In March, BMW marked its centennial—and a century of technological rivalry with Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz. In newspaper ads, Benz, which can lay claim to having invented the car in 1886, congratu-mocked its Bavarian archenemy: “Thanks for 100 years of competition. The 30 years before that were a little dull.” That’s like M-B doing doughnuts on BMW’s driveway.
Pitsiladis considered these forecasts to be overly conservative. He started his Sub2 Project in late 2014 with i website, fund-raising and the recruitment of scientists. He believed his goal could be achieved by the end of 2019 — years earlier than commonly thought possible
.His consortium of scientists would use the latest knowledge — and develop culling-edge approaches — in nutrition, biomechanics, genetics, running efficiency, training, race strategy and sports medicine to deliver a sub-two-hour marathon. Incremental gains here and there, the scientists believed, could add up to a startling accomplishment. And perhaps new technology and knowledge would emerge for broader benefits, as when man raced toward the moon.
The Sub2 experts would use data to confront habit, tradition, consensus. They would tailor training programs to individuals, employing science to help runners from Ethiopia and Kenya and elsewhere who had had fantastic performances using little science.
The 18,000 containers aboard a vast new vessel unveiled this month by shipping giant CMA CGM are more than just climate-controlled cargo boxes. Embedded with technology from French IoT startup TRAXENS, each container is a smart connected object, able to share data with other containers, with the crew’s mobile devices, and with company HQ in Marseille. The devices relay the container’s location, temperature, humidity level, vibrations, any impacts or attempted break ins, and customs clearance status. Monitoring all that for every one of the 5 to 6 million containers in transit on the world’s oceans at any given moment would be a data revolution. It will eventually happen.
But other technologies will also soon transform how the world’s 100,000-plus ocean-going merchant ships are managed, operated, and maintained. Consulting and services firm Lloyd’s Register says the carrier of the future will be “smarter, data driven, greener…fully connected wirelessly onboard, and digitally connected through global satellites.”
Such ships might also be unmanned. Lloyd’s predicts tankers and cargo carriers will be guided by sensors, automation, big data, and global networks. Indeed, Rolls-Royce got to work this summer on a $7.5 million research project for the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation to produce specs and designs for a fully remote-controlled ship.
“If you still think Chinese tech companies are only about replicating the innovations that others have made, then you've got some catching up to do. Today's Chinese tech sector is filled with a number of disruptive companies that are not only competing but leaping ahead in the race to build better products and use tech to solve important problems.
I spent a week in Beijing in April, meeting with Chinese companies, talking with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from across the globe, and getting a look inside some of the most important innovators on the Chinese mainland at GMIC Beijing 2016.”
He mentions Alibaba, Baidu, Didi, Hauwei, Tencent and several others. GMIC is the CES equivalent in China
All the large food producers say they’re trying to reduce their financial dependence on sugar. In fleeing the storm, they’ve darted for varying types of cover. Coca-Cola has shrunk soda cans; Mondelēz International, the maker of Oreos, has become a power in the gluten-free movement; PepsiCo has tried shifting toward healthy-ish snacks such as hummus.
Nestlé has chosen a radically different path. It wants to invent and sell medicine. The products Nestlé wants to create would be based on ingredients derived from food and delivered as an appealing snack, not a pill, drawing on the company’s expertise in the dark arts of engineering food for looks, taste, and texture. Some would require a prescription, some would be over-the-counter, and some are already on store shelves today.
Harper’s Bazaar lists its top eateries with a great view to go along including 360 Bar & Dining “with sweeping views of the Sydney skyline, at the top of the Sydney Tower is a 'rooftop' you won't want to miss. With dark wood finishes and soft light sculptures, the mood sets itself as you dine on a 2-3 course meal of everything from oysters to handmade tagliatelle.”
The security at NY4 bears this out. To get from the parking lot to a spot where you could touch one of the servers you’d have to go through five checkpoints. One of them is a so-called man trap with two automatic steel doors that never open at the same time. Your palm print is required twice in addition to your PIN code. A wall of video monitors captures every nook and cranny of the 338,000-square-foot building.
Once you’re in, the space is enveloped by a rush of white noise from the thousands of computer fans whirring away to keep the servers cool. To help maintain the temperature, the ceiling is 45 feet high, roughly four stories up. It’s barely visible—not just because of its height, but also thanks to all of the suspended trays of cables and cooling ducts running overhead. All this goes toward one statistic: Equinix says in its annual filing that it kept its facilities up and running 99.9999 percent of the time in 2015.
That is why, after spending nearly 60 years building the Standard Model, particle physicists are now terribly excited at the prospect of finally breaking it. The flaws of the model were well known, but no one knows what the right model might be. Theorists have been stuck for decades, exploring a vast array of ideas but lacking the data to tell them if they were on the right path. Only an experimental breakthrough can help them move forward, and the LHC (Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the powerful accelerator at CERN (the European Laboratory for Particle Physics) near Geneva) might have already made it.
Rwanda’s minister of youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana recently signed a new agreement with the San Francisco-based company Zipline, whose aerial vehicles — aka vampire drones — will be able to deliver blood to more than 22 transfusion facilities throughout the country. The life-saving potential of this technology has been tested by Doctors Without Borders, which used drones to fight tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea. And if the Rwandan experiment works, it won’t be long before other countries in the region decide to follow suit. For Rutayisire, the prospect of aerially connecting hospitals, tech hubs and markets across the continent is simply too exciting not to try. “With so much potential,” he says, “it’s hard to not be optimistic.”
There’s a modest body of literature on the psychology of vacations, and one of its findings is that much of the pleasure comes from anticipation—a 1997 study found that people are happier thinking about a trip beforehand than when they’re actually taking it. The goal of Expedia’s usability researchers is not only to make Expedia’s various sites and mobile apps more efficient but also to make them an extension of the vacation fantasies that are always running in the back of our heads.