Tag Archives: ‘dumb’

Google Home Outage Shows Smart Homes Can Be Dumb Sometimes

Google launched its Google Home hardware last year as a way to bring the Google Assistant into your daily life. Unlike Assistant on a phone, Home is designed for everyone to use, and it launched with various smart home integrations like Philips Hue lights and Nest thermostats. Google has been talking a big game when it comes to voice recognition and control, but a small hiccup on Google’s end over the weekend is a reminder just how fragile a “smart home” platform can be. Beginning on Thursday or Friday and ...

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Dumb new RAND report claims it’s impossible to road-test a robot

The RAND Corporation policy think tank has released a new report on the state of self-driving car research, arguing that the industry’s goal of a safe, government-approved robo-car is a pipe dream with no currently viable path to market. The biggest problem? It’s impossible to road-test a car well enough to be sure that it will be safe in all situations. By their calculations, it could take billions of miles and over 100 years of testing to adequately prove that the robo-car is will save lives relative to the human ...

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The dumb, distracted things drivers do before they crash

Drinking, texting, taking the exit ramp at twice the recommended speed because the pavement seemed dry enough — all of those can cause accidents. The more researchers dig, the more things they find that cause accidents. Take emotions. Virginia Tech researchers say people who are visibly angry, sad, or crying are 10 times as likely to be in an accident. Research continues apace on the causes of car accidents because fatal accidents, although declining, are the leading cause of death among Americans age 5-24 and the second leading cause for ...

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Forget ‘smart’ new cities; India needs old ones to be less dumb

NEW DELHI/BENGALURU, India (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi has grand designs to build 100 futuristic ‘smart’ cities in India, but as this week’s devastating flooding in Chennai shows, fixing today’s accident-prone metropolises appears to be the more pressing task. Reuters: World News

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