Smart Trash Can Works to End Food Waste

Developers at Winnow Vision may have figured out a preventive solution for food waste. The second generation of their smart trash can, currently operating in all of IKEA’s UK and Ireland locations, uses AI to photograph, identify and assign a cost to the food that’s tossed. Annual food waste costs about $1.2 trillion, but if the trash can is able to identify trends in consumption …

Google Translate Employs Decades-Old Language Theory

Google Translate uses complex neural and numeric systems to find equivalencies in speech and text across languages. The tool is seemingly simple—at least for users. But on the backend, developers worked tirelessly to get the application to where it is now. One fascinating breakthrough came when Google employees applied Wittgenstein’s language theory: a posthumously published theory that words hold no supreme meaning and that meaning …

TED Announces 2019 Fellows

Inventive, creative and inspirational people chosen for this year's program

Celebrating its 10th class, the 2019 TED Fellows program welcomes a fleet of artists, inventors and entrepreneurs from a dozen countries and four continents. The honorees work across several industries and mediums, ranging from documentary photography and investigative journalism to urban astrophysics and space environmentalism—they come in to the program with work in progress and unanswered questions and bring the TED community along for their journeys. …