This Week in Tech: Sept 15-21

Flying cars, hydrogen-powered trains, SpaceX updates, and more tech stuff.

9. 22. 18 by Victor Tangermann
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Have you ever seen a bright red lion statue reading out poems generated by a machine learning algorithm? We hadn’t, either — until this week. Perhaps researchers from Yale University can wrap it in their newly-developed “robotic skin” to allow it to pounce on unsuspecting passers-by. Have absolutely no idea what we’re talking about? Read on to get the picture.

Flying Cars May Work Best When Tethered To Power Lines. To make flying cars more practical, one company suggests tethering them to the ground and making them run along a network of power lines.

Germany Just Rolled Out the World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Trains. The world’s first hydrogen-powered trains are now in operation in Lower Saxony, Germany. They could help lower diesel emissions.

Elon Musk Tweeted Some Very Cool New Renders of the Big Falcon Rocket. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted two new BFR renders, giving people a preview of the rocket it expects to ferry passengers to the Moon and Mars.


Military Pilots Can Control Three Jets at Once via a Neural Implant. DARPA just unveiled a research project that lets people control multiple jet planes at once with just their thoughts. For now, though, it requires invasive surgery.

This “Robotic Skin” Can Turn Pretty Much Anything Into a Robot. Yale researchers have created a robotic skin made out of sheets of elastic embedded with sensors and actuators that can give inanimate objects the ability to move.

Here’s Why Google Built an AI-Powered Lion Statue That Spits out Poems. A bright red statue of a lion in Trafalgar Square was programmed to generate poems. It used a machine learning algorithm trained on tens of millions of words of 19th century poetry.

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