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A Tesla struck and "killed" a robot at CES—or did it?

It’s either a documented case of robot-on-robot violence or an elaborate self-perpetuating hoax. At the January 7 opening of the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, a Tesla in “self-driving mode” struck a Russian Promobot, and the event was captured on video. Or did it? The story seemed too good to be true, and touched a nerve over fears that autonomous vehicles could be dangerous (see the case of Uber’s Arizonan test car that got into a fatal crash last March). In the video, a Tesla Model S can be seen cruising by a robot standing curbside, at which point the Promobot falls over and its arm falls off. Promobot’s manufacturer, also called Promobot, posted footage of the incident to Twitter, tagged Elon Musk, and “Promobot was killed by a self-driving Tesla car” racked up over a million views. Promobot claims that its robot was damaged beyond repair and that they would be filing a police report. How did the robot manage to “run off” to the far side of the road without anyone noticing? How did Promobot seem to know that the Tesla was in self-driving mode? Why was the scene being filmed in the first place? The company has thus far been unable to provide answers, but tech writers and Twitter users were quick to point out the inconsistencies in Promobot’s story. Tesla’s cars, while equipped with an “Autopilot” mode that assists drivers on highways, lacks a fully-autonomous self-driving mode. When the driver, George Caldera, was asked for a comment by the Daily Mail, he allegedly told the British tabloid that he had shifted to the passenger seat and handed over control to the vehicle. “I switched this Tesla into a self-driving mode and it started to move. And wow! A robot on the track! I thought the flivver would come round, but it bumped straightly into it! I am so sorry, the robot looks cute. And my sincere apologies to the engineers.” Other than the strange quote, a rope can be seen on the far side of the road near the robot, and Promobot appears to fall over slightly before being passed by the car. Robots and self-driving cars have captured the public’s imagination, but confusion over the capabilities of each have at times also served to confuse. For instance, the robots deployed to ward off homeless people in San Francisco and Waymo’s self-driving cars in Arizona, have both elicited visceral responses from the public. The integration of artificial intelligence into the urban fabric has a long and bumpy road ahead.
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High tech tuchus: 6 smart toilets

AN saw the newest innovations in the toilet sector this past January at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and the Consumer Electronics Show. As we look forward to the International Bathroom Exhibit and Eurocucina (technology for the kitchen) at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in April, we want to share our favorite toilet designs thus far. From designer spin-offs to the newest, most luxurious features, this latest round up of toilets is top-notch. NEOREST NX TOTO NEOREST made its big debut at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show and impressed attendees with its polite, integrated self-cleansing system that works with warm aerated water. It accommodates users with auto open-close and flush, warm air dryer, heated seat, and a deodorizer.   Tuma by Christoph Behling Geberit Italia Christoph Behling is famous for his Tag Heuer watch designs. That being said, he exercised the same attention to detail in the most important object in every home: le toilet. Tuma is equipped with hygiene water function, seat heating and drying, and an anti-odor filter.
  Numi Kohler Just say the word. Numi can be controlled through voice commands, motion control, or an app. Features include a heated seat warmer, an odor-eliminating charcoal filter, illuminated side panels that can be set to a different colors, and music that can be streamed though its built-in speakers. SpaLet AT200 LS DXV This bionic potty is outfitted with a carbon fiber air shield deodorizer and ionic technology—so the bathroom always smells so fresh 'n so clean. Beyond the odor control functions, there is a two-nozzle water spray system, an air dryer, hands-free flushing, and seat heating. Clean Bidet Seat American Standard Make any latrine hi-tech with a smart toilet seat. At the touch of a button on the remote control, adjust the spray strength and temperature of the two self-cleaning nozzles and turn on the seat heater. Sensowash Stark C by Philippe Stark Duravit French designer Philippe Stark is known mostly for his furniture and interiors, so most readers might not be privy to his darn good toilet design. The goal of this collaborative design effort was ultimate cleanliness. The result? A bidet function that has three different water shower variations: one for the rear, one for women, and a more attentive wash that sprays forward and backward.