News of the week selected by Impactscool – July 23rd, 2018
23 July 2018 | Written by La redazione
The most important news on technology and the future, selected from all over the web for Impactscool’s readers
Many generations of children have grown up in the myth of the Disney characters, with the hope, one day, of being brought by their parents in one of the amusement parks of the most famous animation film company. Soon in Disneyland could come news, with a new generation of autonomous robots ready to enter the Disney theme parks around the world. The current Disneyland’s robots, equipped with reduced mobility and be able to interact only partially with users, could be replaced by Stuntronics, mobile and autonomous animatrons able to correctly complete specific aerial acrobatics. A particularly attractive prospect for the Californian company, above all because it has added some famous action movies characters to its crew, such as the Marvel superheroes or the protagonists of the Star Wars saga.
Many children of all ages are ready to admire their favourites at work: good news, at least until the superpowers are used for the good of humanity.
In Italy, the gig economy has just exploded (and only in the big cities) and the Italian government is grappling with the national contract of the bell boys. But all this could already be overcome. The American startup Nuro is ready to activate the first autonomous freight delivery service. The company has designed a vehicle with symmetrical shapes, designed from the beginning to not accommodate any human being inside it. The vehicle has two compartments, able to accommodate up to 10 shopping bags. And there is already a first “customer”, the largest supermarket chain in America, Kroger, which will activate the service for its customers starting next fall. Once you have placed your order, through the app of Nuro you can follow the path of your shopping and be notified when it arrived at your destination. Nuro, thanks to an artificial intelligence system, is able to distinguish pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. The safety of people takes priority over that of the load, but in any case, Nuro guarantees the absence of accidents, thanks to a sophisticated sensor system.
We are not yet fully used to the gig economy but a new possible future scenario is already here.
A digital criminal record, updated in real time, to prevent problems and accidents. This is what will be introduced by Uber, who will block from his platform the drivers condemned or investigated for serious and violent crimes, harassment or sexual abuse. The goal is to make the service more safe for customers and should solve at the root one of the problems that from the beginning afflicts the company. Up to now, the controls were periodic and, recently, an intensification of checks had been announced. Now, with this system, monitoring will be constant. According to CNN only for the last four years, there would be 103 drivers on trial, 31 of whom were convicted. Good news for those using the service, which will be quieter on the car of its driver.