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Mercedes uses art deco inspiration for electric car concept

Luxury vehicles from the 1930s were nearly aircraft carrier-long. It was the art deco era dominated by seemingly never ending clean lines. So it's no surprise that the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is over six meters long (about 20 feet) and has a single line that runs the length of the …

Transportation

IBM scientists have captured 330TB of uncompressed data into a tiny cartridge

It fits in the palm of your hand<p>In a new world record, scientists at IBM have captured 330 terabytes of uncompressed data — or the equivalent of 330 million books — into a cartridge that can fit into the palm of your hand. The record of 201 gigabits per square inch on prototype sputtered magnetic …

Magnetism

World's first autonomous, all-electric cargo ship to launch next year

The world’s first crewless, autonomously operated ship is set to sail in late 2018. The Norwegian-built Yara Birkeland is being dubbed the “Tesla of …

AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.<p>Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”<p>Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”<p>To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense …

Artificial Intelligence

Confirmed: Windows 10 may cut off devices with older CPUs

No Windows 10 Creators Update for you, Microsoft says—at least, not if you happen to be the unlucky owner of certain older Atom-based Windows devices, and other aging models in the future. After stories arose of failed attempts to upgrade such hardware to the Creators Update, Microsoft confirmed …

Microsoft

Everybody lies: how Google search reveals our darkest secrets

What can we learn about ourselves from the things we ask online? US data scientist Seth Stephens‑Davidowitz analysed anonymous Google search results, uncovering disturbing truths about our desires, beliefs and prejudices<p>Everybody lies. People lie about how many drinks they had on the way home. They …

Rhode Island

What it’s like to drive a car while it’s being hacked

Ever been driving a car when both the brake and the gas pedal failed, and the dashboard go nuts? I just have, and it isn’t fun. What are we going to do when our cars are targets for hackers?<p>The problem with most modern cars is that to offer many more kinds of services (live traffic data for sat …

Transportation

The brightest light ever built could change the way we see the world

(It's brighter than a billion suns!)<p>Some lights, like our sun, are bright enough to guide us down this tunnel we call life.<p>Other lights change the …

Element AI, a platform for companies to build AI solutions, raises $102M

The race for artificial intelligence technology is on, and while tech giants like Google and Facebook snap up top talent to build out their own AI-powered products, a new startup has just raised a huge round of funding to help the rest of us.<p>Element AI — a Montreal-based platform and incubator that …

Startups

The secret origin story of the iPhone

An exclusive excerpt from The One Device<p><i>This month marks 10 years since Apple launched the first iPhone, a device that would fundamentally transform how we interact with technology, culture, and each other. Ahead of that anniversary,</i> Motherboard <i>editor Brian Merchant embarked on an investigation to</i> …

Steve Jobs

Will self-driving cars mean the end of car ownership?

Autonomous vehicles may save consumers money in the future, but our cars mean more to us than simple economics.<p>From the Tesla Model 3 to the Chevy …

Transportation

Hyperloop One: These nine new routes could bring 680mph maglev travel to millions | ZDNet

Europe dreams of Hyperloop One connections that could drastically cut transit times.<p>Hyperloop One has narrowed European submissions for its Hyperloop …

Transportation

Chrome: sites may record audio/video without indication

A security vulnerability was reported to Google on April 10, 2017 which allows an attacker to record audio or video using Chrome without …

Software

Where oil rigs go to die

When a drilling platform is scheduled for destruction, it must go on a thousand-mile final journey to the breaker’s yard. As one rig proved when it crashed on to the rocks of a remote Scottish island, this is always a risky business<p>It was night, stormy, and the oil rig Transocean Winner was …

Sailing

You won't believe the interior of Japan's jaw-dropping new train

All aboard the swanky train! Japan just unveiled a new luxury sleeper train – and it’s jaw-droppingly beautiful. The gold-tinted Shiki-shima, which …

Luxury

The inventor of Siri says one day AI will be used to upload and access our memories

Tom Gruber says AI memory enhancement is inevitable.<p>Artificial intelligence may one day surpass human intelligence. But, if designed right, it may also be used to enhance human cognition.<p>Tom Gruber, one of the inventors of the artificial intelligence voice interface Siri that now lives inside …

Artificial Intelligence

New solar device pulls water from desert air

With only the sun for energy, it can collect 3 liters of water a day.<p>On Tatooine, the desert planet from "Star Wars" that Luke Skywalker calls home, …

Clean Energy

Will our grid system be able to keep pace with climate change?

Refuge from the sweltering heat doesn’t come for free. We all know that beating the heat can cost a pretty penny in air-conditioning, and most of us …

Road to the future: What'll tomorrow's tires look like?

Cooley has the latest on connected tires and Goodyear clues us in on what the future could look like.

AMD's Ryzen launches March 2, outperforming Intel's Core i7 at a fraction of the price

Ryzen is here. AMD said Wednesday that it plans a “hard launch” of its first three Ryzen processors on March 2. The highly anticipated chips promise to outperform high-end parts from Intel and undercut their prices by as much as 54 percent.<p>AMD executives confidently unveiled the first three desktop …

Ryzen

China is developing a hypersonic space plane that makes the Space Shuttle look primitive

China is developing a space plane that’ll go from runway to orbit and back down again at hypersonic speeds, reports Popular Science. When it is …

Uber’s self-driving cars are now picking up passengers in Arizona

Tempe or bust<p>Almost two months to the day after Uber loaded its fleet of self-driving SUVs into the trailer of a self-driving truck and stormed off to Arizona in a self-driving huff, the company is preparing to launch its second experiment (if you don’t count the aborted San Francisco pilot) in …

Uber

Facial recognition software could help save endangered lemurs

Facial recognition software normally is used to identify humans, but it's being put to work in a new way: identifying individual lemurs to assist in …

Here’s Your Chance To Understand 3-D Printing Once and For All

A full look at the societal impact—from medical to creative to economic—of 3D-printing technology.<p>With its amazing ability to replicate handmade crafts, collapse the development timeline of health initiatives, and, inexplicably bringing modern society closer to understanding its own humanity —3D …

Illustration

Tesla's next Supercharger could charge electric cars in mere seconds

When it comes to electric vehicles becoming the norm, many people scoff at the idea of having to plug in their cars and wait around for the batteries …

This Japanese home assistant is a holographic girl that lives in a jar

The device is called 'Azuma' and she is trying to give 'Siri' and 'Alexa' a run for their money. But she's also super creepy. Just watch.

Japan

33 giant Chinese infrastructure projects that are reshaping the world

Microsoft's Home Hub aims to turn the PC into an Amazon Echo

It has been rumored for some time that Microsoft wants to join the smart home speaker space with a device called Home Hub.<p>A new report has a lot more …

Smart Homes

Best 7 online privacy tools 2016 – VPNs, anonymous search, and browser secrecy

It’s one of the Internet’s oft-mentioned ‘creepy’ moments. A user is served a banner ad in their browser promoting products on a site they visited …