Whether we are glued to the TV for a 10 second Olympic race, watching an episode of the Amazing Race, or joining the millions who view each and every Nascar race, it is quite evident that humans love the thrill associated with racing. As we embrace speed in all shapes and sizes, it is time to welcome a new kind of race;
Lior Ron has had quite a ride since founding Otto less than a year ago; within three months of his official launch, Uber acquired the autonomous truck startup for more than $680 million. Ron, a former Google executive, told me this week that he started Otto as a socially conscious company to end roadside fatalities. Since trucks are […]
Over the last few months, the usual debate around unicorns and bubbles seems to have been put on hold a bit, as fears of a major crash have thankfully not materialized, at least for now. Instead another discussion has emerged, one that’s actually probably more fundamental. What’s next in tech? Which areas will produce the […]
This past week, I watched one of my favorite movies “The Good, the Bad and The Ugly.” Inspired by the highly anticipated premier of HBO’s remake of “West World,” (trailer below), I thought about recasting Albert Grimaldi’s 1966 classic in robotic terms — “the dull, the dangerous, and the dirty.” This kernel of an idea […]
On March 28, 1931, a small subsidiary of Boeing, United Airlines, announced that it completed the first transcontinental passenger flight in 27 hours. This ushered in the golden age of commercial American aviation, which lasted over 40 years. Autonomous aviation was birthed in 1849 by an Austrian attack on Italy with unmanned, explosive-ladened balloons. Today’s […]
Even though Instagram stories have only been around for 2 weeks, you can already see Snapchat-like behaviors crossing over to Instagram. One of the most beneficial, from a marketing perspective, is account takeovers. If you do not know what a takeover is, it is basically a collaboration where you and another user appear on each […]
Before discussing the wonders of marine robotics, I must comment on what is happening in Rio. More than any other Olympics, robots are playing a critical roll in capturing and reporting on athletes. Getty Images recently opened up a free part of its photo collection to consumers with the launch of an Olympics-focused photo site, […]
Recently, I watched ABC’s primetime showing of BattleBots with my 15-year-old son. While this show is billed as the ultimate bot reality TV, it is more about the builders’ backstories than the mechanical fighters. However, we do not have to wait too long for “Real Steel” to come to life, as a startup called MegaBots has just raised $2.4 million to […]
Drones are seemingly a big part of our future. Did you know you can buy a drone for the cost of a Go-Pro and an iPad?
Drone racing has quickly turned into an international spectator sport with live broadcasts and six-figure cash prizes.
Local officials hope to position the region around a drone testing site in Rome, N.Y., as a nationwide hub of commercial drone research, testing and manufacturing.