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Consumers aren't ready for an Internet of Things world

While estimates vary, nearly all agree that billions of IoT devices are expected to be integrated into our lives over the next five years, amounting to trillions of dollars being spent by both businesses and consumers. Everything from smart cars and cities to connected homes that adapt to our …

What is Data Visualization, Anyway?

The more transparent you are as a company, the more customers, investors and employees alike will trust you.<p>Corporate transparency, flat organization …

IBM Is Bringing in Watson to Conquer the Internet of Things

Watson—IBM’s cognitive computing service that plays <i>Jeopardy</i>, assists doctors in diagnosing patients, and helps financial service professionals …

Customer-Centricity, Analytics, Optimisation Key In 2016

<b>Earlier this autumn, Forrester Research announced its predictions for 2016, a year which the company’s CMO, Victor Milligan, says the company feels</b> …

Customer Experience

Hacker Search Engine Becomes the New Internet of Things Search Engine

At DEFCON 17 in 2009, John Matherly debuted a search engine named Shodan (after the villainous computer in the cult-classic video game, System …

Are these futuristic high-altitude balloons the brave new world of solar energy?

One way to improve the efficiency of solar panels is to place them where clouds can’t interrupt their energy production. Even in the sunniest parts of the world, clouds can still cause fluctuations in energy output. So what better place to put solar panels than <i>above</i> the clouds?<p>The idea is not …

Clean Energy

How the sharing economy can make its case

These challengers must develop a smarter approach to external engagement.<p><b>The sharing economy,</b> popularized by the likes of Airbnb and Uber, has …

Ridesharing

This Flying Car Just Got Approval to Move Into Test Mode

The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized flying car company Terrafugia to start testing out prototypes of a flying car that could some day …

How Nest aims to own your smart home

Alphabet, the mama-bird parent company of Google, is hoping 2016 is the year Nest leaves the, well, you know what.<p>Nest, which makes thermostats, smoke detectors and security cameras that connect to the Web, has operated pretty much independently since Google bought the company in 2013. And that was …

Smart Homes

Thousands of errors found in multiple Internet of Things devices

Would you let a stranger rent your car?

The reasons we buy cars today may not be the reasons we buy them in decades to come. BBC Future meets Ford’s futurist, trying to predict the car culture of 2050.<p>Most of us who own cars are wedded to them. We couldn’t do without them.<p>But the reality is, those vehicles that are so central to our …

The consumer sector in 2030: Trends and questions to consider

In light of dramatic changes in the consumer landscape, how can retail and packaged-goods executives prepare for the future?<p><b>What can happen in 15</b> …

The Cult of littleBits: How This Tech Toy Is Changing the Engineering Landscape

Computer learns like a human and (sort of) beat the Turing Test

There is a fundamental difference between the way computers learn and the way humans learn. Humans can see one example and intuit what that object or …

Four Big Data Predictions for 2016

Big data was a major tech topic this year and poised to be an even bigger on in 2016.What are the big, critical business benefits that big data …

Emotech Is Building Olly, A Robot Assistant With Personality

A robot with a unique personality might sound like an oxymoron. Or science fiction. But that’s the goal of London-based startup Emotech, launching on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015 today, with a plan to crowdfund its first product, a voice-controlled robot assistant called Olly, early next …

IBM wants its Watson supercomputer to treat diabetes, fight cancer, and monitor pregnancy

IBM's putting its Jeopardy-playing supercomputer to work to help doctors treat diabetes, fight cancer and monitor pregnancy.<p>IBM Watson Health this week said it'll begin a partnership with diabetes-drug maker Novo Nordisk. It also unveiled a pregnancy-monitoring app.<p>The idea is to use Watson's …

Tiny wireless sensor never needs a battery

The internet of things is a nice idea, but there's one big catch: you have to power all those smart devices, which is no mean feat when some of them might not even have room for a battery. Dutch researchers think they have a solution, though. They've built an extra-small (2 square millimeters) …

BMW and Baidu partner to build driverless cars in China

Chinese search engine Baidu has teamed up with BMW to test its own driverless cars in Beijing, joining the race with Google to get the first autonomous vehicle to market<p>Baidu and BMW will work together to develop driverless cars in China in an effort to bring the autonomous vehicles to market …

A whole new world: How IBM is gearing up for the Internet of Things

IBM may have been involved in IoT for years, but now it's upping the ante with a $3bn investment.<p>To some the Internet of Things is a very new idea: …

Internet of Things

'Snowstorm' personal flying machine lifts off in Singapore

What you're looking at above is Snowstorm, a personal flying machine. This electric-powered aircraft, designed and built by a group of students from the National University of Singapore, can be controlled by a human pilot and is capable of a vertical takeoff and landing. Snowstorm was created as …

Google's quantum computer is 100 million times faster than your PC

Initial tests found that Google and Nasa's quantum computing system was unable to outperform regular computers. But now Google has announced that its …

Quantum Computing