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Uber saw rapid growth in 2016, but it still bled cash

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Uber would’ve been one of the top 10 biggest money losers in 2016 if it were public.

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Tesla misses 2016 delivery target by about 4,000 units, but builds more than ever

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2016: The year of the autonomous-car promise

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This past year was filled with a lot of big claims but few details.

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2016: The year of the autonomous-car promise

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9 Ways Robots and AI Took Over 2016 + How to Cope

2016 will be remembered as the year of AI systems—they’ve begun to take over the arts, child care, holiday cheer and human jobs. We’ve taken inventory of the skills the systems have gained in 2016 in order to prepare ourselves for years to come:

Paint By Algorithm

Do you ever wish artists like Picasso, Basquiat or even Michelangelo could come back to life to create new work? No need—there’s an AI system for that! This one took data from Rembrandt’s paintings and composed a new one in the late artist’s style. 

Understanding Human Emotion

IBM’s Watson expanded its artistic palette to film when it edited a movie trailer for the horror movie, Morgan. This marks the first AI edited movie trailer, and the irony is almost too creepy—Morgan is about an AI system spiraling out of control.

Read My Lips…

Humans can only read lips at a lame accuracy of 52.3%—the reasoning behind training an AI to do much better. LipNet far surpasses humans with an impressive speech to text accuracy rate of 93.4%. 

Rockabye Baby

The one thing humans value more than their own lives is the lives of their children. SNOO the robotic cradle acts as an extension of the parent to help lull babies to sleep by mimicking the uterus experience. Equal parts terrifying and helpful.

Look Son, No Hands!

This self-propelled baby stroller pushes itself so you don’t have to. Parents, would you use this?

Give Thanks to Opposable Thumbs

A main criticism of the spike in technology is the fear of losing touch with our human qualities. The good news? Drones are still incapable of cooking—a skill better left to humans for now, as demonstrated by the X-Star Premium Drone’s messy attempt at putting together Thanksgiving dinner.

Spreading Christmas Cheer is Singling Loud for All to Hear

Thanksgiving isn’t the only holiday that’s been infiltrated by robots this year—an AI created it’s own holiday song based on 100 hours of Christmas music, 50 hours of song lyrics, and video feed from the game Just Dance. If that’s not scary enough, the first-person lyrics include, “I’ve always been there for the rest of our lives.” Start training for war now.

Ultimate Strength

It looks like AAA will have some competition in the near future. This year, six powerful microbots figured out how to work together to pull a 4,000 pound car. 

Performing Human Activities

It’s incredible how physical robots have developed over the years. This humanoid robot programmed by Boston Dynamics is able to accomplish simple human tasks—think opening doors and standing back up after falling—with astounding tenacity.

How can we cope?

AI systems with humanlike qualities are both frightening and exciting. The next step in developing technology is figuring out how to properly integrate them into our workflow and education system. At this year’s Core77 Conference, keynote speaker Alexis Lloyd reminded us that coexisting with technology is the key to the success of both robots and humans. 

What About Our Jobs?

Another popular topic this year stems from our fear of losing human jobs to AI. In this video from online think tank Big Think, Dr. Michio Kaku breaks down what jobs we can expect to see thrive and become obsolete in the near future.

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More from Core77’s 2016 Year in Review

The 16 Best Stories from 2016

16(ish) of 2016’s Best Materials Moments

2016 Best of Furniture Design

10 Things 2016 Had to Offer to the Future of Transportation

2016 Best of Digital Fabrication

15 Reader Submitted Projects That Wowed This Year

Footwear Designs That Pushed Boundaries in 2016

2016 Marks the First Year in the “Age of the Drone”

The Best of Sketching in 2016


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9 Ways Robots and AI Took Over 2016 + How to Cope

2016 will be remembered as the year of AI systems—they’ve begun to take over the arts, child care, holiday cheer and human jobs. We’ve taken inventory of the skills the systems have gained in 2016 in order to prepare ourselves for years to come:

Paint By Algorithm

Do you ever wish artists like Picasso, Basquiat or even Michelangelo could come back to life to create new work? No need—there’s an AI system for that! This one took data from Rembrandt’s paintings and composed a new one in the late artist’s style. 

Understanding Human Emotion

IBM’s Watson expanded its artistic palette to film when it edited a movie trailer for the horror movie, Morgan. This marks the first AI edited movie trailer, and the irony is almost too creepy—Morgan is about an AI system spiraling out of control.

Read My Lips…

Humans can only read lips at a lame accuracy of 52.3%—the reasoning behind training an AI to do much better. LipNet far surpasses humans with an impressive speech to text accuracy rate of 93.4%. 

