Here's How to Get Rid of Traffic Jams

Traffic congestion steals our time, reduces our quality of life, and hurts us economically. But what can we possibly do about it? Here's how technology and some common sense could put an end to traffic congestion. » 7/09/14 10:47am 7/09/14 10:47am

Google is going to make its own self-driving cars. With a maximum speed of 25 mph (40 kph), the cartoonish vehicle only has a stop/go button — so it has no steering wheel, accelerator, or brake pedal. Users can chart their progress with a touchscreen. You can see the car in action here. » 5/28/14 6:20am 5/28/14 6:20am

Should People Without Licenses Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

Self-driving vehicles are starting to appear on our streets, and it'll only be a matter of time before they're commonplace. Which brings up an interesting question: Just who, exactly, should — or should not — be allowed behind the wheel? » 5/27/14 2:40pm 5/27/14 2:40pm

The military has developed a robotic convoy that doesn't need humans

The U.S. Army, working with Lockheed Martin, has successfully demonstrated the ability of fully autonomous convoys to operate in urban environments and under difficult conditions. It's all part of the military's ongoing effort to eliminate soldiers from the equation. » 2/04/14 2:40pm 2/04/14 2:40pm

DARPA Tried to Build Skynet in the 1980s

From 1983 to 1993 DARPA spent over $1 billion on a program called the Strategic Computing Initiative. The agency's goal was to push the boundaries of computers, artificial intelligence, and robotics to build something that, in hindsight, looks strikingly similar to the dystopian future of the Terminator movies. They… » 12/18/13 6:50pm 12/18/13 6:50pm