It was bound to happen. This week, Jared Overton, a Tesla Motors Model S owner, reported his car spontaneously started itself and drove into a trailer parked right in front of it. No one was hurt, but the car itself broke the windshield. Tesla Motors claims their software wasn’t to blame. Instead, internal logs suggest Overton used the ‘summon’ feature by mistake from his phone. Overton disagrees. It seems like a lawsuit might follow, but the accident begs a more important discussion: are Tesla’s autonomous features really safe?
Last Friday, sixteen students from the University of Florida entered in an unusual competition: a race between drones controlled solely by the participants’ thoughts.
As far as innovations go, it stands in a class of its own by allowing us to virtually alter the real world around us. It carries an echo of the changes mass media and computers brought into our lives, but there hasn’t been anything quite like it in our history. Among other things, VR could have a very powerful impact on our home life.
We tested Microsoft’s CaptionBot and had some laughs.
Portable data storage, such as USB drives, might not be quite as useful or sought after as they once were but they remain an undeniably handy method to carry your data around.
You might be able to grip, grab and direct hand movements with a prosthesis as if it were your own biological hand, but without the exquisite sense of touch life is not only stale, but also challenging. We’re coming close to a singularity in prosthetic research, however — having bionic arms that sense pressure, texture, temperature and humidity just like their biological counterparts.
An artificial ‘skin’ can stretch up to 480 percent its original size, and can sense changes in pressure – a haptic feature that could lend both robots and human prostheses a sense of touch.