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Making social robots work

Mady Delvaux, in her draft report on robotics, advises the EU that robots should be carefully tested in real life scenarios, beyond the lab. In this and future articles, I will examine different aspects of social robot requirements, quality and testing, and try to determine what is still needed in these areas. 1,156 more words

Artificial Intelligence

Didi Chuxing is reportedly considering a $6 billion investment backed by SoftBank Group

Didi Chuxing, the largest ride sharing app in China, is deliberating a proposed $6 billion investment backed by SoftBank Group, according to a report in Bloomberg… 307 more words


SoftBank's self-driving bus project pulls in $4.6M to push for 2020 commercialization

SoftBank is doubling down on its self-driving bus project in Japan. SB Drive, an entity created last year to develop autonomous vehicle technology for public transport, just got a cash windfall after… 266 more words


The Complicated Chess Game Behind Masayoshi Son's Investments

I’ve never taken much interest in chess, playing or watching it. Tech industry dealmaking chess, on the other hand, is fascinating.

Take word (in the form of a… 344 more words


SoftBank Just Poured $300 Million into Shared-Office Startup WeWork

SoftBank Group has invested $300 million in shared-office space company WeWork , the first installment of a multi-billion-dollar bet, according to a source familiar with the matter. 167 more words


WeWork is raising $3 billion from SoftBank and its massive tech fund

WeWork, the fast-growing office leasing startup, has raised $300 million from Japan s SoftBank and could rake in a total investment of $3 billion in a massive funding round, reports the Wall Street Journal.  45 more words

Realty consolidation: Housing.com, PropTiger merge in an all-stock deal, raise $55 million

Real estate portal PropTiger and Housing.com have merged in an all stock deal at an undisclosed valuation.

Global online real estate advertising company REA Group will invest $50 million in the joint entity while Softbank will put in $5 million, the company said in a statement… 498 more words