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Robots can now heal themselves

Self-healing soft robots are a significant engineering breakthrough<p>Roboticists have designed soft robots that can heal themselves.<p>Cutting your hand …

Robotics

China's big bet on domination in AI is no longer a long shot

<b>By Mark Bergen and David Ramli</b><p>Xu Li’s software scans more faces than maybe any on earth. He has the Chinese police to thank.<p>Xu runs SenseTime Group …

United States

Training a startup nation – How these companies are transforming Japan

It’s clear that the Japanese startup scene has come a long way in the last decade. The country’s market, often considered “closed” by outsiders, is …

Startups

To Feed the World, Improve Photosynthesis - MIT Technology Review

Inside a balmy greenhouse in central Illinois, a boisterous but focused pair of researchers are seeding experimental plants. The scientists moisten …

Agriculture

Lithium-ion batteries finally have a rechargeable competitor

The rise of electric vehicles and the quest to find solutions to energy storage for the renewables industry have created a breeding ground for tech experts to develop battery technologies.<p>Last week, Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy and the company he currently backs, Ionic Materials, unveiled a …

Batteries

Israel Tests Wireless Charging Roads for Electric Vehicles

New technology could power buses and cars on the go, but will it be cost-effective?

Electric Vehicles

Biomimicry = Return on Inspiration

By Janine Benyus<p>It seems so obvious now: Innovators are turning to nature for inspiration in building, chemistry, agriculture, energy, health, …

Sustainability

Stepping into the US Backyard: China’s Caribbean Policy

While the world’s attention focuses on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) connecting China with Eurasia and Africa, China is also making major investments in the Caribbean. In September 2016 the China Harbor Engineering Company (中國港灣工程有限責任公司) agreed to build a mega-port in Jamaica that would make …

China

New microchip generating 'qudits' can lead to incredibly powerful quantum computers

The new microchip can generate two entangled qudits with 10 states each, for 100 dimensions, which is more than what six entangled qubits could …

Quantum Mechanics

China’s New Megacity: The Anti-Beijing

The government will build another metropolis from scratch. But it's not planning on following the old playbook.<p>In a surprise move that caught most of …

China

Key Innovation Issues for 2016 and Beyond

In the course of this first month of 2016, I was asked a couple of times what my prospects are for the year ahead when it comes to key innovation …

Innovation

Let the robots take our jobs and pay for a universal basic income

As developments in artificial intelligence and robotics advance, there is going to be a severe and swift disruption of many working classes. Large swaths of laborers are going to lose their jobs, leading to unprecedented levels of unemployment.<p>To account for this problem, having access to basic …

Basic Income

Ideo Says The Future Of Design Is Circular

A new guide for designers encourages them to create products that stay in closed loops and business models that discourage waste.<p>When Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam replaced its lighting, it didn’t pay for the bulbs. Instead, the airport pays for light as a service–and Philips, which designed the …

Sustainability

China’s $900 billion New Silk Road. What you need to know

You’ve probably heard of the Silk Road, the ancient trade route that once ran between China and the West during the days of the Roman Empire. It’s …

China

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Article<p>Minds and machines: The art of forecasting in the age of artificial intelligence Deloitte Review issue 19<p>July 25, 2016<p>The human/artificial …

Intelligence

We Need to Save the Internet from the Internet of Things

Brian Krebs is a popular reporter on the cybersecurity beat. He regularly exposes cybercriminals and their tactics, and consequently is regularly a target of their ire. Last month, he wrote about an online attack-for-hire service that resulted in the arrest of the two proprietors. In the aftermath, …

Cybersecurity

Robocars Flock to Arizona, Land of Good Weather and No Rules

Arizona is welcoming a new wave of settlers. No, not snowbirds escaping harsh northern winters. Techies, mostly from California—Silicon Valley, to be …

Transportation

The world's most automated country moves toward setting a 'robot tax'

Amid fears about robots replacing human jobs, South Korea could become the first country in the world to introduce a "robot tax."<p>A new proposal could see the country reduce the amount of tax benefits for companies that invest in automated machinery.<p>So while it's not exactly a direct tax on robots, …

Robots

Chinese satellite sends 'hack-proof' message

<b>China has successfully sent "hack-proof" messages from a satellite to Earth for the first time.</b><p>The Micius satellite beamed messages to two mountain-top receiving stations 645 km (400 miles) and 1,200 km away.<p>The message was protected by exploiting quantum physics, which says any attempt to …

Quantum Mechanics

Get Ready for the Silicon Military

A new arms race of robotic, autonomous weaponry is just starting. Tanks and aircraft carriers will operate largely without people. Some countries …

U.S. Air Force

Scientists Hack a Computer Using DNA - MIT Technology Review

In what appears to be the first successful hack of a software program using DNA, researchers say malware they incorporated into a genetic molecule …

DNA

China is crushing the U.S. in renewable energy

China may be the planet's biggest polluter but it's also powering ahead of other countries on renewable energy.<p>As the Trump administration yanks the U.S. out of the Paris climate change agreement, claiming it will hurt the American economy, Beijing isinvesting hundreds of billions of dollars and …

With Amazon Books, Jeff Bezos Is Solving Digital Retail’s Biggest Design Flaw

Why is Amazon suddenly so interested in opening physical retail stores?<p>As upscale outdoor shopping centers go, Seattle’s University Village is unusually forward thinking. There’s a Starbucks, of course, but also a sushi place where the dishes roll by on a moving belt and each plate has an RFID …

Amazon

Meatless meat: the startups ditching animals from meat

Impossible Foods wins $75 million investment as Beyond Meat triples its store space<p>Want a burger without the ethical quandary of dead animals on the …

Meat

Car Battery Breakthrough Claimed in Japan

Mitsubishi and its supplier, GS Yuasa, join a long line of companies claiming advances in electric cars Image: NissanPowertrain of a 2015 Nissan …

Batteries

World's Leading Physicist Says Quantum Computers Are "Tools of Destruction, Not Creation"

Weapon of Mass Disruption<p>Quantum Computers are heralded as the next step in the evolution of data processing. The future of this technology promises …

Quantum Mechanics

Veritas Genetics Scoops Up an AI Company to Sort Out Its DNA

Genes carry the information that make you <i>you</i>. So it's fitting that, when sequenced and stored in a computer, your genome takes up gobs of memory—up …

DNA

Changing the lives of millions while adding trillions to the economy

An economic development revolution lies literally in the palm of a single hand. As mobile phones and digital technologies rapidly spread around the …

Banking