Microsoft expands cloud solutions for healthcare customers, acquires Nuance for $16 billion

In a statement Microsoft Corp said, it would acquire artificial intelligence and speech technology firm Nuance Communications Inc for around $16 billion. The development sees Microsoft’s expands in the cloud solutions for healthcare customers. The deal comes in the wake of a 2019 partnership wherein both companies had partnered to automate clinical administrative work including…

Nissan-backed WeRide receives permit to test passenger vehicles on public roads in California

In a statement California’s Department of Motor Vehicles said autonomous driving startup WeRide has received a permit to test two passenger vehicles on California’s public roads without a safety driver. Nissan and Mitsubishi,backed WeRide, is also testing its driverless vehicle in China’s southern city of Guangzhou. Technology and automakers are investing billions of dollars in…

Elon Musk’s brain-chip startup shows monkey playing Mind Pong

In a massive breakthrough, Elon Musk’s brain-chip startup Neuralink released video footage showing a monkey playing a simple videogame after getting implants of the new technology. The 3-minute video shows Pager, a male macaque with embedded chips on each side of its brain, playing ‘Mind Pong’ and controlling the paddle by simply thinking about moving…

General Motors Co working on technology to slash EV battery costs

In a statement General Motors Co’s President Mark Reuss said, the company is testing a variety of battery chemistry technologies and manufacturing processes aimed at slashing the cost of future electric vehicle batteries and reducing its dependence on such price-sensitive metals including cobalt. While speaking at an investor conference, Reuss said “GM is experimenting with…

Isuzu partners with Silicon Valley self-driving startup on autonomous delivery trucks

On Tuesday, Isuzu North America Corp and silicon Valley self-driving startup Gatik said, they will collaborate to build autonomous delivery trucks which will be used by Gatik to serve its retailer customers. Gatik works with Walmart Inc in Louisiana and Arkansas and with Loblaw Companies Ltd in Canada to deliver goods to stores from warehouses…

Bank of Japan kicks off feasibility study on issuing its own digital currency

In a significant development sees cryptocurrencies increasingly gaining traction, on Monday the Bank of Japan (BOJ) has started feasibility study of issuing its own digital currency, joining efforts by other central banks that are aiming to match the innovation in the field achieved by the private sector. In a statement the BOJ said, during the…