Innovation

5 infographics that explain one year of blockchain news

If you work in finance or own any bitcoin, you likely already know about blockchain technology. But for those in neither category, here’s a quick overview of a year’s worth of news about blockchains, databases that essentially make records more verifiable and permanent. For this…

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CEOs’ lack of success metrics dampens digital prospects

  CEOs view digital technologies as a vital engine to drive revenue growth and boost the bottom line, creating runways for CIOs to innovate and create their way to new customer-facing capabilities. But with most CEOs lacking a coherent definition of digital, much less a…

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Frugal innovation: the quiet revolution that is fighting off inequality

  Inequality is the defining social, political and economic phenomenon of our time. Just 1% of the world’s population now holds over 35% of all private wealth, more than the bottom 95% combined. Bad as this may seem, trends suggest that the situation will only…

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The uncanny valley: why robots make us feel uneasy

  Robots raise all kinds of concerns. They could steal our jobs, as some experts think. And if artificial intelligence grows, they might even be tempted to enslave us, or to annihilate the whole of humanity. Robots are strange creatures, and not only for these…

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How do you teach a driverless car to drive?

Learning how to drive is an ongoing process for we humans as we adapt to new situations, new road rules and new technology, and learn the lessons from when things go wrong. But how does a driverless car learn how to drive, especially when something…

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9 top names in tech give their view on the rise of robots

  In fulfilment centers around the US, thousands of tiny orange robots sort packages for Amazon. In a California factory, red, multi-armed machines assemble Tesla’s electric vehicles of the future. This is the world the tech industry is creating. According to most available data, the…

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Energy from the sun, stored in a liquid – and released on demand

  Would you buy a smartphone that only worked when the sun was shining? Probably not. What it if was only half the cost of your current model: surely an upgrade would be tempting? No, thought not. The solar energy business has been trying to…

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Employees at this Swedish company can get a microchip inserted under their skin

The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in the employee’s hand. Another « cyborg » is created. What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish startup hub Epicenter….

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4 supersmart ways technology is changing your commute

Have you spent another morning packed, sardine-like, into a train carriage? Or tapping your steering wheel in yet another endless traffic jam? Well, the tech world has got your back, and some seriously smart people are working on changing how we travel. Whether it’s a…

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The robots shouldn’t be stopped, but we need to keep things fair

  Former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers recently took exception to current US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s views on “artificial intelligence” (AI) and related topics. The difference between the two seems to be, more than anything else, a matter of priorities and emphasis. Mnuchin takes…

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