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January 21st, 2018 at 10:54 am

Chinese tech giant Baidu just revealed its plan to mass-produce self-driving vehicles beginning this year — and Waymo should be nervous

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Chinese tech giant Baidu announced partnerships to build self-driving vehicles starting in 2018.

The company’s software will be used in a mini bus and mass-market consumer vehicles.

The company has been making significant investments in autonomous driving technology to compete with American companies like Tesla and Waymo.

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January 21st, 2018 at 10:45 am

GM is dropping the steering wheel in autonomous cars

General Motors (GM) says it is mass-producing autonomous cars that give complete control to the machine by taking away both the steering wheel and pedals.

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January 20th, 2018 at 10:42 am

Pizza Hut says driverless delivery could create more jobs than it destroys

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Pizza Hut and Toyota are partnering on an autonomous delivery vehicle called e-Palette that could make the delivery process driverless.

Despite the implications for current drivers, Pizza Hut said driverless delivery could create more jobs than it displaces.

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January 20th, 2018 at 10:28 am

Urban farming will bring food to city-dwellers that need it most

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The planet is growing more food than ever, and yet millions of people continue to starve worldwide. People are hungry everywhere — in the country, in the suburbs. But increasingly, one of the front lines in the war against hunger is in cities. As urban populations grow, more people find themselves in food deserts, areas with “[l]imited access to supermarkets, supercenters, grocery stores, or other sources of healthy and affordable food,” according to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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January 20th, 2018 at 10:11 am

China is the new world leader in renewable energy

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A new report from the IEEFA is positioning China as a world leader in renewable energy investment. The country has put $44 billion in clean energy projects around the world.

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January 19th, 2018 at 9:15 am

9 signs Japan has become a ‘demographic time bomb’

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Japan is dealing with what economists call a “demographic time bomb.”

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January 19th, 2018 at 8:45 am

Google and others are building AI systems that doubt themselves

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AI will make better decisions by embracing uncertainty.

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January 18th, 2018 at 8:30 am

Will the next Mozart be a robot?

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Humankind has done a great deal in terms of making exquisite art, whether through its paintings, songs, or performance art. Museums are packed with such work, and ordinary people have libraries full of fantastic literary achievements—both physical and digital. For the longest time, creativity seemed like an exclusively human forte.

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January 18th, 2018 at 1:30 am

Spotify disrupted the music world, now it’s doing the same to Wall Street

If Spotify’s non-IPO goes forward this spring, it will be unusual in that it will be a “direct listing,” wherein the current shareholders will sell their shares directly to the retail-investing public on the NYSE, vs. to institutional investors. Spotify is the first company of its size to propose such a listing. If the listing yields a lucrative exit for existing shareholders, it will encourage other nascent high-growth firms to follow in Spotify’s footsteps.

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January 17th, 2018 at 11:49 am

Graphene-based sieve turns seawater into drinking water

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A UK-based team of researchers has created a graphene-based sieve capable of removing salt from seawater.

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