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Toyota Readies Cheaper Electric Motor by Halving Rare Earth Use

Toyota Motor Corp. is readying electric motors that include as much as 50 percent less in rare earths amid concern of a supply crunch as automakers …

Rare Earth

HyTech Power may have solved hydrogen, one of the hardest problems in clean energy - Vox

The “hydrogen economy” may be a thing after all.<p>It is an odd twist of chemistry that there is fuel embedded in the most common substance on earth: water.<p>Hydrogen — the H of H2O fame — turns out to be something of an all-purpose element, a Swiss Army knife for energy. It can be produced without …

Energy

Tech’s Ethical ‘Dark Side’: Harvard, Stanford and Others Want to Address It

PALO ALTO, Calif. — The medical profession has an ethic: First, do no harm.<p>Silicon Valley has an ethos: Build it first and ask for forgiveness later.<p>Now, in the wake of fake news and other troubles at tech companies, universities that helped produce some of Silicon Valley’s top technologists are …

Online Education

Waymo Orders Thousands of Chrysler Pacificas for Autonomous Fleet

Will launch ride-hailing services across the U.S.<p>Waymo will expand its fleet of self-driving vehicles as it prepares to launch ride-hailing services across different cities in the U.S. To achieve this vision, Waymo has hit up FCA for more Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans that it can equip with …

Autonomous Vehicle

Drivers don’t trust Uber. This is how it’s trying to win them back.

The $70 billion ride-hail company is changing its ways to please its most important customers: Its drivers.<p>On a busy evening in February 2017, while America watched the New England Patriots face off against the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl, Uber’s former CEO Travis Kalanick was having his own …

Autonomous Vehicle

We Are in the Future

Song:<p>“Right In” by Bryce Detroit (feat. Coco Butterfli)<p>“Wake Up” by Funkadelic<p>“Errbody’s Going to Make It” by Funkadelic

Privacy

VW's Electrify America plans nationwide network of 4,800 EV chargers

They'll be built at 500 stations in largest cities and along highways<p>Part of Volkswagen's repentance for that diesel boondoggle is some EV philanthropy known as Electrify America (EA), charged with "investing $2 billion over the next 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, …

Electric Vehicles

VR can’t save retail

If you listen closely to most optimistic discussions about the future of retail, you’ll sense an underlying fear. It’s a fear that manifests in an over-reliance on futuristic technological advancements (<i>Oh look, holograms are coming!</i>) or on filling the room with exciting new statistics about the …

Why your car company may know more about you than your spouse

<b>By Peter Holley | Washington Post</b><p>DETROIT – Daniel Dunn was about to sign a lease for a Honda Fit last year when a detail buried in the lengthy …

All of the amazingly terrible slogans of CES 2018

CES, the world’s largest consumer electronics trade show, completely overtakes Las Vegas, Nevada, for a week every year in January. It’s meant to show the world what new and inspiring gadgets and technologies will be enhancing our lives in the near future. In reality, it’s really just a place for …

CES

The Racist Roots Of “Urban Renewal” And How It Made Cities Less Equal

“The social and emotional cost fell on poor people and people of color,” says University of Richmond’s Robert Nelson.<p>It sounded like a great idea at the time: give cities funding to clean up their impoverished areas and invest in affordable housing and urban infrastructure projects. But the federal …

Prepping Self-Driving Cars for the World's Most Chaotic Cities

Self-driving cars are no longer confined to controlled test tracks or even to placid suburban streets—they’re tackling real traffic in US cities such …

Didi Chuxing

This Morning, GM Gave Millions of Car Owners the Ability to Order Coffee and a Doughnut via Touchscreen

For some commuters who make stopping for a cup of coffee part of their daily routine, the morning drive to work may never be the same. In the wee hours of the morning, General Motors enabled a new feature, called Marketplace, in about two million vehicles, with the ultimate aim of enabling twice …

