Aurora Partners With Toyota on Self-Driving Sienna Taxis

Aurora Partners With Toyota on Self-Driving Sienna Taxis

The company had a partnership with Volkswagen that was supposed to lead to Aurora's technology being incorporated into Volkswagen's vehicles, with plans to launch a self-driving taxi service.Aurora can work with Toyota and Denso to design and build self-driving vehicles, then offer rides via the Uber network.

A Silicon Chip Shortage Is Causing Big Issues for Automakers

A Silicon Chip Shortage Is Causing Big Issues for Automakers

And despite its size, the auto industry is actually a bit of a minnow when it comes to buying chips, accounting for roughly a tenth of global semiconductor fab output.

How Healthy is the Ocean? Technology and Big Data Have the Answer

How Healthy is the Ocean? Technology and Big Data Have the Answer

How TNC is leading the way on applying technology to protect fisheries in the digital age Balancing a thriving fishing industry with ocean health presents a growing challenge.

Chrome’s Cookie Update Is Bad for Advertisers but Good for Google

Chrome’s Cookie Update Is Bad for Advertisers but Good for Google

For most people, the change will be invisible, but behind the scenes, Google is planning to put Chrome in control of some of the advertising process.Google’s plan to replace third-party cookies comes from its Privacy Sandbox, a set of proposals for improving online ads without obliterating the ad industry.

Miami’s Mayor Woos Techies. What Does He Need to Succeed?

Miami’s Mayor Woos Techies. What Does He Need to Succeed?

Bill Gurley, the venture capitalist, recently suggested that to develop a tech ecosystem, a city needs at least “three independent public companies north of $10 billion market cap that were founded in the region.” South Florida has only one: , the pet food delivery company, based in Dania Beach.

CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Future

CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Future

Wi-Fi 6E is a new standard for home networking gadgets—routers, security cameras, internet-connected doorbells—that allows these devices to utilize the 6-GHz wireless spectrum.This new 6-GHz band is also a higher-bandwidth slice of the wireless spectrum, so Wi-Fi 6E devices can send stronger, faster signals that contain more information.

Facial Hair Is Biologically Useless. So Why Do Humans Have It?

Facial Hair Is Biologically Useless. So Why Do Humans Have It?

(A year earlier, in February 2014, the New York Post ran a story about men in Brooklyn paying as much as $8,500 for facial hair transplants in order to grow better beards.).As it turns out, facial hair is not a functional physical human trait in the way we thought it was for many years.

All the Stuff Humans Make Now Outweighs Earth’s Organisms

All the Stuff Humans Make Now Outweighs Earth’s Organisms

“They produce this, I think, very eye-catching and also strong message that these two types of stocks—the biomass stock and anthropogenic mass—they are actually at a crossover point more or less in 2020, plus or minus a couple of years,” says social ecologist Fridolin Krausmann of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, who wasn’t involved in the research but was a peer reviewer for the paper.

The Streaming Wars Could Finally End in 2021

The Streaming Wars Could Finally End in 2021

Instead of diving deep into all of the feature films the Mouse House had in the works for 2021, Disney big wigs focused heavily on all the new offerings coming to their streaming service, including some 22 Marvel and Star Wars projects landing there starting next year.

Uber Gives Up on the Self-Driving Dream

Uber Gives Up on the Self-Driving Dream

Uber said Monday it would sell off the self-driving unit that was the result of that raid, the Pittsburgh-based Advanced Technologies Group.Aurora isn’t planning to build a self-driving car or truck itself; instead, it’s developing the complex software that will power autonomous vehicles.

The Tenuous Promise of the Substack Dream

The Tenuous Promise of the Substack Dream

Substack CEO Chris Best tells me that while he’s not out to kill what’s left of big media, the ad-free newsletter model has advantages over what traditional journalism has become—a chase for clicks where “most people’s media diets get determined by social media,” he says.

With Its Own Chips, Apple Aims to Define the Future of PCs

With Its Own Chips, Apple Aims to Define the Future of PCs

Tuesday the company unveiled the first Macs built on a processor, the M1, designed by Apple’s own chip engineers, abandoning the industry’s dominant supplier, Intel.

The Future of McDonald's Is in the Drive-Thru Lane

The Future of McDonald's Is in the Drive-Thru Lane

That makes the drive-thru—where 70 percent of McDonald’s sales have taken place during the Covid-19 pandemic globally in top markets—existentially important.And the company is even considering a concept store with limited or no in-room dining at all, just a kitchen surrounded by drive-thru lanes and pick-up parking.

Ransomware Hits Dozens of Hospitals in an Unprecedented Wave

Ransomware Hits Dozens of Hospitals in an Unprecedented Wave

The US government alert lays out recommendations and best practices for how hospitals can protect themselves, and private firms like Mandiant have been sharing "indicators of comprise" as well, so health care facilities can monitor their systems extra closely and try to head off potential attacks.

It's OK to Play One Game Forever

It's OK to Play One Game Forever

It’s like sucking on a big, color-changing jawbreaker for a couple of years.It’s praiseworthy to have played a lot of games, just like it’s praiseworthy to have read every Jane Austen novel or watched every Jodorowsky film.“Why don’t you play, like, the new Call of Duty?

