(1) The transparent avatar in your brain: Thomas Metzinger at TEDxBarcelona – YouTube

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China’s banning new factories that only make fossil-fuel cars — Quartz

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Now, China has rolled out rules that basically nix investment in new fossil-fuel car factories starting next year.

The National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planner, said at a press conference (link in Chinese) on Tuesday that from Jan. 10, the country won’t allow new companies that only make such vehicles to be set up.  The new rules (pdf, link in Chinese), which were published last week, come after the body announced major changes to auto industry investment policy in May.

via China’s banning new factories that only make fossil-fuel cars — Quartz

Postmates Unveils New NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Equipped Delivery Robot – NVIDIA Developer News CenterNVIDIA Developer News Center

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Postmates, the on-demand delivery company that operates across the United States announced the launch of a new all-electric autonomous delivery robot equipped with the latest NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier module for autonomous machines.

The robot called Serve can carry 50 pounds of goods with a range of 30 miles. The system is designed to work alongside the Postmates fleet and can move items over short distances efficiently, the company said.

“Serve was built to respect cities, meets customer demands, and helps local businesses sell even more,” the company wrote in a blog post.

The robot runs on electric power and moves at walking speed.

In addition to the Jetson AGX Xavier system, Serve is equipped with Velodyne LIDAR sensors to help create a virtual picture of the world in real time.

via Postmates Unveils New NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Equipped Delivery Robot – NVIDIA Developer News CenterNVIDIA Developer News Center

The Denver Broncos’ latest pickup: A Bud Light-pouring robot that delivers beers with the push of a button – The Washington Post

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On Saturday, the robot is scheduled to make its official debut in Mile High Stadium, the team said, where the Denver Broncos are facing off against the Cleveland Browns. The machine will be at least the second known robot to pour fans beers inside an NFL stadium. In Florida, a robot produced by the robotics company FANUC and “employed” by the Jacksonville Jaguars has also been serving Bud Light to fans on game days.

via The Denver Broncos’ latest pickup: A Bud Light-pouring robot that delivers beers with the push of a button – The Washington Post

Hyundai’s Kona EV has great range and costs as much as the average car – The Verge

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Hyundai announced late last week that the Kona Electric, the company’s second fully electric vehicle, will start at $36,450 in the US when it goes on sale in early 2019 — basically dead even with the current average sale price of a new car in the United States, according to Kelley Blue Book.

via Hyundai’s Kona EV has great range and costs as much as the average car – The Verge

With US EV sales forecast to explode, Southern says grid will be prepared | Utility Dive

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As more states, cities and municipalities work toward 100% zero emission vehicles by 2050, utility experts view the growing flexible load from electric vehicle (EV) charging as an opportunity.
Despite concerns about meeting the anticipated load growth as utility generation increasingly incorporates renewable energy, utility representatives said they have already prepared for the growth of EV adoption, according to panelists at the Copper Development Association’s EV Tech Summit on Tuesday. “We’ve done multiple studies on how much infrastructure you need to support a future of all EVs,” Darren Epps, product development specialist for Southern Company, said on the panel.

via With US EV sales forecast to explode, Southern says grid will be prepared | Utility Dive