David Forrest

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Elon Musk's brother is creating vertical farms in shipping containers

Entrepreneur Kimbal Musk — yes, he's Elon Musk's younger brother — is trying to grow a variety of things inside the old Pfizer factory in Brooklyn. Among them: a new agricultural venture, hundreds of pounds of leafy greens, and the next generation of young farmers.<p>Starting fall 2016, he and fellow …

Farming

What makes people happy in Europe’s most desirable countries?

The people of Norway have a lot to be happy about.<p>The country tops the table behind a new map showing the best European countries in which to …

Don't Overlook These 5 Shifts Changing the Future of Work

The rapid growth of technology is challenging the belief humans will do everything.<p>Significant social shifts are influencing the future of work. These changes are forcing businesses to alter the way they remain relevant in the market place. Additionally, these changes are pushing businesses to …

Tech Trends

The Real Benefit of Design Thinking

Design thinking is a proven method for business growth. But, the benefits go as deep for your company as they do for customers.<p>Design Thinking is the name of a formal innovation process used by many leading organizations such as P&G, Mayo Clinic, Bayer, and others. While Design Thinking came out of …

Design

SingularityU Goes International

Announcing Our First Innovation Hub Outside of the US<p>In 1965, Gordon Moore, well known as co-founder of Intel, was a director of R&D at Fairchild …

Innovation

DFJ's Steve Jurvetson Talks About Investing, Innovation & Robots As Agents Of Change

Since 1985, DFJ’s core funds have raised $5 billion to fuel entrepreneurial companies around the world. As a principal of the venture capital firm, Steve Jurvetson is recognized for an uncanny knack for seeing “around the corner” to discover the next truly disruptive technology. His investments in …

Innovation

Columbus’ smart city win may lead to autonomous trucks

The Department of Transportation declared Columbus, Ohio the winner of the Smart Cities Challenge earlier this year. Now, city leaders plan to spend some of the $50 million reward on an autonomous “truck platoon” capable of driving in urban areas.<p>Columbus Region Logistics Council backed the …

Transportation

Look out, U.S.: China set to become a natgas giant

China has been working on developing its shale gas resources for a few years now, with mixed success, mainly because of the difficult geology. But times are changing and, due to developments in shale, Asia’s biggest economy is well on its way to becoming the world’s second-largest producer of …

Asia

Airbus Plans Driverless Sky Taxis ... for Next Year?

Heads up, citizens -- the future is coming in faster than anticipated.<p>At least, that seems to be the case with driverless cars and other automated …

Transportation

Carbon capture can drive a 21st Century revival of British industry

Renaissance beckons for the once great industrial hubs of northern England and Scotland, and the unexpected catalyst may be stringent global climate controls.<p>What looks at first sight like an economic threat could instead play elegantly to Britain's competitive advantage, for almost no other …

Climate Change

How Rethink Robotics Sees The Future Of Collaborative Robots

When the first industrial robot, Unimate, appeared on a General Motors assembly in 1961, it was a modern marvel. The job it performed, transporting die-castings and welding them onto car bodies was not only onerous, but dangerous to human workers, who faced both the risk of injury and being exposed …

The Future

We Need To Switch Our Mental Models From Hierarchies To Networks

In the early 20th century, the great sociologist Max Weber noted that the sweeping industrialization taking place would lead to a change in …

Silicon Valley

Beyond Siri, The Next-Generation AI Assistants Are Smarter Specialists

SRI wants to produce chatbots with deep knowledge of specific topics like banking and auto repair.<p>After birthing a virtual assistant that knows a little of everything, SRI International is working on ones that know a lot about just one thing.<p>The nonprofit research center is arguably best known in …

Banking

It's Official: In 2017, We Begin Mining the Moon

Image source: Getty Images.<i>"To me, landing on the moon is not just about landing on the Moon. It is about what a small group of people are capable of</i> …

Space

Robots-as-a-service: New company introduces first 'goods-to-box' warehouse picking system

inVia Robotics launches a new robotics system that put goods directly into shipping boxes. Instead of investing in a fleet of robots, customers pay a …

