Ten years ago, I was in the early stages of the PhD programme in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University.The potential of these technologies was incredible, but up to that point, the focus had been overwhelmingly on applications in areas such as defence, space, manufacturing or pure research.Then, top autonomous driving research was funded almost exclusively by Darpa and other government agencies, and although large-scale autonomous cars have always been one of the dreams of robotics researchers, we would have all been shocked to see what is happening today: dozens of the biggest companies in the world led by a search-engine company , as well as highly funded startups, are collectively investing billions of dollars at the pursuit of the commercial autonomous car.Now there is a sense of inevitability to autonomous cars being a staple of our daily lives within a decade or sooner , with the only questions being the pace at which they will take over, and which of the companies chasing this prize will pull away from the pack.These developments in transportation are a great template for how robotics can disrupt even the most entrenched industries, and highlights a few themes that we will begin to see more frequently:• Incumbents will rarely be the ones that disrupt their own spaces.
Meanwhile, the Investigatory Powers Bill is 'delivering''My Ministers will ensure..." UK is at forefront of new transport tech, including "autonomous and electric vehicles".Photo by NASAPromises on broadband make up the mainstay of a new Digital Bill, first revealed at The Register back in January and formally revealed in the Queen s Speech today.The government will also harmonise the maximum jail term for industrial-scale economic copyright infringement in line with physical infringement; currently it's 10 years for physical and two years for digital.UK.gov also promised new powers for public authorities to share information to combat the public sector fraud which costs the country billions .My Ministers will ensure the United Kingdom is at the forefront of technology for new forms of transport, including autonomous and electric vehicles*, Brenda promised.The Investigatory Powers Bill was declared to be delivering "on the manifesto pledge on communications data to strengthen the ability to disrupt terrorist plots, criminal networks and organised child grooming gangs".
On the 7th of June, the team behind the American site TechCrunch to Stockholm for the first time to listen to Swedish entrepreneurs pitching. The event, backed by EQT Ventures and SUP46, will be held between the hours of 18-22 at The Brewery in connection with the event will TechCrunch driving a pitch competition. Between eight and ten startups will then have exactly two minutes to pitch their product to a panel of local VC judges and TechCrunch editors. The winner will be rewarded with a booth in the Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt in London. Those who come in second and third place will receive two and a ticket to the big show. Do you just get on the event can purchase tickets here.
Combining sensors and tags that provide data about the dimensions of different cargo and containers with systems that provide real-time data about empty space in a trucking fleet can help operators fill that empty space and recover much that revenue leakage.Healthcare: Using asset tracking with traditional systems for keeping medical records can improve patient care at healthcare facilities.For instance, collecting data from barcodes assigned to individual patients along with software systems for tracking medical records can reduce errors like giving patients the wrong medication or wrong doses by 42%.Zebra Technologies already provides the asset tracking, bar code scanning, and enterprise mobile devices for collecting and sharing real time data for these use cases.It s so big that it could mean new revenue streams for your company and new opportunities for you.Businesses will be the top adopter of IoT solutions because they will use IoT to 1 lower operating costs; 2 increase productivity; and 3 expand to new markets or develop new product offerings.networks The important role analytics systems, including edge analytics, cloud analytics, will play in making the most of IoT investments The sizable security challenges presented by the IoT and how they can be overcome The four powerful forces driving IoT innovation, plus the four difficult market barriers to IoT adoption Complete analysis of the likely future investment in the critical IoT infrastructure:   connectivity, security, data storage, system integration, device hardware, and application development In-depth analysis of how the IoT ecosystem will change and disrupt 16 different industries To get your copy of this invaluable guide to the IoT universe, choose one of these options:Subscribe to an ALL-ACCESS Membership with BI Intelligence and gain immediate access to this report AND over 100 other expertly researched deep-dive reports, subscriptions to all of our daily newsletters, and much more.
