Innovation

Why solar lights could offer a solution to the world’s poor

There is an ongoing debate among policy makers, international donors and researchers about how to provide energy access to poor rural areas. For many years, most funding was flowing into large-scale infrastructure projects to expand national electricity grids. However, grid extensions to remote and poor…

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Four reasons to question the hype around blockchain

Blockchain. Never have so many people sought so much from a technology understood by so few. There is nothing particularly novel about a divergence between the depth of knowledge enjoyed by computer scientists on the one hand and wider society on the other. But the…

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A Frenchman in Silicon Valley: France needs an innovation revolution

With Emmanuel Macron as president and his party winning a decisive majority in recent parliamentary elections, France’s ailing economy may finally receive a shot in the arm. Investors hope Macron can deliver on his promises to relax stringent labour laws and curb public spending. But…

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Without the humanities, great tech cannot exist. Here’s why

In 2005, the late writer David Foster Wallace delivered a now-famous commencement address. It starts with the story of the fish in water, who spend their lives not even knowing what water is. They are naively unaware of the ocean that permits their existence, and…

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These are the 15 predictions Bill Gates made in 1999

In 1999, Bill Gates wrote a book titled « Business @ the Speed of Thought. » In it, Gates made 15 bold predictions that at the time might have sounded outrageous. But as Markus Kirjonen, a business student, said on his blog, Gates’ forecasts turned out to…

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Facebook’s solar-powered drone is a step closer to bringing internet to all

A giant solar-powered drone, which Facebook hopes will one day beam internet to unconnected parts of the world, has successfully completed a test flight for the first time. The Aquila drone was in the air for 1 hour 45 minutes before landing safely back at…

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Here’s why robots could be the future of finance

The year is 2030. You’re in a business school lecture hall, where just a handful of students are attending a finance class. The dismal turnout has nothing to with professorial style, school ranking or subject matter. Students simply aren’t enrolled, because there are no jobs…

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Researchers have made AI that can link sound, sight and text to understand the world

If we ever want future robots to do our bidding, they’ll have to understand the world around them in a complete way—if a robot hears a barking noise, what’s making it? What does a dog look like, and what do dogs need? AI research has…

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Blockchain: the ledger that will record everything of value to humankind

The internet is entering a second era that’s based on blockchain. The last few decades brought us the internet of information. We are now witnessing the rise of the internet of value. Where the first era was sparked by a convergence of computing and communications…

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Cybersecurity is becoming a worrying economic challenge

Cyber risk, long recognised as a cause for concern in the national security domain, is now also understood as a threat from the macroeconomic point of view, as an increasing share of value added is produced through ICT-enabled means. In 2012, information industries alone accounted…

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