Employees begin prolonged picketing for the first time against the retail giant; driverless cars will be zipping through our streets in the not-so-distant future; and ant-sized computers that can run the Internet on everything and anything are also underway. These discoveries and more below.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.
The Fast-Approaching Future of Driverless Cars
Last month, on a freeway from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, John Markoff sat in the driver’s seat of an Audi A7 while software connected to a video camera on the windshield drove the car at speeds up to 65 miles an hour — making a singular statement about the rapid progress in the development of self-driving cars.
All Data Packets Are Equal—Some More than Others
This fall, Verizon will try to persuade a federal judge to throw out U.S. Federal Communications Commission regulations requiring “net neutrality”—the idea that all content and applications must get similar treatment on wired and wireless networks.