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T This week at Loughborough London, we have been working on the Future of Automative industry, looking at the trends, mega trends and weak signals, a fascinating topic where a lot of things are going on. The electric car, the self driving car, the self driving bus are already here. But infrastructure is not yet and continued and increased investment will be necessary. Trials are already happening on the reliability and robustness of the technology involved, and at the same time questions are being addressed about the changes in legislation required, and the business models that could help bring self-driving vehicles to market. At Aalto University in Finland you can get on the driverless w

Face et al

What made it into my 8 story list of reading this week? Technology also gives me a kick. This week there were two particular things, FACE++, a Chinese startup that is using face recognition as a payment method. Facial recognition has existed for decades, but only now it is accurate enough to be used in secure financial transactions. you may read more about Paying with Face in the MIT Technology Review. The other one is science-fiction but not any more. The gadget is a pair of ear phones that can translate the spoken language as you hear it, well with a tiny bit delay. It is in prototype phase by Waverly Labs,promised to hit the shops next year. Both gadgets reminded me of a question on

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