Innovation

With this tool, AI could identify new malware as readily as it recognizes cats

  From ransomware to botnets, malware takes seemingly endless forms, and it’s forever proliferating. Try as we might, the humans who would defend our computers from it are drowning in the onslaught, so they are turning to AI for help. There’s just one problem: machine-learning…

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Disrupting business models is not enough. We need tech innovation too

  We hear the word “innovation” all the time. It has become such a buzzword that we forget what it means. For some people, innovation means building the next Facebook. For others, it’s a new way to cook an omelette. For the purposes of this…

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How France and India can unleash the power of “frugal innovation”

According to a recent Gallup International Association poll, French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are rated as two of the most favoured world leaders. They have a historic opportunity to use their huge popularity and goodwill at home and abroad to…

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The Blind Counselors Helping People Face Themselves in the Dark

Like most psychological counselors, Wang Yanlong invites his clients to enter his office, sit down, and talk about their issues. In his case, however, the room is pitch-black. As Wang is blind, the lack of light doesn’t affect him. His clients, on the other hand,…

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What it felt like to visit the most tech-centric Olympics ever

Drones patrolling stadiums. Robots offering visitors directions and water. VR that lets you hurtle headfirst down an ice track. Welcome to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, where emerging technologies seem to be everywhere. South Korea is trying to use the event to highlight its leadership…

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The Travel Ecosystem: An Industry on the Go

Whether you’re booking a flight, shopping for hotel rooms, or combing aggregator sites for a pop-up deal on a family vacation or adventure trip, chances are good that your query or transaction was processed by Amadeus, a provider of information technology that keeps the global…

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When the cryptocurrency bubble pops, these tokens are built to survive

Being in a cryptocurrency bubble is not entirely a bad thing. At least according to crypto’s true believers. The argument goes like this: Sure, lots of people lost money when the dot-com bubble burst, but the technological innovation and human capital that survived became the…

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5 tech hotspots to watch – and we don’t mean Silicon Valley

Even in a hyperconnected world, physical location still matters to entrepreneurs, investors and talent. Factors affecting a start-up’s decision on where to establish their headquarters include quality of life, cost of living, proximity to academic institutions, government support, the economy and existing « ecosystems » that help…

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The state of research and innovation in Europe in 7 charts

How does research and innovation in Europe compare to the rest of the world? The Science, Research and Innovation Performance of the EU 2018 (SRIP) Report suggests that while the continent is a leader in science, it is falling behind other regions in how it…

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Hello, quantum world

Inside a small laboratory in lush countryside about 50 miles north of New York City, an elaborate tangle of tubes and electronics dangles from the ceiling. This mess of equipment is a computer. Not just any computer, but one on the verge of passing what…

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