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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Swiss mobile companies are gearing up for 5G, but there’s concern that local laws on radiation-limits could hold up its rollout. We go to the World Mobile Congress where 5G is taking center stage and find out about the future of the next-generation technology in Switzerland and beyond.
The Swiss government is testing SwissPost’s e-voting platform against hacking to build the public’s trust, but some are skeptical. Calling the tests a “joke,” hacker and activist Hernâni Marques from Chaos Computer Club Switzerland breaks down just how vulnerable electronic voting is to attacks.
A project to create a national digital identity for Swiss residents – backed by Swiss Post, Swisscom, Credit Suisse and UBS – says it won’t make money on your personal data. That’s according to Markus Naef, CEO of SwissSign, who says the new version of SwissID is different.
China is much faster than the U.S. when it comes to implementing artificial intelligence. That’s the view of the former president of Google China, Kai-Fu Lee, who thinks China is already a global AI superpower. So where does Switzerland fit into the global innovation picture?