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Uber parking lot patrol robot is cheaper than a security guard

July 21st, 2016 at 11:37 am » Comments Off

Uber drivers at the company’s inspection lot near Mission Bay in San Francisco will be met with a rather strange sight: a five-foot-tall, white, egg-shaped robot wheeling around the lot, on the look-out for trouble. This robot will be putting a few people out of a job soon.



USDA predicts global food insecurity will drop to 6% of world population

July 19th, 2016 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

Given projections for lower food prices and rising incomes, food security for the 76 low- and middle-income countries included in this demand-oriented framework is expected to improve through 2026. The share of the population that is food insecure is projected to fall from 17 percent in 2016 to 6 percent in 2026. The number of […]



The world’s cheapest smartphone

July 19th, 2016 at 11:05 am » Comments Off

This is the Freedom 251. It gets the name from its rather modest price tag, which is about $4. And guess what? Its specs are pretty decent.



Weaponized drone swarms will meet 60-kilowatt laser

June 30th, 2016 at 11:21 am » Comments Off

Drones are fantastic as a hobby, however these small unmanned aerial vehicles pose a significant security threat when they fall into the wrong hands. A single weaponized drone is bad enough, but drone swarms are a security nightmare for military officials. Drones are difficult to spot when approaching, tough to follow on radar, and cannot be […]



This is how the U.S. Patent Office screwed up

June 30th, 2016 at 10:26 am » Comments Off

What was once a haven for innovation, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is now rocked by the velocity of technological change and roiled by “patent trolls.” Could it be that the biggest impediment that innovators now face is the very system that was created to protect them?



Ethereum developers are hacking the hacker that hacked it

June 29th, 2016 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

Hacking is most certainly a two way street. The developers behind Ethereum launched an assault on an anonymous hacker that stole at least $89 million through its network.



Is Data Science going to make your business instincts irrelevant?

June 28th, 2016 at 10:49 am » Comments Off

Intuition is alive and well in the era of data analytics. About a third of executives in a 2014 PwC survey reported relying first and foremost on the data for their last big business decision. The advice of their colleagues and good, old-fashioned gut instinct both played major roles.



IKEA wants to help restaurants build their own indoor farms

June 27th, 2016 at 3:35 pm » Comments Off

The furniture chain is getting into the sustainable farming industry, one restaurant kitchen at a time. Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA is known for its simple, affordable furniture that populates dorm rooms and studio apartments across the country. Now, the furniture chain is hoping to get into the sustainable farming industry, one restaurant kitchen at […]



US student wins tuition refund for useless degree

June 24th, 2016 at 10:39 am » Comments Off

A Swedish college was forced to refund tuition to an American business student for providing her a poor economics education. The college promised graduates would receive ‘competitive qualifications’ when being considered for jobs.



The new frontier of digital implants

June 22nd, 2016 at 12:23 pm » Comments Off

Tim Shank can guarantee you that he’ll never leave home without his keys. Why is that? Well, his house keys are located inside his body.



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