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Digital assistants, called bots, will be the most amazing technology advances we see in our homes in 2017, says former Triangle tech entrepreneur-turned-academic and author Vivek Wadhwa. But is dependency a risk?
Picture the commute of the future: You live in Palo Alto, Calif., but work 350 miles away in Los Angeles. After your morning latte, you click on a smartphone app to summon your digital chauffeur. An autonomous car shows up at your front door three minutes later to drive you to a Hyperloop station in downtown Mountain View, where a pod then transports you through a vacuum tube at 760 mph. When you reach the Pasadena station, another self-driving car awaits to take you to your office. You reach your destination in less than an hour.
Founded by Duke University underclassmen, a digital health device startup run now by an acting CEO with 33 years experience in the medical device and life science industries, Vigor Medical Systems is ready to grow.
In today's update of technology news: Not all crowdfunding projects succeed even if they rake in cash; new ransomeware unlocks your computer if you send the link to others; Google testing user ratings of movies and TV.
As we undergo continuing rapid change, many of the old assumptions that we have relied on will no longer apply. Technology is creating a new set of rules that will change our very existence. Here are six:
This might scare you, but the Terminator version 0.1 is already here. Autonomous killing machines are already being used by militaries and it is very likely that they start creeping into civilian situations. This is the subject of my new column, coauthored with Aaron Johnson, a colleague at Carnegie Mellon Engineering who has been researching this subject.
Guest opinion: The distant future is no longer distant, writes former Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic and author Vivek Wadhwa. The pace of technological change is rapidly accelerating, and those changes are coming to you very soon, whether you like it or not.
It is rare to go to a government event, especially where political leaders are speaking, in which you can stay awake or be truly inspired. Indeed, I had very low expectations of President Obama's Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which was held at Stanford University recently. I thought it would be nothing more than a publicity vehicle for the administration. But I left extremely impressed with the dynamism and energy that it generated and the positive impact it had on the entrepreneurs who were there from the United States and the developing world.
Vivek Wadhwa: The chilling effect Peter Thiel's battle with Gawker could have on Silicon Valley journalism
Opinion: Gawker infringes on privacy and publishes tabloid-like stories that damage reputations. It is one of the most sensationalist and objectionable media outlets in the country. It also has not been kind to me. So it's not a company that I would expect to be defending. But I worry that the battle that billionaire Peter Thiel has clandestinely been waging against it will be damaging to Silicon Valley by furthering distrust of its motives.
Analysis: Apple's dismal earnings announcement shows why it badly needs to rethink its innovation model and leadership. Its last breakthrough innovation was the iPhone -- which was released in 2007. So it's time to acquire Tesla - and name Elon Musk as CEO.
With the advent of synthetic biology and gene editing tools, there are amazing breakthroughs being made in medicine, energy and food. Within a few years, we will see cures for debilitating diseases, new biofuels, and grains that can be grown in extreme climates. We will also have many new nightmares: bioterrorism and well-meaning experiments that get out of hand. Imagine a superbug that can cure -- or kill -- millions of people or a virus which targets one person, say, a U.S. president. This is not science fiction; it is happening, writes format Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic and author Vive Wadhwa.
Analysis: A trait shared by the fastest growing and most disruptive companies in history -- Google, Amazon, Uber, AirBnb, and eBay--is that they aren't focused on selling products, they are building platforms. The ability to leverage the network effects of a platform is something that the technology industry learned long ago -- and perfected. It is what gives Silicon Valley an unfair advantage over competitors in every industry; something that is becoming increasingly important as all information becomes digitized.
Analysis: Former Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic, blogger and author Vivek Wadhwa says The battle between the FBI and Apple over the unlocking of a terrorist's iPhone will likely require Congress to create new legislation. That's because there really aren't any existing laws which encompass technologies such as these. The fight is just beginning.
Analysis: Former Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic, blogger and author Vivek Wadhwa says Apple is doing the tech industry a big disservice by choosing to fight with the FBI over accessing to a terrorist's smartphone.
Analysis: Last year was the tipping point in the global adoption of the Internet, digital medical devices, blockchain, gene editing, drones, and solar energy. This year will be the beginning of an even bigger revolution, one that will change the way we live, let us visit new worlds, and lead us into a jobless future.
To the average person, it may seem that the biggest technology advances of 2015 were the larger smartphone screens and small app updates. But a lot more happened than that. A broad range of technologies reached a tipping point, from cool science projects or objects of convenience for the rich, to inventions that will transform humanity. We haven't seen anything of this magnitude since the invention of the printing press in the 1400s. Here are the six.