When you step inside a facility like this one in upstate New York, you’d see a series of conveyor belts transporting heaps of electronics — ranging from hard drives, laptops, old TVs, printers, medical devices, etc. — to and from shredders and sorters. It’s called e-waste, which is made of millions of broken, dead, and obsolete gadgets, and sometimes much of the gadgets are either too toxic and/or too valuable to just chunk into a dumpster, sooooooo, they get recycled. At Hugo Neu Recycling, formerly the largest recycler of scrap metal in the country, they now specialize in e-waste, and much of their clientele are businesses who want/need to offload their junk. Plus, it’s also a grim and sobering reminder of just HOW MUCH waste is being produced by our society’s obsession with latest and greatest of electronics. Continue reading “Check Out this E-Waste Recycling Plant Demolishing your Dead Tech…”
Insert Google/Skynet joke here; I’m too tired to do it this time…
While the real-world and fictional robots we’re used to seeing are typically very rigid, it may not be ideal for some tasks. We can create robotic machines that can contort and maneuver themselves to fit into smaller spaces while STILL remaining sturdy enough for strength-dependent tasks. By “we,” I’m talking about MIT and Google’s Boston Dynamics, as the parties have developed a composite material with the ability to switch change from hard and soft states whenever, wherever, INSTANTLY! Continue reading “BEHOLD the Shape-Shifting Robots from Google & MIT!”
This past Monday, the state of Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles issued Google its first license for the hands-free car; you know, the one that drives itself. This was a result of the 2011 legislation in the state that established regulations to allow test-driving of autonomous vehicles. The vehicles utilize intelligent driving software, proximity sensors and GPS data to determine how to traverse from one point to another one. Soon, these vehicles will be tested around Nevada, but with a catch: two people must be in the vehicle — one in the driver’s seat and the other in the passenger seat.