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Sometimes the things that Alphabet/Google tries to do out of its X branch sound insane, but this is why it's called the moonshot factory. One of the odd projects that has come out of X is Project Loon. The idea behind this project is to strap hardware that beams internet down to the masses underneath high altitude balloons. X has gained permission to blanket the devastated territory of Puerto Rico with LTE internet access using Project Loon balloons. After Hurricane Maria made landfall and devastated the area, the electric grid and wireless communications are still mostly out of service. According to the FCC, a full 83% of cellular sites remain dark in Puerto Rico. FCC chairman Ajit Pai said,... Read more...
The state of robotics is advancing at a rapid pace, with a number of companies delivering their own breakthroughs in the field. Alphabet’s Boston Dynamics has both shocked and freaked people out with its quadruped and humanoid robots. Boston Dynamics has been so successful in its robotics developments that people actually felt sorry for Atlas when it was “abused” by its operators. But Boston Dynamics isn’t the only robotics company under Alphabet’s wing (which is a good thing considering that Alphabet is reportedly ready to sell the division); it also has another company to fall back on called Schaft. Schaft was born out of the JSK Robotics Laboratory in Tokyo and won DARPA’s 2013 Robotics Challenge... Read more...