This past week: spent $50 on groceries, $50 on eating out/coffee, $30 paying off credit card
This is an interesting article on how AI might impact journalism and how we may end up with "robot reporters" in place of human ones. The Washington Post has a robot reporting program called Heliograf that was responsible for producing at least 850 of the newspaper's articles. The Post is only utilizing the program to assist its writers with the process, however, it is scary to think about how robots could take over a lot of the industry and take a lot of jobs (similar to how autonomous vehicles would take many jobs away from professional drivers).
This article talks about improving the technology in grocery stores in that self check out machines will eventually have facial recognition capabilities. This will increase efficiency in these stores as customers won't have to wait for an employee to come and check their ID's. However, there is also the potential for this technology to fail, allowing underage people to purchase alcohol.
This article talks about the reasons why some companies might be too optimistic in saying that autonomous vehicles will be out in 10 years. Progress was slowed down not only due to the negative publicity autonomous vehicles received after an autonomous Uber car killed a person, but also due to the reality that the current infrastructure of cities isn't conducive to the accuracy of an autonomous vehicle. For example, pavement lines, curbs and road signs differ across states and cities. This makes it very difficult for autonomous cars to make the right decisions in certain situations. Furthermore, the mix of autonomous cars and human-driven cars on the road also causes some issues. When humans make abnormal decisions, such as bad parking, breaking road rules, or j-walking, autonomous cars can struggle to make the right decision. This is a major safety issue that is holding back autonomous vehicles from successfully gaining the trust of the public.
This is another article on automatic machines, but has to do with robotic dogs rather than self driving cars. It's just another example of how machines are changing the world, as the article discusses how robotic dogs may be the new delivery service. This can potentially have a similar effect on society as self driving cars. Self driving cars can take the jobs of taxi drivers and Uber drivers and robotic dogs can take the jobs of delivery service people not only for packages but for food delivery as well. These industries must prepare for this kind of change as advancements in this technology are making it more of a possibility.
While many companies (like Google & Tesla) are currently innovating for autonomous cars, Uber is a little ahead of the game in planning for autonomous scooters and bikes. As the article mentions, Uber is striving to contribute to the micro mobility market by creating these scooters/bikes that can drive themselves to various locations as well as drive to where they can charge themselves. These scooters/bikes, known as JUMP bikes, have swappable batteries meaning that they wouldn't have to be spend time at a charging station at all. This will further decrease Uber's dependability on humans to provide its service.