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This weeks’ NY Times BITS feature

Thursday, November 12, 2015
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Daily Report
Imagining the Road Ahead | If predictions about the future are true, many of us will soon be riding around in self-driving cars. But a crucial part of making that prediction a reality is making sure that the car can see – or sense – the world around it.
One interesting way to sense the world is through 3D scanning, in which laser scanners perceive the built environment around us. ScanLAB Projects, a design studio based in London, has taken that technology to an artistic level. As Geoff Manaugh writes for The New York Times Magazine, the studio’s team is trying to scan “not just the shape of the city streets but the inner life of the autonomous cars that may soon come to dominate them.”
The resulting images are somewhat dreamy and otherworldly. And that seems to be part of the point.
“ScanLAB’s project,” Mr. Manaugh writes, “suggests that humans are not the only things now sensing and experiencing the modern landscape – that something else is here, with an altogether different, and fundamentally inhuman, perspective on the built environment.”
Turning the corner around the Houses of Parliament caused the scanner to render the clock tower twice.

The Dream Life of Driverless Cars | Autonomous vehicles might remain an expensive novelty, or they might utterly transform society. Either way, they have much to teach us about how to look at the cities we live in.

More From the Times
Diamonds that have been

Borrowing From Solar and Chip Tech to Make Diamonds Faster and Cheaper | A group of engineers and scientists will announce that it has developed an approach to making diamonds that uses technology derived in part from making silicon chips and solar cells.

Jack Dorsey, chief executive of both Square and Twitter.

Square Sticks to Script as It Prepares for Market Debut |The payment start-up’s chief, Jack Dorsey, also runs Twitter, a fact that Square has played down in meetings with investors before its initial public offering planned for next week.

Uber Signs Digital Mapping Deal With TomTom | The move is the latest foray into digital mapping for Uber, which had offered to buy Nokia’s mapping business this year but lost out on the deal.
Apple Plans Peer-to-Peer Payment Service | The company is in talks with banks about a service that would let people use their iPhones to send money to one another as easily as they send messages.
Expansion of T-Mobile Data Plans Comes With Higher Prices | T-Mobile has quietly increased some of its data plan prices even as it offers higher data limits. Some customers may pay less and get more data; others will pay more for more data than they will use.
T-Mobile Video Plan Could Test F.C.C.’s New Net Neutrality Rules |The plan from T-Mobile USA to allow unlimited streaming of some video services may become the first test of the government’s rules to prevent favoritism on the Internet.
Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kurt Russell in

Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ Resurrects Nearly Obsolete Technology | The film will be released in a special roadshow version – with overture, intermission and additional footage – on 100 screens in 70-millimeter projection.

Personal Technology

Plan Your Digital Legacy, and Update Often | Recording all usernames and passwords for your email, social media and online bank accounts, and the like, will help protect your assets when you die, and simplify the process of executing your will.

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