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Uber will make airport travel less and less messy

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Flight tracking, booking, and curbside pickups that are machine-learning-enabled

Uber is rolling out a variety of new features designed to make the most hated trip: the trip to the airport. In certain cities, users can arrange taxi transportation to the airport up to 30 days in advance and even provide their flight details to their driver to monitor the progress of their trip in real-time. The company is also using machine learning to improve curbside pickups.

With the increasing number of airport passengers due to this pandemic, Uber believes it can improve its position as the top option for pickups and drop-offs for passengers flying in and enhance the service for drivers who have been complaining for years about the chaotic system currently in place.

For the first time, Uber is rolling out its Uber Reserve booking service to more airports in the US. If you book a ride in advance, passengers are required to submit the flight details, and within 24 hours after the flight’s landing, they’ll get alerts of delays or possible late arrivals. Uber will also work with the flight database OAG to provide information about flight tracking.

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WORKING WITH FLIGHT DATABASE OAG TO ADD FLIGHT TRACKING INFORMATION

Uber’s algorithm can respond to any changes in time, adjust the pickup time instantly, and notify the driver. If there are multiple changes to the arrival time, the app will ensure that passengers do not get bombarded with app notifications.

It’s not entirely new for Uber. Uber Reserve’s advanced booking system was first rolled out over one year ago in numerous markets. Before this, I was booking a car before travel was generally the sole domain of services for hire, such as limousines and black cars.

For years, Uber argued that such features were not needed when cars could be brought to your doorstep within five minutes. The concern has been that instead of responding immediately to ride requests, drivers could be spending their time circling a neighborhood and waiting to see a client.

At present, not only is Uber taking full advantage of advanced booking, but it’s also trying to create a system that is as elegant and accommodating to the user as is possible. In addition to the flight details, Uber is also offering 60 minutes of free waiting time for passengers at no extra cost. If you’re not ready to board the car once you’ve landed and the driver is waiting for you, they will remain an entire hour for you. The passengers will not be charged any extra charges, but Uber will reimburse drivers for their time waiting. So don’t count on this to generate revenue features for Uber.

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SO IF YOU’RE NOT QUITE READY TO GET IN THE CAR AFTER LANDING, THE DRIVER WILL WAIT A WHOLE HOUR FOR YOU

Uber Reserve is only available exclusively available to Uber Black and Uber Black SUV customers. Uber Reserve will be accessible in the following cities: Atlanta (ATL), Charleston (CHS), Charlotte (CLT), Chicago (ORD + MDW), Dallas (DFW + DAL), Denver (DEN), Fort Myers (RSW), Houston (IAH + HOU), Miami (MIA + FLL + PBI), Nashville (BNA), New Orleans (MSY), New York (JFK + LGA), Orlando (MCO), Philadelphia (PHL), Phoenix (PHX), Seattle (SEA) as well as Washington DC (DCA + IAD).

If you’re not a fan of planning things out this far ahead of time, Uber is rolling out an additional feature known as Ready When You Are. People who ask for the ride upon landing will be picked within the 20-minute, 10-minute, or as fast as they can, dependent on how quickly they think they’ll depart and get through the baggage section.

Uber is currently testing this feature in the following airports: Nashville (BNA), New Orleans (MSY), Portland (PDX), Philadelphia (PHL), Seattle (SEA), and Toronto (YYZ). The feature is available to Android smartphone users as of today, with iOS arriving in November.

If you prefer to live in a dangerous environment, Uber has a new feature that makes curbside pickups more efficient. Uber uses machine learning to anticipate the demand ahead of time and then send out a specific number of drivers, matched to passengers more efficiently.

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This feature is offered in 15 airports across the globe: Chicago (MDW), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), New Orleans (MSY), New York (JFK and LGA), Philadelphia (PHL), Portland (PDX), Salt Lake City (SLC), San Diego (SAN), San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC) as well as Seattle (SEA) within the US and Kolkata (CCU), London, (LHR), Montreal (YUL), Riyadh (RUH) along with Toronto (YYZ).

