Innovation

These inventions are the transport of the future

1. Hyperloop The Hyperloop concept was introduced by prolific inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk in 2012, when he announced engineers from his Tesla and SpaceX companies would begin work on a demonstrator. This promising, high-speed innovation is comprised of reduced-pressure tubes that contain pressurised capsules…

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This ingestible microchip could help diagnose disease

MIT researchers have built an ingestible sensor equipped with genetically engineered bacteria that can diagnose bleeding in the stomach or other gastrointestinal problems. This “bacteria-on-a-chip” approach combines sensors made from living cells with ultra-low-power electronics that convert the bacterial response into a wireless signal that…

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Gene therapy is saving children’s lives but screening to discover who needs it is lagging behind

Fifteen children born with a rare muscle-wasting disease would probably not be alive today if not for an experimental treatment that tweaked their genes shortly after they were born. The disease, called spinal muscular atrophy, would likely have killed most of them by age two….

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VR helps you see the world through an animal’s eyes

London-based design studio Marshmallow Laser Feast is using VR to let us reconnect with nature. With headsets, you can see a forest through the eyes of different animals and experience the sensations they feel. Creative Director Ersinhan Ersin took the stage at TNW Conference last…

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This is how intelligent smart roads could become

Smart phones, smart fridges, smart cities — everything is increasingly connected to everything else. The internet-of-things revolution has brought new (and often frivolous) features to the most mundane of everyday objects. But you know one thing it might actually help us to have synced up?…

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NASA’s building new tools to manage water, as climate dangers grow

After an unusually dry winter, a late-season storm finally soaked California in early March, piling up several feet of snow across the high granite reservoirs of the Sierra Nevada mountains. On the Sunday morning after the weather cleared, a pair of NASA researchers loaded onto…

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What is RPA? A revolution in business process automation

More CIOs are turning to an emerging technology practice called robotic process automation (RPA) to streamline enterprise operations and reduce costs. With RPA, businesses can automate mundane rules-based business processes, enabling business users to devote more time to serving customers or other higher-value work. Others…

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Microsoft is creating an oracle for catching biased AI algorithms

Microsoft is building a tool to automatically identify bias in a range of different AI algorithms. It is the boldest effort yet to automate the detection of unfairness that may creep into machine learning—and it could help businesses make use of AI without inadvertently discriminating…

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Are we expecting automation to give us modern day slaves? 

From high impact Hollywood dystopic accounts such as the infamous Terminator films to public responses to the story of a burger flipping robot being “fired”, the stories we tell ourselves about AI are important. These narratives have an impact on our conception and development of…

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Five things to know about the future of being human

Let’s assume you are healthy. Would you consider an implant or drugs to boost your physical or mental performance? Questions like these become relevant as we reach a pivotal moment in medicine, when science and technology can go beyond restorative intervention, to allow us to…

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