It says Shogo Cottrell, a security specialist in HPE in an interview with IDG News. Read also: Sale of cybercrime - this is the price list to hack your email or conduct a DDoS attack - In a sense, follow the money. There are criminal activities that provide support around the clock, others offer money-back guarantees on their products and services. For example, credit card fraud is not as profitable for the criminals, although these also are fairly simple to implement. Read also: Nätexperten: We need a commission of inquiry to learn from DDoS attacks Shogo Cottrell recommend companies to take several measures to disrupt nätbrottslingarnas operations, including encryption of sensitive data and the use of security tools. - The attacking prefer easy targets, so that the use of technology to protect your assets will achieve dramatic results.
It says Shogo Cottrell, a security specialist in HPE in an interview with IDG News. Read also: Sale of cybercrime - this is the price list to hack your email or conduct a DDoS attack - In a sense, follow the money. There are criminal activities that provide support around the clock, others offer money-back guarantees on their products and services. For example, credit card fraud is not as profitable for the criminals, although these also are fairly simple to implement. Read also: Nätexperten: We need a commission of inquiry to learn from DDoS attacks Shogo Cottrell recommend companies to take several measures to disrupt nätbrottslingarnas operations, including encryption of sensitive data and the use of security tools. - The attacking prefer easy targets, so that the use of technology to protect your assets will achieve dramatic results.
Decentralized chat app FireChat is adding a new feature that could help disseminate critical info like storm warnings, health advisories and so on when the normal communications grid is down.Truth be told, Alerts aren t terribly different from the normal chat function, which passes data from phone to phone over an ad-hoc network that doesn t rely on cellular signals.In the case of alerts, the info will be passed on automatically without the user s involvement — of course, it would only be used for serious announcements, not sales or promotions.Think Amber Alert, not price alert.Phones that receive the alerts will store them and retransmit whenever they encounter a device that hasn t received the information, giving the feature a large time window.Open Garden, the company behind FireChat and the peer-to-peer communication tech underlying it and which, incidentally, launched at Disrupt in 2012 , will formally announce and demonstrate the Alerts feature at the UN s World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next week.
The cinema tech giant is working with Google on the project, which will use its Jump platform and is expected to take 18 months to be developed.Given the specs, it ll be an industry camera that isn t for consumers — unless you want to part with serious amounts of cash.Beyond that, IMAX said also that it will provide Google with existing cinematic footage for conversion into VR content.Aside from bringing VR footage to screens, IMAX is also looking to bring VR screens to people.Through an alliance with Sweden-based Starbreeze — which is down to provide headsets and games — IMAX plans to launch VR centers in six locations worldwide, starting out with Los Angeles, before expanding to China and other places.As was mentioned at a panel session at our recent Disrupt event, the form factor and cost of a headset limits it to early adopters and those with disposable income, while the idea that it is left at home also limits potential usage scenarios.
While TechCrunch Disrupt remains a firmly curated, media-driven, event, with hundreds of journalists attending, a couple of other conferences have really gone for scale.So, in partnership with TechCrunch, The Europas Conference & Awards, which I founded, has come up with a new model.It goes like this:• Far fewer people 800-1,000 with the majority of people hand-picked to attend• Key Founders and investors speaking; many more invited to simply hang out• Robust, expert discussions and Q directly from the main stage• Intimate breakout sessions with key players on vertical topics• The opportunity to meet almost everyone in those small groups, super-charging your networking• No VIP rooms, which means you get to interact with the Speakers• No live stream — you re either mindfully there or you re not• Major journalists from major tech titles, newspapers and business broadcasters• A parallel Founders-only track PathFounders geared towards fund-raising and hyper-networking• A stunning awards dinner and party which honors both the hottest startups and the leading lights in the European startup sceneThat s what The Europas hopes to achieve.Founder-turned-VC Andy McLoughlin Huddle will be grilling startups in our Live Office Hours session with Local Global s Saul Klein, Sonali de Rycker of Accel Partners, and Connect Ventures Sitar Teli and Nic Brisbourne of Forward PartnersWe ll be investigating and asking where the innovation is in Fintech with Passion Capital s Eileen Burbidge, Mark Tluszcz of Mangrove Capital Partners, Taavet Hinrikus of Transferwise, and Tina Baker of Jag Shaw Baker.We ask Qualcomm Ventures Jason Ball, and Balderton Capital s Suranga Chandratillake will it all go Pete Tong for the European unicorn.Confirmed Media so far include Liam Boogar RudeBaguuette , Robin Wauters Tech.EU , Madhumita Murgia The Daily Telegraph and James Cook Business Insider .
