THE four-legged beast stalks with feline grace through the shadows. Eyes glint in the darkness. Its superior vision picks out the forms of enemy soldiers advancing. Then, the robot opens fire.
It’s not science fiction. It’s on the brink of being fact.
This is a scenario soon to be seen on battlefields around the planet: A large container is parachuted into a “hot zone” amid a squad of human troops.
On the ground, the crate collapses open to reveal a mechanised monster ready and armed for action.
Ranging ahead of the troops, the robot will be obeying the commands of its human controllers tucked away safely at the unit’s rear.
By taking the risky “point” position, the robot will use its advanced sensors and metallic body to help protect the soft skin of the humans following it.
And if you think this sounds like something out of a sci-fi…
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The bulk of the attention on Tesla (s TSLA) recently has been squarely centered on the trees: Tesla’s quarterly earnings, its stock dive and weekly volatility, the three accidents that have led to fires. But don’t forget the forest: Tesla’s Model S has been a big success, and it’s part of a long term evolution that will allow Tesla to eventually deliver its third-generation, mainstream electric car. Finding success with that monumental project will be even more difficult than it was with the Model S, yet it will be even more of a revolutionary step toward moving the world off of gasoline-powered cars.
Think about it this way — the success of the Model S is like when the San Francisco Giants came back from a losing streak and won three division series games in a row to beat the Reds in the 2012. It…
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inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance.
wow..you wont even need to be somewhere to have a physical ability to do something there..
A few weeks ago when Twitter (s TWTR) launched its public offering, many were wondering why the company had not priced its stock higher, and some were amazed that it had left nearly a billion dollars on the table. While they were right to ask the question, what they didn’t understand was that Twitter was doing what it was supposed to do when it priced its stock at $26 a share.
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That price not only allowed Twitter to meet its own objective — to get over a billion dollars for selling a tiny piece of the company — it also allowed its employees to feel great about the company. It also meant that the stock had enough room to climb higher, which in turn ensured positive press around the company.
But most importantly, it allowed its large institutional investors to buy up bigger positions in the…
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FACEBOOK reportedly offered at least $US3 billion to purchase Snapchat, the rapidly growing messaging services, but was turned down.
Evan Spiegel, Snapchat’s 23-year-old co-founder and chief executive, is unlikely to consider an acquisition or an investment until early next year, people briefed on the matter said.
They said Mr Spiegel is hoping Snapchat’s numbers – of users and messages – will grow enough by then to justify an even larger valuation.
Snapchat also turned down an investment from Chinese e-commerce investor Tencent Holdings that would have valued the two-year-old company at $US4 billion.
Snapchat specialises in text and picture mobile messages that disappear after a few seconds. The company has not generated any revenue, but is becoming very popular, particularly among people who are starting to be concerned about how much privacy they have online and on their phones.
It comes as Twitter, an unprofitable short-messaging service, was valued…
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