Food, agriculture, land and ocean systems are the backbones of society, providing the sustenance that is essential to life. They are also central to the global economy – representing $10 trillion or over 12% of global GDP today and over 40% of all jobs. Agri-food systems alone are responsible for a third of global greenhouse emissions, over […]
When CRISPR first burst onto the biotech scene, it rose to fame for its precise cutting prowess—break a target DNA strand, silence a gene. But the tool came with hiccups. While far more efficient than previous tools for tinkering with the genome, CRISPR-Cas9 was at its core a genetic butcher. To edit a gene, the […]
The number of packages people order—and the number of people ordering packages—isn’t likely to go down anytime in the foreseeable future, and companies are working on ways to get those packages delivered quickly and cheaply. Too many delivery trucks cause traffic and congestion; you’ve doubtless seen the Amazon, FedEx, or UPS trucks take over loading […]
Workplace robots are often associated with pushing human workers out of their jobs. But in numerous settings around the world, robots and related technology, like artificial intelligence, are helping humans with a range of work. This includes jobs that are high-risk and complex – and work in places where humans can’t go. Here are six […]
The digital revolution offers industries the promise of a more efficient, productive and sustainable future. Peter Herweck, CEO of industrial automation at Schneider Electric, and Peter Weckesser, chief digital officer at Schneider Electric, sat down to discuss the possibilities – and how organizations should be taking advantage. Peter Herweck: The key to ...
The 2020s started with the promise of “a decade of action” for people and planet. But over the past two years, our economies, workplaces and communities have been ravaged by a global pandemic and new shifts in our geopolitical realities. What can leaders do to get the world back on course? Coined as the “decade […]
There are still plenty of technical hurdles to cross to achieve a vibrant space economy, but one less-discussed barrier to progress could be space-ready manpower. That’s why a group of astronauts, engineers, and entrepreneurs have teamed up to create the world’s first private space academy. Last year saw some major milestones for the private space […]
In 2014, genomic sequencing giant, Illumina, announced that their new machine could sequence whole human genomes for $1,000 per genome. It was a significant milestone for a technology that cost some $95 million per genome when it arrived early this century. Illumina now dominates the industry; but this week, we learned it has some serious new competition. Ultima, ...
AI has done it again. After solving one of the grandest mysteries in biology—predicting protein structure—it decoded how proteins link up into complexes, and dreamed up novel protein structures that may ultimately be turned into drugs to control our basic biology, health, and life. Yet when faced with enormous protein complexes, AI faltered. Until now. In a ...
Not a day passes without a fascinating snippet on the ethical challenges created by “black box” artificial intelligence systems. These use machine learning to figure out patterns within data and make decisions – often without a human giving them any moral basis for how to do it. Classics of the genre are the credit cards accused of […]