For Professor Kevin Warwick, a cybernetics expert and Emeritus Professor at Coventry and Reading Universities, the future of humans is literally tied to artificial intelligence, with technologies that will allow us to link our brains to machines to augment our physical and mental abilities. He recently sat down for an interview with OpenMind, BBVA’s knowledge community, to share some of his insights into this fascinating topic.
06 May 2019
Infectious diseases, high maternal and neonatal mortality rates, illness and ineffective reproductive and sexual health are some of the problems plaguing many places in the world. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number three “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all people at all ages”, seeks to address these and other health-related challenges. BBVA also strives to promote initiatives in its field to achieve SDG 3, especially through the work of the BBVA Foundation.
25 Sep 2018
14 Dec 2017
For a while after science-fiction was first coined as a term, it seemed like the only thing the genre would be capable of producing would be just that: purely fictional works with no connection to reality. Today, we can already enjoy some of the futuristic innovations featured in some movies a while back, such as virtual reality or artificial intelligence. Which sci-fi movies predicted the future digital era and got it right?
17 Nov 2017
The European Union’s banking and medicine agencies are moving. This is one of the direct consequences of the United Kingdom’s approaching departure from the European Union (Brexit). On Monday, November 20th, the 27 member states will vote on which European cities will be the new home of these two agencies.
12 Sep 2017
On Sept. 12, the American Heart Association announced the results of its 2017 Workplace Health Achievement Index, a comprehensive annual survey that assesses and measures the quality and overall effectiveness of workplace health programs at companies across the nation. BBVA Compass is the only company headquartered in Birmingham, Ala. and bank with an employee count of over 5,000 to earn Gold level for cultivating a culture of health within its workforce.
23 Aug 2017
21 Aug 2017
Under 30, entrepreneurs and digital. This are the common traits that define the young Europeans chosen by Forbes magazine in its ’30 Under 30′ list. A mobile navigation aide for the visually impaired, a meal kit delivery platform, a t-shirt that allows users to peek inside the human body, a nightlife finder in London… Many tech-related projects that deserve special attention. Here we take a look at a few of them.
03 Aug 2017
Vacationing is easier with a smartphone at hand and a handful of essential apps for the beach, the mountain or the city. Whether to save on fuel, park in the shade or find the nearest public restroom, a millennial’s vacation wouldn’t be the same without a bit of digital help.
18 Apr 2017
From medicine to finance, large-scale data processing technologies are already starting to deliver on their promise to transform contemporary societies. Far-reaching social changes don’t take place overnight. Little by little, they become part of our daily life, until their revolutionary nature dissipates. Years ago, hybrid cars started turning people’s heads. Today, electric cars are becoming less of a rarity – at least in larger cities.
05 Apr 2017
The debates about potential impact of ageing for institutions and economies, the fiscal sustainability of the pension and welfare systems are based on a convention that was established one century ago: the definition of 65 years as the fixed threshold at which old age and economic dependency begins.
27 Mar 2017
The Indian Doctors Association of Houston held its annual gala on Friday, celebrating key community achievements and providing scholarships to young, aspiring doctors.
08 Mar 2017
“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas”. This is one of the most famous quotes from renowned scientist Marie Curie. IT was, precisely, her interest in the world that led her to become the first woman to ever win a Nobel prize, at a time when women were rarely allowed to pursue University studies, at least in Poland.
01 Mar 2017
Francisco González, Group Executive Chairman of BBVA, presented the book The Next Step: Exponential Life in an event held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, This work collects the insights of twenty of the world’s most authoritative voices in a number of fields, analyzing the tremendous opportunities – and the risks and uncertainties – that the so-called “exponential technologies” will bring to humanity
28 Feb 2017
The BBVA Foundation is distinguishing, in this ninth edition of the Frontiers of Knowledge Award, in the Development Cooperation category researchers Pedro Alonso and Peter Myler, for their pivotal role in the fight against infectious diseases that affect millions of people throughout the developing world.
13 Feb 2017
The Dolphins Cancer Challenge, the signature initiative of the Miami Dolphins Foundation’s health pillar, kicked off last Saturday with support from BBVA Compass, Lennar Corporation and The Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation.
31 Jan 2017
The BBVA Foundation has bestowed its Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Biomedicine category on Emmanuelle Charpentier, Jennifer Doudna and Francisco Martínez Mojica, for igniting “the revolution in biology permitted by CRISPR/Cas 9 techniques.” These tools facilitate genome modification with an unprecedented degree of precision and far more cheaply and straightforwardly than any previous method. Not unlike today’s word processing programs, CRISPR/Cas 9 is able to “cut & paste” several genes at the same time.
21 Jun 2016
The presentation ceremony of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards again transformed Madrid headquarters of the BBVA Foundation, into a window from which to contemplate some of the key ideas, insights and challenges that define the modern age.
19 Jun 2016
Optogenetics is a technique whereby light serves to control the behavior of a live animal. The scene might go something like this: the laboratory rat sits peacefully in its box, but with a fiber optic cable emerging from its head. A light comes on and the animal starts to run; the light goes off, and it stops.
18 Apr 2016
IBM is carrying out a neural network project aimed at avoiding and preventing brain seizures using technology.
22 Mar 2016
The World Insurance Report 2016, from the insurance firm Capgemini in partnership with the European Financial Marketing Association (EFMA), found that Spain’s generation Y (young people between 15 and 35 years of age) are among those most disenchanted with the services provided by conventional insurance firms.
07 Mar 2016
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11 Feb 2016
A group of researchers at the Carlos III University in Madrid have developed a prototype of a tool that combines virtual reality with a movement sensor for exercises for the rehabilitation of the shoulder.
18 Dec 2015
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05 May 2015
When seeking private investment, momentum is a key aspect of entrepreneurship. A testament to this is this startup with founders from Mexico, Peru and Kazakhstan, which has focused its efforts on applying research and development to the field of healthcare.
27 Mar 2015
Wearable devices like smartwatches and wristbands have found a goldmine in the sports and health sector. These accessories that are able to constantly monitor the user’s physical activity can be extremely valuable to people who suffer from chronic diseases like diabetes.
09 Oct 2014
The Colombian Laura Parra, the winner of the Innovators Under 35 award in 2013, organized by MIT Technology Review in its Spanish edition in partnership with BBVA, has developed a video game that helps children with mobility problems in their rehabilitation therapy.
29 Jun 2014
The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil not only boasts the presence of the best footballers in the world, but is also the scenario for a host of technological advances and implementations affecting communication both within, as well as, without of the stadiums to prepare for the matches and to hold them.
29 Apr 2014
Francisco González, the president of BBVA, presented the book “Ch@nge in Madrid. 19 fundamental essays on how the Internet is changing our lives”, along with Federico Casalegno, director of MIT Mobile Experience Lab (USA) and Lucien Engelen, director of Regional Acute Healthcare Network, of the Radboud University Medical Centre (Holland), two of the book’s authors.