Robots on the road – how close is our driverless future?

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It was on the motorway near Phoenix, Arizona, that I realised fully driverless cars might be quite a distant dream. And that was because our Google Waymo robo-taxi seemed incapable of leaving that motorway. We were in Arizona to record a radio documentary for the BBC World Serviceabout the progress towards creating autonomous vehicles that would… Read more »

SpaceX will launch its first 60 satellites to deliver internet from space

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SpaceX wants to beam cheap broadband internet all over the planet. It’s gearing up for the first crucial step toward making that a reality.Elon Musk’s rocket company will try to deliver a batch of 60 satellites into low-Earth orbit, the first for a megaconstellation of satellites that SpaceX is calling Starlink. The launch could happen sometime next week.It was scheduled to take… Read more »

The House the Robots Built

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Why are walls always straight? Why does it cost so much to build them? And why do big construction projects so often run late? Construction has always been a conservative industry, used to doing things how they have always been done. But a new wave of innovation is coming, which will change what buildings look… Read more »

Behind the ‘business’ of hacking

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Real life is rarely as exciting or fraught with complications as the movies, except when it comes to businesses under attack. Cybercriminals around the world take hacking to the next level — stealing passwords, scraping credit card numbers and attacking the Internet of Things. That’s where “ethical hackers” like Sherri Davidoff come in, finding weaknesses and helping… Read more »

Freedom Mobile server leak exposed customer data

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A security lapse at Canada’s fourth largest cell network, Freedom Mobile, exposed customer data. Security researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar found an Elasticsearch server leaking five million logs containing customer data. The server wasn’t protected with a password, allowing anyone to access the data. Source: Tech Crunch Date: May 11th, 2019 Link: https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/07/freedom-mobile-data-leak/ Discussion What sorts of… Read more »

Why investors can’t wait to buy into Uber, a company that’s never made money — and maybe never will

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It’s one of the fastest growing technology companies in the world. Customers took more than five billion rides on the service last year, spending almost $50 billion US in the process. And each and every time someone ordered up one of the company’s services — the company lost about 58 cents. Source: CBC News Date: May 11th, 2019 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/uber-technology-ipo-1.5084575 Discussion… Read more »

Facebook ‘auto-generated’ extremist video

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Facebook has been accused of “auto-generating” extremist content, including a celebratory jihadist video and a business page for al-Qaeda. The material was uncovered by an anonymous whistleblower who filed an official complaint to US regulators. Similar content for self-identified Nazis and white supremacist groups was also found online. Facebook said it had got better at… Read more »

Would you buy shares in Uber?

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For sale: shares in a company that has already burned through $27bn (£20.7bn; €24bn) in cash, will burn through tens of billions more of its new shareholders’ money, has never made a profit and won’t for many years – if ever. Sounds too bad to be true, but that is precisely what is on offer… Read more »

Daimler pulls the plug on electric smart car sales in US, Canada

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Daimler is ending sales of its diminutive all-electric smart fortwo cars in the U.S. and Canada, officially pulling the plug on a vehicle that has struggled to gain ground in North America as the German automaker prepares to bring the brand to China. Source: Tech Crunch Date: May 3rd, 2019 Link: https://techcrunch.com/2019/04/29/daimler-pulls-the-plug-on-electric-smart-car-sales-in-u-s-canada/ Discussion Why do you think the… Read more »