Rockabye Baby

The one thing humans value more than their own lives is the lives of their children. SNOO the robotic cradle acts as an extension of the parent to help lull babies to sleep by mimicking the uterus experience. Equal parts terrifying and helpful.

Look Son, No Hands!

This self-propelled baby stroller pushes itself so you don’t have to. Parents, would you use this?

Give Thanks to Opposable Thumbs

A main criticism of the spike in technology is the fear of losing touch with our human qualities. The good news? Drones are still incapable of cooking—a skill better left to humans for now, as demonstrated by the X-Star Premium Drone’s messy attempt at putting together Thanksgiving dinner.

Spreading Christmas Cheer is Singling Loud for All to Hear

Thanksgiving isn’t the only holiday that’s been infiltrated by robots this year—an AI created it’s own holiday song based on 100 hours of Christmas music, 50 hours of song lyrics, and video feed from the game Just Dance. If that’s not scary enough, the first-person lyrics include, “I’ve always been there for the rest of our lives.” Start training for war now.

Ultimate Strength

It looks like AAA will have some competition in the near future. This year, six powerful microbots figured out how to work together to pull a 4,000 pound car. 

Performing Human Activities

It’s incredible how physical robots have developed over the years. This humanoid robot programmed by Boston Dynamics is able to accomplish simple human tasks—think opening doors and standing back up after falling—with astounding tenacity.

How can we cope?

AI systems with humanlike qualities are both frightening and exciting. The next step in developing technology is figuring out how to properly integrate them into our workflow and education system. At this year’s Core77 Conference, keynote speaker Alexis Lloyd reminded us that coexisting with technology is the key to the success of both robots and humans. 

What About Our Jobs?

Another popular topic this year stems from our fear of losing human jobs to AI. In this video from online think tank Big Think, Dr. Michio Kaku breaks down what jobs we can expect to see thrive and become obsolete in the near future.

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More from Core77’s 2016 Year in Review

The 16 Best Stories from 2016

16(ish) of 2016’s Best Materials Moments

2016 Best of Furniture Design

10 Things 2016 Had to Offer to the Future of Transportation

2016 Best of Digital Fabrication

15 Reader Submitted Projects That Wowed This Year

Footwear Designs That Pushed Boundaries in 2016

2016 Marks the First Year in the “Age of the Drone”

The Best of Sketching in 2016


Core77

9 Ways Robots and AI Took Over 2016 + How to Cope

2016 will be remembered as the year of AI systems—they’ve begun to take over the arts, child care, holiday cheer and human jobs. We’ve taken inventory of the skills the systems have gained in 2016 in order to prepare ourselves for years to come:

Paint By Algorithm

Do you ever wish artists like Picasso, Basquiat or even Michelangelo could come back to life to create new work? No need—there’s an AI system for that! This one took data from Rembrandt’s paintings and composed a new one in the late artist’s style. 

Understanding Human Emotion

IBM’s Watson expanded its artistic palette to film when it edited a movie trailer for the horror movie, Morgan. This marks the first AI edited movie trailer, and the irony is almost too creepy—Morgan is about an AI system spiraling out of control.

Read My Lips…

Humans can only read lips at a lame accuracy of 52.3%—the reasoning behind training an AI to do much better. LipNet far surpasses humans with an impressive speech to text accuracy rate of 93.4%. 

Rockabye Baby

The one thing humans value more than their own lives is the lives of their children. SNOO the robotic cradle acts as an extension of the parent to help lull babies to sleep by mimicking the uterus experience. Equal parts terrifying and helpful.

Look Son, No Hands!

This self-propelled baby stroller pushes itself so you don’t have to. Parents, would you use this?

Give Thanks to Opposable Thumbs

A main criticism of the spike in technology is the fear of losing touch with our human qualities. The good news? Drones are still incapable of cooking—a skill better left to humans for now, as demonstrated by the X-Star Premium Drone’s messy attempt at putting together Thanksgiving dinner.

Spreading Christmas Cheer is Singling Loud for All to Hear

Thanksgiving isn’t the only holiday that’s been infiltrated by robots this year—an AI created it’s own holiday song based on 100 hours of Christmas music, 50 hours of song lyrics, and video feed from the game Just Dance. If that’s not scary enough, the first-person lyrics include, “I’ve always been there for the rest of our lives.” Start training for war now.

Ultimate Strength

It looks like AAA will have some competition in the near future. This year, six powerful microbots figured out how to work together to pull a 4,000 pound car. 

Performing Human Activities

It’s incredible how physical robots have developed over the years. This humanoid robot programmed by Boston Dynamics is able to accomplish simple human tasks—think opening doors and standing back up after falling—with astounding tenacity.

How can we cope?

AI systems with humanlike qualities are both frightening and exciting. The next step in developing technology is figuring out how to properly integrate them into our workflow and education system. At this year’s Core77 Conference, keynote speaker Alexis Lloyd reminded us that coexisting with technology is the key to the success of both robots and humans. 

What About Our Jobs?

Another popular topic this year stems from our fear of losing human jobs to AI. In this video from online think tank Big Think, Dr. Michio Kaku breaks down what jobs we can expect to see thrive and become obsolete in the near future.

_______________________________________

More from Core77’s 2016 Year in Review

The 16 Best Stories from 2016

16(ish) of 2016’s Best Materials Moments

2016 Best of Furniture Design

10 Things 2016 Had to Offer to the Future of Transportation

2016 Best of Digital Fabrication

15 Reader Submitted Projects That Wowed This Year

Footwear Designs That Pushed Boundaries in 2016

2016 Marks the First Year in the “Age of the Drone”

The Best of Sketching in 2016


Core77

2016 Marks the First Year in the “Age of the Drone”

The introduction of drones into the consumer market really only took place around this time last year, so 2016 could effectively be deemed the first year of the drone. And as drones proliferated into the mainstream, interesting, creative uses for the new technology were inevitable—thus resulting in a ton of interesting drone news as well as some pretty strange applications. 

To sum it all up, here are a number of unconventional applications to 2016’s hottest new technology.

A Drone Scaled Up to Carry Humans

This year, a Chinese technology company called eHang released a video announcing their venture into creating an autonomous flying “drone” vehicle for humans. When we reviewed it earlier this year, the video had us highly skeptical…viewing it again, I must admit that not much in our minds has changed. 

Conceptual Drones

As we peer into a future where drones will help consumers and federal institutions alike, this fascinating article written by discursive design professors Bruce and Stephanie Tharp helps us further examine the integration of drones into our public and private lives in the year 2016 by showcasing a number of engaging design projects. 

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Medieval Documentation Drone

Many people are still resistant to the integration of drone technology into our everyday lives. Once such group protesting the normalization of their flight? The Renn fair crowd.

Using a Drone as a Blender

What’s the best way to show your drone has the fastest, sharpest, most effective blades? You use the drone as a blender, of course. This year, Speed Motion Films used a DJI Phantom drone to try and blend pretty much anything that darn machine could handle.

Drone Vs. Raptor

While you may not be able to understand the audio in this, the objective is clear—governments around the world are preparing for the influx of unwelcome surveillance drones using a number of different methods. While the Dutch police are employing a few trained feathered friends to take go defense against the robots….

…the Tokyo police force is fighting fire with fire. After finding an authorized drone this year on the roof of the Japanese prime minister’s home and labelling it as a terrorist incident, the police started sending out federal drones flown by remote pilots to capture any unidentified flying objects.

The Killer Drone

This year, the Finnish are responsible for the #1 drone to haunt your dreams—introducing the Killer Drone, aka a large drone equipped with a remote controlled chainsaw. Yep, we aren’t sleeping a peep either after this one!

Flying Goth 

And last but certainly not least of 2016, we have the fabricated drone created by Otto Dieffenbach back in March to resemble Gothminister singer Bjørn Alexander Brem. Ominously floating and flying around like Superman, this creation was certainly both extra spooky and totally excellent. 

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More from Core77’s 2016 Year in Review

The 16 Best Stories from 2016

16(ish) of 2016’s Best Materials Moments

2016 Best of Furniture Design

10 Things 2016 Had to Offer to the Future of Transportation

2016 Best of Digital Fabrication

15 Reader Submitted Projects That Wowed This Year

Footwear Designs That Pushed Boundaries in 2016


Core77

2016 Best of Furniture Design

This year we saw a lot of heavily-trafficked posts in furniture design, covering everything from old-school techniques to newfangled technologies, up-and-coming designers, wild experiments and some plain ol’ kick-ass designs.

The breakout hit was, surprisingly, a blast from the past: “The World’s Oldest, Simplest Chair Design,” which was built by everyone from the Vikings to ancient Africans to American Boy Scouts to Steve Ramsey, drew lots of eyeballs.

How Folks Designed Furniture Without Math, CAD and Measuring Tools” was another popular post, revealing Jim Tolpin’s expertise in how folks have effectively designed for thousands of years in “the absence of mathematics” using simple tools: A divider and one’s hand.

