Autonomous Cars See AI’s Blind Spots

Autonomous Cars See AI’s Blind Spots

New Training model Helps Autonomous Cars See AI’s Blind Spots

Autonomous vehicles are slowly making their way onto the road but the public is still cautious about them despite the undeniable safety advantage they offer to the public. Ever crash on the road makes it more difficult to gain the public’s trust and autonomous companies are fully aware of that.

Making autonomous vehicle safer than they already are means identifying and providing an appropriate solution to those critical cases where AI will fail to respond. New research from MIT and Microsft will help to fill those gaps between machine learning and humane intuition to produce the safest autonomous vehicle yet.

Within a couple of years, every can on the road will be replaced by an autonomous vehicle. There will be no uber or Lyft drivers, only shuttle cabs that you would order by phone and they will reach on the destination smoothly without a driver in sight.

Autonomous cars may need to recharge but they will not need sleep and will be concerned only with carrying out the instructions in the programming. Autonomous vehicle will give a huge benefit to the transport industry as self-driving vehicle saves on labor, insurance and other costs that come with having a large number of human workforces.

Edge cases: where an autonomous vehicle will fail to understand

vehicle will fail to understandLet’s suppose an autonomous vehicle finds a bent, misshapen and faded stop sign. In that case, the vehicle will detect the sign and have no idea that it’s a stop sign and decide to proceed with the intersection and cause an accident. A humane driver can easily identify the stop sign and will stop at the intersection.

To solve such kind of critical situations MIT and Microsoft have come together to identify and solve such situations, which will improve the safety of autonomous cars.

Modeling at the edg

In two papers presented at last year Autonomous Agents and Multiagent System Conference, the researcher explains a new training model where an autonomous vehicle will use humane inputs to fix those “blind spots” in the AI system.

The researcher run the AI through simulated training exercise like traditional system go through, but in this case, a human observes the machine action and identifies when the machine is about to or has made a mistake.

The researcher then takes the data and will synthesize it with the human observer’s feedback and put it through the machine learning system. This system will then create a model which researcher can use to identify the situation where the AI is missing information about how it should behave.


AUTONOMOUS ROBOTSThe wheeled colored-size box robots called Amazon scouts will begin delivery in Washington this week. This robot has an array of sensors that will help it navigating  the suburbs, detecting obstacles, pets, and people. In a demo video, scout is seen rolling along the sidewalk before stopping in front of its designated delivery location.

Downfall of scout

The major downfall of scout is that it can neither tackle the front steps leading to the house nor can it actually deliver the package. A humane is required to come out of the house and to collect the package.

Amazon says that they are initially testing with six scout devices which will be accompanied by Amazon employee.

The robot will deliver from Monday to Friday in the daylight hours.  Amazon has been a leader in developing and adopting robots in delivery for years. Robots are used in the company’s warehouse and the company has also been a leader in pushing a drone delivery technology.


Toyota and Panasonic are teaming up to create a joint venture for manufacturing EV batteries in 2020. According to some sources, Honda might also be a potential customer as it makes a move towards EVs. According to reports, Toyota would control 51% stake in the venture and Panasonic will move five of its car battery productions plant in China and Japan to the new company.

The collaboration makes sense for both players. Toyota has dragged its feet forward electric vehicles investing more heavily in hybrids. Getting access to cheap and plentiful battery supply could allow them to upsurge over any competitors.

Teaming up with large manufactures for Panasonic is like having a large slice of the pie. Bob Carter, Executive Vice President – Sales at Toyota Motor North America, said that the company is transitioning from an automobile company to a mobility company.

Carter said that Toyota’s 2020 goal is to have more than 15 percent of US sales as electrified vehicles and an electrified option for almost every new Toyota and Lexus model by 2025.


ZERO INK PRINTERA compact and portable printer is ideal for everyone who believes that paper notes, reminders, and letters are all around more effective than their digital counterparts. We are living in the digital and paperless world. It is hard to remember a time when physical letters were sent and writing and receiving emails take second instead of days.

The large scale technology revolution has been a positive development. Now, companies can work effectively, friends and family can communicate properly and easily and the amount of information a person can absorb per day has been changed.

But still, a sheet of papers plays a major role in our lives when it comes to writing a love letter to show affection in a different manner. The MEMOBIRD mobile thermal print brilliantly bridges the gap between the height of paper notes and modern world that does not waste things like paper and ink.

It is personal note printer and messenger that makes it easy to create paper notes on the fly, and it can print anything from text to photos, paper notes, reminders and letters are all around are more effective than their digital counterpart.

It also uses zero ink, it means that you don’t need to re-stock ink and won’t have to worry about toner cartridge and ink pods. You will also be able to send the content from any phone, laptop, and tablet to printer using internet connection.


