Inevitable

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

Walmart plans to pilot test the new Tesla Semi

Walmart says that it intends to be among the first companies to pilot Tesla’s new all-electric Semi heavy-duty truck. The retailer told CNBC that it’s “excited to be among the first” to test the new vehicle, and to see how it might help them achieve “long-term sustainability goals” including …

Automotive Industry

Williams-Sonoma is buying a 3-D imaging and augmented reality startup for $112 million

The deal marks the first technology acquisition under CEO Laura Alber.<p>Williams-Sonoma, the home furnishings company that also owns the West Elm and Pottery Barn retailers, has agreed to acquire the San Jose-based startup Outward for $112 million in cash, the companies just announced.<p>Five-year-old …

Augmented Reality

GE’s huge 3D metal printer makes aircraft parts

GE has unveiled its previously-announced 3D metal printer, suitable for making aircraft parts. At the manufacturing trade show formnext in Germany, the GE Additive team revealed the as-yet-unnamed machine, demonstrating its ability to print parts as large as 1 meter in diameter directly from a …

Manufacturing

Forget Election Tampering. This Is the Real Threat From Russian Hackers

World War III has already begun. Russian hackers are attacking infrastructure, and it matters.<p>All eyes are on Russia's elections meddling and rightfully so. Yet a related Russian affairs controversy has been unfolding on a parallel track that hasn't gotten anywhere near the public scrutiny it …

Cybersecurity

This is the Tesla Semi truck

500 miles of range and more aerodynamic than a supercar<p>The Tesla Semi truck is a hulking and menacing hauler, with the presence of Darth Vader lurking from above when cast in the black hue, or more like an apparition in metallic silver-white. In other words: it’s exactly what we expect to see from …

Trucks

Self-Learning Algorithm to Pick Stocks for First Nordic AI Fund

Finnish fund manager FIM is introducing the first investment fund in the Nordic region, where a self-learning algorithm gets to pick all the …

Investing

The field of AI research is about to get way bigger than code

When it comes to developing artificial intelligence, the largest technology companies in the world are all-in. Google and Microsoft say they’re “AI-first,” and businesses like Facebook and Amazon wouldn’t be possible without the scalable personalization that AI allows.<p>But if you look for research …

Artificial Intelligence

In the future, algorithms may barter between each other to make better decisions

When trying to comprehend AI algorithms, it might be easiest to think of them as little artisan workers. Some have been carefully trained to transcribe speech into text like the scribes of early history, while others spent days (an eternity in Algorithm Years) learning to identify objects in images.<p>…

Bitcoin

Virtual reality walkthroughs are transforming architecture

Virtual reality has begun to radically transform architecture, giving rise to “virtual property inspections” that provide a clear view of a property before construction crews even break ground. Contrary to what people see on their favorite real estate reality shows, which showcase a seamless …

Real Estate

Robocops can’t tackle online crime without human assistance

Cybercrime is on the rise, and organizations across a wide variety of industries — from financial institutions to insurance, health care providers, and large e-retailers — are rightfully worried. In the first half of 2017 alone, over 2 billion records were compromised. After stealing PII …

Machine Learning

Meet the robots caring for Japan’s aging population

<i>Frank is a divorcé who suffers from early symptoms of dementia. Growing weary of weekly visits, his son gifts him a shiny white robot butler designed to handle daily chores and provide health care updates for the aging man.</i><p>Does this scenario sound familiar?<p>This quirky storyline comes from the film</i> …

Robots

Russia is pressing forward with its autonomous warfighter program

Russia’s Robots<p>Robots are now sophisticated enough to fight alongside human combatants on the battlefield. Various countries are pursuing this …

Robots

Hackers took over the computer system of a Boeing 757 passenger jet

<b>A Boeing 757 was hacked on the runway of an airport without the knowledge of its pilots, a US Homeland Security official has revealed.</b><p>Security …

Aviation

A mesh network spontaneously erupts in the US and helps connect Puerto Rico

When goTenna put out their Mesh device earlier this year, I thought the off-grid communication gadgets would be great for an emergency kit or back country hike. But it turns out that both I and goTenna underestimated the demand for a resilient, user-powered mesh network: thousands of dedicated …

