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Techno-optimists and Techno-pessimists

By Roberto Foa   Since people first began to speculate about the future, there has always been a divide between those who feel scientific advance will lead inevitably to disaster – nuclear, biological, or perhaps, as Nick Bostrom has suggested, at the mercy of intelligent machines – and those who await a technological utopia, such…
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Could driverless cars own themselves?

By Leo Kelion Forget buying an electric-powered Tesla, sharing a Zipcar or hiring an Uber – the most disruptive force in getting from A to B on four wheels could be cars that own themselves. Emancipated automobiles sounds like a crazy concept. But the man advocating the idea goes further: he thinks they’ll have babies.

Watch Google’s New Small Dog Robot Take A Kicking And Keep On Ticking

Darrell Etherington Google purchased Boston Dynamics last year, which means it now owns the company’s ongoing robotics projects, including BigDog. Today, the Google subsidiary posted videos of a smaller dog-like robot, aptly named Spot, which weighs around 160 lbs, has an electric powerhouse and can operate both indoors and outside. The robot, as you can…
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