WhyAfter a drop in sales last fall, unveiled a new machine, NovaSeq, that will be capable of sequencing 48 entire human genomes in two and a half days—and could one day push the cost of genome sequencing down to $100.Company Details
$850,000:price of the cheaper of its two NovaSeq models
WhyWhile advancing autopilot technology in its Model S and X cars, the company is taking electric vehicles mainstream with its $35,000 Model 3 car, which already has 400,000 pre-orders.Company Details
50 percentAccording to CEO Elon Musk, drivers have a 50 percent lower chance of having an accident when driving with Tesla Autopilot.
WhyCreating an AI-powered store of the future with Amazon Go while expanding intelligent voice assistant Alexa into phones, cars, and more.Company Details
12,000:number of programs that software developers have published for Alexa
WhyTurning its insanely popular chat platform WeChat into a virtual operating system featuring mini programs.Company Details
50 percent:proportion of WeChat’s 770 million daily users who are on the service at least 90 minutes a day
WhyBuilding out its advertising business by partnering with Viacom to sell ads and with Nielsen for marketing campaign data.Company Details
10 billionNumber of videos that are seen on the app every day.
WhyMoving to incorporate AI into its businesses as it focuses on technological innovation in wind and renewable energy, data-driven services, and other business lines.Company Details
60,000:number of jet engines GE says will be connected to the Internet by 2020
WhyChanging the economics of space travel with its successful landing and recycling of rockets to be recycled for multiple tripsCompany Details
10 percent:price discount being considered for customers who agree to fly their payloads on reused rockets
162,037Number of active Uber drivers as of December 2014
WhyDespite the high-profile loss this year of its well-regarded head of AI, Andrew Ng, the company is doing important work in the field, including leading China’s National Engineering Lab of Deep Learning Technology and Application.Company Details
1,300:number of employees dedicated to working on AI
$45 billionMost recent valuation for the private company
WhyUsing RNA interference to create alternatives to conventional GMOs.Company Details
$1.5 billionMoney invested last year in research on new biotech traits, genomics, and more.
WhyIts innovative batteries for the power grid make this startup unusually successful in a tough industry.Company Details
BackersInclude Bill Gates, Shell.
WhyExploring new technologies like blockchain and cloud AI while continuing work on important long-term challenges like quantum computing.Company Details
400:number of customers the company has worked with on blockchain applications
$12 billionFreescale’s value in a proposed acquisition by a Dutch semiconductor maker