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2014 Entrepreneurs | Innovators Under 35

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:05

These innovators are creating businesses that will upend markets or create new ones.

2014 Pioneers | Innovators Under 35

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:05

The frontiers of science provide ample space to explore innovation. Meet nine of the pioneers.

Love of Labor

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:05

Automation makes things easier, whether it’s on the factory floor or online. Is it also eroding too many of the valuable skills that define us as people?

Messages move at light speed. maps speak directions. Groceries arrive at the door. Floors mop themselves. Automation provides irresistible conveniences.

2014 Inventors | Innovators Under 35

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:05

These people are inventing the devices and technologies that will redefine how we live and work.

2014 Humanitarians | Innovators Under 35

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:05

By applying technology in novel ways, they are improving lives and expanding opportunities.

In Praise of Efficient Price Gouging

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:05

Uber’s most important innovation is the way it prices its services. But that innovation has not been unreservedly welcomed by customers. They’re wrong.

Innovators Under 35 | 2014

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:01

Our 14th annual celebration of people who are driving the next generation of technological breakthroughs.

Robots Rising

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 00:00

Do robots kill jobs? Not necessarily.

The Man Who Really Built Bitcoin

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:00

Who cares about Satoshi Nakamoto? Someone else has made Bitcoin what it is and has the most power over its destiny.

In March, a bewildered retired man faced journalists yelling questions about virtual currency outside his suburban home in Temple City, California. Dorian Nakamoto, 64, had been identified by Newsweek as the person who masterminded Bitcoin—a story that, like previous attempts to unmask its pseudonymous inventor, Satoshi Nakamoto, was soon discredited. Meanwhile, the person arguably most responsible for enabling the currency to swell in value to $7.7 billion, and with the most influence on its future, was hiding in plain sight on the other side of the country, in Amherst, Massachusetts.

The Man Who Really Built Bitcoin

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:00

Who cares about Satoshi Nakamoto? Someone else has made Bitcoin what it is and has the most power over its destiny.

In March, a bewildered retired man faced journalists yelling questions about virtual currency outside his suburban home in Temple City, California. Dorian Nakamoto, 64, had been identified by Newsweek as the person who masterminded Bitcoin—a story that, like previous attempts to unmask its pseudonymous inventor, Satoshi Nakamoto, was soon discredited. Meanwhile, the person arguably most responsible for enabling the currency to swell in value to $7.7 billion, and with the most influence on its future, was hiding in plain sight on the other side of the country, in Amherst, Massachusetts.

A Chinese Internet Giant Starts to Dream

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 00:00

Baidu is a fixture of online life in China, but it wants to become a global power. Can one of the world’s leading artificial- intelligence researchers help it challenge Silicon Valley’s biggest companies?

Punk bands from Blondie to the Ramones once played in Broadway Studios, an age-worn 95-year-old neoclassical building surrounded by strip clubs in San Francisco’s North Beach. But early on this bright June morning, a different sort of rock star arrives. A small crowd attending a tech startup conference swarms around a tall, soft-spoken man in a blue dress shirt and navy suit who politely poses for photos. Andrew Ng, newly appointed chief scientist at Baidu, China’s dominant search company, is here to talk about his plans to advance deep learning, a powerful new approach to artificial intelligence loosely modeled on the way the brain works. It has already made computers vastly better at recognizing speech, translating languages, and identifying images—and Ng’s work at Google and Stanford University, where he was a professor of computer science, is behind some of the biggest breakthroughs. After his talk, the audience of about 200 entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and tech workers sends him off with two rounds of applause.

Bendable Displays Are Finally Headed to Market

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:00

Flexible displays haven’t been usable as touch screens, or durable—those problems have now been solved.

By the end of this year, a startup called Kateeva will start shipping manufacturing equipment that could finally bring flexible displays to market.

Turning a Regular Smartphone Camera into a 3-D One

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 17:13

Microsoft researchers say simple hardware changes and machine learning techniques let a regular smartphone camera act as a depth sensor.

Just about everybody carries a camera nowadays by virtue of owning a cell phone, but few of these devices capture the three-dimensional contours of objects like a depth camera can.

Spotting Cancer in a Vial of Blood

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:40

He watched his brother die from a cancer that no drug could cure. Now one of the world’s most renowned cancer researchers says it’s time for Plan B.

The answers Bert Vogelstein needed and feared were in the blood sample. 

A Mouse with the Same Cancer as You

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 00:00

For $12,000, a company grafts a patient’s cancer into rodents and tests drugs on them.

At a laboratory in Baltimore, hairless mice kept in racks of plastic crates are labelled with yellow cards, each identifying a person fighting cancer. These mice are cancer “avatars”—the lumpy tumors visible under their skin come from actual patients.

Malware Traffic Spikes Preceded Russian and Israeli Conflicts

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 17:50

Government hackers apparently went to work as Israel and Russia ramped up military action this year.

A study of malware operating on corporate and government networks suggests that the communication patterns of these programs could warn of major conflicts.

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