A Cure for Ebola, A Home-Speaker Cyberattack, and More News. A new drug is working to cure ebola, hackers figured out how to weaponize home-speakers, and tech is coming to the aid of migrants on the border.
Volkswagen is investing $2.6 billion in Argo AI, the self-driving-car developer leading Ford’s effort to deploy an autonomous taxi service. Along with boosting VW’s robotic efforts, the deal extends the automakers’ nascent alliance, which includes jointly developing conventional vehicles, to the coming world of self-driving cars.
Led by The Bridge Collaborative, BRAC, and the Center for Global Development (CGD), a rapid-strike team of experts from the environmental sector are identifying solutions that will improve daily life for the Rohingya and protect the surrounding environment from further harm.
Pro-choice advocates wore the attire of women in Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale novel while protesting Alabama's new abortion ban bill. Protesters flooded the streets outside the Alabama State House in Montgomery as news of the bill began to spread. It moves like time.
Resolution is what lets the computer identify that obstacle as another vehicle, pedestrian, or cyclist.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to Self-Driving CarsSince this summer, AID has been running its Munich-based fleet of autonomous E-golfs (about a dozen strong, and soon to be replaced with Audi E-trons) with two roof-mounted forward-facing Luminar lidars.
Hundreds of people die in this game to teach Lara Croft a lesson in humility.The problem in Shadow of the Tomb Raider is that this suffering feels without expressive purpose.
It’s a contrarian idea that questions conventional thinking about international aid, it has low overhead, it’s easily scalable using mobile phones, and it’s measurable.Faye, the GiveDirectly cofounder, called the study “the first ever A/B test for USAID.” Zeitlin, the Georgetown professor and coauthor of the study, says this research aligns with Silicon Valley’s interest in disruptive ideas because it questions the effectiveness of traditional aid programs.A recent cash-transfer study showed early gains disappearing over time.
While some or all of these features have been available in consumer devices known as “hearables,” they’ve never before been packed into a hearing aid—a government-approved medical device that has to be small, comfortable, and include batteries that last for days rather than hours.If Starkey delivers on all these promises, the Livio AI, which Bhowmik unveiled last week at Starkey’s headquarters near Minneapolis, could bust the musty old hearing-aid industry out of its niche of selling to … well, musty old people.
With a new research plane and a new base to improve its chances of outsmarting Atlantic hurricanes, NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland campaign takes to the sky this week for its third year of gathering data on how the ocean around Greenland is melting its glaciers.