Conversational AI and the road ahead

invisible-bot In recent years, we’ve seen an increasing number of so-called “intelligent” digital assistants being introduced on various devices. Although the technology behind these applications keeps getting better, there’s still a tendency for people to be disappointed by their capabilities — the expectation of “intelligence” is not being met. Read More

If Trump wants an easy policy win, he should focus on funding smart cities

cityscape and technology and network connection concept As America’s cities continue to grow, they face mind-boggling challenges: worsening traffic, increasing pollution, expensive housing, aging infrastructure and strained services. These challenges can only be solved by harnessing the power of big data, machine learning and other technology. Read More

Smart cities must be people-centered, equitable cities

Internet of Things connecting in cloud over city scape. Technology has always been a critical force deeply intertwined with the evolution of cities. The development of smart cities builds upon this strong historical foundation with a digital foundation that allows cities to function more efficiently, be more responsive to community members and ultimately create better, more equitable urban environments where people thrive. Read More

Self-driving care

self-driving-car U.S. healthcare might learn a thing or two from the modus operandi of Google’s fleet of autonomous vehicles — the information and skills that self-driving vehicle systems must share represent compelling models and lessons that might be adapted to healthcare. Read More

Why we need diverse founder and funding teams and how to find them

money tree hands diversity Diverse teams perform better. First Round Capital found that, over 10 years, teams with at least one female co-founder performed 63 percent better than male-only teams. Racially diverse teams also perform 35 percent better than their industry peers. Yet only 8 percent of venture capital money is going to women-led companies, and 1 percent is going to companies with a black founder. Read More

Rethinking contributors on TechCrunch

obama wave sxsl After a very successful two-year run, we’re going to be changing the way that contributions work on TechCrunch. When we started the Crunch Network experiment, the goal was to bring a wide array of voices to the site that were delivering deep domain-related experience that augmented the work of our staff writers. The startup community is rich with people thinking hard about a lot of… Read More

The dramatic rise in hacktivism

rogue-wikil 2016 was the year hacktivists disrupted cyberspace like never before. The December launch of the new movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was well-timed — epitomizing outsiders banding together to bring down powerful enemies against long odds to steal confidential plans. This plot is similar to hacktivist agendas over the past year. Read More

Incubating innovation

Photo: Easyturn/iStock Stanford University is regularly credited for playing a key role in the economic and technological success story that is Silicon Valley. So what should universities elsewhere be doing to emulate that same success? One academic says the schools of the future should be great, big incubators. Read More