Smart machines: The 14 next big things, from instant rockets to smart tractors

Thanks to innovations in the cloud, the machines that we rely on every day are getting smarter. Increasingly, machines can “feel” the world around them thanks to a combination of sensors and cameras, then interpret that data using artificial intelligence, including computer vision. Today, our cars can detect poor road conditions and gather data that helps cities determine where to make repairs. Robots and automation make factory floors run more efficiently. The companies behind these technologies are among the honorees in Fast Company’s first Next Big Things in Tech awards.

See a full list of all the winners across all categories here.


[Photo: courtesy of IBM]


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