Future

Johnny Manziel’s second-half struggles shouldn’t send him to bench

That’s the way Johnny Manziel described his second half of Thursday night’s 31-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Cleveland Browns quarterback started the night by telling the NFL Network that this game couldn’t be as bad as last year’s in Cincinnati, when he threw for 80 yards in a 30-0 loss. By game’s end, and after a strong first ... Read More »

Toyota Invests $1 Billion in Artificial Intelligence in U.S.

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Silicon Valley is diving into artificial intelligence technology, with start-ups sprouting up and Google and Facebook pouring vast sums into projects that would teach machines how to learn and make decisions. Now Toyota wants a piece of the action. Toyota, the Japanese auto giant, on Friday announced a five-year, $1 billion research and development effort headquartered ... Read More »

New Horizons is now on track to explore the outer solar system

After snapping beautiful images of Pluto, New Horizons has set its sights on an ancient body in the Kuiper Belt. The space probe has completed the last of four maneuvers and is now on course for “2014 MU69” with an expected interception date of January 2019 (if the project gets NASA’s seal of approval). As glorious as a trip into ... Read More »

Leasing the Future

An Uber investor said the reason behind Uber’s success is that millennials are not interested in buying cars, but they want convenience. “[Millennials] view cars as a utility, not as a social statement,” said Bill Gurley, Benchmark Capital. John Zimmer, the co-founder of Lyft, believes that most millennials will not own a car in 5 years. In the world of ... Read More »

Why Microsoft’s audacious vision for the future of computing is finally ready for prime time

Microsoft’s audacious vision for Windows devices that seamlessly blend hardware with software in a unified, holistic experience is finally bearing fruit, after being stuck in a morass for years. The company’s been inching toward this experience ever since it revealed Windows 8, with its touchscreen support and Metro interface. Just last year, the Surface Pro 3 finally became the first ... Read More »

Yieldco slump raises questions over future profits

“We think there is at least a significant risk that future yieldco issuance will be much harder, if not impossible, in current market conditions,” said Robert Clover, director of economic and financial consulting at FTI Intelligence. “We’ve been tracking 13 future new yieldco issues that were in the pipeline to be listed in the coming months, and I’m pretty sure ... Read More »

London’s future black cabs are going green

In a few years, the familiar hum of diesel engines powering London’s black cabs will begin to be replaced by the whirring motors of more efficient vehicles. The London Taxi Company, which for time immemorial has built the overwhelming majority of the capital’s Hackney carriages, today unveiled its next-generation hybrid vehicle. The TX5, which takes several design cues from taxis ... Read More »

Fed’s Williams sees rate rises appropriate in ‘near future’

Despite strong headwinds from overseas that are holding down U.S. inflation, the Federal Reserve should soon begin to raise interest rates to slow down economic growth before it becomes unsustainable, a top Fed official said on Monday. “I do see the time to start raising rates in the near future, from my perspective,” San Francisco Fed President John Williams said ... Read More »

5 ‘Back to the Future’ Techs We’re Psyched Exist

Happy “Back to the Future” Day. In the film of the same name, Marty McFly and Doc Brown use a time-traveling DeLorean to fly from the year 1985 to Oct. 21, 2015. What they find is a world filled with a lot of the futuristic technologies that exist today: flat screen televisions, 3-D movies, drone cameras, tablet PCs, and thumbprint ... Read More »

5 Promises to My Future Daughter

Dear daughter, Next month I’ll become a father for the first time to a girl. You will be my daughter. Your mother and I are blessed with two boys already, and we are thrilled to finally have the blessing of a girl in our home. But, my dear, as I look around the world I see a frightening reality. One ... Read More »