Toyota ties up with blockchain startups to connect its world
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Blockchain is one of the world’s most promising emerging technologies and it’s now finding its way into the automotive and transportation sectors   Just a few weeks after Ford officially ousted its CEO in order to make way for a new, more future focused... Read more
LTE meets WiFi as Intel, Ericsson, Nokia and Qualcomm fire up MulteFire
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Licensed spectrum is expensive and it gets crowded quickly, now some of the world’s largest companies are banding together to create a new communications standard that combines the best of Wifi and LTE to create ultra fast, flexible networks   A consortium of wireless... Read more
DTCC wants to put hundreds of trillions of dollars of securities transactions on the blockchain
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Vice Chairman of the DTCC argues that a lack of standards is holding back blockchains adoption in the financial services industry, and he wants to change that   Last week Larry Thompson, the Vice Chairman of the US Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation... Read more
Facebook launches itself into developing brain reading tech
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Mark Zuckerberg wants to create the world’s largest, and maybe only, telepathic network and he’s slowly pulling all the pieces together   As if Facebook wasn’t already pervasive enough in everyday life, with the total number of users reaching two billion people, the company’s... Read more
New blockchain tools are helping people reclaim control of their online identities
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF You lost control of your online information, and your online identity, almost a decade ago, but now companies are using new technologies to help you regain control of it   The Sovrin Foundation, a non profit organisation who’s building a range of online “Self-Sovereign Identity”... Read more
An AI hedge fund designed a cryptocurrency to open source Wall Street
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The finance marketplace is unique in that, unlike the technology sector, it has little to no “network effect” but one entrepreneur is trying to change that   Wall Street is a competition, a Darwinian battle for the almighty dollar. Gordon Gekko said that greed... Read more
IBM and Hyperledger launch enterprise ready blockchain
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Blockchain is quickly emerging as one of the world’s most disruptive technologies, and IBM wants everyone to have access to it   Following hot on the heels of announcing that it wants to be the first company to offer the world’s first universal “Quantum... Read more
Brain scan experiment detects guilt, opens the way for pre-crime tech
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to detect that someone feels guilty could be used to detect the likelihood of a crime happening, as well as assign blame after the event   Neuroscientists around the world have been trying to decipher the brain and all of its beautiful... Read more
Google DeepMind uses bitcoin like tech to track NHS patient data
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Plagued by critics who accuse Google DeepMind of getting too much “free” access to NHS patient data, DeepMind’s new “bitcoin like” audit platform will let people know exactly how data is being accessed and used   Google’s AI powered health tech subsidiary, DeepMind Health, is planning... Read more
New brain research discovers people are great at predicting what’ll go viral
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Why does anything go viral? Ask a million people and a million people will have a million different answers, but according to new research the real answer’s inside your head   I have to admit that as I read through the science behind this... Read more
Humans come up trumps as Facebook rolls out its solution for fake news
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Fake news is now regarded as one of the most politically destabilising developments in recent years, Facebook’s new solution hopes to turn the tide on the fakers   Ironically, for all the amazing things that artificial intelligence (AI) can do, from running Wall Street... Read more
Walmart chases Amazon Go, will start trialling cashierless stores
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The retail wars are hotting up and innovation is still many retailers weapon of choice, but as Walmart steps up the pressure on Amazon hopefully customers should be the winners   Following in the footsteps of its arch rival Amazon, Walmart has announced that it... Read more
A connected heart just helped convict a man of arson
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Connecting devices to each other and to the internet can make them much smarter, and much more usable, but increasingly companies and law enforcement are using connected devices to track, log and analyse our activities, and that has some serious privacy implications   People... Read more
Blockchain and Universal Basic Income join forces to lift 22,000 children out of poverty
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Despite recent developments, if poverty was a disease governments would classify it as a pandemic, now though the unlikely union of emerging technology and the charity sector could one day drive poverty to zero   As the popularity of blockchain grows so too do... Read more
Researchers prove your smart watch can flag when you’re getting ill
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every doctor will tell you that the earlier you can detect and diagnose disease the better your chances of recovery, and the swifter it will be, now smart devices might know you’re ill before you do   Wearables have been struggling to find a... Read more
Hiding on the Dark Web just got a whole lot easier
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new Tor update has just created a new, even darker section of the Dark Web and it’s great news for privacy advocates – and criminals   Only ten to twenty percent of the web can be searched and indexed by search engines, and... Read more
World first as Norway turns off FM radio and goes digital only
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Old FM analogue technologies have been with us for centuries but demanding infrastructure requirements, poor signal quality and low data rates mean that a switch to DAB is long overdue   All of you reading this article will have grown up listening to FM... Read more
Goldman Sachs wants to put FX trades on the blockchain
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Using a blockchain will allow Goldman to settle FX trades in real time, without the need for expensive intermediaries and without compromising compliance, integrity or security   Trading currencies is costly and slow for traders at major financial institutions – transactions need to go... Read more
Google and Facebook are building the worlds fastest trans Pacific internet cable
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Global internet use is exploding and more of the internet giants are taking it upon themselves to fund their own trans oceanic internet cables in order to secure spectrum, decrease latency and improve security   The world of submarine internet cables is vast and... Read more
Elon Musk believes universal basic income is inevitable
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many people believe that a rising tide of automation and intelligent machines will put much of today’s workforce onto the streets leaving governments with no option but to roll out some form of universal basic income, and it appears that Elon Musk thinks the... Read more
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