Inevitable

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

Police body cams will soon use AI to find missing people

Motorola Solutions -- not to be confused with Lenovo's Motorola, that makes smartphones -- is adding machine learning to its surveillance equipment used by law enforcement personnel. Cops in Chicago's Waukegan police department are already suiting up with the company's Si500 body cams. But those …

Motorola

Grid Batteries Are Poised to Become Cheaper Than Natural-Gas Plants in Minnesota - MIT Technology Review

When it comes to renewable energy, Minnesota isn’t typically a headline-grabber: in 2016 it got about 18 percent of its energy from wind, good enough …

Energy

The decentralization of startup building

Building and investing in startups is rapidly proliferating to the many, instead of remaining the preserve of the few.<p><b>The old paradigm of physical centralization</b><p>Silicon Valley is the innovation bellwether of our time. The concentration of talent and capital — as well as a culture typified by speed …

Startups

Eyeing Specialty Contractors As Microsoft Addresses The Rural Broadband Problem

While some may grumble, there is little question that chips are becoming the new fabric in our increasingly connected lives. From how we communicate, shop, learn, consume content and transact on a multiple number of levels, we have become used to if not reliant upon being connected be it through …

The City

Amazon is reportedly working on a messaging app called Anytime

Of course it has Gifs<p>Amazon.com is reportedly working on launching its own messaging app called Anytime, according to a report from <i>AFTV News</i>. The retail giant has begun to survey its customers about potential features, although it’s not clear what form the final product will take.<p><i>AFTV News</i> explains …

Amazon

Elon Musk is so worried about the threat of AI, he wants government to regulate it

For years, Elon Musk has warned us about the dangers of artificial intelligence — even igniting a global discussion on the danger, calling it our greatest existential threat next to nukes.<p>In a speech at the National Governor's Association on Saturday, the Tesla CEO reiterated his long-standing …

Elon Musk

Free robot lawyer can now help you with 1,000 different legal scenarios

Why it matters to you<p>Forget pricey lawyer fees! This free legal chatbot can answer at least 1,000 of your questions.<p>You may be familiar with …

Robots

Logistics Industry: Next Step to Global Economy’s Blockchainization

There is a new addition to the list of industries that are being conquered by the inevitable advance of the Blockchain. Today, it is steadily …

Bitcoin

Disney announces a Westworld-like, fully immersive Star Wars resort

Holy sh—<p>If you were excited for Star Wars Land, now officially called Galaxy’s Edge, Disney’s theme park division has an announcement for you.<p>Disney confirmed today it is working on a fully immersive Star Wars experience for visitors to walk around, eat, drink and sleep in. It’s a hotel, one that …

Walt Disney Company

AI lawyer can help you with a thousand different legal issues

Over two years ago, Joshua Browder, now a junior at Stanford University, created a chatbot that could contest parking tickets in New York City and London. By June of 2016, DoNotPay had successfully contested 160,000 parking tickets -- a 64 percent success rate -- and earlier this year, Browder …

Chatbots

Facebook is reportedly planning a much cheaper VR headset for 2018

Facebook-owned Oculus VR plans to release a much cheaper virtual-reality headset priced at roughly $200 in 2018, according to a new report from Bloomberg.<p>Unlike the high-end Oculus Rift headset that's out now, the device will not require a dedicated PC to function, the report said. It will instead …

Virtual Reality

IoT In The USA: 3,000 Companies, $125B In Funding, $613B In Valuation, 342,000 Employees

2,888 businesses building the Internet of Things employ 342,000 workers, have raised $125 billion in funding, and have created $613 billion in value.<p>95 of them are now unicorns: billion-dollar startups.<p>Spoke Intelligence and ReadWrite, an IoT-focused publication and accelerator, just released their …

Internet of Things

Delivery Robots Approved For Sidewalks In 5 States

The first robots many U.S. consumers come face to face with may be bringing them something.<p>For Mother’s Day, 1-800-Flowers.com used a delivery robot …

Robots

These Technologies Are Changing Farms in Some Surprising Ways

As agriculture adopts recent advances in automation and data science, farms will become super-efficient — and perhaps a bit lonely.<p>Just as self-driving cars are poised to change the way we get around, smart technology on the farm is set to revolutionize the way we cultivate the food we eat.<p>Farmers …