It makes it easy to buy movie tickets while on the go, to find that perfect restaurant for your family to grab a quick bite before the movie starts, and then help you navigate to the theater, Google announced online.For instance, in a demo, the app offers a texter sample greetings and comes up with lines like aww so cute to use in response to a picture of a child.Browsers will be a thing of the past, said Geraldine McBride – founder of myWave, a virtual assistant company – at the Intelligent Assistants conference in New York City in October.This vision has inspired a spate of start-ups, such as X.ai s Amy, which sets up meetings over email, and Ozlo, which helps you find somewhere to eat.Earlier this month, at hackathon event Disrupt NYC, the team behind Apple s helper Siri demonstrated Viv.Viv is designed to take on the type of wordy inquiries that flummox Siri, like Was it raining in Seattle three Thursdays ago?
Video: Counter-Drone Technology"If you look at the drone use in America incidents of near-misses of aircraft are particularly concerning," he said."Therefore there is a degree to which inevitably there will be a collision unless some means is found to regulate, to stop and to prevent the unregulated use of these systems in same airspace as ours.That can bring down a large aircraft with devastating effects."Three companies, Enterprise, Chess Systems and Blighter, which have developed the Anti-UAV Defence System Auds have also now signed agreements with the United States' aviation authority FAA to test its capability for airports."We rapidly detect, track with the thermal camera, and then disrupt the communications to that drone and then by careful application of the jamming system we can either force the drone to land or force it to return back to the operator and then track it on the radar so the security forces can follow it and intercept that operator."French authorities have reportedly trained for the possibility of drones being used to disperse chemical or biological weapons over crowds.
Taiwan s stocks jumped the most since September, led by technology shares, amid speculation the inauguration of the island s president won t disrupt the trade relationship with China and Apple Inc. orders for the iPhone 7 will be higher than estimated.The Taiex index jumped 2.6 percent as of 12:58 p.m. local time, the most among Asian equity benchmarks, to erase its losses for this year.More than 10 shares rose on the gauge for each that fell.Apple vendors Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. were the biggest contributors to the gains after the iPhone maker asked suppliers to prepare production of a new version of its smartphones, according to an Economic Daily News report.The U.S. smartphone maker asked suppliers to prepare for an output of 72 million to 78 million units of the iPhone 7 series by the end of 2016, the highest target in about two years, the Economic Daily reported, citing unidentified suppliers it surveyed in China.The new leader was ambiguous on the fundamental issue, the Xinhua News Agency said Friday, citing the mainland s Taiwan Affairs Office.There was nothing unexpected in Tsai s speech, said Chu Yen-min, president of KGI Securities Investment Advisory in Taipei.Taiwan s currency rose 0.3 percent, the most in five weeks, to NT$32.641 per U.S. dollar, Taipei Forex Inc. prices show.
