Innovation Watch

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Nerve implant 'restores consciousness' to man in vegetative state

Stimulation of the vagus nerve allows patient who has been in a vegetative state for 15 years to track objects with his eyes and respond to simple requests<p>A 35-year-old man who had been in a vegetative state for 15 years has shown signs of consciousness after receiving a pioneering therapy …

Neuroscience

Microsoft and Facebook just laid a 160-terabits-per-second cable 4,100 miles across the Atlantic

Enough bandwidth to stream 71 million HD videos at the same time<p>Microsoft, Facebook, and the telecoms infrastructure company Telxius have announced the completion of the highest capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean. The cable is capable of transmitting 160 terabits of data per …

Microsoft

Governments Are Testing Their Own Cryptocurrencies - MIT Technology Review

The people of Sweden are breaking up with cash. The number of banknotes and coins in circulation has fallen to its lowest level in three decades. …

Bitcoin

This company is developing a bionic lens that could put your eyesight beyond 20-20

In just a few short years, we’ll be able to improve our eyesight to levels we’ve only dreamed of. At first, it’ll be expensive, but over time they’ll …

Medicine

Watch an army of robots efficiently sorting hundreds of thousands of packages

These robots are sorting out packages faster than you can say delivery.<p>A video showing an army of tiny little yellow robots sorting out packages in a …

Robots

Physicists Just Quantum Teleported Complex Light Patterns For The First Time

A whole new level.<p>Wrapping your messages up with quantum weirdness is a great way to avoid sneaky eavesdropping, but in its current form it's more …

Quantum Mechanics

Synthetic muscle breakthrough could lead to 'lifelike' robots

A breakthrough in soft robotics means scientists are now one step closer to creating lifelike machines. Researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed a 3D printed synthetic tissue that can act as active muscle. The material, which can push, pull, bend, and twist (thanks to its use of silicone …

Robotics

China claims they have actually created an EM drive

Guess Who’s Back<p>After a relatively long news hiatus, the impossible EM (Electromagnetic) Drive is making a comeback. Researchers from China’s space …

Space Travel

How Airbus Is Positioning Itself To Become First In Modular Flight

First class, coach, or coworking space? Here’s why Airbus’s customization effort is one of Fast Company’s 2017 Innovation By Design award-winners.<p><i>Airbus’s Transpose is an honoree in the 2017 Innovation By Design Awards,</i> Fast Company<i>‘s annual celebration of the best ideas in design. See the rest of</i> …

Airlines

The End of Moore's Law Will Change How We Need To Think About Innovation

A shift from disrupting markets to tackling grand challeneges<p>In 1965, Intel cofounder Gordon Moore published a remarkably prescient paper which predicted that computing power would double about every two years. For a half century, this process of doubling has proved to be so remarkably consistent …

Innovation

Scientists Are Closer to Making Crops That Fertilize Themselves

And it's all thanks to a synthetic microbe<p>Legumes are a self-sufficient crop when it comes to fertilization. Unlike most other large crops, legume …

Agriculture

Bitcoin value plummets after China orders trading in currency to cease

Beijing orders exchanges to stop trading in bitcoin amid fears increasing number of consumers in market could spark wider financial problems<p>The value of bitcoin collapsed below $3,000 (£2,200) at one point on Friday after Chinese authorities announced a crackdown on the digital currency.<p>Bitcoin is …

Bitcoin

How Bitcoin Mining Could Solve One Of The Issues With Space-Based Solar Power

In the incredibly competitive world of bitcoin mining, one of the keys to the game is finding the cheapest possible source of energy. In the not so distant future, that source of energy may be found in space.<p>As a quick review, the bitcoin mining process is what keeps everyone in the world on the …

Cryptocurrency

Rolls-Royce might build the world’s first autonomous naval vessel

From Cars to Ships<p>Rolls-Royce, a brand typically associated with luxury cars, may soon have ties to sophisticated naval ships.<p>Yesterday the company …

The Future

India leads the artificial intelligence race thanks to the local offices of US firms

