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Bot vs. Bot: Will the Internet Soon Be a Place Without Humans?

Bot vs. Bot: Will the Internet Soon Be a Place Without Humans? The internet, as it stands, is a global system of interconnected computer networks that allows humans to interact with each other, do business, gain knowledge, and be entertained. Google allowed us to find everything we need. Amazon allowed us to buy everything we…
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The Smart Road Tech That’s Making Driving Faster, Safer, And Just Better

The Smart Road Tech That’s Making Driving Faster, Safer, And Just Better From autonomous cars to flying taxis to electric-powered aircraft, technological innovations in transportation vehicles seem to be moving faster than Elon Musk’s express loop underneath Chicago. But when it comes to regular roads and traffic systems, we still seem to be stuck in…
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What if Autonomous Vehicles Actually Make Us More Dependent on Cars?

What if Autonomous Vehicles Actually Make Us More Dependent on Cars? Cities across Europe are taking steps to become increasingly car-free. London Mayor Sadiq Khan is aiming for 80 percent of all trips to be made on foot, by cycle or using public transport by 2041, while Copenhagen authorities are aiming for three quarters of…
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How Will Artificial Intelligence Affect the Risk of Nuclear War?

How Will Artificial Intelligence Affect the Risk of Nuclear War? As technology has progressed, humans have become ever more powerful. With this power comes great opportunity and great risk. Nowhere is this clearer than in the potential of artificial intelligence. But a new report from the RAND corporation suggests that our misconceptions about what the…
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Chinese Port Goes Full Robot With Autonomous Trucks and Cranes

Chinese Port Goes Full Robot With Autonomous Trucks and Cranes By the end of 2018, something will be very different about the harbor area in the northern Chinese city of Caofeidian. If you were to visit, the whirring cranes and tractors driving containers to and fro would be the only things in sight. Caofeidian is…
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Self-Driving Cars Navigate Unmapped Country Roads With New MIT System

Self-Driving Cars Navigate Unmapped Country Roads With New MIT System Self-driving cars are now a regular fixture in some American cities, but they are heavily reliant on high-precision 3D maps of the roads. That means they can’t tackle the vast majority of the country that hasn’t been charted, but MIT researchers hope to change that…
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3 Major Shifts Are About to Transform Manufacturing as We Know It

3 Major Shifts Are About to Transform Manufacturing as We Know It We are on the verge of transforming one of society’s most fundamental building blocks: manufacturing. As new technologies enable manufacturers to customize everything, these same agents are quickly turning consumers into inventors. Following the agricultural revolution some 5,000 years ago, humanity made a huge breakthrough that allowed…
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Your Next Pilot Could Be Drone Software

Your Next Pilot Could Be Drone Software Would you get on a plane that didn’t have a human pilot in the cockpit? Half of air travelers surveyed in 2017 said they would not, even if the ticket was cheaper. Modern pilots do such a good job that almost any air accident is big news, such…
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Robot Cities: Three Urban Prototypes for Future Living

Robot Cities: Three Urban Prototypes for Future Living Before I started working on real-world robots, I wrote about their fictional and historical ancestors. This isn’t so far removed from what I do now. In factories, labs, and of course science fiction, imaginary robots keep fueling our imagination about artificial humans and autonomous machines. Real-world robots…
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$10 million XPRIZE Aims for Robot Avatars That Let You See, Hear, and Feel by 2021

$10 million XPRIZE Aims for Robot Avatars That Let You See, Hear, and Feel by 2021 Ever wished you could be in two places at the same time? The XPRIZE Foundation wants to make that a reality with a $10 million competition to build robot avatars that can be controlled from at least 100 kilometers…
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