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Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs cancels Toronto smart city project over ‘unprecedented economic uncertainty’

(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs has pulled the plug on its Toronto “smart city” project, citing “unprecedented economic uncertainty” in a setback for the city’s long-planned waterfront revitalization. Sidewalk Labs had developed a proposal for a futuristic, data-driven city development along Toronto’s downtown lakeshore. It was working with a government-mandated agency, Waterfront Toronto, that planned […]

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EU robotics project gives maintenance workers a ‘second pair of hands’

A five-year European Union (EU) project to develop a collaborative humanoid that helps workers in industrial environments has concluded, with the participants touting breakthroughs in “AI learning, natural language processing, and robotic manipulation.” The SecondHands project, born from the EU’s €80 billion ($ 87 billion) Horizon 2020 research program, set out back in 2015 to […]