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Louisiana court: Online anonymity doesn’t shield lawyers from ethical obligations

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Louisiana court: Online anonymity doesn’t shield lawyers from ethical obligation Office water coolers used to be gathering places where people discussed current events and caught up on office gossip. But, like many other time-honored traditions, even water cooler conversations have been affected by technology. Certainly these in-office discussions still occur, but much of the day-to-day discours...
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Toyota is developing fighter jet-inspired safety features for cars and wants to share it

Toyota Research Institute had a breakthrough last year in its pursuit to make driving safer. It was so profound that Toyota wants to open up to other automakers. The inspiration was modern-day fighter jets, which use a low-level flight control system to translate the intent of the pilot and keep the aircraft stable and tucked neatly inside a specific safety envelope. TRI calls it blended envelope control, an approach that lets its “Guardian” driver assist system combine and coordinate the skills...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Guardian, Toyota, Gill Pratt, Pratt, Toyota Research Institute, TRI, Toyota Guardian

Toyota Wants to Put a Robot Friend in Every Home

Well-known for its automated assembly lines, Toyota sees a not-so-far-off future in which robots transcend the factory and become commonplace in homes, helping with chores -- and even offering companionship -- in an aging society where a quarter of the population is over 65 and millions of seniors live alone. What Toyota has going for it are $29 billion in cash reserves, a new artificial intelligence research center and a well-respected inventor, Gill Pratt, heading its effort. Toyota has been...
Tags: Science, Toyota, Gill Pratt

Toyota Research Institute Joins Study On How Autonomous Cars Will Impact Workforce

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is contributing $75,000 to the American Center for Mobility (ACM) for an analysis on how autonomous cars will impact driving-related jobs. ACM’s study, Preparing the Workforce for Automated Vehicles, is being conducted by Michigan State University in collaboration with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. “TRI is committed to advancing automated vehicle technology in ways that improve society and individual well-being, and we need to better understand the i...
Tags: Feature, Autos, Michigan, Toyota, North America, Gill Pratt, Michigan State University, Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Research Institute, Toyota Research Institute TRI, Car News, Future Of Transportation, Texas A M Transportation Institute, Automoblog Staff, Partnership for Transportation Innovation, Soraya Kim

The robot revolution is just beginning

Sanjit Dang Contributor Share on Twitter Sanjit Dang is an investment director at Intel Capital. More posts by this contributor What’s holding back VR? Online Commerce Needs An Offline Experience Every year, Time magazine gets swamped with pitches from thousands of companies, all convinced their product deserves to be included in Time’s “25 Best Inventions” list. This past December, the magazine ...
Tags: Column, Time, US, Tech, Darpa, Pentagon, Time Magazine, Pixar, Gill Pratt, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Darpa, Pratt, Boston Consulting Group, BCG, Jibo Jibo, Zhang Peng LightRocket, Sanjit Dang

Uber said to be negotiating sale of self-driving tech to Toyota

Uber might begin selling its autonomous driving systems to outside companies, including major automakers, according to a new report from Japan’s Nikkei. The report claims that Uber has had talks with Toyota regarding supplying the automaker with self-driving tech, and that the two are currently in negotiations around how this would work, with talk of putting the autonomous tech developed by Uber into a Toyota-made minivan. The deal comes as a Toyota VP and Toyota Research Institute CEO Gil...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Japan, Tech, Ceo, AV, Automotive, Transport, Commuting, Toyota, Volvo, Car Sharing, Gill Pratt, Autonomous Car

Toyota Research Institute Showcases New Autonomous Platform

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) will present Platform 3.0 at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Platform 3.0, built on the Lexus LS 600hL, is Toyota’s latest autonomous research vehicle, one noted as both technologically advanced and stylish. “Our team has once again rapidly advanced our automated vehicle research capabilities,” said Dr. Gill Pratt, TRI CEO and Toyota Motor Corporation Fellow. “To elevate our test platform to a new level, we tapped Toyota’s design and ...
Tags: Ces, Platform, Autos, Detroit Lions, Toyota, Las Vegas, Car Tech, Gill Pratt, Ann Arbor Michigan, Toyota Motor Corporation, Las Vegas Nevada, Detroit Michigan, Toyota Research Institute TRI, Wayne State University, Car News, Carl Anthony

The 2018 Power List – and the Person of the Year Is…

This is the 13th year that Motor Trend has produced its Power List to recognize the movers and shakers who made the biggest impact on the auto industry. 2017 was a year when we saw talk turn to action in an accelerated pursuit of electric and autonomous vehicles. But it did not stop the industry from introducing hypercars, supercars, and huge gobs of horsepower in general. Gasoline engines continue to improve, the word “diesel” is now said almost in a whisper, and new nameplates populate our roa...
Tags: Google, Lyft, South Korea, Europe, New York, Australia, Stanford, China, Awards, San Francisco, General Motors, CSR, Tesla, Spain, Intel, Taiwan

