Ghost Stories

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Ocado, the tech startup you thought was a supermarket

IN A cavernous shed on an industrial park in Hampshire, hundreds of robots are at work in the “hive”. In Ocado’s latest Customer Fulfilment Centre …

The one retailer that Amazon can’t seem to destroy is in cosmetics

Amazon is becoming one of the most important channels in beauty.<p>In Beauty and Personal Care, each of the top 10 categories on Amazon’s US store are growing by at least 24% year over year, with some categories nearly doubling in size since the first quarter of 2017. Luxury products are particularly …

eCommerce

China is taking digital control of its people to chilling lengths

Watching Donald Trump trying to deal with China is like watching a clown dancing in front of an elephant. The US president’s entire approach is transactional – the methodology he employed in his allegedly successful career as a property developer. It’s all sticks and carrots, bluff and …

China

Why we should stop panicking about robots stealing our jobs

Ideology is what determines how you think when you don’t know you’re thinking. Neoliberalism is a prime example. Less well-known but equally insidious is technological determinism, which is a theory about how technology affects development. It comes in two flavours. One says that there is an …

Artificial Intelligence

Is This the Most Beautiful Ghost Town Ever? Drone Video Captures Chinese Village Reclaimed by Nature

As the shadows of the past loom around what’s left of the overgrown houses and pathways, videographer Joe Nafis has perfectly captured the rare charm …

Google futurist and director of engineering: Basic income will spread worldwide by the 2030s

As it becomes apparent that artificial intelligence will replace ever-more jobs in the coming years, a growing number of politicians, nonprofits, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have started thinking about how we'll cope with a world in which not everyone can — or needs to — work.<p>Basic income …

Protein Engineering May Be the Future of Science

Some scientists think designing new proteins could become as significant as tweaking DNA.<p>Scientists are increasingly betting their time and effort that the way to control the world is through proteins. Proteins are what makes life animated. They take information encoded in DNA and turn it into …

Protein

This Is So Much Bigger Than Facebook

Data misuse is a feature, not a bug—and it’s plaguing our entire culture.<p>After five days of silence, Mark Zuckerberg finally acknowledged the massive data compromise that allowed Cambridge Analytica to obtain extensive psychographic information about 50 million Facebook users. His statement, which …

Social Media

This School Focuses On Teaching Students Happiness, Not Math

A modern new school in rural India turns the traditional education model on its head–focusing instead on cultivating happy students and compassionate people.<p>At a new school that will soon be built near Chennai, India, you might find a student in a tree-filled meditation room, an ideation lab, or a …

Make me think!

the design of complexity<p>Until recently everyday objects were shaped by their technology. The design of a telephone was basically a hull around a …

UX Design

Chatbot Design Trends 2018

The technology underneath is not new but 2017 it’s been the most prolific year for chatbot development. If we don’t want the industry to die, 2018 …

China’s breathtaking transformation into a scientific superpower

The National Science Foundation and the National Science Board have just released their biennial "Science & Engineering Indicators," a voluminous document describing the state of American technology. There are facts and figures on research and development, innovation and engineers. But the report's …

China

How to Hire Fake Friends and Family

In Japan, you can pay an actor to impersonate your relative, spouse, coworker, or any kind of acquaintance.<p>Money may not be able to buy love, but here in Japan, it can certainly buy the appearance of love—and appearance, as the dapper Ishii Yuichi insists, is everything. As a man whose business …

How Technology Is Leading Us Into the Imagination Age

In many ways, the future is unpredictable. A report by the World Economic Forum reveals that almost 65 percent of the jobs elementary school students …

DARPA's new brain device increases learning speed by 40%

Cheap and Non-Invasive<p>New research funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has successfully …

Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens

On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called "Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit …

China

Old Mice Made Young Again With New Anti-Aging Drug

There’s something eerily dystopian about the lives of cells.Like the young heroes in popular teen novels, cells are born into stringent organ …

Let's use humanoid robots to grow transplant organs

Bio-hybrid robots could make better lab-grown tissues<p>Scientists are already growing muscles, bones, and mini-organs in the lab. But these tissues are generally small, simple, and kinda wimpy. That's partly because a Petri dish is no match for the human body.<p>Take, for example, skeletal muscle. …

Robotics

Time After Time

Two candlelit faces look at me over bowls of pulpy tomatoes and pepper-flecked soups. They both look a certain kind of rich, the kind that …

Here's Why So Many Companies Find It So Hard to Innovate | Inc.com

In 1892, George Eastman formed the Eastman Kodak Company to "make the camera as convenient as a pencil." It was an idea whose time had come and by the early 20th century, Kodak emerged as one of America's largest companies and Eastman one of its most successful entrepreneurs.<p>It wasn't just that one …

Innovation

A New Quantum Theory Predicts That the Future Could Be Influencing the Past

Quantum physics has spawned its share of strange ideas and hard-to-grasp concepts - from Einstein’s “spooky action at a distance” to the adventures …

The tide is starting to turn against the world’s digital giants

In his wonderful book <i>The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began</i>, the literary historian Stephen Greenblatt traces the origins of the Renaissance back to the rediscovery of a 2,000-year-old poem by Lucretius, De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things). The book is a riveting explanation of how a huge …

Judiciary

Amazon's approach to smart glasses sounds pretty smart

We can all envision what augmented reality glasses might eventually look like: as thin and light as regular glasses, have all-day battery life and …

Batteries

Amazon working on Alexa-powered smart glasses, says report

And a home security camera<p>Amazon's first wearable device will be a pair of smart glasses with the Alexa voice assistant built in, according to a report in the <i>Financial Times</i>. The device will reportedly look like a regular pair of glasses and use bone-conduction technology so that the user can hear …

Make a 3D model of your face from a single photo with this AI tool

Just look how much Mark is enjoying the wonderful world of 3D<p>Bored? Of course you are, it’s Monday. So why not use this little AI-powered tool to turn a photo of your face into a 3D model, then idly spin it round, pondering exactly how and when super-intelligent robots will liquidate your body and …

'Siri, I'm depressed': Apple wants iPhone assistant to become a personal therapist

Job advert is looking for computer engineer with psychology background.<p>According to Apple, "people have serious conversations with Siri". People, the …

Researchers have linked a human brain to the Internet for the first time ever

Brain Meets IoT<p>A team of researchers at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa have made a major breakthrough in the field of biomedical …

The iPhone X proves the Unabomber was right

The introduction of the new iPhone X — which features wireless charging, facial recognition and a price tag of $999 — appears to be a minor event in the advance of technology. But it’s an excellent illustration of something that has long gone unrecognized: The Unabomber had a point.<p>Not about …

The Internet of Things is sending us back to the Middle Ages

Internet-enabled devices are so common, and so vulnerable, that hackers recently broke into a casino through its fish tank. The tank had internet-connected sensors measuring its temperature and cleanliness. The hackers got into the fish tank’s sensors and then to the computer used to control them, …