Archive | December 2016

Uber Freight Just Launched and Trucking Will Never Be the Same | Inverse

Honk-honk.

This new service won’t use those trucks, at least not at the beginning. Instead it will function much like Uber’s existing platform: Some people will sign up to drive items across the country, and others will join so they can send packages without having to sign a contract with established shipping companies. The service will likely bring “surge pricing” to trucking, too.

Source: Uber Freight Just Launched and Trucking Will Never Be the Same | Inverse

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UN: Key Action on ‘Killer Robots’ | Human Rights Watch

An agreement on December 16, 2016, at an international disarmament conference in Geneva could set the course toward a ban on “killer robots,” fully autonomous weapons that would strike without human intervention, Human Rights Watch said today.

Source: UN: Key Action on ‘Killer Robots’ | Human Rights Watch

We’re set to reach 100% renewable energy — and it’s just the beginning

In 2017, Google will reach 100% renewable energy for our global operations — both data centers and offices. To reach this goal we’ll be directly buying enough wind and solar electricity annually to account for every unit of electricity our operations consume.

Source: We’re set to reach 100% renewable energy — and it’s just the beginning

Volkswagen launches Moia, a new standalone mobility company

Moia, which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2016 on Monday, is one of the most aggressive and intentional moves made yet by a major automaker in terms..

Source: Volkswagen launches Moia, a new standalone mobility company

Artificial intelligence and the evolution of the fractal economy | TechCrunch

Money makes the world go round, or so they say. Payments, investments, insurance and billions of transactions are the beating heart of a fractal economy, which echoes the messy complexity of natural systems, such as the growth of living organisms and the bouncing of atoms.

https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/04/artificial-intelligence-and-the-evolution-of-the-fractal-economy/