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How To Make 500,000 Cars Without Humans

Elon Musk is obsessed with speed. From rockets to hyperloops to electric cars, fast is kind of his thing.<p>Now he wants to apply the same aesthetic to manufacturing.<p>Critics argue it’s another pipe dream, born out of necessity. <b>Tesla</b>, his controversial car business, is supposed to deliver 400,000 …

Autos

Inside Airbnb’s Innovation and Design Lab

Hosts share their homes with strangers. Can Samara help them solve the refugee crisis?<p><b>Hi Backchannel readers,</b><p>It’s Jessi, reporting this week from the …

Sharing Economy

5 Biotech Products U.S. Regulators Aren’t Ready For

Lab-made meat. Hornless cattle. Designer bacteria. Dozens of futuristic-sounding products are being developed using new tools like CRISPR and …

Genetics

DeepMind's new algorithm adds 'memory' to AI

The AI system is able to learn to play one Atari game and then use its knowledge to learn another<p>When DeepMind burst into prominent view in 2014 it …

Artificial Intelligence

The Surprising Way Selfies Are Driving Phone Design

It started with Apple’s Touch ID and Alibaba’s “selfie pay.” Now companies are building deep biological portraits to secure our phones.<p>When Apple …

Jack Ma

Inside the Race To Build Next Generation Battery Technology

To solve truly big and complex problems, we need to build new platforms for collaboration.<p>The garage startup has become as much of an American icon in the twenty first century as the automobile and the drive-in were to earlier generations. The idea that anyone with an idea can change the world is …

Innovation

7 amazing technologies we'll see by 2030

Hollywood's depictions of the future are usually pretty far-fetched — like the flying cars of "Blade Runner" and the hoverboards in "Back to the Future II." The World Economic forum surveyed over 800 experts and executives to find out what the future will actually look like. Here are 7 amazing …

Back to the Future

IBM Watson's next target? Hunting down the hackers

AI is taking on the hackers. The sixth instalment in the Cognitive Insight series highlights how IBM Watson is being trained to tackle cybercrime<p>The …

Cybersecurity

Get Ready For Multisensory Virtual Reality That Goes Far Beyond Sight And Sound

In October, I had the opportunity to try out the Rez Synesthesia Suit: A Velcro-on body rig concept that uses countless pulsing motors to add the sense of touch to virtual reality experiences. The experience was rough, but somewhat amazing: As I waved my hand through HTC Vive-rendered bubbles, I …

Virtual Reality

Could we soon 'upgrade' our bodies? Extreme bionics will create modular superhumans

MIT's Center for Extreme Bionics it trying to eliminate human disabilities and push us beyond the limits of our own bodies<p>From peg legs through hook …

Bionics

Alphabet’s Google is searching for its next hit

“JUDGE a man by his questions, rather than his answers,” Voltaire advised. Google has become one of the most successful firms in history by heeding …

Faraday Future SUV smokes a Tesla Model X in intriguing drag race video

As a hyper-secretive electric car company with a flair for self-promotion and intriguing teaser videos, Faraday Future has been on our radar for …

Tesla Model X

Supersonic Travel Is Booming

Starting in the early 2020s, business-class travelers will get something more than mere celebrity-chef-curated menus and flat-reclining seats when …

Aerospace

Truckers think automation won’t take their jobs for 40 years. Silicon Valley strongly disagrees.

As far as most truckers can tell, the danger of losing their jobs to robots is still a long, long way off.<p>“I don’t have a single member who’s ready to buy a bunch of automated trucks even if they could,” says R. J. Cervantes, whose California Trucking Association represents fleet owners in the …

Silicon Valley

UX Trends 2017: Experts Bet On AI, Chatbots And VR

Founders, designers and executives bet on AI, chatbots and VR. Photo credit: Samuel Zeller/Unsplash.<p>Last year, I wrote about the top web design trends to watch in 2016. My predictions received a lot of attention and questions about what’s next not only in the web design but UX design world.<p>I …

UX Design

This incredible gadget lets you draw physical 3D objects in mid-air

There’s a reason 3D printing is so popular these days: it’s awesome. Instead of having to spend thousands of dollars working with a prototyping …

3D Printing

Hyperloop One Has Huge Ambitions For New Sci-Fi Transport System

As if building a revolutionary transportation system using magnets and vacuum tubes was not insanely ambitious enough, Hyperloop One has now extended …

Transportation

The Next Global Arms Race Aims to Perfect Artificial Intelligence

Echoing the 1960s space race, countries are using brains over brawn to flex their national strength. But the implications could be disastrous.<p>A country’s dexterity with artificial intelligence technology might be the next strong source of national pride and international power.<p>Knowing it would lay …

Forget high streets, by 2030 everyone will be shopping in virtual reality

Future Visuals is creating VR experiences for John Lewis, Ferrari and McDonalds<p>Tim Flemming is creating virtual environments for everyone from …

Virtual Reality

Why chatbots are the last bridge to true AI

Humans have been storing, retrieving, manipulating, and communicating information since the Sumerians in Mesopotamia developed writing in 3000 BCE. Since then, we have continuously developed more and more sophisticated means to communicate and push information. Whether unconsciously or consciously, …

Chatbots

Improving Robot Response to Anticipate Human Actions

Researchers at Cornell University have created a machine-learning model for generating an appropriate robot response based on evaluating human …

Robots

Apps are dying. Long live the subservient bots ready to fulfil your every desire

Apps are about to be eclipsed by a new conversational interface: bots - and they know what you need and are ready to serve<p>Subscribe to WIRED<p><b>The app</b> …

Chatbots

The road to tomorrow: streets need to be as smart as the cars driving on them

It’s not enough for future vehicles to be shared and self-driving – a smart upgrade of our cities and streets is also required<p>Subscribe to</b> …

Smart Cities

Is Your Company Innovative? Jump The Curve With Big Hairy Audacious Ideas

Innovation. In today’s fast-paced B2B world, success often depends on how quickly your business can adapt to changing conditions. How well versed are you in the art of innovation? When the market changes, are you ready to pivot? Anyone can innovate; it’s just a new way of doing things. You come up …

Innovation

How Artificial Intelligence Will Redefine Management

Many alarms have sounded on the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to upend the workforce, especially for easy-to-automate jobs. But managers at all levels will have to adapt to the world of smart machines. The fact is, artificial intelligence will soon be able to do the …

Intelligence

Why Google’s New Phone Will Soon Be Irrelevant

Entering the hardware business is nothing unusual for an Internet giant like Google. But in launching its Pixel phone last week, Google (goog) is …

Google Assistant

How Economists View the Rise of Artificial Intelligence

To really understand the impact of artificial intelligence in the modern world, it’s best to think beyond the mega-research projects like those that …

Artificial Intelligence

The key to Apple's success? Keeping it simple - from the man who put the 'i' in iPhone

The creator of the Apple i-prefix on the not-so-secret weapon of simplicity<p>Subscribe to WIRED<p>Early on in my advertising career, I slowly began to …

Steve Jobs

Gartner's Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017 - Smarter With Gartner

Today, a digital stethoscope has the ability to record and store heartbeat and respiratory sounds. Tomorrow, the stethoscope could function as an …

Internet of Things

Chatbots Will Be Your New Best Friend

Shutterstock<p>Chatbots came on the scene in 2011 as business intelligence, artificial intelligence and messaging platforms combined into new forms of responsive technology. New ways were needed to support companies interacting with buyers and provide customer support that aligned and could evolve …

Chatbots