Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Machines of Loving Grace

October 22, 2021

“All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace,” written and read by poet Richard Brautigan. A video by Devon O’Hare, with clips from Adam Curtis and Koyaanisqatsi. Music by Phillip Glass. Read the poem here.

Related:

“Can Robots Evolve Into Machines of Loving Grace?” Meghan O’Gieblyn, Wired

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How do wind turbines work?

May 20, 2021

Rebecca Barthelmie and Sara Pryor explain wind turbine technology for TED-Ed.

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Domino’s Robot Pizza Delivery In Houston

April 22, 2021

Domino’s Robot Pizza Delivery In Houston

Perhaps believing there aren’t enough unemployed delivery drivers in Texas, Domino’s Pizza will deliver pies via Nuro R2 autonomous robot vehicles in Houston. Domino’s selling point to customers: no tipping.

Houston traffic. Robot cars with a top speed of 25 MPH. Texan gun ownership rate. What could possibly go wrong?


More:

“Nuro’s self-driving robot will deliver Domino’s pizza orders to customers in Houston,” Kim Lyons, The Verge

“Houston, we have a robot: Nuro, Domino’s team up for autonomous pizza delivery,” Brian Straight, Modern Shipper, via FreightWaves

“Beep Beep: Domino’s Is Testing a Self-Driving Delivery Car,” Jenny G. Zhang, Eater

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Old Tech

January 8, 2021

Meet a collector of old tech, Steve Erenberg, The Radio Guy. An Atlas Obscura video.

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Amazon Drones On the Horizon?

September 3, 2020

Amazon Drones On the Horizon?

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a package. Amazon has received FAA approval to use drones to deliver packages:

“Amazon did not say when customers could expect drones to drop packages at their doorsteps. Obtaining the F.A.A. certificate was an ‘important step,’ the company said, adding that it would continue to test the technology, which has been in development for years.” — “Drone Delivery? Amazon Moves Closer With F.A.A. Approval,” Concepción de León, New York Times

Alphabet’s Wing and UPS already have FAA approval for drone delivery.

More:

“Amazon Prime Air lands FAA approval for drone deliveries,” Carrie Mihalcik CNET

“Amazon receives U.S. regulatory approval to start drone delivery trials,” Nilanjana Basu and Neha Malara, Reuters

Update:

“No, Amazon Won’t Deliver You a Burrito by Drone Anytime Soon,” Aarian Marshal, Wired

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Facial Recognition

May 4, 2020

Facial Recognition, a Vox video explainer from Joss Fong.

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Tech Breakthrough: The Prescription Car Windshield

April 1, 2020

This UK tech breakthrough means you’ll never drive with eyeglasses again. Announced April 1, 2010.

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Facial Recognition

January 14, 2020

Joss Fong explains the real costs of facial recognition. a Vox video.

Related:

“Meet the scholar who diagnosed ‘surveillance capitalism,'” Frank Bajak, Associated Press

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Uber’s Flying Taxis

January 9, 2020

Uber's Flying Taxis

“Uber has unveiled plans for a flying taxi at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The ride-sharing company on Tuesday showed off a full-size mock-up of the electric plane concept vehicle created with South Korean carmaker Hyundai, as it seeks to fly above traffic rather than add to it.”

— “Uber reveals plans for flying taxi to bypass road traffic congestion,” Joanna Partridge, The Guardian

Related:

“Uber, Hyundai Team Up On Flying Cars. Will Landing Portals Be Standard For Office Buildings By 2040?” Dees Stribling, Bisnow

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Paper Mill

December 13, 2019

The Moulin Richard de Bas paper mill in Ambert, France has been in operation for 700 years. It supplied paper for Diderot’s Encyclopédie and for artists including Salvador Dalí and Picasso.

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