Uber self-driving test car involved in accident resulting in pedestrian death | TechCrunch Some incredibly sad news out of Arizona. An autonomous Uber test SUV driving in Tempe, Arizona was involved in a fatal collision last night. The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode at the time. This is reported as the first time an autonomous vehicle operating in self-driving mode has resulted in a human death.

Finnish autonomous car goes for a leisurely cruise in the driving snow  It’s one thing for an autonomous car to strut its stuff on a smooth, warm California tarmac, and quite another to do so on the frozen winter mix of northern Finland. Martti, a self-driving vehicle system homegrown in Finland, demonstrated just this in a record-setting drive along a treacherous (to normal drivers) Laplandish road. More

Sophia, The World’s First Android Citizen, Says She Wants To Have A Baby | IFLScience This strange story becomes even more bizarre: Last month Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to an android called Sophia? Well, stuff just got a little bit stranger. In a recent interview with The Khaleej Times, Sophia suggested she wants to start her own family. Are we going to be replaced with robots in this science fiction fairy tale? Wild

The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions – MIT Technology Review We are surrounded by hysteria about the future of artificial intelligence and robotics—hysteria about how powerful they will become, how quickly, and what they will do to jobs. A story in ­MarketWatch that said robots will take half of today’s jobs in 10 to 20 years. The claims are ludicrous. Today’s robots and AI systems are incredibly narrow in what they

13 things drones are doing besides flying around your yard | TechCrunch Everyone who’s flown around a drone knows that they’re a lot of fun. But they’re being used all over the world for more serious purposes — after all, an autonomous flying vehicle is a great place to start for all kinds of applications, from delivery to archaeology.

Hackers are coming for your jewels with this safe-cracking robot If hackers want what’s on your computer, chances are they can find a way to get it. But what about your non-digital goods you keep in a safe at home? Turns out those aren’t that secure, either.  At the 25th annual DEF CON in Las Vegas professional tinkerer and founder of SparkFun Electronics Nathan

Helping students transition from the laboratory to robotics startup | TechCrunch “How do I launch a successful startup?” Simple advice: “find a problem that needs solving, address a need that already exists, and don’t go offering up solutions in search of problems” Oh, and get a day job. Learn the industry and the ins and outs of running a business from someone who’s already in