It's your nighttime routine: You drop your phone onto the nightstand charging pad, and it asks about your day. You tell it, talking to the virtual personal assistant just like you'd talk to a friend. And why not? Your phone's artificial intelligence knows you almost as well as you know yourself (maybe even better). So when it suggests ways to get through tomorrow's calendar, you trust its advice. Get ready, people: It's not that far off. AI is practically everywhere, and getting smarter all the time. Tomorrow's computers could find new treatments for cancer, compose a symphony and drive your child to school. Since the first AI research effort 60 years ago at a Dartmouth College conference, humanity has been heading toward computer-based systems that can eventually learn and adapt for themselves. Engineers at universities, startups and the world's biggest tech companies are linking powerful computers to create neural networks -- similar to the wiring of the human brain -- … [Read more...] about Why AI’s massive disruptions may be just what you’re looking for
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Although no cars are completely airtight, some are built a little more airtight than others. See more pictures of concept cars. AP Photo/Kai-Uwe Knoth There are several ways to know if you have an airtight car -- and none of them are pleasant. That's because the passenger compartment of your car is not designed to be airtight. Fresh air comes in the front of the car, circulates through the passenger compartment and leaves the car through exhausters in the rear. If the cabin of a car or truck were truly airtight, the windows wouldn't defrost, it would get unbearably hot in there and anyone inside wouldn't be able to breathe. When diagnosing car problems, people might say "airtight" when what they mean is "watertight." Sitting inside a car in the pouring rain or a car wash would quickly tell you if you had any leaks in the door or window seals or even unsealed body seams. The vents that allow fresh air to enter and exit have been designed to keep water out and rarely cause auto … [Read more...] about How do I know if my car is airtight?
What started out as a typical sunny day in San Diego for Pat Brogan ended with a trip to the emergency room. She was visiting the seaside city with her husband in August, and they thought it would be fun to rent two of Lime's electric scooters. A San Francisco Bay Area local and an avid cyclist and skier, Brogan liked the idea of zipping around town without using a car. After cruising along for about a mile, the couple started to descend a steep hill. Brogan, 63, eased on the brakes as her scooter gained speed -- only to discover they didn't work."I blew through three intersections and luckily didn't get hit," she said. "I'm now going 25 mph heading toward six lanes of traffic."By the end of the day she'd be in the hospital. And she's not the only one. Starting in March, a handful of tech companies dropped thousands of e-scooters across nearly 100 US cities, and injuries have surged. Two people have been killed in electric scooter accidents. And trauma surgeons are reporting daily … [Read more...] about Electric scooters are now disrupting wrists, elbows and heads
FBI agents collect evidence at a FedEx Office after an explosion at a nearby sorting center on March 20, 2018 in Sunset Valley, Texas. Scott Olson/Getty Images American history is littered with bombs and bombings. Most of us can too easily remember the Boston Marathon bombs, which killed three people and injured more than 100 in 2013. The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, carried out a nationwide bombing rampage that killed three and terrorized the country for years, finally ending when he was captured in 1995. Terrorists detonated a bomb in a van underneath the World Trade Center in 1993, killing six people. And homegrown terrorists Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols conspired to kill 168 people, and injure more than 500, in the bombing of Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 — the deadliest bombing in our history. So, when 23-year-old bomber Mark Anthony Conditt's recent burst of terror finally ended — Conditt killed two people in several separate … [Read more...] about Package Bombs Are Rare in the U.S., But Here’s How to Spot One
Advances in technology are important (and inevitable), but they leave outdated equipment in their wake. lorenzoantonucci/iStock/Thinkstock A disruptive technology is an innovation that uproots an established technology, or a revolutionary product or service that spawns a new industry [source: WhatIs.com]. Disruptive technologies are sometimes described as being simultaneously destructive and creative because they make old products — and sometimes even entire industries — obsolete, creating new ones in their place [source: Christensen, Howard]. Disruptive technologies have the power to change the way we work, live, think and behave. Imagine this: You're in your driverless car, on the way to a conference. Giving voice commands over the Bluetooth connection in your vehicle, you direct your smartphone to initiate a video call with a colleague. You remind her to bring the medical device prototype that you manufactured using a 3-D printer. You end the call and take out … [Read more...] about What’s a disruptive technology?