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Greetings on a brisk New England morning. I’m finally here on my long threatened trip to Boston. I was planning to be here in early July ahead of our robotics event, but SARS-CoV-2 and its many variants had different ideas. I narrowly avoided another reschedule on my third time around with COVID, but now I’m…

11:30 am PST • November 10, 2022
Dispatches from the conference room

Manipulation and sensing have long been considered two key pillars for unlocking robotics’ potential. There’s a fair bit of overlap between the two, of course. As grippers have become a…

Touchlab to begin piloting its robotic skin sensors in a hospital setting

Don’t call it a pivot, exactly — but it’s a fascinating journey, nonetheless. Umaro Foods, which is set to release a seaweed-based bacon replacement, entered the world as Trophic. The…

Umaro is turning ocean-farmed seaweed into imitation bacon

A multi-year, $100 million Xprize competition for startups trying to remove or reverse carbon emissions has its first crop of big winners. Though the bulk of this Musk money won’t…

15 carbon removal projects score $1M each in climate Xprize milestone

Elon Musk notified the world that he would be donating $100 million to pursue new technologies for carbon capture, methods through which carbon dioxide can be actively extracted from the…

Here’s how Elon Musk’s $100 million Xprize competition for carbon removal will work

Howdy friends, this is the web version of my Week in Review newsletter, it’s here to entice you to sign up and get it in your inbox every week. Last…

Augmented reality’s awkward phase will be long and painful

Elon Musk said Thursday via a tweet that he will donate $100 million toward a prize for the best carbon capture technology. Musk, who recently surpassed Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to…

Elon Musk is donating $100M to find the best carbon capture technology

Xprize is turning its tried and tested model of offering cash prizes to spur innovation in critical areas to the challenge of COVID-19 testing. the nonprofit has created a $5…

Xprize launches $5 million rapid COVID testing competition

A NYC-based startup that developed technology that extracts carbon dioxide from the air and combines it with water to create vodka has redirected its entire production capacity toward producing hand…

CO2-based vodka startup Air Co. fully redirects its tech to making hand sanitizer for donation

Xprize CEO and Prodea founder Anousheh Ansari dreamed of being an astronaut as a child growing up in Iran, but, understandably, most people around her were skeptical about her ambitions.…

Pioneering private space explorer Anousheh Ansari welcomes ISS commercialization

There’s a whole lot of ocean on this planet, and we don’t have much of an idea what’s at the bottom of most of it. That could change with the…

Teams autonomously mapping the depths take home millions in Ocean Discovery Xprize

Kids need a good education to have the best chance of succeeding in the world, but in distant parts of developing countries there may be neither schools nor teachers. The…

Global Learning Xprize splits $10M purse for best teaching app for disadvantaged kids

Xprize, the nonprofit organization developing and managing competitions to find solutions to social challenges, has named two grand prize winners in the Elon Musk-backed Global Learning Xprize. The companies, KitKit…

Xprize names two grand prize winners in $15 million Global Learning Challenge

The fire season is just a few weeks away here in California, and it’s expected to be worse than ever. But there’s a new plan in the works to help…

Xprize seeks high-tech solutions to California’s fire problems

The minds behind Israel’s SpaceIL attempted lunar landing convened today to begin planning for a second lunar mission. In an announcement yesterday, the chairman of SpaceIL, Morris Kahn, said that…

After its first attempt botched the landing, SpaceIL commits to second Beresheet lunar mission

You may remember that back in May, the Water Abundance Xprize named the five finalists in its contest to demonstrate the sustainable and scalable collection of water from the air.…

Water Abundance Xprize’s $1.5M winner shows how to source fresh water from the air

Devices like smartphones ought to help people feel safer, but if you’re in real danger the last thing you want to do is pull out your phone, go to your…

Women’s Safety XPRIZE $1M winner is a smart, simple panic button

The deadline for Google’s Lunar Xprize passed just days ago without a winner, but the lengthy 10-year competition to send a robot to the Moon’s surface had known for months…

Xprize is relaunching its Moon challenge without Google, but they need a new sponsor

Despite being a necessity for life, clean, drinkable water can be extremely hard to come by in some places where war has destroyed infrastructure or climate change has dried up…

Water Abundance XPRIZE finalists compete in gathering water from thin air

XPRIZE announced today that it’s teaming up with Japanese airline All Nippon Airways on a new $10 million competition. XPRIZE founder and chairman Peter Diamandis said the ANA team was…

XPRIZE announces a $10M contest for remotely-controlled robotic avatars

There’s a new entrant in the race to provide internet connectivity to the roughly four billion humans on the wrong side of the world’s digital divide. Launching from stealth today…

Astranis emerges from stealth with a new satellite technology for connecting the world

Plenty of wearables companies make health claims that are dubious at best. It’s true that companies like Fitbit and Apple are getting a bit more serious about the whole thing,…

XPRIZE finalist Cloud DX’s Vitaliti is a serious health wearable

A year after launching, the IBM Watson-sponsored AI XPrize has been whittled down to 59 teams. That number’s down from 147 in May, which, in turn, was pulled from a…

XPrize’s $5 million AI competition is down to 59 teams

The Global Learning XPRIZE, an international competition to create educational software, has reached its penultimate stage: 5 teams out of an initial pool of nearly 200 have been selected to…

Global Learning XPRIZE awards $1 million each to final five teams

Literacy is a serious problem all over the world — even in our little utopia. While a touch-up of our education and support systems would probably be the best fix…

Literacy XPRIZE starts field tests of semifinalist apps in LA, Philadelphia and Dallas

The Xprize foundation has whittled its latest competition down from 10,000 sign ups to 147 teams in its first-ever “open” competition. Announced in June of last year, the IBM Watson…

There are 147 teams competing in XPrize’s broad-ranging AI competition

The Shell Oil-sponsored Ocean Discovery XPrize moves to the semi-finalist stage this week with 21 teams from 25 countries, including Canada, China, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa,…

Semi-finalists named in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE

A bit of a mutual admiration society has developed between the two finalists in Qualcomm’s $10 million Tricorder XPRIZE competition. Whatever animus might have developed in the nearly half-decade since the…

Qualcomm’s Tricorder XPRIZE is down to two finalists

Reactions to Trump as president, GoPro is recalling the GoPRo Drone, TeamIndus is a team of 100 engineers in India trying to get to the moon, Twitter gets twice the…

Close your eyes. What do you see when you think about artificial intelligence? Hal 9000 defying human orders? Ava savagely murdering her maker? What about ARIIA taking over the country from…

XPRIZE launches AI 2020 competition with IBM Watson