How Data Science Has Changed Everyday Life for the Better


Let's be honest, today "big data" is sort of a dirty word in the public consciousness. It is associated closely with profit maximization techniques (such as recommendation lists on e-commerce sites and targeted ads), high-profile data leaks and privacy issues. People do not like being a bundle of unsecured big data tied to a bank account. They want to be unique. Yet somehow, all the personalization and narrow targeting make them feel just the opposite.

Never Bet Against The Ambitions Of Elon Musk

Forbes - Tech

Tesla is set to lay off 9% of its 40,000 employees. But Elon Musk doesn't seem to be worried about the 425,000 orders that are currently backlogged. That's because there's an even more ambitious goal he wants to hit. Musk says existing Teslas will begin the transition to full, self-driving vehicles in August. This evolution should not surprise to Musk followers.

China launches first unmanned cargo carrier on mission to space station

The Japan Times

BEIJING – China on Thursday launched its first unmanned cargo spacecraft on a mission to dock with the country's space station, marking further progress in the ambitious Chinese space program. The Tianzhou 1 blasted off at 7:41 p.m. atop a latest-generation Long March 7 rocket from China's newest spacecraft launch site, Wenchang, in the southern island province of Hainan. Minutes later, as the spacecraft cleared the atmosphere, the mission was declared a success by administrators at ground control on the outskirts of Beijing. It is programmed to conduct scientific experiments after reaching the now-crewless Tiangong 2, China's second space station. A pair of Chinese astronauts spent 30 days on board the station last year.

Port Strategy Ports benefitting from IoT & autonomous cars


The container port sector is benefitting from huge investments from start-ups and major technology businesses due to the enormous mass-market opportunity for technologies connected to the Internet of Things and autonomous cars -- "a market … several orders of magnitude larger than the container shipping industry". That's according to Jari Hämäläinen, terminal automation director at Kalmar, who commented in a Port2060 blog that these investments "will speed up development to a pace that we can scarcely imagine". "Most significantly for our own industry, we will see new solutions, lower prices and faster progress for technology that can also be applied to our specialised field," Mr Hämäläinen said. "When mass-market demand fuels the rapid development of autonomous cars, we in the container shipping industry will be able to reap the benefits and develop our own offering further, without having to invent every solution from scratch." The director explained in his article -- entitled "The autonomous world is coming: Are we leaders or followers?"

Uber is Planning Self-Flying Drone Taxis

U.S. News

Uber head of product Jeff Holden told Recode that, unlike helicoptors, "VTOL aircraft could have multiple rotors, could have fixed wings and perhaps eventually would use batteries and be more silent." The Telegraph notes that Amazon's delivery drones are employing a similar technology.