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(CNN) — Could this be the Uber for airlines?
Start-up "Poppi" imagines the airline of the future, where customers can fly "cinema class," where the getting the dreaded middle seat means you win sponsored treats, and where baggage is dropped off when you leave home -- and reappears at your …Airlines
Recently, there seems to be an uptick in small nations or islands setting their sights on becoming increasingly, or completely, powered by non-fossil fuel energy sources, particularly renewables such as solar, wind and hydroelectric power.
This is welcomed news in a world that – despite recent …Energy
Workers are often taken advantage of by the on-demand economy. What if they ran it instead?
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently discovered, during his short-lived campaign against Uber, that saying no to a popular, convenient new technology doesn't tend to win many friends—or win much at all. In just a …Sharing Economy
The company already uses similar technology
Nike COO Eric Sprunk attended the GeekWire Summit last Friday, during which he claimed that you’ll soon be able to 3D print your own Nikes without ever having to leave your house, Quartz reports.
He was at the summit to discuss Nike’s Flyknit sneaker …Footwear
Dozens of people in Japan will be whisked to the local shops in driverless taxis from next year in an experiment with robot technology that could be fully commercial by the time Tokyo hosts the Olympics in 2020.
From March 2016, the taxis will take about 50 residents of Fujisawa, a large coastal …Japan
An entire city for the sole purpose of experimentation.
A city being built in the desert of southern New Mexico has the potential to house 35,000 people, but no one will ever live there, CNN reports.
It’s called CITE — Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation. It’s a $1 billion, 15 square mile …The Future
Don't be evil—and don't waste anything either.
The current economy is built on waste—dig up some materials, turn that into a product, ship it to an "end user" who eventually tosses it in the trash. But that's starting to change.
Google is one of the latest mega-corporations to commit to the …Google
When design and code combine, building websites may never be the same.
A nonprofit startup is the most promising competitor for Google's Lunar XPrize
Tired of waiting for NASA to get its Apollo-era mojo back and start putting spacecraft on the lunar surface again? Then you’ll be happy to know that Israel—with some help from Google—is about to show the moon a little …Google
The Asian Development Bank is helping the fight against the extremes of climate change and food security for Asia's future.
Asia and the Pacific faces …Asia
By now, many people are aware of the ongoing battles between customers with rooftop solar panels and power utilities around the country. At first …Energy
When it comes to electricity, it’s all about the cost. A new report shows how clean energy electricity is becoming mainstream.
Electricity generated by large wind farms is now cheap enough in many places around the world to compete effectively with electricity generated by coal and natural gas.
Wind power is now the cheapest electricity to produce in both Germany and the U.K., even without government subsidies, according to a new analysis by …Energy
The Dutch micropayment platform for articles is taking off in spectacular fashion. Its foray into the German market delivers another proof of publishers’ interest in the kind of business model Blendle embodies. But, down the road, Blendle sees itself as the main transactional infrastructure …Journalism
"You never learn by doing something right ‘cause you already know how to do it. You only learn from making mistakes and correcting them."
Design and "design thinking" is gaining recognition as an important integrative concept in management practice and education. But it will fail to …
Cisco's new CEO Chuck Robbins is convinced that the company's future rests on the big new thing called the Internet of Things, where all kinds of machines and objects get sensors, apps and join the internet.
On Monday, at a press conference at the company's headquarters in San Jose, California, …Robots
Apple's on a buying spree as it ramps up its efforts in the tech industry's latest arms race: artificial intelligence.
Bloomberg reports that Apple has bought Perceptio, a company that makes image-recognition technology for smartphones, its second AI deal in four days.
Perceptio was developing "deep …Artificial Intelligence
This massive Japanese vegetable factory saves water and energy—along with human labor.
When a sprawling new "vegetable factory" opens near Kyoto, Japan in 2017, it will be the first farm with no farmers. Robots will plant lettuce seeds, transplant them, raise the vegetables, and automatically carry …Japan
Dairy farmers in Pennsylvania. Auto-parts workers in the Midwest. Pharmaceutical companies concentrated around New Jersey. These pivotal groups, not to mention consumers across the country, are among those that can expect a wide range of changes in the years ahead from the newly concluded …Asia
After two rather miserable weeks for the biotechnology industry, one company got a pretty excellent piece of news: Spark Therapeutics, a Philadelphia based biotechnology company that went public earlier this year, announced that its experimental treatment for a rare form of blindness significantly …Biotechnology
Not sure why there’s a driver right there, though.
Notice anything odd about this bus tooling along a highway in China’s Henan Province?
Look again. The dude behind the wheel is stretching his arms up like he’s dunking on someone—perhaps the execs at Google and Apple, as this thing is the “world’s …Asia
Coming at AWS Re:Invent, Amazon will unveil a new Internet of things service to help developers tie billions of devices into the cloud giant’s infrastructure.
Amazon plans to announce a cloud-based service for the Internet of things this week at its AWS Re:Invent trade show, according to sections of …Amazon
A Canadian company is trying to make it possible for anyone to be a "biohacker" and make custom genetically modified organisms in their home …Biotechnology
New York (CNN) — Revolutionizing the way we work is hard. And the payoff could be great ... eventually.
But you gotta ask: Is this any way to run a company? No managers. Persistent confusion over what employees will be paid. Sunday night meetings. Perpetual party atmosphere. Public shaming.
Welcome …Tony Hsieh
The truck has smart systems including radars, cameras and active speed regulators and works without a human driver — although one has to be in the …Driving
Consider the plastic foam cup. Every year, Americans throw away 2.5 billion of them. And yet, that waste is just a fraction of the 33 million tons of …Environment
Silicon is dead. Long live, carbon nanotubes.
In transistors, size matters — a lot. You can’t squeeze more silicon transistors (think billions of them) into a processor unless you can make them smaller, but the smaller these transistors get, the higher the resistance between contacts, which means …IBM
Microsoft first released Skype Translator almost a year ago as a standalone app designed for Windows 8. The software giant is now integrating its impressive translation feature directly into the desktop version of Skype, opening it up to Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 users. Six voice …Skype
If there were any doubts that climate change is an economic issue that puts global financial stability at risk, then Bank of England Governor Mark …Climate
Volkswagen didn’t make a faulty car: They programmed it to cheat intelligently. The difference isn’t semantics, it’s game-theoretical (and it borders on applied demonology).
Regulatory practices assume untrustworthy humans living in a reliable universe. People will be tempted to lie if they think …Volkswagen