General Motors

Google's new tech can spot and shame people peeping at your phone

Google researchers Hee Jung Ryu and Florian Schroff are gearing up to present a novel little project that takes advantage of your phone’s front camera and AI to spot people around you who are peeping at your screen, and shame them with a sticker.<p>As you can see in the clip above, when a person other …

Ford Patents Autonomous System for Off-Roading

Tech can be used on a variety of vehicles<p>If you thought off-road vehicles were immune to self-driving technology, you’d be wrong. Recently, Ford patented a system that will allow vehicles to drive themselves through all sorts of off-road obstacles.<p>As described in the patent, the system first …

Off-roading

Free Money: The Surprising Effects of a Basic Income Supplied by Government

Skooter McCoy was 20 years old when his wife, Michelle, gave birth to their first child, a son named Spencer. It was 1996, and McCoy was living in …

Income Inequality

Hilarious A.I. bot fights email scammers by trolling them, wasting their time

Email scammers are the worst, aren’t they? At best, their emails are a big, fat waste of our time. At worst, they actually succeed at bilking some …

Identity Theft

To Sound Like a Leader, Think About What You Say, and How and When You Say It

Nancy started her day feeling prepared to brief her executive team on a high-stakes project she had been working on for the past two months. She had rehearsed her slide deck repeatedly, to the point where she had every level of content practically memorized. She arrived at the meeting early and …

How To Successfully Break Into The High Tech Industry

It is impossible to get through your day without interacting with technology. When you drive a car, make a purchase at a retailer or hop on the …

Diversity

Resist the Driverless Dystopia!

Consumers shouldn't let governments shrink the menu of transportation options.<p>Two iconic figures in the car industry — former General Motors head of product development Bob Lutz and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Chairman Carlos Ghosn — have recently outlined competing visions for the future of …

Carlos Ghosn

The Pentagon Opened Up to Hackers—And Fixed Thousands of Bugs

The United States government doesn't get along with hackers. That's just <i>how it is</i>. Hacking protected systems, even to reveal their weaknesses, is …

The Growth Industry Helping Governments Hack Terrorists, Criminals—and Political Opponents - MIT Technology Review

“It looked very suspicious,” M says of an anonymous e-mail she and several other journalists received late in 2014. It promised a scoop about a …

Artificial Intelligence Is Putting Ultrasound on Your Phone

If Jonathan Rothberg has a superpower, it’s cramming million-dollar, mainframe-sized machines onto single semiconductor circuit boards. The …

Medical Technology

Out Of All Crimes, Americans Worry About Cybercrime The Most [Infographic]

Even though 2017 is already the deadliest year for mass shootings in modern U.S. history, Americans are more worried about cybercrime than conventional crime according to a new Gallup poll. The research found that 67 percent of U.S. adults frequently or occasionally worry about having their …

Identity Theft

Critical Heathrow Airport security files found in the bushes

When you're unemployed, you tend to notice the world around you a bit more than the average working stiff. That's how a regular, unemployed fellow in London happened to find intimate and detailed security protocols and maps for London's main airport, Heathrow, lying on the ground in broad …

AI researchers want governments to ban killer robots, before it's too late

Artificial intelligence technology has developed in leaps and bounds in the last decade, and now, governments are being urged to ban robots that can …

One of the Secrets Guarding the Secure Internet Is a Wall of Lava Lamps

Cloudflare provides security and domain name services for millions of the most prominent sites on the web. The company has built a solid reputation …

China Tests the Limits of Its US Hacking Truce

For the last two years, America's cybersecurity relationship with China has been held up as a triumph of digital diplomacy: Since the two countries …

Putin outlaws the use of VPNs throughout Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — A law banning the use of virtual private networks, or VPNs, and other internet proxy services has come into effect in Russia.<p>MOSCOW (AP) — A law banning the use of virtual private networks, or VPNs, and other internet proxy services has come into effect in Russia.<p>The law, the latest …

Privacy

Stunning AI Breakthrough Takes Us One Step Closer to the Singularity

Remember AlphaGo, the first artificial intelligence to defeat a grandmaster at Go? Well, the program just got a major upgrade, and it can now teach …

Artificial Intelligence