A ropeway to boost Biel’s urban development Digital twins spur the metaverse to new heights Your browser does not support the video tag. Identifying technology risks in time AI with EQ Your browser does not support the video tag. Are you serious? Learning by gaming Algorithms conquer the stage Your browser does not support the video tag. Biosphere II: Earth in miniature Your browser does not support the video tag. "If there were only good, there would be no good." “There is no one-size-fits-all formula for the city of the future.” Tricky parts. Or how to explore the limits of the possible Revolution in the berry patch Robots revolutionize neurosurgery The unrecognized pioneer Self-optimizers or a benefit to society? In the realm of the digital supermodels Popular New technology makes home hydrogen fueling stations feasible A new development by the EPFL Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne is providing fresh impetus for the idea of the hydrogen car. The goal behind the technology is to enable small hydrogen fueling stations in private households and thus facilitate the establishment of a comprehensive hydrogen fuel network. Biosphere II: Earth in miniature Exploring the world of tomorrow - in the world's craziest laboratory: 30 years ago, the artificial ecosystem "Biosphere II" in the Arizona desert achieved cult status through spectacular experiments. Today, scientists are rediscovering planet Earth in miniature. Using deep learning to create a digital sheet music stand Researcher Lukas Tuggener and app developer Florian Seibold intend to revolutionize the world of professional music. They are digitizing sheet music using a completely new deep learning method: Deep Watershed Detection. A ropeway to boost Biel’s urban development In the mid-20th century, Biel bore the title “city of the future”. However, since the decline of the watchmaking industry, the city has lost much of its glamour and now regularly makes negative headlines. Two citizens of Biel want to change this. Their vision: An urban ropeway to trigger the transformation to a green, social, and smart city. So that by 2030, Biel can once again live up to its former title. Tricky parts. Or how to explore the limits of the possible The precision mechanic Martin Fischer skillfully navigates between the worlds of metalworking and art. His passion: designing and manufacturing elegant pendulum clocks, for which he requires high-precision parts. These are cut by the Swiss job shop Al-Cut using a Bystronic laser cutting machine. A visit to the curious metal workshop of a creative mind. "If there were only good, there would be no good." Cannes Lions - the creative festival par excellence, is live again. Advertising icon Frank Bodin talks in an interview about personal encounters in Cannes, the courage to change and the quality of communication. An alpine battleship as a modern data bunker? There are thousands of military fortifications throughout Switzerland. They used to be a crucial part of the national defense infrastructure, but today they have been repurposed as cheese warehouses, museums, data bunkers – and many are no longer in use at all. But why? On a search for answers in the Furggels fortification, the largest “mountain battleship” in eastern Switzerland. Latest A ropeway to boost Biel’s urban development In the mid-20th century, Biel bore the title “city of the future”. However, since the decline of the watchmaking industry, the city has lost much of its glamour and now regularly makes negative headlines. Two citizens of Biel want to change this. Their vision: An urban ropeway to trigger the transformation to a green, social, and smart city. So that by 2030, Biel can once again live up to its former title. November 9th, 2022 Digital twins spur the metaverse to new heights The virtual parallel world is in gold-rush fever. The race for the right position in the metaverse has begun. With its digital twins, the Swiss startup Nomoko is already ahead of the competition, at least in one area. November 4th, 2022 Identifying technology risks in time Every new technology potentially also entails problematic side effects. The technology assessor Armin Grunwald helps identify risks in good time. In this interview, he talks about the consequences of emotionally competent AI. And he explains which new technology will have the greatest impact on our lives. September 28th, 2022 AI with EQ They are constantly becoming more sophisticated: Robots that recognize or simulate human emotions. What are they used for, and how do these systems work? A peek inside two research labs. September 28th, 2022 Are you serious? Learning by gaming Gaming with a serious purpose: Serious games support medical therapies, make it easier for children to learn, or encourage young people to explore art. September 2nd, 2022 Algorithms conquer the stage He is bringing artificial intelligence to the theater stage: Ilja Mirsky. And, in the opinion of this young digital artist who reveres analog theater, it is okay if the technology fails during a live performance. August 11th, 2022 Quote of the day „ We need a combination of all technologies. Neither can the battery cover every form of mobility, nor does it make sense to use fuel cells or synthetic fuels to multiply the energy requirements of small vehicles. Short News An AI that learns spontaneously by asking people questions AI is still only as good as the data it has been trained on. It doesn't know what it doesn't know. Researchers have now developed an AI that learns by asking people questions. Building like bees Swarms of bees as models for drones in construction: Empa has tested drones that work in teams under human control to 3D print materials for building or repairing structures. Sensors and switches made of wood Sustainable electronic elements can be made from wood. This is helped by a novel process that uses a laser to engrave electrically conductive tracks into veneers. Ammonia as a drive for more sustainable shipping Shipping leaves a large ecological footprint: the propulsion engines are largely dependent on energy sources that produce climate-damaging CO2 when burnt. In addition to hydrogen and methanol, ammonia is also considered a more climate-friendly substitute fuel. Wind energy in miniature Scientists in Singapore have developed a low-cost device that can harness the energy of light breezes and store it as electricity. Plastic mix becomes pure propane Cobalt-based catalysts could be used to turn mixed plastic waste into fuel, new plastics and other products. A sensor without chip and battery A skin sensor developed at MIT is as thin as adhesive tape and sends signals - without a chip or battery. The device can vibrate in response to a person's heartbeat or the salt in their sweat, as well as generate a readable electrical signal. Soft robot: like a caterpillar, but ultra-fast A new type of "soft" robot from the University of Linz moves like a caterpillar - and ultra-fast. Thanks to its contractions, it can also overcome obstacles, swim or grasp things. In short: a system with potential, especially in the field of human-machine interaction. One drop is enough: Paper battery with water switch A team of Empa researchers has developed a disposable paper battery that works with metallic inks and salt - activated by a drop of water. This could be used to power a wide range of small disposable electronic devices with low power consumption. AI helps with early diagnosis of diabetes Geneva researchers have discovered a molecule that indicates diabetes even before the first symptoms appear. To identify it, they used machine learning methods to analyse thousands of molecules. Highlight Digital twins spur the metaverse to new heights The virtual parallel world is in gold-rush fever. The race for the right position in the metaverse has begun. With its digital twins, the Swiss startup Nomoko is already ahead of the competition, at least in one area.