Hello World – Short Form
Silicon Valley may be home to some of the biggest tech giants in the world but it’s being challenged like never before. Crazy tech geniuses have popped up all over the planet making things that will blow your mind. Author and journalist is on a quest to find the most innovative tech creations and meet the beautiful freaks behind them.
From Saunas to Space, This Is Tech in Finland
Ashlee Vance goes hunting for the tech inventions pushing the limits of Finland’s innovative spirit and finds products ranging from trash sorting robots to satellites that can track just about everything on Earth. Of course, no visit to Finland would be complete without some time in a sauna, and better yet if it’s time in a sauna with movie star Jasper Pääkkönen.
The Finns are Probably Living Better Than You
Finns are known as some of the happiest people on Earth. In this second instalment of Hello World Finland, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ashlee Vance travels through Helsinki and Espoo to find out what makes Finns so clever, well adjusted and progressive. He discovers a food revolution taking place with new forms of protein, a biodegradable replacement for plastic and a magical box made for babies.
How the iPhone Tormented the World’s Happiest Nation
Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ashlee Vance heads to Finland for a three-part exploration of this traditionally contented country’s tech industry. Episode One tackles the critical role Nokia once played in its economy, and the devastating impact Apple’s iPhone had on both. Since then, Finland has managed to revive the sector: Instead of the once-ubiquitous Nokia phone, Helsinki’s vibrant tech scene is now dominated by companies making mobile games like Angry Birds and Clash of Clans.
Inside an Arctic Code Vault
In this episode of “Hello World” Ashlee Vance travels to Svalbard – an archipelago located at 80 degrees north – to participate in some doomsday preparation with GitHub CEO Nat Friedman.
The $200 Million Shape of Water
Mark Fuller is the eccentric owner of what could be the most technically advanced water fountain-maker on the planet (the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas being among his more famous). In this episode of “Hello World,” Ashlee Vance travels to Burbank, California, to chat with Mark, and see how his $200 million water features are created.
Hello World: DJI RoboMaster
DJI’s RoboMaster S1 is the drone maker’s first ever ground-based robot. It’s a toaster-sized device that people can build at home and turn into a battle bot, complete with lasers, bullets and loads of A.I. software. Hello World’s Ashlee Vance and his two young sons got the exclusive first look at the new product.
It’s a Bird. It’s a Tesla. No, it’s an Arcimoto
After 11 years of development, the Arcimoto has finally arrived. It’s a three-wheeled, all-electric vehicle that is small, fast and incredibly fun to drive. But, the jury is very much out on whether or not consumers will pay $12,000 a pop to back this societal and environmental experiment. On this episode of Hello World, reporter Ashlee Vance heads to the Arcimoto’s birthplace in Eugene, Oregon to take the vehicle out for a spin and to hear the saga of its creation.
Inside China’s High-Tech Dystopia
In part three of Hello World Shenzhen, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ashlee Vance heads out into a city where you can’t use cash or credit cards, only your smartphone, where AI facial-recognition software instantly spots and tickets jaywalkers, and where at least one factory barely needs people. This is the society that China’s government and leading tech companies are racing to make a reality, with little time to question which advancements are net positives for the rest of us.
China’s High-Stakes Robot Wars
For two weeks each year, college students take over a massive stadium and fill it with fighting drones, plastic ammo, and rapt spectators. This is Robomasters, held in Shenzhen by DJI, the world’s leading drone maker. In part two of Hello World Shenzhen, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ashlee Vance goes inside the world of Nerf-style robo-warfare to spotlight the kinds of innovation that have kept DJI, at the forefront of a booming market, and demonstrates why you may not want him on your squad.
Inside the Future Factory
Over the past 40 years, the fishing village of Shenzhen has been reborn as a futuristic metropolis bursting with factories. Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ashlee Vance travels to the heart of China’s tech revolution to witness this new reality firsthand, as part of a three-episode exploration of the city. In part one of Hello World Shenzhen, Vance gets a worker’s view of life in a startup and then explores one of the city’s famous electronics markets to learn how people survive (and in some cases make fortunes) in such a frenetic, competitive environment.
