Innovation Watch

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The Second Largest Unicorn Breeding Ground In The World? Sweden.

The famed Spotify lives in Stockholm.<p>Do unicorns exist? In the startup world, they do.<p>A "unicorn" is a startup company valued at over $1 billion. For example, you may recognize these unicorns: Uber, Airbnb, Snapchat, SpaceX, Lyft, etc.<p>Of course, Silicon Valley is known to be the capital of "the …

Sweden

How deep learning will transform the future of the auto industry

A new report shows that vehicle makers need to change the way they think about producing products to survive the coming transformation.<p>Deep learning …

Autos

An Indian startup could be the first private entity to land on the moon

Rahul Narayan had no clue about space. In 2010, he was in the software industry, running a startup that developed products for an ecommerce company.<p>Who knew seven years later, he would on his way sending a rover to the moon?<p>Narayan and his friends were intrigued by Google Lunar X-Prize competition …

Space

The Neuroscientist Who’s Building a Better Memory for Humans

In an epidsode of the dystopian near-future series, <i>Black Mirror</i>, a small, implantable device behind the ear grants the ability to remember, access, …

The Brain

The secret system that will backbone the entire IoT industry

No one thinks about the systems that connect us today. It’s not sexy, it doesn’t control the temperature in your house and it doesn’t tell you your heart rate. But that universal system is responsible for more almost everything that runs in the world today.<p>Roads, houses, time, rockets and …

IT

These Mayors Are Being Rewarded For Making Their Cities Stronger And More Self-Reliant

Bloomberg Philanthropy's Mayors Challenge is helping cities learn from each other about how to survive and thrive in a world where people need cities to be their safe havens.<p>The City of São Paulo, Brazil will receive $5 million for winning the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Latin American and Caribbean …

Cities

Leaner and meaner: U.S. shale greater threat to OPEC after oil price war

NEW YORK/HOUSTON – In a corner of the prolific Bakken shale play in North Dakota, oil companies can now pump crude at a price almost as low as that enjoyed by OPEC giants Iran and Iraq.<p>Until a few years ago it was unprofitable to produce oil from shale in the United States. The steep slide in costs …

Oil

Britain’s mint is trying to make gold act more like bitcoin

Blockchain technology is about to come full circle. The technical ideas that allow bitcoin, designed as a form of digital gold, to operate will soon be used by the UK’s government-owned Royal Mint in a new gold-trading system.<p>The 1,000-year-old Royal Mint is working with CME Group—the world’s …

Bitcoin

'Swarm Electrification' in Bangladesh Lets Neighbours Swap Solar Electricity | Motherboard

Ten households in Shakimali Matborkandi, a village in the Shariatpur district of Bangladesh, have seen a dramatic change over the past year in the way they light their homes and charge their mobile phones.<p>For decades, these families had little choice but to use kerosene, the most popular fuel in …

Energy

Google's DeepMind AI gives robots the ability to dream

Following in the wake of recent neuroscientific discoveries revealing the importance of dreams for memory consolidation, Google’s AI company DeepMind …

Computer Science

China Approves a $36 Billion Railway Plan for a New 'Mega-City'

Linking the cities of Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei.<p>China has approved a 247 billion yuan ($36 billion) railway plan to improve transport links between the capital Beijing, the port city of Tianjin, and the neighboring province of Hebei, part of plans to integrate the three areas into a mega-city.<p>The …

China

This map tells you everything you need to know about innovation in Europe

The heart of London’s tech industry is known as Silicon Roundabout. While a techy traffic interchange doesn’t appear to pose much of a threat to Palo …

“Grey Goo” Will Keep Being Just An Idea For A Foreseeable Future But Siemens Is Making First Steps In Making It Real

Grey Goo is, along with cornucopia machines (molecular assemblers), one of the most popular subjects of sci-fi books dealing with scientific …

Robotics

Google's AI Can Now Translate Between Languages It Wasn't Taught

AI of “Interlingua”<p>Neural networks are machines and algorithms developed to behave like the human brain—but a development from Google Translate shows …

