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September 23rd, 2014 at 11:27 am

Google’s Larry Page wants to build a super-efficient airport the rest of the world can copy

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Larry Page

Larry Page’s ambitions are huge. He has Google working on self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, robots, aging, and drones. At Google, they call these efforts moonshots.

 

 

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September 17th, 2014 at 11:13 am

Competition is for losers: Peter Thiel

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Google makes so much money that it is now worth three times more than every U.S. airline combined.

This question is harder than it looks – what valuable company is nobody building? That’s because your company could create a lot of value without becoming very valuable itself. Creating value isn’t enough—you also need to capture some of the value you create.

 

 

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September 2nd, 2014 at 11:47 am

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

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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 be taken out in snow or heavy rain, and it would drive straight over a gaping pothole.

 

 

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August 31st, 2014 at 8:16 am

Project Wing – Google’s secret drone-delivery project

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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)

 

 

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August 15th, 2014 at 8:42 am

Google and Facebook go beyond social

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It’s important to start back in the fall of 2010 if you want to understand the strange but spectacularly profitable world of Google and Facebook today.  Facebook was a rising start four years ago. They had built the ultimate social walled garden — almost a separate alternative to the Internet at large.

 

 

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August 9th, 2014 at 10:00 am

Top 9 ways Google is changing the world

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Project Loon aims to bring internet access to the two-thirds of the world.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, last month, thumbed his nose at Google for its various “moonshot” projects, currently housed at Google’s semi-secret X Labs. When Nadella was asked if Microsoft could learn a thing or two from X Labs, he said that there’s always something to learn from “from people who market themselves well.”

 

 

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August 1st, 2014 at 8:57 am

Baidu is developing a semi-autonomous car

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Baidu wants to keep the individual in control.

Would you prefer to ride in a completely autonomous self-driving car, like Google’s self-driving car, or one like Chinese search engine Baidu’s semi-autonomous car?  Instead of cars that have no steering wheels, gas pedals, or brake pedals for drivers to control, Baidu is thinking about cars with intelligent assistants who help you drive.

 

 

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July 22nd, 2014 at 10:17 am

When Everyone Becomes Blackmailable

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Futurist Thomas Frey: On a recent driving trip, my wife and I became immersed in the audio version of one of Tom Clancy’s last novels titled, “Threat Vector.” Without giving away too much of the plot, a Chinese super-geek villain has hatched a plan to hack into our most secure networks and blackmail people with their darkest secrets to subversively cause chaos and disruption for the American government.

 

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July 11th, 2014 at 10:33 am

Why technology is not making us smarter: Study

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People have become uncomfortable being alone with their own thoughts.

Most Android users check their phones 150 times a day, according to Google. Wearable technologies like smart watches and Google Glass may eventually make us check our phones less often, but will almost certainly drive up the average user’s digital interruptions each day. Early users of Android Wear who were given Samsung Gear Live or LG G Watches at Google I/O report their wrists “constantly buzzing.” Digital technology has certainly increased the quantity of our mental stimulation, but what about the quality?

 

 

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July 8th, 2014 at 9:08 am

Devices for smart homes need to get a lot smarter

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Apple HomeKit

The battle between Google and Apple is moving from smart phones to smart things, with both companies vying to provide the underlying architecture that networks your appliances, utilities, and entertainment equipment. Earlier in June, at its annual developer conference, Apple announced HomeKit, a new software framework for communications between home devices and Apple’s devices. Meanwhile, Nest, a maker of smart thermostats and smoke alarms that was bought by Google earlier this year for $3.2 billion, recently launched a similar endeavor with software that lets developers build apps for its products and those from several other companies.

 

 

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