Innovation Watch

By David Forrest | THE FUTURE IS HERE innovationwatch.com

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Has Much To Say About Artificial Intelligence

A.I. technologies are getting bundled into Microsoft services like Microsoft Office and Cortana.<p>Microsoft wants the world to know it’s not falling behind in the race for artificial intelligence.<p>The technology giant—like Google GOOG , Facebook FB , and IBM IBM —has been pushing into the trendy field …

Microsoft

You Too Can Become a Machine Learning Rock Star! No PhD Necessary.

A company called Bonsai joins a movement to democratize machine learning. Get ready to build your own neural net.<p>But Hammond saw a flaw in this …

Machine Learning

KPMG survey: Three-quarters of UK CEOs are thinking about moving business out of Britain because of Brexit — Quartz

British prime minister Theresa May says “Brexit means Brexit.” Beyond this mantra, the details of the UK’s divorce from the European Union are unclear.<p>Whatever the case, British CEOs don’t think it will be good for business. As a result of the referendum, three-quarters say that they are …

Brexit

Someone is Testing Methods for Taking Down the Entire Internet

And it’s probably China.<p>Earlier this month, security expert Bruce Shneier revealed that companies responsible for the basic infrastructure of the Internet are experiencing an escalating series of coordinated attacks that appear designed to test the defenses of its most critical elements. He says …

China

Newly Developed Cell Derived from Spinach Leaves Uses Sunlight to Produce Electricity and Hydrogen from Water

Using a simple membrane extract from spinach leaves, researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a …

Electricity

High Times: Vertical farming is on the rise — but can it save the planet?

Groundbreaking advances in vertical farming, which doesn't break ground at all, raise hopes it can feed the world<p>Farming as we know it is failing. Mom-and-pop operations are struggling to survive and Big Ag cares far more about its bottom line than about your health, or the health of the planet. …

Farming

Blockchain drives Wanxiang’s $30B smart city project

Another company jumped on the blockchain bandwagon in a big way, with Wanxiang’s $30 billion smart city project. The Chinese electric car maker announced the mega-project at the Global Blockchain Summit.<p>Wanxiang said that it will invest $30 billion in a project that will integrate blockchain …

Smart Cities

Collective Computer Consciousness and its Connective Symmetry

The technological singularity may well be on its way. The hypothetical day when Artificial Intelligence achieves self-awareness and armed with …

Singularity

New Knitting Technique Produces Electronic Smart Fabrics at Industrial Scales | Motherboard

Australian scientists have developed a knitting technique capable of producing electrically-conductive Spandex-carbon nanotube hybrid textiles at industrial scales. As described earlier this month in a paper published in ACS Nano, the stretchable fabrics "exhibit excellent performance" as sensors …

Textiles

In depth: Can an uploaded brain live forever?

Will we ever be able to map the brain?As speedy as today's supercomputers are, they're still nowhere near the complexity and power of the brains …

The Brain

UPS testing drones for use in its package delivery system

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>Latest News<p>MARBLEHEAD, Mass. (AP) -- One of the world's largest package delivery companies is stepping up efforts to integrate drones into its system.<p>UPS has partnered with robot-maker CyPhy Works to test the use of drones to make commercial deliveries to remote or …

Drones

Future of Energy: Utilities Need to Embrace Renewable Energy or It Will Kill Them

Image source: Getty Images.<p>Utilities across the U.S. are facing a crisis. Electricity demand isn't growing for the first time since Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb, meaning there's no demand growth to fulfill with new power plants. That would be a challenge in and of itself, but now customers …

Energy

New Map Finally Reveals A Global Genetic Network Of Life

Researchers at the University of Toronto's Donnelly Centre have created the first map that shows the global genetic interaction network of a cell. It …

Genetics

The 5 technologies that are going to define the next decade in cities

Cities have always been hubs of technological experimentation, shaped by the people who inhabit them and the tools they use. We can still see the marks, both charming and garish, from technologies of years past — from old aqueducts to telephone booths to the damage done by cars.<p>The next wave of …

Cities

4-D Printing: 'Wow' Doesn't Even Begin to Describe What's Possible

Move over, 3-D. 4-D printing soon will allow manufacturers to create shape-shifting products that offer convenience, entertainment, safety, style, and economy.<p>3-D printing recently has done astounding things--scientists have used it to recreate a mummy head, cars, prosthetics and even firearms. …