Computer Science

Christmas turkey will be grown in a lab by 2030, say scientists

In 1931, Winston Churchill predicted that within 50 years the world would "escape the absurdity" of raising a whole chicken on farm and instead grow parts in lab.<p>Now scientists are predicting that his vision will come to pass within the next 15 years, with the first lab-grown turkey gracing …

Farm Animals

Trump's election has China's former critics looking to it to defend globalization — willingly or not

Just months ago, world leaders were fretting over the threat posed by an increasingly assertive China.<p>The country’s <b></b>government oversaw the worst crackdown on dissent in nearly three decades. The Chinese built, then militarized, islands in disputed waters of the South China Sea. They tightened …

China

The Algorithmic Democracy

AI is changing how we think, debate, and choose.<p>The day before the election, as millions of Americans were feeling confident that the vast majority of the country shared their opinions, a pair of researchers at the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute published a paper …

Democracy

Have scientists just created an alien life-form...right here on Earth?

To readers of science fiction, silicon-based alien life-forms are part and parcel of the genre, but now those silicon-based 'aliens' have just become a reality...right here on Earth!<p>Using directed evolution, researchers say they've "bred" protein molecules from an unusual type of bacteria to create …

UFOs

'End of History' Author Says Donald Trump Could Signal a Shift From the Liberal World Order

Francis Fukuyama, the Stanford University professor who famously said Western-style liberal democracy was triumphing in an “End of History” global political evolution, now says Donald Trump’s coming presidency could usher in the collapse of the postwar world order. Here are excerpts from a recent …

Republican Party

Inside the weird world of quantum computers

WIRED explains why we need quantum computing, how it compares to classical computing and what is holding us back from using it<p>In a world where we are relying increasingly on computing, to share our information and store our most precious data, the idea of living without computers might baffle most …

Quantum Mechanics

Scientists may have discovered the algorithm for Human intelligence

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>It seems algorithms rule the world, now scientists think they have identified the algorithm responsible for human …

Hundreds of Firms Are About to Pour $23 Billion into a Proposed Chinese 'Megacity'

The government has been campaigning for an integrated megacity of Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei.<p>More than 420 Beijing-based companies have opened offices in neighboring Tianjin this year, pledging to invest 160 billion yuan ($23.14 billion), state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday.<p>The Chinese …

China

Smart Cities May Turn Competition into Collaboration

As more smart cities emerge, embracing technology and learning from the insights that big data offers, we will likely see a new business strategy emerge–geo-collaboration. When we think of cities now, we typically envision businesses, systems, and people operating among one another with almost no …

Collaboration

A Definition Five Years in the Making: What we mean when we say “design for social innovation”

Architect Buckminster Fuller. (Photo by John Loengard//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)<p><i>The article that follows is from a new journal called</i> The …

Innovation

Meet the 19-year-old high school dropout who wants to 3D print smart cities

Chris Kelsey is a high school dropout. He’s also a millionaire and a serial entrepreneur.<p>“Growing up as a teenager, I didn’t have any money,” he …

3D Printing

A new equation suggests scientists are about as good at the start of their careers as they’ll ever get

“Modern science has been a voyage into the unknown, with a lesson in humility waiting at every stop,” said astronomer Carl Sagan. Staring at the vast cosmos, Sagan rightly explained just why scientists mustn’t be arrogant.<p>Behind that humility, however, there is a more earthly reason too. …

Science

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say

The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say …

Politics

Artificial Spinal Cord Wirelessly Restores Walking in Paralyzed Monkeys

0 0<p>Until a few years ago, reversing paralysis was the stuff of movie miracles.<p>Yet according to Dr. Andrew Jackson, a neuroscientist at Newcastle …

Artificial Intelligence

Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into China

SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has cultivated relationships with China’s leaders, including President Xi Jinping. He has paid multiple visits to the country to meet its top internet executives. He has made an effort to learn Mandarin.<p>Inside Facebook, the work to enter …

Facebook