Artificial intelligence is not as smart as you (or Elon Musk) think

 DeepMind’s AlphaGo beat Lee Sedol, the best human Go player in the world. It was a defining technological moment not unlike IBM’s Deep Blue beating chess champion Garry Kasparov, or IBM Watson beating the world’s best Jeopardy players. As mind-blowing as they seemed, these victories were more about training algorithms and using brute-force computational strength than any… Read More
Tags: TC, Elon Musk, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ibm Watson, Ibm, Robotics, Irobot, Gill Pratt, Deepmind, Garry Kasparov, Lee Sedol, AlphaGo, Rodney Brooks, Rethink Robotics, Artificial Intelligence Research

Toyota leads $14 million funding round for Israel’s Intuition Robotics: Reuters

Intuition Robotics, an Israeli developer of artificial intelligence robots for use by the elderly, said on Tuesday it raised $14 million in an early stage funding round led by the Toyota Research Institute (TRI). OurCrowd, iRobot, Maniv Mobility, Terra Venture Partners, Bloomberg Beta and other private investors also participated. The investment in Intuition Robotics is TRI’s first outside investment in robotic technology specifically for older adults. Intuition Robotics’ product, ElliQ, is bein...
Tags: Israel, Trends, Toyota, Gill Pratt, Reuters, VC Deals, TRI, Intuition Robotics, Toyota Research Institute TRI OurCrowd, Terra Venture Partners Bloomberg Beta

Cambrian Explosion of robots, drones and automation

The current most advanced robot cook is the hamburger maker developed by Momentum Machines, a startup funded by venture capitalist Vinod Khosla. It takes in raw meat, buns, condiments, sauces, and seasonings, and converts these into finished, bagged burgers at rates as high as 400 per hour. The machine does much of its own food preparation, and to preserve freshness it does not start grinding, mixing, and cooking until each order is placed. It also allows diners to greatly customize their burger...
Tags: Japan, US, Earth, Ducati, Netherlands, Innovation, Denmark, SEC, Vinod Khosla, Gill Pratt, Andy, Pratt, Toyota Research Institute, Komatsu, Momentum Machines, Bologna Italy Ducati

Toyota Research’s Gill Pratt is speaking at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics at MIT July 17

 TechCrunch’s first ever robotics event is fast approaching, and we’re putting the final touches on an amazing programming line-up, which includes MIT’s Daniela Rus, Disney’s Martin Buehler, Amazon’s Tye Brady, ABB’s Sami Atiya, iRobot’s Colin Angle, SRI’s Manish Kothari and many more. Look for the full agenda soon, but today we’re… Read More
Tags: TC, Tech, Mit, Robotics, Gill Pratt, Abb, Manish Kothari, Toyota Research, Sami Atiya, Tye Brady, Daniela Rus Disney, Martin Buehler Amazon

Betting the Future on Artificial Intelligence – Technologue

I spent a week in Vegas with Yui, Sam, Otto, Kuri, Aristotle, and Ara. No, it wasn’t a bachelor party. It was the Consumer Electronics Show. Artificial intelligence made a huge splash at January’s CES techstravaganza with Amazon’s Siri-trumping Alexa standing tallest amid a crowd of animatronic assistants bearing the aforementioned cool, folksy names. By means of introduction, Yui is Toyota’s AI presence, then there’s SAM (Nissan/NASA), Otto (Samsung’s Siri/Alexa wannabe), Kuri (Bosch’s $700 amb...
Tags: Amazon, Opinion, Boston, Siri, Nasa, Toyota, Mars, Nissan, Liberty Mutual, Vegas, Alexa, Gill Pratt, Future Cars, Libby, Toyota Research Institute, Yui

Toyota And Others Enabling Self-Driving Cars to Talk to Each Other

Drivers have plenty of ways to communicate with their fellow drivers, beyond the basic turn signal. Some methods are nice, like a friendly wave to beckon a merging car into your lane. Others, not so much. We’ve all probably cursed or honked at another driver, or been given the finger. But if driverless cars become a reality, those vehicles will also need to be able to reliably communicate with each other, using wireless communications technologies. That was one of the issues raised Wednes...
Tags: Google, Startups, Uber, Fcc, Boston, Trends, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Federal Communications Commission, Toyota, Autonomous Vehicles, Ai, Self-driving Cars, Driverless Cars

Automakers are slowing their self-driving car plans — and that could be a good thing

