Innovation and Beyond

By Anand | This magazine curates exciting stories on technology, design, innovation and entrepreneurship

This Autonomous Bodega Roams The Streets Of Shanghai 24/7

A self-driving convenience store being tested in Shanghai takes same-day delivery to the next level.<p>It won’t be long before the magical, free two-day delivery of Amazon Prime will feel like an eternity. What will replace it? Probably something that looks a lot like the Moby Mart.<p>The half-realized …

Whole Foods

Who Needs A Hospital, When This Self-Driving Doctor Comes To You?

A new concept called Aim brings the doctor to you, in a self-driving car.<p>Even those of us fortunate enough to have good health insurance will often put off seeing a doctor when we probably should. Often it’s simply a matter of logistics. We feel like we can’t take the time off work, or arrange …

Health Care

A Breakthrough AI Can Now Predict Which Babies Will Develop Autism

Identifying Autism<p>A study published in <i>Science Transitional Medicine</i> has found that doctors can predict which babies will develop autism spectrum …

Autism

A Google algorithm could help Indian diabetics avoid a disease that leads to blindness

One of the fastest growing causes of blindness around the world is an eye disease that’s almost entirely preventable.<p>Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that occurs among diabetics when high blood sugar levels damage the retinal blood vessels, leading to complete vision impairment over time. The …

Diabetes

Scientists are creating drones that fly in sync with each other

Engineers at University of Pennsylvania are developing drones called ‘SWARMS’ that can autonomously coordinate with each other using infrared cameras around the room. The team is building off this technology to create autonomous drones that uses its onboard sensors to perform labor intensive tasks, …

Drones

Watch an AI teach itself to drive in 'GTA V' on Twitch

While automakers are still negotiating with local and state governments to let autonomous cars test drive on open streets, one programmer has found a more accessible proving ground to teach AI how to be a motorist: Grand Theft Auto V. It's not the first time folks have used the game to train their …

Artificial Intelligence

This Robot Can Complete a 2-Hour Brain Surgery Procedure in Just 2.5 Minutes

Hello, future.<p>Brain surgery is precision business, and one slip can spell doom for affected patients. Even in one of the most skilled jobs in the …

The Brain

AI will create many new jobs — here’s how you can prepare

As U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin predicts artificial intelligence (AI) won’t be a threat to American jobs over the next several decades, and still others opine on why he is wrong, both sides are missing an important point: No matter the pace of change as AI makes in-roads into the …

Intelligence

AI Predicts Heart Attacks Better Than Doctors: Study | International Business Times

It is no secret that timely diagnoses of heart ailments can prevent heart attacks and save lives. Heart attacks are hard to anticipate and doctors …

Machine Learning

Domino’s has already outperformed every tech stock, now robots will deliver its pizzas

Over the last decade, the stock price of Domino’s Pizza has crushed that of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook mainly because it stopped making pizza that tasted like cardboard. Now it’s innovating on the labor front with plans to test robots as substitutes for your friendly pizza delivery guy. …

Robots

Harnessing the Secret Structure of Innovation

Sustained innovation success is not the result of artful intuition or heroic vision but of a deliberate search using key information signals.<p>In an …

Drones Are Learning to Land Like Birds

It takes cool new wing tech and the smarts of AI for a drone to execute the landing that nature has already perfected.<p>Although our skies are now filled with quadcopter drones, fixed-wing aircraft have them beat in both speed and endurance; that's why the military's drones don't look like the ones …

The Dot braille smartwatch is finally getting shipped out to patient buyers

SEOUL — Next month, the Dot smartwatch will finally hit shelves, offering a sleek timepiece for the blind.<p>The watch is coming to the market after nearly three years of repeated stops and starts.<p>Unlike most assistive smartwatches for the blind which rely on audio prompts, the Dot displays messages …

Braille

Man Breaks Typing Speed Record Using Only a Brain Implant

Using a brain interface designed by Stanford University, the man achieved eight words per minute, four times the previous record.<p>Typing is an incredibly complex process, and for paralyzed and other disabled people, it's an especially difficult task simply due to the sheer number of possible inputs. …

Google's new tech turns VR headsets invisible

If you’ve ever watched someone wear and use a VR headset, you know how odd they look with a high-tech blindfold on. That’s not good for demonstrating the emerging technology, especially while it still has a lot to prove before it enters the mainstream.<p>That’s why Google’s Research arm and Daydream …

Virtual Reality

Criminals beware! Google's AI can now identify faces from heavily pixellated images

Two Google Brain neural networks were combined to create the enhanced images<p>Two artificial intelligence systems built by Google are able to transform …

A Fish Becomes the Master of Its Own Destiny Inside a Robotic Fish Tank That It Controls

A fish becomes the master of its own destiny inside of a robotic fish tank that it controls. The speed and direction of the robot are determined by …

Vinci's AI-driven headphones want to untether you from your phone

As headphones go, Vinci is in a league of its own. The headphones aren’t the best looking, or even the best sounding for that matter. What it lacks in aesthetics and premium sound the company more than makes up for it in innovation and intelligence.<p>What is it?<p>Vinci is the world’s first smart …

Headphones

Siren Care weaves electronics into fabric to keep diabetic patients healthy

Instead of tracking your health with a little band that’s on your wrist, Ran Ma thinks that the future is keeping track of your health — or at least parts of it — with technology that’s woven into the fabric of your clothes.<p>That’s the target of Siren Care, a wearable company that looks to weave …

Digital Health

World’s largest hedge fund to replace managers with artificial intelligence

Bridgewater Associates has a team of engineers working on a project to automate decision-making to save time and eliminate human emotional volatility<p>The world’s largest hedge fund is building a piece of software to automate the day-to-day management of the firm, including hiring, firing and other …

Artificial Intelligence
Cybersecurity

Singularity Watch: IBM's Watson Cut A Horror Movie Trailer

Why yes, the movie IS about an evil AI<p>How to pique interest in another spooky motion picture about technology run amok? Have a powerful AI take a …

Google's AI trumps JPEG compression in shrinking image files

A group of researchers at Google appear to have taken a leaf out of HBO comedy <i>Silicon Valley’s</i> book for its latest project. The team has developed a way to use neural networks that mimic the workings of the human brain to compress images more efficiently than traditional methods.<p>The researchers …

Deep Learning

With the Ava IoT bracelet, getting pregnant becomes easier

Getting pregnant is much harder than movies would have you believe.<p>In fact, women have only a 25 percent chance of getting pregnant every month. So, …

Watson goes to Asia as hospitals use supercomputer for cancer treatment

Watson for Oncology analyzes patient medical records, along with millions of pages of articles and textbooks, to make treatment recommendations. …

Japanese hedge fund robot outsmarts human master, passes Brexit test

Yoshinori Nomura felt like weeping. It was the morning of June 24, Brexit day, and markets were moving against him.<p>Well, not against him, exactly. It was the hedge fund manager’s self-learning computer program that had placed the bet, selling Japanese stock-index futures before a sizable market …

Finance

Audi’s New Technology Is the Beginning of the End of Traffic Lights

Audi has announced it is rolling out a feature in some of its new vehicles that allows them to communicate with traffic lights. It’s a neat trick …

Transportation

Hyperloop One could build its first commercial route in Dubai

While Hyperloop One isn't quite done building its test structure, it already has a potential location for its first ever commercial route: Dubai. The company has teamed up with DP World, one of the biggest port operators, to examine whether building a route for Port Jebel Ali would make it more …

The Next Must-Have Smartphone Feature

Smartphones can tell you when to depart for the airport to make your flight, provide voice-guided directions on the way there, and route around …

Augmented Reality