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.
Ana Maria Montero
How Swiss companies could benefit from India’s shift to renewables
According to statistics, India is not only the world’s fastest growing economy, but also a leader in renewable energy. With an end-of-year focus on clean technology, swissnex India is helping Swiss innovation secure a foothold in the Indian market.
Ana Maria Montero
IBM sniffs out new opportunities in the perfume industry
IBM Research has linked up with global fragrance maker Symrise with the aim of using big data to shake up the traditional art of perfumery. The result is an AI system called “Philyra.” The first fragrances are set to launch in mid-2019. Ana Maria Montero got to try some samples and find out more.
Ana Maria Montero
How new Swiss drone technology could help firefighters in the future
The devastation fire can cause has been made clear once again as California experiences yet another series of deadly wildfires. So how can technology help fight fires of all types in the future? Zurich-based Fotokite is developing new drones to do just that, as CEO Chris McCall tells Ana Maria Montero.
Ana Maria Montero
U.S. and Switzerland explore deals on drones
On this edition of our Tech Talk/swissnex series, we explore the efforts of swissnex Boston to collaborate with the U.S. in the area of drones with project coordinator Francesco Bortoluzzi. And we chat with drone pioneer Dario Floreano of EPFL on how he’s already begun to partner with the U.S.
Ana Maria Montero
Reinventing the X-ray machine
According to the World Health Organization, two-thirds of the global population doesn’t have access to X-ray machines, an essential medical tool that many take for granted. Lausanne-based GlobalDiagnostix is hoping to achieve a first by developing an X-ray system that is all-terrain.
Ana Maria Montero
Schneider-Ammann: “Europe is depending on Germany’s wealth”
Johann Schneider-Ammann tells CNNMoney Switzerland that he wasn’t surprised by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision not to seek re-election in 2021. The 66-year-old, who is retiring in December, says “Europe is depending on Germany’s wealth and on Germany’s leading power, and Angela did a great job.”
Ana Maria Montero
Is the biggest security risk to your company ... you?
If you mix business with pleasure on your phone, you could be opening it up to hackers, says Nick Dawson, the director responsible for Samsung’s mobile security platform. And according to him, more security doesn’t necessarily mean less freedom.
Ana Maria Montero
“We think we can change the world of tennis,” says Kourts CEO Fattah
Tennis player Walid Fattah was frustrated with finding court time. Enter Kourts, a sports tech company working to end the frustrations of tennis players the world over. Kourts CEO Fattah talks about disrupting the tennis game and why his homeland of Switzerland isn’t ready for the app just yet.
Ana Maria Montero
Artificial intelligence poses risks, but not for the reasons you think
Luciano Floridi is a leading expert on the ethics of artificial intelligence. The Oxford philosophy professor is involved in projects such as the pilot scheme between Facebook and the United Nations exploring how AI can help achieve sustainability goals. He says that while AI indeed poses risks, many fears are “misplaced.”
Olivia Chang
Being pitch perfect not enough to win investors in China
Getting Chinese investors to put money into your project isn’t as simple as delivering a strong pitch. In a recent roadshow from Hong Kong to Shanghai, Swiss entrepreneurs from venturelab got up to speed on what works and what doesn’t.
Ana Maria Montero
The scientist giving robots eyes
Margarita Chli is a professor at ETH Zurich and leader of its Vision for Robotics Lab. One of her goals is to give robots and drones “eyes” to help them navigate through potential danger zones, something that could save lives. “Robots are just cable and plastic that we can afford to lose,” she says.
Eléonore Payró
Inside HackZurich 2018
Would you spend your entire weekend coding? Well, 550 young programmers did just that in Zurich, as they joined Europe’s largest hackathon to take up the challenge of developing prototype applications in under 40 hours. This year’s winners of HackZurich worked on a project to battle fake news.
Ana Maria Montero
Elon Musk is “obviously exceptional,” says Torsten Reil
A year after leaving his post at Zynga as head of the NaturalMotion division, Torsten Reil is on the lookout for big ideas and investment opportunities in AI. On this week’s Tech Talk, Reil sits down with Ana Maria Montero at Digital Festival Zurich and talks about why he wants to see Europe produce more billion-dollar start-ups and why thinks Elon Musk is “obviously exceptional.”
Ana Maria Montero
The celebrity interview that really was robotic
Sophia is no ordinary celebrity. Billed as a human-like robot, she has graced the cover of magazines, given a speech to the United Nations, and is described as an evolving genius by her creators, Hanson Robotics. But not everyone is a fan: Facebook’s head of AI Research, Yann LeCun, recently described her as a “puppet.” Ana Maria Montero was just at the Volvo Art Session in Zurich, where she had the chance to meet Sophia.

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