Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘I Don’t Think a Four-Year Degree is Necessary to Be Proficient at Coding’ – This Week in Tech – 05/12/2019

Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘I Don’t Think a Four-Year Degree is Necessary to Be Proficient at Coding’

Earlier this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook visited an Apple Store in Orlando, Florida to meet with 16-year-old Liam Rosenfeld, one of 350 scholarship winners who will be attending Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference next month…


U.S. Army Develops New Type of Cathode Chemistry That Makes Batteries Safer and More Efficient

ADELPHI, Md. — Soldiers carrying 15-25 pounds of batteries could carry batteries a fraction of the weight but with the same energy and improved safety, a new study shows…


Google’s Sundar Pichai Says Privacy Can’t Be a ‘Luxury Good’

In December, Google CEO Sundar Pichai conceded that his company could “do better” on helping users understand how to protect their privacy in a tech world hungry for user data…


Game Studios Would Be Banned From Selling Loot Boxes to Minors Under New Bill

On Wednesday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) announced that he would be introducing a bill banning “manipulative” design features in video games with underage audiences, including the sale of loot boxes…


Elon Musk, MIT and a 16-Year-Old Inventor Are Going After Mind-Reading Technology

Merging the human brain with a computer would change our species forever. Researchers are developing technology that can transfer data between computers and our brains. It could even read people’s minds…


Amazon Rolls Out Machines That Pack Orders and Replace Jobs

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc is rolling out machines to automate a job held by thousands of its workers: boxing up customer orders…


Chicago’s Trash-Eating River Robot Is a Glimpse Into the Future of Crowdsourcing

Pay a visit to the Chicago River this summer, and you’ll find that it has an intriguing new addition to the local wildlife. Amongst the myriad birds, fish, and occasional beaver or otter, keen-eyed visitors may spot a small robot, resembling a raft not much larger than a child’s kickboard, meandering lazily up and down the busy waterway. This is Trashbot, the creation of a Chicago-based startup called Urban Rivers, a collective of public-minded ecologists, roboticists, and assorted other “ists” using cutting-edge technology to clean up refuse in the area…

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