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The future of autonomous cars

Mark Lewis November 30, 2017

This last May, a think tank called RethinkX, headed by Stanford University professor Tony Seba, put out a report with some rather remarkable predictions. They predicted that over the next decade, oil prices...

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Who needs electric cars?

Mark Lewis November 1, 2017

In my last piece I looked at the history and current state of electric cars. 2017 is the year when they have the ability to go mainstream with ranges around 300 miles that cost less than $50,000. I also...

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The complicated rise of the electric car: part one

Mark Lewis September 25, 2017

Odds are good that when you hear the word "˜car,' the image that pops into your mind today has an internal combustion motor that burns gasoline. This hasn't always been the case, though. In the early...

Welcome to our automated future

Welcome to our automated future

Mark Lewis December 5, 2016

I've written a number of pieces now detailing how progress in technology is impacting our lives. The bottom line is that remarkable strides in recent years have made current realities out of things that...

Is Your Computer Your Best Friend?

Is Your Computer Your Best Friend?

Mark Lewis November 23, 2016

Humans have a remarkable ability to project human-like characteristics on inanimate objects. Personification isn't just a literary technique, it is something we seem to do on a regular basis with objects...

Do you talk to your computer?

Do you talk to your computer?

Mark Lewis October 27, 2016

The last few years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of applications that expect people to interact with machines through a voice interface "” that is to say, you tell it what to do by talking...

Autonomous vehicles are rising to new levels

Autonomous vehicles are rising to new levels

Mark Lewis September 15, 2016

On March 13, 2004, the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, held a "Grand Challenge" event for autonomous cars. The bar was pretty low; the cars were supposed...

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