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The likes of Microsoft, GE, and HP want a new file format to streamline 3D manufacturing.
Despite an anemic 2015 in the 3D printing world, economic predictions for the industry’s overall growth remain bright. But in the eyes of large businesses with a stake in the expansion of the 3D printing market …Fabrication
The world’s economy may look drastically different in the next 20 years. Industries being built today–from robot caregivers to digital money–are creating new jobs and opportunities. In his book, The Industries of the Future, innovation expert and former advisor to past Sec. of State Hillary …The Future
Why should the whole world have to repeat our mistakes?
When solar farms in sub-Saharan Africa start to become more common than coal-fired power plants, it is time for the rest of the world to take notice. The clean energy revolution is happening right now under our feet.
The rapidly unfolding energy …Energy
It takes just 26 pounds of hardware to get Steven Sanchez walking again. He lost the use of his legs more than a decade ago in a BMX biking accident. Now Sanchez serves as test pilot for an innovative, lightweight exoskeleton from SuitX called Phoenix.
Unveiled on Monday, the wearable robot is the …Robots
The new Y Combinator: Inside the world's hottest startup factory as it tries to scale from 200 to 2,000 companies a year
After 10 years of teaching startups to find product-market fit then grow like crazy, Y Combinator is finally following its own playbook.
When the famous Silicon Valley accelerator began in 2005, it was just that: a prestigious three month program known for pumping out 100 companies every batch.
Designs for passenger pods that could travel through airless tubes have been revealed by a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Hyperloop is a conceptual transport system in which passenger pods could be fired through vacuum tubes at more than 600mph (1,000km/h).
The MIT team came …
Can removing old, tired-out cells extend an animal’s life span?That’s is the conclusion of first-of-a-kind study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic, …
Luxembourg is planning to go into space to mine minerals from asteroids — and it will get help from Google founder Larry Page.
Luxemburger Wort, one of the country's newspapers, reported that Etienne Schneider, Luxembourg's deputy prime minister and minister of the economy, said the government would …NASA
After putting booksellers out of business, Amazon is set to open its own retail chain.
Amazon, the online retailer that killed off so many independent bookshops, is getting ready to launch its own brick-and-mortar book chain. According to the Wall Street Journal, the CEO of a major mall operator, …Amazon
Could a minimum income -- giving everybody enough money for basic needs, without requiring anything in return -- boost entrepreneurship?
Say the robots really do take over -- or at least take over many, many more of our jobs.
In that case, Y Combinator president Sam Altman wants us to be prepared. In …YCombinator
Robots will help grow and pick.
The next frontier for robots could be farms.
A Japanese agriculture technology company called SPREAD said on Monday that it plans to open a big, robot-run lettuce farm by mid-2017. The farm will use robots to handle almost every farming task related to growing and …Robots
This article is published in collaboration with The Conversation.
Ever since computers were first introduced into the retail banking system in the …Economics
Rising to a staggering 3,281 feet tall, Saudi Arabia's Jeddah Tower could one day set a world record as the tallest skyscraper on Earth. It will also have the world's tallest observation deck.
Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it's the brainchild of SWA Architects, the same firm behind the current …Architecture
When Gary Kasparov lost to chess computer Deep Blue in 1997, IBM marked a milestone in the history of artificial intelligence. On Wednesday, in a research paper released in Nature, Google earned its own position in the history books, with the announcement that its subsidiary DeepMind has built a …Artificial Intelligence
(CNN)Remember the Skreemr, a concept for a supersonic plane that could travel at Mach 10?
Scratch that, there's now a design for a plane that could cruise from London to New York in 11 minutes, traveling at Mach 24 -- that's 12 times faster than the Concorde!
Charles Bombardier, the industrial …Aviation
For the first time, scientists have pinned down a molecular process in the brain that helps to trigger schizophrenia. The researchers involved in the …Genetics
Apple is truly the iPhone company right now. But that could change soon.
The iPhone business accounts for a whopping 68% of Apple's total revenue, which should frighten Apple just a little bit. If something happens to the iPhone — rival phones get better, or a better mobile technology comes around — …iPhone
Scientists found an easier way to grow thousands of tiny, identical wires.
Scientists have figured out a standardized way to make nanowires out of perovskite, a material that could one day make solar energy cheap and ubiquitous. Just a few years ago, cells made from the relatively inexpensive …Energy
It’s time to stop worrying about our robot overlords, says a top AI researcher.
Hollywood loves to give us stories of super-intelligent robots running wild with their orders. And we love to watch these stories. If artificial intelligence (AI) worked like it does in the popular imagination, a robot …Intelligence
Harvard University has been awarded $28 million (£19m) to investigate why brains are so much better at learning and retaining information than artificial intelligence. The award, from the Intelligence Advanced Projects Activity (IARPA), could help make AI systems faster, smarter and more like human …Artificial Intelligence
Financial technology — commonly known as fintech — is not only transforming the way consumers operate, is also a huge threat to the traditional banking industry.
Think about TransferWise, one of the few British tech unicorns (private companies worth over $1 billion), and PayPal when it comes to …Banking
A new study shows they’re capable of meeting real-world power needs.
The energy grid is changing. Cables laid down years ago have served us well, but they’re struggling to keep up with millions of new customers and their expanding use of electronics. They’re also vulnerable to disruptions, like a …Energy
© Bertram Radelow, courtesy of William McDonough + PartnersDesigner William McDonough has unveiled the next step in cradle-to-cradle manufacturing: …Circular Economy
COFs and their cousin materials, metal organic frameworks (MOFs), are porous three-dimensional crystals with extraordinarily large internal surface …Chemistry
Several analytical vendors have recently opened algorithm marketplaces that enable algorithms or code snippets to be bought and sold. These …Programming
Why should equity markets tank when oil prices do? Beats me. Among many sources of jitters, this shouldn’t be a big one (though The Economist demurs). When oil prices fall 70+ percent, oil companies and their lenders and investors suffer, so do oil-dependent communities, but oil users (far more …Economics
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I spent the last three months learning about every artificial intelligence, …Intelligence
Last fall, we said goodbye to "Google" as we used to know it when it blew up its corporate structure to launch a new parent company called Alphabet.
Alphabet gives more autonomy to a new set of CEOs.
Here's a quick recap of all of Alphabet's subsidiary companies and who is leading each one:Google
Drill down to every part of the Bay Area in minute detail to find out exactly how many emissions each neighborhood is producing—even emissions from far away.
When the U.S. started exporting manufacturing to China and other countries in the 1990s, it cut its carbon emissions because the pollution was …Carbon Footprint