Self-driving vehicles are well on the way to replacing human drivers. There are just a few problems. No one has a good idea of how to properly test or validate the tech. The hardware’s too expensive. The ethics of how the robots should behave in emergency situations remain unclear. No single company is in a position to upend the way people move about all on its own. Tricky stuff, no doubt. But far from unsolvable, as this week's raft of news will show you. Google's self-driving car outfit shacked up with Intel to give its cars the brains they need to drive safely. A lawyer weighed in on how to answer the dastardly trolley problem, and Canadian researchers went after a more contemporary trouble: distracted driving. It's been a busy week, and you probably missed a few things. So let's get you caught up. Headlines Stories you might have missed from WIRED this week You’ve probably heard of the trolley problem, the hypothetical scenario in which a self-driving car must choose … [Read more...] about This Week in the Future of Cars: Time to Problem-Solve
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As the IT landscape continues to evolve, it becomes ever more complex. Businesses are turning their attentions to the latest innovations, including containerisation, the rising adoption of flash storage, the debated benefits of hyperconvergence, and the increasing role of machine learning.But it’s not just new innovations that should make businesses wary. In a world where more and more businesses rely on IT—from banks to retailers, from utility companies to hospitals—it’s imperative to ensure the reliability of your IT infrastructure. Gaining the upper handFrom everyday tech users to technologists, having “a backup” is a concept familiar to all. We understand the importance of multiple versions stored both on our work systems and in the cloud. So, with many companies’ sights set on tackling bigger beasts like digital transformation, is backup an issue we should consider solved?Far from it. Reliable, robust, recoverable backups are central … [Read more...] about Keeping backup on the back foot: is the problem solved?
Anyone who's cooked pasta knows that it's nearly impossible to break dry spaghetti noodles into two neat pieces. Usually, as the noodles bend, they split into a few large pieces and then splinter into tiny pieces that fall onto the kitchen floor and roll under the stove. Those unusual shattering patterns of dried spaghetti sticks have stumped scientists for years. But now MIT mathematicians have put their heads together in a new study to solve the pasta mystery and show how breaking the dry noodles into two (and not two dozen) pieces can be accomplished.The new study, published on Monday in the open access journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), show that researchers have discovered the best way of breaking pasta into two even pieces. The paper's authors include two MIT university students Ronald Heisser and Vishal Patil, MIT mathematics professor Norbert Stoop, and Emmanuel Villermaux of Université Aix Marseille in France. "Understanding and … [Read more...] about Pasta problem solved! Scientists break spaghetti into two pieces
By Christopher Elliott, King Features Syndicate, Inc. | PUBLISHED: July 22, 2018 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: July 22, 2018 at 7:48 am Q: We could really use your help in connecting with Ikea. We purchased two sofas online from the company; one was delivered damaged, and the other never arrived. For almost two months now, Ikea has blamed the delivery service, and the delivery service has blamed Ikea. Neither party answers emails or phone calls, despite pledges to have sorted this out weeks ago. We are out $1,000, and it’s as if Ikea has absolutely no interest in a resolution. The company is giving the impression of what seems to be consumer fraud at this point. I am self-employed and have lost significant income because of the incredible amount of time I’ve had to spend to work out this problem, and to no avail. Please help! Camille Sailer, Seaville, New Jersey A: Ikea should have delivered both sofas to you — on time and intact. The fix seems straightforward: The … [Read more...] about Problem Solved: A better approach could have ended Ikea drama sooner
SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 17, 2018– Educators have a new digital resource to address the increasing need for computational thinking and problem solving skills among students. Polyup, a Sunnyvale-based company led by a distinguished team of math education researchers, physicists, technology developers, educational philanthropists – and one enterprising high school senior – today launched the multi-dimensional digital world of ‘Poly,’ a personalized AI sidekick that taps into student’s emerging interest in “modding” to develop skills that are increasingly relevant in today’s world. “Computational thinking is rapidly emerging as an essential skill for today’s students, and will cause a transformational change in how critical thinking and problem solving skills are addressed in our math classrooms,” said Professor … [Read more...] about Polyup Addresses Gap in Computational Thinking Skills with Launch of a Free and Open Problem Solving Platform for Math Teachers and Students