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How UPS delivers faster using $8 headphones and code that decides when dirty trucks get cleaned

UPS workers make dozens of decisions every day, and the wrong ones—from placing a box on the wrong conveyor belt inside a processing facility to loading it onto the incorrect delivery vehicle—could keep you from getting your packages on time. Avoiding those mistakes, and doing so efficiently, is key to the company’s survival. The boom in e-commerce means UPS now ...

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Paper Problem – MIT Technology Review

One great challenge facing society is where to draw the line between an individual’s right to privacy and the government’s right to tax, regulate, and enforce the law. Few areas illustrate this problem as well as the way we spend our money. Our transactions are increasingly digital (and thus easily tracked), and in places like China many companies are adopting ...

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Drivers Wanted – MIT Technology Review

Imagine driving down the interstate past an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer. Its driver’s hands aren’t touching the wheel. Tech companies envision—and are investing in—a future in which thousands of such vehicles would navigate our roadways (see “10 Breakthrough Technologies: Self-Driving Trucks”). Most people don’t welcome this scenario, nor should they. A 2016 study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation ...

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‘Easy on the fries!’, Japan scientists tell hopeful bald people

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Wisdom of the crowd accurately predicts Supreme Court decisions

FantasySCOTUS is an online fantasy league in which contestants compete by predicting decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court. Players are ranked as in any fantasy league, and the best performers can win prizes such as a “Golden Gavel” and even $10,000 in cash. Since 2011, some 7,000 players have made over 600,000 predictions about the outcome of over 400 ...

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2017: The year AI floated into the cloud

Cloud computing is already a huge business, and competition is stiff. But this year, tech firms opened a new front in the battle to win users over in the cloud: the large-scale introduction of cloud-based AI. For small and medium-size companies, building AI-capable systems at scale can be prohibitively expensive, largely because training algorithms takes a lot of computing power. ...

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The year robots backflipped their way into our hearts

A robot revolution has begun. Intelligent machines now routinely patrol malls, hospitals, and highways, and the machines are becoming increasingly proficient at everything from picking fruit to performing surgery. Automation is set to transform our lives.  Backflipping bots BostonDynamics A robot unveiled recently is capable of a few jaw-dropping parkour moves, including this effortless-looking backflip. The acrobatic bot was developed ...

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