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The Future of Work: Who Will Thrive, and Who Will Not

(Photo: RioPatuca/Shutterstock)Predicting workforce trends in the United States is a hazardous business. Today, 40 percent of the GDP relies on …

The Future

5 ways technology is transforming finance

For decades, banks and insurers have employed the same relatively static, highly profitable business models. But today they find themselves …

Financial Technology

The algorithm that can learn to copy ANY artist

• Researchers trained their neural network to be able to work out what makes each artists style unique• 
They were able to feed each virtual 'artist' the

Artificial Intelligence

A manifesto for conscious cities: should streets be sensitive to our mental needs?

Picture yourself on a habitual walk through town, perhaps to work or a local grocery store. Consider how much thought has gone into planning the streets and spaces you pass on this journey to maximise its efficiency. For transit, a successful street is above all one that saves us time – or, in …


Modified bacteria work together in a living circuit

A living circuit made from multiple types of bacteria can prompt the bacteria to cooperate to change protein expression.

The subject of a new paper in …

Life Sciences

All Netherlands Railways trains will be 100% wind powered by 2018

When its citizens demanded clean energy, The Netherlands responded in the best possible way. Following a ruling earlier this year when 886 citizens …

Wind Power

The Earth Is Now “Locked In” To A 3 Foot Sea Level Rise, NASA Says

“The best science today says it is going to happen and that we’re not ready for it,” a climate scientist told BuzzFeed News. “That, unfortunately, is bad news.”

The earth is now “locked in” to a sea level rise of several feet, a brewing disaster that could happen by the turn of the century thanks to …


The Impacts Of Big Data That You May Not Have Heard Of

Big Data is a buzzword amongst businessmen nowadays. Regardless of industry or company size, it manages to squeeze into every nook and cranny. There are at least three ways that Big Data has been impacting companies that everyone should understand moving forward.

It has revolutionized old-school

Big Data

6 Ways The Internet Of Things Is Creating The City Of The Future

Internet of Things

Johnson & Johnson goes to Silicon Valley with new hardware partnership

The partnership will provide everything from office space to regulatory help to hardware startups.

Johnson & Johnson JNJ has partnered with PCH, a San Francisco hardware specialist, to help startups create innovative health care devices. The deal pairs two subsidiaries of the companies, Johnson & …

Silicon Valley

When Everyone Is Doing Design Thinking, Is It Still a Competitive Advantage?

Design thinking has come a long way since I wrote about it here in 2008. The most valuable company in the world places design at the center of everything it does. Designers are on the founding team of countless disruptive startups. Domains such as healthcare, education, and government have begun to …

Design Thinking

Consumer Reports: The Tesla Model S P85D is so good it 'defies the laws of physics'

The Tesla Model S P85D performed well on Consumer Reports' road tests — so well that the 80-year-old publication is calling the Tesla the best car it has ever tested.

It generated a raw score of 103 on a scale that only goes up to 100.

The high-performance Tesla's incredible showing actually forced …

Theoretical Physics

These Are the Cities Most Vulnerable to the Next Katrina

'The entities that were most resilient were the ones who are best at preparing for the worst'

Where should we expect the next Hurricane Katrina to hit? Despite 10 years of work and some $15 billion in investment in disaster preparedness, experts say we may still want to look to New …

New Orleans

Hardware Looking Like Software as New Business Models Create New Opportunities

Since the beginning of the consumer tech industry, there’s really only been one business model for hardware startups: build a product and hope people …


China Falters, and the Global Economy Is Forced to Adapt

HONG KONG — The commodities giant BHP Billiton spent heavily for years, mining iron ore across Australia, digging for copper in Chile, and pumping oil off the coast of Trinidad. The company could be confident in its direction as commodities orders surged from its biggest and best customer, …


The fintech revolution: Why business needs to pay attention

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Over the past two decades, digital technology has triggered a …

Business (Canada)

Robot learns to cook pizza by watching videos on the internet

A German robot has "taught" itself to prepare popcorn, pancakes, sausages and more with the heonline tutorials


Robots will cut 25% of US jobs in 4 years, transform workforce

The encroachment of self-help kiosks and grocery store scanners has led doomsayers to suggest automation threatens the workforce of the future. A new report argues it will create new business sectors and new jobs as well.

By studying large companies in various industries, from Delta Airlines Inc. to …


Diagnosis without doctors: Deep learning to transform medicine

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Machine Learning

How Singapore is leading a water revolution

Fifty years ago Singapore had to ration water, and its smelly rivers were devoid of fish and choked with waste from shipbuilding, pig farms and …


As Hyperloop progress glides forward, here’s what you need to know

We live in an age of unbelievable progress in the field of computing, with the internet having revolutionized the way information is exchanged on a …


Comcast planning gigabit cable for entire US territory in 2-3 years

While Comcast has started deploying 2Gbps fiber-to-the-home service to certain parts of its territory, much of its network is going to be stuck on …


The DNA of a nation

The United Kingdom aims to sequence 100,000 human genomes by 2017. But screening them for disease-causing variants will require innovative …

Life Sciences

Estimate: Human Brain 30 Times Faster than Best Supercomputers

Illustration: Andrzej Wojcicki/Getty ImagesAn artificial intelligence project recently funded by Silicon Valley pioneer Elon Musk aims to find a new …

The Brain

Walk this way: In Buenos Aires, pedestrian streets are the way of the future

If you spend enough time on pedestrian-only streets in North America, you will eventually experience the eerie emptiness that ensues when the pedestrians for whom cars were banned fail to show up. It happened to me recently on a stretch of Montreal’s Saint Catherine Street, part of which is closed …

Transportation (Canada)

Social is dead: What 146 startup pitches showed me about the next wave of tech companies

Investing in startups is like bird-watching, or at least that's the quote from legendary venture capitalist Mike Moritz.

Over the past two weeks, I have listened to 146 startups pitch in rapid-fire succession at demo days for Y Combinator and 500 Startups.

Of those startups, probably five or six will …


World Must 'Almost Completely' Decarbonize In Next 35 Years To Tackle Climate Change

Published on August 26th, 2015 | by Guest Contributor


August 26th, 2015 by Guest Contributor

Originally published on RenewEconomy.
By Sophie Vorrath

The …

Climate Change

China's Billion-Dollar Gateway To The Subcontinent: Pakistan May Be Opening A Door It Cannot Close

Despite decades of mismanagement and a feeble socioeconomic infrastructure, one thing Pakistan benefits from is a strategic location—and China is taking notice.

More than 70% of China’s trade and energy imports travel through the Indian Ocean and the pirate-swarmed Strait of Malacca, both patrolled …


The cheapest oil ever still won't slow down the clean energy revolution

The clean energy revolution is facing an old enemy again.

President Obama is in the midst of a week of climate change-focused appearances, starting at a clean energy summit in Las Vegas Monday night and culminating in the first-ever visit to the U.S. Arctic in Alaska beginning August 31. The White …