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March 2, 2016

Google self driving car crashes into a bus

This is the first time Google has admitted that their autonomous vehicles bear some responsibility. The crash occurred in El Camino Real, close to Google’s HQ in Mountain View, California.

According to the report made in February 23rd made by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority of California, Google’s expensive Lexus RX450h SUV hit a municipal bus on the fender bender pivoting joint right at the middle-right side of the articulated bus.

The autonomous vehicle was preparing to turn right, when it started the maneuver it couldn’t steer smoothly as there were sandbags on the storm lane, the vehicle harshly turned right into the middle of the lane, thus hitting [...]

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February 6, 2016

Microsoft XiaoIce: a massive social experiment in China


Microsoft released the Chinese version of Cortana, but including other interests in a its new project.

According to Yondong Wang, a senior researcher and scientist working with the company:

“It could be the largest Turing test in history”.

The digital assistant and artificial intelligence was named Xiao Na, included in the release of the Windows Phone 8.1 in China. Developed with the help of Microsoft’s Bing division of software developers and researchers, the artificial intelligence is also designed to offer human-like conversations and can act as a friend on social networks.

A Turing test, is a test that looks to see if a human can detect [...]

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