Expert Edge News

July 27, 2017

  • This Ingenious Machine Turns Feces Into Drinking WaterThis Ingenious Machine Turns Feces Into Drinking Water
    Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation I watched the piles of feces go up the conveyor belt and drop into a large bin. They made their way through the machine, getting boiled and treated. A few minutes later I took a long taste of the end result: a glass […] Click to view full article
  • 10 Rules Successful Startups Should Follow10 Rules Successful Startups Should Follow
    Editor’s note: Carol Broadbent and Tom Hogan are the founders and principals of Crowded Ocean , a Silicon Valley marketing agency that has launched over 35 startups, with 10 of those companies being either acquired or going public. Having launched over 35 startups in our decade of operation, we’ve […] Click to view full article
  • What can happen when graphene meets a semiconductorWhat can happen when graphene meets a semiconductor
    UWM doctoral student Shivani Rajput, first author on the paper, shows a reconstructed image of graphene with the ripples clearly visible. Two postdoctoral researchers also worked on the project: Yaoyi Li (left) and Mingxing Chen. Credit: Troye Fox For all the promise of graphene as a material […] Click to view full article
  • The App That Helps Blind People SeeThe App That Helps Blind People See
    A new app combines artificial intelligence with a smartphone’s camera to tell users what colors, pictures and objects it is seeing. The first time Mark Edwards used Aipoly Vision, he cried. Edwards, 56 and legally blind since birth, had signed up as an early tester for the smartphone app that claims to help the visually […]
  • In The Information Debate, Openness and Privacy Are The Same ThingIn The Information Debate, Openness and Privacy Are The Same Thing
    Martin Tisne is a director of policy at Omidyar Network where he leads policy, advocacy strategy and related investments for its Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative. How to join the network We’ve been framing the debate between openness and privacy the wrong way.  Rather than positioning privacy and openness as opposing forces, the fact is […]
  • Aligning jobs and skills in the age of tech disruptionAligning jobs and skills in the age of tech disruption
    PK Agarwal is the regional dean and CEO, Northeastern University-Silicon Valley and Former CTO of California under Gov. Schwarzenegger. How to join the network There is a rising tide of concern in the U.S. This concern has always been front and center in Silicon Valley. It centers around the shortage of skilled IT workers and […]
  • The war between hacker culture & codes of conductThe war between hacker culture & codes of conduct
    Did you know that a Code of Conduct war is underway in the world of open-source software development? I realize that this sounds ridiculous. Codes of Conduct boil down to: “a) don’t be an asshole, b) this is how we define ‘asshole’ around these parts”. Who could argue with that? And yet this has become […]
  • Will New 911 Location Requirements Compromise Privacy?Will New 911 Location Requirements Compromise Privacy?
    Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies stand near the scene where a pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Compton, California, on January 29, 2015. Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters On July 21, 2014, at around 11 p.m., a woman in San Bernardino, California, called 911 to report that she had been […] Click to view full article
  • Should Tech CTOs Know How to Code?Should Tech CTOs Know How to Code?
    In most tech startups, the CTO’s role is as demanding and complex as that of a modern head coach. He or she establishes the company’s technical vision and presides over all aspects of its realization. The CTO leads technological development and drives the organization to strive for and execute innovation. He or she may serve […]
  • Crowdfunding Equity Now Allowed Under SEC RegsCrowdfunding Equity Now Allowed Under SEC Regs
    Crowdfunding just got a little bit more interesting. According to SEC Regulation A+, as of today companies can secure funding via crowdfunding provided they are compliant with a set of very specific laws and standards. Crowdfunding just got a little bit more interesting. According to SEC Regulation A+, as of today companies can secure funding […]
  • Yahoo Is Fighting To Stay Relevant In The Mobile-First WorldYahoo Is Fighting To Stay Relevant In The Mobile-First World
    Yahoo’s business has always been about using the latest tech to capture people’s attention with interesting content. They were many people’s first real home page on the web. Before search and social, you’d go to Yahoo to see links worth checking out. In the interim periods of change in consumer tech, they’ve adapted their product […]
  • Discriminate Amongst Customers, and Be Proud of ItDiscriminate Amongst Customers, and Be Proud of It
    Image credit: American Airlines When it comes to employees, or prospective employees, you shouldn’t discriminate. It’s against the law and not good business. But when it comes to your customers, you should absolutely, positively, frequently discriminate. Although we all want to feel that every customer is equal and loved, the fact is that all customers […]
  • 11 Ways to Get Tedious Tasks Off Your Plate11 Ways to Get Tedious Tasks Off Your Plate
    tedious work No matter how good you are at delegating, there will always be menial tasks clamoring for your attention. But updating spreadsheets shouldn’t derail your entire day when you have a business to run. To find out how to fix this issue, we asked 11 entrepreneurs the following: “What is the best way to […]
  • The Race To Mine Asteroids Gains Int’l SupportThe Race To Mine Asteroids Gains Int’l Support
    Today, the Luxembourg Government announced that they are taking steps to become Europe’s hub for mining space resources. The small European country plans to establish the necessary legal and regulatory framework and invest in related research and development projects. They’re even considering investing in already-established asteroid mining companies like the U.S. based Deep Space Industries […]
  • How Spain Became the World Leader in Organ DonationsHow Spain Became the World Leader in Organ Donations
    An ambulance enters the emergency area at Alcorcon’s hospital, outside Madrid Sergio Perez/Reuters An organ transplant represents a new life for a person, a palpable sense of hope extracted from the depths of sorrow and grief in the case of a dead donor. But transplants are also a matter […] Click to view full article