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Jaguar Land Rover and Ford test self-driving cars that can TALK to each other

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Seeing a driver take their hands off the wheel can be enough to unnerve even the most hardened front seat passenger. But auto firm Jaguar Land Rover is looking to make this cold sweat inducing sight a common occurrence, with its autonomous driver technology. The firm is one of a trio of car makers set to trial vehicles which can'talk' to one another, drive themselves, skip red lights and even help you find a parking spot. Jaguar Land Rover is looking to make this cold sweat inducing sight a common occurrence. A trio of car manufacturers has joined with universities and tech firms to launch a three-year project to test connected and automated cars in the UK.

Cincinnati Zoo returns to Twitter after taking hiatus because of Harambe abuse

The Independent - Tech

Cincinnati Zoo has finally re-joined Twitter, after receiving an onslaught of abuse that forced it to delete its account for two months. And it is already getting more of it. The zoo was the home of Harambe, the gorilla, who was shot earlier this year after a child fell into his enclosure. And it was that event that eventually forced it off Twitter and Facebook. While it attempted to use its account to highlight other parts of the zoo, all of its post ended up being filled with replies making reference to Harambe and holding the zoo responsible.

Artificial intelligence won't save the internet from porn


"I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description ["hard-core pornography"], and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that." In 1964, the Supreme Court overturned an obscenity conviction against Nico Jacobellis, a Cleveland theater manager accused of distributing obscene material. The film in question was Louis Malle's "The Lovers," starring Jeanne Moreau as a French housewife who, bored with her media-mogul husband and her polo-playing sidepiece, packs up and leaves after a hot night with a younger man. And by "hot," I mean a lot of artful blocking, heavy breathing and one fleeting nipple -- basically, nothing you can't see on cable TV.

The best smart hub


This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. After researching more than 20 smart hubs--the brains that let all of your smart-home devices work together--and living with a half-dozen of them for a few months while putting them through their paces with an array of smart locks, thermostats, room sensors, switches, lights, and more, we think that the Samsung SmartThings Hub is the best hub for most people who want to buy right now. It's competitively priced, is compatible with a large number of third-party devices, and supports most of the major wireless protocols relied on by smart devices. We think it's important to note, however, that we struggle to fully throw our support behind any one model without substantial reservations.

Here's How Tesla Is About to Take On Uber

TIME - Tech

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is no stranger to risk. Fans of the company have called its leader savvy and visionary; critics and competitors have described some of his decisions as reckless. Reaction to Musk's latest move, announced on Wednesday, has been no different. His decision to equip all new Tesla vehicles with radar and cameras that will enable them to (eventually) drive autonomously--without human intervention--has been described as brilliant while others have called it dangerous. This is a speculator's game.

Tiny Fabric-Clinging Robots Are A Fashion Statement

Popular Science

There might not be a large market in people who want a robot that moves up their sleeve to remind them about email, but the technology has applications beyond just clothing. Lockheed Martin has a large, fabric-crawling robot that it uses to inspect airships for leaks, and smaller versions of the technology could inspect all sorts of cloth structures. That's not fashion, exactly, but airship leaks are never in style.

Apple's worst nightmare?

FOX News

Google has made a strong phone debut, according to the first round of reviews. Strong enough to take on the market-leading iPhone. The 5-inch Pixel and 5.5-inch Pixel XL are the company's first pure Google-branded smartphones, with the tagline "made by Google." To date, Google has released phones under the Nexus brand, which tended to emphasize the phone's manufacturer, such as LG and Huawei, not Google. Wall Street Journal: "The Google Pixel is now the best Android smartphone you can buy," the Journal said in its review.

Robot Company: Can a True AI Run a Business Autonomously?


Imagine a company that lives in the cloud and requires no human interaction at all. What would it look like? What purpose would it have? Let's start with email: What percentage of emails could be eliminated if all your employees shared the same brain? You would only need external facing emails - that is originating or ending with an email address outside your company.

The remote home: there are now many ways to monitor kids and home from afar

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Anyone remember Rosie, the robotic housekeeper who petered around "The Jetsons" in the 1960s? "I swear on my mother's rechargeable batteries," she once joked, when asked by Judy Jetson to keep a secret. While we're still a few years away from a domesticated humanoid robot that can wash our dishes and make our beds, today's smart home products are designed to make your living space safer, more energy efficient, and easier to maintain. The following is a look at a few smart ways to bump up your home's I.Q. The maker of the first smart thermostat (in 2007) is back with an even more affordable model.

Robotic ALIAS puts Cessna Caravan through basic maneuvers


"Demonstrating our automation system on the UH-1 and the Caravan will prove the viability of our system for both military and commercial applications," says John Wissler, Vice President of Research & Development at Aurora, which has been working on the project. "ALIAS enables the pilot to turn over core flight functions and direct their attention to non-flight related issues such as adverse weather, potential threats or even updating logistical plans."