The Forgotten Flying Saucer Man of Silicon Valley
Alexander Weygers, a Renaissance man in the mold of the tech industry’s stated ideal, is a forgotten figure in Silicon Valley’s history. In this Hello World short, Ashlee Vance visits an art dealer whose curiosity about Weygers has evolved into an obsession.
Zoox and Its $800 Million Robo Taxi Dream
Tim Kentley-Klay and Dr. Jesse Levinson are on the verge of transforming the entire transportation industry by creating self driving robots that will become the lux ride-shares of the future
Meet the Godfather of AI
For nearly 40 years, Geoff Hinton has been trying to get computers to learn like people do, a quest almost everyone thought was crazy or at least hopeless – right up until the moment it revolutionized the field. In this Hello World video, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ashlee Vance meets the Godfather of AI.
The AI Robots That Want Your Job
Conventional wisdom these days says that robots will soon put millions of factory workers out of jobs. This may sound like the fever dream of Dr. Evil, but in fact, there are very pleasant people making this happen. In this Hello World video, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ashlee Vance meets a budding AI overlord and founder of Toronto start-up: Kindred A.I
Meet Blueberry, the Robot Designed to Make You Laugh
The University of Alberta has a lot going for it. It’s pretty. And it’s home to many an eccentric and clever inventor, like Kory Mathewson. Kory is an A.I researcher who comes with a side-kick, a robot that does improv comedy. In this Hello World video, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ashlee Vance goes in search of the humorous side of artificial intelligence.
The AI That Puts Words in Your Mouth
At the back of a suburban coffee shop in Montreal, you’ll find four young computer scientists. And their new start-up: Lyrebird. These guys are doing something amazing and frightening. They’re using A.I to clone your voice. In this Hello World video watch what happens when Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ashlee Vance tries out Lyrebird on his mom.
The Robots Roaming the High Seas
Intelligent, indestructible and with no humans on board, these sailboats are plotting their own course through the waters of San Francisco Bay. If Richard Jenkins gets his way, soon there’ll be hundreds of them – trawling the oceans for data.
Thor Wants to Throw Down an Electric Hammer on Tesla
Start-up Thor wants to beat Tesla to the market with electric semi-trucks. Thor’s custom models are due in 2019 and meant for short hauls.
How to Get to Space on the Cheap
Relativity Space and its two founders – Tim and Jordan – have a plan to make rockets faster and cheaper than anyone else. To do this, they’re looking to build every part of a rocket – its engine, its fuel tanks and its body – with giant 3D printers.
How to Pull Clean Water From Thin Air
Hector Pino was making a good living as an engineer in Santiago when his life took an unexpected turn. A rare medical condition made it difficult for his young daughter to process the minerals in Chile’s drinking water. With his daughter’s kidneys wearing down and her teeth decaying, Pino decided to invent a solution to the problem. Hello World’s host Ashlee Vance traveled to Santiago to see Pino’s invention in action. It’s a machine dubbed FreshWater that can pull moisture out of the air, filter it and turn it into pure drinking water with the press of a button. It’s said that the best technology resembles magic, and FreshWater certainly fits that description. The machine works well enough that it is now being heralded as an aid not just for Pino’s daughter but for people throughout Chile and South America who need access to clean water. The FreshWater machines are being tested in Chile’s deserts to the north, and Pino soon hopes to build a backpack-sized device.
The World’s Largest Telescope Hunts for Alien Life
At 17,000 feet in the middle of the ultra-dry Atacama Desert, Chile has built a giant telescope to hunt for the origins of the universe and life itself.
