This is Change Log — my semi-weekly observations and links on the intersection of tech, commerce, health, culture and markets
From automated equipment to big data analytics, the mining industry is turning to the Internet of Things to wring out inefficiencies and reduce costs in a challenging commodity price environment… Apple’s latest argument against building software to help the FBI open the locked iPhone of the San Bernardino terrorist is it would involve “significant resources and effort”. You have to seriously question if it’s a good idea for the world’s richest technology company to argue helping the FBI fight terrorism would be a financial burden… Meanwhile a Chinese company proved most state-of-the-art smartphone fingerprint sensors (including the iPhone) can be hacked with Play-Doh… Artificial intelligence and robotics must have officially hit mainstream because a feature just landed in the pages of Rolling Stone. Spoiler alert, it has something to do with the end of the human race… Google‘s self-driving test vehicle and public bus had a low-speed collision in California on Valentine’s Day. This is the first at-fault collision for the driverless car program but it will still leave a mark… By the way, researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology found that human trust in robots borders on the irrational. In a study, humans followed robots’ directives even when being led away from clearly marked exits… Volvo used its self-driving vehicle expertise and the Internet of Things to build a fully autonomous garbage-collection system which connects a drone, a mobile robot equipped with lidar, and a garbage truck. The rest is magic…
Virtual Reality: Imagine middle-school field trips to Easter Island or the Great Pyramids of Egypt? That is the promise of new virtual-reality programs testing in San Francisco and Florida. Read at Fortune here.
Cyber Security: Connected medical instruments, like blood transfusion pumps and hospital databases, have become targets for hackers and the stakes could not be higher. Read at The Hill here.
Self-Driving Cars: With self-driving cars now inevitable, auto industry watchers are starting to worry about fallout; lost manufacturing and insurance jobs, depleted city budgets. Read at Car and Driver here.
Biotechnology: Most marvel over the curative possibilities of gene-editing but the real promise lies in the exploration of areas scientists previously had no access to. Read at The Washington Post here.
Integrated Circuits: Startup Koniku wants to integrate actual living human brain tissue with silicon microprocessors and already it has interest from Boeing and AstraZeneca. Read at Vice here.
Self-Driving Cars: Researchers can now increase GPS-sensor accuracy without significantly increasing computational loads and that should speed autonomous-vehicle development. Read at Citylab here.
Augmented Reality: The HoloLens augmented-reality headset is full of custom hardware but it solves positional tracking with the same tech used in laser-guided missile systems. Read at Venture Beat here.
Internet of Things: Builders take note, the latest credit card sized $35 Raspberry Pi has added wireless LAN and Bluetooth capabilities making it perfect for IoT applications. Read at Raspberry.Org here.
This article was written by Jon Markman from Forbes and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.