10 months agoEx-Real Madrid defender Pepe leaving Besiktas after contract release

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Real Madrid defender Pepe leaving Besiktas after contract releaseby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePepe is leaving Besiktas after terminating his contract by mutual consent.Marca says an official announcement has not yet been made but the Portugal international, whose deal was due to expire in June, is now free to sign for another club.Reports in Turkey indicate that Besiktas are going through economic issues and have been unable to pay the high salaries of many of their players, including Pepe.The 35-year-old played 17 league game this season and managed an impressive five goals, with three coming in domestic action and two in Europe.Pepe moved to Besiktas from Real Madrid. last_img read more

Ohio State remains at No 6 in College Football Playoff rankings

The Ohio State football team remained at No. 6 in the College Football Playoff rankings which were announced Tuesday evening.Staying at No. 6 marked the first time the Buckeyes did not jump in the rankings since they opened up the inaugural CFP rankings at No. 16 after a 31-24 double overtime win against Penn State Oct. 25.OSU remains the highest ranked team in the Big Ten as Wisconsin fell in at No. 14 after escaping Iowa 26-24 while the Michigan State Spartans came in at No. 10 after routing Rutgers 45-3. The Minnesota Golden Gophers rounded out the Big Ten teams in the rankings coming in at No. 18.The Badgers and Golden Gophers are set to play each other Saturday to determine who will take on the Buckeyes in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game.Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State rounded out the top four for the second straight week.The College Football Playoff rankings were decided by a panel of 12 members, including Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, Lt. Gen. Mike Gould and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In total, the panel is set to consist of 13 members, but former Mississippi and NFL quarterback Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence because of health concerns.OSU is scheduled to return to action Saturday against Michigan at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.Complete rankings:1. Alabama2. Oregon3. Florida State4. Mississippi State5. Texas Christian University6. Ohio State7. Baylor8. UCLA9. Georgia10. Michigan State11. Arizona12. Kansas State13. Arizona State14. Wisconsin15. Auburn16. Georgia Tech17. Missouri18. Minnesota19. Mississippi20. Oklahoma21. Clemson22. Louisville23. Boise State24. Marshall25. Utah read more

Football Marshon Lattimore primed and ready to be a top 10 NFL

Former Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore addresses the media during the 2017 NFL Combine in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — Marshon Lattimore has come a long way from Glenville High School in Cleveland. From a receiving a devastating hamstring injury that nearly ruined his chances of playing football to becoming the No. 1 ranked cornerback in the 2017 NFL Draft, Lattimore has found a way to keep his dreams of playing in the NFL alive.His opening statement in the Indiana Convention Center on Sunday during the NFL combine reflected just that.“It’s just a blessing to be in the position I am today,” he said. “Because, I didn’t even know if I was going to play or not. If I was going to be healthy enough to play.”Lattimore had problems with his hamstring in both 2014 and 2015, and was kept off the field for essentially the entirety of both seasons. But, after a long rehab process and a few more gray hairs for his coaching staff watching anxiously to see if his legs would hold up in 2016, Lattimore will likely hear his name called in the top half of the first round of the NFL draft.NFL teams erred on the side of caution with the speedy cornerback, and wasted no time getting right to the point about his pesky hamstrings. Lattimore laughed when asked about how teams addressed his previous injury, and said it was the first question asked by many.Whether Lattimore can remain healthy remains to be seen, but the numbers he put up in 2016 paired with a clean bill of health following the end of the season should bode well for the Ohio native.With four interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, and nine pass deflections, along with stellar lateral quickness and top-end speed, his designation as the draft’s best cornerback is all too obvious.With OSU quickly becoming a haven for top secondary talent, Lattimore was around more than a few current NFL cornerbacks in his time with the Buckeyes. The most notable of those players,Lattimore said, have been New York Giant Eli Apple, Denver Bronco Bradley Roby and fellow 2017 NFL Draft prospect Gareon Conley.“I played with Eli, so I learned a lot from him,” he said. “Learned a lot from Bradley Roby. I wasn’t there when he was there so I just talked to him. I asked him about certains things, certain techniques and they give me feedback all the time. Even with Gareon, because he started a year before I even started, so I look at all of them for help.”The New York Jets seem like the most likely landing spot for Lattimore barring any unforeseen issues ahead of the draft. A team that is struggling to defend the pass and just released arguably its best cornerback could use the services of a cornerback with the skill level of Lattimore.However, the Jets might be interested in Leonard Fournette, would would essentially guarantee Lattimore to drop to the eighth pick and make him a Carolina Panther.And if he is picked in the top 10, he knows exactly who to thank.“At Ohio State, the prepare you the best, I feel like,” Lattimore said. “We perform in college, and then we perform in the league. Me, Gareon … all eight players in the draft just trying to continue that.”The combine concludes on Monday, and the 2017 NFL Draft kicks off on April 27 in Philadelphia. read more

Full Show City Council Considers Layoffs And Political Roundup April 17 2019

first_imgListen 00:00 /50:44 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: As the Houston Professional Fire Fighter’s Association and Mayor Sylvester Turner’s administration continue negotiations over voter-mandated pay raises, city council members today are scheduled to consider and vote on laying off 220 firefighters in order to pay for it. That comes as the city has already laid off dozens of firefighters and municipal employees. We check in on the latest out of city hall.Plus News 88.7’s Elizabeth Trovall tells the story of a husband and father who was nearly deported and the effect on his family.Also this hour: Our experts discuss the latest developments in government and politics. Then, Marcia Milgrom Dodge talks about bringing her 2009, Tony Award-nominated revival of Ragtime to Houston.And we learn how nearly crashing a plane helped Daniel Peña write a novel about the border and immigration.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharecenter_img X last_img read more

