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By Dustin Haisler | Stories, technologies and trends that are shaping the future.

Blockchain Is Helping to Build a New Kind of Energy Grid

Lawrence Orsini speaks at the Business of Blockchain conference.<p>If you have solar panels that produce more energy than you need, you can sell the …

Renewable Energy
Augmented Reality

Apple leak suggests AR glasses are in the works

An injury at the Apple campus is the best clue we have so far that Apple is working on AR glasses.<p>After an injury late last month, an incident report mistakenly found its way into the hands of hundreds of Apple reporters. This report found its way to Gizmodo earlier today. Titled “Impact …

iPhone

Bridgestone rolls out an airless bike tire

It was six years ago that we first heard about Bridgestone's prototype AirFree Concept automobile tires, which utilized flexing thermoplastic resin …

Bicycles

Amazon’s Alexa voice tech is now available to build chatbots

The company’s Lex platform makes it easy for developers to build conversational interfaces<p>Amazon is making its voice-control technology available to all, giving developers access to the same tools that power its digital assistant Alexa. The platform is called Amazon Lex, and bundles in both speech …

Automation
Facebook

In the smart city race, we’re betting on transit

After years of talk about smart cities, people are wondering when — and where — will we start to see them really begin to take shape. What will they look like? How will we interact with them?<p>A smart city is more than the sum of its parts. With a street light here, a sensor there — when solutions …

Cities

Baidu Will Release a Free Operating System for Self-Driving Cars

Baidu is releasing much of the technology behind its self-driving car, a move that it hopes will fast-track the technology’s progress while cementing …

Driverless Cars
Artificial Intelligence

Facebook's AI Assistant Shows Incredible Platform Promise

Facebook transformed its AI assistant, M, into a recommendation engine for Messenger, which shows promise as a platform.<p>Last week, Facebook launched an updated version of its AI assistant, M, which is now empowered to suggest Messenger features as users exchange messages.<p>The original version of M …

Facebook

Transportation technology will be the next Internet protocol

A communications test was performed in 1975 between Stanford and University College London for what was to become arguably the most important …

A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better VR Sooner Than You Think

David Kosslyn and Ian Thompson are the founders of a virtual reality company called Angle Technologies. Two years into this stealth project, backed …

Virtual Reality

Why smart enterprises are thinking AI | CIO

Companies are starting to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to bolster customer experience, improve security and …

AI Can Beat Us at Poker—Now Let’s See If It Can Work with Us

Progress in artificial intelligence has long been measured by its mastery of board games like chess, backgammon, and Go. Researchers are now working …

Artificial Intelligence

GM plans to deploy hundreds of autonomous vehicles across the country for testing

GM is looking to leapfrog its competitors in the autonomous driving space by deploying a larger fleet of cars than any of them — perhaps as many as 300, according to documents obtained by IEEE Spectrum.<p>An admirable bit of digging on some FCC applications showed an application to deploy 3,000 …

Driverless Cars

How Companies Are Already Using AI

Every few months it seems another study warns that a big slice of the workforce is about to lose their jobs because of artificial intelligence. Four years ago, an Oxford University study predicted 47% of jobs could be automated by 2033. Even the near-term outlook has been quite negative: A 2016 …

Artificial Intelligence

Tesla will reveal its electric semi truck in September

Elon Musk just let us know when we’ll get a look at the electric semi truck that he’s teased in the past: The Tesla transport vehicle will be revealed in September, the CEO said on Twitter on Thursday, noting that the team has “done an amazing job” and that the vehicle is “seriously next …

Tesla

AI is the only option in the future of cyber security – Ericsson

The cyber security wars of the future will be fought by good AI bots and bad ones, with the rest of us just watching to see who wins.<p>That’s the …

Cybersecurity

Dallas' emergency sirens were hacked with a rogue radio signal

After an unknown hacker targeted the city of Dallas' emergency siren system, other cities may be vulnerable.<p>During the weekend, a hacker activated …

Cybersecurity

Hackers cause panic in Dallas by triggering 156 emergency sirens

156 emergency sirens went off repeatedly in Dallas just before midnight on Saturday, causing alarm across the Texan city. Government officials told The Dallas Morning News that hackers were to blame for the disruption.<p>That’s scary not just because of the unnecessary panic it could cause among …

Dallas

Smart Cities Could Be Crippled by Dumb Security

Urban centers around the world increasingly drip with technology. But as a hack over the weekend reminds us, city officials mustn’t forget that …

Cybersecurity

Americans support letting cities build their own broadband networks, Pew finds

Most Americans want to let local governments build out internet service if the internet providers in their area aren’t any good, according to the Pew Research Center.<p>In a phone survey of over 4,000 people last month, Pew found that 70 percent of respondents agreed that local governments should have …

Net Neutrality

Cadillac unveils its answer to Tesla's semi-autonomous tech

Outside of Tesla, semi-autonomous driving modes are still quite rare. GM, however, wants to make it relatively mainstream. The upcoming 2018 Cadillac CT6 (due this fall) will be the company's first car with Super Cruise, a technology that can take over during highway drives. If you believe the …

Tesla

25% of U.S. driving could be done by self-driving cars by 2030, study finds

Self-driving still seems to be a ways off from active public use on regular roads, but once it arrives, it could ramp very quickly, according to a new study by the Boston Consulting Group. The study found that by 2030, up to a quarter of driving miles in the U.S. could be handled by self-driving …

Driverless Cars

Bots aren’t just service tools—they’re a whole new form of media

There’s a good chance that the last time you added someone on Twitter, flirted on a dating app, or talked with a service representative online, you were not interacting with a human, but a bot. Political campaigns, hackers, and armchair activists are also using bots to attack journalists, spread …

Chatbots

A robot can print this $32,000 house in as little as 8 hours — take a look inside

Building a house by hand can be both time-consuming and expensive. Numerous homebuilders have chosen to automate part of the construction (i.e., by printing the home's parts) instead.<p>A new Ukrainian homebuilding startup called PassivDom uses a 3D printing robot that can print parts for tiny houses. …

Houses

Self-Driving and Electric Cars Are Going to Have Tons of Strange Effects on Society

Electric cars will be good for the planet and autonomous vehicles will reduce the number of road accidents. That much we know. But what other impacts …

Driverless Cars

This Smart Mirror Is Actually An AI Butler Called 'Albert'

We're never leaving the bed again...<p>Imagine waking up to the soothing sounds of your very own personal butler giving you the day’s news, your schedule and then warning you about any traffic.<p>It’s something that fictional characters like Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne enjoy every morning but us mere …

Headphones

Daimler and Bosch: fully autonomous cars within 5 years

Look out, startups. The big guns are taking on autonomous driving with serious intent. Daimler, one of the largest vehicle manufacturers in the world, announced that it is partnering with Bosch, one of the largest automotive tech and hardware suppliers in the world, to bring fully autonomous …

Driverless Cars