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L.A. may charge drivers by the mile, adding freeway tolls to cut congestion

February 9th, 2019 at 2:53 am » Comments Off

Morning commuters face heavy traffic on the express lanes on the 10 Freeway. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s focus on congestion pricing could lead to similar lanes on other freeways across Los Angeles County. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) For years, Southern California lawmakers have tried to steer clear of decisions that make driving more […]

Too few cybersecurity professionals is a gigantic problem for 2019

February 4th, 2019 at 12:46 pm » Comments Off

As the new year begins gaining steam, there is ostensibly a piece of good news on the cyber front. Major cyberattacks have been in a lull in recent months, and still are. The good tidings are fleeting, however. Attacks typically come in waves. The next one is due, and 2019 will be the worst year […]

Synthetic organisms are about to challenge what ‘alive’ really means

January 13th, 2019 at 10:50 am » Comments Off

  We need to begin a serious debate about whether artificially evolved humans are our future, and if we should put an end to these experiments before it is too late. In 2016, Craig Venter and his team at Synthetic Genomics announced that they had created a lifeform called JCVI-syn3.0, whose genome consisted of only […]

Artificial intelligence can’t save us from human stupidity

January 9th, 2019 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

  The Guardian view on the future of AI: great power, great irresponsibility. Looking over the year that has passed, it is a nice question whether human stupidity or artificial intelligence has done more to shape events. Perhaps it is the convergence of the two that we really need to fear. Artificial intelligence is a […]

Microorganisms that eat seaweed can create biodegradable plastic

January 6th, 2019 at 1:21 am » Comments Off

Ocean Of Opportunity Earth’s oceans contain tens of millions of tons of plastic pollution. But a new technique that creates biodegradable plastics out of seaweed could finally give the oceans relief. Bioplastics are plastics manufactured from biomass sources instead of fossil fuels. Many degrade far more quickly than traditional plastics, but creating them typically requires […]

Older adults projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history

January 3rd, 2019 at 12:05 pm » Comments Off

  If you’re feeling old, you’re in good company and apparently a lot of it. New statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show that for the first time in U.S. history, older people are projected to outnumber children. And they expect it to happen in a little over a decade. According to the U.S. Census […]

Special report: A widening world without a home

December 21st, 2018 at 2:02 am » Comments Off

As of last year, more people have been forced by violence and conflict to flee their homes than live in the U.K. or France. Why it matters: That’s upwards of 60 million people — a global nation of refugees. If all of these asylum-seekers, internally displaced people and refugees were a country, they’d be the […]

Get ready. 2019 predictions about Artificial Intelligence that will make your head spin

December 16th, 2018 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

  Instead of breaking systems with ransomware, adversaries will leverage new tools to conduct harmful assaults on targeted subjects and organizations. A staff member stands near a computer as it participates in the CHAIN Cup at the China National Convention Center in Beijing. A computer running artificial intelligence software defeated two teams of human doctors […]

Plastics recycled for use on roads

December 11th, 2018 at 12:33 pm » Comments Off

As plastic increasingly chokes the world’s landfills, and China announced last year it didn’t want to buy recycled plastic anymore, the what to do with it all has become a pressing question. Why not recycle it and use it to build roads? Bound together with plastic polymers, the asphalt will be cheaper and last longer […]

Here are the states where a robot is most likely to steal your job

December 10th, 2018 at 11:13 am » Comments Off

Bad news for workers in the American South and Great Plains: A robot could likely come for your job. A newly released study by fintech company Smart Asset found that those regions are the ones most likely to experience serious job losses due to automation. And, even more disheartening, they’re the ones that appear least […]

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