Printing

Innovative Water-Gen machine harvests up to 825 gallons of clean water from thin air in a day

You might remember from grade school science class that water vapor is all around us, taking part in a continuous cycle that fills the clouds, lakes, …

Water

Banks are working on using info from Facebook and other social media when millennials have no credit history

Some of the world's biggest banks are working on using people's personal information from Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms as part of, or in lieu of, someone's credit history.<p>Yasaman "Yassi" Hadjibashi, chief data officer at Barclays Africa, told Business Insider in an …

Social Media

How to Protect Workers From Job-Stealing Robots

President Obama’s chief economist argues that, with the right policies, artificial intelligence can be boon to the labor market, not a threat.<p>There is a lively debate happening across various corners of the internet and the hallways of academia: In the coming decades, will advances in Artificial …

Robotics

Could Paris Show Mark The Start Of The Mass Market Electric Car?

The era of the mass market electric car might well start at the biennial Paris Car Show next month, and that would be great timing for the industry in Europe as the demise of the diesel engine gathers pace.<p>The triumph of the electric car has been promised for years, but despite big government …

Electric Vehicles

Pay-per-mile insurance startup Metromile raises $191.5M, acquires Mosaic Insurance

The automotive industry is in flux with the rise of self-driving and electric cars, and the concept of car ownership altogether being thrown into question. With this, the car insurance industry is changing, too, and now, an on-demand car insurance startup has raised a large round of funding as it …

Startups

The world's first hydrogen train is a lean, green, water-emitting machine

The train<p><i>The Memo</i> spoke to Alexander Burrows, strategy director for Alstom, about what the Coradia iLint – the name of the new train – means for the …

Hydrogen

A Look At 7 New Cities Rising Along The New Silk Road

New cities are rising all along the revitalized trade routes of what has been dubbed the New Silk Road — an enhanced network of economic corridors stretching between China and Europe — as participating countries attempt to build new economies based on logistics, manufacturing and cross-border …

Silk Road

The Future of Work: It’s Already Here

I recently had the opportunity to speak at the Singularity University Summit in San Francisco on The Future of Work. After months of research on the …

Employment

Photos: China’s booming virtual reality arcades are bringing the niche technology to the masses

More than two years after Facebook paid $2 billion to acquire Oculus, virtual reality remains a niche market in the West. Other than hardcore gamers and gadget nerds, few people have the chance to strap on an expensive headset and kill zombies, fly planes, or watch movies.<p>In China, however, VR is …

Virtual Reality

Amazon is now eating all the department stores, too

Amazon is already the biggest clothing seller online. It might soon overtake most of its brick-and-mortar rivals in fashion sales, as well.<p>There were no runway models on any Amazon catwalk at last week’s New York Fashion Week. But the e-commerce giant still loomed large in the minds of retail …

Amazon

AT&T invented a way to use power lines to deliver super-fast wireless internet

Hear from AT&T's Chairman and CEO, Randall L. Stephenson, at Business Insider's <b>IGNITION: Future Of Digital</b> this December in New York City<b>. Tickets On Sale Now »</b><p>AT&T says it has developed a new technology it calls AirGig, which links up to standard power lines and uses a special transmitter to …

Wireless

Microsoft wants to crack the cancer code using artificial intelligence

Cancer is like a computer virus and can be ‘solved’ by cracking the code, according to Microsoft. The computer software company says its researchers are using artificial intelligence in a new healthcare initiative to target cancerous cells and eliminate the disease.<p>One of the projects within this …

Microsoft

Here's How Global Warming Could Trigger the Next Financial Crisis

The Bank of Canada thinks so<p>Move over mortgages. There’s now something much, much bigger to worry about, and harder to curtail, and far more likely to cause the next financial crisis: global warming.<p>That’s the conclusion of a new report published recently by the Bank of Canada.<p>The report is mainly …

World

DARPA sees future wars won with hypersonic weapons and artificial intelligence

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md — In comments that conjure up dystopian images of a future dominated by robot soldiers controlled by Skynet, researchers with the Pentagon’s futuristic think tank said they are working on better ways to merge the rapid decision making of computers with the analytical …

Artificial Intelligence