It's been six years since Honda pulled the plug on the much loved Acura NSX sportscar, but it looks like the car may be getting a revival: at least in spirit.
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Hybrid and electric cars are slowly gaining in popularity, but Honda may have its sites set on another market as well: motorcycles.
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Honda has been rather late to the party when it comes to electric vehicles. While the company offers hybrid versions of several of its vehicles, it isn't expected to release a fully electric car until 2012, several years after competitors like Nissan and GM. But this attitude seems to be shifting, as new CEO Takanobu Ito has said that Honda will be putting more focus on EVs in the future.
A few weeks ago, an article in Japan’s largest business newspaper cast an exciting and somewhat startling vision of the future — Japan’s goal to make mind-reading devices and robots commercially available by 2020. These robots would act as personal assistants using Artificial Intelligence that could determine whether you are hungry, tired, hot or cold, or in need of assistance.
Brain-Machine Interface devices currently exist in the U.S. and abroad and involves something called an EEG (Electroencephalography) sensor synced with a computer which can be controlled by thought. We’re talking about turning on your coffee machine just by thinking about it or changing the channel on your television, or applying the brakes on your car.
We’re years away from making these technologies commercially available, but trials are promising and the thought of mind-reading AI bots is exciting. Right now, prototypes include headbands, helmets, and actual brain implants to interpret brainwaves.