The first driverless public bus began operating in Lyon, France, during the first weekend of September 2016. You can read more about it and visit the website of the company – Navya – that built the bus they call Arma.
Staying in France, the driverless subway that has operated in France since 1998 is adding 6 kilometres more of subway line to its service in the coming years.
A little over a week ago, nuTonomy (a new start-up tech business) and local partners began testing the first driverless taxis in Singapore.
Driverless isn’t just for city-life. CNH Industries unveiled two designs for driverless tractors at the 2016 Farm Progress Show in Iowa USA during the last week of August 2016. The video of their tractors, like all these vehicles, are impressive.
What happens to all of today’s taxi drivers, bus drivers and farmers if these vehicles of the future become the new normal?
The Navya bus press-kit is interesting. Without reading it, if you quickly look through all the pictures, are there things you would add to the pictures?
A friend of the blog who is an entrepreneur that started her own education business posted this graphic of how an entrepreneur is different than a businessman.
What do you think the graphic is saying?
Do you agree with it?
Do you have some agreement and some disagreement with the representation?
This article on 9 Amazing (Very) Young Entrepreneurs features people as young as the age of 6 starting a business career. Lizzie Marie Likness developed her cooking empire because she was interested in cooking from the age of 2 and wanted to pay for horseback riding lessons at age 6. He business model to pay for horseback riding lessons became her passion: cooking. She formerly blogged at Lizzie Marie Cuisine and now blogs at Wandering the Gap.
In an article on The Superhero Genes, we learn how great athletes are helping scientists find cures for common human health problems. Scientists find high performance athletes often have special genetic coding.
Scientist Euan Ashley runs a study of Elite athletes at Stanford University. He has run studies that have found 9,200 possible genetic variants that help athletes perform above average. Among the highlights of the article, some athletes exhibit at least one of these special genetic benefits:
- The amount of oxygen their body can use is higher than normal.
- An unusual ability to keep blood pressure low under strain and recover quickly from athletic strain.
- Very low levels of cholesterol (a leading cause of heart disease).
- A higher ability to turn fat into energy which makes the athlete both more powerful and fitter.
- Higher than normal cellular growth which can allow muscle mass to build faster.
This data could be used to find medical solutions that help people overcome disease and frailty.
A few counterpoints to these interesting advances.
- The same gene that helps increase cellular growth can also help grow cancer in the body faster.
- The same gene that helps an athlete keep his blood pressure lower can also cause a rare blood disease (a disease which the athlete could pass on to his children but he does not have the symptoms).
- Discovering these genetic keys can help us help people in need. Could the same genetic discoveries be used in more negative ways?
- Are there ethical questions to learning how to reproduce the genetic data that helps great athletes excel in their sports?