Move Over Acai. Here Comes The Maqui Berry
There’s a new super food coming to juice cleanses near you. It’s called the maqui berry. Like its predecessors, the maqui berry has ridiculous amounts of antioxidants and lots of accompanying claims about its body-healing properties. It’s been farmed for centuries by the Mapuche Indians in southern Chile and is now naturally being commercialized and hawked all over the world. Ashlee Vance, the host of Hello World, took a recent trip to the wine country outside of Santiago to see how the maqui berry is being processed by SouthAm Freeze Dry – a local company that specializes in, you guessed it, freeze drying and exporting fruits and vegetables.
Inside Chile’s Unique Start-Up Scene
Hello World’s host Ashlee Vance traveled to Santiago to see this unique take on the incubator concept. Backed by some of Chile’s wealthiest investors, IF has set up a few locations throughout Santiago to give inventors a place to work and to provide students and budding entrepreneurs with access to classes and influential leaders. The early results have been spectacular. During the trip, Vance visits a start-up called FreshWater that has built a machine capable of sucking moisture out of the air, filtering the collected water and then dispensing it with the push of a button. The machine is already being used to bring clean water to poor, arid regions in the country and may soon be widely available. Vance also meets with a robotics whiz who has created a wheelchair that can be controlled via thought alone.
Taking Frog Poison in the Name of Journalism
In Chile’s high desert, Ashlee Vance takes a dose of frog poison to prepare for the final episode of season one of Hello World
Russian Hackers and the People Who Hunt Them
A start-up based in Moscow called Group-IB has taken on the unenviable and dangerous task of hunting down famed Russian hackers. Over the past 15 years, Russian hackers have built up a fearsome reputation as super-skilled and dangerous fraudsters. This would make being a Russian hacker hunter one of the least desirable jobs on the planet. That is unless you’re Ilya Sachkov, the co-founder and general director of Group-IB. Sachkov’s company specializes in studying the ways of the Russian hacker, unmasking criminals and turning them over to authorities and has enjoyed an unmatched track record of success. Hello World’s host Ashlee Vance recently traveled to Moscow to meet Sachkov and get a firsthand look at Group-IB’s operations. It was a rare glimpse into the heart of Russia’s hacker underworld and the latest techniques in investigating cybercrime. While Sachkov is an optimist at heart, he issues some ominous warnings about the rise of cyber terrorism and the damaging effects that tensions between the U.S, Russia and China may have on all of us.
The Russian App That Will Find You in the Internet Crowd
Imagine a smartphone app that lets anyone take a picture of anyone and then find that person on social networks. Now stop imagining.
The Oligarch Who Built Russia’s Internet
Imagine a smartphone app that lets anyone take a picture of anyone and then find that person on social networks. Now stop imagining.
Siberia: Cold, Remote and Full of Genius
Russia has come up with the weirdest replica of Silicon Valley yet – a start-up incubator built on top of a science city in the middle of Siberia.
How to Cheat Death and Freeze Time in Russia
A new generation is keeping Russia’s centuries-old fascination with immortality alive. Get ready to chill out and wait for the future (or singularity) to arrive.
Erica May Be the Creepiest Robot Ever Built
Bloomberg’s Hello World host Ashlee Vance recently traveled to Osaka University to see Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro’s latest creation, an android named Erica that’s designed to work, one day, as a receptionist or personal assistant. The android has lifelike skin and facial gestures and uses artificial intelligence software to listen to and respond to requests. Is Erica creepy? To Vance she is, but not to Professor Ishiguro, who considers her nearly indistinguishable from a human.
Hitachi’s Future Has Robot Butlers and Self-Driving Pods
Japanese technology giant Hitachi has invested millions of dollars to invent all manner of robots meant to help Japan’s aging citizens in the years ahead.
Lose Yourself in Techno Art
Take the Red Pill and Lose Yourself in Japan’s Techno Art With a team of 400 engineers and designers, Japan’s teamLab has created the most astonishing techo art exhibits in the world.
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