Building Roads That Generate Power From Passing Traffic

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Researchers are looking at advanced materials for roads and pavements that could generate electricity from passing traffic.

Engineers from Lancaster University are working on smart materials such as “piezolectric” ceramics that, when embedded in road surfaces, would be able to harvest and convert vehicle vibration into electrical energy.

The research project, led by Professor Mohamed Saafi, will design and optimize energy recovery of around one to two Megawatts per kilometer under “normal” traffic volumes—which is around 2,000

Why Facebook’s AI Glitch Is Scary for Companies

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The recent news that Facebook temporarily suspended its artificial intelligence (AI) program when the bots within this program started chatting to each other in a strange language only they understood, has reignited the debate on the potential dangers of AI. Several media outlets have jumped on this news with predictions that AI will become independent and pose a threat to mankind.

In reality, however, the development was more of a human error rather than any kind

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You—Guidance for Risk Analyses Under the HIPAA Security Rule

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The need to protect patient information from unauthorized disclosure is nothing new for healthcare providers. However, healthcare providers cannot adequately protect the security and integrity of their patients’ information if they do not first know what threats they face. A string of recent enforcement actions and corresponding high-dollar settlements with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) demonstrates that the agency takes threat identification and prevention seriously.

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Stalls, Fires, Deadly Air Bags and Seat-Back Failures Among Auto Safety Issues This Month

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In the first two weeks of September auto safety danger includes stalls, fires, deadly air bags and seat-back failures, according to reports filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Car fires, seat backs that may break, air bags that could shoot metal shards into the occupant compartment and seat belts that may fail are among safety actions during the first two weeks of the month, according to the NHTSA.

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Federal safety regulators are

Biometrics Will Radically Alter Driving Experience

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The media has focused much attention on electric and autonomous vehicles as the automotive industry steers toward wider adoption of those technologies.

There is another exciting development happening with automobiles that is just starting to see the light of day: in-car biometrics.

Biometrics is a technology that measures a person’s fingerprints, facial features and other unique characteristics in order to verify one’s identity.

This technology already exists in activity trackers, or wearable devices, that monitor a person’s heart

Visualizing the Future Through Experiential Learning

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The following information was released by the Government of Canada:

Patients will benefit from a new perioperative simulation (PeriopSim) application that will better equip medical teams with skills for surgery as a result of a $250,000 investment from the Government of Canada. Direct support from the federal government is playing a key role in the growth of small and medium-sized businesses by enabling them to bring technology to market, expand their revenue base and create more

How Artificial Intelligence Is Impacting the Service Industry

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Every single day, millions of dollars are being spent in call centers simply to answer repeated questions, thousands of times over and over again. Let us see how artificial intelligence (AI) is going to affect IT service management.

In this age of AI, managers at all levels need to accept that a significant chunk of their jobs might be done better and more efficiently by machines. Researchers conducted surveys and found that managers at all levels

Michelin North America Recalls Pilot Power 3 Replacement Sport Motorcycle Tires

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Michelin North America Incorporated, a subsidiary of Michelin, is recalling a certain number of Pilot Power 3 replacement sport motorcycle tires.

The recalled tires are of size 180/55ZR17 (73W), manufactured between April 17, 2016 and May 7, 2016.

The company is recalling the tires because they are missing the required maximum load and corresponding inflation pressure information on the sidewall. As such, these tires fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number

Ford’s Push for Driverless Vehicle Safety Includes a Man Pretending to Be a Car Seat

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Andy Schaudt is an invisible man.

He is wearing a “seat suit” to make it look like his Ford Transit Connect van is driving itself.

His bespectacled face is obscured by a fake headrest hood. His torso is tucked behind custom-sewn upholstery armor, like the pads protecting a Yankees catcher but in meticulously chosen black and stone leather hues to mirror Ford’s usual inanimate seats.

The automaker is trying to devise a “standard visual language” so its self-driving

IBM, Microsoft and GS1 Will Create Supply-Line Blockchain Standards

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On September 13, 2017, Microsoft, IBM, and nonprofit global business communication standards company GS1 announced a collaborative effort to integrate GS1 standards into supply chain-based blockchain applications.

For decades, GS1 has informed global commerce, making history on June 26, 1974, by putting a barcode on a pack of chewing gum. Today, over 40 years later, GS1’s global data and identification standards encompass protocols that work with blockchain technology, allowing for logistic documentation to take place on