2018 has generated no shortage of news, and the fast-changing worlds of artificial intelligence and robotics are no exception.
While there were too many exciting developments for us to be able to name all of them, here are some of the biggest A.I. and robot game changers we saw this year.
A new Dalhousie University grocery shopping study found that out of 1,053 Canadians surveyed in October, slightly more than one-quarter said they never use self-checkout at the grocery store — not even for a small purchase.
Few countries have been moving toward a cashless society as fast as Sweden. But cash is being squeezed out so quickly — with half the nation’s retailers predicting they will stop accepting bills before 2025 — that the government is recalculating the societal costs of a cash-free future.
Hoversurf – a Russian-owned company based in California – has gifted Dubai’s police its first serial production of the “electric vertical take-off and landing (EVTOL) bikes”, after a deal was signed last year.
MoffettNathanson – a media and telecommunications research firm – tallied up subscriber losses to determine their findings after Dish Network released their third-quarter earnings on Wednesday.
The firm’s driverless fleet that will carry customers and make deliveries for businesses across all corners of the nation’s capital.
More than 4,000 Swedes are being implanted with a microchip that contains details about their identity.
The miniature technology bypasses the need for cash, tickets, access cards and even social media.
The self-driving-car crashes that usually make the news are, unsurprisingly, either big and smashy or new and curious. The Apple that got bumped while merging into traffic. The Waymo van that got T-boned. And of course, the Uber that hit and killed a woman crossing the street in Tempe, Arizona, in March.
A former Google boss has launched a withering attack on the firm, calling technology giants deluded.
Jessica Powell said she had become tired of defending the company in her role as its top PR chief.
‘This is an industry that takes itself far too seriously, and its own responsibility not seriously enough,’ she added.
Advocates are calling for the federal government to examine the reliability of Canada’s cellphone services during emergencies after tornadoes swept through the Ottawa area last week leaving thousands with little or no cellphone service.
Developed by Avalon Airships, the incredible zero emission EOS blimps use fully electric drivetrains, while their streamlined hybrid design allows them to travel silently at high speeds for long periods.
What good is technology if it can’t keep us caffeinated? A new patent obtained by IBM for a coffee drone with artificial intelligence capabilities could change how we get our java in the workplace, and beyond. Not only would the drone deliver coffee directly to people, whether alone or in a group, it would also be able to predict who needs it most.
What about Scotch?
Consumers’ interest in automatic braking and other autonomous features is high, but drivers view self-driving cars as less safe compared to a similar survey conducted two years ago. Forty-nine percent of respondents said they would never own a fully-autonomous car, known in the industry as a Level 5 vehicle. Two years ago, 30 percent said they would never buy one.
An African-American woman says Puget Sound Energy emailed her a racial slur to use as the temporary password to her online account.