Innovation Watch

By David Forrest | THE FUTURE IS HERE innovationwatch.com

How Europe Is Trying to Get Everything in Place for Self-Driving Cars

It’s a politically-led alliance.<p>Europe’s automotive and telecoms industries have formed an alliance to promote automated driving and connected cars.<p>Regional carmakers such as Renault FRNSDF , BMW , and Daimler DDAIF are all involved in the European Automotive-Telecom Alliance, as are the local …

Europe

James Lovelock: ‘Before the end of this century, robots will have taken over’

James Lovelock’s parting words last time we met were: “Enjoy life while you can. Because if you’re lucky, it’s going to be 20 years before it hits the fan.” It was early 2008, and the distinguished scientist was predicting imminent and irreversible global warming, which would soon make large parts …

Robotics

In the age of the algorithm, the human gatekeeper is back

Greg Linden may not be a household name, but he changed the way we interact with culture and transformed retail forever. An engineer at Amazon in the late 1990s, Linden worked on a curious problem: how to recommend books without human intervention. Until then Amazon relied on editors who wrote …

Computer Science

Experts warn home 'gene editing' kits pose risk to society

The simplicity and low cost of tools to edit the genetic code means “garage scientists” - or amateurs with some skill - can now perform their own experiments, posing a potential risk from the release of GM bugs, a new report suggests.<p>In a report published on Friday, the Nuffield Council on …

Life Sciences

Meet The Garment-Sewing Robot That Could Disrupt The Textile Industry

Fabric still must be hand-fed into sewing machines. Automation of that process would change how—and where, and how fast—our clothes are made.<p>The last time a piece of technology significantly overhauled the textile industry, it was 1842 with the invention of the sewing machine. Today, robots can …

Robotics

The Different Paths Los Angeles And San Francisco Are Taking To Spur Civic Innovation

Both cities realized they could tap into their startup communities to help make government services run better. And both cities provide lessons in the benefits—and pitfalls—of doing so.<p>In 2007, the Los Angeles city government realized that though the city graduated the most engineers in the …

Innovation

Google’s new translation software is almost as good as human translators

Google’s latest advance in machine learning could make the world a little smaller.<p>The company is reëngineering its translation service after Google …

Google

Quantum computing advances with control of entanglement

When the quantum computer was imagined 30 years ago, it was revered for its potential to quickly and accurately complete practical tasks often …

Quantum Physics

3 Industries That Will Be Transformed By AI, Machine Learning And Big Data In The Next Decade

Historically, when new technologies become easier to use, they transform industries.<p>That’s what’s happening with artificial intelligence and big data; as the barriers to implementation disappear (cost, computing power, etc.), more and more industries will put the technologies into use, and more and …

Artificial Intelligence

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 …

Artificial Intelligence

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 …

United Kingdom

Someone Is Testing Methods for Taking Down the Entire Internet

And it’s probably China.<p>Earlier this month, security expert Bruce Schneier 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 …

Internet

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 …

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. …

Agriculture

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 …

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 …

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

The Awe-Inspiring Things 4-D Printing Can Do

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