What It Feels Like to Ride in a Self-Driving Uber

September 14, 2016: Read article in the New York Times. “On Wednesday, Uber rolled out a pilot program of its driverless cars to its most loyal customers in Pittsburgh, giving them the chance to hail an autonomous Uber for the first time. With the trial, a handful of test vehicles — Ford Fusions at first — will roam the streets, each car coming with a human safety engineer who has undergone training to reassure riders that the process is...

Chronically Ill Kids Attend School via Telepresence Robots

September 19, 2016: Read article in ZDNet. A combination of video chat software and robotics is now allowing chronically ill children to be virtually present in classrooms, which could benefit both their academic and social development. However, engineers still have several kinks to work out in this technology, such as: connectivity issues, imperfect mobility, limited battery life, and the attention drawn by other...

How Artificial Intelligence is Redefining the Future of Real Estate

September 20, 2016: Read article in Atlanta Agent Magazine. Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing nearly every industry, and real estate is no exception. One major use of AI for real estate in the future could be a deep learning search engine which would “incorporate a home shopper’s personality traits and preferences, pairing them with a home in a neighborhood that perfectly complements their...

For the Debaters: What Shall We Do About the Tech Careening Our Way?

September 21, 2016: Read article in the New York Times. “Here’s a question I’m hoping comes up at Monday’s presidential debate: Secretary Clinton and Mr. Trump, what would you do about self-driving trucks?…According to the boosters, autonomous trucks would avert lots of accidents, saving thousands of lives annually. They could reduce congestion and carbon emissions by cutting the number of trucks on the road…In the long run, if the trucks prove successful and our logistics infrastructure adjusts to accommodate them, they could begin to displace the three million Americans (mostly men) who now drive trucks for a living, not to mention truck stops and the small towns that depend on...

Key Findings on How Americans View New Technologies That Could ‘Enhance’ Human Abilities

July 26, 2016: Read article in Pew Research Fact Tank. A recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center investigated Americans’ feelings towards bioenhancement technology. Most Americans expect many bioenhancements to be available within the next 50 years, although most also say they would be wary of trying these technologies for themselves, particularly more extreme or permanent measures. Religious Americans and women are among the most wary to embrace bioenhancements, but there is no statistically significant difference between racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic...

A Health-Monitoring Sticker Powered by Your Cell Phone

August 3, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. John Rogers at the University of Illinois has created a stretchy patch of artificial skin which can monitor heart rate and UV exposure. This development represents an advancement in the medical trend of “wearables,” that is, health devices which one can...