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Tim Cook confirms Apple is working on self-driving cars

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has, for the first time, confirmed the company's plans for developing self-driving cars.

"We're focusing on autonomous systems," Cook told Bloomberg Television on June 5. "We sort of see it as the mother of all AI [artificial intelligence] projects."

Why this matters: Although Apple has been rumored to be working on some sort of self-driving car technology for the past few years, the Bloomberg interview marks the first time Cook has discussed the specifics of Apple's autonomous vehicle plans. Last week, Cook hinted that Apple may have AI news coming soon when he told MIT Technology Review the company shouldn't be discounted as being on the cutting edge of AI technology just because they "don't wan't to talk about" their plans.

What we previously knew about Apple's plans:

  • Apple has been working on building its own self-driving vehicle since 2014, in an effort known as "Project Titan," but last year the company decided to refocus their plans to developing the backend autonomous driving technology.
  • In April, the company received a permit from the California DMV to test self-driving cars in the state. The permit also revealed they had hired six former NASA employees to test self-driving cars.
  • A filing with the state revealed new details about what their AI plans might entail.
Jonathan Swan 1 hour ago
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McMaster out, Bolton in as National Security Adviser

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H.R. McMaster plans to resign and will be replaced as national security adviser by former U.N. ambassador John Bolton. The White House said McMaster's departure had been under discussion for some time and that the process was sped up to end speculation about the role. McMaster will stay on until mid-April.

Bottom line: This isn’t about ideology — unlike Trump, Bolton is hawkish and interventionist on foreign policy. This is about personal chemistry. 

Khorri Atkinson 42 mins ago
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Meet John Bolton, Trump's new national security adviser

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference last month. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

President Trump said Thursday that national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who's resigning, will be replaced by John R. Bolton, a hawkish former United States ambassador to the United Nations.