What we’re reading this week – AI, Autonomous Cars and more


Autonomous Cars

Uber: Interesting in hailing a taxi driven by a robot? Now, you can! Uber’s pilot program in Pittsburgh will assign autonomous cars to random customers later this month (read more). Why Pittsburgh? Wired has an interesting article that you might want to read.

TomTom: The dutch company signed a deal with Volvo to provide real-time navigation systems (read more). BTW Uber will use Volvo cars in their pilot program in Pittsburgh.

More Uber news: Yes, there is more Uber news! The company recently acquired the autonomous trucking company Otto (read more).


International Space Station: NASA is looking at the possibility of handing over the ISS to a private agency by the next decade (read more), just as the ISS got a fancy new adapter “International Docking Adapter” for private spaceflight.

Asteroid Mining: How exactly are private firms involved in the futuristic concept of asteroid mining, surviving today? Check out the article from Wired “How to succeed in the asteroid business without really mining

Machine Learning and Maps

Facebook:  Here is an interesting thread on the OpenStreetMap forum about “How AI applied to HighRes Satellite Imagery can help OSM Mappers?” by the social media giant. Facebook created “The world’s most detailed Population density map” earlier this year and is rumoured to be interested in investing in HERE. Wonder what the grander plan is!

Orbital Insight: The World Economic Forums’ 2016 Technology Pioneer announced a partnership with Planet (formerly Planet Labs) to use satellite imagery from the company to address the needs of the financial markets. Geospatial Big Data is here!

Random Collection

Maps: “Mapping of bike-sharing data will change the way you see these cities” by World Economic Forum

Mapping Fails: “Microsoft can’t tell North from South on Bing Maps” – that time when Microsoft got the location of Melbourne, Australia messed up!

ArcGIS: The ArcGIS Identity Crisis – How do you get your clients to view the maps you created.

TED: Really interesting TED talk by the CEO of Kaggle, a startup focussed on being the one-stop resource for data science.


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How would the Olympics look like if they took place near you?

The olympics in Rio this year have been spectacular! Usain Bolt just won the “Triple Triple” and if all this action has inspired you to train (again), why not compete in the Olympic races, in your backyard? Yes, there is a map for that 😉

Olympic Races, In Your Neighbourhood 


Olympic Races, In Your Neighbourhood by New York Times allows you to see how the olympics would look like if they were held in your neighbourhood. NYT has mapped several different track events, all you gotta do is to type in your address and you are all set to race!


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