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Gravity lights the world with this brand new technology

December 2nd, 2016 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

Could you create light from a bag of rocks and a downward force? The answer may surprise you. Creating a future that’s bright and safe for all is at the heart of GravityLight – the lamp that’s lighting areas of the world with limited access to electricity using the power of (you guessed it) gravity.



Can robots make moral decisions and should they?

November 17th, 2016 at 2:35 pm » Comments Off

What happens when artificial intelligence has to make tough moral choices—say, a self-driving car that must decide whether to avoid hitting a child, even if it means plowing into an oncoming vehicle full of adults?



Cities Are Making Parking (and Cars) Obsolete

November 1st, 2016 at 6:28 am » Comments Off

As the global population becomes increasingly urbanized, city leaders will have to find ways to prepare for the influx of people—and their cars.



Amid slowing growth for panels Elon Musk wants to sell you a better-looking solar roof

October 31st, 2016 at 6:38 am » Comments Off

Like some kind of 21st century Willy Wonka, audacious entrepreneur Elon Muskchose a prime spot on the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot tour to unveil his latest attempt to energize an industry — roofs that generate solar power but look like no other. Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Motors and chairman of SolarCity, showcased a line of high-design solar roof tiles that would replace clunky […]



Amazon patents personal mini drones that locates lost cars or kids

October 28th, 2016 at 7:07 am » Comments Off

Imagine you’re trying to find your car in a crowded parking lot. Rather than let frustration take hold, you simply say “locate car” and a tiny drone perched on your shoulder flies off and guides you to it. Amazon has been awarded a patent for a voice-activated personal assistant drone that would do just that, […]



Somebody Is Learning How to Take Down the Internet

October 28th, 2016 at 6:46 am » Comments Off

Over the past year or two, someone has been probing the defenses of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet. These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down. We don’t know who […]



Let’s print a mountain range in 3-D

October 28th, 2016 at 6:00 am » Comments Off

  Futurist Thomas Frey is in town to talk to a Greater Des Moines Partnership breakfast Friday. I caught up with him by phone to discuss how our metro is likely to change as disruptive technologies pile up. By the time we were done, I had half-jokingly asked him if Iowa could 3-D print a mountain range, […]



Citi expecting trillion-dollar virtual reality market by 2035

October 27th, 2016 at 7:41 am » Comments Off

There are numerous researches indicating virtual and augmented reality market to grow in exponential rates. A recent report by Citigroup is taking this even further. The analysis unit of the investment group, Citi GPS claims virtual and augmented reality technology can be a trillion-dollar industry by the year 2035.



Police face-tracking network covers nearly 50% of US adults

October 25th, 2016 at 7:15 am » Comments Off

Using state driver’s license data, US law enforcement agencies have created a huge network of ID photographs that can be searched using facial-recognition software, raising legal and privacy concerns about its use. Photographs of more than 117 million adult US citizens are now part of the “perpetual line-up,” according to a report by that name […]



Limiting Children’s Screen Time: We Were Wrong

October 25th, 2016 at 6:54 am » Comments Off

How much time should kids be allowed to stare into their screens like zombies? New guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics upturns conventional thinking on the matter, showing that a sweeping one-size-fits-all approach is not the right way for parents to go about limiting their children’s screen time.



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