Category Archives: Innovation and Technology

The Smart Road Tech That’s Making Driving Faster, Safer, And Just Better

In 2014, the country spent $165 billion on highway construction, operation, and maintenance, according to the Congressional Budget Office. There are signs that some of that money is being invested in smart road technology, alternative energy infrastructure, and traffic management powered by artificial intelligence. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is finally hitting the road. Read more>>

Implantable 3D-printed organs could be coming sooner than you think

bioprinterAt MBC Biolabs, an incubator for biotech startups in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood, a team of scientists and interns working for the small startup Prellis Biologics have just taken a big step on the path toward developing viable 3D-printed organs for humans. It can manufacture capillaries at a size and speed that would deliver 3D-printed organs to the market within the next five years. Read more>>

Pulling Water, Fuel, and Power From Thin Air Is Getting Practical

fuel-water-power-from-thin-air-co2-carbon-engineeringPulling things from thin air is generally considered a magic trick. But several recent research papers suggest we could soon be extracting valuable resources like water, fuel, and power from the atmosphere. Startup Carbon Engineering published a new technique for turning atmospheric CO2 into fuel last week that is starting to make the approach seem economically viable. Read more>>

4 Critical Tests for a New Spacecraft That Will Clean Up Space Debris

/image/MzA1OTExNg.jpegA spacecraft may soon be able to snare space junk by firing harpoons and nets. A European mission was expected to begin tests in late May of space-age versions of those ancient tools to clean up Earth’s cluttered orbital lanes. To head off future catastrophe, experts from NASA and the European Space Agency have proposed removing 5 to 10 large pieces of debris each year. Read more>>

the future, the reality Operating System, an enabled landscape

“What it will be, what it can be, I think it’s profound”, Tim Cook on Augmented Reality. What if the world’s knowledge was not a click away, but at a glance? What if technology enabled your narrative to intersect and interact with the land around you? And what if this was accessible not to a few, buy everyone? This type of ability is within reach and is what I call the enabled landscape. Read more>>

Robotics Is Here and Already It’s Changing Everything

Robotics Is Here and Already It's Changing EverythingRobotic process automation is becoming an integral part of how businesses operate, and these solutions are making employees both more efficient and effective. PwC estimates that companies can automate approximately 45 percent of workplace activities. However, robotics won’t just change operations — process automation will change everything from the boardroom to education. Read more>>

IBM’s New Computer Is the Size of a Grain of Salt and Costs Less Than 10 Cents

worlds-smallest-computer-64-motherboards-IBM-Research-ZurichThe miniaturization of electronics has been progressing steadily for decades, but IBM just took a major leap. The company has created what it’s calling the world’s smallest computer, and it’s the size of a grain of salt. The company sees the tiny computer becoming a crucial element of attempts to apply blockchain to supply chain management by collecting, processing, and communicating data on goods being shipped around the country. Read more>>