FOLDABLE SCREEN MIGHT BE JUST AROUNDFoldable screen has been under development for some time and will surely become mainstream within a few years. Wall Street Journal stated it that Motorola was set to relaunch the iconic RAZR with a foldable screen. The foldable screen seems to have possible now. Samsung is launching foldable screen tablet along with it Galaxy S10 non-foldable series.

Foldable and non-foldable series made a big impact at CES and the world’s first commercially available folding foldable phone and tablet with a fully flexible display, Royole FlexPai, was launched onto the market.


Nike has finally released the next generation of self-lacing sneakers. If you planning to buy a pair of elusive and highly expensive HyperAdapt sneaker or coveted Nike Mags, the Adapt BB shoes may be perfect alternatives.

Nike released the Hyperadapt sneaker, with a modern version of the same self-lacing technology, the sneaker still were tough to get and were priced extremely high. That is what makes the Adapt BB is so special.

The aim was to design a shoe that is aware of pro athlete’s need, adjusting itself around the athlete’s foot in real time, not just for performance purposes, but for foot health, a major issue among along term athlete.

Manually or on your phone, the Nike adapt BB can be tightened or loosened around your foot or the power laces. As mentioned above, the shoe can be controlled via a smartphone via its fitadapt technology.

You can even use the phone to control the brights lights on the bottom of the shoe. The adapt BB can also be charged wirelessly with a battery that is expected to last for 10-14 days.


Breadbot, the robot that can mix, form, proof and bake ten loaves of bread an hour. The automatic machine starts with dry ingredients and bakes several different types of bread, including white, whole wheat, nine grain, and honey oat.

It even gives signs/alerts to staff to remind them to add more ingredients and to slice the fresh loaves. Breadbot is marketed as a smart green choice for small supermarkets that would normally be buying bread from a wholesaler.

Instead of paying for the transport of loaves, only receive the dry ingredients do fresh baking at the store.


3D printing has held out the promise of incredibly efficient and timely small-scale manufacturing but has been held back from widespread use by its slow speed. A new technique developed at the University of Michigan, however, promises to print complex designs 100 times faster than the current printers.

The way 3D printers work is by reading a file of a 3D model and rebuilding the model by laying down resin in tiny lines set down in layers, one on top of the other, till the time the model is constructed.

The bigger the model, however, the more time taking this process becomes, growing exponentially as the model gets wider and taller.

What’s more, if you required to produce many copies of the 3D model, as you would for small scale manufacturing, you would need more machines, often hundreds more, printing out the same item.

Creating a Vat-Printing Solution to the Time Challenge

Burns and Scott tried something unique from traditional printing techniques to achieve their results. Rather than laying out the product a line of resin at a time, they used a pair of lasers to solidify the liquid resin in a vat into the shape prescribed by the 3D model file.
The lasers are able to command where the resin remains liquid and where it solidifies, allowing them to make sophisticated shapes, including a toy boat, a block with the letter M carved into it, and a lattice.
Getting the lasers to print exactly what was appropriate was no small task. Earlier attempts resulted in incomplete solidification of the resin at the window of the vat, where the laser first made contact with the resin.

Gaining Precision control with more lasers

Earlier attempts used only one laser, so Burns and Scott tried adding another laser, using a different wavelength to command the rate of resin flow and were able to get 3D control of resin hardening close to the vat window, whereas previous vat-printing approaches were restricted to a 2D plane.

“It’s one of the first true 3D printers ever made,” said Burns.

Patents have been filed for the different techniques used in the process and Scott is planning a commercial venture based on their work.

Mobile App That Warns Its Residents When an Earthquake Is Happening

Mobile App That WarnsResidents in the Los Angeles County can now be better informed about earthquakes with the launch of the app ShakeAlertLA.

This mobile app uses US Geological Survey’s (USGS) early warning sensor network to indicate when an earthquake of 5.0 magnitude or larger is about to shake their location.

The Los Angeles mayor, Eric Garcetti says that even a few seconds warning is enough time for residents to take cover, stop their vehicle, exit an elevator or simple drop and hold on.

The app is available on google play and app store also. Public Service Agencies along the West coast have been utilizing the USGS’ early warning sensor network since October; there isn’t any technology currently available that can alert residents over the whole region.

The app is currently only available to Los Angeles County but Richard Allen, director of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory hope that the app’s coverage will increase.

One of these services is the Bay Area Rapid Transit system. BART is associated to ShakeAlert when the system sends out alerts the BART will automatically paste and adjust its services and individual trains to mitigate potential accidents or derailments.

Existing warning systems are too slow. The recently created Presidential Alert which sends a text message to all turned on phones within range of a cell tower was slow to get by some users says Allen.

The purpose of the early warning is to get people into that safe place before the shaking starts instead of once the shaking starts.


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