Inevitable

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

Russian government turns to Ethereum Foundation for blockchain plans

Last week VEB, a major state-owned Russian development bank, signed a partnership agreement with the Ethereum Foundation to develop and implement Blockchain-based government applications.<p>The Foundation’s founder Vitalik Buterin and VEB President Sergey Gorokov Chairman both took part in the signing …

Russia

Tesla’s next vehicle is being unveiled next month, but this time it’s not a car

Tesla’s fleet of vehicles is about to expand in the most interesting of ways. Hardly a secret anymore, Tesla over the past year has been actively …

Car Tech

App offers to rent a person to stand in line for you, because even that's too hard now

Heads up Apple fans, we have a feeling this service could soon come in handy.<p>A new startup aptly named iQueue, is offering to stand in line for you, at a cost.<p>Founded in Singapore, the service currently has 10 professional "queuers" on its team, consisting of mostly students and homemakers, …

Mobile

Bose's Google Assistant headphones reportedly appear in the wild (but you can't buy them yet)

Google is expected to bring its voice assistant directly to headphones — and the first pair of cans with the AI helper might have accidentally hit store shelves before an official announcement could even be made.<p>Multiple pairs of Bose QuietComfort 35 II wireless headphones have been spotted at Best …

Google

This robot named Heliograf wrote hundreds of stories for the Washington Post last year

Why it matters to you<p>The rise of artificial intelligence in journalism brings up many questions about the future of reporting.<p>Robots are taking our …

Journalism

Chatbot lets you sue Equifax for up to $25,000 without a lawyer

Equifax’s security failure affected 143 million US consumers, or 44 percent of the US population. To add insult to injury, Equifax waited over a month before revealing the security breach it had suffered. If you’re one of the millions affected by the breach, a chatbot can now help you sue Equifax …

Chatbots

MIT is crowdsourcing hurricane flood maps in Florida

People in Broward County, Florida have one more map to rely on this weekend as Hurricane Irma passes through the state. MIT has launched RiskMap, a crowdsourced platform meant to track and map flooding by relying on people's social media reports, as a pilot project. The county's residents can …

Weather

Tesla flips a switch to increase the range of some cars in Florida to help people evacuate

Tesla has pushed an over-the-air update to some of its vehicles in Florida that lets those cars go just a <i>liiiittle</i> bit farther, thus helping their owners get that much farther away from the devastation of Hurricane Irma.<p>Wondering how that’s even possible?<p>Up until a few months ago, Tesla sold a …

Tesla

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

Amazon Alexa now responds to certain questions with skills that can help you when Alexa can’t

Amazon is making it easier for Echo and Alexa-powered device owners to find voice apps that extend the functionality of its virtual assistant. The company recently launched a new feature that has Alexa making suggestions of third-party skills to try in response to certain questions. In other words, …

Amazon

Lyft and Drive.ai partner on Bay Area self-driving ride-hailing pilot

Lyft is teaming up with autonomous driving startup Drive.ai to deploy self-driving cars in and around San Francisco with a new pilot project.<p>Drive.ai is going to be operating some of its test fleet on Lyft’s open platform, which Lyft created to help carmakers and self-driving tech companies build …

Transportation

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

How IoT devices will drive sales with more personalized content

If your business wants to <b>attract more qualified traffic and build your brand</b>, then you need to think about the client’s journey. Today’s consumers are more informed and have more options than ever before when it comes to what they buy and how they buy it.<p>When a customer buys your product or …

Customer Experience

How APIs will make your next fridge — or even your next car — free

We are in the fourth industrial revolution, where software can replicate value at zero-marginal cost and where data is the new oil. You may remember this story about Microsoft versus IBM in 1981, where IBM let Microsoft manage the operating system (DOS) thinking that the future was selling …

Internet of Things

Uber and Lyft could destroy car ownership in major cities

Ride-hailing giants have said for years that their services will start to kill car ownership by giving urban dwellers a cheaper and more efficient way of getting around.<p>A recent study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, and Columbia …