India is way ahead of many other countries in implementing artificial intelligence (AI).<p>Well over half—58%—of the companies that are using AI in India are working with the technology at scale, i.e., they are going beyond pilot and test projects and adopting the technology at a larger scale, says a …

Artificial Intelligence

Hackers Have Already Started to Weaponize Artificial Intelligence

Last year, two data scientists from security firm ZeroFOX conducted an experiment to see who was better at getting Twitter users to click on …

Artificial Intelligence

As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles

FLORENCE, N.J. — Nissa Scott started working at the cavernous Amazon warehouse in southern New Jersey late last year, stacking plastic bins the size of small ottomans. It was not, she says, the most stimulating activity. And lifting the bins, which often weigh 25 pounds each, was also tiring over …

Robots

The Hyperloop Is Now More Than Just a Crazy Idea, But Will It Really Take Off?

The hyperloop first hit headlines with a 2012 tease from Elon Musk and a 2013 paper by engineers at SpaceX and Tesla. Skepticism was, perhaps, …

Transportation

RED reveals more about its holographic smartphone display

When RED Camera first announced its crazy $1,200 Hydrogen smartphone with a "holographic display," a lot of folks wondered how that would actually work. Now, CEO Jim Jannard has revealed that RED is creating the screen in partnership with a company called Leia Inc. (yes, like <i>that</i> Leia). A spin-off …

Augmented Reality

A Tokyo-listed company is spending over $300 million to get into bitcoin mining

GMO Internet Group, based in Tokyo, normally does incredibly boring things like registering domain names and hosting web services. But it, too, has caught the bitcoin fever, one that some people think has created a bubble in valuations.<p>GMO announced today that it plans to spend more than $320 …

Cryptocurrency

Big Oil must pay for climate change. Here is how to calculate how much

It is possible for scientific evidence to help apportion responsibility for climate damages among fossil fuel producers. Our paper shows how<p>As communities in coastal Texas and Louisiana confront the damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey, Irma, fueled by abnormally warm waters, is barreling into the …

Climate

Shropshire farm completes harvest with nothing but robots

Researchers in Shropshire, England have managed to sow and harvest a field of barley using nothing but robots. Many aspects of farming have now been automated, but rarely is the entire process — planting, tending, monitoring and harvesting — completed without someone stepping foot inside the field. …

Farming

Hydrogen power storage could be an important part of a fossil fuel free future

Power Tanks<p>Finding ways to properly store energy is a vital part of moving the world away from using fossil fuels to generate power. Renewable energy …

Energy

MIT Invented A New Kind Of Robot Memory

To truly collaborate with people, robots need to learn to think like them.<p>Alexa and Siri are good for some things, but their help only goes so far. You can order a new shirt or arrange a cleaning service through them, but you can’t ask them to wash the top you wore yesterday or put your favorite …

Robotics

John Deere spent $300 million on a company that murders weeds with AI

If you are a weed, we have some somber news.<p>John Deere, the farm equipment company that’s been chasing autonomous technology for more than 20 years, has agreed to buy Blue River Technology, a startup that uses AI to automatically identify and spray herbicide on weeds. The price of a 60-person …

Farming

What Makes a Smart City Truly Smart?

Kansas City has streetlights equipped with sensors and plans to make roads pay for themselves. But its chief innovation officer says there’s nothing smart about them.<p>Kansas City, Missouri, may have lost last year’s DOT Smart City Challenge to Columbus, Ohio, but that hasn’t slowed its momentum …

Smart Cities

Putin and Musk are right: Whoever masters AI will run the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> Last Friday, a million Russian schoolchildren watched a televised address from Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Artificial intelligence is the future, not only of Russia, but of all of mankind," Putin said. "Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world." …

Artificial Intelligence

Robots deliver goods in China's largest smart warehouse

YouTube

Bill Gates’ Plan to Tax Robots Could Become a Reality in San Francisco

Robots and automation machines are now handling a lot of work that used to be done by humans. In San Francisco, where the robot revolution is moving …

San Francisco