GM vs. Tesla – The Real Story

GM vs. Tesla – The Real Story

At the Detroit auto show, General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra announced that the company will launch a new electric car in 2017, the Chevrolet Bolt, designed to have a single-charge range of 200 miles, and to sell at a comfortable price point in the range of $30,000 (after the […]

 

Nikola Tesla’s Incredible Predictions For Our Connected World

Nikola Tesla's Incredible Predictions For Our Connected World

We might complain that it’s 2015 and we’re still waiting on our hoverboards. But if Nikola Tesla were alive today, he’d probably wonder where the hell our fuel-free, super fast airplanes were. And who could blame him? Fuel-free planes aside, he actually predicted a lot of 21st century technologies quite accurately.

The January 30, 1926 issue of Collier’s magazine included an interview with the legendary inventor. In it, Tesla relayed his amazing predictions for the future — a world of flying machines, wireless power, and female superiority. Some of the predictions were spot on. Others, not so much.  […]

 

Is Elon Musk the Greatest CEO of the Modern Era?

Is Elon Musk the Greatest CEO of the Modern Era?

Ok, before I start let me make a full disclosure. My new Tesla was delivered today. Yes I know it’s a car for the 1 percent, and my modest green initiative of buying an electric vehicle won’t exactly save biosphere. And indeed, I am indebted to Elon Musk, the […]

 

Elon Musk: We Should Fear a ‘Terminator’ Future

Elon Musk: We Should Fear a 'Terminator' Future

Sure, Elon Musk wants to make science fiction reality by building a city on Mars . But when it comes to other sci-fi scenarios — namely, a robot apocalypse — the founder of Tesla and SpaceX is much less optimistic. Musk revealed his fear of a robot uprising during […]

 

Google’s Self-Driving Car Project Is A World’s Fair Fantasy Turned City Street Reality

Google’s Self-Driving Car Project Is A World’s Fair Fantasy Turned City Street Reality

Google has made a lot of progress on its self-driving car project in the past few years, and just this week it began ferrying journalists around Mountain View in the autonomous vehicles. The company shared with us a heap of information about the project, its history and how it […]

 

Google’s Self-Driving Car Project Is A World’s Fair Fantasy Turned City Street Reality

Google’s Self-Driving Car Project Is A World’s Fair Fantasy Turned City Street Reality

Google has made a lot of progress on its self-driving car project in the past few years, and just this week it began ferrying journalists around Mountain View in the autonomous vehicles. The company shared with us a heap of information about the project, its history and how it […]

 

Autonomous Vehicles: A Disruption Case Study

Autonomous Vehicles: A Disruption Case Study

At a recent news conference, U.S. federal transportation officials described Talking Cars and their ability to avoid deadly crashes by seeing it coming before you do. The U.S. government will likely require automakers to equip new vehicles with technology that lets cars warn each other if trouble lies ahead. […]

 

Tesla’s most disruptive product may not be its cars

Tesla’s most disruptive product may not be its cars

“We believe the days when Tesla was known as purely an auto company are numbered,” declared Morgan Stanley analysts in a note this week, after the electric car maker reported another set of stellar results. Endless column inches have chronicled how Elon Musk’s electric car company is disrupting the […]

 

Tesla’s Model S Out-Accelerates Porsche’s New Plug-in Hybrid

porsche plug in-1Next month Porsche will start selling its new Panamera S E-Hybrid, a plug-in hybrid that can travel 22 miles on battery power alone before its gas engine kicks in. Here are some first impressions after I took it for a quick test drive this week at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference. (Disclosure: Porsche was one of the event’s sponsors).

The new Porsche isn’t quite as responsive—or spacious—as the Tesla Model S that it’s meant to compete with. But it has some advantages, including a much greater range between fill-ups—that could make it a real challenger for Tesla. Although Tesla is a small company, it has been outselling Porsche and several other brands in California this year (see “Tesla Versus the Luxury Automakers” and “Why BMW’s i3 Electric Car is Really a Plug-in Hybrid”)   […]

 

Two Billion Jobs to Disappear by 2030

indexBy 2030, more than 2 billion jobs will disappear, roughly 50% of all the jobs on the planet. This is not intended as a doom and gloom scenario, but rather as a wakeup call for the new skillsets we’ll need in the future.

According to McKinsey’s Global Institute, 12 disruptive technologies are at the heart of this disruption: mobile Internet, automation of knowledge and work, Internet of things, cloud technology, advanced robotics, autonomous and near-autonomous vehicles, next-generation genomics, energy storage, 3-D printing, advanced materials, advanced oil and gas exploration and recovery, and renewable energy.  […]

 
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