David Forrest

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Artificial Intelligence is Leading a Revolution in Medicine

A New Union<p>In early August, IBM announced that it will acquire Merge Healthcare Inc., a company that sells systems that help medical professionals …

Life Sciences

Ideo Says The Future Of Design Is Circular

A new guide for designers encourages them to create products that stay in closed loops and business models that discourage waste.<p>When Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam replaced its lighting, it didn't pay for the bulbs. Instead, the airport pays for light as a service—and Philips, which designed the …

Design

If Fake News Fools You, It Can Fool Robots, Too

Uninformative as fake news may be, it's shedding light on an important limitation of the algorithms that have helped make the likes of Facebook and Google into multi-billion-dollar companies: They're no better than people at recognizing what is true or right.<p>Remember Tay, the Microsoft bot that was …

Media Industry

Machine Vision Helps Spot New Drug Treatments

A startup uses algorithms that understand the anatomy of cells to discover new uses for existing drugs.<p>Web users searching for photos and cops …

Software Engineering

The largest internet company in 2030? This prediction will probably surprise you

Thirty years ago, it was a big deal when schools got their first computers. Today, it's a big deal when students get their own laptops.<p>According to …

Software Engineering

Trump: What now for countries in the US-led TPP?

<b>In one of his first acts of business, US President Donald Trump has - as promised- formally pulled the United States out of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which was set to cover 40% of the world's economic output.</b><p>Twelve countries that border the Pacific Ocean signed up to the TPP in February …

New Zealand

New Organisms Have Been Formed Using the First Ever 6-Letter Genetic Code

This could be the beginning of a whole new life form.<p>Scientists have engineered the first ever 'semi-synthetic' organisms, by breeding <i>E. coli</i> …

Genetics

Electricity-storage tech facing biggest test yet in California

From the perspective of both renewable-energy advocates and electric utilities, grid-scale energy storage offers many potential benefits. Yet energy …

Energy

How Florida and Colorado are trying to build smart cities from the ground up

Ambitious new cities Songdo and Masdar may not have lived up to their promise, but smaller projects in the US aim to be laboratories for sustainable city planning<p>Masdar, on the edges of Abu Dhabi, was billed as the world’s first sustainable city when it was conceived in 2006. It was intended to be …

Smart Cities

Organisms created with synthetic DNA pave way for new entirely new life forms

E coli microbes have been modified to carry an expanded genetic code which researchers say will ultimately allow them to be programmed<p>From the moment life gained a foothold on Earth its story has been written in a DNA code of four letters. With G, T, C and A - the molecules that pair up in the DNA …

Biology

Facebook has a mysterious team working on tech that sounds a lot like mind reading

Mark Zuckerberg's dream of gadgets that let humans read each other's thoughts and communicate with brain waves may be moving closer to reality.<p>A secretive hardware research division that Facebook created last year is developing "brain-computer interface" technology that sounds a lot like the mind …

Facebook

The Militarization of Artificial Intelligence

The Militarization of Artificial Intelligence<p>US Army considers artificial intelligence and machine learning for unmanned ground vehicles, while …

Computer Science

China’s fintech industry shows where the rest of the world is heading

“We need banking but we don’t need banks anymore,” said Bill Gates two decades ago, predicting the explosion in startups creating web and app-based …

FinTech

Hackers downloaded US government climate data and stored it on European servers as Trump was being inaugurated

As Donald Trump was sworn into office as the new president of the US on Jan. 20, a group of around 60 programmers and scientists were gathered in the Department of Information Studies building at the University of California-Los Angeles, harvesting government data.<p>A spreadsheet detailed their …

U.S. Government

This new Periodic Table shows the astounding origins of every atom in your body

In the first episode of his famous TV series about space, "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," the late astronomer Carl Sagan wastes no time dramatically setting the stage.<p>"The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean," Sagan says. "Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We …

Space

A Monster Solar Storm Could Cost the US $40 Billion Daily

Our planet is due to be hit with a powerful solar storm, an event that happens about once every hundred years. New research shows that losses from …

Weather

There’s a revolution happening in electricity. Utilities need to keep up.

