Cracking the code on ageing

The world, and not just the earth, is ageing. Populations around the globe are getting older, as people focus more on careers and less on procreation. While this poses a variety of challenges for future generations, including the sustainability of human life and the economy, more innovators are beginning to tap into the science of...

10 breakthrough technologies of 2017

Technology startups are bursting onto the scene at rampant rates–yet 90% of those companies fail. The businesses and products that succeed do so because of their disruptive potential and their staying power. The following breakthrough technologies, though at different stages of development, are bonded by those similarities.   Reversing Paralysis Using brain implants wired to...

Robots may be less secure than anyone imagined

Automation and AI are trending. But as robotics increasingly take over human functions, and technologists continue to warn about their potential existential threat, cyber security issues may soon be hitting a lot closer to home.  Despite their efficiency, resourcefulness and 24/7 working capabilities, household and industrial robots may be vulnerable to cyberattacks—and subsequently to turn...

It’s a bird; it’s a plane; it’s a—transformer drone?

Drones are trending. With their uncanny ability to get places where humans often can’t, they’re being launched into the atmosphere to survey, collect data and keep a visual on their environment. As robotics become more commonplace, drone technology is taking on more characteristics that mimic real-life.   The Multimodal Autonomous Drone (S-MAD) is a fixed-wing...

Data Privacy: The future of IT innovation

Privacy is one of the biggest problems in this new electronic age. —Andrew Grove, Founder of Intel Corporation   What is your deepest, darkest secret? But really, what is it? Take a minute and think about something you would never, ever want anyone to know. It’s pretty embarrassing, right? Now, POOF! Imagine if that secret...

NASA about to send rocket to nowhere

As every innovator knows, any endeavour requires a goal. But until recently, NASA was spending billions to develop a rocket with no confirmed destination.   In June 2017, a 17-foot-tall rocket motor was launched from the sands of Utah as a test for the 2018 (and beyond) space mission. Orbital ATK was commissioned by NASA...

Whatever happened to 3D printing?

The hype around 3D printing, which was at its peak just three years ago, seems to have fizzled as of late. Headlines predicting its disruptive potential began to fade in 2015 when a number of promising startups failed to take flight. But although the media has mostly moved on, 3D printing is far from dead....

35 under 35

There’s no such thing as ageism in technology, as we’ve seen time and again. Thirteen-year-olds founding companies. Seventeen-year-olds becoming CEOs. Innovation is alive and well among Millennials and Gen Z.   MIT Tech Reviews’ annual list of the top 35 under 35 was recently released, giving shout-outs to the latest batch of inventors, visionaries, entrepreneurs,...