Patricia Barnabie

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Are wearables really a health risk?

With the popularity of health wearables on the rise, many consumers have shown concern over their possible negative impacts on health. Like with vaccines or other medical controversies, some have said that these devices cause of a vast array of health problems, including – but not limited to – cancer, high blood pressure, infertility, Alzheimer’s disease, […]

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Driverless shuttles go to college

While autonomous carmakers are focusing on mass-market consumer vehicles they expect to deploy in the coming decades, there are startups developing smaller scale alternatives that could be ready much sooner. Startup Varden Labs is developing a line of autonomous shuttles it expects to launch in 2017. The company is currently testing these shuttles – designed […]

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Should billions be invested for smarter US cities?

The US federal government should bust out the checkbook and invest billions in making its cities smarter, says the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in a new report.  advising the federal government to invest billions of dollars in smart city technology. The report, entitled “Technology and the Future of Cities,” outlines […]

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Is your step counter spying on you?

Federal government officials are getting concerned that the explosion in the health monitoring devices may lead to people’s step counters spying on them — then snitching to their health insurance company or even to advertisers more broadly. The popularity of wireless health monitoring devices has soared over the last few years and shows no signs of slowing […]


Michigan invests millions for driverless car testing

Last Tuesday, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced its approval of a $3 million grant to fund a driverless car testing facility in Ypsilanti. This performance-based grant went to the American Center for Mobility (ACM), who plan on using the space formerly occupied by a General Motors (GM) powertrain factory closed since 2010. Autonomous […]