Published on May 27, 2014
Google Is To Start Building Its Own Self Driving Cars
Google is to start building its own self-driving cars, rather than modifying vehicles built by other manufacturers.
The car will have a stop-go button but no controls, steering wheel or pedals.
Pictures of the Google vehicle show it looks like a city car with a “friendly” face, designed to make it seem non-threatening and help people accept self-driving technology.
Co-founder Sergey Brin revealed the plans at a conference in California.
“We’re really excited about this vehicle – it’s something that will allow us to really push the capabilities of self driving technology, and understand the limitations,” said Chris Urmson, director of the company’s self-driving project.
He added that the cars had the ability to “improve people’s lives by transforming mobility”.
But some researchers working in this field are investigating potential downsides to driverless car technology.
They believe they could make traffic and urban sprawl worse, as people accept longer commutes as they do not have to drive themselves.
Published on May 5, 2014
Major tech companies are implementing a policy alerting users when the government requests access to their data. Companies such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft came under fire after last year’s revelations regarding the National Security Agency and the extent of the government’s access to users’ personal data. The Obama administration is also considering changes to the rules governing warrantless access to consumers’ information. RT’s Lindsay France has more details on these privacy changes.
Published on Apr 19, 2014
The Young Turks
“Google announced Monday that it is buying New Mexico-based drone maker Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum, the Wall Street Journal reports. If you recognize the name, it’s because Facebook was reportedly in talks to buy the same company.
The thing is, Titan Aerospace doesn’t exactly have a huge number of drones yet. In fact, the company only has two: the solar-powered Solara 50 and the Solara 60, both of which can reportedly stay in flight for five years. If you’re interested, the Solara 50 can carry 70 pounds and the Solara 60 can carry around 250 pounds.”* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down
Published on Dec 16, 2013 RT America
Internet giant Google is moving forward with its purchase of robotics company Boston Dynamics, a darling of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA. Boston Dynamics is the eighth robotics company Google has purchased in the last six months. Google has its own history with robotics as the inventor of the self-driving car. RT’s Meghan Lopez takes a look at some of the interesting inventions Boston Dynamics has brought us.
Published on Dec 9, 2013 Reuters
Published on Oct 30, 2013
The National Security Agency has infiltrated the links between Yahoo and Google data centers worldwide, according to the latest leaks by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Tapping into these links allows them to secretly siphon off information from those companies’ data streams. The links between data centers are not encrypted, though Google announced in September that they will begin encrypting their links. Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the NSA, says that, to his knowledge, this program does not exist. RT’s Sam Sacks has more information on how the latest revelations are different from the previously disclosed Prism surveillance program.
Published on Oct 25, 2013
How big business tracks your every move
It doesn’t take a top-secret government spy agency with the latest surveillance gear to gather information about you. Every day, companies are gathering and sharing your data, even when you aren’t logged in.
They are hot on your data trail. So are law enforcement agents, IRS investigators, and private attorneys, who can gain access to more information about your private life with a subpoena or a court order, which has a lower standard of proof than a search warrant.
Published on Oct 11, 2013
How major internet companies and governments follow our every online movement and can access all of our passwords, personal information and even our credit cards