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Flying Cars Are (Still) Coming: Should We Believe The Hype?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:03:00 -0400

Airbus and Uber are planning for a future of flying cars and sky taxis. "You literally push a button and you get a flight," an Uber executive says. But will our Tomorrowland ever really arrive?

China Moves To Increase Number Of Electric Vehicles On Its Roads

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:37:00 -0400

By early next year, Beijing will require automakers in China to ensure that at least 8 percent of all vehicles they manufacture are electric.

Hacking Lake Erie: Tech Competition Seeks Solutions To Water-Related Problems

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:31:00 -0400

A technology competition seeks solutions to Lake Erie's biggest problems, including harmful algae blooms and aging water systems. Teams in cities around the region are competing for thousands of dollars in prize money and consulting services to create apps and other tools.

The Warfare May Be Remote But The Trauma Is Real

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:40:00 -0400

Drone pilots and intelligence analysts who work with them may not be in physical danger themselves but "no doubt are war fighters" who experience psychological stress, says the Air Force.

Dogs Are Doggos: An Internet Language Built Around Love For The Puppers

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:01:00 -0400

DoggoLingo is a rising language on the Internet that's full of cutesy suffixes and onomatopoeias. It might even change the way you talk to your pet.

High-Tech Luxury Juice Start-Up Faces Low-Tech Problem

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:07:31 -0400

The company Juicero sells bagged juice and expensive high-tech presses, but customers realized they could squeeze the juice by hand. Lynn Neary talks with Bloomberg's Olivia Zaleski about the company.

Murder Video Again Raises Questions About How Facebook Handles Content

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:48:00 -0400

A murder video uploaded to Facebook brought attention to how the company monitors upsetting content. Artificial intelligence may be a solution, but experts say it could bring unwanted results.

Juicero CEO Says Luxury Juicer Is 'Much More' Than Juice; Internet Is Unimpressed

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:35:00 -0400

The company says its $400 machine cold-presses juice out of packets sold via subscription. Then a Bloomberg News video showed people didn't actually need the press to get juice from the packets.

Maurice Conti: Can Machines Think And Feel For Themselves?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:02:54 -0400

Futurist Maurice Conti says we've entered a new era where machines and humans partner to do what neither can do alone. He calls it the "Augmented Age."

Marco Annunziata: What Will Human-Machine Collaboration Mean For Our Jobs?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:02:54 -0400

GE's Chief Economist Marco Annunziata is optimistic about "the marriage of minds and machines" — provided we manage it the right way.

Erik Brynjolfsson: In A Race With Machines, Can We Keep Up?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:02:54 -0400

MIT Professor Erik Brynjolfsson sees a bright future where machines serve as powerful tools and partners. But he says we can only shape this future if we keep up with the pace of innovation.

Jeremy Howard: Will Artificial Intelligence Be The Last Human Invention?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:02:00 -0400

Jeremy Howard has studied machine learning for 25 years. He says artificial intelligence can help achieve amazing things. But he warns the impact on jobs may cause a great deal of social instability.

Yosemite Rangers Use Technology To Save Bears From Cars

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:22:00 -0400

Speeding cars have become the biggest threat for bears in Yosemite. But rangers hope tracking tools, like the website where the public can track bears, will help keep both humans and bears safe.

President Trump's New Order Gives China Tech Opportunity To 'Hire American' Too

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:30:00 -0400

The same week that President Trump issued his hire American executive order, the president of one of China's top tech companies said his company wants to do the same thing. Baidu's President Ya-Qin Zhang hit the Stanford University campus trying to recruit American computer science students.

Car Design School Prepares For New Age Of Driverless Vehicles

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:30:00 -0400

A car design school confronts the challenge of getting people to overcome their misgivings about driverless cars. Many Americans are not comfortable with self-driving cars, despite the fact that the industry is spending billions on the new technology.