Innovation Watch

By David Forrest | THE FUTURE IS HERE innovationwatch.com

I tried the software that uses AI to scan job applicants for companies like Goldman Sachs and Unilever before meeting them — and it's not as creepy as it sounds

<b>• HireVue uses AI to analyze word choice, tone, and facial movement of job applicants who do video interviews.</b><p><b>• The company has raised $95 million and works with companies like Unilever and Goldman Sachs.</b><p><b>• I tried the software by applying to a HireVue job and discussed the results with HireVue's</b> …

Recruitment

3 Ways Companies Are Building a Business Around AI

There is no argument about whether artificial intelligence (AI) is coming. It is here, in automobiles, smartphones, aircraft, and much else. Not least in the online search abilities, speech and translation features, and image recognition technology of my employer, Alphabet.<p>The question now moves to …

Harvard Business Review

Microsoft built a hardware platform for real-time AI

In many cases, you want AI to work with info as it happens. That virtual assistant needs to respond within a few seconds at most, and a smart security camera needs to send an alert while intruders are still within sight. Microsoft knows this very well. It just unveiled its own hardware acceleration …

Machine Learning

Cheap electricity made China the king of bitcoin mining. The government’s stepping in.

Outside the cicada-like whir of machines, the bitcoin mine is a desolate concrete lot full of plain-looking warehouses. We’re in Ordos, the famed …

Cryptocurrency

Here’s a Ted Talk by Apple’s top AI guy

Tom Gruber, Siri’s chief technology officer, sees the world through rose-colored glasses.<p>Gruber’s Ted Talk went live Monday on YouTube. His …

Artificial Intelligence

'Cyborg' bacteria deliver green fuel source from sunlight

<b>Scientists have created bacteria covered in tiny semiconductors that generate a potential fuel source from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water.</b><p>The so-called "cyborg" bugs produce acetic acid, a chemical that can then be turned into fuel and plastic.<p>In lab experiments, the bacteria proved much more …

Clean Energy

Supplying Lithium for the Electric Revolution Is Getting Harder

Hidden within the salt flats high in the Andes mountains of South America are vast deposits of the lithium that Elon Musk may need for his …

South America

The False Prophecy of Hyperconnection

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the world is connected as never before. Once upon a time, it was believed that there were six degrees of …

Mark Zuckerberg

Massive new data center to be built in chilly Norway to offset energy use

Every like and tweet costs energy, which isn’t great for climate change. That’s why the American-Norwegian data company Kolos is building a new data …

Renewable Energy

China’s Bitmain dominates bitcoin mining. Now it wants to cash in on artificial intelligence

Two years ago, a Chinese chip-design expert named Micree Zhan was reading China’s seminal science-fiction novel, <i>The Three-Body Problem</i>, by Liu Cixin, while wrestling with how to create a new processor. He had already designed custom chips for the company he co-founded, Bitmain, that had made it …

Cryptocurrency

Frankfurt commuters may soon jump aboard self-driving shuttles

Continental, a German auto manufacturer, has announced plans to test a “robo-taxi” in Frankfurt. The CuBe (Continental Urban mobility Experience) will be a blueprint for the future development of autonomous shared transport in urban areas.<p>The CuBe will be fitted with driver assistance programs and …

Transportation

Cities need more than air conditioning to get through future heat waves

Over 30 percent of all weather-related deaths in the U.S. are attributable to high temps., heat stroke or sunstroke<p>In May of this year, a hot spell broiled Boston. In June, extreme temperatures grounded Phoenix’s planes. Last week, Seattle suffered under record temperatures.<p>When a heat wave is …

Sustainability

Automation will not lead to fewer jobs – but it is hollowing out the middle class

Weak wage growth could already be a sign that robots are creating an economy in which a small number of very rich people employ armies of poor<p>Throughout modern history there has been a recurrent fear that jobs will be destroyed by technology. Everybody knows the story of the Luddites, bands of …

Equality

Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban on killer robots

Open letter signed by Tesla chief and Google’s Mustafa Suleyman urges UN to block use of lethal autonomous weapons to prevent third age of war<p>Some of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are calling on the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer …

Singularity

Tiny robots crawl through mouse’s stomach to heal ulcers

Bacterial infections in mice have been cleared up by bubble-propelled micromotors that swim through the stomach and release antibiotic payloads - and …

Medicine

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 …

China

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 …

Robots

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