Google Receives Patent for Robot Personalities
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently awarded Google a patent for “methods and systems for robot personality development.” The patent describes a cloud-based system whereby a user could choose and download different personalities to a robot. The robot will further “develop” its personality based on information from the owner’s electronic devices – such as phones or tablets – as well as from speech and facial patterns. Some, however, doubt that companies such as Google will ever be able to electronically capture personalities.
Taxi Cab Lender Threatens Uber Lawsuit
Melrose Credit Union, which lends money for taxicab medallion licenses, sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio threatening a $15 billion lawsuit if Uber is not made to comply with New York City’s taxi laws. The credit union argues that Uber’s process of accepting hails from passengers violates the city’s laws, which give that right to taxicab medallion owners. The threatened suit would be against the city itself – as opposed to the company Uber – as a “taking claim,” contending that the city is unlawfully allowing Uber to take rides that should have gone to medallion drivers. This lawsuit would be in addition to one filed in New York state court last week by medallion taxicab companies.
Facebook Used to Serve Divorce Summons
In New York, Facebook has been allowed as a valid means of serving divorce summons. A Manhattan Supreme Court Justice is allowing a woman to use the private message feature of Facebook to serve her husband, whom she and a private investigator have been unable to find. The defendant does not have a location of employment or a mailing address, making service by other means difficult.
New Ford Car Always Follows the Speed Limit
Ford has announced that its new S-Max car can use sensors to identify speed limit signs and alter the speed of the car to comply. The feature, called the “Intelligent Speed Limiter,” is designed to help drivers avoid speeding tickets. The system will rely on torque, instead of the brakes, to slow down a speeding vehicle.