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Sep 3, 2015

Startup claims a breakthrough in brain-like computing on chips

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI, transportation

A small, Santa Fe, New Mexico-based company called Knowm claims it will soon begin commercializing a state-of-the-art technique for building computing chips that learn. Other companies, including HP HPQ and IBM IBM, have already invested in developing these so-called brain-based chips, but Knowm says it has just achieved a major technological breakthrough that it should be able to push into production hopefully within a few years.

The basis for Knowm’s work is a piece of hardware called a memristor, which functions (warning: oversimplification coming) by mimicking synapses in the brain. Rather than committing certain information to a software program and traditional computing memory, memristors are able to “learn” by strengthening the electrical charge between two resistors (the “ristor” part of memristor) much like synapses strengthen connections between commonly used neurons in the brain.

Done correctly—and this is the result that HP and IBM are after—memristors can make computer chips much smarter, but also very energy efficient. That could mean data centers that don’t use as much energy as small towns, as well as more viable robotics, driverless cars, and other autonomous devices. Alex Nugent, Knowm’s founder and CEO, says memristors—especially the ones his company is working on—offer “a massive leap in efficiency” over traditional CPUs, GPUs, and other hardware now used to power artificial intelligence workloads.

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Sep 3, 2015

NASA and the Makers of the Hoverboard Are Bringing You Tractor Beams

Posted by in categories: space, transportation

The now-famous hoverboard company will work over the next few years to tug NASA’s tiny satellites.

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Sep 3, 2015

V1.0: A Network Edition is here!

Posted by in categories: energy, neuroscience, transportation

The brain of a honey bee uses about ~0.1mW of power. While the brain of a self driving car ~100W. That’s a power factor of about one million. We’ve got a very long way to go.


V1.0: A Network Edition is here! http://ow.ly/RAI4k.

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Sep 3, 2015

This 11-Foot Robot Transformer Becomes a 40-Mph Car

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Optimus sublime.

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Sep 1, 2015

Self-Driving Cars Could Destroy Fine-Based City Government. What’s the Downside?

Posted by in category: transportation

“Increasing automation limits the ability of authorities to profit off human error.”

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Sep 1, 2015

Tesla Model S covers 452 miles on a single charge

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

A Tesla Model S has reportedly been driven 452.8 miles (728.7 km) on a single charge in a feat that, according to driver Bjørn Nyland and the World Record Academy, sets a new world record for an electric production car.

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Aug 30, 2015

Racing Real Car in Virtual Reality — Castrol Edge & Video Games tech

Posted by in categories: computing, transportation, virtual reality

Castrol Edge & Video Games technologies: Racing a Real Car in Virtual Reality.

Castrol EDGE has premiered its latest Titanium Trial driving challenge, featuring Formula Drift professional Matt Powers driving his Roush Stage 3 Mustang whilst wearing a state-of-the-art Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 headset: blind to the real world around him, but fully-immersed in a rapidly changing 3D virtual world.

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Aug 30, 2015

Concept Video: Your Next Plane Could Take Off Vertically

Posted by in category: transportation

Private aircraft tentatively seeking stockholders.

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Aug 27, 2015

US pushes pedal on car-to-car communication

Posted by in category: transportation

V2V communication is a viable way to mitigate accidents amongst autonomous vehicles.


Engineers have known for some time that if cars could only “talk” to each other, they could avoid a lot of accidents.

Vehicles could be driven more safely with information about another car, obstacle or pedestrian around a blind curve, for example.

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Aug 19, 2015

This Startup Is Developing an Electric Car Battery That Can Charge in Minutes

Posted by in categories: energy, transportation

An Israeli startup is planning on bringing its fast charging batteries to electric cars.

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