Agriculture

U.S. to Fund Advanced Brain-Computer Interfaces - MIT Technology Review

Matt Angle’s claim might have sounded eccentric before: for years, he insisted that the key to solving one of neuroscience’s most intractable …

U.S. Department of Defense

Your Best Teammate Might Someday be an Algorithm - MIT Technology Review

Google is launching an effort that it hopes may turn humans and intelligent machines into productive work buddies.<p>Through a project called People + …

Artificial Intelligence

First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit - MIT Technology Review

Last year, a Long March 2D rocket took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert carrying a satellite called Micius, named …

Quantum Mechanics

Researchers create a 'battery-free' mobile phone

Your future phone may never need to be charged.<p>That's the exciting implication of new research out of the University of Washington, where researchers have created a mobile phone prototype that doesn't require a battery to operate.<p>The astonishingly efficient prototype requires just 3.5 microwatts of …

Phones

Google is funding the creation of software that writes local news stories

Google’s Digital News Initiative has committed £622,000 ($805,000) to fund an automated news writing initiative for U.K.-based news agency, The Press Association. The money will help pay for the creation of Radar (Reporters And Data And Robots), snappily named software designed to generate upwards …

Journalism

Tesla will build world’s largest battery storage facility for Australian wind farm

Tesla will up its game in the renewable energy storage market with the largest lithium-ion battery storage facility in the world, to be built for Australia’s Hornsdale Wind Farm, with a completion date of December 1, 2017. The facility will use Tesla’s commercial battery storage Powerpack modules …

Batteries

We have the power to code a new operating system for humanity

Since humankind’s earliest days, we have used stories to communicate knowledge, to form our understanding of the world, prescribe behaviour, and …

Innovation

McKinsey's State Of Machine Learning And AI, 2017

• Tech giants including Baidu and Google spent between $20B to $30B on AI in 2016, with 90% of this spent on R&D and deployment, and 10% on AI acquisitions.<br>• Artificial Intelligence (AI) investment has turned into a race for patents and intellectual property (IP) among the world’s leading tech …

Machine Learning

Tiny Satellites From Silicon Valley May Help Track North Korea Missiles

For years before North Korea fired its first intercontinental ballistic missile this week, the Pentagon and intelligence experts had sounded a warning: Not only was the North making faster progress, spy satellite coverage was so spotty that the United States might not see a missile being prepared …

Silicon Valley

RED announces modular Hydrogen phone aimed at 3D content with ‘holographic’ display

RED, a company that produces high-end cinema cameras that are used to shoot major motion pictures, has just announced a new smartphone running Android. Aiming to ship early next year, the biggest issue with the Hydrogen One phone is that its press release is filled with a bunch of marketing speak …

Hydrogen

Apple’s Siri strategy isn’t brilliant, but it could be

No, I’m not talking about the strategy in which Apple rolls out a smart speaker years behind its competitors — the one that has left former Apple employees and the world at large confused as to why the wealthiest, most design-centric tech company in the world took so long to unveil HomePod.<p>I’m …

Google Assistant

Autonomous cars will bring a moveable feast of products and services

Would you be comfortable buying glasses sight-unseen?<p>Despite the undeniable rise in online shopping, there are still products we are concerned to buy online. Touching, feeling, wearing, and testing out physical products are where the value of brick and mortar retail truly shines. On high-end …

eCommerce

Wearable AI is the next hot tech trend

It wasn’t long ago that personal computers were the height of technology. While significantly smaller than the industrial-sized mainframes of the past, modern desktop PCs are still bulky objects that take up a lot of space. Laptops and notebooks are considerably more portable, but even these are …

Wearable Tech

Elon Musk’s car tunnel gets an elevator next week

He started digging in the SpaceX parking lot.<p>Elon Musk’s plan to dig tunnels under cities for cars to circumvent traffic is coming to fruition — starting in the SpaceX parking lot in Los Angeles.<p>The serial entrepreneur is breaking ground with his new startup The Boring Company, which Musk says …

Elon Musk

Dubai deploys tiny robot cars to police city streets

Police in Dubai have unveiled a small autonomous car that will patrol the streets in the Gulf city.<p>The miniature vehicles, which measure up to around waist height, come just weeks after the city recruited its first robotic officer.<p>The first patrol cars are set to report for duty before the end of …

Policing