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Google’s self-driving company makes a shift from cars to trucks

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Google’s autonomous driving company, Waymo, makes a shift from cars to trucks. Their newly developed software for self-driving trucks soon is going to start testing in Texas and New Mexico. That is a clear indication that the company is not only interested in self-driving robo-taxis but also want to make their contribution to long-hauls. 

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These tests are not Waymo’s first attempt at the autonomous driving experience. They have already clocked 20 million miles in testing. That, however, has flown under the radar. They are using standard American Semi-trucks loaded with equipment and software, taken from their Waymo self-driving car. 

here you can find how it works and how Waymo utilizes it. They have re-shaped their program to fit the needs of big trucks and their chassis. Trucks supported by Chrysler Pacifica, which are standard in testing autonomous software in Waymo, for better understanding of truck’s movement and its choices. 

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They say they are going to focus their attention mostly on highways because most of the freight deliveries are made through there. The goal of this project is to make roads safer by allowing truck drivers to ease some of their fatigue and mistakes made. The demand for this kind of service is very high. Waymo predicts that they are going to reach 6700 units globally, which translates to 54 billion and saving the transport industry 70 billion annually. The company doesn’t explain if they want to eliminate human truck drivers altogether. We can assume that is the final plan, which is not that far away. Some speculations say we are only a decade away from the world that will be almost 50% driven by robots and AI. The future of automotive cargo and passenger hauling industry is unknown. It is both scary and thrilling at the same time. 

 

Sources:

https://waymo.com/tech/

https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/23/waymos-self-driving-trucks-and-minivans-are-headed-to-new-mexico-and-texas/https://venturebeat.com/2020/01/23/waymo-expands-autonomous-truck-testing-to-texas-and-new-mexico/

 

Sony created a car, and it is amazing!

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We all know Sony. They do all kinds of tech-related products. TVs, gaming console, phones, monitors, cameras, and headphones, only to name a few. For most firms, that would be enough products to manage. Yet Sony decided to join the electric car war that is starting.

Credits: Sony

Yes, you heard me right. Sony has just unveiled its prototype of an autonomous electric vehicle. During this year’s CES, they showed it to the world for the first time. It looks very production-ready with working infotainment, finished interior, functional brakes, and other car mechanics. However, it would help if you didn’t get your hopes up because Sony has no intention of producing this car. The only reason they’ve built it was to show their capabilities in car manufacturing. Creating screens for the dashboard or touch screens for the infotainment is very easy since Sony is already producing these on a large scale for TVs and phones. They have also shown that they can develop software that is already level 2 autonomous driving. That means that the car can accelerate, brake, and steer, but the driver still needs to control the vehicle. It’s a very advanced cruise control system. Later on, they are aiming at level 3 and level 4 autonomy, which will take control of the vehicle for the driver for good.

Credits: Sony

Other features that they are working on right now are 5G connectivity that will allow you to stream music, videos, and traffic inside your car. Also, Sony is jumping on the bandwagon of replacing wing and rearview mirrors for cameras. Right now, they are fully developed and awaiting governmental approval. As for the tech, we have the main screen that consists of two different displays that connect through software. You can have navigation on one display and music on the other and switch back and forth between them for your convenience. The intent is for the passenger to choose what music or movie is playing. They facilitated that by designing the icons big and with crispy resolution. Below the main screen, we have another monitor that is devoted to controlling the main screen and features like temperature and other vehicle functions. The most impressive innovation that Sony implemented in this car is its 360 reality audio. That shouldn’t be much of a surprise, we all know Sony for high-quality audio though it was never in a car before. Journalists from whathifi.com were able to experience this system.

This is their description:

“Noises pop in crystal clear clarity all around us and, had we actually been driving, we might well have lost control of the vehicle for a moment. Our time in the seat with 360 is far too brief to talk about much more the incredible soundstage but there is one other element which knocks our socks off – the bass. It leaps from a booming but slightly reverberating beat to some of the tightest, grippiest rhythms we’ve heard in a vehicle. Even if it’s just this feature that makes it into vehicles of the future, then it will be well worth trading in your old motor.”

