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Google taps Levi’s to create interactive jeans

Google and Levi’s are teaming up to create interactive clothing.

At Google’s developer conference today, the Mountain View, California company showed off Project Jacquard, an experimental program within Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects unit that has developed conductive yarn with textile …

Google

List of Funds or Trading Firms Using Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning

The following are the list of funds or trading firms using artificial intelligence or machine learning for their research and trading purposes. There …

Machine Learning

Robot Olympics Planned for 2020 Powered by Japan's ‘Robot Revolution’

Robot Olympics Planned for 2020 Powered by Japan’s ‘Robot Revolution’

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Japan likes robots. And while some Americans raised on a confusing …

Robots

4 Companies Leading The Next Wave Of Profit With Purpose

Will one be the next Toms or Warby Parker?

Up until recently, tasks like improving infant mortality rates, providing clean drinking water and raising graduation rates were considered the purview of socially innovative charities and non-profit organizations.

The social innovation model looked …

Patagonia

The Countries That Have The Most Resilient Supply Chains

Japan's manufacturing industry weathered the post-Fukushima crisis pretty well, all things considered. Other countries are less prepared for big disasters.

After the Fukushima disaster rocked Japan in 2011, the world underwent what the New York Times called "a first-of-its-kind challenge": a serious …

Japan

Here's Where We'll Build Our First Space Mines, According to the Miners

There’s gold in them thar’ space rocks, say the miners of the future. There’s also platinum, rare earth elements, and even water. Mining in space may …

Space

Norway fund could trigger wave of large fossil fuel divestments, say experts

Norway’s decision to dump all coal-focused investments from its $900bn sovereign wealth fund could unleash a wave of divestment from other large funds, according to investment experts. The fund, the largest in the world, is one of the top 10 investors in the global coal industry.

The move, agreed …

Finance (UK)

A Proposal to Modify Plants Gives G.M.O. Debate New Life

What’s in a name?

A lot, if the name is genetically modified organism, or G.M.O., which many people are dead set against. But what if scientists used the precise techniques of today’s molecular biology to give back to plants genes that had long ago been bred out of them? And what if that process …

Life Sciences

‘Deep Learning’ Will Soon Give Us Super-Smart Robots

The new breed of AI will extend beyond the internet, pushing into devices that can operate here in the physical world.The post ‘Deep Learning’ Will …

Artificial Intelligence

Google takes aim at the internet of things with new Brillo operating system

Google intends to be the center of the connected home with its new “internet of things” operating system, Brillo.

Google Brillo is designed to run on and connect multiple low-power devices, connecting anything from a washing machine to a rubbish bin and linking in with existing Google …

Google

Fossil industry faces a perfect political and technological storm

The IMF says we can no longer afford the economic wastage of fossil fuels, turning the green energy debate upside down as world leaders plan a binding climate deal in Paris

The political noose is tightening on the global fossil fuel industry. It is a fair bet that world leaders will agree this year …

Energy

Talented bacteria detect cancer, diabetes

You might want to park at the door any assumptions about bacteria being primitive, inert or yucky. This is a story about genetically engineered forms of bacteria that may someday diagnose cancer by analyzing a urine sample, and that have already shown a knack for recognizing the hallmarks of …

Cancer

Forget the notebook, you'll be wearing virtual reality goggles at uni soon

Twelve new "technologies to watch" will change the face of higher education in the next five years, according to new research.

The report, from Open …

Augmented Reality

This woman wants to make the Internet of Things cheaper, simpler and more efficient

Anne Lauvergeon is chairman of the board of Sigfox, a French startup that wants to be the Ma Bell of the Internet of Things.

