Innovation

Artificial leaves could power tomorrow’s cars – and China may be best placed to lead the way

It’s been described as one of the “holy grails” of 21st century chemistry. Bill Gates called its potential “magical”. And it’s one of the World Economic Forum’s Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2017. It’s the technology that harnesses solar power to produce energy; but not…

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These are the top 10 emerging technologies of 2017

A diverse range of breakthrough technologies, including “artificial leaves” that turn CO2 into fuel, and a technique that harvests water from air, could soon be playing a role in tackling the world’s most pressing challenges, according to a list published today by the World Economic…

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5 ways virtual reality could improve your health

Virtual reality is much more than just a new form of entertainment, it is increasingly being used in a wide range of medical applications, from treatments to training. Here are a few of them. 1. Pain management There is good scientific evidence that virtual reality…

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Why you should consider betting on emerging markets’ tech companies

More than half of the world’s internet users are now in Asia. The majority of the global middle class is in emerging markets (EM), and nearly 90% of the next billion entrants will come from Asia, according to the Brookings Institute. Instead of paying with…

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It’s time to think differently about cyber security

Whilst the Fourth Industrial Revolution is opening up new opportunities for organizations to embrace emerging technologies, rethink business models and improve the lives of employees and customers, it also has a darker side – increased security risks. The recent unprecedented WannaCry ransomware attack that affected…

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Millennials’ Ferocious but Fragile Appetite for Viral Stores

SHANGHAI — If you’re planning a short trip to the world’s most populous city, you’ll likely include attractions like the Pearl Tower, the Bund, and Jing’an Temple in your itinerary. If you happen to be young and tuned into social media, you’ll have one more…

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Why robots should inspire hope, not fear

The future of work looks full of promise. Combining human brainpower with artificial intelligence, virtual reality and automatization will revolutionise how we work. Already, robotic enhancement is helping humans exceed their natural capabilities; AI is opening the door to real-time, personalized intelligent services cutting waste…

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This is when robots will start beating humans at every task

Don’t expect to see a human behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler by 2027. Or a set of human hands performing a delicate surgery by 2053. According to a new study from Oxford and Yale University researchers, those are the years artificial intelligence is slated…

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Hungry for innovation? Launch your own incubator

The digital imperative is driving companies to seek new sources of value for their customers, but this mission is difficult within the often cloistered confines and bureaucracy of their headquarters. Seeking to foster a culture that is more akin to startups than the corporate motherships,…

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Cities are struggling to solve their transport problems. Big data is the answer

The future of transport appears full of fun and flashy possibilities. From super-fast hyperloop transport systems, to self-driving cars and hovering taxis, new technology promises to move us further and faster than ever before. Yet for cities facing everyday problems such as congestion, air pollution…

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