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A can of AI-generated IPA beer pictured in a black can against a background of 1s and 0s.

How Artificial Intelligence Learned to Brew Beer

Brewing beer is one of humanity’s oldest arts. So how would a new-fangled technology like artificial intelligence do at the task? That was the question facing Denham D’Silva, founder and owner of Barossa Valley Brewing in Adelaide, Australia, after...
A woman dressed in white stands in a cloud of blue fog in a cyberpunk city, with a cameraperson nearby, in a behind-the-scenes photo of the music video for Lil Nas X's song 'Paninin'

What It’s Like to Design Autonomous Vehicles for a Lil Nas X Music Video

What is it about the idea of autonomy that captures storytellers’ imaginations? From flying carpets, to love bugs, to Johnny cabs, autonomous travel—and the freedom and promise it represents—has become a staple of fictional worlds in writing and film. ...
Animals including a horse, dog, cat, chicken and pigeon ride in a white SUV without a human driver

Driving Like A Cat, Dog, or Horse? How Animals Can Explain SAE’s 6 Levels of Automation

Editor’s Note: We know it’s hard to understand the SAE Levels of Driving Automation so we asked two writers – one layperson and one expert – to offer some guidance. You can find the companion piece here.  It’s 1908...
Minority Report's Vertical Highway and Self-Driving Lexus

Nostalgia Driven: Revisiting the Vertical Highway and the Self-Driving Lexus From ‘Minority Report’

The following information may make you wish to curl up into a ball and scream about the passage of time, so fair warning — but, here we go: Minority Report, the Steven Spielberg-directed, Philip K. Dick-originated, Tom Cruise and...

What Elevators, Skyscrapers and Labor Can Tell Us About Self-Driving Cars

In 2021, it’s hard to imagine a big city without skyscrapers. And even harder to imagine one without automatic elevators.  Yet not long ago, at the beginning of the 20th century, most elevators were operated by people. This was...

Bridging Tech, Mobility, and Social Divides in Miami

The essential nature of the internet for America’s youth was accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, when schools all across the United States moved to so-called “distance learning” or “remote learning” programs, essentially, teaching lessons to students at...
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