Best Tech Stories around the web #138

On the program this week: a clickfarm in Thailand, driverless train that follows painted lines instead of rails, blood delivery by drone in Africa, a robot that can park your car for you and a neutral network creates creepy images form your sketches.

Three men in Thailand reportedly ran a clickfarm with over 300,000 SIM cards and 400 iPhones by theverge.com

Clickfarms are a dubious business people rarely get a peek inside of, but accept as part of our everyday internet existence. We know companies pay bots to shower likes, emoji, ratings, nonsensical comments, and plain traffic on content in order to artificially boost online popularity and rake in ad dollars. Now, a recent raid in Thailand is giving another look at the underbelly of the bot industry. Read more

China unveils driverless train that follows painted lines instead of rails by designboom.com

The world’s first railless train has been unveiled in zhuzhou, in the hunan province of central china. the self-driving train, which is 30 meters in length, is part of the intelligent rail express system by chinese rail provider CRRC zhuzhou, and runs on rubber tires rather than rails. kitted out with sensors, the train can read the dimensions of roads and plan its own route. in fact, it’s much like having a virtual rail for the train. Read more

Blood from the Sky: Zipline’s Ambitious Medical Drone Delivery in Africa by technologyreview.com

In Rwanda, an early commercial test of unmanned aerial vehicles cuts a medical facility’s time to procure blood from four hours to 15 minutes. Read more

Stanley Robotics is building robots that can park your car for you by techcrunch.com

French startup Stanley Robotics just raised $4 million (€3.6 million) from Elaia Partners, Bpifrance and Idinvest Partners. The company is building giant robots that pick up your car at the entrance of a parking lot and park it for you. Read more

This neutral network creates creepy images form your sketches by fastcompany.com

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