“This technology is completely untapped,” Joe Napoleon said of the eerily quiet all-electric but blindingly quick Chevrolet Camaro EL1. “Everybody talks about it. Nobody does shit about it. We’re going to go debunk all the myths.” That’s what the owner of Napoleon Motorsports has to say about this latest creation, which takes the team from its roots in short-track racing and Pirelli Trans-Am into Formula Drift’s top Pro class. Team operations guy and self-proclaimed “enabler” Ron Bergenholtz was a bit more blunt describing the reaction to the EL1, which Travis Reeder is driving this season. It’s Formula Drift’s first electric car, and a build that has the potential to open up a whole new world of big-power performance electric builds. “All of the sudden you guys come into the scene,” Bergenholtz exclaimed, “and completely shake up and break the system with a sledgehammer!” wouldn’t even … [Read more...] about This Camaro Became Formula Drift’s Groundbreaking First Electric Car After Getting Hit by a Train
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Microsoft rose to dominance during the '80s and '90s thanks to the success of its Windows operating system running on Intel’s processors, a cosy relationship nicknamed “Wintel”. Now Microsoft hopes that another another hardware–software combo will help it recapture that success—and catch rivals Amazon and Google in the race to provide cutting-edge artificial intelligence through the cloud. Microsoft hopes to extend the popularity of its Azure cloud platform with a new kind of computer chip designed for the age of AI. Starting today, Microsoft is providing Azure customers with access to chips made by the British startup Graphcore. Graphcore, founded in Bristol, UK, in 2016, has attracted considerable attention among AI researchers—and several hundred million dollars in investment—on the promise that its chips will accelerate the computations required to make AI work. Until now it has not made the chips publicly available or shown the results of … [Read more...] about Microsoft sends a new kind of AI processor into the cloud
STEERING wheels could soon warm up or cool down to tell drivers when to turn left or right. Technology being tested by Jaguar Land Rover should provide extra guidance for motorists, meaning they never have to take their eyes off the road. And the feature will be particularly useful during times of poor visibility, where drivers are struggling to see the road in heavy rain or fog. The manufacturer's "sensory steering wheel" could minimise the need for motorists to look over at a sat nav, and limit the chance of distracted driving. The system can rapidly warm or cool one side of the steering wheel by up to six degrees C, adjustable by the driver. JLR said it would be used to "inform drivers where to turn, when to change lane or to warn of an approaching junction" - and could help when the road layout is confusing.The steering wheel could also be used for less urgent notifications like low fuel or points of interest that are coming up. Concerns are growing over visible or audible signals … [Read more...] about Jaguar Land Rover’s ‘sensory steering wheel’ tells you which way to turn by heating up your hands so you never have to take your eyes off the road
Jon Evans Contributor Jon Evans is the CTO of the engineering consultancy HappyFunCorp; the award-winning author of six novels, one graphic novel, and a book of travel writing; and TechCrunch's weekend columnist since 2010. More posts by this contributor The post-exponential era of AI and Moore’s Law The surprisingly boring road to self-driving cars Anonymity? Privacy? How quaint. We live in a world bedecked with ever more cameras, ever more sensors, ever more drones, ever more data, ever fewer things that can be hidden. TLS and Tor can hide your online browsing, true — but, realistically, everything important you do, online or off, can easily be audited and tracked. True, you can still send private messages. Signal/RedPhone/TextSecure from Open WhisperSystems are the gold standard for secure messaging, and Dark Matter looks interesting. But if you want to go beyond messaging into transacting, your luck runs out. Consider Bitcoin. It’s infamous as the … [Read more...] about What You Need To Know About Zero Knowledge
Jon Evans Contributor Jon Evans is the CTO of the engineering consultancy HappyFunCorp; the award-winning author of six novels, one graphic novel, and a book of travel writing; and TechCrunch's weekend columnist since 2010. More posts by this contributor The post-exponential era of AI and Moore’s Law The surprisingly boring road to self-driving cars Strange, interesting, and wildly ambitious things are afoot in the world of Bitcoin and blockchains. I give you Zerocash, a completely anonymous currency; Ethereum, a blockchain platform designed to decentralize much of the Internet; and sidechains, a proposal to accelerate the evolution of Bitcoin itself. Any one of these could conceivably become a very big deal. All three? Prick up your ears. Of Bitcoins And Blockchains If you’re not au fait with blockchains, your head may already be swimming. Some background: Bitcoin, the infamous cryptocurrency, is built on a new kind of distributed-consensus technology called a … [Read more...] about Bitcoin 2.0: Sidechains And Ethereum And Zerocash, Oh My!