Hungryroot cofounder Ben McKean says his mission is to "make indulgence healthy" by serving up counterintuitive, ready-to-cook products like carrot noodles and chickpea cookie dough which actually tastes good .And now Hungryroot is looking to supersize its customer base through a nationwide launch and a deal with Whole Foods that will gets its products into retail stores.The Whole Foods launch, in particular, is a huge deal, McKean tells Business Insider.Ramping up production to reach a Whole-Foods level of demand is risky, he says, especially for new products.A few years ago, that type of direct-to-consumer launch wouldn t have been possible, McKean says.Hungryroot hopes to be in 40 stores by end of summer and 100 by the end of the year.Right now, Hungryroot is tinkering to try and craft a healthy birthday cake, "funfetti" batter, McKean says.NOW WATCH: Sorry Apple fans — the iPhone 7 is going to be boringLoading video...
To learn more and subscribe, please click here.GE Digital, the company s software subsidiary focused on the industrial IoT, announced that it is partnering with consulting giant EY to offer services to help companies implement their industrial IoT initiatives with GE s Predix cloud platform.Although manufacturing and industrial companies are investing heavily in IoT technologies, there are still many industry-wide barriers to more widespread adoption of those technologies.Those barriers include cybersecurity concerns, a lack of interoperability standards that allow devices and systems from different vendors to communicate with each other, and managing workforce changes brought on by increased automation.GE and EY will try to help companies handle these challenges on an individual basis through the new services.Those services will combine tools from GE s Predix platform for data collection and analysis and its expertise in manufacturing with EY s business advisory services.Assembly line sensors that can detect even the smallest decrease in efficiency and determine when crucial equipment needs to be repaired or replaced.GPS-guided agricultural equipment that can plant, fertilize, and harvest crops.networks The important role analytics systems, including edge analytics, cloud analytics, will play in making the most of IoT investments The sizable security challenges presented by the IoT and how they can be overcome The four powerful forces driving IoT innovation, plus the four difficult market barriers to IoT adoption Complete analysis of the likely future investment in the critical IoT infrastructure:   connectivity, security, data storage, system integration, device hardware, and application development In-depth analysis of how the IoT ecosystem will change and disrupt 16 different industries To get your copy of this invaluable guide to the IoT universe, choose one of these options:Subscribe to an ALL-ACCESS Membership with BI Intelligence and gain immediate access to this report AND over 100 other expertly researched deep-dive reports, subscriptions to all of our daily newsletters, and much more.
Several of the world's largest cellular carriers, representing almost 1.3 billion subscribers, have pledged support to a Facebook project that aims to dramatically reduce the cost of building and expanding wireless data networks.The carriers are joining the company's Telecom Infra Project TIP , an audacious attempt to design commoditized mobile network gear that can be easily and cheaply deployed to areas currently underserved by carriers.On Tuesday, Facebook said new members include Vodafone, the world's second largest mobile operator, and Telefonica, both of which have global operations; South Africa's MTN, which operates across Africa; Axiata Digital, which operates throughout Southeast Asia; and Indonesia's Indosat.Several new hardware partners are also joining, including Broadcom and Juniper Networks.Announcing the project in February, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said he's deeply committed to the idea of expanding Internet access to areas that are underserved and wants to work with carriers and equipment makers to do that.Facebook Facebook's Aries wireless base station, announced at F8 on April 13, 2016, has 96 antennas.
Features that were impressive four or five years ago have lost their luster, and rival services have leapfrogged the famous virtual assistant in countless ways.Siri s creators, of course, moved on years ago to work on something better: Viv, which they announced just weeks ago at Disrupt NY.Not everyone wants to use the services Apple has struck deals with, and of course if there s a hot new app, chances are slim to none Siri will hook into it.And, as Apple works at shoehorning itself into households with HomeKit, a versatile voice-activated hub seems a natural addition.Expect to be sold on the quality of the speaker and a design Jony Ive will doubtless introduce in a video replete with lingering slow pans.Then expect to hear how closely Apple has worked with PowerPoint slide of Internet of Things partners , and of course how it works seamlessly with iTunes, email, iCloud storage and so on.
