Inevitable

By Dustin Haisler | Stories, technologies and trends that are shaping the future.

Having A Heart Attack? This AI Helps Emergency Dispatchers Find Out

The time between calling 911 and the ambulance arriving can be critical for saving heart attack victims, but the person on the phone may not know what’s happening: this AI parses non-verbal clues to help diagnose from a distance.<p>When someone goes into cardiac arrest outside of a hospital, time is …

Copenhagen

No pedal to the metal in GM's planned self-driving Cruise AV car

DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co (GM.N) is seeking U.S. government approval for a fully autonomous car - one without a steering wheel, brake pedal or accelerator pedal - to enter the automaker's first commercial ride-sharing fleet in 2019, executives said.<p>For passengers who cannot open doors, …

Driverless Cars

Artificial Intelligence meets 911 call centers, flood sensors and over 6 million smart speakers …

Artificial Intelligence meets 911 call centers, flood sensors and over 6 million smart speakers — This Week’s 10 Reads from a Chief Innovation Officer<p>…

Artificial Intelligence

Hackers Could Blow Up Factories Using Smartphone Apps - MIT Technology Review

Many companies let workers monitor and manage machines—and sometimes entire industrial processes—via mobile apps. The apps promise efficiency gains, …

Security

I Rode in a Car in Las Vegas. Its Driver Was in Silicon Valley - MIT Technology Review

A car with an empty driver’s seat slowly pulled up in front of me at the MGM Grand Las Vegas the other night. It wasn’t exactly a driverless car, …

Transportation

Comcast Ventures is betting on blockchain technologies in 2018

“In 2018 we’re doubling down on blockchain,” says Gil Beyda, managing director of Comcast Ventures, the investment arm of one of the world’s largest media and telecom companies.<p>For the venture capital arm of Comcast, an investment in blockchain isn’t opportunistic, Beyda insists. “Just to be clear, …

Bitcoin

Boeing’s prototype drone can carry 500 lbs of cargo

Boeing just revealed a prototype drone capable of carrying much more than a camera. The company tasked engineers with designing and building a cargo drone and the prototype they came up with is able to haul 500 lbs of goods.<p>The vehicle is huge and much larger than anything DJI sells. It weighs 747 …

What AI can and can’t do (yet) for your business

Artificial intelligence is a moving target. Here’s how to take better aim.<p><b>Artificial intelligence (AI)</b> seems to be everywhere. We experience it at …

Machine Learning

AI Plus Human Intelligence Is The Future Of Work

We are living in interesting times, where digital assistants schedule meetings, chatbots work alongside humans as teaching assistants, and your suitcase can now become self driving luggage as showcased at CES, 2018. The implications are just starting to be felt in the workplace. In 2017, I wrote …

Artificial Intelligence

SCADA security: Bad app design could give hackers access to industrial control systems

'Shocking' flaws show apps for industrial control systems are being built without enough thought for security according to researchers.<p>Mobile …

Cybersecurity

This $3,400 bitcoin-mining machine is a cornerstone of Kodak's crypto pivot

Kodak's stock has more than tripled this week, since the once-giant of photography announced a pivot into blockchain technology and …

Cryptocurrency

Vuzix built the smartglasses Google wishes it did

Attention, crestfallen Google Glass enthusiasts: Your redemption has arrived.<p>While most of the tech world dismissed the “smartglasses” concept when …

Wearable Tech

Zeroqode will usher us into a codeless future

Codeless development platforms are at once a blessing and a curse. If they’re complete enough to be powerful they are too difficult for beginners and if they’re simple enough for beginners they’re useless for serious work. Zeroqode, a one-stop-shop for codeless creation, aims to make the difficult …

Web Design

How Automation Will Change Work, Purpose, and Meaning

The vast majority of humans throughout history worked because they had to. Many found comfort, value, and meaning in their efforts, but some defined work as a necessity to be avoided if possible. For centuries, elites in societies from Europe to Asia aspired to absolution from gainful employment. …

