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Ford Motor Company (F) has partnered with MIT and Stanford on autonomous car projects

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Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) has announced that they are partnering withStanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to work on autonomous car project. The MIT team will look at how a car can predict the actions of pedestrians and cars around them.
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Quin Etnyre, 13, Teaches Classes At MIT And Runs His Own Company

Most entrepreneurs usually have not started their first real company until they are in their 20’s or 30’s. Quin Etnyre raised the bar on entrepreneurship by starting a very serious company at the age of 13. In his spare time, he even teaches students at MIT. Quin has built starter kits to help children learn how to make programs for robots. Learn more about Quin in his interview with the BBC in the video above.
[Source: BBC]

REPORT: Foxconn To Set Up Plants In The U.S.

Apple supplier Foxconn Electronics is planning to establish manufacturing plants in the United States.  The company is looking at locations in Detroit and Los Angeles according to people in the industry.  Supposedly these plants would focus on LCD TV production, which would be highly automated and easier than the production of the iPhone 5.

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MIT Researchers Develop Localization and Mapping Prototype Using The Kinect

Maurice Fallon, a research scientist at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT, and his team has used the Kinect with a laser range finder and a laptop to create a real-time mapping rig for firefighters and rescue workers to utilize.  The prototype is known as SLAM (for Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) and it has received funding from the U.S. Air Force and the Office of Naval Research since it stands out from other indoor mapping systems.

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Augmented Reality Experts Say Google Glasses Video Is Over-Hyped

This past week Google released a demo video of Google Glasses, an augmented reality project in the Google X Labs. The video showed an individual wearing glasses where the lenses would show him icons, maps, and other overlays. However the Google Glasses in the video were not really glasses because they lacked full lenses and it involved small rectangular pieces of glass hovering over the right eye of the person wearing them.
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MIT Developing Software For Simulating Labs And Interacting With Professors

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is developing software that simulates labs for students to interact with professors and other students. Students can also earn certificates through the simulated labs.
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Apple Board Member and Former Chrysler CFO Jerry York Passes Away

Its a very sad day in the tech and auto community.  Apple Board member and Chrysler CFO Jerry York has passed away according to a brief statement by Apple.  He was hospitalized after suffering from a burst brain aneurysm yesterday morning.  He died shortly after.

York was the chairman, President, and CEO of Harwinton Capital.  He was also the former CFO of IBM and Chrysler.  And he joined the Apple Board of Directors in 1997.

York was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1938 and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy.  He also received an M.S. from MIT and an MBA from the University of Michigan. “It’s been a privilege to know and work with Jerry, and I’m going to miss him a lot,” stated Apple CEO Steve Jobs. [PRNewsWire]

MIT’s SENSEable City Lab Uses Flickr To Create “The World’s Eyes”

Every time someone on Flickr uploads an image, they let people know the location of where each photograph was taken.  Each photo is also tagged.  In the Design Museum in Barcelona, the above video is being used and the display is called “Los Ojos Del Mundo.”

The display tracks local photographers throughout their adventures around Spain and transmits it into the video. According to the MIT City Lab website:

When posting photos online, users of the photo sharing platform Flickr transmit to the world their perspective of a place or event through the lens of a digital camera. Each digital photo file codes both the time when that photo was taken and the location it captures. Analyzing this information allows us to follow the trail that each Flickr photographer travels through Spain. (Un)photographed Spain maps thousands of these public, digital footprints over one year. As photos overlap in certain locations, they expose the places that attract the photographer’s gaze . In contrast, the absence of images in other locations reveal the unphotographed spaces of a more introverted Spain.

[via GearCrave]