technology

September 25, 2017

Everyone seems to have a beef with Big Tech these days, with politicians and pundits from across the political spectrum blaming consumer technology's largest companies for everything from income inequality and wage stagnation to #fakenews and President Donald Trump. Now we can add internet advocacy groups, long seen as allies with the Googles and Facebooks of the tech world, to the list.

September 24, 2017

Fully automated cars are still many years away. Amid the government activity and potential for social benefits, it’s important not to lose sight of smaller improvements that could more immediately save lives and reduce injuries and economic costs of highway crashes.

September 20, 2017

President Trump’s action was not unexpected in the United States.

September 15, 2017

"Amazon is a microscopic portion of global consumption today, so ultimately I think it has more room to grow before it invites regulatory overview," Palihapitiya said. "On the other hand, Facebook and Google effectively are surveillance states. And they have so much personal, private information about so many citizens of so many countries."

September 14, 2017

President Donald Trump blocked a Chinese-backed investor from buying Lattice Semiconductor Corp., casting a cloud over Chinese deals seeking U.S. security clearance and spurring a call for fairness from Beijing. It was just the fourth time in a quarter century that a U.S. president has ordered a foreign takeover of an American firm stopped on national-security concerns.

September 12, 2017

Before discussing remedies, Google’s offensive conduct must be placed into two distinct bins: censoring speech (via blocking) and threatening innovation (via discrimination). Blocking Gab and threatening publishers goes the issue of speech, whereas discriminating against Opera and Vivaldi (or against local search app Yelp) raises innovation concerns. As a competition blog, the remedies discussed here deal with promoting edge innovation.

September 11, 2017

Autonomous vehicle technology has become a hot topic in the automotive industry and in the public imagination. But that doesn't mean driverless pods will be whisking metro Detroiters to the grocery store any time soon.

September 11, 2017

For many Russian students, the academic year started last Friday with tips on planetary domination from President Vladimir Putin. “Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia but for all humankind,” he said, via live video beamed to 16,000 selected schools. “Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.”

September 06, 2017

Workers in the trucking and other industries which move people and goods could find themselves squeezed out of those jobs by the rise of self-driving trucks. And those workers whose jobs are dependent on mobility -- such as plumbers, home-health aids, postal workers and others -- could benefit from a car that drives itself.

September 05, 2017

Of the dozen or so apps demoed recently for Android and iPhones, the ones showing the most promise are furniture apps. From a catalog or a website, it's hard to tell whether a sofa or a bed will actually fit in your room. Even if it fits, will it be far enough from other pieces of furniture for someone to walk through? With AR, you can go to your living room or bedroom and add an item you're thinking of buying. The phone maps out the dimensions of your room and scales the virtual item automatically;...

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