Posts Tagged ‘computing’

Selling Teslas in China Won’t Do Much for the Environment

China-bound: A Tesla Model S sedan. Sales of electric vehicles in China, the world’s largest auto market, have been minuscule despite government incentives meant to put five million of the cars on the nation’s roads by 2020. Tesla Motors hopes to begin changing that as it makes its first deliveries of Model S sedans to [...]

Microrobots, Working Together, Build with Metal, Glass, and Electronics

Building big: A team of three small, magnetically steered robots worked together to build this structure from toothpick-sized carbon rods. Someone glancing through the door of Annjoe Wong-Foy’s lab at SRI International might think his equipment is infested by ants. Dark shapes about a centimeter across move to and fro over elevated walkways: they weave [...]

The Limits of Social Engineering

In 1969, Playboy published a long, freewheeling interview with Marshall McLuhan in which the media theorist and sixties icon sketched a portrait of the future that was at once seductive and repellent. Noting the ability of digital computers to analyze data and communicate messages, he predicted that the machines eventually would be deployed to fine-tune [...]

World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics

Robot suit: An exoskeleton on display in Brazil is designed to be worn, and controlled, by a paralyzed person. In less than 60 days, Brazil will begin hosting soccer’s 2014 World Cup, even though workers are still hurrying to pour concrete at three unfinished stadiums. At a laboratory in São Paulo, a Duke University neuroscientist [...]

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