“Recent advances in the field of artificial intelligence.”

The Rise of the Machines

#Technology

Sat, May 25th, 2019 10:13 by capnasty NEWS

BBC's Click has this short video looking how far along AI has come, while also raising the issues facial recognition software is having.

We look at recent advances in the field of artificial intelligence and also addresses some of the issues surrounding the use of facial recognition. We try out the latest in virtual reality hardware and look at a camera system that could change the way that we watch football.

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“A two-legged robot created by Agility Robotics, designed to get your delivery from a car to your door.”

Digit

#Robots

Fri, May 24th, 2019 10:01 by capnasty NEWS

Ford's two-legged folding robot is designed to tackle the delivery portion between a self-driving vehicle and its destination.

Autonomous deliveries and self-driving vehicles may be the future, but there are still a few gaps that need to be addressed -- namely that it's not always possible for people to leave their homes to retrieve deliveries from the roadside (and if you're hungover and ordering take out, you definitely don't want to). Ford is working on a solution for this final stretch, though, and it's come right out of a sci-fi movie.

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“For the first time in the history of life, we can affect the future of our evolution.”

Third genetically modified baby due in China

#Hate

Thu, May 23rd, 2019 11:11 by capnasty NEWS

With the news that a third genetically modified child is on its way in China, CNBC's panel during Healthy Returns indicated that as human beings we need to "come to terms" with genetic engineering impacting our evolution.

Gottlieb said he has yet to see any compelling arguments in favor of human germline editing.

Paul Dabrowski, CEO of Synthego, a genome engineering company, agreed the scientific community is not yet ready for germline editing. He wondered whether allowing parents to choose to genetically alter their future children can be ethical if they’re not the one who is having their DNA changed.

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“Self-driving trucks will begin hauling mail between USPS facilities.”

The United States Postal Service is testing self-driving trucks

#Robots

Wed, May 22nd, 2019 10:51 by capnasty NEWS

Reuters reports that the USPS is testing self-driving trucks between Phoniex and Dallas to see if this upcoming technology will decrease delivery times and costs.

If successful, it would mark an achievement for the autonomous driving industry and a possible solution to the driver shortage and regulatory constraints faced by freight haulers across the country.

The pilot program involves five round trips, each totaling more than 2,100 miles (3,380 km) or around 45 hours of driving. It is unclear whether self-driving mail delivery will continue after the two-week pilot.

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“A driverless electric truck began daily freight deliveries on a public road.”

Driverless trucks a thing in Sweden

#Driving

Fri, May 17th, 2019 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Reuters, driverless trucks are now doing deliveries on Sweden's public roads, a world's first.

Freight operators are under pressure to reduce delivery times, cut emissions and face a growing shortage of drivers.

Schenker picked Einride over established truckmakers as the T-Pod straddles the two biggest sector transformations: digitization and electrification, CEO Jochen Thewes said.

“We believe that Einride is the best concept out there for now,” he said.

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“Ultra modern tiny house on wheels.”

Living in a really tiny home

#Life

Wed, May 15th, 2019 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Living Big in a Tiny House channel showcases this modern tiny house on wheels that's both functional and practical. And if you're wonderingw hat it is like to live in tiny-home community, The Bold Italic gives you the breakdown.

[...] this 180-degree lifestyle pivot from that former pipe dream shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Nearly 60 percent of Americans don’t currently boast more than $1,000 to their name, let alone the means to put down the recommended 20 percent on a stationary house. That, plus overwhelming student-loan payments, a lack of savings for retirement and general money woes, makes “tiny living” offer some semblance of financial freedom.

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“The company is losing billions, has essentially no underlying value, and its business could be hammered overnight.”

What will kill Uber

#Scams

Tue, May 14th, 2019 07:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Jacobin, Doug Henwood calls Uber a scam. A fascinating look into a company that clogs cities yet can't die fast enough.

“The thing that’s gonna kill Uber has nothing to do with who’s at the company, has nothing to do with scandals, has nothing to do with any of this. The thing that’s gonna kill Uber is when Uber finally has to charge what it costs to get a car to you.”

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“A 'Tesla Effect' is starting to be felt in the oil markets.”

The oil industry may decline like coal has

#Companies

Mon, May 13th, 2019 12:51 by capnasty NEWS

Comparing the sudden decline in coal Teslarati believes that big oil will soon feel the same pinch as more and more car manufacturers respond to consumer demands by producing electric vehicles.

Paul Sankey of Mizuho Securities previously mentioned that a “Tesla Effect” is starting to be felt in the oil markets. According to the analyst, the Tesla Effect is an increasingly prevalent concept today which states that while the 20th century was driven by oil, the 21st century will be driven by electricity. This, together with the growing movements against climate change today, does not bode well for the oil industry. Adam White, an equity strategist at SunTrust Advisory, stated that investors might not be looking at the oil market with optimism anymore. “A lot of damage has already been done. People are jaded towards…

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“They are racing to automate their own work forces [...] with little regard for the impact on workers.”

40 percent of jobs to be eliminated by AI within 15 years

#Future

Sat, May 11th, 2019 09:46 by capnasty NEWS

According to Kevin Roose of the New York Times, CEOs are rushing to replace their human workers with AI due to the obvious advantages. Already Foxconn has pulled out of the US and is planning on replacing 80 percent of its workforce with robots in the next decade.

Few American executives will admit wanting to get rid of human workers, a taboo in today’s age of inequality. So they’ve come up with a long list of buzzwords and euphemisms to disguise their intent. Workers aren’t being replaced by machines, they’re being “released” from onerous, repetitive tasks. Companies aren’t laying off workers, they’re “undergoing digital transformation.”

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“Why did we make technology that will live for 18 months, die, and never rot?”

AirPods are evil

#Technology

Fri, May 10th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Vice, Apple's AirPods are tragedy. They note their cost, the ridiculous low wages paid to the people who help make them, to the fact that in 18 months these devices will be utterly useless and completely non-recyclable.

Even if you only own AirPods for a few years, the earth owns them forever. When you die, your bones will decompose in less than a century, but the plastic shell of AirPods won’t decompose for at least a millennia. Thousands of years in the future, if human life or sentient beings exist on earth, maybe archaeologists will find AirPods in the forgotten corners of homes. They’ll probably wonder why they were ever made, and why so many people bought them. But we can also ask ourselves those same questions right now.

Why did we make technology that will live for 18 months, die, and never rot?

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