Agtech: Where field and server farms meet
The robot farmer is here, but the biggest agtech innovations will come from the IoT, big data, and analytics.
Why jet repair bots are a Rolls Royce solution
Repairing jet engines means keeping planes on the ground; but it also means despatching engineers to the far side of the world at short notice. Rolls Royce believes that robots are the answer.
2020: why a quarter of workers could be robots
Robotics and AI are poised to be a trillion-dollar industry worldwide. What are some of the more unusual and innovative applications? Chris Middleton presents a ‘Top of the Bots’ chart rundown.
Computer vision: Can AI ever truly emulate the human brain?
Humans have long dreamed of a world whereby robots are used as to aid us in completing menial labour and house chores so we don’t have to. The problem is, it is very difficult to get a robot to move and navigate like a human because it doesn’t have our muscles and nerves, and more importantly, it doesn’t have our brain.
How GDPR and personal APIs will fight off the corporate ‘vempires’
Data is the de facto currency of our age. And the data we gather about our lives, health, travel, energy use, commodity consumption, and so on, could be used to plan more sustainable communities, cure diseases, reduce carbon emissions, and more.
Why automation could lead to mass unemployment and how a Universal Basic Income might be the only solution
As editor of a technology title, I receive hundreds of pitches each day on virtually every single conceivable topic. The hype surrounding certain technologies tends to come and go. However one area has been consistently topping the coverage charts for years: artificial intelligence.
AI: Friend or Foe? (Part II)
In the second part of his report, Chris Middleton looks at the strategic challenge of implementing AI systems.
AI: Friend or Foe? (Part I)
In the first of a two-part report, Chris Middleton looks at how organisations are innovating with artificial intelligence – and what the knock-on effects on our lives might be.
Autonomous traffic is coming – but not in the way you expected
Driverless cars are touted as one of the big systemic innovations of the 21st century. But could this supposed megatrend be blinding us to where the real change is going to come from?
Flow vs Agile: The Battle for a Consistent Innovation Method
Most organisations have gone some way now towards implementing agile development techniques. It’s likely as well that they will be using lean in other areas of innovation. The idea that innovation can and should be done as cheaply as possible has taken hold in business as we all seek to innovate more and faster for the sake of survival (and prosperity of course!). Along with it, though, should come the realisation that a lot of what passes for innovation is wasted effort. We are applying methods to a process without asking if the process itself is really necessary or efficient.