Everybody has their favourite app, gadget or new technology that can make life easier, work more productive, and the future that much more exciting, and entrepreneurs are no different.
For Virgin founder and disruptive technology fan Richard Branson, it’s graphene, the world’s thinnest material, set to revolutionise life as we know it, that he’s buzzing about. He says: “I’m always on the lookout for technologies that benefit the human race, help make our planet a better place to live and have a positive impact on our climate. That’s why I’m so excited about the emergence of graphene.
“It’s the world’s first two dimensional material, just one atom thick, and has proven potential to be the next revolutionary step in building lighter, safer and more efficient planes. We’re already in conversation with the National Graphene Institute to find out more about the possibilities of graphene being the catalyst of for an aerospace revolution. It has the potential to make safer planes whilst reducing their environmental impact at the same time.”
Jon Medved, CEO of equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd, is excited about the technology revolution in data-driven health care and what it will mean for everyone’s lives. “Machine learning is changing everything,” he says. “For example, Zebra Medical now can find cancer or other diseases by teaching computers to read and diagnose medical images.
“MedAware is hard at work preventing prescription errors from occurring in hospitals. MedAware’s recent study at Harvard showed that their big data analytics could save as much as $20 billion in losses from these errors in the US alone. Help is on the way for all of our lonely and neglected grandparents, led by Intuition Robotics, whose eldercare robot ElliQ, will help gramps and grams remember their meds, stay in touch and do their exercise.”