Paul Papadimitriou

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Boeing needs Embraer deal to stay airborne after tariff crash

Who knew trade wars were so complicated? A U.S. trade agency on Friday surprisingly rejected calls by the $205 billion aerospace giant and the Trump …

Trump Administration

United Airlines Doubles Down on Its Dubious Growth Strategy

United Airlines plans to significantly accelerate its capacity growth rate for the next three years. This isn't likely to end well.<p>Over the past …

Delta Airlines

United debuts new Polaris business class

United Airlines debuted its new Polaris business class seats on domestic flights this week, as it prepares for a rapid roll-out of the hard product …

San Francisco

Review: Los Angeles to London in Air New Zealand 777-300 Business Premier - Live and Let's Fly

I’ve booked my parents on it, my brother on it, dozens of clients on it, but now it was my turn. For years I have been wanting to fly Air New Zealand …

Air New Zealand

Malaysia Airlines' new Airbus A330 business class (Kuala Lumpur-Sydney)

<b>Malaysia Airlines</b> is edging to become the carrier of choice for international travellers with big plans to replace its slanted <b>business class seats</b> …

Malaysia Airlines

WhatsApp adds support for document sharing, but only PDFs at launch

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned mobile messaging service that recently hit 1 billion users worldwide, is today rolling out a much-anticipated feature to its apps on iOS and Android devices: document sharing. Though the company hasn’t yet made an official announcement, a number of WhatsApp users have …

Mercedes Sees Fewer Robots in Its Future - MIT Technology Review

Proud owners of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class might be surprised to learn that their car was made using less automation and more old-fashioned elbow …

Google’s Self-Driving Car Probably Caused Its First Accident - MIT Technology Review

One of Google’s self-driving cars hit a bus, and if it is found to be at fault—which is looking probable—it will be the first time one of the …

Facebook’s New Map of World Population Could Help Get Billions Online - MIT Technology Review

Facebook keeps its map of the social connections of the 1.6 billion people who use the service each month to itself. But it is giving away for free …

Human Rights

A world where everyone has a robot: why 2040 could blow your mind

In March 2001, futurist Ray Kurzweil published an essay arguing that humans found it hard to comprehend their own future. It was clear from history, …

Artificial Intelligence

Google Unveils Neural Network with “Superhuman” Ability to Determine the Location of Almost Any Image - MIT Technology Review

Here’s a tricky task. Pick a photograph from the Web at random. Now try to work out where it was taken using only the image itself. If the image …

Helium Dreams

A new generation of airships is born.<p>Igor Pasternak started thinking about airships when he was twelve. Back then, in the nineteen-seventies, he loved rockets. One night, he was curled up in the soft green chair that doubled as his bed, in the two-room apartment where he lived with his parents, his …

Aviation

In-flight mobile roaming revenues $3 billion by 2020

In-flight roaming revenues will hit $3 billion by 2020, doubling the value estimated for this year, according to a new report from Juniper Research. …

Telecoms

Safety Issues with 150,000 Koito Airline Seats Raise Serious Questions

This is back in January when there were just two Eva Air Boeing 777-300ER's sitting at Paine Field. Photo by Kevin Frysinger<p>I am up at Paine Field …

Apple iPhone 7 Rumors: Video Explaining Dual-Camera Setup Shows What To Expect From Next-Gen iPhone

Apple is expected to introduce the 4-inch display clad iPhone 5se and the iPad Air 3 in March, while the flagship iPhone 7 will be launched later …

Airbus Says Cancellations Below Average, Could Handle Downturn

Airline jetliner cancellations are below historical levels, new data issued by Europe's Airbus showed on Wednesday.<p>The rate of annual cancellations fell to 0.9 percent of the order backlog in 2015, from 3.8 percent in 2014 and 1.5 percent in 2013, Airbus Group Finance Director Harald Wilhelm said …

At Tech Conference, Meet The Tesla Of Bikes And A Weaponized Phone

You might think of Barcelona as an enchanted, historic European city. This week, it's home to a massive tech gathering: the Mobile World Congress. Tens of thousands of people from every corner of the earth are there — many showcasing the novel ways they're connecting citizen-consumers to the …

Another Oil Crash Is Coming, and There May Be No Recovery

It’s time for oil investors to start taking electric cars seriously.<p>In the next two years, Tesla and Chevy plan to start selling electric cars with a …

Boston Dynamics presents the 'next generation' Atlas robot

Over the years we've watched in awe as Boston Dynamics has refined the design of its humanoid Atlas robot, and this new version is impressing us once again. Last year the Alphabet-owned group showed off a battery-powered version of the robot, and now the "next generation" model remains wireless, …

Open to Inspection

<i>Even if the spy, Allen Dulles, should arrive in heaven through somebody’s absentmindedness, he would begin to blow up the clouds, mine the stars, and</i> …

National Security

How to Think About Bots

In order to better comprehend the possibilities, and perils, of social bots we must ask pointed questions—about their design, implementation, regulation, and ethics.<p><i>A botifesto</i><p>We live in a world of bots. Generally speaking, these sets of algorithms are responsible for so much on the backend of the …

What’s Next in Computing?

The computing industry progresses in two mostly independent cycles: financial and product cycles. There has been a lot of handwringing lately about …

The Missing Link of Artificial Intelligence - MIT Technology Review

In 2012 the world learned of a surprising research project inside Google’s secretive X lab. A giant simulation of three million neurons learned to …

The Best AI Program Still Flunks an Eighth-Grade Science Test - MIT Technology Review

For all the remarkable progress being made in artificial intelligence, and warnings about the upheaval this might bring, the smartest computer would …

Artificial Intelligence

Cops are asking Ancestry.com and 23andMe for their customers' DNA

When companies like Ancestry.com and 23andMe first invited people to send in their DNA for genealogy tracing and medical diagnostic tests, privacy …

Single Women Are Now the Most Potent Political Force in America

By the time I walked down the aisle — or rather, into a judge’s chambers — in 2010, at the age of 35, I had lived 14 independent, early-adult years …

Get ready for the robot propaganda machine

Humanity has been advancing the field of propaganda for as long as we've been at war or had political fights to win. But today, propaganda is …

This 4.7-Inch Organic LCD Wraps Right Around Your Wrist

Your smartwatch screen may soon be rather more impressive: This 4.7-inch organic LCD display is flexible enough to wrap right around a wrist.<p>Produced …

Taking first class to new heights: Passengers may soon snooze ABOVE other travelers in elevated 'super throne' suites

First or business class cabins may one day reach new heights with this radical design which features elevated seats that fold into beds.<p>Passengers …

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