System Bits: May 17

AI drives Toyota websites An innovation in artificial intelligence described in a 2001 paper by UCLA computer science professor Adnan Darwiche has found a somewhat unexpected application: helping car buyers of Toyota and Lexus customize their vehicles online. The websites let shoppers tailor their vehicle from among a range of models, colors and accessories. The software that powers the sit... » read more

Comparing The Internet’s Arrival To Cars

In the course of interviewing technologists for my articles, I am lucky to frequently speak with fascinating people. Recently, one of those people was Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak Technologies, who was kind enough to speak with me even though he had just been released from hospital where he’d spent two weeks following a bad bicycle crash. He piqued my interest when he compared the arrival ... » read more