Mat baits hooks and destroys pollutants in water

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionSpecks of titanium dioxide adhere to polyvinyl fibers in a mat developed at the Rice University-led NEWT Center to capture and destroy pollutants from wastewater or drinking water. After the mat attracts and binds pollutants, the titanium dioxide photocatalyst releases reactive oxygen species that destroy them. Courtesy of Rice University and NEWTEstablished by the National Science Foundation in 2015, NEWT is a national research center that aims to develop compact, mobile, off-grid water-treatment systems that can provide clean water to millions of people who lack it and make U.S. energy production more sustainable and cost-effective.NEWT researchers said their mat can be cleaned and reused, scaled to any size, and its chemistry can be tuned for various pollutants.“Current photocatalytic treatment suffers from two limitations,” said Rice environmental engineer and NEWT Center Director Pedro Alvarez. “One is inefficiency because the oxidants produced are scavenged by things that are much more abundant than the target pollutant, so they don’t destroy the pollutant.“Second, it costs a lot of money to retain and separate slurry photocatalysts and prevent them from leaking into the treated water,” he said. “In some cases, the energy cost of filtering that slurry is more than what’s needed to power the UV lights.“We solved both limitations by immobilizing the catalyst to make it very easy to reuse and retain,” Alvarez said. “We don’t allow it to leach out of the mat and impact the water.”Alvarez said the porous polymer mat plays an important role because it attracts the target pollutants. “That’s the bait and hook,” he said. “Then the photocatalyst destroys the pollutant by producing hydroxyl radicals.”“The nanoscale pores are introduced by dissolving a sacrificial polymer on the electrospun fibers,” lead author and former Rice postdoctoral researcher Chang-Gu Lee said. “The pores enhance the contaminants’ access to titanium dioxide.”The experiments showed dramatic energy reduction compared to wastewater treatment using slurry.“Not only do we destroy the pollutants faster, but we also significantly decrease our electrical energy per order of reaction,” Alvarez said. “This is a measure of how much energy you need to remove one order of magnitude of the pollutant, how many kilowatt hours you need to remove 90 percent or 99 percent or 99.9 percent.“We show that for the slurry, as you move from treating distilled water to wastewater treatment plant effluent, the amount of energy required increases 11-fold. But when you do this with our immobilized bait-and-hook photocatalyst, the comparable increase is only two-fold. It’s a significant savings.”The mat also would allow treatment plants to perform pollutant removal and destruction in two discrete steps, which isn’t possible with the slurry, Alvarez said. “It can be desirable to do that if the water is murky and light penetration is a challenge. You can fish out the contaminants adsorbed by the mat and transfer it to another reactor with clearer water. There, you can destroy the pollutants, clean out the mat and then return it so it can fish for more.”Tuning the mat would involve changing its hydrophobic or hydrophilic properties to match target pollutants. “That way you could treat more water with a smaller reactor that is more selective, and therefore miniaturize these reactors and reduce their carbon footprints,” he said. “It’s an opportunity not only to reduce energy requirements, but also space requirements for photocatalytic water treatment.”Alvarez said collaboration by NEWT’s research partners helped the project come together in a matter of months. “NEWT allowed us to do something that separately would have been very difficult to accomplish in this short amount of time,” he said.“I think the mat will significantly enhance the menu from which we select solutions to our water purification challenges,” Alvarez said.Co-authors are graduate students Hassan Javed and Danning Zhang of Rice; Jae-Hong Kim, a professor and chair of chemical and environmental engineering at Yale University; Paul Westerhoff, vice dean for research and innovation in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, and Qilin Li, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering at Rice. Lee is an assistant professor of environmental and safety engineering at Ajou University, South Korea. Alvarez is the George R. Brown Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice.The National Science Foundation supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.7b06508Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Alvarez Lab: http://alvarez.rice.eduJai Hong Kim: https://seas.yale.edu/faculty-research/faculty-directory/jaehong-kimPaul Westerhoff: http://faculty.engineering.asu.edu/pwesterhoff/about/Rice Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: http://www.ceve.rice.eduGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering: https://engineering.rice.eduRice Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: http://www.ceve.rice.eduGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering: https://engineering.rice.eduImages for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/03/0326_WATER-2-WEB-1th4rp2.jpgThe Rice University-led NEWT Center created a nanoparticle-infused polymer mat that both attracts and destroys pollutants in wastewater or drinking water. A mat, top left, is immersed in water with methylene blue as a contaminant. The contaminant is then absorbed at top right by the mat and, in the bottom images, destroyed by exposure to light. The mat is then ready for reuse. (Credit: Rice University/NEWT)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Return to article. Long DescriptionThe Rice University-led NEWT Center created a nanoparticle-infused polymer mat that both attracts and destroys pollutants in wastewater or drinking water. A mat, top left, is immersed in water with methylene blue as a contaminant. The contaminant is then absorbed at top right by the mat and, in the bottom images, destroyed by exposure to light. The mat is then ready for reuse. Courtesy of Rice University and NEWTThe mat was developed by scientists with the Rice-led Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Center. The research is available online in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science and Technology.The mat depends on the ability of a common material, titanium dioxide, to capture pollutants and, upon exposure to light, degrade them through oxidation into harmless byproducts.Titanium dioxide is already used in some wastewater treatment systems. It is usually turned into a slurry, combined with wastewater and exposed to ultraviolet light to destroy contaminants. The slurry must then be filtered from the water.The NEWT mat simplifies the process. The mat is made of spun polyvinyl fibers. The researchers made it highly porous by adding small plastic beads that were later dissolved with chemicals. The pores offer plenty of surface area for titanium oxide particles to inhabit and await their prey.The mat’s hydrophobic (water-avoiding) fibers naturally attract hydrophobic contaminants like the endocrine disruptors used in the tests. Once bound to the mat, exposure to light activates the photocatalytic titanium dioxide, which produces reactive oxygen species (ROS) that destroy the contaminants. Share2NEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduMat baits, hooks and destroys pollutants in waterRice-led NEWT Center develops energy-saving tech to remove contaminants from wastewater, drinking waterHOUSTON – (March 21, 2018) – A polymer mat developed at Rice University has the ability to fish biologically harmful contaminants from water through a strategy known as “bait, hook and destroy.”Tests with wastewater showed the mat can efficiently remove targeted pollutants, in this case a pair of biologically harmful endocrine disruptors, using a fraction of the energy required by other technology. The technique can also be used to treat drinking water. Return to article. Long Description AddThis Specks of titanium dioxide adhere to polyvinyl fibers in a mat developed at the Rice University-led NEWT Center to capture and destroy pollutants from wastewater or drinking water. After the mat attracts and binds pollutants, the titanium dioxide photocatalyst releases reactive oxygen species that destroy them. Courtesy of Rice University and NEWTcenter_img http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/03/0326_WATER-1-web-1xuytqn.jpgSpecks of titanium dioxide adhere to polyvinyl fibers in a mat developed at the Rice University-led NEWT Center to capture and destroy pollutants from wastewater or drinking water. After the mat attracts and binds pollutants, the titanium dioxide photocatalyst releases reactive oxygen species that destroy them. (Credit: Rice University/NEWT) Specks of titanium dioxide adhere to polyvinyl fibers in a mat developed at the Rice University-led NEWT Center to capture and destroy pollutants from wastewater or drinking water. After the mat attracts and binds pollutants, the titanium dioxide photocatalyst releases reactive oxygen species that destroy them. Courtesy of Rice University and NEWT Return to article. Long Description The Rice University-led NEWT Center created a nanoparticle-infused polymer mat that both attracts and destroys pollutants in wastewater or drinking water. A mat, top left, is immersed in water with methylene blue as a contaminant. The contaminant is then absorbed at top right by the mat and, in the bottom images, destroyed by exposure to light. The mat is then ready for reuse. (Credit: Rice University/NEWT) The Rice University-led NEWT Center created a nanoparticle-infused polymer mat that both attracts and destroys pollutants in wastewater or drinking water. A mat, top left, is immersed in water with methylene blue as a contaminant. The contaminant is then absorbed at top right by the mat and, in the bottom images, destroyed by exposure to light. The mat is then ready for reuse. (Credit: Rice University/NEWT)last_img read more