It was barely two years ago that self-driving car companies were putting forth a Utopian vision of driverless cars whizzing through streets allowing passengers to sleep in steering-wheel-less cars. That concept was particularly embodied by Google's "Koala" car — a simplistic pod without a steering wheel, brakes, or a gas pedal — that drove a blind passenger on public roads in Austin in 2015.  Lyft co-founder John Zimmer boldly declared in September car ownership will "all but end" in cities in j...
Tags: Google, China, Trends, Tesla, Austin, Ford, Harry Potter, Toyota, Baidu, Nissan, Koala, Gill Pratt, John Zimmer, Pratt, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Tesla CEO Elon Musk

Toyota’s skepticism about the future of cars should make us think twice about self-driving tech

When one of the biggest carmakers in the world suggests we all take a step back and look at the autonomous-car revolution more skeptically, it's worth listening. That's what Toyota just did at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. According to Bloomberg's John Lippert, Toyota's view is that " society has come to accept 39,000 traffic fatalities a year in the US, mostly due to human error, but would never tolerate similar carnage involving cars controlled by computers." Lippert added, "Toy...
Tags: Google, Japan, Elon Musk, US, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Toyota, Las Vegas, Donald Trump, Gill Pratt, Consumer Electronics Show, Alphabet Inc, Tesla Motors Inc, Toyota Research Institute, Lippert

Toyota exec: 'We are not even close' to fully self-driving cars

At the Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday, Toyota unveiled a concept car that keeps the driver front-and-center. Called Concept-i, the compact car features an artificial intelligence system named Yui that is meant to make driving safer while still allowing the driver to maintain full control. Yui, which Toyota says can measure human emotion, will help the driver retain focus by performing mild tasks, like turning the radio on or engaging in a conversation. The only time Yui will take control...
Tags: Google, Japan, New York City, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Chrysler, Toyota, Bmw, Volvo, Musk, Gill Pratt, John Krafcik, Fiat Chrysler, Pratt, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Toyota exec: 'We are not even close' to fully self-driving cars — and that's OK

At the Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday, Toyota unveiled a concept car that keeps the driver front-and-center. Called Concept-i, the compact car features an artificial intelligence system named Yui that is meant to make driving safer while still allowing the driver to maintain full control. Yui, which Toyota says can measure human emotion, will help the driver retain focus by performing mild tasks, like turning the radio on or engaging in a conversation. The only time Yui will take control...
Tags: Google, Japan, New York City, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Chrysler, Toyota, Bmw, Volvo, Musk, Gill Pratt, John Krafcik, Fiat Chrysler, Pratt, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Toyota’s Research Institute head says full autonomous driving is “not even close”

 While the rest of the world is fixated on a future of full autonomous driving, Toyota Research Institute CEO Gill Pratt is urging everyone that it’s more complicated than that and to take things slowly. Pratt said that “we’re nowhere near close” a level of full autonomous driving, labeled as “Level 5” by the SAE. Pratt, over and over, couched that the… Read More
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Tech, Toyota, Gill Pratt, Pratt, Toyota Research Institute, Research Institute

Toyota/Lexus News August 12, 2016

Here is a news recap for August 12, 2016. Toyota Research Institute Partners with University of Michigan to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence ResearchResearch focused on artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous driving at the University of Michigan (U-M) will get a major boost thanks to an initial $22 million commitment from the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), announced by TRI-CEO Gill Pratt in an address to the U-M faculty.
Tags: California, Los Angeles, Autos, Toyota, Gill Pratt, University Of Michigan, Toyota Research Institute TRI, University of Michigan U M,

Toyota will spend a billion dollars on a five year project to make mainstream affordable helper robots for the elderly

The researcher hired by Toyota Motor Corp. to spearhead its robotics and artificial intelligence efforts says the automaker’s production principles can be applied to build affordable helper robots for rapidly aging societies.Robot makers are struggling with the same scale challenges that the auto industry overcame with the “miracle” that occurred when Henry Ford developed the assembly line, according to Gill Pratt, the chief executive officer of Toyota Research Institute.Toyota’s vaunted product...
Tags: Japan, Technology, Aging, Future, Innovation, Tokyo, Toyota, Robotics, Robot, Gadget, Henry Ford, Gill Pratt, Pratt, Toyota Motor Corp, Economic Impact

Toyota is creating 'sophisticated' robots to take care of elderly people

At a time where Google is pulling back from its robotic efforts, Toyota is going full throttle with its robotic development. During a talk with journalists in Tokyo last week, Gill Pratt, the CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, said the company is working on robots that can care for the elderly, Bloomberg reported. And from the sound of it, the company wants its elderly care robots to have a wide array of skills. John Hanson, national manager of Toyota's communications, told Tech Insider that...
Tags: Google, Trends, Spain, Bloomberg, Netflix, Tokyo, Toyota, Boston Dynamics, Gill Pratt, Pratt, Hanson, Toyota Research Institute, John Hanson, Boston Dynamics Google, Tech Insider, Schaft

Toyota's US robotics boss promises results within 5 years

TOKYO (AP) " The U.S. robotics expert tapped to head Toyota's Silicon Valley research company says the $1 billion investment by the giant Japanese automaker will start showing results within five years.Gill Pratt told reporters... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, US, Tokyo, Toyota, Gill Pratt

What Does Toyota Want with a Legged-Robot Company?

