Made In China

Chinese Search Giant Reportedly Copying Google With Self-Driving Bikes

We bet all these Shanghai cyclists wish their bikes could do the biking for them. (Wikimedia Commons)

Hot on the heels of Google’s plans to roll out self-driving cars, a search giant in China is rumored to be developing its own fleet of autonomous vehicles.

Chinese search engine Baidu is said to be developing the world’s first driverless bicycles, Tech in Asia reports. Though Baidu hasn’t officially confirmed the project, sources say the bikes could be revealed before the end of 2014. Read More

Off the Media

Is Google’s Product Strategy Dumb, Brave or Both?

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There’s no question we live in one of the harshest media environments in history. Not that it’s necessarily always critical but rather, if you’re someone doing something in the public eye, you face a million media outlets all shouting to be louder than the others, publishing in real time, with little editing, little fact checking, and complete subjectivity.

In other words, it’s the mob. Read More

Google New York

Rolling Out in the East? Google Finally Talks About the Future of Driverless Cars

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Although legislation in most of the 50 states isn’t equipped to regulate robotic self-driven cars, Google is rolling forward with plans to unleash a fleet of driverless cars that can be summoned via smartphone app.

Google finally broke its relative silence on its self-driving car pilot program to reporters over the phone this morning. It was the first time the tech giant answered questions from the press about the modern-day Knight Rider-mobiles. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: A Good Look Around Mars Edition

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Craigslist has taken a step back from becoming the Internet asshole, dropping exclusive license to all posts. [EFF]

How your tech story promotion sausage gets made. [New York Times]

Here’s a 360 panoramic view of Mars taken by the Curiosity rover. It is riveting. [Wall Street Journal]

No surprise here: self-driving cars are better at driving than actual humans. [The Atlantic]

Oh good, you can now live without breathing. [Gizmodo]

Maybe the Singularity isn’t coming, after all. [Cognitive Social Web]

THE GOOG

Eric Schmidt Thinks Mainstream Adoption of Self-Driving Cars Will Depend on ‘How Drunk They Are’

So wry, that Eric Schmidt. (Photo: Twitter)

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt shed some light on Google’s self-driving car experiment at the Sun Valley conference yesterday, reports TechCrunch. Mr. Schmidt thinks that it’s possible that self-driving cars will be the dominant form of transportation within our lifetimes. I know a lot of commuters with high blood pressure who will be happy to hear that. Read More