SOON, SOFTWARE WILL know how you feel—and will use that data to sell you things. The gig economy will go global (but it’s not Uber-take-all). The tech industry will finally be inclusive. AI will achieve something like common sense, and it will be open source too. But that future won’t build itself. Actual people (at least for now) have to make these things happen, and they aren’t the C-suite hotshots you always hear about. The 25 people in these pages are the unsung creative, technical, and social visionaries working to bring the incredible world of tomorrow to you today. Get to know them now. Welcome to our second annual Next List.
Sunday 24 April 2016 09.00 BST Are we facing another tech bubble? Or, to put it in Silicon Valley speak, are most unicorn startups born zombies? How you answer these questions depends, by and large, on where you stand on the overall health of the global economy. Some, like the prominent venture capitalist Peter Thiel, argue that virtually everything else – from publicly traded companies to houses to government bonds – is already overvalued. The options, then, are not many: either stick with liquid but low-return products such as cash – or go for illiquid but potentially extremely lucrative investments in tech startups.
J. Walter Thompson’s Innovation Group MENA has released a new report, The Future 100: MENA Trends and Change to Watch in 2016, offering insight into 100 cutting-edge trends to watch across the Middle East and North Africa. Authored by Mennah Ibrahim, MENA director of the Innovation Group, the report groups 100 trends into 10 major …
Bazen van verzekeraars moeten zich schamen dat ze niet sneller reageren op technologische ontwikkelingen zegt futurist en trendwatcher Richard van Hooijdonk. “De branche heeft het nog te makkelijk.” Hij roept op tot nieuwe businessmodellen: verzekeraars moeten connected companies worden. “Maar wat ik zie is meer van hetzelfde. Het zijn dingetjes.” Dat zegt Van Hooijdonk in een interview in am:magazine.
Imagine a world in which the high-rise buildings that crowd our city blocks could reverse the effects of climate change and perhaps even heal the planet. Each year, architects from around the world come up with wild and crazy ideas for the eVolo skyscraper competition. This year's contest spurred lots of imaginative and inspirational designs, including a bizarre "anti-skyscraper" that would excavate of Central Park. Other proposals in recent years have included high-rise buildings that house urban farms, generate hydrogen fuel using electricity from lightning and cool the planet with space-scraping wind tunnels.7 futuristic skyscrapers that fight global warming | 7 Photos.
Artificial intelligence* is developing much faster than we thought. Just last month, Google’s DeepMind AI beat Lee Sedol, a legendary Go player, at his own game in a defining moment for the industry. What enabled this win is a relatively new AI technique called deep learning, which is transforming AI.
There’s a big difference between what a person wants and what they need. On one hand we need healthy food, a good night’s rest, and decent medical care. But a little voice inside our heads has us craving dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s, an overnight stay at the Ritz Carlton, and a spa weekend at the St. Regis in Aspen to Continue Reading
Boston Dynamics has a new video showing off the latest version of Atlas—the badass humanoid robot. And it’s pretty incredible. The most striking thing about this new version is the amazing balance Atlas achieves. I’ve never seen a humanoid robot with this kind of agility.
We’ve been hearing about how 3D and “holograms” will become an integral part of lives for a long time.
It infuses our pop culture, and from Panasonic’s first commercialized first 3D TV system in 2010 to our present day fascination with VR/AR, it has become more and more of a focus for both our imaginations and reality. The real world is not flat after all, so why constrain ourselves to experience the digital world on a flat screen?
The concept of artificial intelligence has been around for a long time.
We’re all familiar with HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey, C-3PO from Star Wars and, more recently, Samantha from Her. In written fiction, AI characters show up in stories from writers like Philip K. Dick, William Gibson and Isaac Asimov. Sometimes it seems like it’s touched on by every writer who has written sci-fi.
While many predictions and ideas put forward in sci-fi have come to life, artificial intelligence is probably the furthest behind. We are nowhere near true artificial intelligence as exemplified by the characters mentioned above.
Sometimes it seems like we’ve been waiting forever. We can ask Siri or Google or Cortana simple questions and they will answer, but everyone who’s used that technology eventually comes away disappointed. We thought Siri was the future when it first came out, but these days, most of us barely use it beyond simple Google searches and dead simple tasks, like setting timers.
The first Oculus Rift headsets shipped to consumers this week, almost four years after the product launched on Kickstarter and ignited the current wave of interest in virtual reality. As reviews pour in from tech journalists, it’s a good time to look beyond product features and ask: how will VR shape culture and creativity in …
The year is 2016. Robots have infiltrated the human world. We built them, one by one, and now they are all around us. Soon there will be many more of them, working alone and in swarms. One is no larger than a single grain of rice, while another is larger than a prairie barn. These machines can be angular, flat, tubby, spindly, bulbous, and gangly. Not all of them have faces. Not all of them have bodies.
And yet they can do things once thought impossible for machine. They vacuum carpets, zip up winter coats, paint cars, organize warehouses, mix drinks, play beer pong, waltz across a school gymnasium, limp like wounded animals, write and publish stories, replicate abstract expressionist art, clean up nuclear waste, even dream.
Except, wait. Are these all really robots? What is a robot, anyway?
Leading innovation expert and former adviser to the US Secretary of State, Alec Ross visits the RSA to give an insider's perspective on the industries of the future.What are the keys to understanding the industries of the future? Global innovation and policy expert Alec Ross gives the inside scoop on the forces that are shaping our economic future and reveals how we can prepare ourselves to succeed in a world transformed by globalisation and technological change, and witnessing rapid innovation in fields such as genomics, robotics and big data.
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