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A. Tarantola

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Recent articles by Andrew:

Audi unveils its A6 e-tron concept ahead of Auto Shanghai 2021

At the biannual Auto Shanghai 2021 expo this week, Audi provided a sparkly peek at its future EV plans with the official debut of its new A6 e-tron concept vehicle. → Read More

The Q4 e-tron and its Sportback sibling join Audi's European EV lineup this summer

Audi’s upcoming Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback EV SUVs are ideal for daily errands and weekend getaways — though they'll only be available in Europe. → Read More

Hitting the Books: How biased AI can hurt users or boost a business's bottom line

In 'A Citizen's Guide to Artificial Intelligence,' John Zerilli presents readers with an approachable, holistic examination of both the history and current state of the art, the potential benefits of and challenges facing ever-improving AI technology, and how this rapidly advancing field could influence society for decades to come. → Read More

We're entombing the Earth in an impenetrable shell of dead satellites

A recent study suggests that there is now nowhere on Earth free from the light pollution produced by overhead debris and satellites. Researchers expect that problem to only get worse as mega-constellations of internet-beaming mini-satellites, like SpaceX’s Starlink program, take off. → Read More

Polestar wants its cars to be carbon-neutral by 2030

Volvo’s performance EV subsidiary Polestar is reportedly taking steps to go greener than any electric auto manufacturer before it. As part of the company’s inaugural release of its annual review and sustainability report, Polestar announced on Wednesday that it plans to produce only carbon-neutral vehicles by 2030. → Read More

GM is betting its electrified future on a revolutionary new battery system

When the Hummer EV SUT (sport utility truck) and its newly-unveiled SUV variant hit dealer show floors in the fall of 2021 and 2023, respectively, they’ll be among the first models in GM’s new electrified lineup to be built atop the company’s Ultium battery system. → Read More

GMC's newly-unveiled Hummer EV SUV is 830HP of electric 'supertruck'

The Hummer EV pickup won't be the only "supertruck" in GMC's fleet after the automaker unveiled its Hummer EV SUV variant on Saturday. It's slated for release in spring 2023. → Read More

Hitting the Books: The bias behind AI assistants' failure to understand accents

The age of speaking to our computers as we do with other humans is finally upon us. But as with other long-awaited technologies such as self-driving cars and computer vision systems, voice-activated assistants like Siri and Alexa aren't nearly as revolutionary as we'd hope. → Read More

Maneater's 'Truth Quest' DLC pits players against new apex predators

Tripwire Interactive's 2020 cult hit, Maneater, is back with the "Truth Quest" DLC featuring new evolutions, enemies and explorable regions. → Read More

Microsoft wins 10-year contract supplying AR tech to the US Army

America's ground-pounders of tomorrow will soon be equipped with custom-built HoloLens headsets as part of a decade-long contract worth nearly $22 billion between the Department of Defense and Microsoft, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. → Read More

Kia officially debuts its EV6 AWD electric crossover

Kia officially debuted its new EV6 compact crossover on Tuesday. As suspected, the first dedicated BEV built on the company’s new E-GMP platform will offer a bevy of all-electric powertrain choices as well as the option for AWD. → Read More

Hitting the Books: Extraterrestrial careers and the power of human cultural bias

Mathematics may be considered a universal constant — and surefire way to communicate with extraterrestrials — but there's no guarantee that the next spacefaring civilization we come in contact with will understand the universe the way we do. → Read More

The internet has become a tool for authoritarian repression

While the internet revolution may have empowered activists, it has also handed new tools to despots for stamping out dissent through digital surveillance, disinformation and internet access to their people. → Read More

What it will take for humans to colonize the Moon and Mars

When it lifts off in late 2024, NASA's Artemis mission will perform crucial groundwork needed for humanity to further explore and potentially colonize the Moon as well as eventually serve as a jumping-off point in our quest to reach Mars. But given how inhospitable space is, NASA and its partners will face a significant challenge in keeping tomorrow's colonists alive and well. → Read More

Hitting the Books: Bill Gates on why we can't have electric airplanes

In his new book, tech luminary Bill Gates lays out his comprehensive plan to halt the oncoming environmental apocalypse, blunt the effects of human-caused climate change, and keep Earth habitable for the next generation. → Read More

PAWS anti-poaching AI predicts where illegal hunters will show up next

AI and machine learning systems are poised to drastically improve wildlife rangers’ effectiveness by helping them not only track where poachers have been but also predict where they are most likely to turn up. → Read More

BMW's iDrive 8 helps drivers using machine learning and natural language processing

Two decades after its debut in the 2001 Series 7, BMW’s iDrive infotainment system is among the best on the market. It’s about to get even better — think, natural language processing, gesture control and cloud-based machine learning — with the release of its latest iteration, iDrive 8, aboard the upcoming BMW iX and i4. → Read More

Hitting the Books: America's loneliness crisis began well before the COVID quarantine

In her latest book, The Lonely Century, British economist Noreena Hertz takes an incisive look at the emotional, societal and political costs of "frictionless" business, how the pandemic has exacerbated these issues, and what we can do to reconnect with the people around us. → Read More

Everything you need to know about at-home COVID testing

In recent months, the FDA has approved a number of COVID tests which can be administered in the comfort of your own home and return results in a matter of minutes rather than days. → Read More

Volkswagen's ID.4 EV is the basic people mover you've been waiting for

Volkswagen has invested invest nearly $40 billion into EV R&D since Dieselgate broke. The initial result of that massive investment has now hit the streets in the form of a compact crossover SUV, the ID.4 → Read More