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.

Electric cars could use another big battery breakthrough — this CEO says he’s got it

Experts say solid-state batteries are still years away, but Henrik Fisker disagrees<p>Elon Musk is well known for trying to disrupt old industries. He builds spacefaring rockets in-house and makes them reusable, dramatically lowering the cost to leave Earth. He showed electric vehicles can be made and …

Electric Vehicles

Slovenian startup’s electric motor design signals advance for self-driving cars

Elaphe Propulsion Technologies recently introduced modular platforms for autonomous vehicles. The Slovenia-based company has manufactured electric …

This humble Australian bee is helping to disrupt the plastics industry

This often overlooked bee could hold the key to disrupting the trillion-dollar global plastics industry.

This Machine Transforms Waste Into Walls

The portable Trashpresso is turning trash into building supplies.<p>Forget Bitcoin. The hottest potential new currency lies in our trash bins, Arthur Huang says, and he’s built a portable recycling plant to prove it. His solar-powered Trashpresso turns plastic waste into small tiles that can be used …

Automakers Are Making Car Ownership Optional

People seeking a set of wheels traditionally had two options: buy or lease. But the advent of ride hailing turned the next generation of drivers into …

Kubernetes and microservices: A developers’ movement to make the web faster, stable, and more open

The four years that William Morgan spent as an engineer at Twitter battling the Fail Whale gave him a painful view into what happens when a company’s rickety web infrastructure gets spread too thin. But while Twitter’s instability was highly publicized, Morgan realized that the phenomenon existed …

Microservices

‘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 …

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 …

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 …

Apple is preparing for the death of the iPhone

The iPhone may be the most successful product of all time, selling over 1 billion units and making Apple the most valuable publicly traded company in …

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 …

Augmented Reality

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 …

Is Microsoft following Google's lead on AI?

Nadella often says mobility is not about a single device but rather the mobility of a user's experiences across many devices supported by an …

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 …

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 …

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

<i>*This article was originally published in April, 2017.</i><p>One day, not too soon — but still sooner than you think — the smartphone will all but vanish, …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Artificial Intelligence

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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 …