Tech Moguls Such as Musk and Bezos Declare Era of Artificial Intelligence

first_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Tech Moguls Such as Musk and Bezos Declare Era of Artificial Intelligence Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Reuters 3 min read Artificial Intelligence –shares Image credit: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg | Getty Imagescenter_img June 3, 2016 Artificial intelligence and machine learning will create computers so sophisticated and godlike that humans will need to implant “neural laces” in their brains to keep up, Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told a crowd of tech leaders this week.While Musk’s description of an injectable human-computer link may sound like science fiction, top tech executives repeatedly said that artificial intelligence (AI) was on the verge of changing everyday life, during discussion at a conference by online publication Recode this week. It is no secret that tech companies are diving into AI analytics research, an industry that will grow to $70 billion by 2020 from just $8.2 billion in 2013, according to a Bank of America report citing IDC research.AI, which combs through large troves of raw data to predict outcomes and recognize patterns, is already used in web search systems, marketing recommendation functions and security and financial trading programs. The technology will spread to driverless cars and service robots in the future, the Bank of America report said. Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, said he sees a “huge opportunity” in AI. Google first started applying the technology through “deep neural networks” to voice recognition software about three to four years ago and is ahead of rivals such as Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in machine learning, Pichai said. But he and others acknowledged that the work of building machines that teach themselves is still in its infancy. Microsoft, for instance, apologized and went back to the lab after an AI chatbot talking on Twitter “learned” to make racist comments.Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos predicted a profound impact on society over the next 20 years.”It’s really early but I think we’re on the edge of a golden era. It’s going to be so exciting to see what happens,” he said. Amazon has been working on artificial intelligence for at least four years and now has 1,000 employees working on Alexa, the company’s voice-based smart assistant software system, he said.Big tech companies including Amazon have an edge at present because they have access to large amounts of data but hundreds of AI startups will hatch in the next few years, he said.IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said the company has been working on artificial technology, which she calls a cognitive system, since 2005 when it started developing its Watson supercomputer.”I would say in five years, there’s no doubt in my mind that cognitive AI will impact every decision made” from healthcare to education to financial services, Rometty said.But it was the comments by Tesla’s Musk, on how he would potentially develop the technology to implant humans with technology to augment brains, that captured the imagination of attendees, according to Adam Burrows, senior vice president of emerging businesses at HomeAdvisor, a unit of IAC/Interactive Corp. “It got people thinking on a philosophical level and away from what Google or Tesla will come out with next year,” he said. “It brings up the question, are we human anymore if we are part computer?”(BY Liana B. Baker; Editing by Peter Henderson and Matthew Lewis) Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Reuters Next Article Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Apple Drops the Gun Emoji for a Friendlier Water Pistol

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What better way for dad to connect with his loved ones than learning about his family’s stor Lifeminute tv Heat Snapshot Memorial Day Weekend Heat Wave Could Smash May Records This story originally appeared on Engadget The news is awash in the shootings of police officers and unarmed black men, and individuals opening fire in nightclubs and public party events. In an effort to stop promoting gun violence, Apple is replacing its gun emoji with a friendlier-looking water pistol. In place of the old black and silver revolver is a bright green and orange water gun that looks very distinctly like a harmless toy.Apple also led the decision to remove a rifle from a list of potential additions to the emoji library on all platforms, including Android. Unicode, the organization that handles the character standard, listened to the company’s request and Microsoft agreed with this decision as well.Apple has an additional one hundred new and redesigned emoji that will be available to iPhone and iPad users this Fall with iOS 10. These new emoji show women playing more sports and performing jobs that, before this update, only had male options. A few examples are a woman riding a mountain bike, lifting weights and playing basketball. There will also be redesigns of popular emoji, a new rainbow flag and more family options.This is in an effort to bring more gender and race options to existing characters, and Google’s leading the charge. Apple, Unicode, Google and other companies have the power to promote change, and making important tweaks to a popular way people communicate on their phones is one way to do it. A Petition Is Coming ? for a ‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season Do-Over Emoji Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