Robotics

Uber Begins Its Endgame: Replacing Humans | Motherboard

Taxi drivers have spent the last few years begging local governments around the world to put an end to the threat of unregulated ridesharing. Those skirmishes were mere appetizers, however, for the imminent future, in which the rideshare industry actively tries to rid itself of the pesky resource …

Personal computers

This Tiny, Wireless "Neural Dust" Could Monitor Your Body From Deep Inside

The sensors of the future won't be wearable. They'll be implantable.<p>Fitbit is starting to seem a little quaint. The sensors of the future will be dust-sized, wireless, implanted deep in the body, and have the potential to robotically control a prosthetic arm or leg or treat diseases like …

Wearable Tech

How big data will revolutionize the global food chain

Advanced analytics opens vast untapped potential for farmers, investors, and emerging economies to reduce the cost of goods sold.<p><b>The way digital</b> …

Big Data

Airbus project Vahana

Techies in Silicon Valley invent high-tech products every day. However, they still do not have a solution for one of their biggest problems: rush …

Transportation

This Little Silver Cube Could Be the Future of Personal DNA Testing | Motherboard

If Apple made a personal DNA testing product, it might look something like the Spartan Cube: A minimalist, anodized aluminum box, about the size of a large coffee mug, and roughly as heavy as a small laptop. Aside from the logo of Spartan Bioscience, the Canadian company behind it, there’s nothing …

Genetics

Nasa just made all its research available online for free

Care to learn more about 400-foot tsunamis on Mars? Now you can, after Nasa announced it is making all its publicly funded research available online …

NASA

Uber’s $680 Million Gut-Punch to Google

The hard-charging startup just acquired the guy behind Google’s self-driving car program.<p>Action in the self-driving car industry is picking up speed. In the month since <i>Fortune’s</i> cover story on the industry, the following has happened:<p>Chris Urmson, the head of Google’s GOOG self-driving car program, …

Google

Scientists Can Now Grow And Implant Artificial Corneas

The technology could lead to rejection-free cornea implants in humans.<p>Scientists have successfully grown artificial corneas and transplanted them into living eyes. The trials took place in animals, but the same technology could lead to rejection-free cornea implants in humans.<p>The cornea is the …

Science

How Machine Learning Will Change What You Eat

Smarter technology could make farms more efficient and food tastier, though environmentalists argue none of it is guilt-free.<p>During the 20th century, advances in fertilizers, irrigation, and mechanized farming technology helped make it possible to feed a dramatically growing world population.<p>Now, …

Computer Science

Uber got this right — Pittsburgh is America’s city of the future

The Steel City is more than the country's next great innovation hub — it's a model for the Rust Belt's revival.<p>Had Brian Gross been born a decade or two earlier, he might have been one of the many Pittsburgh natives all but forced to leave the city for better opportunities. Instead, the 25-year-old …

The Future

These Vegan Dairy Products Are Made From Milk—There Just Aren't Any Cows Involved

Perfect Day wants to make a dairy product so good, you won't know it's made from yeast.<p>The milk aisle at the supermarket is a dizzying array of choices, with soy, almond, hemp, and other plant alternatives more popular than ever. But many customers buy these substitute products—whether for health, …

Veganism

AI beats doctors at visual diagnosis, observes many times more lung cancer signals

This new machine learning algorith, is much better at diagnosing cancers than the doctors who designed it.

Medicine

Biologists are close to reinventing the genetic code of life

The term "life hacking" usually refers to clever tweaks that make your life more productive. But this week in Science, a team of scientists comes a …

Biology

Uber will entice you into its new driverless cars by making them completely free

The news broke on Thursday that Uber would be launching a fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh starting “later this month,” according to Bloomberg.<p>Uber customers in Pittsburgh will go through the usual process of ordering a car, but will be sometimes be matched with a driverless car “at random.”<p>…

Driverless Cars

The robots of war: AI and the future of combat

The 1983 film <i>WarGames</i> portrayed a young hacker tapping into NORAD's artificial-intelligence-driven nuclear weapons' system. When the hit movie was screened for President Reagan, it prompted the commander in chief to ask if it were possible for the country's defense system network to be compromised. …

Robotics