Ana Maria Montero @ammonterocnn | 26 March 2019

Paléo Festival 2019 goes digital

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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
Planting trees in the wrong place can hurt the environment
Tom Crowther’s research pinpoints where we should save and restore forests, based on where those trees are most beneficial to the Earth’s ecosystems. “We generate an understanding of where carbon is concentrated to trap it and keep as much as possible out of our atmosphere,” says the ETH Zurich professor. But Crowther’s findings are stirring up some controversy for a number of reasons.
Ana Maria Montero
A world without passwords is just around the corner
Windows, Android and most web browsers have integrated FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) authentication, says Andrew Shikiar, executive director of FIDO Alliance. The U.S.-based association aims to eliminate the use of passwords, which they say is key to combatting cybercrime. Daniel Dubowski, vice president of cybersecurity at Equifax, joined Shikiar at the WEF Cybersecurity Summit in Geneva last month to share the company’s experience of going “passwordless.”
Ana Maria Montero
Pitch perfect: How Swissnex is prepping tech start-ups for CES 2020
In the first part of our special series leading up to CES 2020, which kicks off in Las Vegas on January 7, we talk to Christian Simm, CEO of Swissnex Boston, about how their start-ups are getting ready. And we ask Stuart Papp, founder of Boston-based coaching service Pitch DNA, about how he’s teaching these Swiss entrepreneurs to pitch their start-ups at the event.
Ana Maria Montero
This autism innovation may never see the light of day in Switzerland
Ned Sahin is founder and CEO of neurotechnology start-up Brain Power, whose tool “Empower Me” uses smart glasses like Google Glass to coach those with autism. It helps schoolchildren learn social and cognitive skills and can even guide adults through an interview process. Brain Power’s product is sold to many schools in the U.S. but may never make it to market in Switzerland thanks to strict data privacy laws.
Ana Maria Montero
How cyborg artist merges his life with technology
For 15 years, Neil Harbisson has lived with an antenna implanted into his skull, making him the world’s first officially recognized cyborg. “It’s to extend my perception of reality and to merge with technology,” he says. Harbisson explains that his extra senses set him apart as an artist. We caught up with him on a recent trip to Zurich to discuss the relationship between humans and technology and to find out how society treats those who consider themselves trans-species.
Frederic Perret
Meet the Bristell Energic
The future of electric aviation is taking off in Switzerland.
Ana Maria Montero
Space travel to Mars is coming: “It’s the backup plan for humanity”
Travel to Mars is coming sooner than we think, says Christopher Mason, associate professor at Weill Cornell Medicine. Mason worked on NASA’s twin study to analyze the impact of space travel on human DNA and apply what was learned here on Earth. Ana Maria Montero finds out how Mason is using DNA to improve lives and his work with ETH and the University of Zurich to map the DNA of Swiss cities.
Ana Maria Montero
“Switzerland should have at least 5 or 6 unicorns by now,” says Nomoko CEO
Nomoko is creating the first-ever 3-D mirror image of the world, a digital twin of our universe. CEO and co-founder Nilson Kufus says it’s about connecting the digital and physical worlds. The Zurich-based start-up just received a grant of CHF 2.5 million from the EU’s Horizon 2020 program and is raising 30 million more in Europe and the U.S. But Kufus has some strong words about Switzerland, and Europe overall, when it comes to capitalizing on the potential of the tech and innovation sector.
Ana Maria Montero
The Swiss start-up behind the next generation in cancer treatment
Every single cancer tumor is unique. “How it develops is different and how it needs to be treated is different,” says Ata Tuna Ciftlik, co-founder and CEO of Lunaphore Technologies. The EPFL start-up makes personalized cancer treatment possible with LabSat, which takes tissue analysis to the next level. Founded in 2014, Lunaphore just raised more than CHF 5 million and has eyes on the booming medtech market in China.
Ana Maria Montero
Quantum computing: leaping out of the lab and into our lives
As IBM and Google compete to dominate quantum computing, many wonder what this growing field has to offer the world. According to James Wootton, researcher at IBM Research in Zurich, quantum computing can solve science and business problems that regular computing cannot. The IBM Q Network is working with Fortune 500 companies to advance the field, and last month IBM announced the first IBM Quantum Computation Center in New York.
Frederic Perret
Meet the world’s largest e-ferry
Ellen, the world’s largest electric ferry, sets a record for how long it can go without a recharge. The e-ferry is powered by specialized Swiss Leclanché lithium-ion batteries.
Ana Maria Montero
A glimpse into the world’s largest, most powerful electric ferry
There are many electric ferries being rolled out, but none are quite like Ellen. Using only clean energy generated from wind turbines, the e-ferry is funded by the European Commission and powered by lithium-ion batteries from Swiss firm Leclanché. CNNMoney Switzerland was invited on board the record-breaking vessel in Denmark for an exclusive look at its design and to talk about how Ellen could shape the future of electric transport.
Ana Maria Montero
LiFi technology may be the answer to the dangers of 5G
Implementing 5G could push Switzerland past its allowed limit for radio waves. “You need ten times more antennas, ten times more power than with 4G,” says Suat Topsu, inventor and CEO of Erganeo. His solution is a new version of LiFi, a technology that uses LED light to transmit data safely, which may significantly reduce the number of antennas needed for 5G.
Ana Maria Montero
German tech start-up waiting for a “yes” from the Swiss
After the 2008 financial crisis, the shipping industry took a hard hit. SkySails CEO Stephan Wrage saw an opportunity for his special technology: using massive kites to propel ships and produce electrical power. “We’re sold out for next year, for the first time ever,” he says. Wrage goes on to explain why competition makes him happy and why Switzerland, which has said “no” many times, could really benefit from their technology.

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