Electric utilities increasingly find themselves at war with their own customers. Homeowners and commercial building owners have all sorts of new choices for how to generate, store, and manage their own electricity — solar panels, home batteries, electric vehicles, smart thermostats and appliances, …

Energy

Being a Strategic Leader Is About Asking the Right Questions

If you asked the world’s most successful business leaders what it means to “be strategic,” how many different answers do you think you’d get? Consider this number: 115,800,000. It’s the number of unique links returned when I searched online for “strategic leadership.”<p>There’s a good reason for all …

Management

Intel wants to use sensors and robots to overhaul in-store shopping

A wave of new technology is set to reinvent the way people shop in stores, and Intel wants to be at the center of it.<p>The chip giant announced the launch of a new platform for brick-and-mortar retailers this week that will tie together a set of software systems, sensors and other tech aimed at …

Automation

The Next Big Thing in 3-D Printing? Shapeshifting Materials

A team of researchers at MIT found a way to alter objects after they're printed.<p>Three-dimensional printers have brought major advances to every corner of manufacturing: Scientists have used the process to engineer human tissue, print a rubber material to make drones less dangerous to people on the …

3D

Eight men own more than 3.6 billion people do: our economics is broken

Oxfam’s statistics are beyond belief. Inequality is the biggest threat to the global economy – and it’s getting worse<p>Today, eight people have the same wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population. Stop and think about this. It is a mind-boggling concept.<p>Last year we said we would have …

Equality

Wyoming Bill Would Outlaw Renewable Energy

Republican lawmakers in Wyoming have introduced a bill that would block the use of renewable energy in the state. If passed, utilities that use wind …

Energy

Saudi Arabia Says It’s About to Launch a $30-$50 Billion Renewable Energy Program

Saudi Arabia will launch in coming weeks a renewable energy program that is expected to involve investment of between $30 billion and $50 billion by …

Energy

World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%

A new report by Oxfam warns of the growing and dangerous concentration of wealth<p>The world’s eight richest billionaires control the same wealth between them as the poorest half of the globe’s population, according to a charity warning of an ever-increasing and dangerous concentration of wealth.<p>In a …

Wealth

2 Days From China To Europe By Rail? Russia Going For High-Speed Cargo Trains

I’ve written extensively about the emerging network of trans-Eurasian direct cargo trains that is rapidly linking together dozens of cities in China and Europe. I often boast that these trains can make this 9,000-12,000 kilometer journey in less than two weeks — and sometimes in as little as 10.5 …

China

Silk Road route back in business as China train rolls into London

After 16 days and 7,456 miles, the locomotive’s arrival heralds the dawn of a new commercial era<p>When the East Wind locomotive rumbles into east London this week, it will be at the head of 34 carriages full of socks, bags and wallets for London’s tourist souvenir shops, as well as the dust and grime …

China

EU proposes giving all citizens a universal basic income

MEPs have warned European countries must “seriously” consider introducing a general basic income to prepare for wide scale unemployment that could …

Income inequality among men soars

<b>The number of men in low-paid part-time work has increased fourfold over the past 20 years.</b><p>New research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has found that one in five low-paid men aged 25 to 55 now work part-time.<p>While 95% of top-earning men normally work full-time, 20% of the lowest paid now work …

Justice

To Clean Its Air, Paris Is Kicking Cars Off More Major Streets

The French capital has made major progress in redesigning the city to reduce traffic (and the smog that comes with it). Now it's going even further.<p>Traffic in Paris—and the resulting smog—has dropped 30% since the beginning of the millennium as the city pushed for better public transit. But …

Urban Design

Using Drones to Bathe the World in Internet Isn’t Working Out So Great

Alphabet has scrapped its project and Facebook’s is struggling, too.<p>To the tech giants of Silicon Valley, a lack of Internet in remote areas looked …

Gear & Gadgets