Technology

Sit back and enjoy the ride, nothing can possibly go wrong, go wong, go wr…

Since NZ seems to thoughtlessly follow every trend out of the USA, I wonder how long it will be before we have legislation about autonomous vehicles?

The mere fact that Congress tortured the English language to come up with the “short” title to this new act as…

SHORT TITLE.—This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In-Vehicle Evolution Act’’ or the ‘‘SELF DRIVE Act’’[…]

should make us resile in horror, without even considering the contents.

While this SELF-DRIVE Act appears to grant all manner of safety requirement exemptions, it does add a curious new rule.

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The robots are coming…

Carmel Fisher is a founder and Director of Fisher Funds and she has made it her business to look into the future. This is what fund managers do of course and she has a view worth sharing about artificial intelligence taking our jobs.

The concept of robots and artificial intelligence (AI) taking our jobs and leaving humankind with nothing to do is confronting.

…A World Economic Forum article entitled This is when a robot is going to take your job caught my attention. It discussed the findings of a survey conducted by the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute.

… In the next decade, the respondents expected AI to out-perform humans in tasks such as translating languages (by 2024), writing high-school essays (by 2026) and driving a truck (by 2027). Robots were expected to take longer to perform better than humans in retail (by 2031), writing a bestselling book (by 2049) and working as a surgeon (by 2053).

Tasks most likely to be dominated by AI in the short term included assembling Lego, transcribing speech and folding laundry (yay!).

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Guest Post – The ‘toxic’ experiment. “If you control the language, you control the argument.”

An ‘experiment’ is taking place. It’s an important experiment if you happen, for example, to give, or get, comment online; from forums, blogs, or traditional news sources.

The experiment is a Google initiative; so has heavyweight influence, and is already backed by the New York Times, The Guardian, The Economist and Wikipedia.

The experiment is important because it’s about language. It uses an algorithm to determine whether the language used in on-line comments is “toxic”. The Google partners say this will ‘improve’ their moderation practices; fair enough. But what is ‘toxic’?    Read more »

No Barry, only political retards think likes equal votes

Barry Soper wonders if this election is the social media election:

It has all the hallmarks of big brother is watching. Some would say it’s the dark ops of political parties these days, others of the cyber generation would say it’s fair game.

It’s a getting to know you exercise without you knowing. It’s gleaning information extracted from your online postings or from other, more innocent means, like from doing your daily shopping using the plastic.

The Americans have got it down to a fine art even if the public think it’s a blank canvas, when in reality it’s more like a splotchy Pollock.

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Solar power is clean power, right?

Everyone thinks solar power is clean power, right?

Wrong:

Last November, Japan’s Environment Ministry issued a stark warning: the amount of solar panel waste Japan produces every year will rise from 10,000 to 800,000 tons by 2040, and the nation has no plan for safely disposing of it.

Neither does California, a world leader in deploying solar panels. Only Europe requires solar panel makers to collect and dispose of solar waste at the end of their lives.

All of which begs the question: just how big of a problem is solar waste?

Environmental Progress investigated the problem to see how the problem compared to the much more high-profile issue of nuclear waste.

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Israeli cows aren’t sacred but they produce more milk than ours

Delicious and nutritious hummus

For such a tiny country it is incredible how Israel keeps doing things better. We are well known in New Zealand for our Dairy industry yet those pesky Israelis have talked their cows into producing more milk than ours despite the less than perfect conditions that they live under. How have they done it? Do they sing to them? Do they feed them something special like hummus perhaps ( Cam ate it with every meal when he was in Israel.) Is it genetic engineering?

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We should be driving electric vehicles to save the planet, right? Wrong!

Photo / Alan Gibson

We are constantly told we should move to electric vehicles so that we can save the planet.

Even people like Simon Bridges are enthusiastic idiots when it comes to electric cars, committing the government to spending up large on this supposed planet saving invention.

Not so fast fella, a new study shows something rather alarming and, well…inconvenient facts:

Enormous hope rests on electric cars as the solution by the motor industry to climate change. However the batteries of electric cars are not environmentally friendly when manufactured. Several tonnes of carbon dioxide are being released, even before electric batteries leave the factory.

IVL, the Swedish Environment Institute has, on behalf of the Swedish Transport Administration and the Swedish Energy Agency, investigated the climate impact of lithium-ion batteries from a life-cycle perspective. Batteries for electric cars were included in the study. Lisbeth Dahllöf and Mia Romare have produced a meta-analysis, that is, a review and compilation of existing studies.

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Since when has Twitter ever gained a single vote?

I always say to politicians that Twitter is a waste of space politically.

The left-wing love it, of course, but I always say to a politician who asks my advice that there is not a single vote to be gained in using Twitter and plenty of votes to lose.

The Prime Minister has admitted the Minister for Disability Issues has made a mistake with her insulting tweet.

Bill English said Nicky Wagner had not meant to be offensive after she publicly wished she was out on Auckland Harbour rather than doing her job.

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Yet another amazing technological advance from Israel

The eTree also offers a water fountain, free Wi-Fi, an LCD screen for surfing the internet, electrical outlets and benches. There’s even a trough filled with water for your dog!

For such a tiny country Israel could possibly be the most inventive country in the world. Israeli technology is often groundbreaking and extraordinary particularly their medical technology. If you want to see what I mean I suggest you follow  nocamels.com to keep abreast of their latest designs.

Articles include:

Israel’s CollPlant To 3D-Print Human Organs Using Tobacco-Derived Collagen

Cannabis Can Reverse Aging Process And Enhance Brain Performance

Desalination Nation: How Israel Is Helping The World Fight Water Shortage

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They don’t pay road user charges and now they are stealing your carparks in Wellington

No, not road maggots…but another kind of road bludger…electric vehicle owners.

Their cloud of smug just engulfed Wellington.

Up to 100 car parking spaces in Wellington could be converted for the exclusive use of car-sharing and electric vehicles before the end of next year.

Wellington City Council is planning to convert about 30 CBD spaces and 70 in the suburbs, and has already picked out 37 bays, including some in central city streets, including Brandon St and Stout St, which have the highest use.   Read more »