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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.
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If 5G isn’t on your radar, here’s why it will be soon
Switzerland is reportedly set to begin a 5G spectrum auction in January, a move that will pave the way for faster next-generation mobile networks. The tech was also a hot topic at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, where Ana Maria Montero found out which innovations are the ones to watch.
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Nicolas Bideau: “We have to invest in the Switzerland of tomorrow”
Switzerland has to invest in showcasing its innovations at events like CES 2019 and not “sleep on its good image.” That’s the view of Ambassador Nicolas Bideau, head of Presence Switzerland, who tells us that the Switzerland of tomorrow is a digital one.
Ana Maria Montero
Internet activist Wael Ghonim warns: the world isn’t a big lab
Wael Ghonim is the internet activist whose Facebook posts helped spark what would become the Arab Spring in 2011. He told CNNMoney Switzerland that fake news is nothing new and warns that when it comes to technologies such as genetic engineering and AI, the world should not be viewed as a big laboratory.
Ana Maria Montero
Head of SERI: Blockchain in Switzerland isn’t overhyped
Mauro Moruzzi says Switzerland isn’t overhyping its role as a blockchain nation. The head of State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation was speaking at swissnexDay'18, where he also gave his view on the Swiss National Bank’s response to the technology.
Ana Maria Montero
Nestlé uses this software to feed our hunger for food facts
Food giants like Nestlé and Kellogg’s are using software developed by a Swiss start-up to feed consumer demand for transparency about ingredients. The CEO of SpecPage, Severin Weiss, explains how the technology works, why Credit Suisse is investing, and why China is becoming a big market.
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.”
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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.”
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