John Maynard Keynes

Jabra’s new wireless earbuds have five hours of battery life and Alexa built in

Jabra has announced a trio of headphones to kickstart a brand-new “Elite” franchise. These are the Elite 65t, a completely wireless in-ear pair; an “active” version of the Elite 65t, specially optimized for sports; and a Bluetooth — but not fully wired — variant, dubbed the Elite 45e. (The “e” …

Headphones

Amazon’s Alexa is coming to Windows 10 PCs from HP, ASUS and Acer

Amazon’s AI assistant continues its unstoppable onward march<p>Amazon’s Alexa is coming to Windows 10 PCs later this year, with HP, ASUS and Acer …

Felix Dennis

Worried about your job? AI can beat humans in converting leads to sales

Artificial intelligence (AI) has already beaten us at chess, poker, Jeopardy, and facial recognition. Now, there is evidence that AI can best you …

Artificial Intelligence

The light and dark of AI-powered smartphones

Analyst Gartner put out a 10-strong listicle this week identifying what it dubbed “high-impact” uses for AI-powered features on smartphones that it suggests will enable device vendors to provide “more value” to customers via the medium of “more advanced” user experiences.<p>It’s also predicting that, …

Intelligence

Moen makes Alexa and Siri your shower concierge

Our bathrooms are about to get a lot smarter, if the latest technology being unveiled here at CES 2018 is any indication. Moen, which released its U by Moen smart shower system last year, is adding Alexa and Siri voice control capability to the series this year. With the new skills, you can tell …

Home Automation

Brazilian Government Plans to Process Petitions and Write Laws on Ethereum

The Brazilian government is seeking to move popular petitions, an inefficient electoral system of the country, onto the Ethereum network, to process …

Bitcoin

ITIC partners with IOTA to create a global smart city testbed network

IOTA is a distributed ledger technology (DLT) that enables machines to securely transact data and money with each other for a micro fee.<p>It continues to gather pace, with a more than 400 percent increase in token value since the successful launch of its data marketplace in November 2017, and a …

Smart Cities

Robomart is the latest startup to try and unseat the local convenience store

The startup assault on the humble neighborhood store continues to intensify.<p>First came Bodega, the terribly named, and mostly misguided startup with its mission to bring the non-perishable necessities available at the corner store to the masses and “disrupt” the corner store.<p>Now there’s Robomart, …

eCommerce

CES 2018: Tech preview of the show's coolest new products

<b>All aboard the (self-driving) bus - next stop, CES: Las Vegas' annual gigantic tech fest.</b><p>About 4,000 companies - many of them start-ups - are arriving in town this weekend. Over the coming days, they will reveal new products, secure orders and hopefully provide a taste of the future at the trade …

Consumer Tech

Amazon and Microsoft have yet to roll out their smart assistant partnership

Microsoft and Amazon were supposed to play nice this past year and make their respective digital assistants available on each other's platforms, allowing users to access Microsoft's Cortana assistant on an Amazon Echo, or Alexa on any Windows 10 PC. The company said the cross-platform features …

Microsoft

Drone-powered ‘Uber for blood’ is delivering life-saving medical supplies in Africa

Drones might be causing privacy concerns in the United States and Europe, but in the East African country of Rwanda, they are a welcome sight in the …

Drones

UK police turn to Amazon Echo in the fight against crime

The force in Lancashire wants to use the smart speaker for law enforcement purposes.<p>UK law enforcement is exploring how Amazon's Echo smart speaker …

Amazon

Amazon patent describes mirror for trying on virtual clothes

Amazon's next move in the fashion world could be a mirror that shows how outfits will look on you without you having to actually put them on. <i>GeekWir</i>e reports that the company has been granted a patent describing just that sort of technology. Using mirrors, screens, displays, projectors and cameras, …

Amazon

This Self-Driving AI Is Learning to Drive Almost Entirely in a Virtual World

I don’t have to open the doors of AImotive’s white 2015 Prius to see that it’s not your average car. This particular Prius has been christened El …

Transportation

In China, cash is dead

• <b>Cash is quickly becoming obsolete in China.</b>• <b><br>Mobile payments have become much more convenient. They have surged to $5 trillion in the mainland.</b>• <b><br>The electronic payment method has revolutionized commerce in China. Hundreds and thousands of small-scale shops including restaurants, grocery stores and tea</b> …

China