Next-Gen Gaming Is an Environmental Nightmare

Next-Gen Gaming Is an Environmental Nightmare

“If people are going to choose to play games, we want to be as efficient as we possibly can in delivering that experience, either via a console or a data center in a streamed environment,” said Microsoft’s vice president of cloud gaming, Kareem Choudhry in a March interview with WIRED.

Amazon Wants to ‘Win at Games.’ So Why Hasn’t It?

Amazon Wants to ‘Win at Games.’ So Why Hasn’t It?

After more than a decade of concerted effort, the tech company that brute-forced its way to dominance in books, retail, and cloud computing has failed to produce a single successful big-name title.But six former employees of Amazon Game Studios, most of whom had left the company by 2019, told a different story.

Many Top AI Researchers Get Financial Backing From Big Tech

Many Top AI Researchers Get Financial Backing From Big Tech

Abdalla, who is finishing his PhD at the University of Toronto, has coauthored a paper highlighting the number of top AI researchers—including those who study the ethical challenges raised by the technology—who receive funding from tech companies.

What Are Ebike 'Classes' and What Do They Mean?

What Are Ebike 'Classes' and What Do They Mean?

Photograph: PropellaClass 1 ebikes are limited to a top speed of 20 miles per hour, and the electric motor works only when the rider is pedaling.

Arlan Hamilton and Katie Rae Say Tech Can Do Well—and Do Good

Arlan Hamilton and Katie Rae Say Tech Can Do Well—and Do Good

Two vanguard venture capitalists are sending shockwaves through Big Tech by arguing it doesn’t have to choose.“If you talk to the young people of today, what you hear so often is ‘we want to do good,’” Katie Rae, CEO and managing partner of The Engine, said at the WIRED25 event.

Portland’s Face-Recognition Ban Is a New Twist on ‘Smart Cities’

Portland’s Face-Recognition Ban Is a New Twist on ‘Smart Cities’

“The focus became the work we need to do before we deploy new technology, especially in BIPOC communities who don’t trust the city to necessarily represent their interests,” says Kevin Martin, who leads Smart City PDX.That group drafted the ordinances that made Portland the first major US city to restrict private as well as public use of face recognition.

Want to Save the Whales? Eavesdrop on Their Calls

Want to Save the Whales? Eavesdrop on Their Calls

“And that's not really good when you're trying to hear animals that are many miles away making sounds.” So Baumgartner and his colleagues made the first 100 feet of mooring out of a rubbery “stretch hose.” When the buoy bobs on waves and tugs on the mooring, that stretchy bit coming off the instrument stays silent, allowing the hydrophone to listen for whales undisturbed.

How VR—and Marvel Superheroes—Might Elicit Empathy

How VR—and Marvel Superheroes—Might Elicit Empathy

After watching up close as a woman is sexually harassed in her place of work, you might gain more understanding of the power imbalance between genders.The goal of Messy Truth is to immerse viewers in situations where they normally would not find themselves because of their gender, their race, or where they live.

Esports Pros Have ‘Dream’ Jobs—but Game Publishers Have All the Power

Esports Pros Have ‘Dream’ Jobs—but Game Publishers Have All the Power

In 2020, Activision launched the Call of Duty League: 12 teams with five players each, representing 12 different cities around the world.As a top competitor playing on the Dallas Empire, Eubanks helped his team take the first Call of Duty League championship in July.

NIWA scientists make salmon farming breakthrough

NIWA scientists make salmon farming breakthrough

The industry is looking to expand by farming in more exposed locations, but NIWA aquaculture scientist Dr Javed Khan says such growth is likely to be constrained unless new approaches are taken in the hatcheries that supply the juvenile fish to the farms.

Uber Pledges to Go All-Electric, but It Doesn't Own the Cars

Uber Pledges to Go All-Electric, but It Doesn't Own the Cars

If electric Ubers and Lyfts make the more emissions-friendly options seem more accessible, that’s a win for the planet.“There’s a catalyst opportunity here, to have positive benefits in the market as a whole and not just for ride hailing,” says Don Anair, research and deputy director of the Clean Vehicles Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Foodies and Factory Farmers Have Formed an Unholy Alliance

Foodies and Factory Farmers Have Formed an Unholy Alliance

Despite this important opportunity, most food movement leaders have rejected plant-based meat imitations.Some food movement leaders complain about plant-based imitation meats because they are new and not yet time-tested.

A New Hotline Offers Free Anonymous Support for Gamers

A New Hotline Offers Free Anonymous Support for Gamers

The Games and Online Harassment Hotline (GOHH) launches today as a free text-based hotline that anyone can use to begin talking about the emotional issues that emerge all over the gaming industry.

Concepts in sustainable aquaculture - IMTA

Concepts in sustainable aquaculture - IMTA

The paper, written by Dr Stenton-Dozey along with NIWA scientist Jeffrey Ren, Phil Heath, formerly of NIWA, and Leo Zamora from the Cawthron Institute and published in the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, had its origins in a four-year NIWA research programme into IMTA around salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds.

Microsoft Courts New Customers on the Farm: Cows

Microsoft Courts New Customers on the Farm: Cows

“One of the things I was also blown away by was the amount of data and tech that is already in what is the oldest industry,” Nadella said when asked why his company pursued the partnership.