Newsletter: Comcast’s Internet Failure Upsets Major US Cities & Tesla Update Autopilot AI

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It’s supposed to be automatic, but actually you have to push this button.”

~ John Brunner

COMCAST APOLOGIZES TO CUSTOMERS FOR HUGE INTERNET BREAKDOWN

THE STORY

Comcast confirmed  on Monday that their Xfinity Internet service is experiencing some major issues.

WHAT CITIES ARE LIKELY TO SUFFER MOST?

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Reports by Down Detector say that cities like New York, Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco have been affected by this outage. Nearly 62% of the reported issues are about internet service.

Other reports include 21% of total blackout and 15% TV service issues. The issues have been reported since 11:08 PM EST.

WHAT DOES COMCAST HAVE TO SAY?

As a response, Comcast has tweeted

Some customers are having issues with their XFINITY Internet service. We apologize and appreciate your patience while we work to fix.

After an hour, company tweeted an update that they are monitoring an external network issue. They said “UPDATE: our teams continue to monitor an external network issue. We apologize for the inconvenience & will provide updates as we learn more.” This means Comcast customers and users shouldn’t worry too much, as this problem isn’t permanent.


AN UPGRADE TO TESLA’S AUTOPILOT SOFTWARE IS BEING INTRODUCED

THE STORY

Tesla is planning to unveil Tesla Semi on November 16,2017. Moreover, its Autopilot AI software is going to receive an upgrade to improve on automation.

WHAT IS THE NEW AUTOPILOT UPGRADE?

Tesla’s pool of AI engineers have improved the Autosteer function with this new upgrade. With this new update, Tesla claims a drastic improvement in steering and handling and identifying oncoming objects.

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Here’s what Tesla had to say about the upgrade

We continue to update our Autopilot software and recently made significant improvements to the Autosteer function. The Tesla AI team, which is fundamental to achieving full autonomy, strengthened dramatically this year, with a number of the world’s best AI engineers and researchers joining our company.

Further talking on the goal of attaining complete Autonomy, company responded that they are closer than ever.

Now that the foundation of the Tesla vision neural net is right, which was an exceptionally difficult problem, as it must fit into far less computing power than is typically used, we expect a rapid rollout of additional functionality over the next several months and are progressing rapidly towards our goal of a coast-to-coast drive with no one touching the controls.”

WHAT ABOUT THE LONG-AWAITED TESLA SEMI?

Last but not the least, company was more than happy to declare the news about the long-awaited Tesla Semi.

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Tesla says

At the unveiling of the Tesla Semi on November 16, 2017, we will demonstrate just how compelling electric drive will be for the global trucking industry. We look forward to showing you something truly incredible.”

Taking their determination into account, the world will not have to wait till 2021 to witness a complete driverless car.

Jobin Babu

Jobin Babu

Jobin is a Content Writer and Digital Marketing Professional at Systweak Software. He loves to write about latest software and technologies that amaze him. Besides his passion for writing, you can also find him polishing his chops at his dance studio.

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