5867512923_05b371ddbcContrary to popular belief, Berkeley students do not live in the main stacks, never seeing the sun and only coming out to retrieve the FSM coffee they need to survive in their vampiric lifestyle (Well, not all Berkeley students – some live in Soda Hall). We actually do like to get out and go places. However, sometimes it’s difficult.

Yes, there’s public transit if you don’t have a car, but BART, Muni, Caltrain, Amtrak, AC Transit — they are only so reliable and often take twice as long as driving would. And Zipcar can sure get pricey. If you are cursed blessed enough to have a car in Berkeley, let’s face it: Gas is expensive, and often it would be cheaper to take public transit (Plus, do you really want to give up that parking spot?).

So what’s a Berkeleyan on the go to do? The answer read more »


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Oh, that Google. Apart from collecting frightening amounts of your personal data and pushing to revamp your WiFi connection, the Mountain View tech-giant has recently rolled out a fleet of seven test vehicles that can drive themselves. Seriously.

And here’s the thing: these unmanned cars aren’t being tested in some underground Google facility somewhere, but out on the 101 freeway. Apparently, the Bay Area driving experience wasn’t quite harrowing enough.

Each automated Toyota Prius is controlled by an artificial intelligence that collects information about its surroundings from GPS data and many integrated sensors. There were also two technicians in each car, presumably to take control if anything went wrong and to terrify other drivers by gesturing with their hands off the wheel. Google reports that their vehicles successfully navigated many roads, both freeways and surface streets, with no accidents. (Apart from when one of the Google cars was rear-ended at a traffic light.)

But what’s the point? read more »


 

 Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak is selling his 2005 Nissan 350Z Anniversary Edition as a way to donate money to UC Berkeley’s Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers.Not to be confused with Berkeley Councilmember Gordon Wozniak, Steve originally caught a few minutes of Internet fame with the original commercial, pictured above. In a new spot, filmed about 20 years later, Wozniak Segways to his newer car. The Clog never rode the Woz wave, but we figure his popularity must have been right up there with Gunther’s “Ding Dong Song.”The car was originally priced at a whopping $100K, but the asking price has since been lowered to $49,050. Wozniak promises to make up the extra.He also offers a lunch at his house when the seller comes to pick up the car. In addition to his gastronomical charity, Wozniak explains his charity to UC Berkeley:bq. On a global scale we are seeing America losing it’s competitiveness in engineering and technical skills. That is disappointing. All the profits from this sale will be donated to the IEEE lab at U.C. Berkeley for education and equipment.Cool enough, but must we have Weird Al’s “White and Nerdy” play over shots of the silver sleek automoible rounding a bend in the road? We think we got the point in the first four seconds with the Segway.The Woz Sells Nissan for UC Berkeley IEEE Lab [92510]