- You've been reading about it for years, but accident-avoiding cars are finally hitting the road. USA Today highlights some specific models, such as the 2006 Acura RL, which automatically stomps the brakes if it senses an impending collision. In the near future, look out (and if the systems go haywire, Look Out!) for cars equipped with adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warnings, and more advanced versions of the Acura's pre-crash countermeasures. [USA Today)]
- Inventor/Author Ray Kurzweil speaks in San Francisco about his 652-page book that predicts humans will eventually use their mastery of computers, software, gene-splicing techniques and nanotechnology to evolve into powerful, immortal, Borg-like beings.
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- In the long term WiFi on planes will be commonplace. But for now, the equipment needed is too heavy and expensive. Can't we just let Google handle it?
[New York Times (reg)]
- Tech-savvy business travelers secretly relish the cellphone/Blackberry-free zone that a jet flying at 35,000 feet provides. As a result, they're not exactly thrilled about the possibility of in-flight cellphone service—and neither is the passenger sitting next to them. [New York Times (reg)]