Uber’s artificial intelligence ambitions just got bigger

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All the big tech companies are making a play in artificial intelligence. You can now undoubtedly count Uber among them.

Uber announced on Monday that it acquired AI startup Geometric Intelligence, which will form the core of its new AI Labs. 

“The formation of Uber AI Labs, to be directed by Geometric’s Founding CEO Gary Marcus, represents Uber’s commitment to advancing the state of the art, driven by our vision that moving people and things in the physical world can be radically faster, safer and accessible to all,” Uber Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden wrote in a blog post.

Holden pointed out a few particular problems that AI could help solve, including matching riders for uberPOOL, UberEATS and, of course, self-driving cars — and even the flying cars that Uber teased earlier in the year.  Read more…

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Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot is coming mid-December, but not all of it

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Buyers of Tesla’s Model S and Model X cars will start getting new self-driving capabilities in their vehicles around mid-December, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced. 

In a tweet Sunday, noticed by Electrek, Musk said the feature should arrive in “about three weeks.” He also said the new features will be rolled out incrementally, in “monthly releases.” 

@edwardsanchez about three weeks and it will get rolled out incrementally in monthly releases

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 27, 2016

In October, the car maker announced all of its cars in future will be equipped with a heavily upgraded version of Autopilot, which practically allows for full autonomy in driving.  Read more…

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