Innovation Factory

By Sérgio Figueiredo Jr | "The best way to predict the future is to invent it" (Alan Kay)

IBM Watson's next target? Hunting down the hackers

The sixth installment in the Cognitive Insight series highlights how IBM Watson is being trained to take on the cybercriminals<p>The world is going through a cybersecurity pandemic. No day passes without a hack or data theft being carried out, discovered, or begrudgingly announced. High-profile …

Get Ready For Multisensory Virtual Reality That Goes Far Beyond Sight And Sound

In October, I had the opportunity to try out the Rez Synesthesia Suit: A Velcro-on body rig concept that uses countless pulsing motors to add the sense of touch to virtual reality experiences. The experience was rough, but somewhat amazing: As I waved my hand through HTC Vive-rendered bubbles, I …

Virtual Reality

Could we soon 'upgrade' our bodies? Extreme bionics will create modular superhumans

MIT's Center for Extreme Bionics it trying to eliminate human disabilities and push us beyond the limits of our own bodies<p>From peg legs through hook hands and iron fists, for millennia prosthetics were a very poor substitute for our basic biology. No-one would have voluntarily chosen a prosthetic. …

Alphabet’s Google is searching for its next hit

The rise of voice computing may threaten its lucrative search business<p>“JUDGE a man by his questions, rather than his answers,” Voltaire advised. …

Faraday Future SUV smokes a Tesla Model X in intriguing drag race video

As a hyper-secretive electric car company with a flair for self-promotion and intriguing teaser videos, Faraday Future has been on our radar for …

Supersonic Travel Is Booming

VIEW GALLERY | 8 PHOTOS<p>In development since the early 2000s, Aireon’s AS2 bizjet taps into an aerodynamic quality known as “natural laminar flow” to …

Aerospace

Truckers think automation won’t take their jobs for 40 years. Silicon Valley strongly disagrees.

As far as most truckers can tell, the danger of losing their jobs to robots is still a long, long way off.<p>“I don’t have a single member who’s ready to buy a bunch of automated trucks even if they could,” says R. J. Cervantes, whose California Trucking Association represents fleet owners in the …

Silicon Valley

UX Trends 2017: Experts Bet On AI, Chatbots And VR

Founders, designers and executives bet on AI, chatbots and VR. Photo credit: Samuel Zeller/Unsplash.<p>Last year, I wrote about the top web design trends to watch in 2016. My predictions received a lot of attention and questions about what’s next not only in the web design but UX design world.<p>I …

UX Design

This incredible gadget lets you draw physical 3D objects in mid-air

There’s a reason 3D printing is so popular these days: it’s awesome. Instead of having to spend thousands of dollars working with a prototyping …

Hyperloop One Has Huge Ambitions For New Sci-Fi Transport System

As if building a revolutionary transportation system using magnets and vacuum tubes was not insanely ambitious enough, Hyperloop One has now extended …

Hyperloop

Why geopolitical superpowers are racing to perfect artificial intelligence

A country's dexterity with artificial intelligence technology might be the next strong source of national pride and international power.<p>Knowing it would lay the foundation for the future of medicine, IBM captured the world's imagination in 2011 with Watson, a supercomputer that not only won …

Forget high streets, by 2030 everyone will be shopping in virtual reality

Future Visuals is creating VR experiences for John Lewis, Ferrari and McDonalds<p>Tim Flemming is creating virtual environments for everyone from McDonald's, to Ferrari and John Lewis.<p>The founder of Future Visual says virtual reality has the potential to change how shopping works. "The high street …

Virtual Reality

Why chatbots are the last bridge to true AI

Humans have been storing, retrieving, manipulating, and communicating information since the Sumerians in Mesopotamia developed writing in 3000 BCE. Since then, we have continuously developed more and more sophisticated means to communicate and push information. Whether unconsciously or consciously, …

Chatbots

Improving Robot Response to Anticipate Human Actions

Researchers at Cornell University have created a machine-learning model for generating an appropriate robot response based on evaluating human …

Apps are dying. Long live the subservient bots ready to fulfil your every desire

Apps are about to be eclipsed by a new conversational interface: bots - and they know what you need and are ready to serve<p>Subscribe to WIRED<p><b>The app boom is over. There are now more than 4.2 million apps</b> available for Android and iOS, but three-quarters of American smartphone users download a grand …

Chatbots

The road to tomorrow: streets need to be as smart as the cars driving on them

It’s not enough for future vehicles to be shared and self-driving – a smart upgrade of our cities and streets is also required<p>Subscribe to WIRED<p><b>Flying-car enthusiasts may plan to make roads redundant, and</b> virtual telecommuting evangelists seek to do away with the need to travel at all - but for …

Cities

Why Google’s New Phone Will Soon Be Irrelevant

Entering the hardware business is nothing unusual for an Internet giant like Google. But in launching its Pixel phone last week, Google (goog) is …

Google

How Economists View the Rise of Artificial Intelligence

To really understand the impact of artificial intelligence in the modern world, it’s best to think beyond the mega-research projects like those that …

Artificial Intelligence

Gartner's Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017 - Smarter With Gartner

Today, a digital stethoscope has the ability to record and store heartbeat and respiratory sounds. Tomorrow, the stethoscope could function as an …

IT

Chatbots Will Be Your New Best Friend

Shutterstock<p>Chatbots came on the scene in 2011 as business intelligence, artificial intelligence and messaging platforms combined into new forms of responsive technology. New ways were needed to support companies interacting with buyers and provide customer support that aligned and could evolve …

Chatbots

The Unbelievable Reality of the Impossible Hyperloop

Startup Hyperloop Technologies has started shooting magnetically levitated capsules along a track in Las Vegas to show off a radical idea for the …

Future Cities Could Run On Shared Fleets of Electric Self-Driving Cars

Over the coming decades, a dozen dense and developed cities may aggressively use shared fleets of electric and self-driving cars that could be …

Driverless Cars

Audi’s New Technology Is the Beginning of the End of Traffic Lights

Cars could soon be crisscrossing in front of one another while barely slowing down.<p>Audi has announced it is rolling out a feature in some of its new …

GE is building America's first offshore wind farm with turbines twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty

The US uses an astounding amount of energy: about 97 quadrillion BTUs, or about 18% of world's total energy consumption. And demand is only going to increase over time.<p>The majority of the energy the country generates — which powers America's homes, internet, and urban infrastructure — comes from …

Wind Power

Facebook Plans to Beam Internet to Backwaters with Lasers

By detecting light in a new way, engineers can easily send data at 2.1 gigabits per second.<p>Engineers from Facebook’s Connectivity Lab have published …

Boeing wants to bring back supersonic air travel – and take us to Mars

Boeing celebrated its 100-year anniversary by laying out plans for the future of travel<p>Boeing marked an event to celebrate its 100th anniversary by laying out new grand ambitions for the future of the company, which could see the return of supersonic air travel as well as passenger trips into space.<p>…

Robot doctors will 'absolutely' replace surgeons

<i>From helping humans live longer and hacking our performance, to repairing the body and understanding the brain, [i]WIRED Health</i> will hear from the innovators transforming this critical sector. Read all of our WIRED Health coverage here.[/i]<p>It's only a matter of time before robots replace surgeons …

Artificial intelligence is nearly better at poker than you

Poker playing artificial intelligence has already "approached the performance" of human experts and can use "state-of-the-art methods" in its gameplay.<p>Researchers from University College London - including a staff member from DeepMind's Go defeating team - have created a series of reinforcement …

What We Can Learn from Robots

For Japan’s Mitsuo Kawato, robotics explains how the human brain works.<p>On a crisp october day last year, Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics …