Eleanor Cummins
at 10:52 AM Jan 13 2017
Cars // 

It's deja vu all over again: According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Fiat Chrysler is the latest car manufacturer to use secret software to violate the Clean Air Act.

Sara Chodosh
at 10:34 AM Jan 10 2017
Tech // 

Handing over purchasing power to a six-year-old is probably unwise. If I could talk to a magical voice in my house that would send me anything I asked for, I would have abused that power as a child. Heck, I probably still would. But that's exactly what Amazon's Alexa does, at least by default.

Sara Chodosh
at 11:24 AM Dec 15 2016
Tech // 

Giving somebody a plant is special; you're essentially telling them that you think they're responsible enough to support another living thing. Not only that, plants have been proven to boost your mood and filter your air. Some people give things, but you give experiences. Like the experience of growing a little bean sprout

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 11:24 AM Dec 15 2016
Cars // 

Human drivers are imperfect pilots, placed in command of a couple thousand pounds of fast-moving metal. We're just not equipped for the task: The eyes that evolved pointing forward (to better navigate our ancestral home in the trees) mean a smaller field of vision. Even with well-positioned mirrors, a human driving a car in three-dimensional space is bound to have blindspots. But what if the car itself didn't? What if cars could sense where they were, and then communicate that information to other cars? Suddenly, a dense road of imperfectly piloted vehicles would become a smart, safe network, with the cars themselves constantly pinpointing one another in space and time.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 11:24 AM Dec 15 2016

Antennas are the latest weapon in the war on drones. Small, unmanned flying robots can scout the locations of troops, help artillery commanders aim attacks, and sometimes even carry explosives themselves.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:30 AM Dec 8 2016

Business-to-business sales are an opaque world, driven by profit, bounded by costs, and full of unknown, confounding variables. CaliberMind, a two-year-old company founded by two former Israeli intelligence officers and an NSA data scientist, exists to help businesses seal deals with other businesses better.

Corinne Iozzio
at 09:19 AM Dec 7 2016
Cars // 

Long before we have fully autonomous cars – ones in which we can kick back and catch up on Westworld as our faithful robot delivers us safely to work – we'll live in a world of shared responsibility. Tesla Autopilot and other upcoming advanced semi-autonomous systems require the driver to stay alert, should a situation arise in which humans need to step in and take the wheel.

 
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