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The most amazing Artificial Intelligence milestones so far

January 8th, 2019 at 12:04 pm » Comments Off

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the hot topic of the moment in technology, and the driving force behind most of the big technological breakthroughs of recent years. In fact, with all of the breathless hype we hear about it today, it’s easy to forget that AI isn’t anything all that new. Throughout the last century, it […]



Goodbye surgery? Scientists just made eye drops that dissolve cataracts

January 8th, 2019 at 11:53 am » Comments Off

It could mean a cheap, painless way to restore vision to thousands. Most of us take our vision for granted. As a result, we take the ability to read, write, drive, and complete a multitude of other tasks for granted. However, sight is not so easy for everyone. Indeed, for many people, simply seeing is […]



NYSE operator’s crypto project Bakkt brings in $182M

January 7th, 2019 at 12:49 pm » Comments Off

The Intercontinental Exchange’s (ICE) cryptocurrency project Bakkt celebrated New Year’s Eve with the announcement of a $182.5 million equity round from a slew of notable institutional investors. ICE, the operator of several global exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange, established Bakkt to build a trading platform that enables consumers and institutions to buy, sell, […]



AI competition is the new space race

January 7th, 2019 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

  The technology still has a long way to go despite progress in 2018. The EU, U.S. and China are all determined not to be left behind. It’s been another year of relentless artificial-intelligence hype and incremental AI achievement. Machines still beat humans only in carefully constructed environments or at narrow tasks. The good news […]



Rise of foreign stars in Chinese social media marks the beginning of a new trend

January 6th, 2019 at 1:44 am » Comments Off

China’s internet celebrity economy has expanded exponentially in recent years. According to a report released by iResearch, the number of online celebrities in China with more than 100,000 followers has increased by 57.3 percent since 2016. With a single embedded ad in a WeChat post worth up to $145,000 USD for influencers with dedicated followings, […]



Microorganisms that eat seaweed can create biodegradable plastic

January 6th, 2019 at 1:21 am » Comments Off

Ocean Of Opportunity Earth’s oceans contain tens of millions of tons of plastic pollution. But a new technique that creates biodegradable plastics out of seaweed could finally give the oceans relief. Bioplastics are plastics manufactured from biomass sources instead of fossil fuels. Many degrade far more quickly than traditional plastics, but creating them typically requires […]



The dawn of a new Big Tech regulatory era?

January 6th, 2019 at 1:01 am » Comments Off

At the ShellyPalmer Innovation Series Breakfast at CES 2018, I had a Socratic discussion about the influence of the big technology platforms and other emerging technologies on our lives and the need for responsible innovation with David Sapin, US Risk & Regulatory Leader, PwC. We also talked about the growing “techlash” buzz for more industry […]



Some of the biggest livestreamers in China are not teenagers, but farmers

January 5th, 2019 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

When most people think about countryside life, they envision plowing fields, feeding farm animals, and other grueling work. But China is seeing a new type of farm work becoming popular: livestreaming. Yes, farmers livestreaming their work has become a hit in China – so much so that one of the country’s biggest ecommerce platforms has […]



Magical new AR demo transforms 2D photos into ‘Harry Potter’-style 3D animations

January 5th, 2019 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

Imagine if you were able to point your smartphone, tablet or augmented reality (AR) headset at a still image, and watch it come to life before your very eyes. This is something that’s possible using the latest augmented reality technology, such as Apple’s ARKit or Google’s ARCore. However, while we have seen it done before, […]



Here’s why the future of haptic technology looks (or rather, feels) like

January 4th, 2019 at 11:34 am » Comments Off

This graspable haptic device, called Foldaway, is the size of a drink coaster when flat, making it conveniently portable. The user places a joystick where the three hinged arms meet, and the arms offer resistance, to give a sense of the objects being manipulated. (Screenshot of image series by Alice Concordel) Bringing the sense of […]



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