Ashlee Vance

Drones Startups

Discovering the Innovations of Switzerland’s Mad Scientists

Bloomberg Originals highlights Switzerland’s startup scene. Switzerland is full of advanced tech startups, thanks to business-friendly laws and an appetite for new ideas. We visit an inventor who makes drones do miraculous things and a company that’s growing human skin in a lab.

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Space

The Space Economy is About to Get a Lot Bigger

Bloomberg Quicktake explores the booming business and economy of Space. As space becomes more accessible to private enterprise, many companies are hoping to make it not just possible, but affordable to put objects into orbit. Now a startup called Astra is on the verge of launching rockets at a fraction of the cost to competitors, […]

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Economics of AI Robotics

Meet California’s New Robot Farmers

Hello World’s Ashlee Vance heads out on Route 395 in a bid to see robots who have become farmers.

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Space

Dawn of the Space Plane

Ashlee Vance reports on a New Zealand company that has built its own space-plane prototype. Dawn Aerospace hopes to establish a cheap, quick way to transport objects into orbit, and in doing so transform the commercialization of space. For decades, humans have been trying to make a plane that can reach space and return to […]

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Smartphones

How the iPhone Tormented the World’s Happiest Nation

Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ashlee Vance heads to Finland for a three-part exploration of this traditionally contented country’s tech industry. Episode One tackles the critical role Nokia once played in its economy, and the devastating impact Apple’s iPhone had on both. Since then, Finland has managed to revive the sector: Instead of the once-ubiquitous Nokia phone, Helsinki’s […]

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AI Neural Networks

The Rise of AI

In this ground-breaking episode of Bloomberg’s “Hello World,” the story of AI’s rise is told in detail, as journalist Ashlee Vance heads to the unexpected birthplace of the technology, Canada.

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Future Gadgets

Meet the Arcimoto

The Arcimoto is a three-wheeled, all-electric vehicle that is small, fast and incredibly fun to drive. The grand vision behind the Arcimoto is that people will use it for most of their day-to-day driving instead of relying on their bulky, gas guzzling cars. In this video, Ashlee Vance heads to the Arcimoto’s birthplace in Eugene, […]

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IoT Startups

Is Shenzhen China’s Future?

In part three of the documentary series Hello World Shenzhen [Part 1 | Part 2], Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ashlee Vance heads out into a city where you can’t use cash or credit cards, only your smartphone, where AI facial-recognition software instantly spots and tickets jaywalkers, and where at least one factory barely needs people. This is […]

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AI Robotics Startups

China’s High-Stakes Robot Wars

For two weeks each year, college students take over a massive stadium and fill it with fighting drones, plastic ammo, and rapt spectators. This is Robomasters, held in Shenzhen by DJI, the world’s leading drone maker. In part two of Hello World Shenzhen, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ashlee Vance goes inside the world of Nerf-style robo-warfare to […]

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