UberOwned Startup Otto Wants to Ship Your Stuff With a Truck That

first_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Self-Driving Cars Next Article August 18, 2016 Add to Queue Uber-Owned Startup Otto Wants to Ship Your Stuff With a Truck That Drives Itself Lydia Belanger –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 15+ min read Self-driving cars and ridesharing services are starting to get serious about each other. Uber will launch a fleet of human-supervised self-driving Volvo SUVs in Pittsburgh later this month, and Ford plans to have autonomous cars ready for hailing by 2021.But Uber, who has raced to be first to market, isn’t just seizing opportunity for self-driving passenger vehicles. Today, the company announced that it has acquired Otto, a self-driving big-rig truck company. Otto creates kits that can be installed in freight vehicles to make them drive autonomously, with minimal human intervention.Ex-Googlers Anthony Levandowski and Lior Ron founded Otto in January of this year. Ron was previously product head for Google Maps as well as Motorola. Levandowski led the development of Google’s first self-driving car and has pioneered self-driving technology throughout his career.Related: Entrepreneurs Are Working to Uber-fy the Trucking IndustryLast month, Entrepreneur sat down with Ron to learn about how his background led him to found Otto and get a glimpse of what an autonomous trucking future might look like.Why did you decide to found Otto and focus on self-driving trucks?Anthony and me have known each other for the past almost decade. We came together and realized, there’s no other technology that excites us more and has more promise to impact society and benefit society in the next couple of years. It really has the potential to reshape how cities are built, reshape how transportation is made, to reshape many of the issues that we have in society today, from safety to environment to productivity.We started talking about the future of self-driving and what can we do to accelerate the future and reap some of those societal benefits sooner than later. And we realized that while there was so much activity going on on the passenger side and all of those great minds and projects, including Google, there wasn’t a lot of attention being given to something as important as that, which is commercial transportation, and how we move goods, not just people.And if you think about that, really, moving goods is the backbone of economy. Everything around us, except us, was on a truck at some point, at some time. A truck touched it. Seventy percent of all of the cargo in the U.S. is being moved by trucks. We all live in an on-demand era, and there are more and more demands on the shipping and logistical network of the U.S., but just not enough supply of truck drivers, of capacity, in freight.By showing we can deploy autonomy and technology in this market, we hope that will unlock a lot of the societal challenges and opportunities, the regulations, public adoption and comfort with the technology.The challenge of bringing the technology to market is not just a technological challenge. It’s also a business, product challenge, of how can we constrain the problem for something that can be solved in the foreseeable future. The nice thing about the logistics and commercial transportation market is, if we can constrain the market to really be around highways, and on highways exit to exit, that’s 95 percent of the commercial transportation in the U.S.How did your background lead you to Google and, ultimately, Otto?I came to Google after business school at Stanford. And before that, I had the pleasure of serving seven years in the Israeli military. As part of that, at a very young age, I was given a lot of responsibilities and a lot of opportunities around building an applied technology to solve intelligence problems. It had to do with knowledge, and machine learning and GIS systems.So that’s where I got my love for geography and geo-information systems and applying data at scale to solve a problem.Google Maps was a natural transition for me to really take all of that understanding of how those technologies happen in a more closed setting in the military and apply them in a much wider scale with consumers. I joined Google Maps in 2007, the very early days. It was really a very special time, because it was a small team, and we had basically an unlimited opportunity in front of us to really map the world and build the most precise, most advanced, most comprehensive map of the universe.Anthony joined Google after his startup was acquired. He helped kickstart and accelerate the Streetview development in technology. We did a lot of work on how to entice users to contribute and enhance the map.That was all Map 1.0, I would call it. We built Google Maps, we scaled it from a couple of million users to over a billion users in the course of those five years. Then Map 2.0 is really taking that to the next level and really moves to a more real-time nature of the map. As you move to real-time, you really have to have more of a user contribution, because things are dynamic. I would call Waze, which I was helpful in integrating to Google, probably the best example of that Map 2.0 wave. And really, self-driving vehicles are Map 3.0, which is a highly accurate, super dynamic, real-time, super high-detailed representation of the world around us, which requires new sensors and new way of thinking about how to build the map.Anthony was always more on sort of the robotic, self-driving side. He also, essentially, was involved in starting the self-driving car project at Google and one of the founding team members. We just had a great partnership along the years. And it’s time to take that vision of deploying autonomy to society in other spaces and start doing that.Otto co-founders Lior Ron and Anthony Levandowski.Image credit: OttoWe both left Google in January to start Otto. We started with two of us in a house in Palo Alto with a truck, and fast forward five or six months after, we have over 70 people in a nice, big warehouse in San Francisco.We have four trucks driving 24/7 on the highways. They’re mostly driving in California, but in other states, such as Nevada, the ability to test completely driverless with complete autonomy is a bit easier. We’re in the process of starting to test and drive in more states.And you two self-funded Otto from the start.There’s a lot of advice on how to bootstrap businesses. We are just fortunate to be successful in our careers so we can afford to bootstrap, but bootstrapping gives you wings, and gives you freedom and gives you flexibility of how you want to build the business, and how fast you want to move and what culture you want to build early on. We were able and fortunate to use that self-funding to move very fast and hire a team very fast without stopping to raise outside capital.We were able to grow the team from two of us in a small garage in Palo Alto to over 70 people in San Francisco. A big group followed us from Google. A group of Apple engineers that were excited and left Apple to join us. A couple of key engineers from Tesla.The flexibility allowed us to be faster and move faster and create a lot of options for us of how we wanted to carry the business forward, talk with partners and build the company.I highly recommend it if you can afford it and you have the confidence in the business to build.Right now you’re really focused on highway trucks, but do you foresee applying your self-driving kits to other types of vehicles involved in the shipping and distribution industry?The kit choice is part of that accelerating the future, and how can we bring the technology to market as fast as possible. The way to do that is by taking existing trucks and not waiting for a very long cycle of replacing the entire fleet.Of the 2 million long-haul trucks in the U.S. today, it takes almost five years for a big fleet to replace the trucks, and then the truck stays on the road for another five, six years with smaller fleets. Those engines can run a million miles, which means 10, 11 years of livelihood on the roads. So, we really wanted to bring that change as soon as we can. And to do that, the best way is to build an aftermarket kit. So that’s what we’re focused on.The other benefit of the kit is, in terms of time, in terms of cost, you don’t have to buy a completely new vehicle. You can just take your existing investment and convert it into a much more productive, much safer truck by deploying the kit. And it allows us to test and deploy much faster.The same approach could be applied to other types of vehicles as well, whether it’s cars, or agriculture, like tractors, or a host of other vehicles. We’re just very focused on commercial transportation and trucking. It’s a big enough problem and space for us to try and change and solve.In the passenger market, it’s really about minimizing the cost and trying to do a lot of things that would fit our appetite as consumers and our willingness to spend on that new technology. There are a lot of commonalities, but there are also many differences between those markets.How much do the kits cost?We don’t have a specific price point in mind. It’s too early. We’ve mentioned, I think, in passing, some example number, but really, at scale, that technology shouldn’t cost anything close to the cost of the truck.So a truck would cost today, a new Volvo truck, off the lot, with all of the amenities and latest-and-greatest, like, $160,000. We really aim for the price point to be affordable because we want to drive that future and see those societal benefits unlocked as soon