Lockheed confirms it’s building the unmanned hypersonic SR-72 aircraft
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The next generation of aircraft, and warfare, will be hypersonic and as China and...
Travel to Mars for $200,000 on Elon Musk’s SpaceX Express
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Elon Musk wants you to live on Mars but today’s ticket price of $10...
Maiden flight of SpaceX rocket that will take tourists to the Moon lifts off in three months
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Falcon Heavy will be one of largest rockets ever built and one day...
Elbit’s persistent surveillance drone can watch entire cities in real time
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an age where threats can lurk anywhere authorities are calling out for new...
NASA gets ready to trial SEXTANT, its galactic navigation technology
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are no accurate maps of deep space but now NASA are creating their...
Russian researchers have created a ‘Quantum safe’ blockchain
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tomorrow’s quantum computers will be able to crack at least seventy percent of all...
Meet the new harvesting robots that can pick 10,000 apples an hour
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Jobs that require precision and dexterity have long been protected against automation because robots...
World’s biggest meat producer begins rolling out robot butchers
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lower cost robots are increasingly being augmented with advanced AI and that’s accelerating the...
Meat without the animals, Memphis Meats shows off new lab produced beef, chicken and duck dishes
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Setting side huge areas of the earth to raise animals is wasteful and environmentally...
China’s new climate control program is a monster
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A large part of China is arid, with serious implications on the people’s livelihoods...
Genetically modified super cows are resistant to tuberculosis
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every year in the UK over 36,000 cattle that contract TB are culled, but...
World first as scientists use two new DNA letters to create new “alien” life form
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Life’s DNA has always been coded using just four letters, but now researchers have...
The robo-lawyer that overturned 160,000 parking tickets is helping refugees claim asylum
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Claiming asylum is difficult at the best of times, and that’s if you’re not...
JPMorgan unleashes artificial intelligence to automate its legal work
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With massive technology budgets and a paranoia of startups stealing a march Wall Street...
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,...
Liberatus AI whips world’s top poker players to take $1.7m pot
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Poker is unpredictable, and noone predicted an AI would beat four of the world’s...
Robo-lawyers want to automate the entire legal world
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most lawyers and legal professionals agree that their profession hasn’t changed much in hundreds...
Virtual reality plays its role in convicting Nazi SS guards who killed millions
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Criminal convictions, particularly involving historic crimes, are often made or broken on just how...
Skype can now translate ten languages in real time
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over the past five decades the world has got immeasurably smaller but language is...
Scientists have turned light into a frictionless fluid that acts like water
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Light can behave in strange ways but now that scientists have managed to turn...
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...
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...
Google and HTC are developing invisible VR headsets
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The best technology is invisible, and Google and HTC hope that this counts  ...
New brain reading computer lets paralysed patients communicate by thought
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many people take the ability to communicate for granted, but millions of people aren’t...
The size of a grain of rice, researchers unveil the world’s smallest computers
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Micromotes will stop the sensors at the edge of the world’s networks from flooding...
Google and HTC are developing invisible VR headsets
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The best technology is invisible, and Google and HTC hope that this counts  ...
New brain reading computer lets paralysed patients communicate by thought
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many people take the ability to communicate for granted, but millions of people aren’t...
Scientists 3D print an Eagle eye camera that’s smaller than a human hair
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are plenty of devices today that are too small, or lack the computing...
MIT’s newest chip could bring speech recognition to every device
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we use and interact with devices is changing, increasingly we’ll be using...
Artificial intelligence diagnoses disease by listening to your voice
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Your voice can tell people a lot about how you’re feeling, but now machine...
DARPA splurges $50million to help spies upload information to their brains ‘Matrix’ style
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF You think that it’s inevitable that the machines will come for your job, but...
Scientists create a hive mind between two rats on different continents
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As scientists continue to push the boundaries of brain computer interfaces we’re getting closer...
As machines replace jobs new White House report prioritises education
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As analysts predict that more jobs will be replaced by automation and machines a...
Researchers used Jennifer Aniston to discover how we form long term memories
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Understanding how our brain creates memories paves the way for new treatments for neurodegenerative...
The future of jobs in a Machine World
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are all aware that technology is capable of replacing particular categories of jobs,...
An AI Bot posing as a Teaching Assistant fooled students for five months
A quiet revolution is coming, one that will eventually turn every industry into a dumb pipe and flip the world...
An ocean going drone is protecting the world’s largest marine reserve
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Conservations have always had to work on a budget, I know, I’ve been one,...
