Morgan Stanley Report Predicts Electric Car Revolution Will Accelerate Soon

by Steve Hanley, GAS2

Morgan Stanley has released a new report estimating that electric car sales will increase become 10 to 15 percent of the global new car market by 2025. That is three time the rate the investment banking house has projected in the past. Why the sudden shift in its thinking? While the US is conveniently planning to reduce or eliminate fuel economy regulations, every other civilized country has rules in place that will require auto manufacturers to dramatically lower the emissions from their vehicle in just a few years time. Continue reading Morgan Stanley Report Predicts Electric Car Revolution Will Accelerate Soon

The CNN porn scare is how fake news spreads

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The other night, a twitter account by the name of @solikearose tweeted out a surprising image of CNN broadcasting porn instead of Anthony Bourdain’s scheduled show Parts Unknown. And then without really much questioning, a bunch of news sites ran with it, claiming that the network showed the footage for about 30 minutes.  Continue reading The CNN porn scare is how fake news spreads

Dutch scientists use color-changing graphene bubbles to create ‘mechanical pixels’

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Researchers from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have discovered what could one day be a new type of display technology: bubbles of graphene that change color as they expand and contract. Scientists say that these ‘mechanical pixels’ could eventually make screens that are more flexible, durable, and energy efficient than current LED technology. They caution, though, that the work is very much in its infancy; whether these graphene bubbles can make displays of equivalent quality, or be scaled up for mass production, remains to be seen. Continue reading Dutch scientists use color-changing graphene bubbles to create ‘mechanical pixels’

Autistic People Can Solve Our Cybersecurity Crisis

by Kevin Pelphrey, WIRED

Alan Turing was the mastermind whose role in cracking the Nazi Enigma code helped the Allies win World War II. He built a machine to do the calculations necessary to decipher enemy messages and today is hailed as the father of the computer and artificial intelligence. He’s also widely believed to have been autistic. Continue reading Autistic People Can Solve Our Cybersecurity Crisis

Six gifts for your paranoid friends and family

by Violet Blue, Engadget

Remember, it doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you

It pays to be paranoid in a time of rampant breaches, social media account extortion, identity theft, fake security products, ransomware, and hack attacks on all. That’s why we’ve put together a gift guide for those among us who don’t want to find out they have a security issue the hard way. Typically that would include things like VPN subscriptions or password manager recommendations, but that’s no fun when it comes time for everyone to open their presents. Continue reading Six gifts for your paranoid friends and family

Google DeepMind could invent the next generation of AI by playing Starcraft 2

by Nick Cowen, ARS Technica

How Google’s AI research team has teamed up with Blizzard to further deep learning in AI

The announcement at BlizzCon 2016 that met with the most muted response was arguably the most revolutionary.

While new content for the likes of Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, and Diablo III drew appreciative roars from the Blizzard faithful, the news that Google’s DeepMind branch—which is dedicated to developing sophisticated Intelligence—would be teaming up with the makers of Starcraft 2 to further its research on AI elicited more of a murmur. Continue reading Google DeepMind could invent the next generation of AI by playing Starcraft 2

Global petrol demand has peaked

by Javier Blas and Laura Blewitt, TechCentral

After fueling the 20th century car culture that reshaped cities and defined modern life, petrol has had its day

After fueling the 20th century car culture that reshaped cities and defined modern life, petrol has had its day.

The International Energy Agency forecasts that global petrol consumption has all but peaked as more efficient cars and the advent of electric vehicles from new players such as Tesla Motors halt demand growth in the next 25 years. Continue reading Global petrol demand has peaked