as possible.We’re starting with an aftermarket kit, but there’s no reason not to integrate that into vehicles leaving the production line, so new trucks come equipped with the technology from day one.Have you thought about a separate lane, or other kinds of infrastructural changes — or limitations on this — if it really proliferates? Would this technology enable more trucks to be on the road?The future is exciting! I don’t have a crystal ball on the future, but I know it’s going to be different.The drivers are going be in the cabin for the foreseeable future. We’re not trying to replace them. They’re basically getting a co-pilot, and they’re elevated from having to be in the loop 24/7 to really just be like a pilot, where 99 percent of the “flight” is being done by the computer, and the driver, or the “pilot” is there to just lift off and land. The driver is still there, but he can sleep a little bit while the computer is basically driving on the vast, thousands of miles of empty highway.Image credit: OttoSo that’s really what we’re aiming for, and when we get to that, then a lot of new opportunities arise. You can route those trucks very efficiently. You can be thoughtful about combining loads more effectively to get the number of trucks smaller, not bigger, because there’s more predictability of where those trucks are.You can start driving at night and use the nighttime, which is mostly empty now, because truck drivers try to maintain sleeping patterns, and they prefer to drive during the day. And potentially, rather than those folks having to be away from home 300 days a year, they can really see their family much more because they can complete the same route more than double as fast because the robot is doing more of the driving for them, which means they can get to the destination and back much faster and actually have the ability to build a local family.You can think about different ways to deploy distribution centers. Right now, distribution centers are being built very close to the destination. But you can think about building bigger distribution centers in farther away places, because you can get to places faster.Stepping back, innovations in transportation have always been, for me, about finding time and space. It’s like a Star Trek-like warp-hole “engage” button. Because every time you redefine basic transportation, you redefine space and time. When the car was invented, it was really the predicament to start expanding cities. When there became common households, that was really the start of suburban communities. When flights and the plane were invented, it redefined geography. Same here, applied to commercial transportation. Once that network is in place, our whole definition of what it means to ship goods, how to do that is going to be completely transformed.What types of partnerships are in store?Shippers are interested in shipping more goods on the road and making their fleets safer and more sustainable. We can drive trucks in a much more thoughtful way. We don’t have to constantly accelerate or decelerate. We can move in the same route at the same constant speed, controlled by the computer, which means less pollution and a much more sustainable footprint. Trucking companies are excited for the same reason, OEMs [original equipment manufactures] are excited about the potential to embed the technology into the vehicles.Related: Never Fear, Uber Is Here! Crime and Fatal Accident Rates Fall Since Company Launch.There have been a lot of discussions of how to apply the technology in the real world, that’s what I’m psyched about as a business and product leader, is how can we take technology and really use it to transform society. We see that transformation happening now by talking with shippers on how to integrate that into the logistical network, by talking with couriers about how this will impact and change their business, so that has been very refreshing.What do you have to do to convince truck operators to adopt this technology? In theory, it may sound like a great idea, but what are some of the concerns that they have?I would say, at large, everyone in the industry that we spoke with is very excited by the promise. They see, day in and day out, the issues and challenges that we’re trying to solve. Everything from safety on the roads, which manifests for them in costs. There are thousands of unnecessary fatalities. Maybe 1 percent of the vehicles in the U.S. are trucks, and they’re driving 5 percent of the miles and they’re responsible for 10 percent of the fatalities. So they experience more and more and more demand, which, in turn, translates to more and more and more pressure on those truck drivers to drive longer and longer and longer. And they’re craving for a safer solution that will allow them to fulfill that demand while still being safe.They see the productivity issues of basically having a fleet of trucks laying around only driving nine, 10 hours a day, because that’s the limit of the truck driver. Because after that, every additional 30 minutes doubles the chance of accident. That’s just our ability to stay attentive as humans. So they see the potential to utilize their assets, their trucks, much better.We got super positive response from everyone, from the big shippers, to the big trucking fleets, to the medium ones and even the small, what’s called owner-operator, which is basically a mom-and-pop shop, owning like one, two, five trucks. They’re excited to equip their trucks with the self-driving kits so they can, again, be more productive and drive almost more than double what they’re driving today, and be twice as productive and have twice as much revenue per truck. So we’ve gotten hundreds of emails and letters and support from, even just single truck drivers, eager to get the safety technology on their trucks.That being said, the challenge is, first and foremost, seeing is believing. I think we as people, many times, are fearful of the unknown, and it sounds great, as you said, in theory, but in practice, people really want to touch it, sense it, feel it, understand what it is. And I think the more we can collaborate with partners and test in more and more states, and really have as many people understand the technology, experience it, see one of our self-driving trucks on the highway, slowly but surely, people will start feeling more and more comfortable with the technology.In your video, the truck has the Otto logo on it and imagery. Is that something that you foresee, it being a brand and the trucks being branded?We are very thoughtful about the brand. We wanted the brand to stand for technology, for innovation, for the brave new world for automobiles — “auto, Otto.” We see that as an integral part of the story, not just, “Here’s the technology, good luck.” It’s, “Here is a new way to think about commercial transportation.” So the brand is front and center.Image credit: OttoThere are many ways to then define and express in the market. Could be Otto trucks, could be partner trucks powered by Otto. The brand is gonna be there, we’re excited about the name, we’re excited about the meaning, we’re excited about the reception and the visibility.We want the other inhabitants of the highway to know there’s an automated truck driving. We want them to understand what it means, so part of the name and brand is also important just for the product on its own, to communicate what it stands for and how it’s gonna behave.Anything else you’d like to add?From an entrepreneur perspective, I would say two things:I was just fortunate to get my basic education in how to use technology to disrupt problems in the military, then be able to apply that at scale on Google Maps and really think about how to get technology into the world as sort of a network problem: Maps, self-driving. At Motorola, I learned the joys and wonders of building physical objects and how can that transform our world and lives, and to not be afraid of constraining myself to just software, but also having the appetite to build physical stuff. All of those paths led me to take on this challenge, and that has been a joy.I encourage entrepreneurs to really aim for the moon. The amount of effort you put into going and doing something very ambitious, vs. opening a grocery shop is the same. You have to be a laser-focused on the problem you’re solving, you have to build your customer base, you have to develop your differentiator, you have to raise capital. It still applies. So I encourage people that they might as well try and solve some of the societal problems that we face.Related: VCs Share 3 Secrets for Mastering Any NicheThe Valley and technology has its ways. Lots of entrepreneurs tend to do stuff that they know, which them leads them to choose the 100th company to do the same thing in a slightly different flavor, a slightly different take. I encourage people to go out of their comfort zone, and really to step back and think, from a societal perspective, “How can I lend my skills against a problem that really needs to be solved and will have a major impact?” vs. “How can I lend my skills to something that I might be slightly more familiar with but doesn’t really move the needle in the grand scheme of things?”Learn a new domain. Whether it’s maps or mobile handsets and the mobile industry or the truck industry, disruption always happens from the outside. You don’t have to have 20 years of trucking experience to be able to help and provide value in the trucking industry. Go out of your comfort zone and seek opportunities to really bring innovation to new things.This interview has been edited. Image credit: Otto Apply Now »last_img read more

