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On a cloudy Christmas morning last year, a rocket carrying the most powerful space telescope ever built blasted off from a launchpad in French Guiana. After reaching its destination in space about a month later, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) began sending back sparkling presents to humanity--jaw-dropping images that are revealing our universe in stunning new ways. Every year since 1988, Popular Science has highlighted the innovations that make living on Earth even a tiny bit better. And this year--our 35th--has been remarkable, thanks to the successful deployment of the JWST, which earned our highest honor as the Innovation of the Year. But it's just one item out of the 100 stellar technological accomplishments our editors have selected to recognize. The list below represents months of research, testing, discussion, and debate. It celebrates exciting inventions that are improving our lives in ways both big and small. These technologies and discoveries are teaching us about the ...
After years of ambitious targets and bold promises, investors are growing impatient with the pace of driverless-car development, applying pressure on an industry that had become accustomed to latitude and piles of cash from investors. Auto makers in recent weeks scaled back plans for the technology amid new pressure to curb expenses during an economic slowdown. An influential hedge fund also has questioned Google-parent Alphabet Inc.'s yearslong effort to advance self-driving technology, an endeavor that has proven thornier than many experts predicted just a few years ago. Activist investor TCI Fund Management this month sent a letter to Alphabet questioning the company's continued spending on its self-driving unit, Waymo. "Waymo has not justified its excessive investments, and its losses should be reduced dramatically," Christopher Hohn, TCI managing director, wrote in the letter.
If you are reading this article then chances are that some part of your life is affected by technology. In 2019, there were a number of technological advancements that changed our lives and brought us closer than ever. From smartphones to computers, these innovations have had a big impact on us all but they also had a major effect on humans as well. Artificial Intelligence is one such innovation, which has made people think about how we can make machines able to learn as we do with animals. So, if AI gets smarter, it means that humans are getting more intelligent too; making them a bit less human and more machinery.
Artificial intelligence and self-driving cars are often complementary topics in technology. Simply put, you cannot really discuss one without the other. Though AI is being implemented at rapid speed in a variety of sectors, the way it's being used in the automotive industry is a hot-button issue. With every car manufacturer and their mother racing to develop artificial intelligence and self-driving technologies, there are also a slew of tech companies and startups with the same purpose. Though many believe personal, autonomous vehicles are the future, there are multiple ways in which AI and machine learning are being implemented in how vehicles are built and how they operate on the road.
Self-driving car developer Argo AI suddenly announced that it was closing its doors this week. Some of its 1,800-odd employees, winnowed already by summer layoffs, are to be offered jobs to "work on automated technology with either Ford or Volkswagen," Catherine Johnsmeyer, an Argo spokesperson, said in a statement. The two auto giants had sunk some $3.6 billion into Argo and owned most of it. Now, they had decided to pull the plug. The end of Argo is just the latest sign that the global effort to get cars to drive themselves is in trouble--or at least more complex than once thought.
Our daily lives are being impacted by artificial intelligence (AI) in several ways. Artificial assistants, predictive models, and facial recognition systems are practically ubiquitous. Numerous sectors use AI, including education, healthcare, automobiles, manufacturing, and law enforcement. The judgments and forecasts provided by AI-enabled systems are becoming increasingly more significant and, in many instances, vital to survival. This is particularly true for AI systems used in healthcare, autonomous vehicles, and even military drones.
The electric revolution is in full swing and has opened the doors to an autonomous, self-driving future. Today's modern cars are capable of Level 2 autonomy using an array of ADAS (Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems) driving aids like adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking, to name a few. However, legacy automakers like Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, Ford, and BMW are forging Tesla's path in perfecting Level 3 autonomous driving. Self-driving cars are just a stone's throw away from production reality, but there's a new breed of electric vehicles making waves for their innovative applications of self-driving technology. We're talking about a silent (literally) revolution led by driverless delivery vehicles.
A self-driving car seems like some amazing stuff in a science fiction movie. Thankfully, today's technology revolution makes it possible to own or experience such vehicles. Recently, Baidu launched a new model Apollo RT6, a robotaxi/self-driving cab in China. Nearly one million rides have already been taken in China via robotaxis in almost ten cities. However, this new model is supposed to be the next big thing in the car market.
A California regulator responsible for issuing driverless-car permits said it is looking into concerns raised in an anonymous letter that General Motors Cruise LLC unit was preparing to launch its robotaxi service prematurely. The California Public Utilities Commission said it had received an anonymous letter in mid-May from a person who said he had been working at the self-driving car company for a number of years.
Tesla Director of Artificial Intelligence and Autopilot Andrej Karpathy is leaving the company at a critical time - as it faces renewed probes over crashes and growing scrutiny. Tesla's head of artificial intelligence and autopilot Andrej Karpathy, pictured above at a conference, is leaving the company at a critical time'It's been a great pleasure to help Tesla towards its goals over the last 5 years and a difficult decision to part ways. In that time, Autopilot graduated from lane keeping to city streets and I look forward to seeing the exceptionally strong Autopilot team continue that momentum,' he wrote on Twitter, noting that he has no plans for what's next. Tesla CEO Elon Musk replied to thank him for his work at the company. The leadership change comes at a challenging time, as Tesla faces renewed scrutiny from US regulators over crashes involving drivers who used Autopilot and works to expand the latest version of Full Self Driving (FSD) to a larger number of customers.