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Visualizing the Hidden ‘Logic’ of Cities

Some cities’ roads follow regimented grids. Others twist and turn. See it all on one chart.<p>In Chicago or Beijing, any given street is likely to take you north, south, east, or west. But good luck following the compass in Rome or Boston, where streets grew up organically and seemingly twist and and …

Data Visualization

The Three Things No One Ever Tells You About Teleportation

Even though the routine teleportation of humans and objects from one point in space to another is, at this point, entirely fictional, that doesn’t …

Star Trek

Three Breakthroughs That Will Disrupt The Tech World In 2019

We may have never before been in an era of such rapid technological change. Of course, much more is coming. Last fall, Gartner research predicted some of the big tech trends of 2018 and beyond, and it was quite a bounty: The continued rise of artificial intelligence and cloud-based computing, new …

Artificial Intelligence

Self-driving car startup Zoox is raising $500 million at a $3.2 billion valuation

Zoox, a once-secretive self-driving car startup, is closing a $500 million at a $3.2 billion post-money valuation, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. Prior to the deal, Zoox was valued at $2.7 billion, Zoox confirmed to TechCrunch. The round, led by Mike Cannon-Brookes of Grok Ventures, brings its …

Flying Trains Could Be Coming Your Way

It sounds like something Q, the tech guy in James Bond movies, would create: A plane that lands on a runway, shrugs its wings off, turns into a train …

The electric aircraft is taking off

In 2008, the electric motor vehicle experienced a rebirth triggered by a rise in oil prices. Now in 2018, it is the time for another rebirth — in electrical aviation. Over the decades, advances have been made across the aviation field and on all fronts. In 1986, Burt Rutan made the first non-stop, …

CeramicSpeed debuts groundbreaking DrivEn drivetrain

<i>Bicycle drivetrains have steadily improved over the years, covering shifting precision and smoothness, friction, noise, weight, and what have you.</i> …

Electric bicycle heavyweights Shimano and Brose both unveil new competing mid-drive motors

This week has been a good one for innovation in the electric bicycle industry, with two major players both unveiling new designs for mid-drive motors built specifically for electric mountain bikes.<p>Brose dropped the new Drive S Mag, a magnesium update to their previous Drive S that both increases …

How Artificial Intelligence Could Kill Capitalism

If you believe the hype, then Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to change the world in dramatic ways soon. Nay-sayers claim it will lead to, at best, rising unemployment and civil unrest, and at worst, the eradication of humanity. Advocates, on the other hand, are telling us to look forward to a …

Artificial Intelligence

This is how to deal with passive aggressive people

We’ve all dealt with it. The subtle manipulations. Always angling to get what they want, but still looking like a little angel. Making you feel like …

Self-help

Nissan Leaf battery packs now power large energy storage system at Johan Cruijff Arena

Electric vehicle battery packs are becoming increasingly popular for stationary energy storage projects.<p>In the latest, Nissan Leaf battery packs are now powering a new large energy storage system at the Johan Cruijff Arena.<p>The project is the result of collaboration between Nissan, Eaton, BAM, The …

Faraday Future gets a $2 billion lifeline to build expensive crossover

Faraday Future, the fledgling Tesla competitor working to build a $300,000 electric SUV, has been thrown a financial lifeline.<p>Evergrande Health, a …

Silicon Valley Could Get Power From Batteries Under PG&E Plan

PG&E Corp. is proposing using giant lithium-ion batteries, including packs supplied by Tesla Inc., to replace power supplied to Silicon Valley from …

Power-multiplying exoskeletons are slimming down for use on the battlefield

The technology has been long-anticipated by military commanders.<p>Dashing around a battlefield in the bulky robo-armor Tom Cruise wore in <i>Edge of Tomorrow</i> won't cut it in the real world. For starters, it’s way too big. And the energy required to power something that size—via a gas engine strapped to …

Tom Cruise

AI researchers allege that machine learning is alchemy

Ali Rahimi, a researcher in artificial intelligence (AI) at Google in San Francisco, California, took a swipe at his field last December—and received …

