide a little more insight – and some advice on what to do if you encounter one on your travels. First, let’s take a step back and look at the rules of the road. They’ve been around for decades and are something every road vehicle has to keep up with – including autonomous cars. Among other things, they must stay in their lane, signal before turning and keep an appropriate braking distance. On the other hand, pavements have no

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Remote workers feel pressure to prove their productivity

People who work from home say they do, and numerous objective studies show this to be true. But many managers are still concerned that they are not. U new research from Microsoft, nearly 90 percent of office workers said they were productive at work, and objective measures—increased working hours, meetings held, quantity and quality of work done—proved it. Meanwhile, 85 percent of bosses say hybrid work makes it harder to make sure employees are productive. That uncertainty, along with the looming recession and many companies returning to more hours in the office, is forcing workers to increasingly show to do

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Russia’s struggle to convince people to join its war is being waged on Telegram

Just minutes after Putin announced the recruitment, the administrators of the anti-Kremlin group Rospartizan announced their own “mobilization”, preparing his supporters to bomb soldiers and the Ministry of Defense with Molotov cocktails. “Ordinary Russians are invited to die for nothing in a foreign country,” they wrote. “Agitate, incite, spread the truth, but don’t be the ones who legitimize the Russian government.” The Rospartizan Telegram group—which has more than 28,000 subscribers—posted photos and videos purportedly showing early action against the military mobilization, including burned offices and broken windows of local government buildings. Other Telegram channels offer citizens options for less direct

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How Meta and Google are using recession fears to slow hiring and cut benefits

For nearly two decades, top tech companies like Google and Facebook (now Meta) were known for hiring fast, luxury amenitiesand corporate cultures of abundance. But now, as rising inflation, the war in Ukraine and other macroeconomic factors have caused marketers to cut their advertising budgets, Big Tech’s work culture is changing. In recent months, Google and Meta drastically slowed employmentreduce benefits like employee travel and laundry roomand started reorganization of the department. Employees fear deeper staff cuts ahead. Some economists say that these moves are a sign that we are headed for the ua “white collar recession”, or the decline

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DeepMind’s new chatbot uses Google searches and people to provide better answers

The difference between this approach and its predecessors is that DeepMind hopes to use a “long-term security dialogue,” says Geoffrey Irving, a security researcher at DeepMind. “That means we don’t expect the problems we face in these models — whether misinformation or stereotyping or whatever — to be obvious at first glance, and we want to talk about them in detail. And that also means between machines and people,” he says. DeepMind’s idea of ​​using human preferences to optimize the way an AI model learns is not new, says Sara Hooker, who runs Cohere for AI, a nonprofit AI research

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Robots roll around the community | by Ed Lovelock | Starship Technologies | Sep, 2022

Whether it’s kids waving at Starship robots as they roll down the sidewalk, or families dancing to a song when they receive their deliveries, we’re proud to be at the heart of the communities in which we operate. A day in the life of a starship robot However, we appreciate that seeing robots is not the ‘norm’ for many people, so we wanted to shed more light on how robots work. Starship robots are over 99% autonomous, having made over 3.5 million deliveries worldwide. With a suite of cameras and sensors, they move — on sidewalks/pavements — along pre-mapped routes

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Republican judges just let Texas seize control of Twitter and Facebook in the latest NetChoice ruling

An especially right-wing panel of the already conservative United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit handed down an astonishing opinion on Friday, effectively holding that the state of Texas may seize control of content moderation at major social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. The mere fact that this opinion exists is not surprising. When Texas initially passed the law at hand, which imposes strong restrictions on major social media companies’ power to moderate content and ban users deemed to be offensive or worse, the same panel of judges raced to defend it. Trade organizations representing

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Zero trust closes the end-user cybersecurity gap

Specifically, 68% of respondents worry that applications and data in the cloud will be vulnerable to malware, ransomware and phishing attacks. While 55% are not confident that their cloud security is properly configured, 59% believe they have adequate control processes and policies in place to secure the cloud. About one in three respondents said that it is a challenge to adequately train employees about cyber security. End users are under attack The weakest link in any IT security strategy has always been people, says Keri Pearlson, executive director of the MIT Cybersecurity Research Consortium at MIT Sloan (CAMS). CAMS studies

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What tech layoffs could mean for the economy

For months, top tech companies have announced round after round of layoffs as the U.S. economy slows and fears of a recession grow. While the headlines look sad, labor economists say the layoffs don’t necessarily signal a major downturn in other industries. So far this year, more than 41,000 workers have been laid off in the technology sector, according to data collected by Crunchbase. At the end of last month, Snap said it would lay off 20 percent of its employees after the company made a disappointing announcement earnings for the second quarter. Other large companies — including Netflix, Microsoftand

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This artist dominates art generated by artificial intelligence. And he’s not happy about it.

Rutkowski was surprised at first, but thought it might be a good way to reach a new audience. He then tried to look up his name to see if the work he was working on had been published. An internet search returned a paper that had his name but was not his. “It’s only been a month. What in a year? I probably won’t be able to find my job there because [the internet] will be overwhelmed by the art of artificial intelligence,” says Rutkowski. “That’s worrying.” Stability.AI, the company that built Stable Diffusion, trained the model on the LAION-5B

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