A year after leaving his post at Zynga as head of the NaturalMotion division, Torsten Reil is on the lookout for big ideas and investment opportunities in AI. On this week’s Tech Talk, Reil sits down with Ana Maria Montero at Digital Festival Zurich and talks about why he wants to see Europe produce more billion-dollar start-ups and why thinks Elon Musk is “obviously exceptional.”
A collaboration that could revolutionize product design in Switzerland
In our monthly Swissnex edition of Tech Talk, find out how 14 students from Lausanne’s ECAL, one of the world’s top design schools, went to MIT in Boston to learn how soft robotics can further innovate product design.
Skaterbots: The social companions (and pets) of the future?
After their recent debut on ice, Rob and Bob the Skaterbots are making their TV debut on rollerblades. Their creators at ETH Zurich tell Tech Talk that they are exploring the possibility of designing the social companion of the future.
Paléo Festival 2019 goes digital
Nyon’s legendary music festival plans to go digital in 2019 with Paléo Galaxy. Julien Gross gave us a heads-up at CES in Las Vegas.
Linz attacks Swiss watchmakers for not having an answer to the smartwatch
After one year, the world’s first mechanical smartwatch is ticking successfully forward, with technology in the pipeline that, according to maker Frederique Constant’s Peter Stas, could rival Apple. Despite that, WatchAdvisor’s Alexander Linz thinks the Swiss industry’s response to the smartwatch has been entirely too slow.
Robots and 3-D printers helped build this Swiss house
The world’s first digitally fabricated house, known as DFAB, is now open. The building—a collaboration between the Swiss institutes ETH Zurich, Empa, and Eawag—will be home to four people beginning in May. Ana Maria Montero got an early tour on this week’s edition of Tech Talk.
What’s driving the latest changes in car technology?
The future of cars and automation is front and center at the Geneva International Motor Show. Tech giants are joining up with carmakers to change driving as we know it. Microsoft’s Avijit Sinha and WayRay CEO Vitaly Pomonarev talk about what’s next and say that the future is closer than we think.
Brazil’s “booming” venture capital landscape
Swissnex Brazil is knee-deep in fertile territory for start-ups ranging from agtech to big data, says Executive Director Maria Conti. But even more alluring is an investment infrastructure that is set to go “through the roof,” according to swissnex alumnus Ignacio Barrios, now CEO of Kido Dynamics.
Sure, it’s faster, but is 5G technology safe?
Swiss mobile companies are gearing up for 5G, but there’s concern that local laws on radiation-limits could hold up its rollout. We go to the World Mobile Congress where 5G is taking center stage and find out about the future of the next-generation technology in Switzerland and beyond.
“The real attackers are laughing,” says e-voting skeptic
The Swiss government is testing SwissPost’s e-voting platform against hacking to build the public’s trust, but some are skeptical. Calling the tests a “joke,” hacker and activist Hernâni Marques from Chaos Computer Club Switzerland breaks down just how vulnerable electronic voting is to attacks
“We won’t monetize your data,” says SwissSign CEO
A project to create a national digital identity for Swiss residents – backed by Swiss Post, Swisscom, Credit Suisse and UBS – says it won’t make money on your personal data. That’s according to Markus Naef, CEO of SwissSign, who says the new version of SwissID is different.