Innovation Watch

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The Amazing Way GE Is Combining Big Data And Electrons To Create 'The Internet of Energy'

The global energy industry is facing disruption as it transitions from fossils to renewables (and occasionally back again). Its challenges include balancing growing demand in developing nations with the need for sustainability, and predicting the effect of extreme weather conditions on supply and …

Big Data

Elon Musk's Neuralink will plug AI into your brain

Somewhere between rolling out new Teslas, launching re-usable rockets and digging a tunnel under Los Angeles, Elon Musk managed to start yet another new company. According to a <i>Wall Street Journal</i> report, Musk's latest project is called Neuralink and its goal is to explore technology that can make …

Elon Musk

This bricklaying bot could be the architect of the future

Robots are being used more frequently in fields of design. Archi-Union's manufacturing bot is the latest example - a cyborg helper for architectural designers<p>If you want curves like this, you'll need a robot. Designed by architects Archi-Union, the undulating exterior of the Chi She Gallery in …

Robots

A New Direction for Artificial Intelligence?

OpenAI will describe a new machine-learning approach at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Digital conference.<p>Ilya Sutskever, director of OpenAI, on …

Machine Learning

Watch the US Navy fire its game-changing hypersonic electromagnetic railgun

The US Navy recently released footage of its first testfire of an electromagnetic railgun at their new terminal at Office of Naval Research and Naval Surface Warfare Center.<p>Railguns use 20 to 32 mega joules of electromagnetic energy to fire projectiles at seven to nine times the speed of sound, …

Military

How to prepare for employment in the age of artificial intelligence

For centuries, humans have been fretting over “technological unemployment” or the loss of jobs caused by technological change. Never has this sentiment been accentuated more than it is today, at the cusp of the next industrial revolution.<p>With developments in artificial intelligence continuing at a …

Artificial Intelligence

The Future: China's Rise, America's Decline

In the big scheme of things, the new grand chessboard isn’t Western capitalism versus Soviet communism; it’s the West versus the East and China is in the pole position. Slap China with trade tariffs, they dump Treasury bonds and send interest rates higher for American corporations. Play hardball …

China

US scientists launch world's biggest solar geoengineering study

Research programme will send aerosol injections into the earth’s upper atmosphere to study the risks and benefits of a future solar tech-fix for climate change<p>US scientists are set to send aerosol injections 20km up into the earth’s stratosphere in the world’s biggest solar geoengineering programme …

Climate Change

Why Makerspaces Are the Key to Innovation

Makerspaces are creative spaces located in communities, schools, and public and academic libraries. These areas are designed to engage participants …

Scientists Can Reverse DNA Aging in Mice

Researchers have found a way to protect a mouse's DNA from the damage that comes with aging, and they’re ready to test it in people.<p>Dr. David …

Longevity

These AI bots created their own language to talk to each other

A next step in the development of artificial intelligence.<p>It is now table stakes for artificial intelligence algorithms to “learn” about the world around them. The next level: For AI bots to learn how to talk to each other — and develop their own shared language.<p>New research released last week by …

Artificial Intelligence

The Future of Tactile Touch Screens

As he swipes his finger over the touch screen, Joseph Quintanilla senses a subtle bumpiness. Rubbing back and forth, he feels the roughness give way …

Touchscreens

Robotic legs give the paralyzed a new view of their world

From CNET Magazine: Exoskeletons are slowly making their way out of hospitals and rehab centers and into homes.<p>Arthur Renowitzky can't help but command attention as he walks down the street on a sunny autumn morning.<p>A driver lowers her window to flash a smile and a thumbs-up. "You got this," she …

Bionics

Internet Of Things Will Revolutionize Retail

• 70% of retail decision makers globally are ready to adopt the Internet of Things to improve customer experiences.<br>• 73% of retailers rate managing big data as important or business-critical to their operations.<br>• 78% of retailers say it is important or business-critical to integrate e-commerce and …

