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Tokyo Summer Olympics: What are the hottest tech innovations?
The Covid-delayed 2020 Summer Olympics are finally underway in Tokyo; and thanks to Olympics technology innovations ranging from light show drones to athletic performance biometrics and sports training wearables to 3D and other immersive broadcasting enhancements, the Tokyo Games are delivering all the pageantry and drama that’s expected of the world’s premier sporting event in vivid detail. Here, we highlight some of the technologies that are making the Tokyo Summer Olympics one of the most high-tech sporting events to date.
Artificial Intelligence Meets Its Full Potential When Combined with Human Smarts
AI is having a huge impact on our society. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, Artificial Intelligence has the potential to create an additional thirteen trillion dollars in worldwide economic activity by 2030, which adds up to an additional 1.2 percent in GDP growth per year. But as more and more tasks are being performed by AI algorithms, we are discovering the degree to which AI can magnify both our most illuminating insights as well as our most pernicious prejudices. To achieve th...
The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Physical Security
Through the integration of three essential technology systems – real-time data collected by sensors and cameras; ubiquitous connectivity; and open, transparent, and accessible data platforms – smart cities aim to become more efficient and responsive to the needs of their constituents in every domain of urban life, from environmental quality and health to timesaving and safety. But with anxiety about crime being a major concern for residents of many cities, very often it’s the issue of public ...
Smart Cities Require Much More Than Smarter Devices
There’s been a great deal of buzz over the last few years about smart cities, which can be broadly defined as cities that are using data-driven technologies to meet the challenges faced by today’s rapidly growing urban communities.
With over 50% of the world population now living in urban settings and 68% projected to be residing in urban centers by 2050 , it’s imperative that cities across the globe find innovative solutions to relieve the strains on resources, infrastructure, and public ser...
How technology can disrupt the real estate market and fill in the gap in housing shortages
Disruption. It’s a word thrown around every sector that tech enters. Any major change to a traditional model usually does ruffle some feathers – especially given that many of these changes provide greater transparency and lead to more efficient ways of doing business. So can tech disrupt the housing market? Yes. It has, and it should.
Surviving Disruption with Impactful Real Estate Technology
When it comes to real estate, there are two truths: one, the US housing market is the largest asset class in the world; and two, 99 percent of home buyers and sellers find the process to be a royal pain in the ass.
In contrast to sectors such as ride hailing and travel that have already experienced major digital disruptions, the real estate business has been resistant to change. Because buying, selling, and renting is an opaque and disjointed process with multiple steps and people, consumers accept that this is the reality of the game.
How can skilled tradespeople plan for retirement and savings?
The construction industry is among the worst in the United States in terms of employment-based retirement plans, with only agriculture ranking below it. According to a 2015 Labor Department survey, about a third of construction workers were eligible to participate in retirement plans through their employment and only one quarter actually participated.
Why Are Real Estate Agents Still Using Windows XP?
The average real estate agent is middle aged and still relying on old technology they know and understand, even if it is now obsolete. As technology continues to evolve, those who do not adopt solutions that benefit end users will get left behind. And as consumers increasingly utilize on-demand services, technology will rise to meet those demands.
The Future of Smart Cities
Smart city technologies are rapidly changing the way cities work, and the availability of real-time data from IoT devices and strategically placed GPS-enabled sensors will increasingly enrich every aspect of urban life. As more and more people get smartphones, and technology continues to upgrade, we will see greater capabilities in the way cities generate data to be used for future IoT applications.
How technologies rewrite the lending process
Most Americans are in debt, according to the average U.S. debt portfolio from Comet. And the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has found that the average U.S. household debt continues to rise. Both housing debt and non-housing debt, such as student loans, credit cards, and auto loans, have been surging to new highs. A number of factors contribute to this rise in loans, including labor market conditions, the inflation rate, and interest rates. One factor that attracts much attention is the emer...
What’s in the air outside my house? The personalized environmental sensor market is booming
What’s in the air you’re breathing? Government agencies such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the European Environment Agency monitor air quality by measuring the level of pollutants like ozone, nitrous oxides, and small particles. However, the results displayed depend on where air quality monitors are placed and thus represent an average across the district rather than the specific air quality right outside your house. Furthermore, these monitors may not be placed in ...
Nanobots in 2018: Three recent advances shaping the future of research
The field of nanotechnologies, which studies phenomena at the nanometer scale, 1 to 100 nanometers, is today in full expansion and finds applications in medicine, electronics and the development of new materials. Contrary to what one might think, the power of nanotechnology objects comes less from their size, on the order of a millionth of a millimeter, than from the quantum effects associated with the nanoscale, which lead to particular properties that we can exploit for new applications. At...
Can outsourcing R&D balance myopic business management?
In April 2018, Ford Motor Co.’s CEO, Jim Hacket, announced plans to reduce spending by $25.5 billion over the next four years, raising concerns among Ford staff about how the pending cuts will impact R&D investments. Soon thereafter, DowDuPont Inc.’s CEO, Ed Breen, announced the elimination of R&D spending on “moonshots” in order to focus on smaller projects that cost less than $30 million to complete and carry a lower risk profile. From one perspective, this is just part of the news cycle, a...
Can emotion-detecting helmets increase productivity?
Chinese companies are using helmets with electroencephalogram (EEG) sensors for their employees, raising both profits and privacy concerns. The South China Morning Post reported that employees working in Chinese factories, public transport, and the military are being given helmets equipped to monitor their emotional states.
Since the program was implemented in 2014, State Grid Zhejiang Electric Power (SGZEP) has boosted its profits by about 2 billion yuan (US $315 million). They claim that th...
The latest innovations in sustainable food packaging: Biobased cling film
Food packaging plays an integral role in maintaining food quality and assuring food safety for the duration of its shelf life, and plastic packages have been very useful in achieving the purposes of food packaging. However, in the last decade, the world has witnessed the debilitating effects of the use of plastic packages on our planet. And now, portions of the water we drink are contaminated with microplastics. According to a report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, if industries do not swi...