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Electronic Voting Systems and Security

July 30th, 2016

Of course, it’s worse than Bruce admits: Clinton Foundation and Electronic Voting Machines Via: Bruce Schneier: Over the years, more and more states have moved to electronic voting machines and have flirted with Internet voting. These systems are insecure and vulnerable to attack. But while computer security experts like me have sounded the alarm for […]

Artificial Intelligence Swarms Silicon Valley on Wings and Wheels

July 24th, 2016

See artificial intelligence winters and hype cycles. Via: New York Times: For more than a decade, Silicon Valley’s technology investors and entrepreneurs obsessed over social media and mobile apps that helped people do things like find new friends, fetch a ride home or crowdsource a review of a product or a movie. Now Silicon Valley […]

Self Driving Car Company Asks People to Generate Data with Mobile Phones

July 24th, 2016

But what I really thought was interesting was the inducement to get people to do this: Comma Points and a scoreboard. In other words, Hotz turned this into a game. I wonder if he plans to use the Chffr app to offer bonus points to get people to drive on roads that present particularly difficult […]

Tesla: Master Plan, Part Deux

July 20th, 2016

Musk’s hopes and dreams may or may not happen, but I enjoyed reading this anyway. While some people out there seem to have full time jobs bashing Tesla, I think of Musk as a hero. There would be virtually no movement toward mass adoption of electric vehicles if it wasn’t for Tesla. Now, the whole […]

Amazon Wants Drone Docking Stations

July 19th, 2016

Via: CNBC: Amazon has been awarded a patent for “docking stations” for its delivery drones that will be built on tall structures such as lampposts or churches and allow the unmanned machines to recharge and pick up packages. “The docking stations may incorporate a number of features to enable UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) to fly […]

Autonomous Robots to Begin Delivering Food and Parcels in Europe

July 6th, 2016

Via: Bloomberg: The next time you order food using the delivery app Just Eat in London, don’t be surprised if it’s brought to your door by a small, six-wheeled robot. London-listed Just Eat Plc. will join German retail chain Metro AG, logistics company Hermes Group, and U.K. food delivery startup Pronto Technology Ltd., in trialing […]

Robot-Made Burgers Coming to San Francisco

July 1st, 2016

Via: TechInsider: A robot-powered burger joint is coming to San Francisco. In 2012, secretive robotics startup Momentum Machines debuted a machine that could crank out 400 made-to-order hamburgers in an hour. It’s fully autonomous, meaning the robot can slice toppings, grill a patty, and assemble and bag the burger without any help from humans. The […]

Florida: First Person Killed in a Tesla Car in Self-Drive Mode Was a Former Navy SEAL

June 30th, 2016

Nexu’s Owner: Owner and founder: Joshua D. Brown I started Nexu Innovations with two things in mind: to make a difference and to have fun. When I look at the world around me I see what it could be. I focus on what could be done to make this world a better place. I then […]

AI Fighter Pilot Wins in Combat Simulation

June 28th, 2016

Via: BBC: An artificially intelligent fighter pilot system has defeated two attacking jets in a combat simulation. The AI, known as Alpha, used four virtual jets to successfully defend a coastline against two attacking aircraft – and did not suffer any losses. Alpha, which was developed by a US team, also triumphed in simulation against […]

Google Wants to Slither Into Public Transportation

June 27th, 2016

Via: Guardian: Sidewalk Labs, a secretive subsidiary of Alphabet, wants to radically overhaul public parking and transportation in American cities, emails and documents obtained by the Guardian reveal. Its high-tech services, which it calls “new superpowers to extend access and mobility”, could make it easier to drive and park in cities and create hybrid public/private […]

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