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Aliya Prokofyeva: Reaching for the Stars Aliya Prokofyeva: Reaching for the Stars Aliya Prokofyeva: Reaching for the Stars
Building a small hotel on the moon is only one of many projects that Aliya Prokofyeva, CEO of Moscow-based, Galaktika Group, has planned for her company. In today's Tech Talk, Prokofyeva sat down with Ana Maria Montero in Lausanne to discuss her vision for an international space community.
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Ana Maria Montero
Threema: “Nothing is 100 percent secure”
Threema, the Swiss encrypted messaging app, has seen downloads skyrocket since WhatsApp’s recent security woes. The company even counts the Swiss government as one of its clients. But is secure messaging just an illusion? Roman Flepp, head of Threema’s marketing and sales, says there is no absolute guarantee.
Ana Maria Montero
India tries to do good, not bad, with AI
Swissnex India, the think tank foraus, and the Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence have teamed up to explore India’s booming landscape of AI for Good. Critical sectors like farming and healthcare can be “enhanced” thanks to AI, argues Alpan Raval, the institute’s head of data science.
Ana Maria Montero
EPFL’S TWIICE exoskeleton may soon help paraplegics ski
EPFL’s TWIICE is an exoskeleton that’s helping paraplegics walk again, and a new version to come may even help them ski down a mountain. But TWIICE co-founder Tristan Vouga says that despite such life-changing innovation it can still be difficult to find the right kind of funding in Switzerland.
Ana Maria Montero
Swiss innovation is the talk of VivaTech 2019
A robot named ANYmal and an exoskeleton called TWIICE stole the show at the 2019 edition of Viva Technology in Paris. Meanwhile, start-ups and smart living put the spin on the #Swisstech pavilion. Ana Maria Montero was there and talked with the movers and shakers.
Ana Maria Montero
Imagine if you could monetize your data on social media
Equiis CEO Derek Roga says we should each own our digital footprint. The social media business has, as he puts it, “evolved off the back of people’s data.” Part of his concept is to help you own your data and determine how much – or how little – you want to monetize it for public consumption.
Ana Maria Montero
“It’s been a challenge to make sure we exist,” says Swissnex SF CEO
In our monthly Swissnex edition of Tech Talk, Gioia Deucher, CEO of Swissnex San Francisco and Sophie Lamparter from Mindmaze, talk about the challenges that come with navigating the difficult and sometimes cutthroat tech hub that is Silicon Valley in the U.S.
Ana Maria Montero
senseFly CEO: “Ready to react” if China moves into his market
As an executive at French drone specialist Parrot Group, Gilles Labossière claims his company was the only survivor after China “killed” the quadcopter drone market. Now as the new CEO of Swiss-based senseFly, which was acquired by Parrot in 2015, he’s ready to take on China should they come knocking.
Ana Maria Montero
A collaboration that could revolutionize product design in Switzerland
In our monthly Swissnex edition of Tech Talk, find out how 14 students from Lausanne’s ECAL, one of the world’s top design schools, went to MIT in Boston to learn how soft robotics can further innovate product design.
Ana Maria Montero
Skaterbots: The social companions (and pets) of the future?
After their recent debut on ice, Rob and Bob the Skaterbots are making their TV debut on rollerblades. Their creators at ETH Zurich tell Tech Talk that they are exploring the possibility of designing the social companion of the future.
Ana Maria Montero
Paléo Festival 2019 goes digital
Nyon’s legendary music festival plans to go digital in 2019 with Paléo Galaxy. Julien Gross gave us a heads-up at CES in Las Vegas.
Ana Maria Montero
Linz attacks Swiss watchmakers for not having an answer to the smartwatch
After one year, the world’s first mechanical smartwatch is ticking successfully forward, with technology in the pipeline that, according to maker Frederique Constant’s Peter Stas, could rival Apple. Despite that, WatchAdvisor’s Alexander Linz thinks the Swiss industry’s response to the smartwatch has been entirely too slow.
Ana Maria Montero
Robots and 3-D printers helped build this Swiss house
The world’s first digitally fabricated house, known as DFAB, is now open. The building—a collaboration between the Swiss institutes ETH Zurich, Empa, and Eawag—will be home to four people beginning in May. Ana Maria Montero got an early tour on this week’s edition of Tech Talk.
Hannah Wise
What’s driving the latest changes in car technology?
The future of cars and automation is front and center at the Geneva International Motor Show. Tech giants are joining up with carmakers to change driving as we know it. Microsoft’s Avijit Sinha and WayRay CEO Vitaly Pomonarev talk about what’s next and say that the future is closer than we think.
Ana Maria Montero
Brazil’s “booming” venture capital landscape
Swissnex Brazil is knee-deep in fertile territory for start-ups ranging from agtech to big data, says Executive Director Maria Conti. But even more alluring is an investment infrastructure that is set to go “through the roof,” according to swissnex alumnus Ignacio Barrios, now CEO of Kido Dynamics.
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