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U.S. House panel calls on Amazon's Bezos to testify on company practices
The Judiciary Committee called on the Amazon founder to testify about "competition concerns" related to the company's business practices.
Amazon is kicking in $2 billion to support its broadening efforts to fight climate change.
The online retailer on Tuesday said it started the new Climate Pledge Fund, a venture capital fund that will invest in companies that develop ways to reduce carbon emissions.
"Companies from around the world of all sizes and stages will be considered, from pre-product startups to well-established enterprises," Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos said in a statement. "Each prospective investment will be judged on its potential to accelerate the path to zero carbon and help protect the planet for future generations."
Amazon hopes AI will help enforce social distancing at its warehouses .
Amazon has created a new AI called the Distance Assistant to help its fulfillment facility employees keep a safe distance from one another during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Using a time-of-flight sensor similar to the depth-sensing cameras you'll find on modern smartphones like the Galaxy S20, the assistant measures the distance between employees. The AI component is there to help it differentiate people from the background. What the AI sees is then displayed on a 50-inch screen for workers to glance at as they pass high-traffic areas.