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Ailing weather satellite produces sharp snapshot of Earth

Despite a serious cooling problem, the newest U.S. weather satellite has produced a sharp snapshot of Earth. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the GOES-17 satellite’s first image Thursday. It shows the Western Hemisphere in detail from 22,000 miles up. Last week, NOAA reported that critical infrared sensors in the satellite’s main instrument were […]

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GM revs up autonomous car unit and dormant shares fly

Shares of General Motors posted their largest one-day gain since the company’s rebirth from bankruptcy eight years ago, after Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank decided to pump $2.25 billion into GM’s autonomous car unit. The deal is the largest yet between a technology investment firm and an old-line automaker, and investors apparently saw it as a […]

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Gigaom | Moore’s Law

The following is an excerpt from GigaOm publisher Byron Reese’s new book, The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity. You can purchase the book here. The Fourth Age explores the implications of automation and AI on humanity, and has been described by Ethernet inventor and 3Com founder Bob Metcalfe as […]