Email Verification Company Kickbox Announces Release of New Partner Portal

first_imgEmail Verification Company Kickbox Announces Release of New Partner Portal PRNewswireJune 3, 2019, 3:52 pmJune 3, 2019 Kickbox, a world leader in email address verification trusted by top ESPs and brands since 2014, is announcing the launch of its new Kickbox Partner Portal. Designed with feedback from its long-standing partners, the portal is designed to give brands, agencies, and ESPs the ability to proactively provision and holistically manage Kickbox accounts for their teams and customers, eliminating any friction of traditional onboarding.Marketing Technology News: New iPad App for Food and Beverage Professionals Takes Menus from Paper to Fully Digital in Less than an HourMarketing Democracy, a search consultancy focused on assisting enterprise brands with the ESP RFP and migration process, is among the list of inaugural users of the portal. Its president, Chris Marriott, spoke on the value of the portal for his organization:“The partner portal will allow Marketing Democracy to offer our Clients the opportunity to easily import, verify and export validated email addresses as they migrate from their prior ESP to their new ESP. Even if they are using someone else for email verification, this provides another level of confidence that a brand’s emails will continue to get great inbox placement in the new platform.”Once an account is onboarded, the platform provides organization-level email data insights by identifying deliverable, undeliverable, disposable and risky, and role-based email addresses across multiple accounts for clients or subsidiary companies while maintaining security of email address data.Marketing Technology News: Digital Shadows Reveals a 50% Increase in Exposed Data in One Year“Your contacts are your currency,” says Dan Stevens, CEO of Kickbox. “The health of your email list affects the performance of marketing across the board, but we’ve consistently heard from our long-standing enterprise and agency partners that maintaining sender reputation is much more challenging at scale, with several clients or subsidiary companies to monitor. I’m excited to launch this new portal because it will finally give our partners a single source to visualize and influence list verification data while reducing friction of on-boarding new accounts and monitoring critical email health data across a larger organization.”Marketing Technology News: Lightspeed POS Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Chronogolf Dan StevensemailKickboxNewsonboarding Previous ArticleWorldRemit Raises $175 Million in Series D FundingNext ArticleTechTarget Integrates 1st and 3rd Party Intent Data within Priority Engine Platform to Help Companies Make Faster Sales and Marketing Progress with Best Fit Accountslast_img read more

Qualcomm raises bid for NXP to about 4322B

Qualcomm is raising its takeover bid for NXP Semiconductors by nearly 16 percent to about $43.22 billion, citing in part NXP’s strong results since the companies first announced their merger in October 2016. Explore further The move announced Tuesday comes as Qualcomm itself is in the crosshairs of Broadcom Ltd., which earlier this month raised its own cash and stock bid for Qualcomm to $121 billion.Qualcomm, based in San Diego, had offered $110 per share cash for NXP, based in The Netherlands. It said Tuesday it’s now offering $127.50 per share. The chipmaker said holders of 28 percent of NXP stock have agreed to tender their shares at the higher price.After news of the higher bid, Broadcom said it’s evaluating its options, calling out the Qualcomm board for their “disregard for its fiduciary duty to maximize value for Qualcomm stockholders.” The San Jose, California, company continued to urge Qualcomm shareholders to vote for the Broadcom slate of six director candidates at the Qualcomm annual meeting on March 6.In morning trading, NXP shares rose 6.3 percent to $125.91. Qualcomm slid 3.8 percent to $62.41. Broadcom rose just over 1 percent to $251.84. Citation: Qualcomm raises bid for NXP to about $43.22B (2018, February 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-qualcomm-nxp-4322b.html Qualcomm mulls ‘next steps’ in Broadcom takeover bid © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this Nov. 2, 2011, file photo, a sign sits atop the Qualcomm headquarters building in San Diego. Qualcomm is raising its takeover bid for NXP Semiconductors by nearly 16 percent to about $43.22 billion, citing in part NXP’s strong results since the companies first announced their merger in October 2016. The move announced Tuesday, Feb. 20, 208, comes as Qualcomm itself is in the crosshairs of Broadcom Ltd., which earlier this month raised its own cash and stock bid for Qualcomm to $121 billion. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

