As impressive as computers are becoming, they still pale in comparison to nature’s version – the brain. As such scientists have started designing computer chips that work in a similar way to the brain, using artificial neurons and synapses. Now Intel has unveiled its most powerful “neuromorphic” computing system to date. Named Pohoiki Springs, this system packs in 100 million neurons, putting it on par with the brain of a small mammal.
This is a 1966-model Volkswagen T1 Samba Bus. It has spent more than half a century on the roads of California, meaning it’s probably got wild and woolly stories to tell about Woodstock and the Summer of Love, and unspeakable things have surely taken place in its roomy interior. Lives have likely begun in this humble little people mover, and now it’s getting a second life of its own.
With an eye toward the future of self-driving cars with next-level safety and reliability, Waymo has introduced its fifth-generation system for autonomous vehicles. Called Waymo Driver, the system promises a more comprehensive understanding of the vehicle’s surroundings and a number of impressive new capabilities, including an ability to spot debris and stop signs hundreds of meters up the road.
If you’re on the hunt for a pedal-assist e-bike with retro-cool charm, you’ll likely already have stumbled across Vintage Electric. The new 2020 Cafe model brings some new tech to the party, including something called the 2020 Vintorque Drivetrain.
- Some of Japan’s oldest jets, the RF-4EJ Phantom IIs, flew for the last time yesterday, days before their official retirement.
- Japan has operated the F-4 Phantom II fighter jet since the late 1960s, with at least one plane still flying that’s almost 50 years old.
- The F-4 Phantom is being replaced by the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, and Japan is developing a brand new fighter to fly in the mid-2030s.