Driverless cars will remain a niche proposition until Lidar, the expensive sensor tech that enables them, can be produced quickly and cheaply. Leslie Hook, the FT's San Francisco correspondent, reports. From Financial Times.
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A Silicon Valley startup called Ripcord has unveiled a machine that takes stacks of paper, pulls out the staples, rapidly scans the paper and send the scans to the cloud. That seemingly inane task is done at breakneck speed. From Bloomberg.
Maple syrup is a $300 million industry, and some people call it liquid gold. Rising competition from large corporations and artificially-flavored corn syrup have forced smaller businesses to step up their game. Don Dahler met the Silloway family who turned to technology to preserve their tradition. From CBS This Morning.
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Genetics is often just moving tiny amounts of liquid around. So Counsyl, a genetic testing company has hired some robots. Actually, they didn’t just hire them; they built their own to do the work most scientists hate doing. From WIRED.
Tesla's Gigafactory, under construction in Sparks, Nevada, will be the largest building in the world, by footprint, when it's finished. The batteries it produces are crucial to Tesla's plan to make affordable electric vehicles. From WIRED.
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