David Forrest

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Tesla enters car insurance business as self-driving cars prepare to disrupt the industry

Self-driving cars will almost completely eliminate the occurrence of car accidents caused by humans, which represents about 90% of all car accidents in the U.S. according to NHTSA. Consequently, autonomous driving has the potential to save millions of lives and millions in repair costs around the …

Insurance

Turing Learning breakthrough: Computers can now learn from pure observation

An exciting new study from the University of Sheffield and published in the journal <i>Swarm Intelligence</i> has demonstrated (free pre-print version) a …

Learning

The rise of robots: forget evil AI – the real risk is far more insidious

When we look at the rise of artificial intelligence, it’s easy to get carried away with dystopian visions of sentient machines that rebel against their human creators. Fictional baddies such as the Terminator’s Skynet or Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey have a lot to answer for.<p>However, the real risk …

Robotics

When Strategy Becomes Fantasy

Ironically, when managers think they have all the answers, strategy can turn into fantasy.<p>Many organisations have an obsession with certainty, a …

Business School

Overwhelming Evidence that a Guaranteed Income Will Work

We'll have to do something drastically different to employ people in the future. Our jobs are disappearing. The driverless vehicle is here, destined …

Poverty

Integration: the fourth industrial revolution in the fresh produce industry

software that can manage the interaction and handovers between the highly complex machines that exist throughout the packing line.

7 Factors Driving the Artificial Intelligence Revolution

0 0<p>Under, behind and inside many of the apps we use every day, a revolution is underway. It's a revolution that started decades ago but today is …

Intelligence

This Mathematician Says Big Data Is Causing a ‘Silent Financial Crisis’

Algorithms that we use daily actually thwart equality, says Cathy O'Neil<p>When there is wrongdoing in fields that are both complex and opaque, it often takes a whistle-blower to inform the public. That’s exactly what former quant trader turned social activist Cathy O’Neil has become for the world of …

Big Data

FAA Expects 600,000 Commercial Drones In The Air Within A Year

Enlarge this image<p>We are in "one of the most dramatic periods of change in the history of transportation," says Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.<p>He was talking about all of it: the self-driving cars, the smart-city movement, the maritime innovations. But the staggering prediction of the day …

Drones

The Sneaky Program to Spy on Baltimore from Above

Hundreds of thousands were watched from above at the behest of the local police department. And the program operated for months in secret.<p>Ask the residents of any major American city to vote on a program of total aerial surveillance––where the cops would record footage of everything that happened …

Baltimore

China Is Building a Robot Army of Model Workers

Can China reboot its manufacturing industry—and the global economy—by replacing millions of workers with machines?Inside a large, windowless room in …

Manufacturing

Say hello to the Internet of Robotic Things

The latest Internet of Things (IoT) sub-segment to emerge is the Internet of Robotic Things, where intelligent robots operate with relative autonomy.<p>As reported by ZDNet, ABI Research is championing the emergence of IoT-powered robots.<p>In essence the Internet of Robotic Things (IoRT) describes …

Internet

Nobody knows if lab meat is safe

In a few years’ time, it should be possible to find a juicy hamburger and creamy shake made from lab-grown beef and milk.<p>But before we can consume them, someone’s going to have to tell us they’re okay to put into our mouths.<p>Startups and university researchers are swiftly rattling toward the …

Food & Dining

Innovation Needs To Shift From Disrupting Markets To Tackling Grand Challenges

When Steve Jobs was trying to lure John Sculley to be Apple’s CEO in the early 1980’s, he asked him, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” Sculley would achieve little at Apple, but Jobs would later make it the most …

Problem-solving

SpaceX’s biggest rival is developing “space trucks” to ferry cargo in an orbital economy

The big kahuna of American rocket companies is the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin that until this year held a monopoly on the lucrative business of launching rockets for the US Air Force.<p>But that monopoly is no more. The company faces a new era of competition …

SpaceX

Pentagon Study Scrutinizes The Future Of Autonomous Robot War

A potential minefield<p>Last summer, the Pentagon's Defense Science Board commissioned a study to examine angles on a particular challenge for DoD, with participants drawn from consulting, defense and technical industries, as well as the military and academia. In possibly the worst John Lennon cover …

War

How Elon Musk Is Rethinking the Factory as a Product

It’s not unlike how Henry Ford changed manufacturing.<p>Leave it to billionaire entrepreneur and Tesla CEO Elon Musk to find the exotic in something as seemingly mundane as manufacturing. At July’s multiday grand opening of the Gigafactory, a sprawling workshop under construction in the desert outside …

Electric Vehicles

How Big Can China's Cities Get? - Bloomberg View

By any measure, Shanghai is one of the world's biggest cities. It's home to more than 24 million people. Its subway system is the longest ever built, …

Cities

DNA chip offers big possibilities in cell studies

A UT Dallas physicist has developed a novel technology that not only sheds light on basic cell biology, but also could aid in the development of more …

Science

Could Fractional Ownership Make Owning Homes Easier?

A company called Point wants to give you cash for part of your house.<p>When people buy homes in expensive markets like San Francisco, they often put their life savings into the deal. They do it because real estate has generally been a good investment over the long term. But the transaction's all-in …

San Francisco Bay Area

Elon Musk's brother is building 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 …

Europe

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