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GM, Lyft to Test Self-Driving Electric Taxis within a year
Within a year, General Motors Co. and Lyft Inc. will begin testing a fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric taxis on public roads, a move central to the companies' joint efforts to challenge Silicon Valley giants in the battle to reshape the auto industry. Details of the autonomous taxi testing program are...
The White House has significant concerns about artificial intelligence
While Sci-Fi has made the risks of robot takeover well-known; the most immediate concerns are the subtle decisions being made by poorly coded, or designed, algorithms that can drastically alter each of our lives. The Obama administration published a report this week that examines problems associated with the shift to...
Uber is on a mission to conquer everything
There's no shortage of companies claiming to be the Uber of their industry, whether it's food delivery, flowers, mattresses or medicinal marijuana. With the March roll-out of the food delivery app UberEats and last year's launch of UberRush; an on-demand package delivery service for online sellers in San Francisco, Chicago...
How can an organization overcome resistance to change? In this excerpt from my Keynote to the Transas Global 2018 conference in Vancouver BC, I discuss my organization change formula. The formula is:D x V + FW > Rwhich means Dissatisfaction times Vision plus First Wins have to be greater...
Technology Advancements to Expect in 2017
All throughout 2016, we experienced a high amount of disruption in technology, especially for the world that has become more digitized. It's easy to see how 2016 showed us a little glimpse of what's to come this year such as AI and 3D printing. But, to expand our future,...
Three Types of Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence is a field that is going to expand rapidly in the coming decades. We (humans) have made tremendous strides in the development of Artificial Intelligence technology ever since Computers became mainstream back in the 1970s. According to AI scholars, an AI is defined as "A sense of intelligence exhibited...
Hyperloop will be built. Whether it will dominate future high speed transportation will depend on what the first real systems tell us about affordability and technological soundness of the concept. Perhaps the first real commercial venture that is built will be that by Virgin Hyperloop – Branson is involved...
Drones and Drugs: The new way to smuggle
SAN DIEGO - A 25-year-old U.S. citizen has been charged with using a drone to smuggle more than 13 pounds of methamphetamine from Mexico by drone, an unusually large seizure for what is still a novel technique to bring illegal drugs into the United States, authorities said Friday. Jorge Edwin Rivera told authorities that he used drones to smuggle drugs five or six times since March, typically delivering them to an accomplice at a nearby gas station in San Diego, according to a statement of probable cause. Border Patrol agents in San Diego allegedly saw the drone in flight on Aug. 8 and tracked it to Rivera about 2,000 yards from the Mexico border. Authorities say agents found Rivera with the methamphetamine in a lunch box and a 2-foot drone hidden in a nearby bush. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said in a recent annual report that drones are not often used to smuggle drugs from Mexico because they can only carry small loads, though it said they may become more common. In 2015, two people pleaded guilty to dropping 28 pounds of heroin from a drone in the border town of Calexico, California. That same year, Border Patrol agents in San Luis, Arizona, spotted a drone dropping bundles with 30 pounds of marijuana. Alana Robinson, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California, said drones haven't appealed to smugglers because their noise attracts attention and battery life is short. As technology addresses those shortcomings, Robinson expects drones to become more attractive to smugglers. The biggest advantage for them is that the drone operator can stay far from where the drugs are dropped, making it less likely to get caught. "The Border Patrol is very aware of the potential and are always listening and looking for drones," Robinson said. Benjamin Davis, Rivera's attorney, declined to comment.
'Spying Billboards' Are Tracking Your Cellphone, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer Warns
U.S. senator is calling for a federal investigation into an outdoor advertising company's latest effort to target billboard ads to specific consumers. "New York Sen. Charles Schumer has dubbed Clear Channel Outdoor Americas' so-called RADAR program "spying billboards,'' warning the service may violate privacy rights by tracking people's cellphone data via the...
Underwater turbines are being built in New York City's East River as part of the first commercially-licensed tidal energy project in the U.S. Verdant Power says the turbines are safe to wildlife, can power up to 30 homes each, and has a permit to build up to 30 along Roosevelt Island.
In the middle of the river sits Roosevelt Island, a narrow, 150-acre strip of land that serves as the home base for a company called Verdant Power. Verdant has spent the last decade trying to harness the current flowing past the island to create a new kind of green power...

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