KTN's online platform helps you to make the connections you need

 

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from ICT to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.

 

The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

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Google X and the Internet of Things

Google already uses artificial intelligence techniques and machine learning in its search algorithm so some of the outlandish projects it’s working on its secret lab may not be as much of a stretch as they first appear...

 

For example, space elevators, a longtime fantasy of Google’s founders and other Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, could collect information or haul things into space. “Google is collecting the world’s data, so now it could be collecting the solar system’s data,” Rodney Brooks, a professor emeritus at M.I.T.’s computer science and artificial intelligence lab says.

 

Google may turn one of the ideas — the driverless cars that it unleashed on California’s roads last year — Google now is considering manufacturing them in the United States, said a person briefed on the effort by the New York Times.

Google could sell navigation or information technology for the cars, and theoretically could show location-based ads to passengers as they zoom by local businesses while playing Angry Birds in the driver’s seat.

 

Robots figure prominently in many of the concepts. They have long captured the imagination of Google engineers, including Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder, who has already attended a conference through robot instead of in the flesh.

Fleets of robots could assist Google with collecting information, replacing the humans that photograph streets for Google Maps, say people with knowledge of Google X. 

 

Plenty of other ideas involve the Internet of Things. Every time anyone uses the Web, it benefits Google, the company has argued, so it could be good for Google if home accessories and wearable objects, not just computers, were connected.

 

Johnny Chung Lee, a specialist in human-computer interaction, came to Google X from Microsoft this year after helping develop Microsoft’s Kinect. At Google X, where he is said to be working on the Web of things, he has the mysterious title of rapid evaluator....

 

So which of these products do you think Google will, or should, hit us with by the end of the year? 

 
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