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What do you get when you combine virtual and augmented reality? Augmented creativity, according to Robert Sumner, founder of ETH Zurich’s Game Technology Center. He showed Tech Talk what happens when you combine gaming technology with the old-fashioned fun of a coloring book.
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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.
Ana Maria Montero
EPFLoop’s Denis Tudor hopes to help power the future of pod transport
In this week’s Tech Talk, EPFLoop’s CEO Denis Tudor tells Ana Maria Montero about the significance of capturing third place in this year’s edition of the Hyperloop Competition at SpaceX in California—and how Elon Musk praised their batteries.
Ana Maria Montero
Sonocoin: Cryptocurrency you can hear
Cryptocurreny that uses sound to transfer value; this is the basic idea behind Geneva-based start-up, Sonocoin. How does it work? What are the advantages? And the potential risks? On today's Tech Talk, Ana Maria Montero hears both sides of the coin from founder Leon Afanasyev.
Ana Maria Montero
Swissloop CEO Luca di Tizio on pod transport, Hyperloop and Elon Musk
On July 22, the best student teams from all over the world will be descending on Hawthorne, California, to take part in Elon Musk's 2018 Hyperloop Pod Competition. Joining them for the second year in a row, this time with a new transport capsule, is the team from Swissloop, an association of students from ETH Zurich and other Swiss universities. In this week's Tech Talk, Ana Maria Montero chats with Swissloop CEO Luca de Tizio about the upcoming battle of the pods.
Ana Maria Montero
Auterion is using open-source software to connect to the drone community, say its founders
For this week’s Tech Talk, we catch up with Lorenz Meier and Kevin Sartori, the co-founders and co-CEOs of the open-source software start-up Auterion. The company, initiated at ETH Zurich, is behind the development of the PX4 autopilot, the most widely used software for autonomous flying robots to date. Like many good ideas, it did not come together overnight. Ana Maria Montero began by asking about where it all began.
Ana Maria Montero
What has four legs, is all-terrain, and battery-operated?
He has four legs, runs, and can cover any terrain from snowy mountains to sandy beaches. Weighing in at just under 30 kilograms, he goes by ANYmal and was born and bred in the robotics systems lab of ETH Zurich. In this week’s Tech Talk, Ana Maria Montero stopped by his home base to meet his makers and the colleagues with whom he collaborates to improve the world of search and rescue.
Ana Maria Montero
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
Dotphoton: Taking photo compression to the next level
The goal of Swiss start-up Dotphoton is simple: make the lives of photographers easier by allowing them to store the same raw, high-res images in less space. In this week's Tech Talk, CEO Eugenia Balysheva explains to Ana Maria Montero how the key to their business model lies in quantum physics.
Ana Maria Montero
Technis smart floors: Changing the analytics game, one step at a time
From home devices to cars, it seems as if everything has its own smart version these days. Thanks to Lausanne-based start-up Technis, you can now add smart floors to that list. In today's Tech Talk, Ana Maria Montero chats with CEO Wiktor Bourée about changing the analytics game one step at a time.
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