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Cool Tech - Although many gaming and entertainment platforms have developed countless versions of VR in the last few years, the use of virtual reality is far from a solely game-driven industry. In fact, the implications of VR in the IT world are...
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Cool Tech -  Last week was a big week for shape shifters. In Japan, researchers at Tohoku University and Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology announced that it had successful developed a shape-shifting molecular robot. The...
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Cool Tech -  Recently, at RoboUniverse, one of the largest suppliers of industrial robots was noticeably absent, ABB. This powerhouse of automation that has installed over 250,000 robots worldwide could be resting on its laurels, but the latest...
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#NYCTech - Welcome back to Inside the Mind of a NYC VC, a new series at AlleyWatch in which we speak with New York City-based Venture Capitalists. In the hot seat this time is Oliver Mitchell, Founding Partner of Autonomy Ventures. Oliver sat down...
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Cool Tech - My twitter feed was abuzz with news of a Russian spy boat miles off the coast of Connecticut’s US Naval Submarine Base in Groton. This would’ve been a good time to test the Navy’s newest weapon – the Sea Hunter – an...
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AlleyTalk -  3D-printing has been one of the hottest areas tech with the countless applications that it can be used for. Voodoo is focused on high-volume 3D printing integrating powerful AI software for large scale manufacturing jobs rather than...
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Cool Tech - Recently, I got flak from one reader for broaching the subject of ethics and robotics.  Later, I was pleased to learn about Clearpath’s $11 million in financing for developing new “ethical” robots.  According to the press...
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Cool Tech -  It’s no coincidence that the list of 100 greatest robot movies of all time consists mainly of movies during or after the 1950’s—the start of speech recognition.Before the invention of Audrey, the first speech recognition...
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Cool Tech - Recently, scientists reported that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016, trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in the modern era of global warming data that...
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#NYCTech -  AI may be eating software but some are reluctant to trust fully automated AI solutions. However in this age of endless data, this will soon change since the only realistic solution is  to offload some of manual tasks using the...
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Cool Tech - A CES 2017 Report Shelly Palmer (aka Mr. CES) is wrong. At the show, he declared in one of his daily missives that his vote for 2017 “best in show” was the Mercedes-Benz Vision Van. My retort: “Shelly, go outside the North Hall...
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Cool Tech - At a JP Morgan conference this month, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg stated that “forty percent of New York City’s jobs will be automated over the next 10 years.” This means over 1 million people will be out of work by 2026....
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Cool Tech - It is time to address the elephant in the room — jobs. First, I must confess that I was wrong to casually dismiss this issue in past posts. More than the technology itself, for automation to be successful, we need it to enhance...
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Cool Tech - At our #RobotLabNYC MeetUp recently, Stephen Gorevan shared with a hushed audience of 60 plus people how Col. John Glenn’s orbit of the Earth in 1962 inspired him to build a successful company that today tackles NASA’s hardest...
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#NYCTech - The instant gratification associated with Polaroid photographs satisfied the nostalgic and impatient.  However, digital photography changed the playing field and lost was the interactive experience. Thanks to Polaroid Swing, you...
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Cool Tech - As we prepare for the busiest travel days of the year, it is time to reflect on how far transportation has progressed since the horse & buggy. This past week the number of cities testing autonomous taxis grew to include Boston,...