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Uber Wants to Fly Customers Around in Massive Autonomous Drones

September 26, 2016 Self-driving cars just aren’t enough. Uber, the ride-hailing taxi service, is apparently seriously exploring whether it can develop aircraft that could take off and land without a runway, and fly passengers autonomously to wherever they want to go.Recode reported Sunday (Sept. 25) that Uber’s head of product, Jeff Holden, said...

The First Satellite in Facebook’s Plan for Global Internet Success Just Exploded

September 1, 2016 The first step in Facebook’s grand vision to connect the entire world to the internet—or Facebook—has gone up in flames. Earlier today, a SpaceX rocket carrying a satellite that Facebook planned to use in its internet.org initiative exploded during a pre-launch test at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket was due...

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The Permit Test for Flying a Drone is a Lot More Difficult Than the Average Driving Test

August 30, 2016 It’s a rite of passage in the US, a moment when most teenagers feel that they have found freedom, when they finally pass their driver’s test. But there’s now a new hallmark on the entry into adulthood. Monday, anyone in the US can now make money flying drones—assuming they can...

The Google Operating System Mystifying the Internet

August 17, 2016 Google, maker of the most ubiquitous mobile operating system in the world, is apparently working on a new one. A project called “Fuchsia”—first uncovered by readers of the aggregation site Hacker News—showed up on the code repository site GitHub on Aug. 12. Fuchsia appears to be a new project from...

FAA Says Over Half a Million Drones Have Been Registered in Just 8 Months

August 2, 2016 At a conference at the White House today on the future uses of drones in U.S. airspace, Federal Aviation Administration Director Michael Huerta told the gathered crowd that more than consumer 500,000 drones had been registered with the agency since December. At the end of last year, FAA mandated—arguably as...

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FAA: Over Half a Million Drones Have Been Registered in Just Eight Months

August 2, 2016 At a conference at the White House Tuesday on the future uses of drones in US airspace, Federal Aviation Administration director Michael Huerta told the gathered crowd that more than consumer 500,000 drones had been registered with the agency since December. At the end of last year, the FAA mandated—arguably...

This Exceedingly Creepy Robot Moves on its Own

August 1, 2016 In case you aren’t already terrified that the robot revolution is around the corner, the Japan Science Museum is here for you. Late last week, the museum unveiled its latest installation, a human-like robot called “Alter.” The robot’s movements are entirely governed by a neural network—a learning computer system modeled...

Even Sheepdogs Aren’t Safe: A New Robot Can Herd Animals on its Own

July 28, 2016 The possibility that the impending robot revolution could well take most of the jobs away from humanity, leaving us as empty, directionless husks as we search for meaning in a world without toil has been widely discussed and debated. But it looks like it might be worse than we feared:...

With Its Takeover of Yahoo, Verizon Becomes King of the Internet for the Older Crowd

July 25, 2016 Across America, millions of people use dial-up connections to web portals as they surfed the information superhighway. It sounds like a scene from the 1990s, except all of these things are still happening: Yahoo is still one of the most-visited properties on the web (No. 5, according to the web-traffic...

7-Eleven Has Delivered its First Slurpee Via Drone

July 24, 2016 Convenience stores are called as such because they’re everywhere and almost always open. But earlier this month, 7-Eleven took that concept to another level: The chain partnered with Flirtey, a drone delivery company that completed the first government-sanctioned drone delivery in the US last year, to deliver a customer’s order...