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FedEx chasing Amazon in robotic fulfillment game 1
Posted Monday, Mar 19, 2018 by Jeff Safire

Machines in one FedEx facility are directly replacing human roles but there are no pink slips, yet. The news: The New York Times says the firm is using five autonomous “tuggers” to move large, oddly shaped items around a freight depot in North Carolina. What they do: The tugs are akin to autonomous cars…

5G is in Danger of Being Oversold 2
Posted Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 by Jeff Safire

Just like graphene or Elon Musk’s startups, 5G has become a technology savior. Proponents tout the poorly defined wireless technology as the path to virtual reality, telemedicine, and self-⁠driving cars.

FDA OKs First Blood-Based Concussion Detection Test 3
Posted Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018 by Jeff Safire

Banyan Biomarkers is one of the first companies to bring a blood-based test to aid in the detection of traumatic brain injuries and concussions to the U.S. market By Omar Ford February 16, 2018 A new blood-based test could help change the way TBI’s such as concussions are detected in patients. FDA recently granted…

A Sleeping Alexa Can Listen for More Than Just Her Name 4
Posted Monday, Feb 12, 2018 by Jeff Safire

Sunday’s Super Bowl broadcast included a spot for Amazon’s Alexa, in which Alexa’s name was said some 10 times. But the Amazon Echos in people’s homes didn’t even blink, because they were programmed to look for a particular digital fingerprint in the wake-up word, and ignore it.

Silicon Valley Reconsiders the iPhone Era It Created 5
Posted Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018 by Jeff Safire

A tussle this week between prominent investors and Apple Inc. over iPhone use by young people comes amid a nascent re-evaluation of the smartphone’s social consequences within the industry that spawned it.

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