BMW warns profits will fall due to costs trade uncertainty

first_img The logo of German car manufacturer BMW is pictured on a BMW car prior to the earnings press conference in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) BMW shares were down 4.9 percent to 72.02 euros in Frankfurt.Automakers around the world have faced heavy up-front costs for new technologies expected to change how people get from one place to another in the next decade. Those include electric cars and renting cars through smartphone apps. Yet the returns from such investments remain uncertain and auto companies face competition from tech firms such as Uber and Waymo.BMW made 7.2 billion euros ($8.2 billion) in net profit last year, down 17 percent from 2017, when it booked a gain of $1 billion from U.S. tax changes. The company faced headwinds from increased tariffs on vehicles exported to China from the United States. It also suffered from turmoil on the German auto market when companies faced bottlenecks getting cars certified for new emissions rules.BMW faces uncertainty from U.S.-China trade tensions that could result in new tariffs if talks do not result in an agreement. U.S. President Donald Trump has also threatened to impose auto import tariffs that would hit EU automakers, but has held off for now. BMW could also suffer disruption if Britain leaves the European Union without a negotiated departure agreement to address trade issues. The company said profits would be eroded by higher raw materials prices, the costs of compliance with tougher emissions requirements and unfavorable shifts in currency exchange rates.The Munich-based automaker also faces increased uncertainty due to international trade conflicts that could lead to higher tariffs.The company forecast a profit margin of 6 to 8 percent for its automotive business, short of the long-term strategic target of 8 to 10 percent, which it said still “remains the ambition” for the company given “a stable business environment.”BMW said it had no plans for layoffs even as it outlined cost saving measures that include dropping half of its engine variants as it seeks to reduce product complexity. The BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands are to get a single sales division.Chief Financial Officer Nicolas Peter said that given the headwinds to earnings, “we began to introduce countermeasures at an early stage and have taken a number of far-reaching decisions.”The company said the measures were needed “to offset the ongoing high level of upfront expenditure required to embrace the mobility of the future.” CFO of the German car manufacturer BMW, Nicolas Peter, adresses the media during the earnings press conference in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) Citation: BMW warns profits will fall due to costs, trade uncertainty (2019, March 20) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-bmw-profits-fall-due-uncertainty.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. CEO of the German car manufacturer BMW, Harald Krueger, attends the earnings press conference in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)center_img German automaker BMW said Wednesday that profits in 2019 would be “well below” last year’s and that it planned to cut 12 billion euros ($13.6 billion) in costs by the end of 2022 to offset spending on new technology. A BMWi car is pictured during the earnings press conference in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) CEO of the German car manufacturer BMW, Harald Krueger, attends the earnings press conference in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) Volkswagen vows to build 22 million e-cars over next decade CEO of the German car manufacturer BMW, Harald Krueger, poses at a BMWi car prior to the earnings press conference in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) CEO of the German car manufacturer BMW, Harald Krueger, 4th right, attends the earnings press conference in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) CEO of the German car manufacturer BMW, Harald Krueger, poses at a BMWi car prior to the earnings press conference in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)last_img read more

