Laser-Delivered Internet Could be a Game Changer for Millions of Indian Citizens

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In Andhra Pradesh, a southeast state in India, a subsidiary of Alphabet called simply “X” might soon be delivering the internet with lasers. According to the company, they aim to provide “fiber optic cable, but without the cable.” The technology that makes this all happen is called free space optical communications (FSOC) technology

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E-book IAA 2017 ADCar editions | Blog | 2025AD – The Automated Driving Community

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At IAA 2017, visitors shared their vision of the future and what automated driving should look like for themselves. Discover the exciting, unusual and futuristic results in our E-Book.

At IAA 2017 in Frankfurt we asked visitors for their ideas: What is it they couldn’t live without in their personalized automated car? What would they like to do?

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Does Fasting Make You Smarter? | Big Think

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The fasting group exhibited a 50 percent increase in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that John J Ratey, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, calls “Miracle-Gro for the brain” due to its role in promoting new neuronal connections.

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Finnish autonomous car goes for a leisurely cruise in the driving snow | TechCrunch

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Recently Martti accomplished what the researchers claim is a world first: driving fully autonomously on a real snow-covered road (and hitting 25 MPH, at that). Others from Yandex to Waymo have tested cars in snow, but from their reports these seem to have been more controlled conditions. Martti’s drive took place in Muonio on a public road almost totally obscured by snow.

via Finnish autonomous car goes for a leisurely cruise in the driving snow | TechCrunch

Volvo pushes self-driving Drive Me program back by four years – Autoblog

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Volvo is pumping the brakes on its Drive Me autonomous vehicle program, delaying by four years plans to deploy a fleet of 100 self-driving cars in Sweden and acknowledging its technology isn’t ready. Volvo says the move will help it better understand how people interact with driverless technologies and improve its first Level 4 autonomous car when it becomes available by 2021

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Robot carries the Olympic torch in South Korea

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In what may be a preview of the future of athletics, Hubo, a humanoid robot, carried the Olympic torch in Daejeon, South Korea as part of the relay leading up to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Hubo, who was built by a team at the KAIST public research university and took out the DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2015, had to perform a disaster rescue operation to hand off the torch to the next runner.

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