The study found that Qualcomm holds 724 IoT-related patents, just ahead of Intel s 688.Chinese networking provider ZTE, which came in third place, only has 351 IoT patents.However, Qualcomm has 157 high-value patents related to IoT technologies, far more than any other company, according to LexInnova s analysis.The technologies that Qualcomm has patented in this area are used in its chipsets for connecting IoT devices to the internet over different types of networks.Qualcomm's business is still heavily reliant on its chipset sales for smartphones.However, global smartphone sales are slowing, and Qualcomm can diversify its chip business by building up its IoT business, which made more than $1 billion in revenues last year, the company reported.It s so big that it could mean new revenue streams for your company and new opportunities for you.And when you dig deep into the report, you ll get the whole story in a clear, no-nonsense presentation:The complex infrastructure of the Internet of Things distilled into a single ecosystem The most comprehensive breakdown of the benefits and drawbacks of mesh e.g.networks The important role analytics systems, including edge analytics, cloud analytics, will play in making the most of IoT investments The sizable security challenges presented by the IoT and how they can be overcome The four powerful forces driving IoT innovation, plus the four difficult market barriers to IoT adoption Complete analysis of the likely future investment in the critical IoT infrastructure:   connectivity, security, data storage, system integration, device hardware, and application development In-depth analysis of how the IoT ecosystem will change and disrupt 16 different industries To get your copy of this invaluable guide to the IoT universe, choose one of these options:Subscribe to an ALL-ACCESS Membership with BI Intelligence and gain immediate access to this report AND over 100 other expertly researched deep-dive reports, subscriptions to all of our daily newsletters, and much more.
As fast-moving startups continue to disrupt incumbent companies, more traditional organizations must figure out how to stay relevant in a world that s now more customer experience-focused than ever.Consider Airbnb versus Hilton, Dollar Shave Club versus Gillette, Netflix versus Blockbuster, or Uber versus Yellow Cab.Decouple engineeringEngineering is a critical player in creating a digital experience; they re creating the code that turns a vision into reality.Often, though, engineering acts as a gatekeeper to progress, depending on how it s integrated into your process.Ultimately that process leads to better outcomes, and repeating it leads to increased comfort with evolution itself.It seems like every time you turn around, a new product or service driven by thoughtful design and a close eye on the optimal user experience has popped up.
And one open-source initiative has set out to map cases where state-sponsored malware campaigns target members of civil society, in an effort to show how governments use digital intrusions to control and disrupt their enemies around the globe.An informal group of security researchers calling themselves the Digital Freedom Alliance this week launched a collaborative software project to aggregate and map out/a government hackers attacks against journalists, activists, lawyers and NGOs around the world.The project, whose code is hosted on Github, collects data about state-sponsored malware infections from public sources like the University of Toronto s Citizen Lab, TargetedThreats.net, and security firms research.That s because of the sheer volume of attacks carried out by the Chinese government, Guarnieri explains, against the Tibetan exiles and separatist activists in the Indian city of Dharamsala.But Guarnieri hopes more researchers will contribute to it, and that it could someday soon serve as a resource for tracking and fighting back against government spying.Guarnieri also intends the map project to serve as evidence that Western surveillance firms technology does in fact fall into the hands of dictators who use it to surveil innocent victims—a rebuttal to the claims of companies like the Italian firm Hacking Team.
Over the years, the Battlefield has grown into a community of over 600 companies who together have raised $6.1 billion and had 76 exits.We re looking for a bright, talented person to help manage the entire process, from bringing in applicants to picking the finalists and getting them ready for the Disrupt stages in San Francisco, New York, London and at CES.Are you already in the Startup Whisperer role at a popular accelerator and think you can take your show on the road?Are you a former founder looking to support early-stage entrepreneurs?Job descriptionTechCrunch is looking for someone to oversee the Startup Battlefield process in all its phases — including applicant recruitment, applicant review and selection working under the direction of TechCrunch Director of Special Projects , coaching sessions and, finally, stage management at Disrupt.That preparation process takes enormous focus and commitment.
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