YOU CAN’T SEE the bunny, but the picosecond laser certainly can. In a lab at Stanford, engineers have set up a weird contraption, hiding a toy bunny behind a T-shaped wall.
IN THE LOW-SLUNG hills of El Salvador, building a house is not an easy task. The land is vulnerable to earthquakes, flooding, volcanic eruptions. The roads are rugged, electricity sparse.
Blindness in many people is caused by diseased rod and cone cells that are responsible for turning light into electric signals.
Manufacturing automation has been common since the 1970s. Advances in technology, including robotics, big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things have improved factory production since then.
With many manufacturing organizations trying to better understand their customers’ needs — and often their customers’ customers’ needs — there is an increasingly need to collect and mine big data and convert it to useful and actionable information.
Artificial intelligence has proven that it can exhibit less-than-desirable behaviors that can seem distinctly human: AI cheats, it can show bias, and it could even lie to you. Now, apparently, it’s subject to random bouts of laughter.
FOR MANY CITIES, here’s the toughest pill to swallow: Their mayors don’t actually have control of their streets.
EVERY DAY AROUND 10m people take an Uber. The company has made ride-hailing commonplace in more than 600 cities in 82 countries.
THE MODERN AUTOMOTIVE era began with a competition. In the early 1890s there was much interest in the emerging technology of horseless carriages, which promised to combine the speed of a train with the flexibility of a horse and the convenience of a bicycle.
IF YOU WANT to buy a fully self-driving car, you may have to wait for another decade.
TRAVELLERS have long envied the birds. In 1842 William Henson, a British lacemaker, somewhat optimistically filed a patent for an “aerial steam carriage”.