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I've been the Social Media Editor at Forbes since October, 2011. Prior to that, I was a freelance writer and contributor here. On this blog, I focus on futurism, cutting edge technology, and breaking research. Follow me on Twitter - @thealexknapp. You can email me at


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Satellites startup ICEYE has raised $34 million to build and launch satellites capable of taking images through clouds.
Drone SaaS company Kittyhawk is collaborating with Boeing to offer near-real time flight authorizations for drones.
Business analyst firm Gartner estimates that the business value of artificial intelligence will reach over $3.9 trillion within the next five years.
After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Glowforge is ready to bring its 3D laser printers to the masses. Its capable of making products wood, stone or even chocolate.
Synthetic Aperture Radar is an imaging method that satellites use to produce unique images of Earth that ignore clouds and other obstructions.
Montessorium, a maker of Montessori-inspired educational apps, is now offering 'smart flashcards' that can offer a personalized learning experience for small children.



Venture capitalist Arama Kukutai talks about what he looks for in agricultural technology investments.
3D Systems has a new platform for 3D printing that permits full-scale manufacturing - and its first products may wind up in your dentists' office.
These space startups were able to launch thanks to investments from Midas List members.
Massachusetts-based Desktop Metal has a 3D-printing solution that's affordable and much faster than what's on the market today.
Steelcase and MIT have teamed up to create a 3D-printing process that could one day create customized furniture in minutes.
Manufacturing startup Made In Space takes 3D printing to the final frontier.



Physical therapist Asha Gummadi just won the $25,000 National Geographic/Spring Chasing Genius Challenge to further develop her app, which allows doctors to prescribe physical therapy remotely.
Weather startup Understory will be working with Monsanto to provide hyperlocal weather data for corn fields in Argentina.
With its LiveDrive motor, Canadian-based research firm Genesis Robotics aims to make sleeker, more powerful robots.
IBM's new PAIRS Geoscope service allows developers to crunch a wide variety of geospatial data for applications as diverse as agriculture, insurance and emergency response systems.
22-year-old Easton LaChappelle wants to use 3D-printing and automation to produce realistic-looking, robotic prosthetic arms at a fraction of the price of current models. And he's partnering with Microsoft, Stratasys and Dassault Systemes to do it.
In the past few decades, soil health has become remarkably degraded. These startups aim to fix that.