Uber

Consumer internet startups go mainstream outside of Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley has long been the center of the universe for tech companies that disrupt the status quo. But a confluence of trends – the geographic diffusion of engineering and product management talent, millennial purchasing power, and the rise of e-brands via social media — are creating new …

Silicon Valley

Blockchain technology expands beyond Bitcoin and into car-sharing

(<i>Reuters</i>) — The technology underpinning the cryptocurrency bitcoin is migrating to the auto industry and vehicle sharing.<p>Accounting and consulting firm EY, part of Ernst & Young Global, said on Wednesday it was launching a blockchain based system that will enable companies or groups of individuals …

Bitcoin

Nuco’s Aion network provides a way to communicate between multiple blockchains

As blockchains begin to gain in popularity, a need is developing to enable them to communicate with one another. That would require a networking infrastructure to facilitate that communication, and that’s precisely what Nuco, a Toronto-based startup is trying to do with the release of the Aion …

Bitcoin

AI will fundamentally change how we manage content

Content management is about to undergo a foundational shift as artificial intelligence and machine learning bring long-sought order to enterprise content. As the volume of content has increased, the ability to manage it all seems to have eluded us. Ironic, since Content Management Systems were …

Machine Learning

San Francisco Will Consider a Tax on Robots - MIT Technology Review

The Download<p>What's up in emerging technology<p>August 24, 2017<p>San Francisco Will Consider a Tax on Robots<p>When robots steal our jobs, should they be made …

Hurricane Harvey

Can Blockchains Set the Web Free? - MIT Technology Review

The Download<p>What's up in emerging technology<p>August 24, 2017<p>Can Blockchains Set the Web Free?<p>A growing chorus of technologists want to flip the Web on …

Hurricane Harvey

The Myth of the Skills Gap - MIT Technology Review

The contention that America’s workers lack the skills employers demand is an article of faith among analysts, politicians, and pundits of every …

Andrew Weaver

Amazon Is Going to Totally Amazonify Whole Foods - MIT Technology Review

The Download<p>What's up in emerging technology<p>August 25, 2017<p>Amazon Is Going to Totally Amazonify Whole Foods<p>Hold onto your organic vegetables, because …

Robots

Tesla’s electric semi truck will reportedly get 200 to 300 miles per charge

Tesla’s already announced plans to reveal at an event in September an all-electric semi truck designed for cargo hauling, but we don’t know much about it beyond that yet. Now, Reuters reports that the vehicle will get between 200 and 300 miles of range per charge, which means it can manage …

Car Tech

Elon Musk’s Boring Co. gets Hawthorne city nod to dig a two-mile test tunnel

Elon Musk’s The Boring Company, which he dreamed up while sitting in traffic in LA because he wanted to go <i>under</i> said traffic, has permission to dig a two-mile test tunnel in Hawthorne, California just outside LA. The approval for the test dig comes from the Hawthorne City Council, which voted four …

Elon Musk

Majority of U.S. consumers still download zero apps per month, says comScore

Apps are dominating consumers’ digital media habits, but getting people to try new ones is still a tough sell. That’s the latest from comScore’s newly released 2017 U.S. Mobile Apps Report, which finds that 57 percent of consumers’ time spent using digital media is now taking place in mobile apps. …

Mobile Marketing

Sherpa secures $2.3M to build AI-driven insurance platform tailored to individuals

Price comparison websites for insurance products have been around for many years. However, typically, people buy from these based just on price, with zero customization based on the person. What’s required is a much more tailor-made service, changing the culture from strictly price-only focused to …

Insurance

Elon Musk’s brain interface startup Neuralink files $27M fundraise

Elon Musk wants to connect your brain directly to a computer, and investors are ready to make that science fiction a reality. Musk’s startup Neuralink has raised the $26.96 million of a technically still-open funding round that could grow to $100 million, according to a new SEC filing. However, …

Elon Musk

Walmart and Google partner on voice-based shopping

Walmart and Google are today announcing a new partnership that will enable voice shopping through Google Assistant, Google’s virtual assistant that lives on devices like its smart speaker, Google Home. Specifically, consumers will now be able to take advantage of Walmart’s “Easy Reorder” feature …

eCommerce