Mercedes-Benz to build Tesla-rivaling electric compact car in France

FRANKFURT — Daimler will invest 500 million euros ($ 589 million) in Hambach, France, to start producing a small electric Mercedes-Benz, the first of more than 10 EVs it plans by 2022 to go up against U.S. rival Tesla and its Model 3. Hambach is where all-electric cars for the Smart brand are produced. “The […]

China is opening the world’s longest sea bridge — and it contains enough steel to build 60 Eiffel Towers

AP China is the midst of several megaprojects that will transform its cities. Over the next decade, China plans to encourage 250 million people (29 times New York City’s population) to move into the country’s growing megacities. To cope with that huge migration, the country has invested tens of billions of dollars in giant infrastructure projects. […]

Forget AGI, let’s build really useful AI tools

GUEST: The biggest opportunities in machine learning (ML) today lie not in cracking the next big nut on the path to artificial general intelligence (AGI), but in opening up existing ML techniques to more businesses and making them more usable. The tech giants know this and are investing in democratizing AI to make tools and services […]

Worried about GDPR? Just build radically private software

GUEST: On May 25, the European Union (EU) will begin enforcing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which requires companies to behave responsibly in their collection and management of personal data. Penalties for noncompliance include fines up to four percent of global revenue, adding to the damage that data breaches can do to customer c…Read […]

UK’s abandoned tin mines could be reopened to help build EVs

The last of Britain’s tin mines were closed in the late 90s due to plummeting metal prices and languishing global demand. Now, with the advent of smartphones and electric vehicles, demand — and prices — are on the up, and these forgotten facilities could be reopened to help the UK gain a stronger foothold in […]

China seeking European support to build firewall against Trump’s trade aggression – report

Beijing’s international trade representatives have held multiple meetings with their counterparts in leading European economies as China seeks support in its trade brawl with the US, according to Reuters. Read more US President Donald Trump is threatening $ 150 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports. Beijing officials met ambassadors from France, Germany, the United Kingdom, […]

Protesters stand off against police bulldozing ‘eco-camp’ to build Airport

The activists are refusing to budge or abandon their encampment as they face bulldozers that are razing down their barracks that are built on a site destined to become the largest airport in western France. Activists of ZAD, the French abbreviation for Zone to Defend, have been protesting the demolition of their camp since Monday, […]

Saudi Arabia plans to build a Hyperloop that would shrink commutes from hours to minutes — here’s what it could look like

Virgin Hyperloop One For nearly a century, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has relied on the country’s expansive oil reserves to power its economy. But in recent years, oil prices have rapidly decreased, and Saudi Arabia is now looking to diversify its economy and rely less on oil. The royal family has created a new plan […]