SmartPlanet: Google Planning to Dominate Ubiquitous Sensor Processing

Why Google bought robot-maker Boston Dynamics Google has bought Boston Dynamics, the maker of futuristic military-grade robots including the galloping “WildCat” and the Sandflea, which can jump more than nine metres into the air. Boston Dynamics is the eighth robotics company Google has purchased in the past six months. CBC business commentator Kevin O’Leary, chair …

SmartPlanet: 4% Completion Rate for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

Only four percent complete massive open online courses: setback or growing pains? Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have relatively few active users, and  user engagement falls off dramatically, especially after the first one to two weeks weeks of a course. Ultimately, only a handful of users persist to the course end. That’s the gist of …

SmartPlanet: The Open Source Business Model

Freedom from shareholders: how to succeed as an open-source business For many launching businesses in today’s fast-moving tech sector, the goal is to attract investors and shareholders, and eventually selling it all to an even larger company. One tech vendor, however, is bucking this urge, preferring instead to have a positive impact on its communities …

SmartPlanet: Voiceprints to Fight Fraud? 97% Accuracy, 100 Identifiable Attributes

What businesses want with your voice You’d be forgiven for not wanting to give businesses a recording of your voice. They get your email address and your inbox is flooded; the same goes for physical address. But, if a business asks for voiceprint in the near future, it might actually be for your own benefit. …

SmartPlanet: Staggering Costs of Fukushima Clean Up (Never Mind Toxicity Blowing East) + Fukushima RECAP

The staggering costs to clean up Fukushima More than two years since the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, the Fukushima power plant meltdown is still a major, global environmental problem. And the staggering price tag for cleaning it up continues to rise. The Japanese government just announced that it’s borrowing about $30 billion more to …