If you could ‘design’ your own child, would you?

Scientists in Portland, Ore., just succeeded in creating the first genetically modified human embryo in the United States, according to Technology Review. A team led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health & Science University is reported to “have broken new ground both in the number of embryos experimented…

Why I remain optimistic about Tesla

Tesla’s stock price recently took a hit because of concerns about its delivery capabilities and about increasing competition from carmakers who are switching their product lines to electric. With a market cap still exceeding $50 billion, it can be easy to argue that Tesla’s…

The big lesson from Amazon and Whole Foods: Disruptive competition comes out of nowhere

I doubt that Google and Microsoft ever worried about the prospect that a book retailer, Amazon, would come to lead one of their highest-growth markets: cloud services. And I doubt that Apple ever feared that Amazon’s Alexa would eat Apple’s Siri for lunch. For…

Why Universal Basic Income and tax breaks won’t save us from the jobless future

In Amazon’s warehouses, there is a beehive of activity, and robots are increasingly doing more of the work. In less than five years, they will load self-driving trucks that transport goods to local distribution centers where drones will make last-mile deliveries. Soon afterward, autonomous…

Is AI the end of jobs or a new beginning?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is advancing so rapidly that even its developers are being caught off guard. Google co-founder Sergey Brin said in Davos, Switzerland, in January that it “touches every single one of our main projects, ranging from search to photos to ads … everything…

The end of the line for Indian outsourcers — or a new beginning?

“Carnage in Indian IT,” read the headlines in India about retrenchments in its outsourcing industry as markets stagnate and U.S. visa restrictions erode profits. The Indian informational technology industry generates $150 billion in revenue but is facing an existential crisis largely of its own…

Self-driving cars should leave us all unsettled. Here’s why.

It is a warm autumn morning, and I am walking through downtown Mountain View, Calif., when I see it. A small vehicle that looks like a cross between a golf cart and a Jetson-esque, bubble-topped spaceship glides to a stop at an intersection. Someone…

Why Trump’s plan to ‘Hire American’ must start with more rights for immigrant workers

President Trump signed an executive order this week that directs federal agencies to implement a “Buy American, Hire American” strategy and to reform the much maligned H-1B visa. No doubt, lobbyists and congressional staffers are working overtime to develop an even more complex visa system that…

What Google and Facebook must do about one of their biggest problems

Google could lose as much as $750 million because of a boycott by advertisers, according to Nomura Research. Companies are protesting against the placement of their ads next to extremist and hateful content. An even worse offender is Facebook, which had enabled the propagation of fake…

There is a jobs crisis brewing that the Trump administration should not ignore

By Jeff Greene and Vivek Wadhwa Everyone has heard the old anecdote about the frog in a pot of water. If the temperature is raised slowly, the frog won’t react, eventually allowing itself to get boiled. That’s where we’re heading as a country when it comes…

Why Apple is destined to fail in India

Apple’s prospects for the iPhone look dim in China, with declining market share and competition from more advanced products. That is one reason why Apple is now focusing on the second-largest smartphone market in the world: India. “I sort of view India as where China was seven to 10…

What students should learn from Uber’s recent troubles

The criticism of Uber continues to pile up. This week, the car service was found to use secret software to evade government regulators and a video showed its chief executive in a verbal altercation with one of the company’s drivers. Previously, the company’s self-driving cars…