When Factories Have A Choice Between Robots And People, It's Best To Start With People

It’s lazy to think that a manufacturing process is better just because it’s automated. While the effort going on right now at the Tesla factory in Fremont is anything but lazy, it brings into the spotlight one of the core problems with the simplistic “automation for automation’s sake” strategy: …

Economies can’t ignore human needs if they want to benefit from automation - MIT Technology Review

We are all responsible for ensuring that automation doesn’t ruin many people’s lives.<p>So says MIT economics professor Daron Acemoglu, a leading voice …

High School

We still don’t know much about the jobs the AI economy will make—or take - MIT Technology Review

If you want to determine the true impact the AI revolution will have on the US economy, well, you may have to wait a bit. That was, essentially, the …

50 Must-Read Books with Gorgeous Writing

We book lovers read so much, and so widely, that we’ve seen it all. The good, the bad, the so-bad-it’s-good, the meh, the life changing. And we’ve …

Books

Hydrogen is the energy future | Letters

There is truth in Professor Underwood’s assertion (Letters, 16 May) that nothing can surpass the “round trip” efficiency of lithium-ion batteries from, for example, solar input to final user’s output. But in focusing on this undoubted advantage he omits the overriding issue of energy storage at …

Hydrogen

This 3D-printed bicycle is stronger than titanium

The Arevo bicycle looks and feels like a high-end commuter bike, but it was made using 3D-printing technology and software. It's being hailed as the …

Come Fly With Uber, Perhaps Sooner Than You Think

By<p>May 11, 2018 6:35 p.m. ET<p><b>Uber Technologies</b> is ready for takeoff.<p>The San Francisco-based <b>ride-hailing service</b> plans to expand its fleet of vehicles …

Scared yet? Boston Dynamics’ humanoid robot can now jog freely

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot has been untethered and set free, which, for anyone convinced of an imminent robot uprising, is a rather worrying …

Brace yourself: SuitX industrial exoskeletons amplify human strength

Bad back begone!<p>A startup called SuitX has begun selling exoskeletal outfits that give a boost to your back, legs and shoulders. It's not going to fulfill any adolescent fantasies of hulking mecha suits, but it is enough to help people hefting boxes and spending hours bent over on a manufacturing …

This is the most important tech contest since the space race, and America is losing

By C.L. Max Nikias<p><i>C. L. Max Nikias is the president of the University of Southern California and member of the National Academy of Engineering.</i><p>After the Soviets launched ­Sputnik in 1957, we saw how federal investment in U.S. private industry and academic research allowed the United States to catch …

Quantum Computing

Free Will, Video Games, and the Most Profound Quantum Mystery

The word “predictable” first entered the English language two centuries ago. Its début came in neither a farmer’s almanac nor a cardsharp’s manual but in <i>The Monthly Repository of Theology and General Literature</i>, a Unitarian periodical. In 1820, one Stephen Freeman wrote a dense treatise in which he …

Quantum Physics

From robotic bees to bacteria, the tech that is making for a greener tomorrow

We love when technology gives us new gadgets or entertaining features, but it’s even better when scientists get together and use technology for more …

How to Make a Vertical-Takeoff Plane That Doesn’t Suck

In early March, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced it was awarding a contract to Virginia-based Aurora Flight Sciences to …

Anheuser-Busch orders 800 hydrogen-powered semi trucks from Tesla rival Nikola

Anheuser-Busch has a long history of finding creative ways to move beer. It was the first company to use refrigerated rail cars in the 1870s. Much more recently, it shipped 50,000 cases of beer 120 miles using a self-driving semi truck.<p>Today it announced an order for up to 800 semi trucks powered …

Alternative Fuel

The epic mistake about manufacturing that’s cost Americans millions of jobs

Looking back, there were two kinds of people who lived in America in 2016: people who believed Donald Trump, and people who believed data.<p>Trump claimed on the campaign trail that globalization had destroyed US manufacturing—and in the process, the American economy—by letting China and other …