Innovation

Could we one day slow, or even rewind, ageing?

  Humankind has a longstanding obsession with eternal youth. Stories about elixirs of life and fountains that quench one’s thirst for immortality have stirred our imagination since time immemorial. Different versions of these myths appear on every continent – even Alexander the Great’s conquests are…

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Speak computer? These programming languages are in high demand

  « Software is eating the world, » venture capitalist Marc Andreessen famously declared. Someone has to write that software. Why not you? There are thousands of programming languages, but some are far more popular than others. When a company goes out to find new programming talent,…

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You’ve heard about it, but do you understand? Everything you need to know about machine learning

  Learning to learn In 1959, Arthur Samuel, a pioneer in the field of machine learning (ML) defined it as the “field of study that gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed”. ML can be understood as computational methods that use experience…

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Why having a good memory could mean you get bored of things faster

  Memory could be the key to how quickly we get tired of certain experiences, such as listening to music or eating certain foods. “People with larger working memory capacities actually encode information more deeply,” says Noelle Nelson, lead author of the study in the…

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These are Europe’s most innovative universities

Europe’s top tech hubs tend to radiate from massive capital cities like London, Berlin and Paris. But the heart of European innovation isn’t a major metropolis –it’s a small city in the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders. That’s the conclusion of Reuters’ second annual ranking of…

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It’s make or break time for artificial intelligence. Here’s how we can make it work

  Artificial Intelligence is the next technological frontier, and it has the potential to make or break the world order. The AI revolution could pull the “bottom billion” out of poverty and transform dysfunctional institutions, or it could entrench injustice and increase inequality. The outcome…

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Is there a new Nordic trend in urban planning?

Foodies around the world have over the past years enjoyed cabbage, herbs and even ants as part of a growing Nordic food trend. Others have been entertained by the Nordic Noir televisions series “The Bridge”, “The Killing” and “Borgen”. The next wave in Nordic innovation…

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China is about to get its first vertical forest

  They could be the breath of fresh air that pollution-choked cities desperately need. Vertical forests – high-rise buildings covered with trees and plants – absorb carbon dioxide, filter dust from pollution and produce oxygen. They’re also an ingenious way of planting more trees and…

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Your smartphone could soon translate your thoughts into text

  Breakthrough A new system developed by a team of researchers from Japan’s Toyohashi University of Technology can read people’s minds using brainwaves. To test the technology, participants in a study of the system were asked to say numbers out loud and used a robot…

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How the disruptive power of Blockchain could impact the digital economy

Throughout time, the single greatest creator of wealth in human history has been global trade, and market friction has been the greatest inhibitor to create wealth. Over the years, as businesses and processes have evolved and become more automated, the industry has overcome many different…

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