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3D Printing – Evolution Rather than Revolution – Part Two

Here are four different ways to evaluate the future of 3D printing.

In the first part of this blog series, I explained three concepts that crystallized what 3D printing can and cannot offer. Ultimately, this also dictates the industries and scenarios where 3D printing and rapid prototyping are used in a complementary role. To distinguish between realistic and over-hyped applications for the years ahead, we want to investigate and evaluate […]

With New Technology, Mathematicians Turn Numbers Into Art

Changing the way we view math could unleash broader knowledge.

Once upon a time, mathematicians imagined their job was to discover new mathematics and then let others explain it. Today, digital tools like 3D printing, animation and virtual reality are more affordable than ever, allowing mathematicians to investigate and illustrate their work at the same time. Instead of drawing a complicated surface on a chalkboard, […]

Mission: Not Impossible

Not Impossible Labs combines the power of storytelling and modern-day technology to make a difference in the world.

This is Part 2 of a five-part white paper series called Routes to the Future, in which we explore the innovations, challenges and opportunities in a new era of possibilities. A decade ago, 3D-printed hearts, smart homes and self-driving cars belonged in the world of science fiction. Today innovators are blurring the line between fantasy and […]

With AI, Answers Are Cheap, But Questions Are The Future

With knowledge growing exponentially, we should be running out of puzzles. Instead, we keep discovering greater unknowns.

Because of the tools of science, we know vastly more about the universe, our world and ourselves than we did a century ago. Yet the paradox of science is that every answer we uncover yields at least two brand new questions. More tools and more answers lead to ever more questions. Telescopes, scanners and atom […]

The Future of Delivery

UPS’s latest drone test shows that the gap between vision and reality is closing.

Drone delivery is one of the hottest topics – if not the most heavily discussed – in transportation and logistics circles these days. People ask me all the time how drones might change the delivery landscape and what we’re doing to leverage another disruptive technology. There’s plenty of speculation out there about a future where […]

With 5G Technology, the Internet of (20.8 Billion) Things Will Be Realized

Today’s 4G cellular networks aren’t robust enough to handle tomorrow’s products and services.

Consider this: A driverless car that transports you safely to work while you apply makeup in the backseat or a refrigerator that knows you’re out of milk and instantly orders a fresh gallon. Sounds good, right? How about a light bulb that automatically adjusts its brightness throughout the day, a t-shirt that calls 911 if […]

What It Will Take for Us to Trust AI

Our willingness to accept the unknown could benefit our future.

The early days of artificial intelligence (AI) have been met with some very public hand wringing. Well-respected technologists and business leaders have voiced their concerns over the (responsible) development of AI. And Hollywood’s appetite for dystopian AI narratives appears to be bottomless. This is not unusual, nor is it unreasonable. Change, technological or otherwise, always excites […]

It’s Pedal to the Metal for Driverless Cars

Why drive yourself when a self-driving car could be a safer alternative?

When a May 2016 crash killed the person operating a Tesla Model S driving in Autopilot mode, advocates of autonomous vehicles feared a slowdown in development of self-driving cars. Instead the opposite has occurred. In August, Ford publicly committed to field self-driving cars by 2021. In September, Uber began picking up passengers with self-driving cars […]

How IoT Will Change Our Society

Find out how IoT will transform the economy, the workplace and transportation.

Some call the Internet of Things (IoT) the Intelligence of Things or the Internet of Everything. By whatever name, futurists say it heralds the moment when sensor-driven data connects everything to everything else and artificial and human intelligence become a seamless whole — the planet and virtually everything in and on it transformed into a […]

Age Matters

By changing how we care for our elders, we can change the world for generations to come.

Most people today can expect to live into their 70s and beyond. According to a U.S. Census Bureau report, within the next 15 years, the world will have close to a billion people over the age of 65. People aged 65 and older will outnumber children under the age of 5 sometime before 2020. Our health and wellness lie […]

The IIoT is Where it’s Really At

While consumers may take time to embrace Internet of Things, industry isn't waiting.

Billionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes coined the saying, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” And upon his death, Forbes certainly had a lot of toys. But in 2016, not all consumers agree with that sentiment when it comes to Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Product manufacturers may be banking on consumers trampling over each […]

Robot Knows Best

By linking emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, we can build more human-like digital assistants.

One of the advantages that CEOs and celebrities have over most people is that they don’t need to spend much time handling the uninteresting, time-consuming aspects of daily life like scheduling appointments, making travel plans or searching for the information they want. They have PAs, personal assistants, who handle such things. But soon—maybe even this […]

Part Animal, Part Machine

Scientists are now building robots powered by living muscle tissue or cells.

Think of a traditional robot and you probably imagine something made from metal and plastic. Such “nuts-and-bolts” robots are made of hard materials. As robots take on more roles beyond the lab, such rigid systems can present safety risks to the people they interact with. For example, if an industrial robot swings into a person, […]

How Wearable Robotics Incorporate Brains and Brawn

Will man and machine ever become one? After almost fifty years, wearable robotics may finally be within our reach.

Decades before driver-less car researchers struggled to create an effective human-machine interface, GE was wrestling with its own, lower-tech version of how to meld steel and flesh.  It was called the Hardiman. Hardiman started in 1965 as a joint Army-Navy project to build a powered exoskeleton that could “amplify” human strength by a factor of […]

Cleaning Floors and Saving Lives, One Robot at a Time

A drone designer and technological transformer on taking risks in robotics.