Anne Lauvergeon says her first husband used to say, “‘The problem with Anne: she has no ambition.” And while Lauvergeon claims to agree with him, the ambitions of her company …

Internet

3 disruptive innovations that are changing the Middle East

If you’ve been lucky enough to travel across the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) region over the past few years, you likely will have …

Innovation

The U.S., Mexico and Canada will collaborate on climate adaptation

Upgrading power grids, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change are on the agenda for a new international working group composed of the three national energy ministers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Canadian Minister of Natural Resources …

Climate Change

The return of virtual reality: 'this is as big an opportunity as the internet'

Dr Jonathan Waldern is standing in a meeting room in Silicon Valley, wearing a lab coat and grinning from ear to ear. “There will be people crying in this, people falling in love, people falling over. For all sorts of reasons, this strikes at the core of being a human being. It’s so compelling … …

Virtual Reality

China's 'New Silk Road' Vision Revealed

On Thursday, China’s state-owned Xinhua News Agency unveiled an ongoing feature entitled “New Silk Road, New Dreams.” The series promises to “dig up …

China

Norway's $900bn sovereign wealth fund told to reduce coal assets

Norway’s $900bn sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, should cut its exposure to the global coal industry and sell stakes in firms that focus on the sector, a key parliamentary committee said on Wednesday.

The finance committee agreed in a bipartisan motion that the fund, which owns about 1.3% …

Coal

The Church Of George Church

From reviving extinct species to hunting for dark matter, can a single scientist transform biology--and our lives?

A few years ago, George Church was peer-reviewing a paper for the journal Science when he got an idea. The paper’s authors had encoded their names and a string of famous quotes into a …

Genomics

BuzzFeed Founder Launches New Lab for Open-Source Invention

Buzzfeed is launching an open-source research lab for building tools to bring the world better information.The post BuzzFeed Founder Launches New Lab …

Buzzfeed

Chinese military expansion sparks fears of war with U.S.

TOKYO — China’s armed forces are to extend their operations and the air force will become an offensive as well as defensive force for the first time, …

Military

Artificial Intelligence Will Be Felt First In Robots That Can See And Learn

Quietly, in the background, robots are getting smarter. So much smarter that they may soon be able to accomplish a lot of our work for us. They can drive us and our stuff around, manufacture a lot of that stuff, prepare our meals and care for our elderly and infirm. This is not to say they will …

Robots

What Work Will Look Like In 2025

The experts weigh in on the future of work a decade from now.

Anyone who grew up with the notion that we’d all have jet packs and robot housekeepers by 2015 knows that predicting the future is a risky business. But as technology continues to develop and various trends, demographic shifts, and other …

The Future

'A 2°C World Might Be Insurable, A 4°C World Certainly Would Not Be'

Henri de Castries, the CEO and Chairman of AXA, one of the world’s largest insurers, has set the bar high for institutional investors when it comes to acting on climate risk and opting for divestment. The French group has more than $1 trillion in assets under management.

“It is our responsibility, …

Sustainability

Ford CEO wants to make a self-driving car for the masses

In a wide-ranging interview with Fortune, CEO Mark Fields talked about his strategy and plans to deal with challenges from Google, Uber and…China.

Ford CEO Mark Fields is trying to navigate his company through an era of upheaval in the auto industry. Cars are no longer merely steel on wheels. …

Luxury Lifestyle

Mobile Internet To Be Worth More Than Apple By 2018

Smartphone sales growth is slowing to less than 10 percent annually to 2018, and mobile networks saw just 5 percent growth in the last decade. So while Apple continues to knock it out of the park and Xiaomi skyrockets, mobile Internet is the mobile growth market.

Digi-Capital now forecasts almost 3x …

Mobile Advertising

Shocker: 40% of Workers Now Have 'Contingent' Jobs, Says U.S. Government

Tucked away in the pages of a new report by the U.S. General Accounting Office is a startling statistic: 40.4% of the U.S. workforce is now made up of contingent workers—that is, people who don’t have what we traditionally consider secure jobs.

There is currently a lot of debate about how contingent …

Employment

The Most Important Cities In The Developing World

Asia