Who’s in the lead in developing self-driving car technologies? Hint, it’s not Google

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When it comes to the race to develop autonomous vehicles, Google and its fellow tech companies have gotten a lot of publicity. But the tech giants may have a tough time beating out the traditional car makers and parts suppliers, if a new study is any indication.

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Google searches put vulnerable consumers at risk

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You may be able to ask Google questions you would never ask aloud and the search engine will silently offer you the answers. But, ou can’t think of Google as an oracle for anonymous searches. Sometimes, the most intimate questions a person is asking—about health worries, relationship woes, financial hardship—are the ones that set off a chain reaction that can have troubling consequences both online and offline.

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Micro-learning & the future of education

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The average human has an attention span of eight seconds

Nathan Bernhard: Over the last several months my co-founder Chirag and I have spent a lot of time thinking about micro-learning as we build our startup, Lrn. We are big supporters of the micro-learning format -specifically on mobile- and believe it can make educational content easily accessible to a global audience.

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Google’s humanoid robot can now chase you like a Terminator

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Boston Dynamics, a Google-owned company, scared everyone earlier this year with its hive-mind 160-pound robot dogs that can run on almost any terrain. Now the company is taking things to an all-new level with new video of its humanoid robot, which is the closest thing to a real-life Terminator we’ve ever seen.

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Google Search will now tell you when a restaurant or store is too busy

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Google’s new search feature shows users when local restaurants are booked up and what stores have the most foot traffic. The Google Search tweak is rolling out today on mobile for some users, and shows graphs—presumably based on geolocation from smartphones—indicating when a given venue is busiest during the day.

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Google accidentally leaks ‘right to be forgotten’ request data

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Nearly 220,000 individual requests have been made to Google to selectively remove links to online information. Less than 5% of those requests concern criminals, politicians, and high-profile individuals, according the Guardian. More than 95% of the requests have come from everyday people.

 

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The purpose of living is ‘to live forever’, according to Google’s artificial-intelligence bot

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Google released last week a research paper chronicling one of its latest forays into artificial intelligence.  The researchers programmed an advance type of “chatbot” that can learn how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialog.   Continue reading… “The purpose of living is ‘to live forever’, according to Google’s artificial-intelligence bot”

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