Matt O’Brien

Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

White House Proposes Guidelines for Regulating AI Use, Including in Transportation

sculpture of AI A metal head made of motor parts symbolizes AI at the Essen Motor Show in Essen, Germany, in November 2019. (Martin Meissner/AP)

The Trump administration is proposing new rules to guide future federal regulation of artificial intelligence used in medicine, transportation and other industries.

Matt O’Brien | The Associated Press
January 7, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Oil Price Keeps Rising as Industry Eyes Iran-US Conflict

oil pump An oil pump in Sakhir, Bahrain. (Hasan Jamali/AP)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The global benchmark for crude oil rose above $70 a barrel Jan. 6 for the first time in more than three months, with jitters rising over the escalating military tensions between Iran and the United States.

Matt O’Brien | The Associated Press
January 6, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

As Robots Introduced to Warehousing, Workers Have to Adapt

Warehouse Robots Amazon robots move along the warehouse floor with packages before finding the proper delivery chute, transporting packages from workers to chutes that are organized by zip code, at an Amazon warehouse facility. (Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. — Guess who’s getting used to working with robots in their everyday lives? The very same warehouse workers once predicted to be losing their jobs to mechanical replacements.

Matt O’Brien | The Associated Press
December 30, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Self-Driving Shuttle Pulled Over in Rhode Island

Self-Driving Shuttle One of a fleet of self-driving vehicles unveiled by May Mobility at the Quonset Business Park in Rhode Island. (Matt O'Brien/Associated Press)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A self-driving shuttle got pulled over by police on its first day carrying passengers on a new Rhode Island route.

Matt O’Brien | The Associated Press
May 15, 2019
Business, Logistics

Hundreds Show Up for Jobs at Amazon Warehouses in US Cities

Amazon Fulfillment Center Julio Cortez/AP

Hundreds of people showed up Aug. 2 for a chance to pack and ship products to Amazon customers, as the e-commerce company held a giant job fair at nearly a dozen U.S. warehouses.

Matt O’Brien | The Associated Press
August 2, 2017