Innovation

This battery could store 10 times as much energy as current designs

  Researchers have struggled for decades to safely use powerful—but flammable—lithium metal in a battery. Now John Goodenough, the 94-year-old father of the lithium-ion battery, is claiming a novel solution as a blockbuster advance. If it proves out, the invention could allow electric cars to…

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AI is coming. Here are 5 ways to win when it arrives

The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is the great story of our time. Decades in the making, AI-infused machines will soon change our lives and work in ways that are easy to imagine but hard to predict. Consider: • Stock trading: In 2015, six of…

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Meet the robots with talents you can only dream of

  It can move faster than most of us can run, and happily tackles 1.2 metre vertical jumps. Welcome to the awesome (and slightly scary) abilities of Handle, the two-wheeled, four-legged creation from Google-owned robotics firm Boston Dynamics. [embedded content] So agile is Handle that…

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Here’s how developing countries can embrace the digital revolution

Digital technologies have been transforming the global economy. Yet many countries have yet to experience the full developmental benefits of digital technologies, such as inclusive and sustainable growth, improved governance, and responsive service delivery. Given the magnitude of change in competitive advantage that digital technologies…

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This MIT professor says there is still one huge challenge with self-driving cars

  MIT associate professor Iyad Rahwan has asked 3 million people to consider the “Trolley problem” when it comes to self-driving cars. The Trolley problem goes like this: a runaway trolley is barreling toward five people on a track who cannot move. But you have…

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Rethink’s Sawyer Robot Just Got a Whole Lot Smarter

  Rethink Robotics, pioneers in the field of collaborative industrial robotics, has made a massive upgrade to its Sawyer robots. Designed to help non-experts program routines that instruct the robot how to carry out complex tasks, the new Intera 5 software could help the company realize the…

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Socially Sensitive AI Software Coaches Call-Center Workers

  Next time you call customer support, the person on the other end of the line may be getting a little help from emotionally intelligent AI software. Recommended for You Some call-center workers are now receiving real-time coaching from software that analyzes their speech and…

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This Robot Will Sail for Months on the Lookout for a Tsunami

  An oceangoing robot that watches for tsunamis may be just the thing to save lives when disaster is on its way. Recommended for You That’s the vision Japanese researchers are about to carry out around the new volcanic island of Nishinoshima. Since it emerged…

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