The new features all come with the company looking more optimistic about its financial position. In a recent report to regulators from the government, Uber predicted it would be profitable during the quarter for the very first time in history. While the company had previously expected to turn a profit of less than $100 million, it now anticipates it will earn an unadjusted profit of around $25 million.

With the ease of lockdown restrictions across the globe, the demand for Uber’s ride-hailing business has begun to increase and has led to an acute lack of drivers at the beginning of the year. In addition, the company’s food delivery business, though still not profitable in general, has grown exponentially over the pandemic…

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Clubhouse removed personal information from Afghan users’ accounts as a security measure

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The platform aims to protect users’ privacy and security.

Clubhouse, a social audio app, has joined other social networks in protecting the privacy and security of Afghan users. The platform reset the bios and photos of tens to thousands of Afghan users earlier this week and made it more difficult for search engines to find their accounts. Clubhouse spokesperson said that the actions did not affect users’ followers and that all changes can be reversed if desired.

Clubhouse reminds its Afghan customers that pseudonyms are allowed for safety and human rights reasons. According to the spokesperson, Clubhouse consulted experts in violent extremism and free expression to develop its approach.

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As the Taliban have regained control of the country, many people in Afghanistan have tried to delete photos from their social media accounts and phones that could show a connection to the West or the former Afghan government.

Despite bans on several social platforms, the Taliban was able to push their messaging on social media. The Washington Post said that they have become sophisticated at social media tactics to change their image.

On Thursday, Facebook said it had added security measures for users in Afghanistan, including hiding “friends” lists and adding a tool to lock down accounts quickly.

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It’s not a good idea to overthink it. Elon Musk’s Tesla Bot jokes

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A distraction and an empty promise

After a lengthy presentation on the unquestionably remarkable work, Tesla is doing in AI, Elon Musk, the company’s Technoking, brought out a spandex-clad dancer to cap the evening. Behold, said Musk: my Tesla Bot.

He said that the dancer in the suit was the model for the new humanoid robot Tesla will be producing shortly. The applause and dubstep had subsided, and the briefing slides that promised that the Tesla Bot would stand at five feet eight inches (1.7m), be 125 pounds (56kg), and have “human-level hands” and be able to eliminate “dangerous and repetitive, boring tasks” were discarded.

A ROBOT IS A TESLA WITHOUT WHEELS. SAYS MUSK

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Musk stated that Musk’s goal to build a human-replacement robotics system — something that no other company is even close to being able, was a natural step in Tesla’s efforts to develop self-driving cars. Musk said that cars are semi-sentient robots with wheels. It makes sense to add that to a humanoid body. We are also very skilled at actuators, batteries, and sensors, so we expect to have a prototype next year that looks something like this.

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It was an extraordinary and brilliant piece of tomfoolery, even by Musk’s standards. A multipurpose sideshow that entertained Tesla skeptics and fed the fans while also creating headlines. The latter is particularly important in a week when most Tesla news has focused on a federal investigation into the company’s Autopilot software to crash into parked emergency vehicles. Musk says that all this is irrelevant. Just look at the man in the spandex suit. It’ll be an actual robot next year, I promise.

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Are you willing to believe him? Do you think he is a fool? Although I can’t answer your question, I will give you the facts. Last night, Elon Musk took to the stage to promise that Tesla, a company with driver assistance software that cannot avoid parked ambulances reliably, would soon create a fully functioning humanoid robotic machine. Musk stated that the device would follow human instructions and respond correctly to commands such as “please go to the store and get me these groceries.” This was just minutes after he had shown a spandex-clad dancer demonstrating the Tesla Bot. You have to admire Musk’s chutzpah.

