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Are adjustable ethics setting for robotic cars a terrible idea?

September 2nd, 2014 at 1:30 pm » Comments Off

With ethics settings in cars we create new responsibility for ourselves to get it right. Do you remember that day when your autonomous car saved the lives of five people you aimed for with your car when you temporarily lost your mind?  By the time you realized what you were doing, it was too late to […]



Why some poorer countries lend to richer countries

September 2nd, 2014 at 12:47 pm » Comments Off

In the last ten years, the increase in global imbalances has posed a theoretical challenge for international macroeconomics. Why did some less-developed countries with a higher need for capital, like China, lend to richer countries?    



192 Future Uses for Flying Drones

September 2nd, 2014 at 12:22 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: The thought occurred to me that mounting a video projector to a flying drone could give it unusual capabilities.    



Google’s self-driving cars still face many hidden obstacles

September 2nd, 2014 at 11:47 am » Comments Off

A pre-made map only lets  Google’s self-driving car know about the presence of certain stationary objects, like traffic lights. Google’s self-driving car has made impressive progress but there are still some major limitations for automated driving. It can’t drive itself in 99 percent of the country. The car knows nearly nothing about parking,  and can’t […]



Project Wing – Google’s secret drone-delivery project

August 31st, 2014 at 8:16 am » Comments Off

Google delivery drone. Google has secretly been working on the Project Wing program at GoogleX for the last two years. The company has been working on building flying robots that can deliver products across a city in a minute or two. (Video)    



Height does matter! Women prefer taller men

August 31st, 2014 at 8:01 am » Comments Off

Women prefer to be in a relationship where the man is taller. Research has already suggested that tall men are generally paid better are viewed as more masculine and competent. Now a new research paper suggests that their height advantage also spills over into their personal lives.    



What do Americans really want from their smart homes?

August 30th, 2014 at 8:26 am » Comments Off

Smartphone-enabled, security-minded, and no monthly fees. Homeowners in the U.S. would prefer a smartphone-enabled, do-it-yourself platform for home automation over a closed, subscription-based system.  They also care a lot more about security and peace of mind than they do about saving on their energy bills.    



New nanobots hunt down and destroy cancerous tumors

August 30th, 2014 at 8:10 am » Comments Off

Small weaponized robots, swarm into the human body, hunt down malignant tumors and destroy them. An army of tiny weaponized robots traveling around a human body, hunting down malignant tumors and destroying them from within sounds like a scene from a science fiction novel. But research in Nature Communications today from the University of California Davis Cancer […]



Germany considers ban on after-hours office communications to workers

August 29th, 2014 at 10:41 am » Comments Off

A ban on office communications in the evening and during vacation time could even become law. Some German companies such as BMW, Volkswagen and Deutsche Telekom, in the last few years,  have banned after-hours calls and emails to workers.  The point of the ban is to actually let people take time off in the evening, […]



China to invest $16.3 B in electric cars

August 29th, 2014 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Electric vehicles will yield big environmental improvements in China. China is supposedly about to invest a hundred billion yuan (equivalent to about 16.3 billion US dollars at today’s exchange rate) into electric vehicles and the infrastructure to support them, like public charging stations, according to “two people familiar with the matter”, says Bloomberg.    



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