Stanford, USC, Duke study shows AI reads contracts better than lawyers

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The nation’s top lawyers recently battled artificial intelligence in a competition to interpret contracts — and they lost.

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After you: Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robot now opens doors for its friends

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One SpotMini walks up to a closed door, seems defeated by the obstacle and then waits for another SpotMini equipped with a manipulator arm to turn up. SpotMini number two promptly extends its arm out, turns the handle and then courteously holds the door open for both to move on through.

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Porsche starts 3D-printing new parts for old cars

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If you’ve got a rare older car, then you’ll know how hard it can be to find parts. While it’s possible for suppliers to make compatible spare parts using traditional production tools, doing so isn’t very efficient if only a few are needed. With this in mind, Porsche Classic (which is a division of the Porsche company) has begun 3D-printing the things.

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Polaris MRZR X can serve as infantry’s autonomous robotic workhorse

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By using a Modular Robotic Applique Kit (M-RAK) developed by Applied Research Associates Inc. (ARA), the MRZR-X takes things a step further by combining open software with a suite of sensors and autonomy systems to create a modular support platform that can not only be configured to fit the mission, but can also be set in a number of robotic modes. These include conventional driver control, remote control, teleoperation, follow-me, leader-follower, and full autonomy.

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Sub-$10K Emflux One electric sportsbike makes some mighty claims

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An Indian startup has put its first electric sportsbike prototype on display at the 2018 Auto Expo in New Delhi. The Emflux One has a claimed top speed of 120 mph (200 km/h), a range between 90-120 miles (150-200 km) at road speeds, and a price under US$10,000. It hits 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3 seconds and charges to 80 percent in 36 minutes.

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Tesla Expands Solar Product Sales at Home Depot – Renewable Energy World

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Tesla Inc. is planning a major expansion of its solar division at Home Depot Inc., embarking on a critical test of the mainstream appeal of its renewable energy products.

The tech pioneer, best known for its electric cars, is beginning to roll out Tesla-branded selling spaces at 800 of the retailer’s locations, the company confirmed to Bloomberg News. The areas, which will be outfitted during the first half of this year, are staffed by Tesla employees and can demonstrate its solar panels and Powerwall battery.

Lowe’s — the second-largest U.S. home-improvement chain, after Home Depot — has also been in discussions with Tesla about selling its solar products, said people familiar with the situation. At some point, Home Depot may also offer Tesla’s much-anticipated solar roof, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private. Tesla, Lowe’s and Home Depot declined to comment on those plans.

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Wind, Solar, Biomass Overtake Coal Power in EU for First Time – Renewable Energy World

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Power generated by wind, solar and biomass in the European Union overtook coal for the first time in 2017, a report by Germany’s climate lobbyist Agora Energiewende and U.K. think tank Sandbag showed.

Wind and solar parks and biomass plants dotted from Ireland to Romania raised their share of gross generation in the 28-state trade bloc to 20.9 percent of all power last year, ahead of lignite and hard coal power at 20.6, said the two organizations. A year earlier, electricity from coal was ahead at 21.5 percent of the mix to the clean power group’s 18.8 percent.

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