IF YOU WANT to buy a fully self-driving car, you may have to wait for another decade.
ELECTRIC commercial vehicles were once a common sight in Britain’s towns and cities. A fleet of 25,000 battery-powered milk floats roved the early-morning streets delivering a crucial part of the nation’s breakfast.
Previously, only routine physical work could be automated. However in the past decade, we’ve developed technology that can execute even unpredictable cognitive work, like driving a car or managing a project.
Almost every weekday, some arm of the US government issues some sort of economic statistic. News media and financial analysts review and report it.
Super-smart robots are about to wipe out whole professions. Work is becoming less secure. We have to find ways to retrain people – or prepare them to do nothing.
Labour’s Tom Watson will call on society to “embrace an android” as he argues that the rise of automation in the workplace need not cause mass unemployment and should instead be welcomed.
In the wake of two hurricanes, Puerto Rico’s power grid was blasted back to the stone age. In an effort to return power to the people who need it, Tesla has been shipping Powerwalls over to the island.
Collaborating with the military, University of Maryland researchers made a 4-volt lithium-ion battery that runs on an aqueous-based electrolyte. With no organic solvents in its composition, the battery can’t possibly ignite or explode like the typical non-aqueous lithium-ion variety.
IN A field on the outskirts of Norwich, Innes McEwan, head of farming at Future Biogas, explains the benefits of maize. It is full of starchy energy, responds well to organic fertilisers, has a short growing season and can be cultivated in a range of soil types.
ONLY a few years ago, economists derided offshore wind as a ludicrously expensive way of cutting carbon emissions. They saw support for it by the previous government as a boondoggle to a technology whose main selling point was that Britain led the world in its use.
HENRY FORD may have brought motoring to the masses with the Model T, but his wife preferred to drive an electric car. Combustion engines were noisy, dirty and in their early years required hand-cranking.