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The average time-frame of tech disruption in our lives has significantly diminished and things are changing at a rapid scale. In a span of few years, gadgets such as MP3 players, compact digital cameras, scanners, CDs, fax machines and several others have more or less disappeared. On the other hand, new-age technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), content streaming, automation, robotics and 5G have been growing in leaps and bounds to make our lives better. Let's take a look at five tech trends that are expected to explode in the decade that has just begun. Imagine a chip that can perform target computation in 200 seconds, which would otherwise take the world's fastest supercomputer 10,000 years.
Not only is Detroit building vehicles people can drive, but now it is producing vehicles that can drive themselves. John Krafcik, CEO of Google self-driving affiliate Waymo LLC, said Monday that its Detroit plant is operating and outfitting fleets of vehicles with its autonomous driving hardware and software. The milestone allows the Alphabet Inc. subsidiary to put its automated "driver" into vehicles at mass scale. Doing so will help Waymo, an acknowledged leader in the self-driving space, to test its technology and expand its robotaxi service. Google self-driving affiliate Waymo LLC's Detroit plant already has outfitted 30 Jaguar I-PACE SUVs with the company's autonomous driving technology.
Products/Services Visa agreed to acquire the token and electronic ticketing business of Rambus for $75 million in cash. The business involved is part of the Smart Card Software subsidiary of Rambus. It includes the former Bell ID mobile-payment businesses and the Ecebs smart-ticketing systems for transit providers. Meanwhile, Rambus expanded its CryptoManager Root of Trust product line. "Security is a mission-critical imperative for SoC designs serving virtually every application space," Neeraj Paliwal, vice president of products, cryptography at Rambus, said in a statement.
It has taken 10 years, but Elon Musk has finally got to the punchline. The Tesla CEO has revealed the company's new car: the Model Y, the last part of one of Mr Musk's many long term plans. It means that the company now makes the Model S, Model 3, Model X and Model Y. Parked next to each other, the model numbers spell out S3XY. We'll tell you what's true. You can form your own view.
Tesla has announced it is taking orders for the mass-market Model 3, which has a starting price of $35,000 (£26,400). The company said it would close stores and shift all its sales to the internet in order to cut costs for the electric car. Its CEO, Elon Musk, said the move was essential to Tesla's survival. "People want to buy online." Musk also backed off of earlier guidance that the company would be profitable in all future quarters.
Elon Musk's new tractor trailer can handle most US shipping routes on a single charge. Linux is everywhere including your car. While some companies, like Tesla, run their own homebrew Linux distros, most rely on Automotive Grade Linux (AGL). AGL is a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open platform for connected cars with over 140 members. This Linux Foundation-based organization is a who's who of Linux-friendly car manufacturers.
The world of tech will soon make its annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for CES 2019, billed as the world's biggest technology trade show. Acting as a showcase for this year's most anticipated products, it also acts as a gauge for what tech trends to expect in the years ahead. Some of the world's biggest companies will be there, including LG, Samsung and Sony, though Apple will once again be among the notable absentees. Officially kicking off on 8 January at the Mandalay Bay, the conference will open for press and preview viewings on 6 January, before the whole thing concludes on 11 January. All the latest news and unveilings will be covered by The Independent but until then here's everything to expect from this year's tech extravaganza.
News that General Motors plans to cut up to 14,800 jobs in the U.S. and Canada was initially reported as a conventional business-cycle adjustment -- a "trimming of the sails." The main causes of the cuts were understood to be slowing demand in the U.S. and China, slumping demand for sedans, and the need to reduce over-capacity in North America. Then the story turned political, as President Trump lashed out at GM while some observers framed the news as a blow to the president's promises to bring jobs back to the U.S. heartland. And then others focused on the community disruption of plant closings in the Rust Belt and how it might be mitigated. While all of those perspectives are relevant, the most revealing aspect of GM's announcement may well be what the layoffs say about broader technology trends.
I have a couple of kids of learner's permit age, and it's my fatherly duty to give them some driving tips so they won't be a menace to themselves and to everyone else. So I've been analyzing the way I drive: How did I know that the other driver was going to turn left ahead of me? Why am I paying attention to the unleashed dog on the sidewalk but not the branches of the trees overhead? What subconscious cues tell me that a light is about to change to red or that the door of a parked car is about to open? This exercise has given me a renewed appreciation for the terrible complexity of driving--and that's just the stuff I know to think about.
The advent of new mobility options is supposed to be a great equalizer. Hailing a self-driving taxi will allow teens, people with disabilities, and the older population to get around as easily as people with driving licenses and their own cars. Scooters and other last-mile solutions like shared cars or dockless bikes should help people who live in communities underserved by regular public transit options. But this week some inequalities have been highlighted, which designers of this utopian future vision might want to fix. For one thing, women pay more than men in New York City to move around, for a variety of complex reasons.