When I was little, I was enamored with the idea of being a pioneer; I was drawn to the thought that I could be the first to do something  —  be a trailblazer, the forerunner of a movement. For a while, I wanted to be Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie and live […]

5 Coolest Things of the Week

Things to blow your hair back from the frontiers of science and innovation.

This week’s haul of news from the frontiers of science and innovation includes a piece about a nimble AI that shot down a seasoned Air Force pilot during a dog fight simulation, an article about a federal approval for the first human trial involving the DNA-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 and a story about Israeli researchers who hacked a […]

Bad Robot

A kill switch will prevent the robots of the future from going off the rails.

Science fiction loves a story about robots rising up and taking control – consider Will Smith’s iRobot – but how realistic are such visions of the future? DeepMind, Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) division, certainly thinks there’s a risk. They’ve teamed up with Oxford University to develop a “red button” that would interrupt an AI machine’s […]

4 Trends Redefining Distribution

The dominant design of distribution is changing, and the results will be dramatic.

Remember the early days of cellphones when a new model seemed to appear every week and each one looked dramatically different? This is typical of a new product market. Initially, wildly different variants are released and tested in the market, but eventually they converge on a common core of features. That is, a dominant design […]

3D-Printed Prosthetics: Star Wars and Iron Man Inspire Bionic Hands

3D printing is redefining many industries, and one of the places where it is really making an impact is 3D-printed prosthetic hands and limbs.

3D printing is redefining many industries, and one of the places where it is really making an impact is in delivering a new generation of low-cost 3D-printed prosthetic hands and limbs. In many cases, these new prosthetics are changing the lives of people who would otherwise be unable to afford the higher-end versions. Various organizations […]

Case Study: GloboBot

Imagine your favorite skyscraper. Now picture it having arms and legs.

Ogilvy Advertising was planning a campaign called Ogilvy Play to celebrate creative innovation happening in the international agency’s offices around the world. The first studio to get the spotlight was Ogilvy’s headquarters in New York City, where art director Joel Kuntz’s GloboBot project was chosen to kick off the campaign. Kuntz is an accomplished photographer […]

Will We Soon be Talking to Our Vacuum Cleaners?

When developers are able to get their hands on application programming interfaces like these, systems will advance rapidly.

In the future, science fiction tells us that we’ll be able to hold complex conversations with our starship’s computer as easily as we would our robot crew-mates or even other humans. But before we reach that point, we’ll have to make do by chatting with fridges and vacuum cleaners. Recently, several companies announced developer programs […]

What’s the Future of Wireless Tech?

New technology will change the way we dress, drive and live.

When Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the stage at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, in September, he showed off not just a new version of the company’s iPhone, the iPhone 6 and 6S, but also an entirely new device for Apple — the Apple Watch. The watch seeks to become a part of […]

Will the Fourth Industrial Revolution Have a Human Heart?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution can bring a new cultural renaissance, which will make us feel part of something much larger than ourselves: a true global civilization.

Look 10 years into the future and make some predictions. Will we have 3D printed cars? Will we have robotic pharmacies, implantable mobile phones, 3D printed liver transplants? Will we have machines that read our mind? If you believe the answer is “yes” to these questions, you are not alone. A recent poll by the World […]

Industry 4.0: Smart Factories Need Smart Supply Chains

Automated manufacturing facilities will require higher levels of logistics integration.

It’s been just three years since Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research coined the term Industry 4.0 to describe a manufacturing and assembly process closely aligned through interconnected machines. Also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the next evolution of manufacturing has arrived with the promise of increased efficiency, productivity, and quality control achieved […]

Three Things People Want from Emerging Technologies

A look at the values that will guide us into the digital age.

How would you feel if you were admitted to a fully automated hospital in which robots performed all medical procedures, personal care and services? Emergent artificial intelligence and next-generation robotics are part of the World Economic Forum’s recently released list of the top 10 emerging technologies of 2015, all of which have the potential to […]

Man vs. Machine

Will technology steal our jobs?

As technology transforms millions of jobs around the world, it has created a “second machine age”, which represents a new inflection point in history. Just as in the industrial age, machines are improving the effectiveness of the workforce – but they are also automating tasks that humans once performed. How will technology affect jobs in the future […]

Cognitive Computing in the New Era of Discovery

How smarter computers are shaping our world.

When IBM’s original Watson computer competed and won on the TV quiz show Jeopardy!, it demonstrated to an audience of millions how a computer could understand the rules of a game and quickly retrieve facts from a vast storehouse of information. That question-answering skill is a key element of what we call the era of […]

Technology: Disruption and Debate

Where technology is taking us – and where we want to take technology.

Technological innovation is arguably the greatest agent of change in the modern world. Progress in science and technology always evokes hope and fear in society. Science fiction, by combining the rigour of science with the imagination of fiction, plays a big role in expressing these feelings. Dystopian novels like A Brave New World or 1984 […]

The Future of Work

How the Digital Revolution will Shape the Jobs of Tomorrow

Throughout history, technological progress has created enormous wealth but also caused great disruption. The United States’ steel industry, for example, underwent a major transformation in the 1960s, when large, integrated steel mills were gradually put out of business by mini mills, destroying the existing economic base of cities like Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Youngstown, Ohio. The […]