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US endorses self-driving cars, with a catch: Feds want to control tech approval, not states

Lexus SUV Google prototype autonomous vehicle in Mountain View, 2015. REUTERS Federal auto safety regulators today said that self-driving cars “will save time, money and lives,” but also sent a clear signal that they want the power to inspect and approve technology before it hits the highways, rather than each U.S. state setting its own safety standards. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said on …

Alphabet’s David Drummond leaves Uber’s board amid mounting competition

David Drummond, who joined Uber’s board of directors in August 2013, stepped down several weeks ago, Uber has confirmed to TechCrunch. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. At first blush: no surprise whatsoever. Earlier this month, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said the company’s first fleet of self-driving cars would begin running in Pittsburgh soon (as soon as this month, even!). The fleet consists of about …

Startups will overtake enterprises in the new AI ecosystem

Hossein Rahnama is founder and chief product officer at Flybits and a professor at MIT and Ryerson University. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network Artificial intelligence pops up as a buzzword every few years, but it has never moved beyond novelty status. This time, though, it is here to stay, and startups are poised to drive the AI economy forward. Indeed, …

Why AI consolidation will create the worst monopoly in US history

Vinod Iyengar Crunch Network Contributor Vinod Iyengar is the director of product marketing at open source machine learning company H2O.ai. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network Forget Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — we need a trust-buster like Teddy Roosevelt, who in 1902 attacked the Northern Securities Company, a railroad holding company led by J.P. Morgan and James J. Hill. Amid …