Innovation butterfly

By Peter Wennersten | Taking a look at how seemingly small changes can steer us down an irreversible path in terms of technology and market evolution.

‘My job is to clean up the environment. China really wants to do that’

Environmental lawyer James Thornton says China’s ‘ecological civilisation’ concept is the best response to the world’s environmental crisis<p>James Thornton’s specialty is suing governments and corporations on behalf of his only client – the Earth – and he’s very good at it. In his four decades of …

Climate

An army of robots planned, designed, and built this 3-story house from the ground up

This 3D printed construction is on an entirely new level of automation.<p>The DFAB House in Zurich is designed and built entirely by an army of robots …

Robots

This gadget can make you feel heat, cold, or even pain in virtual reality

There's now another element to add to your VR experience.<p>This startup has created a device that is meant to "drastically heighten" your VR game — by …

Virtual Reality

Apple is preparing for the death of the iPhone

Apple CEO Tim Cook. Photo: Stephen Lam/ Getty Images.<p>The iPhone may be the most successful product of all time, selling over 1 billion units and …

Apple undercuts Facebook in the augmented reality platform war

Facebook may be the world’s most powerful app, but it’s still just an app on Apple’s operating system.<p>Facebook’s grand vision for augmented reality was that it would make it easy for any developer to build and distribute an AR experience — as long as it lived inside Facebook’s app. But Apple has …

Chemists have created a self-healing plastic that could increase the durability of vehicles

In a collaboration between Reading and Oxford University, chemists have created a polymer that can repair itself.<p>They hope it can soon be used to …

Engineering

Is Microsoft following Google's lead on AI?

"Mobile first, cloud first" has been Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella's guiding mantra for the company since 2014. Things have recently changed, however.<p>…

Microsoft

If You Want to Glimpse the Power of AI, Play These Games

Google made one thing abundantly clear at this week's big I/O developer conference: It is an AI-first company now. The brass spent hours explaining …

Apple Exec Says Artificial Intelligence Will Help Humans Remember Every Memory — FORTUNE

The Apple logo on the facade of the new Apple store on Dec. 1, 2016. Technology might one day help you remember everything—even those things you wish …

Seventeen jobs, five careers: learning in the age of automation

Online courses will help employees to upskill as redundancies sweep away jobs – but will universities be able to keep up?<p>St Paul’s in Adelaide has changed plenty over the years. The bluestone facade, lancet windows and sloping roof of this 19th century Anglican chapel suggest yet another house of …

Learning

Adidas unveils its gorgeous 3D-printed sneakers, the Futurecraft 4D

Sneaker manufacturers have been toying around with 3D printing for some time, but now Adidas wants to push the technology forth to the masses with its latest kicks – the Futurecraft 4D.<p>The sneakers will be produced in collaboration with startup Carbon 3D using a method better known as ‘Continuous …

Sneakers

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy

Paris Hilton arrives for a Q&A with fans at Westfield Doncaster on November 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Michael Dodge/ Getty</i> …

Augmented Reality

7 Reasons To Be Excited About The Future of Work

It’s up to us — human beings — to make sure we see these possibilities through to fruition.<p>By 2030, millennials will make up 75% of the workforce. …

Learning

Smartphones to become pocket doctors after scientists discover camera flash and microphone can be used to diagnose illness

Smartphones will soon become mobile laboratories which can monitor bone density, calculate red blood cell levels and even predict if an asthma attack is imminent.<p>Scientists are repurposing the technology which already exists within phones, such as accelerometers, camera flashes and microphones to …

Medicine

Meet the Inventors Who Helped Put a Camera Phone in Everyone's Pocket

Next time you're photographing your brunch, perhaps you should use the hashtag #Fossum. After all, if it hadn't been for Eric Fossum you wouldn't be …

Microsoft wants to crack the cancer code using artificial intelligence

Cancer is like a computer virus and can be ‘solved’ by cracking the code, according to Microsoft. The computer software company says its researchers are using artificial intelligence in a new healthcare initiative to target cancerous cells and eliminate the disease.<p>One of the projects within this …

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Why Google’s New Phone Will Soon Be Irrelevant

Entering the hardware business is nothing unusual for an Internet giant like Google. But in launching its Pixel phone last week, Google GOOG is …

For first time, carbon nanotube transistors outperform silicon - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

MADISON — For decades, scientists have tried to harness the unique properties of carbon nanotubes to create high-performance electronics that are …

Immersion is going to be immense

Pokémon; Macbeth; the Illuminati. Those may not sound like they have a lot in common, but they exemplify the three whole new forms of technology-driven entertainment that have erupted in recent years. We’ll soon combine all three–and, eventually, use them to create whole new multi-faceted immersive …

Meet the automated flash fiction writer you never knew you wanted

The automated assist<p>So often in modern literature, the would-be avant-garde talent grows stifled, boring. They attend the same parties and talk to the same people, and form movements and issue manifestos and so on. This activity in fact dominates the literature world so thoroughly that — …

Apple: Pokémon Go breaks App Store record for most launch week downloads

Without giving away official download numbers or stats (or ever featuring the app), Apple has officially shared that Pokémon Go has broken the record for the highest number of downloads during launch week on the App Store. The popular iOS app has ranked #1 on both the Free and Top Grossing Top …

Eye-tracking software can gauge your intent and boredom in VR

One of the singular things about virtual reality is the freedom to look in any direction. But that's also one of its biggest narrative problems. How does a storyteller retain control when the viewer is free to decide where to look? The answer, it seems, is in the eyes.<p>Eyefluence, a company that's …

Storytelling

Tiny 'Atomic Memory' Device Could Store All Books Ever Written

A new "atomic memory" device that encodes data atom by atom can store hundreds of times more data than current hard disks can, a new study finds.<p>"You …

Microscopy

The next wearable technology could be your skin

Technology can be awkward. Our pockets are weighed down with ever-larger smartphones that are a pain to pull out when we’re in a rush. And attempts to make our devices more easily accessible with smart watches have so far fallen flat. But what if a part of your body could become your computer, with …

Engineering

This bendable smartphone comes with a catch

A small Chinese startup says it's about to unveil a smartphone that can bend all the way around your wrist.<p>The device, produced by Moxi Group, will feature a flexible touchscreen that still works when looped and worn like a watch or a bracelet, according to the company. It also functions stretched …

Graphene

Google has a crazy idea for injecting a computer into your eyeball

Google has filed a patent for what sounds like a bionic eye.<p>A patent filed in 2014 and published Thursday describes a device that could correct vision without putting contacts in or wearing glasses everyday.<p>But to insert the device, a person must undergo what sounds like a rather intrusive …

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