 

Credits: Sony

 

In conclusion, Sony Vision-S is one of the coolest prototype/concept cars that are looking close to production for a long time. I understand that Sony has no business in manufacturing cars right now, or for that matter, probably never, but I am hoping that some other brand will consider their idea. Fingers crossed, we will see Some version of Vision-S somewhere in the future.

 

Sources:

https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/hands-on-sony-vision-s-car-review

https://www.sony.pl/electronics/ces?cpint=HOMEPAGE_TOPBANNER_CES20OOFM_6535

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/6/21054270/sony-vision-s-electric-concept-car-ev-announcement-ces-2020

 

 

Noah’s ark of tomorrow

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Can you think of one thing that is crucial to our world and society? Most of us would assume that we need to store items and goods that will be useful for survival. That may be true when the world as we know will end and everymen will fight for themselves. However, what happens after we stop fighting with each other and start thinking about rebuilding the world as it was pre-apocalypse?

Github comes with an answer to that question. This American company, founded in 2008, provides an enormous database filled with repositories. On the site, there are more than 37 million users that uploaded more than 100 million repositories. Github partnered with other companies that provide storage and develop programs. They all have one goal, to preserve the human legacy. To accomplish this, they have built a vault 0.16 miles, or 260 meters, below the permafrost of an arctic mountain in Svalbard. This region of Arctica is regulated by the Svalbard treaty, labeling this sector as demilitarized.

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So why do we need to store this data in a safe underneath the ground in Arctica? These libraries, research data, and repositories are the backbone of the internet and, ultimately, our lives. The whole system that we know is built upon information stored there. Over 6000 companies, including Google, Facebook, Netflix, Microsoft, Twitter, and Amazon, use Github. All of their lines of code will be securely stored and will survive the time and events that may occur.

This plan is a first attempt to preserve our history in a way that could be accessible in the future. Github wants to prevent events that happened to the Library of Alexandria, the Pantheon, or Saturn V. All of those cases share similar disaster. We have lost something that our ancestors worked hard on irreversibly.

Znalezione obrazy dla zapytania github arctic vault

That kind of initiative is needed for humanity to move forward. We have no idea how will the future look like. There is a chance that in 100 or 200 years, someone will be learning from the information stored in this vault. There is also a possibility that we will face catastrophe. In such an event, something is comforting in thinking that we will be able to restore some part of our present lives.

 

Sorces:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GitHub

https://archiveprogram.github.com/

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/86367.html

https://www.zdnet.com/article/github-were-storing-your-open-source-code-in-the-frozen-arctic-for-1000-years/

Svalbard Map From Theoceanadventure 2

 

Flip phones are back, should you care about it?

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Courtesy: https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/14/18088620/samsung-foldable-phone-science-fiction-movies-television-westworld-star-trek

You’ve probably heard about flip phones. You’ve probably owned one. You felt cool, flipping that phone way too loud to answer or end a call, didn’t you? There is no denying that. Yet, somehow we’ve all switched to touchscreen smartphones. why is that? Well for one, Motorola and other manufacturers leading in the flip phone business didn’t make any groundbreaking changes throughout the time they existed. That period was a weird time for phones. You could use your phone for a solid few years and then change for a phone that looked and worked the same way. Now it’s different, every time you check the tech news some new manufacturer has developed a new phone with the same adaptation of the “smartphone” idea. They all circle around the same idea – one screen, getting a bit bigger or smaller, more cameras and a different implementation of a front-facing camera. You may ask, Kamil, what is there to be changed?