China brings the world’s largest floating solar power plant online
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Solar power is on an unstoppable roll and with companies bringing new capacity online...
Atlanta joins 26 other US cities, commits to run entirely on renewable energy by 2035
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One by one major US cities are committing themselves to a green future and...
Swiss scientists are growing glaciers to turn back the effects of global warming
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A crazy plan to re-freeze the arctic isn’t as crazy as it sounds, and...
Japanese scientists want to be the first to drill into the Earth’s mantle
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to drill through the the Earth’s mantle will not only help us...
Harvard gets ready to geoengineer the Earth’s atmosphere
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Climate change still looks like it’s a runaway train, albeit that optimists think that...
Russian researchers have created a ‘Quantum safe’ blockchain
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tomorrow’s quantum computers will be able to crack at least seventy percent of all...
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...
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...
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...
The Future of Insurance 2020 &Beyond
THE INSURANCE industry, it can be argued, is unique because, unlike other industries its services help support and protect...
Wall Street traders are getting crushed by AI
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF More investment companies are embracing AI to help them find an edge in the...
A simple blood test detects cancer years earlier than previously possible
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new blood test will, one day, let doctors detect cancer years earlier than...
Scientists are creating next generation vaccines that are contagious
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way that we vaccinate people today is, arguably, outmoded, but the next generation...
An Australian AI can predict when you’ll die with 70 percent accuracy
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF How long you have left to live is determined by a whole range of...
Indian regulators green light two companies to bring people back from the dead
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technology is pushing the boundaries on life extension, and now death, and there...
Scientists have used a new breakthrough treatment to wake up coma patients
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When patients fall into comas the effects on them, and their loved ones can...
Promising ‘Genetic Chainsaw in a pill’ could solve the world’s antibiotic crisis
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bacteria’s stellar ability to rapidly evolve to overcome today’s most potent antibiotics puts tens...
Futurist in Dubai: Behind the scenes at IAICC, Dubai’s international innovation conference
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai is a city that was gifted nothing, and had to earn everything, and...
Branson announces Virgin Galactic will send tourists into space in 2018
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s been a long time coming but Richard Branson believes Virgin Galactic’s first space...
Thomas Cook lets you experience your holiday in virtual reality before you buy
Virtual reality holidays come to the high street Virtual reality content is being trialled for the first time by...
Get a drones-eye view with this new headset
Birds eye view takes on a new meaning Last week DJI announced an all too cool new product for...
Dubai announces plans to put the entire Emirate onto the blockchain
Dubai wants to become less dependent on oil and the emirate is rapidly becoming one of the most progressive...
The future of jobs in a Machine World
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are all aware that technology is capable of replacing particular categories of jobs,...
World’s biggest meat producer begins rolling out robot butchers
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lower cost robots are increasingly being augmented with advanced AI and that’s accelerating the...
The first Mars colony will be 3D printed from Martian dust
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The colossal distances involved in getting to Mars means that shipping equipment to Mars...
Printed transistor breakthrough opens door for printed electronics and smart goods
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to simply, and cost effectively, print transistors en masse will create millions...
PassivDom can 3D print you a $32,000 house in eight hours
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As 3D printing techniques improve we’ll see more house builders embrace the technology to...
Adidas unveils their first 3D printed mass market sneaker
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing will usher in a new era of on demand, personalised clothing that...
Adidas shows off it’s new ‘on demand’ clothing store
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s inevitable that one day we will be able to personalise and manufacture bespoke...
Some of the biggest names in A&R are using AI to pick future stars
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI’s list of tricks and new skills know no bounds and now it’s increasingly...
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...
Inside the Sony lab making the world’s first AI music album
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence is getting creative and later this year Sony plan on releasing the...
Beware false dreams, Strange Beasts reveals technology’s dark side
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sometimes we can forget how powerful, and how immersive, technology can be and this...
Watch: Sony released two new songs from an unsigned AI
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Creative machines should be decades away but they’re here, today, and increasingly it looks...
Disney hopes children will love its new autonomous story-telling robots
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sometimes the best technology is the technology that comes across as magic, and that’s...
Elbit’s persistent surveillance drone can watch entire cities in real time
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an age where threats can lurk anywhere authorities are calling out for new...
Futurist in Dubai: Behind the scenes at IAICC, Dubai’s international innovation conference
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai is a city that was gifted nothing, and had to earn everything, and...
Companies want to use AI to judge your ‘Character’ from just a photo
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are well on the path to creating a society shaped and guided by...
