Inevitable

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

Nvidia CEO: Software Is Eating the World, but AI Is Going to Eat Software

Tech companies and investors have recently been piling money into artificial intelligence—and plenty has been trickling down to chip maker Nvidia. …

Machine Learning

Facebook Wants to Merge AI Systems for a Smarter Chatbot

Facebook has released a platform that could combine different advances in artificial intelligence and make machines a lot more articulate.<p>The …

Artificial Intelligence

Google has reportedly launched a new AI-focused venture capital program

Google has launched a new venture capital program focused on artificial intelligence, Axios is reporting.<p>Google declined to comment on the report, which states that the initiative will be led by longtime Google VP of engineering Anna Patterson and involve a rotating cast of engineers instead of the …

Venture Capital

Snap acquires drone company, may put eyes in the skies

All the pieces of Snap's grand plan are coming together, the latest of which appears to be putting its camera technology atop drones.<p>At least that's the obvious conclusion based on Snap's acquisition of Ctrl Me Robotics for "under $1 million," a deal that was first reported by <i>Buzzfeed</i> on Friday. …

Drones

Botnets: Inside the race to stop the most powerful weapon on the internet

How security professionals stopped one botnet attack from getting much worse.<p>Even one of the simplest forms of cyberattack has the potential to …

Cybersecurity

Dubai hopes to have a human-free police station by 2030

Is robot policing the way of the future? Dubai is well on its way to finding out.<p>The emirate, one of seven in the UAE, is taking a technological leap of faith this week as it introduces its first robot officer to the Dubai police force. Designed by the Spanish company PAL Robotics, the specialized …

Policing

(Un)Becoming Human: Tech-Augmented Human Workers Have Arrived

Industrial Revolution 4.0<p>The Fourth Industrial Revolution has arrived. The first was the steam engine-driven Industrial Revolution; the second …

Scientists can see through walls with Wi-Fi to create 3D holograms

Wi-Fi is everywhere — and as the electromagnetic waves are beamed out from routers to connect our devices to the internet, they also travel through empty space, around corners, and even through walls.<p>A pair of German researchers have developed a method to harness Wi-Fi signals to capture 3D …

Wi-Fi

Intel Aims at Blockchain Integration For Entire Healthcare Industry

Intel, the $167 bln US-based chip manufacturer and technology company, has officially secured a partnership with Healthcare transaction service …

DARPA robot lands (simulated) Boeing 737

A robot has successfully landed a Boeing 737 simulator ... and it did it one handed. Built and operated by Aurora Flight Science as part of DARPA's …

U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Microsoft Research shows off its augmented reality glasses

Because we're spoiled and don't appreciate amazing technology unless it's immediately convenient, some tech pundits are dismissing VR in favor of AR, but the fact is that we're still years away from easy to use AR glasses. For now, mainstream AR is limited to your smartphone, like most other …

Augmented Reality

Google will integrate Assistant directly into next-gen cars

Tesla cars get a lot of attention for their futuristic design, and not all of that is because of the company’s larger-than-life energy initiatives. The Model S, Model X, and upcoming Model 3 all incorporate levels of driver-focused technology previously unseen on almost any car, even luxury models. …

Android Auto

Google plans to 'fix' Toronto by building smart city

Underdeveloped waterfront ideal location to start building smart city<p>Google has its sights set on piloting its vision for the smart city of the …

Google quietly debuts Chatbase, a chatbot analytics platform

Just ahead of Google’s I/O event kicking off later today, some details have leaked out about a new service that Google is launching for developers that are building chatbots. TechCrunch has learned that Google has developed a new service called Chatbase, which provides analytics and suggestions for …

Chatbots

San Francisco considers ban on sidewalk delivery robots

The robots are currently in testing by a food-delivery service in two San Francisco neighborhoods.<p>San Francisco is considering legislation that would put the brakes on delivery robots rolling across the city's sidewalks.<p>The robots, once confined to sci-fi movies, have rolled into real-world …

Robots

Google’s version of Siri is now available on iPhones

BTW<p>Step aside Siri, Google Assistant is now on the iPhone.<p>Google announced during its I/O keynote it would bring its personal voice-guided assistant …

