Innovation Watch

By David Forrest | THE FUTURE IS HERE innovationwatch.com

A Guide to Solving Social Problems with Machine Learning

It’s Sunday night. You’re the deputy mayor of a big city. You sit down to watch a movie and ask Netflix for help. (“Will I like Birdemic? Ishtar? Zoolander 2?”) The Netflix recommendation algorithm predicts what movie you’d like by mining data on millions of previous movie-watchers using …

Computer Science

This plant-covered Singapore skyscraper could be the tropical building of the future

Steel and glass skyscrapers may work in the climates of New York City or San Francisco, but in tropical Singapore they heat up fast. So WOHA …

Singapore

How Democracies Fall Apart

Populism is gaining ground. Around the world, economic hardship and growing unease with globalization, immigration, and the established elite have …

Turkey

The newest high-tech prediction from the Google executive who foresaw the rise of mobile and the cloud

Ray Kurzweil is one of those people whose name is often attended by the vague title “futurist.” An accomplished inventor, who in 2012 became a director of engineering at Google focused on machine learning, he’s well-known for the many predictions he’s made over the years about how technology will …

Predictions

Brace yourself: the most disruptive phase of globalization is just beginning

To properly understand globalization, you need to start 200,000 years ago.<p>Richard Baldwin skillfully takes on this daunting task in a new book, starting all the way back with the hunter-gatherers. For too long, he says, traditional analysis of trade has been too narrow, he argues.<p>The economist, who …

Globalization

Boeing to acquire ocean drone maker Liquid Robotics

Boeing Co. will acquire floating-drone maker Liquid Robotics, the aerospace giant said Tuesday.<p>Terms of the deal were not disclosed.<p>Based in Sunnyvale, Liquid Robotics developed the Wave Glider, a surfboard-shaped drone that floats on the ocean surface and collects data, propelling itself for up to …

Airplanes

This Tesla-Inspired Electric Truck Could Finally Make Hydrogen Power Happen

Let’s do the joke first: Hydrogen’s the fuel of the future, they say. And it always will be.<p>Because for all the upsides—combining zero emissions …

Autos

How To Defend Your Brain Against Fake News

Hint: There are no shortcuts.<p>The U.S. presidential election last month did more than just open the front door to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to Donald Trump. It's also initiated a period of national soul searching about how we get our news. Facebook in particular has come under fire for failing to …

The Brain

China chases Silicon Valley talent who are worried about Trump presidency

China is trying to capitalize on President-electDonald Trump's hardline immigration stance and vow to clamp down on a foreign worker visa program …

China

Instead Of Buying Electricity From The Power Company, What If You Bought It From Your Neighbor?

Traditionally, when you want electricity, you buy it from a utility. In the future, you may buy it from the house next door. A Dutch company called PowerPeers is making it happen in the Netherlands.<p>In the Netherlands, a marketplace called Power Peers is linking up home energy producers with …

Energy

Futuristic Urban Droneport could act as a hub for drone deliveries

Companies from Amazon to Facebook have bet on drones as the aerial vehicles of the future. But many locales lack the appropriate infrastructure to …

Architecture

A new tool lets artificially intelligent algorithms control computers the way a human would

Artificial intelligence (AI) is usually built into the software we use, from automatic tagging on Facebook to chatbots in Google and Apple’s mobile operating systems. Instead of injecting AI into software, a new tool from OpenAI teaches algorithms to control a computer the way a human would: by …

Computer Science

The EU is demanding that American tech giants crack down on hate speech

The EU has given American tech giants a stark ultimatum: Crack down on hate speech, or we'll make you.<p>Facebook, Twitter, Google's YouTube and Microsoft must act faster to tackle online hate speech or they will face laws forcing them to do so, the European Commission said on Sunday.<p>The European …

Hate Crimes

Here's How BMW Plans to Outpace Uber

“We will not be the largest, but we can be the coolest.”<p>BMW will test autonomous vehicles in Munich next year as it seeks to keep up with …

Autos

Experimental City: How Rotterdam Became A World Leader In Sustainable Urban Design

Europe's largest port—threatened by rising waters and a loss of its major industry—has reinvented itself as a playground for innovative thinkers who are trying to create a resilient city of the future.<p>When Helly Scholten makes dinner, if she needs a tomato or squash or an onion, she heads …

Environment

Houston, we have power: Space-based solar power could be the final frontier in renewable energy

Solar power harnessed from outer space could be the key to humanity's survival<p>Critics of the 2002 James Bond film “Die Another Day” decried its over-reliance on über-tech, even by 007 standards. Think sonic agitator rings for shattering bullet-proof glass, and an invisible Aston Martin that might …

Energy

Google, democracy and the truth about internet search

Tech-savvy rightwingers have been able to ‘game’ the algorithms of internet giants and create a new reality where Hitler is a good guy, Jews are evil and… Donald Trump becomes president<p>Here’s what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That’s …

Google

This is the most dangerous time for our planet

We can’t go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it<p>As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the world’s great universities. …

Cost of Living

Artificial intelligence and the evolution of the fractal economy

Money makes the world go round, or so they say. Payments, investments, insurance and billions of transactions are the beating heart of a fractal economy, which echoes the messy complexity of natural systems, such as the growth of living organisms and the bouncing of atoms.<p>Financial systems are …

Artificial Intelligence

Louisville to co-create a smart city with its citizen scientists

Municipalities across the globe are in a race to absorb as much technology as possible to become the world's smartest cities. Louisville, Kentucky is …

Smart Cities

Hospital Will Open First Dedicated 3D Bioprinting Facility

The new facility will build tissues like bones and cartilage for surgery patients as a first step toward printers in every operating room.<p>An Australian hospital is becoming the first to receive a dedicated 3D tissue-printing facility. The new facility will be used to print new cartilage and bone …

Hospitals

Ford will test driverless cars in Europe next year

Ford announced it will plans to start testing its autonomous vehicles on European roads by next year as it ramps up its robot car strategy.<p>According to Digital Trends the U.S. car manufacturing goliath is moving ahead with European testing as it pursues its ambitious strategy to introduce fully …

Autos

Industrial Analytics Based On Internet Of Things Will Revolutionize Manufacturing

• McKinsey Global Institute predicts that the Internet of Things (IoT) will generate up to $11T in value to the global economy by 2025.<br>• 69% of decision makers believe Industrial Analytics will be crucial for business success in 2020, with 15% considering it crucial today.<br>• Predictive and prescriptive …

Analytics

Mumbai and Tel Aviv are the rising financial centres as power shifts from the West, says Barclays chief

London’s biggest competition as a financial centre could be Mumbai or Tel Aviv in future as the industry becomes focused on technology rather than traditional skills, according to the chief executive of Barclays UK.<p>Although financiers fear EU cities trying to poach some of Britain’s financial power …

United Kingdom

Meet the precariat, the new global class fuelling the rise of populism

We are in the middle of a global transformation, the painful construction of a global market economy. In the initial period dominated by financiers …

Economics

Four Huge Cities Are Banning Diesel Cars

The clampdown will clean up the air and help spur electric vehicle adoption.<p>By 2025, you’ll be able to breathe a little easier in Paris, Madrid, …

Autos

Finland Could Be The First Country To Make Coal Power Illegal

As the world begins to slowly phase out coal power, Finland is going a step further: a total ban.<p>The U.K. is phasing out coal. Canada is phasing out coal. Austria, the Netherlands, France, Denmark, and Portugal are doing the same thing. Finland may go a step further: The government has proposed …

Finland

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