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Ideas, Technology and self-driving cars
Ideas, Technology and self-driving cars

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People get carsick as passengers? Shocking! - Earlier this week I was sent some advance research from the U of Michigan about car sickness rates for car passengers. I found the research of interest, but wish it had covered some questions I think are more important, such as how carsickness is changed by potentially new types of car seating, such as face to face or along the side. To my surprise, there was a huge rush of press coverage of the study, which concluded that 6... http://ow.ly/2Xbpgi

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Hugo awards suborned, what can or should be done? - Since 1992 I have had a long association with the Hugo Awards for SF & Fantasy given by the World Science Fiction Society/Convention. In 1993 I published the Hugo and Nebula Anthology which was for some time the largest anthology of current fiction every published, and one of the earliest major e-book projects. While I did it as a commercial venture, in the years to come it became the norm for the award organizers to p... http://ow.ly/2WZWuQ

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Delphi completes trans-continental drive, and Hyandai goes big http://ow.ly/2WW2Ck

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Matternet launches drone delivery platform - I often speak about deliverbots — the potential for ground based delivery robots. There is also excitement about drone (UAV/quadcopter) based delivery. We’ve seen many proposed projects, including Amazon prime Air and much debate. Many years ago I also was perhaps the first to propose that drones deliver a defibrillator anywhere and there are a few projects underway to do this. Some of my students in the Singularity Universit... http://ow.ly/2WHkfP

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How to avoid a pilot suicide - After 9/11 there was a lot of talk about how to prevent it, and the best method was to fortify the cockpit door and prevent unauthorized access. Every security system, however, sometimes prevents authorized people from getting access, and the tragic results of that are now clear to the world. This is likely a highly unusual event, and we should not go overboard, but it’s still interesting to consider. (I have an extra reason to take specia... http://ow.ly/2Wz3fM

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What colour is the dress? It's both. - Perhaps by now you are sick of the dress that 3/4 people see as “white and gold” and 1/4 people see as “dark blue and black.” If you haven’t seen it, it’s easy to find. What’s amazing is to see how violent the arguments can get between people because the two ways we see it are so hugely different. “How can you see that as white????” people shout. They really shout. There are a few explanations out there, but let me add my own: The ... http://ow.ly/2VBwGU

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Uber price in LA approaches robocar cheap - I was recently considering the price of UberX in Los Angeles. It’s gotten disturbingly low: Flag drop: $0 18 cents/minute 90 cents/mile This is not a very good deal for the driver. After Uber’s 20% cut, that’s 72 cents/mile. According to AAA, a typical car costs about 60 cents/mile to operate, not including parking. (Some cars are a bit cheaper, including the Prius favoured by UberX drivers.) In any event, the UberX driver is ... http://ow.ly/2Viaqr

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Issues in regulating robocars, and the case for a light hand http://ow.ly/2Vdp1H

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Time for phones to have replaceable shock corners and more battery http://ow.ly/2V7rQ5

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Where's my fast, smart, overhead scanner? - Back in 2008, I proposed the idea of a scanner club which would share high-end scanning equipment to rid of houses of the glut of paper. It’s a harder problem than it sounds. I bought a high-end Fujitsu office scanner (original price $5K, but I paid a lot less) and it’s done some things for me, but it’s still way too hard to use on general scanning problems. I’ve bought a lot of scanners in the day. There are now lots of porta... http://ow.ly/2ULod5
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