Good morning, human brains. Welcome back to your daily munch of AI news.
Here’s what’s on the menu today:
California expands robotaxi regulations 🤖🚕
Two robotaxi services now give paid rides in San Francisco all day.
2 New Google Photos AI features 📸
A new “Memories“ view and an AI for accurate titles.
Humane’s AI chip coming next eclipse 🎃🌙
More info to be revealed this October.
California greenlights San Fran robotaxis 🚕
California expands San Francisco’s robotaxi regulations. They cleared Cruise and Waymo to give paid, driverless rides.
Very slowly, then all at once, eh?
That means robotaxis are allowed to operate citywide, all day long.
Cruise is a GM subsidiary, and Waymo is an offshoot of Alphabet (Google’s parent company).
Nuts n’ bolts:
1/ The California Public Utilities Commission passed the expansion in a 3-to-1 vote.
2/ Cruise operates 400 vehicles and Waymo operates 250.
3/ Cruise previously offered paid rides in 1/3 of San Francisco, Waymo only provided free trips.
Also, uh, apparently they are disruptive — but not in the hot way. Apparently, they’ve been breaking down in the middle of roads and intersections.
Our take: City officials and civic groups protested autonomous vehicles for months. After billions invested and major pushback, the expansion hints at a future where American robotaxis are commercially viable. With Tesla’s self-driving delayed, we thought it would be a while longer — but it looks like that’s not the case. Well, if they can fix the break-downs, that is.
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New Google Photos AI features 📸
Google announced “Memories.” It’s a new Google Photos tab that auto-generates image collections.
It also introduced a new utility: “Help Me Title.“ It comes up with titles by looking at your photos.
1/ The Memories button is located at the bottom of the app.
2/ It uses location-based names from GPS metadata.
3/ It’s live in the US, with global launch “in the coming months.”
Our take: Apple did it first, though maybe not to this degree.
A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA
Humane’s new AI pin 🎃 💽
Humane has been teasing more juicy detes surrounding its AI pin. It’s a wearable device that they claim will, “replace your smartphone.“
When? October 14, the same day as the solar eclipse.
Founded by ex-Apple employees, Humane unveiled some of the pin’s features at a TED talk in April. The AI wearable’s capabilities include phone calls, language translation, and text.
1/ Co-founder Chaudhri teased more details on the Humane Discord server.
2/ The eclipse timing is meant to represent new beginnings.
3/ The AI button won’t require a smartphone connection.
Our take: Humane might just be obsessed with eclipses — the pin was originally announced on a hybrid solar eclipse. Either way, it’s effective marketing that’s got people talking. And how much will it disrupt the traditional magic rectangle format, that we all know as our smartphones?
MEMES FOR DESSERT
YOUR DAILY MUNCH
Americans don’t trust AI. According to a YouGov survey, 82% don’t trust tech giants to regulate AI and 72% want to slow AI’s development.
Iowa is banning books with AI. So far, the AI has tagged 19 titles for the chopping block.
Robomart’s building AI-powered cars to deliver groceries. It officially launches in 2025.
NVIDIA sold at least 3,000 AI chips to Saudi Arabia and UAE. More on the ‘why’ behind it.
The New York Times prohibits AI from scraping its content. They updated their terms of service to require written permission.
GitHub Repo for Meta’s AVSR/AVST. It’s a demo for an audio-video, speech recognition, and translation tool.
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