In “A Forgotten 18th-Century French Tool for Finishing Furniture,” finishing expert Don Williams uncovered a tool design from an old tome, recreated it in his shop, and found it to be a fabulously effective tool for modern-day furniture designer/builders.

Moving into the present day, were just blown away by “Reed Hansuld’s Outstanding Furniture Designs.” By the looks of it, this talented young man from Brooklyn by way of Canada has got a long furniture career ahead of him.

Tierney Haines Architects’ “Innovative Design for a Folding Chair” also captured a lot of eyeballs, as their creation provides no visual clue that it’s a folding chair at all.

And on the DIY front, “Scott Rumschlag’s DIY Motor-Free, Height-Adjustable Standing Desk” surprised many with its clever engineering

For reader-submitted projects, designer Konstantin Achkov’s flatpack Electron Chair, which comes together without the use of screws, excited many.

On the experimental front, in “Two New Furniture Making Techniques That Are Challenging Traditional Woodworking,” we saw both Ori Ravgad’s ‘Paipu Technique’ of forming up veneers was inspired by Japanese sushi-rolling methods, and Charlène Guillaume’s experimental melted-bottle-based joinery methods.

What about your own potential future as a furniture designer/builder? What can you study and practice that might give you a leg up on the competition? As we saw in “Studying Boatbuilding Gives You an Edge as a Furniture Designer,” shipwright-trained Nathie Katzoff is killing it with his innovative and organic designs.

In keeping with Core77’s practical-minded audience, some of our top-rated furniture design entries didn’t have to do with furniture itself, but the very hardware that holds it together. Our “Death to Cam Lock Nuts: Flatpack Hardware That Will Hopefully Become Obsolete” post wasn’t even written this year, but racked up tons of views from folks seeking an alternative.

We found that alternative in Germany, with manufacturer Scheulenberg’s “High-Quality, Innovative Knockdown Fasteners That Can Open Up Design Possibilities.”

Power tool manufacturer Festool has also entered this space with their own Domino-based knockdown fasteners.

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More from Core77’s 2016 Year in Review

The 16 Best Stories from 2016

16(ish) of 2016’s Best Materials Moments


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Autoblog's best videos of 2016

We did a lot of neat stuff in 2016, and a lot of it was caught on video. Check out our favorite drives, experiences, and episodes from our original series that we selected from 2016's best.

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Best of Autoblog 2016: 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn First Drive

The arrival of a new convertible Rolls-Royce is an occasion unto itself. We head to South Africa to tour the Western Cape swiftly and in great comfort.

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Wonderful Images That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity In 2016

Most people will agree that 2016 wasn’t the best year. But these pictures prove that it wasn’t all bad.

Bird builds her nest on police car, the cops attach an umbrella to the windshield to keep her safe from the elements and tape off the parking spot so nobody bothers her:

Man turns old truck into mobile shower for homeless people to wash up and restore their dignity:

Dad and son rescued 30 dogs left behind during the flood in Brazoria County, Texas:

Neighbors repaired the house of a lonely retired teacher for free:

Sick tiger cub weighting only 1/4 of normal weight, gets rescued from circus, makes incredible recover:

This man saved 1000 dogs from Yulin meat festival despite being beaten for this:

Imam opens mosque’s doors to stray cats to keep them warm:

12-year-old boy learns to sew to make over 800 stuffed animals for sick children:

Flight attendant adopts stray dog who wouldn’t stop waiting for her outside hotel:

This 8-year-old boy spent 2 years growing his hair to make wigs for kids with cancer:

People are fleeing war-torn Aleppo but this man is staying to care for abandoned cats:

Animal shelter partners with elderly care facility to save both orphaned kittens and elders:

Olympic runners who came last after helping each other get moved to the finals:

Stray dog who joined runner on 155-mile race disappears so the athlete flies to china to find him:

Cop finds stray puppy, stays with her after his night shift to make sure she’s safe:

World champion boxer Manny Pacquiao builds 1,000 homes for poor Filipinos:

Restaurant puts fridge in street so hungry people can take leftovers:

Toucan gets a 3d printed beak after it’s beaten by a group of teens:

Afghan boy with plastic bag Messi shirt finally gets to meet his hero Lionel Messi:

Travis Rudolph – FSU football player – joins an autistic boy eating alone for lunch:


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2016: The year we talked about autonomy a bunch | Autoblog Podcast #497

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2016 as the year everyone talked about autonomous driving, without actually having any self-driving cars. Plus we chat about What We’re Driving and Spend My Money.

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