Courtesy: https://www.t3.com/news/best-folding-phones

Well, you’ll be surprised. Have you heard about the foldable screen? If you haven’t then don’t worry, a lot of people still don’t know that they exist. At the time of writing this article, there are six announced foldable screen phones. Five out of six are technically small foldable tablets. While open, they have a screen ranging from 7 to 8-inch. When you are finished using it, you can fold it up into a more compact form, creating a normal-looking smartphone. This kind of technology is certainly not for everyone as the pricing starts at 1500$. Because of that, you have to ask yourself, do I need that kind of phone? For most of you, the answer is probably going to be no. In the tablet mode, you have a screen smaller than most tablets on the market. In the folded state, you have a smartphone that isn’t as good as any smartphone at this price point. So, let’s forget about that implementation of foldable screens for now, and move on to Motorola.

Courtesy: https://www.t3.com/news/best-folding-phones

Yes, that same company that made your flip phones back in the day is back with a new concept. It’s called Razr, as was the classic released in 2004. While it’s in a folded state, it has a very compact form that will fit anywhere. At that time, it shrinks its size in half. After opening your flip phone, you have a full-length touch screen. An additional screen will be implemented on the outside, serving a notification only function. Here are some specifications for all of you that may care about this kind of info: 6.2-inch internal OLED display, 2142 x 876 resolution, Secondary external display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, 4GB or 6GB RAM, 64GB or 128GB storage, 2730mAh battery. Price is still unknown, but we’ll probably know it as it is expected to be unveiled on November 13th.

So let’s answer the question in the title, should you care about it? Motorola’s variant of the foldable screen is highly interesting and has an enormous potential to be the actual future. That implementation also serves a real purpose, unlike those folding tablets that are just a gimmick. You don’t have to buy them right away, but just bear in mind that foldable screens exist, and watch as they develop.

Edit: Motorola did show us their product on November 13th, here is first hands-on impression: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCv7qwuLpHs

Courtesy: https://www.mymemory.co.uk/blog/huawei-enters-the-foldable-phone-market-with-futuristic-mate-x/

Sources:

https://www.cnet.com/news/that-motorola-razr-foldable-will-squeak-out-debut-before-years-end/

https://www.t3.com/news/best-folding-phones

Is Netflix doomed?

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The subscription-based economy is nothing new for a typical consumer. We’ve all heard and some of us probably own an account on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Prime or Netflix. These are only a few of the biggest players that everyone knows about. The list of services that you can assign a part of wallet every month to goes on and on. However, this time we’ll focus just on the biggest video streaming platforms. That way from tens of thousands of companies we just narrow it down to 5, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV and Hulu.

Let’s start with the biggest and the first major player in that territory, Netflix. It started as a DVD rental store in 1997. Their innovative DVD mailing technology became a hit. Nowadays their idea seems simple. You go to their website, search a title that you desire, order it, and after a day or two, you find it in your mailbox. However, that wasn’t the case in the late ’90s. Then, after 10 years of a rental massacre on its competitor, Blockbuster, Netflix introduced streaming services. The first of its kind on such a large scale. From a comfortable point of your couch, you could surf through numerous titles of movies and tv shows. Later on, Netflix wanted its share of video producing and started an “Originals” category. Their creations are a huge hit across the globe.

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Netflix dominated video streaming for almost a decade with their list of customers booming to a whopping number of 117 million. Although that seems like an insane amount of accounts, the company itself is becoming scared. The first time in ten years they didn’t meet their forecast. In 3 months until September 2019, they projected to add 7 million new subscribers, but only 6.8 million started and paid for their account. The question is, should Netflix be worried? Well that depends, although they are still growing, the competition of Apple TV and Disney+ will probably want their share of customers. These two companies are starting their video streaming platform in November and some of Netflix’s subscribers will probably want to migrate.

The fact is, Netflix had a monopoly on streaming for a long time. The competition had to begin sometime. What will Netflix do? Well, for all ofyou parasites that are using someone else’s account I have some bad news. Their plan is to reduce or even eliminate account sharing tradition. How will they accomplish that? That is still unknown but fear the inevitable.

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References:

https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netflix

https://www.fool.com/investing/2019/10/21/netflixs-q3-earnings-a-new-record-and-alarm-bells.aspx

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