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Tech Fix: Allo’s Tryout: 5 Days With Google’s Annoying Office Intern

To understand how Allo works, it’s easiest to think of the app’s A.I. assistant as an office intern who is lurking in the background, eager to chime in. The assistant analyzes messages you have typed or dictated and, when appropriate, ...

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The 15-Point Federal Checklist for Self-Driving Cars

Photo A G.M. driverless car. Automakers’ decisions, such as whether a car should be programmed to better protect its occupants or others in a crash, must be disclosed, according to federal guidelines. Credit Jeff Swensen for The New York Times ...

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In Backing Autonomous Cars, U.S. Tells Automakers to Figure It Out

Photo Uber Ford Fusions mapped Pittsburgh before the launch of the company’s driverless vehicles. Credit Jeff Swensen for The New York Times The Obama administration’s approach to hands-free driving is remarkably hands-off. In one of the country’s most heavily regulated ...

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Bits: Daily Report: Regulators Catching Up With Driverless Cars

Photo Uber has begun testing driverless vehicles in Pittsburgh. Credit Jeff Swensen for The New York Times Technology is changing so quickly that it is regularly outstripping regulations, often forcing federal regulators to play catch-up. Photo Consider drones, the flying ...

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U.S. Signals Backing for Self-Driving Cars

Photo Uber, the ride-hailing giant, began trials in Pittsburgh last week using driverless technology. The government’s new guidelines for autonomous driving will speed up the rollout of self-driving cars, experts said. Credit Angelo Merendino/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images WASHINGTON — ...

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Bits: Daily Report: How Tech Is Sapping the Silicon Valley Food Scene

Photo Google employees dining at Charlie’s Cafe at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google and other tech behemoths are luring restaurant workers with higher wages and more perks. Credit Brooks Kraft/Corbis, via Getty Images Silicon Valley has disrupted ...

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Cellphone Alerts Used in New York to Search for Bombing Suspect

All around New York City, cellphones blared on Monday morning with the dissonant, but familiar, tone of an emergency alert. But this time, the alert — typically used for weather-related advisories or abducted children — was different. For what is ...

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A Lesson of Tesla Crashes? Computer Vision Can’t Do It All Yet

Yet the recent advances, while impressive, have been mainly in image recognition. The next frontier, researchers agree, is general visual knowledge — the development of algorithms that can understand not just objects, but also actions and behaviors. Computing intelligence often ...

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Bits: Artificial Intelligence Software Is Booming. But Why Now?

Photo Marc Benioff, left, chief executive of Salesforce, talked with Matthew Panzarino, editor in chief of TechCrunch, at its Disrupt conference in San Francisco last week. Credit Beck Diefenbach/Reuters SAN FRANCISCO — This is the year artificial intelligence came into ...

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How Tech Companies Disrupted Silicon Valley’s Restaurant Scene

With razor-thin profit margins, restaurateurs find they can increase wages only so much. Paying a livable wage is a struggle in Palo Alto, where the average one-bedroom apartment rents for $ 2,800, the same as in New York City, according ...

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