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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 …

Transportation

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 …

Basic Income

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 …

Chatbots

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 …

Leadership

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 …

Transportation

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 …

Security

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 …

Artificial Intelligence

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 …

Cybercrime

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 …

Security

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 …

Robots

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 …

Encryption

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 …

Cybersecurity

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>The law, the latest in a spate of legislation stifling internet freedoms in Russia, was pushed by authorities who cited concerns about the spread of extremist …

Russia

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

Dubai police reveal new Scorpion hoverbike at GITEX

Last week's Gulf Information Technology Exposition (GITEX) showcased <i>The Rise of the Machines</i>, one machine rising above them all: a new hoverbike for the Dubai police force. Developed with Russian company Hoversurf using that company's recently released, battery-powered Scorpion-3 model as a base, …

Drones

Data collection and security flaws will challenge autonomous carmakers

Autonomous vehicles are just around the bend. As car companies continue to partner with tech and ride-hailing firms in order to innovate more quickly and effectively, questions are arising about the future of privacy in the age of driverless cars.<p>The biggest players in the automotive industry seem …

Richard Blumenthal

Mobile phone companies appear to be providing your number and location to anyone who pays

You may remember that last year, Verizon (which owns Oath, which owns TechCrunch) was punished by the FCC for injecting information into its subscribers’ traffic that allowed them to be tracked without their consent. That practice appears to be alive and well despite being disallowed in a ruling …

Privacy

In the future, owning a car could cost twice as much as taking driverless taxis everywhere

How much cheaper will it be to hail a driverless taxi than to own a car in the future? A lot, according to the financial services firm UBS.<p>UBS forecasts that taking “robotaxis”—i.e., self-driving taxis—will be half as expensive per kilometer as owning a car in the future. The firm expects to see …

Driverless Cars

Betting Your Innovation Budget: Why Risk It On CVC?

<p>Corporate Venturing or “Strategic Venturing” is inexplicably on the rise. Last year alone, 107 CVC funds made their debut, with corporate

General Motors Is Going All Electric

After more than a century peddling vehicles that pollute the atmosphere, General Motors is ending its relationship with gasoline and diesel. This …

Electric Vehicles

Thoughts on white people using dark-skinned emoji

A thing happened the other day. I was texting with a friend who uses emoji with darker-colored skin-tones. Based on her use of emoji with non-white skin-tones, I wasn’t sure if she was a person of color whom I had wrongly been perceiving as white.<p>So I asked her if she identifies as a person of …

Racism

DHS says it will force everyone who's ever immigrated to the USA to hand over social media

A new DHS policy that will go into effect on Oct 18 will force everyone who's ever been naturalized as a US citizen or who is currently residing in …

Green Cards

Just Three Words Can Get Drivers Exactly Where They Want to Go

You need to pick up friends at an airport, but you don’t know where along the arrivals curb they’re waiting. You’re meeting a client, but you are unsure which entrance to use at their sprawling corporate headquarters. You’re headed to a wedding in a scenic park, but you don’t know exactly know …

Microsoft and Facebook just laid a 160-terabits-per-second cable 4,100 miles across the Atlantic

Enough bandwidth to stream 71 million HD videos at the same time<p>Microsoft, Facebook, and the telecoms infrastructure company Telxius have announced the completion of the highest capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean. The cable is capable of transmitting 160 terabits of data per …

You can now buy a Volvo like an iPhone

Volvo wants to make it as easy to get into a sensible Swedish sedan as Apple has made it to buy an iPhone. Right now, you can apply online (or in-store), let Apple run a quick credit check, and walk out with an iPhone on an installment plan in a matter of minutes. It was a smart way for Apple to …

India is about to embark on the most ambitious electric-car transformation in the world

India is shifting gears.<p>The world’s fifth-largest auto market is readying for a stupendous transformation: moving completely towards electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030.<p>This is part of the Narendra Modi government’s vision to helm a renewable-energy revolution in the country. It reckons that the …

India

The Nuada smart glove gives your hand bionic powers

In the future, said Andy Warhol, everyone will be bionic for fifteen minutes. I’m paraphrasing, but it looks like a Portuguese company called Nuada is about to give us that opportunity. Created by Filipe Quinaz and Vitor Crespo, the seed-funded company pitched on our Disrupt stage and showed us one …

Robotics

Samsung unveils new electric car batteries for up to 600 km (430 miles) of range

At the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA Cars 2017) this week, Samsung’s battery division, Samsung SDI, showcases a new “Multifunctional battery pack” solution to enable more range in electric vehicles as the Korean company tries to carve itself a bigger share of the growing automotive battery market.<p>Most …