Ten questions for 2020 presidential candidate John Delaney – gpgmail

1. Which initiatives will you prioritize to limit humankind’s impact on climate and avoid potential climate catastrophe? My $4 trillion Climate Plan will enable us to reach the goal of net zero emissions by 2050, which the IPCC says is the necessary target to avoid the worst effects of climate change. The centerpiece of my […]

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UK police arrest a number of climate activists planning Heathrow drone protest – gpgmail

UK police have arrested a number of environmental activists affiliated with a group which announced  last month that it would use drones to try to ground flights at the country’s busiest airport. The group, which calls itself Heathrow Pause, is protesting against the government decision to green light a third runway at the airport. In […]

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Voyage raises $31 million to bring driverless taxis to communities – gpgmail

Voyage, the autonomous vehicle startup that spun out of Udacity, announced Thursday it has raised $31 million in a round led by Franklin Templeton. Khosla Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover’s InMotion Ventures and Chevron Technology Ventures also participated in the round. The company, which operates a ride-hailing service in retirement communities using self-driving cars supported by […]

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Starship Technologies CEO Lex Bayer on focus and opportunity in autonomous delivery – gpgmail

Starship Technologies is fresh off a recent $40 million funding round, and the robotics startup finds itself in a much-changed market compared to when it got its start in 2014. Founded by software industry veterans including Skype and Rdio co-founder Janis Friis, Starship’s focus is entirely on building and commercialization fleets of autonomous sidewalk delivery […]

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Investors are joining a sizable funding round for Bear Robotics, whose robots serve food to restaurant patrons – gpgmail

There’s almost no end to the number of jobs that could be replaced altogether or in some part by smart machines, from radiologists to truck drivers to, gulp, journalists. You might be tempted to sob about it to your friendly restaurant server, but wait! It’s a robot, too! So it may be if the 25-person, […]

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Volocopter’s 2X eVTOL records a first with flight at Helsinki International Airport – gpgmail

The Volocopter 2X air taxi vehicle is now the first electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) craft to fly at an international airport, fully integrated into the same airspace as other commercial passenger craft. It performed this key milestone flight at Helsinki International Airport, in a demonstration mission that showed it successfully integrated with both […]

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MIT’s Autonomous ‘Roboats’ Learn to Shapeshift

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Self-driving cars may be the future for most cities, but Amsterdam is about one-quarter water thanks to its extensive canal network. So, maybe autonomous boats are worth exploring? MIT has been working with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions […]

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Former Google X ecec Mo Gawdat wants to reinvent consumerism – gpgmail

Mo Gawdat, the former Google and Google X executive, is probably best known for his book Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy. He left Google X last year. Quite a bit has been written about the events that led to him leaving Google, including the tragic death of his son. While happiness is […]

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