Connect with us

Bizzare & Odd

Too Drunk to Drive? You Might Also Be Too Drunk to Ride in an Uber

Too Drunk to Drive? You Might Also Be Too Drunk to Ride in an Uber 86

We get it, drunk people are no fun to deal with if you’re an Uber driver. Maybe they fall asleep, or throw up in your car.

Hitching a ride in an Uber can be dangerous for intoxicated passengers, too. In the past four years, riders have accused more than 100 Uber drivers of sexual assault or abuse, and no one can say for sure how many other incidents go unreported. This is, obviously, not great for the passengers, but it’s also not great for the company, which gets slapped with lawsuits and bad publicity. Best for everyone just to avoid all this, right?

So, intoxicated passengers are a problem for Uber. And based on a patent application, the company thinks it’s found a way to solve it: Just don’t give drunk people rides.

On Thursday, as CNN Money reported, the U.S. Patent and Trademark office published an application Uber filed in December 2016. The application details a system that uses machine learning to predict an Uber user’s “state.”

The application never outright claims to focus on intoxicated riders. Instead, it assumes an overly “tired” passenger who “might have difficulty locating the provider’s vehicle.” But take a look at the factors about a passenger’s ride request the system considers when making its prediction, and see what you think:

  • How accurately and quickly the passenger types in their information
  • The angle at which the passenger holds their device
  • The passenger’s walking speed
  • The passenger’s location
  • The time of day and the day of the week

Based on our experience, this seems pretty on point for signs of inebriation (not sure what the angle a person is holding their phone has to do with how sleepy they are, but maybe Uber knows something we don’t).

Once it has this info, the system then compares it to a passenger’s history with Uber. So, an abundance of typos, for instance, might not raise any red flags if a passenger makes typos every time they use Uber. If the proposed system determines that a passenger is in an “unusual” state, however, it can then adjust how Uber responds to the ride request. For example, it might:

  • Let the driver know the passenger is possibly in an unusual state
  • Only match the passenger with a driver with experience dealing with people in unusual states
  • Change the pick-up or drop-off location to somewhere well-lit and easily accessible
  • Prevent the passenger from joining a carpool
  • Choose to deny the passenger a ride

That’s right. According to the patent application, “When the likelihood [that a user is acting ‘uncharacteristically’] is comparatively very high, the user may not be matched with any provider.”

While several aspects of Uber’s proposed system could actually help cut down on unwanted incidents — training providers to deal with people in unusual states, for example — outright denying passengers rides is kind of a bad idea. This could lead to lawsuits from injured or disabled passengers denied rides based on their walking speed, or how the company could still find itself on the receiving end of public outcry if it denies a passenger a ride and that passenger then ends up in a drunk driving accident.

So, sure. Cleaning puke out of your car mats for the 10th time this week might not be fun, but, hey, carting around drunk passengers is a cornerstone of Uber’s business. Unfortunately for drivers, it comes with the territory.

Source link

Comments

Bizzare & Odd

Ancient asteroid sent dinosaur bones into moon

Ancient asteroid sent dinosaur bones into moon 91

The impact of the asteroid that destroyed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago was so powerful that it sent into space huge volumes of earth’s soil and rocks from the crash site. But together with them, he could send into orbit the remains of living beings, including dinosaurs.

Such a possibility is discussed in the book “The End of the World” by the scientific journalist and winner of several awards Peter Brannen, according to the Daily Mail.

It is known that an asteroid or meteorite about 10 km in size collided with the Earth 66 million years ago, forming the Chikshulub crater on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. About 15 trillion tons of ash and soot were thrown into the air. Because of  this, during the day it was dark on Earth, like a moonlit night.

As a result of the lack of light in plants, photosynthesis slowed down, which could lead to a decrease in the concentration of oxygen in the atmosphere. Temperatures on continents dropped by 28 ° C, in oceans by 11 ° C. The disappearance of phytoplankton has led to the extinction of zooplankton and other marine animals. Other species died after them. 

This is one of the largest mass extinctions in the history of the Earth, which is called the Cretaceous-Paleogene. Brannen, trying to make the numbers more descriptive, points out that the asteroid (or meteorite) was larger than Everest and crashed into the atmosphere 20 times faster than a flying bullet. At the same time, the pressure of the atmosphere was so strong that a crater in the Yucatan began to form even before the asteroid fell.

The “response” release of soil into the atmosphere occurred only within a second or two after the impact and was incredibly powerful.

