The Future Will See You Now

‘Can You Turn It Off??’ Sergey Brin’s Mother-in-Law Flips Out in Google’s Driverless Car

Ms. Wojcicki (Photo: Flickr)

Back in 2011, Google introduced the world to driverless cars through a launch party at the TED conference. Esther Wojcicki, the mother of 23 and Me founder Anne Wojcicki and mother-in-law to Google cofounder Sergey Brin, was in attendance. Though being an in-law to a pair of tech geniuses undoubtedly has its quirks, Esther was rather unprepared for her first wild (driverless) ride. Read More

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McDonald’s Employees Glimpse Into Their Freaky Driverless Car Future in Viral Prank

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Though driverless cars are on the road (heh) to becoming legal in many states, it will definitely take some time for the American populace to adjust to the sight of a car functioning without someone in the driver’s seat.

YouTube user MagicofRahat took advantage of that dissonance by creating a costume that looked just like his car’s seat back and placed it over his body, giving the impression that his car was driving itself. Then he drove the car through a number of fast food drive-thrus and scared the crap out of the unsuspecting employees. Read More

the robots are coming

If We’re All Getting Robot Chauffeurs, We Need Robot Ethics

(Source: Steve Jurvetson via Wikipedia)

Get ready for the day when you sip mimosas and curl your eyelashes as you commute, because the driverless car revolution is upon us. These futuristic machines are now legal in three states, and Google’s working hell-for-leather to make them part of regular life. But, as this essay in the New Yorker points out, such a technology raises thorny implications.

When we turn our shiny metal death machines over to computers, how are they going to make the right decisions? Read More

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Booting Up: Did New York Tech Just Get a Billion Dollar Exit?

Artist's rendering of the Indeed.com office right now. (Photo: CashCats.biz)

Somebody’s ready to make it rain in Stamford: Indeed.com has been acquired by the Japanese company Recruit Co. Ltd., for a price reportedly in the $750 million to $1 billion range. [Business Insider]

The California bill allowing driverless cars on the road has now been signed. [New York Times]

Total Google Play downloads thus far: 25 billion. In celebration, all kinds of goodies are available for download at 25 cents a pop. [The Verge]

Apparently the CEO of Intel doesn’t think Windows 8 is fully baked. [Bloomberg]

Even literal rocket scientists can’t keep their passwords safe. [Ars Technica]