To help Musk understand his claims, it is important to remember that Boston Dynamics, which made Atlas, the most advanced bipedal robotic robot globally, has never called its machines anything other than R&D. It’s far from commercial deployment. In recent machine videos, the company showed how difficult building a bipedal robot is and how often Atlas trips and falls. Boston Dynamics has been working with Atlas and its bipedal predecessors for more than a decade. __S.50__

“[CALLING IT] HORSESHIT SOUNDS GENEROUS AND FRANKLY.”

Carl Berry, a UK University of Central Lancashire lecturer in robotics engineering, told me that “Calling it horse shit sounds generously honest.” Berry said that robotics and AI should not be used in manufacturing research.

He said that while he didn’t deny Tesla’s research into this topic was a bad thing, “but they and Boston Dynamics leave the public with unrealistic expectations about what robotics can do or will do for many years.”

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I don’t doubt Musk can make something that looks like the Tesla Bot in 2022. It wouldn’t be hard to make a decent automaton — something on the level of Disney’s more advanced theme park models, for example. He can send it into space once he has it walking out on stage, just for the headlines. It will just be another distraction if he does. While robotics significantly impacts manufacturing, there is no reason to assume that robots don’t need to look like humans to do so.

Musk often uses this bait-and-switch method. Think about the changes Musk made to his Hyperloop plans over time. The technology was announced as a railgun-like train system that would move people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than half an hour. Over the years, these ambitions have shrunk until the project morphed into The Loop: a small tunnel that you can drive a car through if you want. Also known as A tunnel.

The Tesla Bot reminded me of Sophia, the automated chatbot who has appeared on magazine covers and chat shows. Sophia relies on misdirection to fool audiences and is a frequent target of AI experts’ scorn. It also has a job. As one of the robot’s creators, Ben Goertzel, told me in 2017, Sophia works by priming our imagination, encouraging us to fool ourselves into thinking the future is nearer than the evidence suggests. The robot generates news coverage and funding for its creators.

Goertzel stated, “If I tell people that I use probabilistic logic to reason on how to prune the backward-chaining inference trees in our logic engine,” They will feel more comfortable believing that AGI is possible if I show them a smiling robot face.

This is Musk’s goal, whether he is aiming to instill that feeling in investors or others. The Sophia strategy has a twist. Musk doesn’t need a simulacrum robot to sell his dream. He only needs a spandex-clad dancer. That’s innovation.

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OnlyFans has a new policy that bans sexually explicit Content

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Masturbation and sex, actual or simulated, are not allowed.

On Thursday, the video and image sharing site OnlyFans announced plans to bans sexually explicit content” starting October 1. While we’re still not sure exactly why it’s changing so drastically, it just sent out an updated Terms of Service policy to the creators who’ve built the site detailing precisely what won’t be allowed going forward.

The new OnlyFans, Acceptable Use Policy, is visible when compared to the previous one.

You must not upload, post, or display Content on OnlyFans.

  • Promotes, advertises, or refers to “sexually explicit behavior,” which can be:
  • Actual or simulated sexual intercourse between any two persons, including oral-genital and anal-genital intercourses and genital-genital and oral-genital intercourses.
  • Actual or simulated masturbation
  • Any display of the anus and genitals of another person that is extreme or offensive
  • Actual or simulated material showing bodily fluids often secreted during sexual activity;
  • All Content that promotes, advertises, or refers to “sexually explicit behavior” must be deleted before December 1, 2021, or any other date we communicate to users.

The policy’s other sections that prohibit deepfakes, drug use, and violence are unchanged. The site sent an email to OnlyFans creators stating that Content containing nudity would be permitted as long as it was consistent with the policy. Posts may show body parts but not anything explicit. Your account may be suspended or terminated for any breach, as well as access to your earnings.

OnlyFans’ billion-dollar brand and business have been built mainly because onlyFans sex workers provide precisely the type of Content being banned. These content creators now have until December 1 to delete all traces of suddenly unacceptable Content from their profiles.

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