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Google’s Ray Kurzweil predicts how the world will change
2017: Self-driving cars
“Google self-driving cars have gone half a million miles without human drivers on highways and city streets, with no incidents. Within ten years they will be ubiquitous. Humans have a fairly narrow field of view, these cars have sensors, both visual and laser, and artificial intelligence to be able to assess what’s going on in their environment. Ultimately these cars will communicate with each other and co-ordinate their movements. You also won’t need to own a car, there’ll be a pool of them circulating, and you’ll just call one from your phone when you need it.”
2018: Personal assistant search engines
“Right now, search is based mostly on looking for key words. What I’m working on is creating a search engine that understands the meaning of these billion of documents. It will be more like a human assistant that you can talk things over with, that you can express complicated, even personal concerns to. If you’re wearing something like Google Glass, it could annotate reality; it could even listen in to a conversation, giving helpful hints. It might suggest an anecdote that would fit into your conversation in real time.”
2020: Switch off our fat cells
“It was in our interest a thousand years ago to store every calorie. There were no refrigerators, so you stored them in the fat cells of your body, which now means we have an epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Thanks to the Human Genome Project, medicine is now information technology, and we’re learning how to reprogram this outdated software of our bodies exponentially. In animals with diabetes, scientists have now successfully turned off the fat insulin receptor gene. So these animals ate ravenously, remained slim, didn’t get diabetes, and lived 20 per cent longer. I would say that this will be a human intervention in five to ten years, and we will have the means of really controlling our weight independent of our eating.”
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Early version of iOS in the Car teased on video
Apple announced its plans to bring iOS to your car back in June, and we’re finally getting a peek at what that might look like in action. While we’re still waiting on vehicles that actually support Apple’s iOS in the Car integration to see how it truly works, developer Steven Troughton-Smith was able to look at an early version of it by emulating a car’s display from his Mac, using code from iOS 7.0.3.
All there is to say…It’s a!
BMW Builds a Self-Driving Car — That Drifts
According to BMW, fully automated racing is closer than we think. From Autopia:
At CES, BMW is showing off a modified 2-Series Coupe and 6-Series Gran Coupe that can race around a track at the limits of adhesion, and slide around corners like a throttle-happy Formula Drift ace. Both cars are outfitted with a LIDAR system, 360-degree radar, ultrasonic sensors, and cameras that track the environment. Partnered with the electronic braking, throttle, and steering control that’s standard on all new BMWs, the prototypes can run through a high-speed slalom, perform precise lane changes, and slide around corners, without any driver intervention.
wtf, now this is very interesting….
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Ever since Facebook snatched Instagram from the outstretched arms of Twitter, the two companies have sparred continuously, feature for feature. Frankly, it’s been pretty entertaining. In response to Instagram, Twitter launched its own filters, but failed to capture the character of Instagram. In response to Vine (which Twitter acquired), Instagram launched Instagram video, but failed to capture Vine’s vibrant community. So when Instagram announced Direct yesterday, a new private messaging platform for its users, people naturally assumed that it was a response to Twitter. In fact, Twitter added photos to its Direct Messages just a few days ago, and recently stopped burying DMs in a submenu on its apps. But Instagram’s latest feature isn’t really about Twitter. It’s about Snapchat.