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Nov 21, 2017

Walmart is ‘secretly’ testing self-driving floor scrubbers, signaling that more robots are coming

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI, transportation

Planning to try and automate the entire store.


Walmart (WMT) has been quietly testing out autonomous floor scrubbers during the overnight shifts in five store locations near the company’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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Nov 20, 2017

Tesla Roadster might fly — By Peter Valdes-Dapena | CNN Tech

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, solar power, space, sustainability, transportation

“Musk seems to be talking about something different, a sports car that could “hop” over obstacles. The emphasis would, presumably, still be on performance and practicality with four wheels on the ground.”

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Nov 18, 2017

Why Waiting for Perfect Autonomous Vehicles May Cost Lives

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Some people think autonomous vehicles must be nearly flawless before humans take their hands off the wheel. But RAND research shows that putting AVs on the road before they’re perfect improves the technology more quickly—and could save hundreds of thousands of lives over time.

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Nov 18, 2017

Waiting for Perfect Autonomous Vehicles May Cost Lives

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Putting autonomous vehicles on the road when they perform just better than human drivers could save hundreds of thousands of lives over time. This article explains: r.rand.org/5y4v

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Nov 17, 2017

Tesla Unveils Its Electric ‘Semi’ Truck, And Adds A Roadster

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Would love to see inside one of these trucks.


Elon Musk unveiled the Roadster’s return toward the end of an event that was supposed to be all about Tesla’s new Semi trucks.

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Nov 17, 2017

Could Terrorists Hack an Airplane? The Government Just Did

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, government, transportation

Hopefully not!


Hacking experts having been warning for years that it’s too easy to breach a cockpit’s defenses. Now an alarming government test proves their point.

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Nov 16, 2017

Traveling back in time could be possible, physicist says

Posted by in categories: cosmology, particle physics, robotics/AI, time travel, transportation

As the common tropes of science fiction continue to break out into reality, from humanoid robots to self-driving cars, there’s one concept that has seemingly remained beyond our grasp: time travel.

But, jumping through time might not be impossible, after all, according to one astrophysicist.

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Nov 15, 2017

Yamaha Racing pitted its AI motorcycle against professional racer Valentino Rossi VR46 Official in a modern-day John Henry competition

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Guess who won:

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Nov 15, 2017

South Korea is building a $35 billion city designed to eliminate the need for cars

Posted by in categories: business, transportation

By 2020, Songdo’s International Business District will span 100 million square feet. The South Korean city aims to prioritize pedestrians over cars.

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Nov 15, 2017

NASA ‘nuclear engines’ could provide power to the first humans on Mars

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, space, transportation

NASA is set to begin testing a radical ‘nuclear engine’ that could provide power for astronauts on the Martian surface.

Dubbed the ‘Kilopower’ it would use a uranium rector the size of a toilet roll to create heat.

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