Category Archives: Innovation and Technology

This 3D Printed House Goes Up in a Day for Under $10,000


There aren’t a ton of ways to build a house other than the way houses have always been built, which is to say, by putting up four walls then adding a roof. This ages-old technique had to be modernized at some point, though, and as with everything else in our lives these days, technology’s delivering that modernization. In this case, instead of being built the old-fashioned way, houses can now be printed. Read more>>

Can artificial intelligence create content as well as a human?

Artificial intelligence is undeniably going shape the future in a huge way. It’s already playing a role in our everyday lives; have you watched Netflix or Googled anything lately? But of course, as companies invest more in AI, the question of “But will it take our jobs?” is always lurking in the background. A Gallup survey found that 73% of Americans believe AI will eliminate more jobs than it creates. However, only 23% are worried about their jobs. Read more>>

Like It Or Not, Personal Health Technology Is Getting Smarter

With sensors that can collect data on body movements, heart rate, blood pressure and other metrics, the list of health trackers that go beyond activity trackers like Fitbits gets longer each year. “There’s definitely an explosion of these things,” says Dr. Joseph Kvedar, the vice president for connected health at Partners HealthCare in Boston, and an associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School. Read more>>

Researchers create a light-based key distribution system for quantum encryption

Researchers at Duke University, OSU and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have solved one of the biggest problems with new forms of quantum encryption: quantum key distribution. QKD is the process of distributing keys during a transmission and in a way that will tell both sides of the conversation that someone is eavesdropping. The new system, which uses lasers to transmit multiple bits at once, can be used to connect and secure quantum computers in the future. Read more>>


Blockchain: Reshaping advertising, removing fraud, rebuilding trust

In part two of our four-part guest series from marketing veteran and blockchain expert Jeremy Epstein, we highlight four companies that are at the forefront of disrupting the $532 billion advertising industry. Awareness is critical and advertising is a necessary component to driving consideration. You also know that the current model does not optimize your effectiveness or your return on marketing investment. For every dollar you invest in advertising, you only get 44 cents of value. Read more>>

A decade of Amazon Kindle

The decade since the release of the first Kindle has been a turbulent one for publishing. Barnes & Noble — once a large enough threat to local bookstores that it served as the basis of a Meg Ryan rom-com — has shuttered locations at a steady clip. The big publishers have become increasingly consolidated. Amazon was already well on its road to dominance by the time the Kindle rolled around, but, the runaway success of the company’s e-reader has only served to cement the online retailer’s stranglehold on publishing. Read more>>

Volkswagen and Google to bring quantum computing benefits to cars

Computers have changed cars at least as much as they’ve changed our daily lives, but a new partnership between Google and Volkswagen could transform transportation further still: The two are collaborating on how to apply quantum computing to solving some fundamental car-related problems, including optimizing traffic flow, making machine learning more intelligent, and helping to crack the issue of building new battery technologies that can extend range and improve charging rates. Read more>>

What’s Behind the Hype About Artificial Intelligence?

picThere are multiple factors driving strong interest in AI recently. Apoorv Saxena, lead product manager at Google and co-founder of the AI Frontiers conference that will be held in Santa Clara, Calif., from November 3-5, speaks with Knowledge@Wharton about why interest in artificial intelligence is growing, what is likely to happen in the near future and which challenges will take longer to overcome. Read more>>

Venture Capitalists Are Betting on Robots Being Embedded In Your Body

Image result for Vijay PandeVijay Pande, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, discusses the future of AI and brain implants. Pande sits on the board of many startups including Apeel Sciences, Freenome, and Rigetti Computing. In an interview with Term Sheet, Pande discusses innovations in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and immunotherapy. We’re now seeing a big shift on quantum computing. The next steps are to figure out engineering advances. In other words, we’re asking questions about how we scale up chips, rather than how we build the fundamental devices themselves. Read more>>

Virgin adds its investment (and its brand name) to Hyperloop One transit venture

理查德·布兰森在Hyperloop One轨道British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has invested in the Hyperloop One rapid-transit venture, which will soon be rebranded as Virgin Hyperloop One, the company announced today. The arrangement was described as a global strategic partnership rather than an acquisition. The Hyperloop concept was laid out in 2013 by Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. The concept calls for the construction of low-pressure tube networks through which electric-powered pods could carry cargo and passengers at near-supersonic speeds. Theoretically, a Hyperloop trip from Seattle to Portland could take as little as 15 minutes. Read more>>