Innovation

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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These drones can plant 100,000 trees a day

It’s simple maths. We are chopping down about 15 billion trees a year and planting about 9 billion. So there’s a net loss of 6 billion trees a year. Hand planting trees is slow and expensive. To keep pace with the tractors and bulldozers clearing…

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Machines could soon be able to understand and summarize text for you

We humans are swamped with text. It’s not just news and other timely information: Regular people are drowning in legal documents. The problem is so bad we mostly ignore it. Every time a person uses a store’s loyalty rewards card or connects to an online…

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A ‘robot pilot’ has landed a Boeing 737 in a simulator

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking.” What if those words so familiar to air travelers weren’t spoken by a human pilot, but by a robot? The US military is developing technology that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics to create machines capable of…

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China’s ‘Uber for bikes’ model is going global

After a recent funding round, Beijing-based Ofo netted $450 million and joined the unicorn club of private companies valued at over $1 billion. Among its backers are ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing and Jack Ma’s Ant Financial (part of Alibaba). Ofo operates in 80 cities around…

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