Tech for Good

From 3D-printed prostheses to burgers grown in science labs to smarter mobility for the elderly or infirm, tech improves our lives every day in a million ways beyond simply making things more convenient. Tech can have a meaningful impact — and here are the companies and people fighting to make a difference.

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Business

Can Amazon deliver on plan to slash carbon footprint of shipments?

Amazon has announced an ambitious plan to halve its shipment carbon footprint by 2030. The company says improvements in electric vehicles, aviation bio fuels, reusable packaging, and renewable energy make the goal reachable.
Emerging Tech

Global Good wants to rid the world of deadly diseases with lasers and A.I.

Global Good, a collaboration between Intellectual Ventures and Bill Gates, aims to eradicate diseases that kill children in developing nations. It tackles difficult problems with high-tech prototypes.
Emerging Tech

NASA’s ‘Refabricator’ lets astronauts recycle 3D-printed tools to make new ones

The International Space Station just received a fancy new gadget in the form of a Refabricator, a machine capable of 3D printing using recycled plastic materials. Here's how it works.
Cars

Tesla’s Dog Mode lets good Samaritans know that Fido’s A-OK

Tesla's latest over-the-air software update adds two features called Sentry Mode and Dog Mode. Sentry Mode records footage and alerts the owner if someone breaks in, while Dog Mode runs the A/C so owners can safely keep their dogs in their…
Emerging Tech

Groundbreaking new technique can turn plastic waste into energy-dense fuel

The world has a waste plastic problem. Chemists from Purdue University have a potentially game changing solution: They want to turn it into a gasoline or diesel-like fuel. Here's how.
Health & Fitness

My niece lost her hearing. This is a story about how technology brought it back

For people with profound hearing loss, cochlear implants can restore sound. We explore what the procedure entails, how the system works, and take a look at the latest developments from Australian company Cochlear.
Emerging Tech

Tokyo 2020 is on track to create Olympic medals with recycled electronics

The committee behind the Tokyo 2020 Olympics revealed that it is on target to be able to forge all winning athletes’ gold, silver and bronze medals from recycled electronic waste.
Emerging Tech

Energy-harvesting gizmo powers medical implants using your own heartbeat

Engineers at Dartmouth College have built an energy-harvesting gadget that's able to convert the heart’s kinetic energy into electricity for powering an assortment of implantable devices.
Emerging Tech

We’re another step closer to made-to-order human kidneys

Could human kidneys one day be grown in other animals and then transplanted across into patients? A breakthrough demonstration involving mice in Japan hints that this could be possible in the future.
Emerging Tech

Smart toilet seat is flush with possibilities to monitor patients’ health

Researchers from the Rochester Institute of Technology have developed a smart toilet seat that can monitor the heart health of users during their time spent sitting on it. It could prove to be as effective as some hospital monitoring…
Emerging Tech

Insoles claim to fight Parkinson’s symptoms by stimulating nerves in your feet

A textured shoe insole can reportedly help improve balance for people with Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders by stimulating the nervous system through the bottom of the feet.
Wearables

A wearable may save your life, thanks to A.I. and big data. Here’s how

Wearables are morphing from devices that send you smartphone notifications and track your fitness into gadgets that can monitor your health -- and maybe even save your life.
Emerging Tech

To help save the planet, big companies are testing a reusable packaging service

Working with some of the world's biggest brands, a new sustainable packaging delivery company called Loop wants to get us to reuse packaging rather than throw it away. Here's how it works.
Emerging Tech

Crowdfunding campaign enables high-tech search for missing pro soccer player

A successful crowdfunding effort has helped launch a high-tech ocean search for the plane carrying professional soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot after it disappeared during a flight to the U.K. earlier this month.
Mobile

Samsung will start replacing plastic in packaging with sustainable materials

Samsung is switching out plastic components in the packaging of its products for environmentally friendly materials. The company looks to use 500,000 tons of recycled plastics and collect 7.5 million tons of discarded products by 2030.
Emerging Tech

Could space mice help us develop anti-aging treatments here on Earth?

The ISS will be playing host to a group of mice to see how a stint in microgravity affects the way they age. The experiment will examine how physiological changes associated with aging are caused by time spent in low gravity environments.
Emerging Tech

IBM’s latest A.I. can help doctors detect how quickly a disease is progressing

IBM has developed a probabilistic A.I. that can be used to predict how a range of diseases -- including diabetes, Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s -- are likely to develop.
Emerging Tech

Researchers find a way to create a renewable supply of cancer-fighting T cells

In a major advance for "off-the-shelf" cancer therapies, UCLA researchers have shown that it's possible to create T cells with important cancer-killing receptors from pluripotent stem cells.