Experts warn Facebook’s cryptocurrency could help it become a virtual nation

Experts warn Facebook’s cryptocurrency could help it become a virtual nation

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more of us become a part of online communities we are seeing the rise of the world’s first virtual nations, nations without territory or borders that can threaten the status of sovereign nations.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore...

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Uber has killed off its self-driving truck division

Uber has killed off its self-driving truck division

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As Uber faces challenges on multiple fronts the company has had to take the hard decision to double down on strategic bets.   Two years after Uber bought self-driving truck developer Otto for $680 million, the ride hailing company has announced that the Uber Advanced...

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Uber reveals six of its favourite flying taxi Skyport concepts

Uber reveals six of its favourite flying taxi Skyport concepts

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more companies become interested, and invest, in flying taxi’s, companies like Airbus and Uber are keen to be at the forefront of the revolution.   Stout cylindrical towers that cars can fly inside and stacked landing pods are among the proposals that architects and...

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Revolutionary AI chip that replaces GPU’s hailed as the “future” by ARM’s founder

Revolutionary AI chip that replaces GPU’s hailed as the “future” by ARM’s founder

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future will be powered by AI and Machine Learning, and it could also be powered by a new type of chip, an “Intelligence Processing Unit,” which is the next evolutionary step after the GPU.   What comes after the CPU and the GPU? The...

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Uber’s fatal self-driving car crash reportedly mischaracterised pedestrian as a bag

Uber’s fatal self-driving car crash reportedly mischaracterised pedestrian as a bag

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Now that cars are more software than hardware bugs in the code, as well as how the software is tuned, will have a big impact on safety, and that’s before cybercriminals start targeting future fleets.   Uber has reportedly found that a software problem likely...

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Ingenious new bot discovers hacks companies haven’t told their users about

Ingenious new bot discovers hacks companies haven’t told their users about

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of your online accounts have already likely been compromised but very few companies own up to the fact, putting you and your data at risk,but now a bot can tell you which companies have been hacked – even if they don’t want you to...

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Uber is building its own EV charging network in London

Uber is building its own EV charging network in London

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Uber wants to roll out more electric vehicles in London but London’s lack of EV infrastructure means it’s got to build its own network   Uber, who’ve been facing numerous setbacks recently from scandals to crashes that caused it to suspend its self-driving car program...

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Uber suspends entire self-driving car program after Arizona crash

Uber suspends entire self-driving car program after Arizona crash

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Getting technology ready for the mass market often involves years of rigorous testing, but again it looks like humans could be to blame for this latest self-driving fender bender   Uber has suspended its entire driverless car program, which affects its trials in Arizona , after the...

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Uber’s self-driving car crashes and flips in Arizona

Uber’s self-driving car crashes and flips in Arizona

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology takes time to perfect, but in an age where sci-fi keeps becoming sci-fact it’s easy to forget it has flaws   A self-driving car operated by Uber was involved in a crash earlier this morning in Tempe, Arizona, in what is just one of a series...

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Uber’s self-driving cars, not their drivers, ran red lights in San Francisco

Uber’s self-driving cars, not their drivers, ran red lights in San Francisco

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race to stay ahead can sometimes lead companies to do strange things but technology still has its limits   Last December, a self-driving Uber was caught on camera running a red light in San Francisco, shortly after the vehicles began testing on the roads –...

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Airbus will test its new “Sky taxi” later this year

Airbus will test its new “Sky taxi” later this year

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With more people moving into the cities gridlock is becoming the bane of most people’s lives, Airbus and others, including Uber propose taking to the skies but people with vertigo should watch out.   Airbus has been eyeing the increasingly interesting, and viable, flying taxi...

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Velodyne’s new miniature LiDAR means many more autonomous things

Velodyne’s new miniature LiDAR means many more autonomous things

  WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most of the new smart things that we are creating rely on sensors to map, move around and interact with our world, and LiDAR is a key sensing technology that helps things see, Velodyne’s new product will accelerate the creation of smart, autonomous things...

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It begins, Uber unveils its autonomous trucking business

It begins, Uber unveils its autonomous trucking business

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technologies are hitting the roads faster than expected, self-driving trucks which many analysts said were years, if not decades away, now need to re-write those reports and tens of millions of people who rely on the industry need to re-evaluate their futures.   A...

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Ubers self-driving car fleet quits California and heads to Arizona

Ubers self-driving car fleet quits California and heads to Arizona

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Regulators often get in the way – sometimes rightly – of the testing and adoption of new technologies but companies often find a way round them   Silicon Valley is known as the home of tech innovation so it’s no surprise Uber chose San Francisco...

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Two self driving Ubers ran red lights in San Francisco

Two self driving Ubers ran red lights in San Francisco

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While this incident has been put down to human error, allegedly, cyber attacks on fleets of driverless cars could make these sorts of scenes common place unless companies come together to develop new security standards.   Ubers self-driving fleet has already run into trouble after...

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Self-driving Ubers hit the streets of San Francisco

Self-driving Ubers hit the streets of San Francisco

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF while many questions remain about the safety of self-driving cars companies like Uber continue to push the boundaries of both technology and regulations, this is their second self-driving car pilot and their technology has already come on leaps and bounds.   Already being trialled in...

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Michigan greens lights the use of autonomous vehicles on all its roads

Michigan greens lights the use of autonomous vehicles on all its roads

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While many people question if autonomous vehicles are ready for the prime time without the right regulatory and legal frameworks in place to support them they will never make it out of the showrooms   The Governor of Michigan has signed into law a series of bills...

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Uber pulls the covers off of its new AI lab

Uber pulls the covers off of its new AI lab

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the capability of new artificial intelligence systems improve more organisations are leveraging AI products and tools to help them maintain and extend their competitive edge   Uber have announced that they’ve launched an artificial intelligence (AI) lab and acquired Geometric Intelligence, an AI startup,...

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Watch two Pittsburgh Steelers and one autonomous Uber take a ride round town

Watch two Pittsburgh Steelers and one autonomous Uber take a ride round town

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With over sixty percent of Americans feeling either downright nervous about, or just plain anti self-driving cars, Uber and other car companies are hoping these kinds of videos will encourage the general public to embrace the technology when it finally rolls out   Uber’s self...

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Ubers flying taxis will take passengers to the heavens and back by 2021

Ubers flying taxis will take passengers to the heavens and back by 2021

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most urban transportation systems today are at capacity and, or, gridlocked. Using the airspace above cities is one way to alleviate those burdens.   There’s no doubt that Uber has redefined the world of business and sparked a revolution. Whether it’s because they’re masters at tapping...

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