Recently, Freightliner and Daimler pulled the wraps off of the first self-driving commercial truck in the world to receive a full license to operate on public roads. It is called Highway Pilot which uses forward-looking stereoscopic cameras and radar sensors. The truck can steer to stay between lane markers and adjust its speed and braking to maintain a safe following … Read More
OMG: 2.1 million people still use AOL dial-up
70% of Americans connect to the Internet over much faster broadband. The average U.S. broadband speed is 11.4 Megabits per second. That’s 200 times faster than dial-up’s 56 Kilobits per second. Even smartphones are more than 100 times faster than that. Nowadays, the most popular websites are layered with data-gobbling software add-ons that slow down your experience. Facebook has videos … Read More
Last week was Big Idea Week, a free community program for grades 4-8
Big Idea Week is an innovative program that immerses children into the entrepreneurial mindset and gives them a glimpse of how it feels to bring an idea to life. Big Idea Week began in 2013 as a collaboration between Brooklyn’s DUMBO Improvement District and Flocabulary, which uses hip hop to teach kids about things like dividing fractions or the history … Read More
Should all governments prohibit the use of killer robots?
Harvard Law School and Human Rights Watch published a report calling for a ban on “autonomous weapons” — before it’s too late. Don’t laugh, this isn’t science fiction any more. Today’s hi-tech warfare is mostly waged via remote control machines. The U.S. military currently has MADSS, a 1,400-pound rover that carries gear and shoots a machine gun. It also has … Read More