David Forrest

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DARPA and Boeing Team Up to Build a Hypersonic Spaceplane

The XS-1 program is underway.<p>DARPA announced today that it has selected Boeing to design and build a new reusable, hypersonic spaceplane that would fly into high suborbital altitudes to launch satellites into orbit before coming back down to land horizontally like an airplane.<p>The unmanned craft, …

Aerospace

The world’s largest floating solar power plant just went online in China

Why it matters to you<p>This sprawling, floating solar power plant could change the way other nations design city centers.<p>China has announced that the …

Renewable Energy

Scientists can see through walls with Wi-Fi to create 3D holograms

Wi-Fi is everywhere — and as the electromagnetic waves are beamed out from routers to connect our devices to the internet, they also travel through empty space, around corners, and even through walls.<p>A pair of German researchers have developed a method to harness Wi-Fi signals to capture 3D …

Wi-Fi

Nearly Half of All Retail Jobs Could Be Lost to Automation Within 10 Years

Between 6 million and 7.5 million retail industry jobs are vulnerable to automation within ten years, according to an exhaustive study released this …

Trends

Google's New 180 Petaflop Deep Learning Cloud And The Future Of Academic Computing

I’ve written on these pages many times about the evolution of academic computing from large closed university-owned monoliths to the open commercial cloud. In a testament to just how far this progression has come, last month an MIT mathematics professor set the record for running the largest Google …

Machine Learning

Microsoft Has a Plan to Add DNA Data Storage to Its Cloud

Based on early research involving the storage of movies and documents in DNA, Microsoft is developing an apparatus that uses biology to replace tape …

DNA

Toyota pushes into blockchain tech to enable the next generation of cars

On the same day that Ford officially ousted its chief executive in a bid to remake itself as future-focused vehicle manufacturer, Toyota announced its own steps to embrace technology’s next wave.<p>Andwhile Ford is looking to catch up to the leaders in autonomous and electric vehicle manufacturing, …

MIT Media Lab

The revolutionary redox system that produces and stores energy in the home

Imagine having a fridge-sized box in your home that not only generates and stores electricity on-site, but heats and cools the house, provides hot …

Energy

Farming the World: China's Epic Race to Avoid a Food Crisis

China’s 1.4 billion people are building up an appetite that is changing the way the world grows and sells food. The Chinese diet is becoming more …

Agriculture

What You Need To Know About Your Company's Strategic Alignment

I just finished reading survey responses about strategic priorities from a senior management team. The lack of consistency in their responses reminded of an experience I had on the island of Kerkennah off the coast of Tunisia.<p>Kerkennah is a flat sandy island in shallow Mediterranean waters. The …

Business Strategy

The Future of 21st Century Manufacturing Is Digital

Across America, manufacturing is changing from the traditional assembly line to the use of collaborative robots. By 2025, industrial robots are expected to perform 25 percent of tasks such as assembly, packaging, and material handling.<p>"Instead of these old factories that are very laborious and have …

Manufacturing

The 'gig economy' has broken a fundamental link in capitalism that was good for workers

LONDON — Everyone knows capitalism is based on supply and demand. If the supply of something goes down, then the price of it rises. The concept applies to labour, too. In boom times, when there is low unemployment, wages go up as employers compete for workers and the available labour pool …

Economics

Pacific trade ministers commit to moving ahead with TPP without U.S.

The Pacific Rim trade ministers meeting in Vietnam committed Sunday to move ahead with the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact after the United States pulled out.<p>New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay said the remaining 11 TPP countries – which include Canada – are open to others joining provided …

Globalization

DARPA Wants to Hack Your Brain to Make You Learn Faster

If the brain is just a bunch of wires and circuits, it stands to reason that those components can simply be re-wired in order to create a better, …

The Brain

Virtually all sea salt is contaminated with microplastic, study finds

Pass me the sea salt please, and hold the plastic.

A scientist named George Church has a wild idea to upend evolution — here’s what you should know about him

Harvard biologist George Church burst into the headlines (yet again) last week when he helped organize a closed-door meeting of scores of top scientists to discuss accelerating efforts to create synthetic DNA — including a complete human genome.<p>They’re considering launching a decade-long drive to …

Genetics

This computer language is teaching kids to code

Last year, I went to Nigeria with Mark Zuckerberg. One of the first stops on the trip was a program that taught kids how to code.<p>When Zuckerberg entered the room, many of the young students had a hard time pulling themselves away from their projects, even to gawk at one of the world’s richest men. …

Computer Science

A Grand New Theory of Life's Evolution on Earth

A series of energy revolutions—some natural, some technological—built upon one another to give us our rich, diverse biosphere.<p>The modern world gives us such ready access to nachos and ice cream that it’s easy to forget: Humans bodies require a ridiculous and—for most of Earth’s history—improbable …

Evolution

Why I love the Detroit startup scene

People often ask me, “Why did you move from San Francisco to, uh, Detroit?” The answer is easy. In 10 years, San Francisco will be as good as it is today, but Detroit will be a roaring city once again, defining a new technology hub at the intersection of steel and bits.<p>When choosing to move to …

Startups

California Grid Smashes Record, Gets 67% of Energy From Renewables

California Leading The Way<p>On May 13, 2017, California smashed through another renewable energy milestone as its largest grid, controlled by the …

Deep Learning Algorithm Rewrites Traditional Recipes for New Regions, Ingredients

Algorithmic gastronomy is here.<p>Imagine your favorite go-to recipe mutated to conform to the traditional methods and ingredients of any number of diverse regional food cultures. Consider, say, lasagne, but a sort of lasagne that's instead a naturally occurring part of Japanese or Ethiopian cuisine. …

Machine Learning

Today, Kids Need To Learn More Than Facts, But To Solve Problems And Innovate

We Need To Shift From Teaching How To Answer Ask Questions To Learning How To Ask Them<p>Traditionally, we went to school to attain knowledge. The smart kids knew that Columbus discovered America in 1492 and that the square root of 64 is eight. They studied diligently at home so that when the teacher …

Education

World's thinnest hologram will make screen size 'irrelevant'

Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi -- the future is more awesome than I expected!<p>A team of Australian and Chinese researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne has unveiled the world's thinnest hologram with the potential to change the way we look at technology -- quite literally.<p>The "nano-hologram" is set apart …

Australian Universities

China, Japan extract combustible ice from seafloor

BEIJING (AP) — Commercial development of the globe's huge reserves of a frozen fossil fuel known as "combustible ice" has moved closer to reality after Japan and China successfully extracted the material from the seafloor off their coastlines.<p>But experts said Friday that large-scale production …

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 …

Renewable Energy

The 'Semantic Bank' that works with you is coming soon, this is why

On May 19, I’m going to unveil the Semantic Bank to the <i>The Next Web</i> audience, and wrote a bit about it the other day here. I thought I would expand a little more on the background to the Semantic Bank by talking in more depth about artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning, which …

Artificial Intelligence

Researchers Grow Brain Cells on a Chip

Nanowire scaffold could act as a brain prosthetic where neurons grow and form connections Photo: Stuart Hay/ANUEvery human thought starts with a …

Neuroscience

Scientists Have Reversed Age-Related Blindness by Deliberately Infecting Eyes With a Virus

Symptoms almost completely disappeared.<p>A small and preliminary clinical trial has found that injecting a common cold-like virus into the eyes of …

Medicine

IBM's Newest Quantum Computing Processors Have Triple the Qubits of Their Last

Quantum Computing Leaps<p>Due to their complexity, quantum computers are still largely inaccessible for the average person, which is why developers and …

Quantum Mechanics