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How EV West Recovers Battery Modules from Wrecked Tesla Vehicles

February 25th, 2017

Ever wonder what the highest power density battery modules in the world look like? Via: Jehu Garcia:

AI Learns to Write Its Own Code by Stealing from Other Programs

February 23rd, 2017

Via: New Scientist: OUT of the way, human, I’ve got this covered. A machine learning system has gained the ability to write its own code. Created by researchers at Microsoft and the University of Cambridge, the system, called DeepCoder, solved basic challenges of the kind set by programming competitions. This kind of approach could make […]

AMD’s Ryzen Launches March 2

February 22nd, 2017

My nine year old son has watched me build a few high end PCs and he wants to build his own so badly that he can practically taste it. For months, I’ve been saying, “Wait for Ryzen, you must, young Padawon.” After many years, AMD will again be offering strong alternatives to Intel’s CPUs. Ryzen […]

Tesla Will Double Number of Supercharger Locations in North America in 2017

February 22nd, 2017

Via: The Verge: Tesla will double the number of Supercharger locations in North America in 2017, the company revealed today in its quarterly letter to shareholders. The company currently has 2,636 Superchargers at 373 locations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and plans to have twice as many locations open by the end of […]

French Military Trains Eagles to Hunt Drones

February 22nd, 2017

Via: Reuters: In a battle between ancient arts and modern technology, France’s army is teaching birds of prey to bring down remote-controlled drones when they enter no-go urban airspace. Four golden eagles are getting military training for combat against battery-charged drones that just about anybody can buy in a local store, and fly into security-sensitive […]

UPS Tries Arming Its Brown-Clad Drivers With an Octocopter Drone

February 21st, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: United Parcel Service Inc. sees a day when your latest purchase may be dropped off not by a brown-clad delivery driver, but by an octocopter drone. The world’s largest courier took a step closer to that future on Monday, launching an unmanned aerial vehicle from the roof of a UPS truck about a […]

Robots Poised to Take Over Wide Range of Military Jobs

February 21st, 2017

Via: San Diego Union Tribune: The wave of automation that swept away tens of thousands of American manufacturing and office jobs during the past two decades is now washing over the armed forces, putting both rear-echelon and front-line positions in jeopardy. “Just as in the civilian economy, automation will likely have a big impact on […]

‘Mismatch’ Between the way Our Senses Evolved and Modern World Is Making Us Ill

February 21st, 2017

Via: Independent: The modern world is radically at odds with the way human senses have evolved, helping to make us short-sighted, obese and depressed, scientists have warned. Spending large amounts of time indoors under artificial light and staring at computer screens has helped produce a “myopia epidemic” with as many as 90 per cent of […]

GM Plans to Build, Test Thousands of Self-Driving Bolts in 2018

February 18th, 2017

Via: Reuters: General Motors Co plans to deploy thousands of self-driving electric cars in test fleets in partnership with ride-sharing affiliate Lyft Inc, beginning in 2018, two sources familiar with the automaker’s plans said this week. It is expected to be the largest such test of fully autonomous vehicles by any major automaker before 2020, […]

Flashback 2013: Jeff Bezos Is Doing Huge Business with the CIA, While Keeping His Washington Post Readers in the Dark

February 17th, 2017

Not only do I buy a lot of homeschooling books for my children from Amazon, but Cryptogon depends on affiliate commissions from Amazon. Several retailers in New Zealand simply buy stuff at retail from Amazon and then send it over to NZ. (That should give you an idea of how broken retailing is in NZ […]

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