Google Assistant

Google to launch Google for Jobs to help Americans find work

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google's mission is to steer people to the information they need in their daily lives. One crucial area the Internet giant says could use some work: Jobs.<p>So Google is launching a new feature, Google for Jobs, that collects and organizes millions of job postings from all over …

Google

Lyft and Waymo to team up on self-driving cars amid Uber controversy

Lyft and Waymo are working together on self-driving car technology, with a new deal first reported by the New York Times on Sunday. The deal has been confirmed by both parties, and will see Google’s former self-driving car unit work together with the ride-hailing company on efforts to introduce …

Transportation

Director of National Intelligence warns of IoT security threats

Hackers aren't the only ones bypassing the weak security of the Internet of Things. According to Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, smart devices could also be used to shut down US intelligence operations in the future. At an open hearing today, the Senate Select Committee on …

Cybersecurity

The smart home might finally get some brains

Alex Teichman thinks your smart home isn’t actually smart—it’s just remote controlled.<p>“It’s great that you can turn down the heat when you’re away at work,” he says. “But all the intelligence is coming from you. It’s not actually smart yet.”<p>Teichman is CEO of Lighthouse, a startup out of Android …

Smart Homes

Chicago battling violence with crime-predicting tech

<b>Police in Chicago are turning to big data and technology to help predict where and when violent crime might occur.</b><p>Violent crime is at a 19 year high in the US city of Chicago. In 2016, 726 murders were committed - more than New York and Los Angeles combined.<p>BBC Click finds out more.<p><b>See more at</b> …

Crime

Tesla Solar Roof tile orders open today, Elon Musk says

The Tesla CEO has revealed you can now order the automaker's solar energy tiles.<p>If you can't afford a Tesla in your garage, you could still put Tesla on your roof. Orders open today for Tesla's Solar Roof, the company's founder and CEO Elon Musk has announced.<p>The tiles will collect energy from the …

Tesla

UK police will start using AI to decide whether suspects should be kept in custody

AI-driven policing has arrived<p>UK police in the city of Durham, England, are prepared to go live with a predictive artificial intelligence system that will determine whether a suspect should be kept in custody, according to the <i>BBC</i>. Called Hart, which stands for Harm Assessment Risk Tool, the system …

Justice

Amazon unveils the $230 Echo Show, with a screen for calls, shipping June 28

Look out, world: Alexa is coming to a screen near you. Today Amazon unveiled the Echo Show, a WiFi-enabled home device with a seven-inch screen that is the newest addition to its Alexa-powered Echo range of home hubs that plays media and responds to voice commands.<p>While previous versions of the …

Amazon

Tesla collects videos from cars to improve its self-driving tech

If Tesla is going to fulfill its ambitions of making practical self-driving cars, it's going to need a lot of real-world data to teach its cars what to look for -- and that includes your own car. Tesla has pushed an Autopilot update that, in addition to bringing newer vehicles up to snuff (more on …

Tesla

Microsoft HoloLens inventor declares 'the phone is already dead'

“The phone is already dead,” says Microsoft’s Alex Kipman. “People just haven’t realized.” Kipman predicts a future dominated by hybrid devices capable of augmenting the world around us, similar to his creation, the HoloLens.<p>It’s a provocative statement, but it lacks substance in the near-term.<p>The …

Augmented Reality

Amazon Is Dominating the Voice-Assisted Speaker Market

Amazon's early bet on home automation device Echo is paying off.<p>The e-commerce giant has a 70% share of the emerging voice-controlled speaker market …

Amazon

In the future, virtual assistants won't just take orders: They'll have ideas of their own.

For a tiny tabletop robot, ElliQ has a lot of opinions.<p>When the weather is nice, it suggests a walk. When it's time to take medication, the device is ready with a reminder. Haven't spoken to relatives in awhile? It thinks a call is in order.<p>Israel-based Intuition Robotics is developing the virtual …

Virtual Assistants

Elon Musk: Robot software will make Tesla worth as much as Apple

Elon Musk thinks his robot software can make Tesla Inc. worth as much as Apple Inc. He has the chance to prove it very soon.<p>In three different facilities spread across America, Tesla’s (TSLA) robot-manufacturing prowess is about to show its worth. If Musk — who, to his credit, is building rockets …

Tesla