“So there are probably little pieces of dinosaur bones on the moon,” Brannen suggests.

Continue Reading

Bizzare & Odd

Loud booms, glowing rings and asteroids: The Earth’s magnetic field began to periodically disappear

Loud booms, glowing rings and asteroids: The Earth's magnetic field began to periodically disappear 92

Recently, scientists have begun registering too many anomalies associated with the Earth’s magnetic field. It periodically weakens or disappears altogether, deforms and twists. Experts cannot yet say for sure what is happening to the planet.

American researcher James Kaufman published interesting results: for some reason, the density of the solar wind in the nighttime part of the planet is much higher. As soon as the sun rises, this density begins to decrease.

Loud booms, glowing rings and asteroids: The Earth's magnetic field began to periodically disappear 93

Previously, the solar plasma went in the direction of the orbit of Mars and other planets, but now it moves in the opposite direction from the globe.

It is impossible to find an explanation based on existing physical laws. Some have put forward the incredible hypothesis that the Sun has turned into a black hole and is now close to the Earth.

Loud booms, glowing rings and asteroids: The Earth's magnetic field began to periodically disappear 94

According to some researchers, this could lead to the fact that the radiation does not move from the Sun to other planets, but from Pluto to the Sun.

According to other experts, on the side of Mars there may be a massive body, the radiation of which is comparable to that of the sun. A second stream is created, which blows off the Earth’s plasma and carries it to the Sun. 

Loud booms, glowing rings and asteroids: The Earth's magnetic field began to periodically disappear 95

The presence of such a space object could explain the multiple increase in the number of meteorites, comets, asteroids falling to the Earth and flying past it – which can be a cloud of debris going in front of such a huge object. 

The closer this object approaches the Earth, the more falling meteorites will be, and as the object approaches, the size of the meteorites falling to the Earth will increase. Then, loud boom sound are getting more intense and sun-like objects appear out of nowhere:

As far as we know, neither the airlines nor even the Pentagon have such devices. Moreover, the thing was somehow very powerful, since its brightness is phenomenal – the light sources merged into one and illuminated the entire space around.

Strangesounds.org, have prepared an excellent overview of the so-called “booms in the sky” that have been roaring over the United States lately:

People hear a rumble, as if the fighter took the sound barrier directly overhead. But – no one sees any planes anywhere. Unfortunately, it is very rare to “photograph” the crash, but it so happened that one woman accidentally filmed how her door to the veranda began to shake from this “boom in the sky”:

What kind of object could it be and create all these anomalies? For example, a wandering planet, the same mysterious planet X (aka Nibiru in the ancient epic of the Sumerians)?.

https://twitter.com/sweetleaf_505/status/1349726640490774531
https://twitter.com/NibiruIsAHoaxxx/status/1348478207243153409

These are only assumptions, and it takes time to find out what is really happening with our planet.

Continue Reading

Bizzare & Odd

Tesla autopilot sensor recorded “ghost” in an empty cemetery

Tesla autopilot sensor recorded "ghost" in an empty cemetery 96

A Tesla electric car with an activated autopilot function recorded an invisible person who allegedly moved around the cemetery. Social network users jokingly noted in the comments that, most likely, this is some new function from Elon Musk, which allows you to see ghosts.

In the United States, a Tesla electric car with an activated autopilot function recorded an invisible person who allegedly moved through a cemetery.

The corresponding video was posted by Twitter user Ovidiu Maciuc.

The recording shows how a silhouette of a man appears on the monitor of an electric car, moving around the cemetery. After that, the driver raises the camera and starts filming the graveyard through the windshield, but there are no people there.

After some time, the “ghost” went in the opposite direction from Tesla and disappeared from the on-board computer screen.

Social network users jokingly noted in the comments that, most likely, this is some new function from Elon Musk, which allows you to see ghosts.

For many though, if you take into account the comments, the video seemed rather creepy. Some even tried to guess what the navigation system actually showed.

Some users thought the system could recognize ghosts. Others refuted this version and said that the reason for all this is an insufficiently accurate sensor, which was used for the equipment of the Tesla car.

Earlier it became known that Tesla electric cars in the near future may receive a new function with which they can talk with pedestrians. For this, American cars will be equipped with special external speakers. 

In addition, Tesla cars in the future will receive the option to change the horn and sound of movement at low speeds to warn pedestrians. According to Elon Musk, among the sounds of movement there will be the sound of the clatter of a horse’s hooves, and as a whistle – the bleating of a goat.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

DO NOT MISS

Trending