Internet of Things

How Sensors, Robotics And Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Agriculture

The world population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. China and India, the two largest countries in the world, have populations totalling around one billion. In four years, by 2022, India is predicted to have the largest population in the world, surpassing China.<p>This means we need new ways …

Agriculture

These major cities are starting to go car-free

In late 2016, Madrid's Mayor Manuela Carmena reiterated her plan to kick personal cars out of the city center.<p>On Spanish radio network Cadena Ser, …

Cities

In a Massachusetts warehouse, NASA’s Valkyrie robot helps lay the groundwork for Mars settlements

NASA’s Valkyrie (R5) robot will never slip the surly bonds of Earth. The humanoid space robot is destined to spend the rest of its days on terra firma with the rest of us. But like Robonaut before it, the six-foot, 290-pound piece of machinery represents a link to the future.<p>She’s a first step …

Robotics

Dubai is Going to Be Home to the World's First 3D Printed Skyscraper

A Tall Order<p>Dubai-based construction firm Cazza Technologies has announced plans to build the world’s first 3D printed skyscraper.<p>“When we first …

Bosch and Nvidia create an AI supercomputer for self-driving tech

Bosch is creating the brain for the self-driving cars of the future.<p>At the international Bosch ConnectedWorld 2017 conference in Berlin this week, the supplier of technology and services presented an onboard computer for automated vehicles.<p>Thanks to artificial intelligence, the computer can apply …

Artificial Intelligence

We Can Now Harness the Tardigrade's Strangest Superpower - and Give It to Other Organisms

Turn them into living glass.<p>Tiny tardigrades - also known as water bears and moss piglets - have many strange properties, including being able to …

Biology

AI Can Likely Already Do Your Job Better Than You Can

Automation on the Up<p>Andrew Ng (founding lead of the Google Brain team, former director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and now …

The Future

America may miss out on the next industrial revolution

Preparing for automation means investing in robotics<p>Robots are inevitably going to automate millions of jobs in the US and around the world, but there’s an even more complex scenario on the horizon, said roboticist Matt Rendall. In a talk Tuesday at SXSW, Rendall painted a picture of the future of …

Manufacturing

Scientists rewrote the DNA of an entire species

Biologists designed a new type of yeast from scratch. Now, they want to bring it to life.<p>In just a few years, scientists will unveil a creature whose every letter of DNA was written by a human being. It will be a yeast cell with a fully designer genome, and biological capabilities seen nowhere else …

Genetics

China is Now the Biggest Producer of Solar Energy in the World

China has proven that it is, in fact, very serious about its intentions to lessen dependence on coal. According to China’s National Energy …

Renewable Energy

This map claims it can predict crimes across London before they happen

Each circle on the map represents the potential number of crimes in the area that are expected to take place in 2017<p>Dataiku<p>Every time police across the UK attend an incident or make an arrest, it is logged. This information is stored online and the largest force in the country, London's …

Freedom of Information

The quest to crystallize time

Bizarre forms of matter called time crystals were supposed to be physically impossible. Now they’re not.<p>Christopher Monroe spends his life poking at …

Quantum Mechanics

An AI Completed 360,000 Hours of Finance Work in Just Seconds

A New COIN<p>JP Morgan Chase & Co. is the biggest bank in the United States. It is one of the largest employers in the American banking sector, with …

Automation

IBM somehow crammed data into a single atom

The research breakthrough isn't yet practical, but it's the direction the industry is headed. Imagine storing 26 million songs in your smartwatch.<p>In the never-ending quest to improve computing technology, IBM has just taken a big step smaller: It's found a way to store data on a single atom.<p>A hard …

Quantum Mechanics

Gene Therapy in a Box

Genetic repairs are curing patients—but only at a few elite centers.<p>Jennifer Adair carried out her first gene therapy experiment several years ago. A …

Gene Therapy