Innovation Watch

By David Forrest | THE FUTURE IS HERE innovationwatch.com

The rise of AI is forcing Google and Microsoft to become chipmakers

Google and Microsoft are racing against start-ups to create a computer chip powerful enough to support Artificial Intelligence<p>By now our future is …

Artificial Intelligence

Stem cell brain implants could 'slow ageing and extend life', study shows

Researchers hope to launch human trials as breakthrough shows hypothalamus controls ageing, with treated mice remaining fitter and living 10-15% longer<p>Scientists have slowed down the ageing process by implanting stem cells into the brains of animals, raising hopes for new strategies to combat …

Longevity

Bay Area 2.0: How Hong Kong and China are Forging a New Innovation Economy

Hong Kong’s relationship with China is more sustainable than many think because it is beneficial economically for the island and the mainland, writes …

Hong Kong

A Russian billionaire has launched the smallest-ever spacecraft into orbit — a key step to reaching a nearby star system

• <b>Breakthrough Starshot, an ambitious project to explore a nearby star system, has launched its first prototypes into orbit.</b>• <b><br>Each "sprite" spacecraft is about the size of a cracker and is equipped with a radio, computer, and other instruments.</b>• <b><br>The feat is a step towards developing even smaller and more</b> …

Exoplanets

U.K. to Ban Internal Combustion Engines by 2040

Following the footsteps of the French, the British government will be banning fossil fuel-based vehicle sales by 2040, according to the BBC. This …

Electric Vehicles

Complex Biological Computer Commands Living Cells

Researchers have developed a biological computer that functions inside living bacterial cells and tells them what to do, according to a report …

Biology

Google.org is launching a $50 million effort to prepare job seekers for the ‘future of work’

The company’s philanthropic arm will study changes in the economy wrought by companies like, well, Google.<p>Google announced on Wednesday a new $50 million initiative to study and prepare “for the changing nature of work,” beginning with investments in the U.S. and Europe to help train job seekers …

Mark Warner

How AI Will Change the Way We Make Decisions

With the recent explosion in AI, there has been the understandable concern about its potential impact on human work. Plenty of people have tried to predict which industries and jobs will be most affected, and which skills will be most in demand. (Should you learn to code? Or will AI replace coders …

Intelligence

Amazon drones to scan your house while they're delivering?

Commentary: An Amazon patent granted on Tuesday says its drones will capture data about properties to make future recommendations.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Preparing for the future means preparing for every part of your life to be …

Drones

The data that transformed AI research—and possibly the world

In 2006, Fei-Fei Li started ruminating on an idea.<p>Li, a newly-minted computer science professor at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, saw her colleagues across academia and the AI industry hammering away at the same concept: a better algorithm would make better decisions, regardless of the …

Miami Beach

iRobot’s CEO defends Roomba home mapping as privacy concerns arise

iRobot CEO Colin Angle has been talking about his company’s plans to map user homes with the Roomba for a while now, but a recently published Reuters interview has raised a number of new privacy concerns. Of particular note is a bit where the executive speculates that the company “could reach a …

Privacy

Hologram announces world’s largest cellular IoT network

Hologram announced on Tuesday the world’s largest global cellular network dedicated to Internet of Things (IoT) devices, capable of working on 600 cellular networks in 200 countries.<p>Hologram has not revealed all of the supported networks, but said all U.S. carriers will work.<p>As part of the network …

Internet of Things

China Will Replace All 67,000 Fossil-Fueled Taxis In Beijing With Electric Cars

<b>Published on</b> March 1st, 2017 | <i>by Steve Hanley</i><p>0<p>March 1st, 2017 by <b>Steve Hanley</b><p>Originally published on <i>Gas2</i>.<p>Taxis are the bane of all urban areas. …

Electric Vehicles

Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint

NEW YORK (AP) — At Jef Boeke's lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here.<p>But he and his colleagues are cooking up something else altogether: yeast that works with chunks of man-made DNA.<p>Scientists have long been able to make specific changes in the DNA …

DNA

We have unrealistic expectations of a tech-driven future utopia

It’s time to talk about the potential value of limits on technology.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>No one likes to think about limits, especially in the tech industry, where the …

Intelligence

Canadian airlines aim to be biofuel superpower, reduce carbon footprint

The country’s top airlines say resource-rich Canada has the potential to become a biofuel superpower by transforming forest residue and agricultural crops into energy that can help the industry reduce greenhouse gas emissions.<p>“Canada actually has an opportunity like no other country where it can …

AI May Soon Replace Even the Most Elite Consultants

Amazon’s Alexa just got a new job. In addition to her other 15,000 skills like playing music and telling knock-knock jokes, she can now also answer economic questions for clients of the Swiss global financial services company, UBS Group AG.<p>According to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> (WSJ), a new …

Artificial Intelligence

Nanomaterial charges everyday batteries in seconds

If you want a battery that charges in seconds rather than hours, you go for a supercapacitor. There are some catches to that, though: either you give up the long-lasting energy of a chemical battery (like the lithium pack in your phone) or have to resort to exotic storage tech to get a long …

Batteries

Sucking Up CO2 Will Cost Hundreds of Trillions - MIT Technology Review

Start saving your money, kids.<p>Unless we start cutting carbon dioxide emissions soon, it’s going to cost today’s young people as much as $535 trillion …

Climate Change

Central South African Bank Will Experiment With Bitcoin Regulation

South African Bitcoin Experiment<p>The South African Reserve Bank, which functions as the country’s central bank, is partnering with blockchain-based …

Bitcoin

Global warming will increase poverty in the southern US, a new study says

A new study estimates that southern areas of the US, many of which are already poor, could face a 20 percent decline in economic activity if carbon emissions continue unabated through the 21st century.<p>The study was issued by economists with the Climate Impact Lab, a consortium of experts from the …

Climate Change

Startup Gets Funding to Clean Up Our Orbital Space Junk

The space surrounding Earth is long overdue for spring cleaning. According to the most recent estimates from the NASA, there are more than 500,000 …

NASA

'The idea is coming of age': Indigenous Australians take carbon farming to Canada

The Aboriginal Carbon Fund has signed an agreement with Canadian First Nations peoples to share lessons from successful land management program<p>Australia’s world-leading Indigenous land management and carbon farming programs are spreading internationally, with a formal agreement signed to help build …

Climate

Technology vs Humanity: the coming clash of man and machine

"Gerd Leonhard is most definitely a member of Team Human. Here's his convincing and heartfelt call for the reinstatement of people and purpose into …

Carbon Prints Amazing Materials - MIT Technology Review

A sleek mechanical arm plunges into a pool of what looks like milky gray ink in Carbon’s lab in Redwood City, California. The black arm slowly moves …

Engineering

Feeding Cows diet with 2% seaweed can eliminate 2-4 billion tons of CO2 per year

The study, by a team of researchers at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, found in live trials with sheep that recorded methane levels …

A Toolkit for Community Shared Power

<i>This post by Ashley Taylor was originally published on Medium.com</i><p>The centralized energy grid of today is moving towards a more decentralized …

China allowing top high speed rail speeds to go back to 350 kph

China authorizing the maximum speed of the Shanghai-Beijing high-speed rail line to increase to 350 kilometers per hour. China is upgrading its high …

Banks and companies plan expansion in Frankfurt after Brexit

US investment bank Morgan Stanley is latest to choose city as it vies to become EU’s principle financial centre and win back jobs lost in banking crisis<p>Several hundred banks and companies have contacted German authorities about expanding in Frankfurt, as the city vies to become the EU’s principal …

Brexit