Wi-Fi

The FDA has approved the first digital pill

Abilify MyCite raises new privacy concerns<p>The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first digital pill for the US which tracks if patients have taken their medication. The pill called Abilify MyCite, is fitted with a tiny ingestible sensor that communicates with a patch worn by the patient …

Digital Health

The Future Of Work: How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform The Employee Experience

Artificial Intelligence is on the verge of penetrating every major industry from healthcare to advertising, transportation, finance, legal, education, and now inside the workplace. Many of us may have already interacted with a chatbot (defined as an automated, yet personalized, conversation between …

Human Resources

Hackers Say They've Already Broken Face ID

When Apple released the iPhone X on November 3, it touched off an immediate race among hackers around the world to be the first to fool the company's …

iOS

IBM Just Simulated the Biggest Quantum Computer to Date—What That Means for the Field

Google was in poll position to win the race for quantum supremacy, the point at which a quantum computer can do things a conventional one can’t. But …

Quantum Mechanics

Robin goes all in on robotic lawn care and focuses on franchising

Robin, which pitched a combined “Uber for lawn care” and robotic-lawnmower-as-a-service at Disrupt SF’s Startup Battlefield last year, is making some big changes. It quietly sold the first part to Porch earlier this year, and is now focused on expanding the robot service nationwide via a …

Robots

How wireless sensors could help fight forest fires

A wireless sensor network to monitor and help tackle forest fires has been developed at the University of Westminster.<p>The sensors are part of a European-wide firefighting research project and tested on fires in Greece, Spain and Israel.<p>BBC Click finds out more.<p><b>See more at</b> Click's website <b>and</b> …

Forestry

Ford's exoskeleton could help factory workers in a big way

It's meant to help reduce fatigue when working on overhead tasks.<p>A tired, injured worker doesn't exactly make a great contribution to capital growth. That's why Ford is investigating an exoskeleton that could keep workers from breaking to pieces during difficult tasks.<p>Ford is testing an upper body …

Exoskeletons

You can now buy Amazon Alexa speakers at Whole Foods

At least 100 Whole Foods store are now selling Amazon Alexa speakers, because why not?<p>The next time you're shopping for organic produce at Whole Foods, you might notice a new tech-centric aisle in the store. Select Whole Foods locations are now selling Amazon Alexa speakers. Whole Foods says the …

Amazon

Google: Project Loon has provided internet access to 100,000 people in Puerto Rico

It's been nearly two months since Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico, and the island is still in the midst of a long road to recovery. While …

Project Loon

A bunch of balloons delivered basic Internet to 100,000 Puerto Rico residents

Alphabet‘s Project Loon might still be experimental in nature, but it just delivered real hope to 100,000 Puerto Rico residents in what the Project Loon team called the fastest deployment of its Internet-providing balloons ever.<p>Head of Project Loon Alastair Westgarth confirmed the deployment of the …

Project Loon

This brilliant new AI will fight email scammers by wasting their time

Netsafe, a New Zealand-based non-profit online safety group, introduced an AI email bot this week that will fight back against phishing scams by …

Identity Theft

Do cities still want a sharing economy?

Much has been said in recent months about Uber and its travails as a company, with big leadership changes, and then an outright ban in London. Even so, Ubers (and Lyfts) are rolling down city streets, and the 40 million monthly active riders indicate that this is an incredibly popular …

Cities

How India Is Moving Toward a Digital-First Economy

On November 8, 2016, India’s government did something that had no other government had attempted before at the same scale: it decided to remove 86% of the country’s currency notes by value from circulation. Over the months that followed, more than one billion people participated in a “reboot” of …

Digital Transformation

How blockchain will change major industries

Finally, perhaps the most talked about application of blockchain – banking.<p>With the formation of blockchain consortia – or groups of financial institutions that collaborate to develop blockchain solutions – blockchain is already set to affect the way financial institutions process payments and …

Bitcoin

For Amazon, The Future Of Alexa Is About The End Of The Smartphone Era

With touch-screen devices like the Echo Show and Echo Spot, Amazon is trying to upend a decade of smartphones, notifications, and apps.<p>Picture a hypothetical future in which Amazon’s Alexa renders your smartphone unnecessary.<p>You tap the “good morning” button on your bedside Echo Spot, and it …

Amazon