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Jan 13, 2018

Toyota has unveiled a crazy self-driving vehicle

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

Toyota revealed a self-driving concept vehicle, the e-Palette, at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Monday.

The electric, box-shaped vehicle will come in three sizes. The largest will be around the size of a bus and be able to haul freight and make large deliveries, while the smallest will be compact enough to travel on sidewalks. Toyota envisions the e-Palette will serve a variety of potential uses, allowing businesses to deliver goods, transport people, or use the vehicle as a mobile storefront or office.

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Jan 13, 2018

Mercedes-Benz Rolls Out a New Assistant in Infotainment Systems

Posted by in category: transportation

Rather than focus on the specs of upcoming vehicles, the most interesting part of Mercedes-Benz’s CES presentation came when the automaker said it built its own assistant for the car.

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Jan 13, 2018

GM plans car without a steering wheel or pedals for 2019

Posted by in category: transportation

Smart, efficient news worthy of your time, attention, and trust.

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Jan 13, 2018

Walmart ditches checkout lines

Posted by in category: futurism

Walmart is ditching the checkout line by allowing customer to scan and pay for items.

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Jan 13, 2018

3 Brain Technologies to Watch in 2018

Posted by in category: neuroscience

“Neural dust,” thought-powered typing and mini-brains generate academic and corporate interest.

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Jan 13, 2018

Light-Based Computers May Soon Become a Reality

Posted by in category: computing

Optical computers would be extremely fast, more energy efficient, and could store far more information than electronic ones.

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Jan 13, 2018

Developing a secure, un-hackable net

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, quantum physics

A method of securely communicating between multiple quantum devices has been developed by a UCL-led team of scientists, bringing forward the reality of a large-scale, un- hackable quantum network.

To date, communicating via has only been possible between two devices of known provenance that have been built securely.

With the EU and UK committing €1 billion and £270 million respectively into funding quantum technology research, a race is on to develop the first truly secure, large-scale between cities that works for any quantum device.

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Jan 13, 2018

Boeing’s prototype cargo drone can haul 500-pound loads

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

In the future, autonomy won’t just mean you can relax in the passenger seat on your drive home from work. Driverless vehicles of all kinds are set to revolutionize the cargo industry, too, from delivering a pizza or dropping off an Amazon package, to hauling much larger shipments across continents and the high seas. Naturally, Boeing is one of many companies investing in cargo planes of tomorrow, and is keen to show off some of its early work in the form of a huge octocopter capable of carrying loads of up to 500 pounds (over 250kg). In less than three months, engineers at Boeing built and carried out successful test flights of the all-electric prototype, possibly (but unofficially) breaking a Guinness world record in the process.

The rough-and-ready concoction of metal and batteries measures 15 feet long, 18 feet wide and 4 feet tall, weighing in at 747 pounds (nearly 339kg). In other words, it dwarfs the consumer DJI drone you got for Christmas. Obviously Boeing’s prototype is far from a commercial product, but the firm says it’ll be used “as a flying test bed to mature the building blocks of autonomous technology for future applications.”

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Jan 13, 2018

App uses DNA to tell you what to eat

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

Jump to media player A UK start-up plans to offer DNA tests in shops to help people eat more healthily.

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Jan 13, 2018

At CES, Netflix Shows Off … Lab-Grown Bodies?

Posted by in category: futurism

The Psychasec booth on the CES show floor is an elaborate marketing stunt for Netflix’s new show, Altered Carbon, and some people are falling for it.

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