You’ve probably seen one of its videos on YouTube. Its creations are nightmare fuel, mixed with a sense of wonder and intrigue. And for one particular automaker, its robotic inventions seem worthy enough to trigger the purchase of a whole company. It is Boston Dynamics — a company born from the MIT leg lab that’s been […] The post What Does Toyota Want with a Legged-Robot Company? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Google, Technology, Mit, Robots, Autos, Toyota, Autonomous Vehicles, Boston Dynamics, Alphabet, Gill Pratt, Toyota Research Institute, News Blog, Marc Raibert

Boston Dynamics employees were frustrated with Google's plan for a household robot (GOOGL)

When Boston Dynamics posted a video of its humanoid robot, Atlas, walking in the snow and recovering from getting kicked, Google was not happy. As one former employee told Tech Insider, it "soured the soup" of a relationship that was already heading south. Bloomberg first reported the issues surrounding the video when it obtained an email posted on an internal Google forum.  "There’s excitement from the tech press, but we’re also starting to see some negative threads about it being terrifying, ...
Tags: Google, California, Boston, Trends, Bloomberg, Earth, Mit, New York Times, Toyota, Boston Dynamics, Gill Pratt, Institute, Pratt, Rosenberg, Rubin, Toyota Research Institute

The Intersection of Technology and Design Isn’t Boring

Toyota’s FCV Plus concept On May 26, the New England Motor Press Association, of which some of us here at CarGurus are members, will host a conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the theme Technology Intersecting Design. It may sound like a boring topic, but as you’ll see, it’s a compelling one. The NEMPA conference will include prominent industry figures like Timothy Anness, head of advance design, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – North America; Mary Gustanski, vice president ...
Tags: Mit, Lexus, Autos, Toyota, North America, New Cars, Car Shopping, Gill Pratt, Fiat Chrysler, Mario Andretti, Delphi, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Pratt, Leonard, Hanson, Toyota Research Institute

Toyota research chief waxes on how to save 1.2M lives a year with driverless cars

Roughly 1.2 million people die per year in car accidents, and that is a problem that Toyota is trying to solve with self-driving cars and the artificial intelligence required to run them. Toyota is very serious about this research, and Gill Pratt, CEO of Toyota Research Institute, announced today it is setting up a 50-person research lab in Ann Arbor, Mich., to investigate ways to create autonomous vehicles. Various forms of driverless cars could supply the answer to making the roads more safe, ...
Tags: Business, Japan, Palo Alto, Cambridge, Nvidia, Ibm, Toyota, Self-driving Cars, Carnegie Mellon University, Gill Pratt, Ann Arbor, University of Pittsburgh, SAN JOSE Calif, Pratt, Toyota Research Institute, Palo Alto Calif

Don't worry when Google says 'we don’t want to answer most of the Qs it triggers' about its new military robot

If you have seen the video of Google's humanoid military robot "Atlas," you can be forgiven for feeling terrified. The video shows it trudging tirelessly through the snowy woods, impervious to the cold or the slippery ground below its feet. Even when the thing falls over it just gets back up as if nothing happened. The video does not say that if Atlas comes after you, it will find you and kill you. Your own paranoid mind made that bit up for itself. But Courtney Hohne, a PR person at the corpora...
Tags: Google, Atlas, Darpa, UC Berkeley, Boston Dynamics, Gill Pratt, Don, Alison Gopnik, Courtney Hohne

Google and Boston Dynamics: Do Humanoid Robots Need an MVP?

Bloomberg reported Thursday that Google’s parent company has put Boston Dynamics, a prominent robotics division, up for sale. According to the report, which cited anonymous sources, Alphabet executives think “Boston Dynamics isn’t likely to produce a marketable product in the next few years.” Possible acquirers would include Toyota Research Institute and Amazon, the report said. Toyota Research Institute has been hiring in Cambridge, MA, while Amazon Robotics recently saw the departure of t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Deals, Startups, Hardware, Boston, Strategy, Bloomberg, It, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Robots, Darpa, M&a, Toyota

Toyota looking to enter the ring of autonomous vehicle technology but needs help

Toyota Research Institute CEO Dr. Gill Pratt shed more light on Toyota's high-tech , U.S.-based think-tank, as well as the experts working there. Founded two months ago with a $50 billion investment, TRI is billed as a bridge between research and development, has two U.S. offices -- one near Stanford, the other MIT -- and already 30 research projects are underway.
Tags: Stanford, Mit, Toyota, Gill Pratt, Toyota Research Institute