Hackers have found a new way to hack Samsung’s iris security system
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Biometric security systems are awesome, until they’re hacked, and increasingly companies and individuals are...
Terrorists are using ‘Photo morph’ fraud to circumvent border security
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As companies race to create new biometric security systems, criminals are busy finding new...
Dubai’s first Robocop starts active duty
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It is inevitable that robots will take a more dominant role in our society...
Russian researchers have created a ‘Quantum safe’ blockchain
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tomorrow’s quantum computers will be able to crack at least seventy percent of all...
Dubai’s first Robocop starts active duty
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It is inevitable that robots will take a more dominant role in our society...
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...
Massive new satellite network can watch everyone on Earth
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new, bolstered, space satellite system to keep watch over the world   Planet,...
China’s new climate control program is a monster
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A large part of China is arid, with serious implications on the people’s livelihoods...
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...
Amazon is on track be the world’s first fully automated fulfilment company
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The combination of “old school” robotics and new AI and Machine Vision technologies is...
Printed transistor breakthrough opens door for printed electronics and smart goods
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to simply, and cost effectively, print transistors en masse will create millions...
Meet the robot that wants to replace fork lift truck drivers
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Forklift drivers have so far been lucky to escape the clutches of automation, but...
Adidas unveils their first 3D printed mass market sneaker
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing will usher in a new era of on demand, personalised clothing that...
Locus’s new robots learn to navigate warehouses by themselves
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The process of automating, and replacing more human workers, is paved with small advances...
Warehouse robot’s upgrade helps it pick goods at human speed
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots are now as fast and accurate as human workers when it comes to...
Scientists think they’ve found evidence of a parallel universe
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Astrophysisists can’t explain a cold spot on at the edge of our universe using...
SpaceX teases a photo of the Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you want to build a colony on Mars you need a big rocket...
New heat resistant material shatters records
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we push the boundaries and create new, more powerful nuclear reactors, and faster...
Japan gets ready to test its space junk grabbing space whip
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Space debris is an increasingly serious problem for space agencies who are loosing more...
New nanomaterial exploits radiation to create more powerful nuclear reactors
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Todays nuclear reactors are limited by their operating temperatures, this new nanoceramic material could...
Scientists discovered a planet ravaged by storms of rubies and sapphires
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This is the first time that we have observed weather on another planet, the...
Adidas unveils their first 3D printed mass market sneaker
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing will usher in a new era of on demand, personalised clothing that...
These new Adidas trainers are made entirely from up-cycled ocean plastic
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Soon there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans, but hopefully up-cycling...
Under Armour’s new trainers are inspired by nature, designed by an AI and 3D printed
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The rise of a new breed of creative machines is helping companies design and...
This scuba mask concept lets divers swim without tanks
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New nanomaterials that can filter and separate out a wide variety of chemicals, organic...
Scientists use defects to create a new programmable material
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Programmable materials are a new class of revolutionary materials that can be manufactured once...
Australian researchers reproduce the effects of excercise with a pill
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Exercise has undisputed benefits when it comes to helping us live longer, healthier lives...
SkinTrack lets you control your smart watch with your skin
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day computers will be in us, not on us, but until that day...
An ocean going drone is protecting the world’s largest marine reserve
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Conservations have always had to work on a budget, I know, I’ve been one,...
Skype can now translate ten languages in real time
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over the past five decades the world has got immeasurably smaller but language is...
Companies want to use AI to judge your ‘Character’ from just a photo
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are well on the path to creating a society shaped and guided by...
Russian researchers have created a ‘Quantum safe’ blockchain
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tomorrow’s quantum computers will be able to crack at least seventy percent of all...
Hackers have found a new way to hack Samsung’s iris security system
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Biometric security systems are awesome, until they’re hacked, and increasingly companies and individuals are...
Tesla’s self-driving cars will drive coast to coast in 2018
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Auto manufacturers are relentlessly pursuing a future without drivers and Elon Musk and Tesla...
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...
Switzerland might build a $3.4Bn autonomous underground transport system
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Roads around the world are filling up with cars and lorries and now Switzerland...
India to go all in on electric vehicles, sale of combustion engines will end in 2030
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The electric vehicle revolution is gaining speed, and now India follows in Germany’s footsteps...
Amazon is on track be the world’s first fully automated fulfilment company
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The combination of “old school” robotics and new AI and Machine Vision technologies is...
Elon Musk bought a boring machine but is it for LA or Mars?
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Los Angeles has a traffic problem, Mars has a radiation problem… Elon Musk has...
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