Walmarts robot zips along in tech revolution thats raising big questions for

first_img Walmart experiments with AI to monitor stores in real time ©2019 The Seattle Times Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Nearby, a conveyor belt churns as it scans boxes of items coming off a truck. It spots the product codes and separates the items into piles for workers to quickly restock the shelves.According to a recent report by research firm CB Insights, “as the lines between physical and digital retail continue to blur,” retailers are increasingly experimenting with automated checkout technology, relying on AI to manage inventory and using brick-and-mortar stores as fulfillment centers for online orders. For workers, said labor law professor Charlotte Garden of Seattle University’s School of Law, the question is whether the expanded automation will mean they are redirected to other tasks or some of their hours are eventually cut.Klein said the innovation investments are making employees’ jobs easier and increasing store revenue. The FAST unloader has increased the availability of items on shelves by 2 percent, which he estimates has resulted in the store gaining an additional $1,000 to $2,000 a day in sales.Despite the new unloading technology, the Bonney Lake location has actually added 200 additional hours to the afternoon and evening stocking team shift since January as the company pivots toward constantly replenishing the shelves, Klein said. Previously, employees struggled to restock the depleted shelves during the day.But it actually takes employees longer to unpack the trucks with the automated machine than it did during the days of manual unloading, he admitted. “The goal of this is not to unload faster,” Klein said as a case of popcorn whirled past on the conveyor belt. “(It’s) to get product to the floor faster.”No employees have lost hours or changed positions in the past four months due to the rollout of new technology, Klein said. Other aspects of Walmart’s online push have meant hiring: Thirteen workers have been hired at the Bonney Lake location, and nationally, 40,000 online grocery personal shoppers have been added to stores since 2017. An hourly manager and assistant manager have also been hired to lead the Bonney Lake location’s e-commerce team, whose roles include fetching items for the pickup tower, personal shopping and curbside pickup.”We’ve always been a company that’s all about saving customers money,” said Walmart spokeswoman Tiffany Wilson. She said the technology initiatives are automating tasks workers don’t want to do, and the company is “then upleveling their jobs, upleveling their skills and empowering our associates with technology so that they can then, in turn, serve our customers a lot better.”Labor-law expert Garden isn’t surprised that employee hours are increasing during the initial deployment of technology, when they need additional training. “If I were to make a prediction about the medium term, I’d anticipate that the pickup towers could result for more work for employees,” because they have to load the machine, and also help customers use it. The unloader and floor scrubber devices “will result in either less or different work for employees,” she predicted. Employees who now do those jobs might be redirected to do different things, including running and troubleshooting the machines, “or they might see their hours cut.”Rapid deployment of new technology can be “slow and painful,” and because “new tasks require new skills … a mismatch between skills and technologies is bound to complicate the adjustment process,” wrote MIT professor of economics Daron Acemoglu and Boston University assistant professor of economics Pascual Restrepo in a paper last year on “Artificial Intelligence, Automation and Work.”Andrea Dehlendorf, co-executive director of Organization United for Respect, a nonunion group of Walmart employees, fears that Walmart’s innovations will disempower workers. She said technology could be introduced to help workers “really do the work, take care of the customers and do things better, but instead it is being introduced just to leverage cost savings instead of reinvesting that money in the workforce and paying the people who stay more.”The advocacy group did an online survey asking Walmart employees how they felt about the rollout of new technology and automation in their stores. “Not one person said that the technology is going to make my job easier,” Dehlendorf said. One worker even commented on the survey that “they’re just trying to replace us all and don’t care if we die.”Accomplishing economic stability when incorporating technology into the workforce is the major challenge of our time, said Dehlendorf. “We need to make sure that as technology is integrated into work that it’s doing it for the benefit of working people and that it’s doing it for the benefit of humans in our society, not just the … corporations or the shareholders.”Unionizing has historically provided the main avenue for employees to claim a stake in the transformation of their jobs, according to labor law professor Garden. Walmart, by contrast, has long drawn criticism from labor unions for shutting down stores where employees have attempted to unionize.”If Walmart was unionized, it would have to bargain with its employees’ union about these changes,” Garden said about the deployment of automated machines. “As it is, Walmart can implement them unilaterally, and employees’ main recourse if they don’t like what is happening is to quit.”Along with the deployment of artificial intelligence technology in Walmart stores have come privacy concerns. In an Intelligent Retail Lab it is testing in a Walmart on Long Island, thousands of high-resolution cameras monitor shelves so workers can restock items, reported The Associated Press.At the Bonney Lake store, the rollout of the automatic scrubber and unloader will be joined in the autumn by a robot that scans shelves to determine item availability and identify incorrect prices. The machine, called Auto-S and made by San Francisco-based robotics startup Bossa Nova, drives autonomously through aisles and uses a 3-D camera that gives it a computerized view of its surroundings.The shelf scanner only gathers information about products and the cameras are turned off once it encounters humans, said Bossa Nova co-founder and chief business officer Martin Hitch. “In order for our cameras to work we have to shine bright lights and those lights are dazzling, so when we see a human we turn everything off to ensure that we’re not shining lights on them,” Hitch said.The company plans on sticking to robots that identify inaccuracies, and not ones that replace humans by also restocking the shelves, he added. “We’re decades away from a robot being as fast and dexterous as a human. So ours becomes a symbiotic relationship—we find the problem, the human fixes the problem.”Kristi Branstetter, a Walmart employee in Blue Springs, Mo., said a sense of paranoia has permeated the store following the introduction of a FAST unloader, pickup tower and shelf scanner several months ago.”People are really worried about losing their jobs because we have this technology,” Branstetter said. But the limited capabilities of the automated machines have actually increased her workload, she said. Branstetter said she has not received additional hours of work, and yet she feels more pressure to pick up the slack.The Blue Springs employees’ concerns about looming job loss are symptomatic of national trends. According to U.S. Labor Department data released last month, 49,000 retail jobs have been lost in the past year.But Branstetter doesn’t share her co-workers’ concerns about imminent unemployment: “I don’t really see where the technology is really beneficial. I just think it kind of adds more work for everybody.” Citation: Walmart’s robot zips along in tech revolution that’s raising big questions for workers (2019, May 10) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-walmart-robot-tech-revolution-big.html When an autonomous floor scrubber was rolled out in Walmart’s Bonney Lake store last month, shoppers mistook the teal blue scrubber zipping down the aisles for a runaway machine, said manager David Klein. “Some customers are a little freaked out.”center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Klein said the Auto-C robot has relieved his employees of several hours of cleaning every evening, and has allowed him to avoid hiring another maintenance worker on the previously understaffed team. The 4-foot-tall scrubber, which resembles a riding lawn mower but is considerably quieter, uses sensors to scan its environment and to avoid people or objects in its way.The San Diego-based tech company, called Brain Corp., that makes the Auto-C robot’s operating system, also provides the software that powers autonomous floor cleaners at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.At Walmart, the automated machines are just part of a push to bring this pioneer of big-box discounting into the future of brick-and-mortar retail, with implications for its workforce that are still unknown.Last month the retail giant said it plans to spend $36 million on the remodeling of seven Washington stores, as well as the deployment of autonomous floor scrubbers, dozens of FAST unloaders akin to smart conveyor belts, and 16-foot-tall vending machines called pickup towers that dispense products ordered online.Rivals such as Kroger and Seattle-based Amazon—which acquired Whole Foods in 2017 and launched a still-small chain of cashierless convenience stores called Amazon Go—have pushed Walmart to compete for customers by rolling out automated technology that offers convenience while keeping prices low. Meanwhile, the low unemployment rate and low corporate tax rate has spurred it to raise wages, increasing the allure of automation.Artificial intelligence technology also allows the machine to map the layout of the store during a training ride and to continuously adapt to its surroundings, according to Brain Corp. But the machine occasionally needs help from humans, so it has a seat that is cordoned off by yellow straps in case the robot runs into an obstacle it can’t outmaneuver and a Walmart worker needs to put it into manual mode.At rest in the back room of Walmart, the new autonomous floor scrubber stands near three manual ones that have been retired, their surfaces speckled with dirt and hoses haphazardly strewn about the handles. Klein said he plans to sell them. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Rajasthan RSS shakha attacked in Bundi two held

first_img Asian News International BundiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:57 IST Clash erupted between two groups during an ongoing session at an RSS shakha. (Screengrab from ANI video)Two persons were arrested for allegedly attacking a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) shakha (camp) here in Bundi district, police said on Friday. On July 10, an RSS shakha was organised in a park, where a clash erupted between some people and RSS volunteers over some issue, which is not clear yet, police said.According to the Sangh, some young boys, who participated in the event, sustained injuries in the incident as they were beaten up by a mob.Soon after receiving information, the police rushed to the spot and tried to pacify the situation. Police arrested two persons after RSS volunteers demanded strict action against the accused.”It is not an old matter. We used to organise our sessions in this park. On Wednesday evening, people from Muslim community opposed the session and started using abusive language for us. When we asked them to move away, they began fighting with us. A few of them also beat up our children,” an RSS volunteer said”We have filed a complaint with police and they assured us that strict action would be taken against the accused. However, they were given bail later and we are not happy with the probe,” he said.Meanwhile, Bundi Superintendent of Police said that they have set up a team who is patrolling the park. He said two persons have been arrested in the case and they are being interrogated by the police.”We are investigating the matter. It was not a serious case, an altercation took place between RSS volunteers and some Muslims. If anyone found guilty, we will surely arrest them,’ he said.Also Read | RSS leader Chandrakant Sharma dies after militant attackAlso Read | RSS’s role in nation-building’ part of Maharashtra varsity syllabusFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Next Rajasthan: RSS shakha attacked in Bundi, two heldOn July 10, an RSS shakha was organised in a park, where a clash erupted between some people and RSS volunteers over some issue, which is not clear yet, police said. advertisementlast_img read more