Remember the movie "Home Alone," where the eight-year-old Kevin McCallister fends off robbers using his toy train set? That's essentially the idea behind Swiss startup Mitipi’s virtual roommate to ward off burglars. And it’s called – you guessed it – Kevin. The small box simulates the lights and noise of someone still at home. Martina Fuchs spoke to CEO Julian Stylianou about the company's recent trip to Silicon Valley – and whether Kevin is efficient enough to scare off unwelcome intruders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.