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KARLA LANT - FUTURISM
China's urban centers are rapidly becoming cash-free zones as digital payment methods take over. This cashless revolution is part of the "green finance" program in some areas, and it is saving the country money and resources.
IAN SAMPLE - THE GUARDIAN
As robots start to enter public spaces and work alongside humans, the need for safety measures has become more pressing. Robots should be fitted with an “ethical black box” to keep track of their decisions and enable them to explain their actions when accidents happen, researchers say.
JOERG KOESTERS - DIGITALIST MAGAZINE
AI and machine learning can help scale the repetitive analytics tasks required to drive leverage of the available data. When deployed on a companywide, real-time analytics platform, they can become the single source of truth that all enterprise functions rely on to make better decisions. So, AI and machine learning will rather give a new and even more impactful role in driving the future of retail.
JAMES WATKINS - OZY
Blockchain is poised to be the most disruptive technology since the internet. So why is conservative Wall Street leading the charge for change?
HUGO MILLER - BLOOMBERG
Quantum computing offers processing power so vast it may soon make today’s supercomputers look as crude as 1980s PCs. There’s a downside—the technology might also render the most secure encryption systems obsolete, cracking codes in a matter of minutes rather than months or years. Gregoire Ribordy says he has a solution. And it’s selling fast in China.
WILL KNIGHT - MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
Artificial intelligence may have been invented in the West, but China seems determined to own its future. Its rising AI community just got a tremendous shot in the arm, in the form of a massive new government investment plan.