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Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo last year invited the world’s best architects to reinvent the city, with environmentally-friendly urban designs to transform sites such as public spaces and unloved tower blocks. The winning designs included a trio of new buildings in the 17th arrondissement which architects Nicolas Laisné Associés call ‘liveable gardens’.
Demis Hassabis, head of the Google DeepMind AI lab, has announced that Google will livestream its AlphaGo AI system playing the board game Go against Lee Sedol (pictured), the highest-ranked Go player in the world. For an AI to beat the world’s top Go player would represent a landmark in AI development.
Samsung has unveiled the first of its prototype Safety Trucks fitted with giant flat-screen displays. The trucks use cameras, wireless video and huge screens to let drivers behind see what is coming towards them without having to risk pulling out dangerously when overtaking.
A revolutionary DNA sequencing instrument to help break the chain of transmission of viruses such as Ebola and Zika has been developed by British scientists. It can identify mutations in viruses in real time, to quickly establish the evolution and geographical journey of the virus through communities.
MIT engineers from MIT have designed a new chip to implement neural networks. It is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run powerful AI algorithms locally, rather than uploading data to the Internet for processing.
Immersive theatre production Virtually Dead combines VR, using the new HTC Vive headset, with a cast of 22 actors in a one-kilometre set in a secret location in East London. Participants must fight to save a town from a plague of zombies.
When architect Gabriel Calatrava was commissioned for a set to accompany a performance of Bach’s Art of Fugue, he took inspiration from the children’s game of cat’s cradle. The installation has dancers, who act as musical notes, bend, pull, and fold the strings in tandem with the music.
A young British-born fashion designer who creates clothes especially for disabled people has been named one of the world’s brightest entrepreneurs. Lucy Jones has made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for her unique “seated design” collection.
London startup DataPress transforms data from local governments into easy-to-use resources for residents and communities. The founders believe more open data will help encourage startups, with entrepreneurs using data to develop business ideas.
Microsoft has tested a prototype data center that can operate undersea, eliminating one of the tech industry’s most expensive problems: the air-conditioning bill. It may also answer the growing energy demands of computing by using a turbine or a tidal energy system to generate electricity.
Nesta and the Center for Global Development are co-hosting the UK launch of The Global Innovation Fund on Tuesday 9 February. The event will introduce the Global Innovation Fund and its mission to invest in social innovations to improve the lives of millions of people in the developing world.
The SXSW Interactive Festival has announced 65 finalists for its annual Innovation Awards, for achievements in digital design, health technology, privacy and security, 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality.
Microsoft has released its vision of the future of sports TV, with a concept video of viewers watching the Super Bowl via its HoloLens augmented reality system.