A theoretical physicist just found a way for us to reach Light Speed
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Travelling at light speeds, or “Warp,” is standard fare for every sci-fi film, but...
US General: ‘Swarms of autonomous Hunter-Killer drones will lead Marines into battle’
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The automation of war, and warfare, is accelerating as countries race to embrace new...
The USAF turned an F-16 fighter jet into the world’s most advanced drone
  WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Militaries around the world are weaponising AI and drones to create semi, or...
Revolutionary new single stage Aerospike powered rocket set for 2018 launch
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF All of today’s rockets are expensive, complex multi stage systems, but ARCA’s new Aerospike...
Russia gets ready to test its new, ‘unbeatable’ hypersonic missile system
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hypersonic weapons have the ability to change the balance of global warfare and render...
SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy launch will attempt upper stage recovery
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Re-using rockets, let alone the world’s largest, is fraught with technical challenges but Musk...
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...
New research shows plants learn like dogs
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Understanding how biological organisms function and respond to stimuli will help biologists find new...
DARPA wants to use genetically modified bugs to rejuvinate diseased crops
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Global food production is already being stretched by Earths growing population with the price...
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...
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...
World’s first flying taxi service will start operations in Dubai this summer
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai wants to be the most futuristic city on Earth so it’s no surprise...
F-35 pilots will team with AI to control swarms of drones in mid flight
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Teams of humans, AI’s and drones take center stage in the future of warfare,...
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...
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...
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...
Your new kindergarten teacher is a small, green dinosaur
Can AI help children learn better? Perhaps… What is green, very small, sounds like Yoda and boasts almost endless wisdom? The...
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...
Robots are taking over and automating the world’s mines
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Automation is taking the world’s mining operations by storm, and it will only be...
Uber is building its own EV charging network in London
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Uber wants to roll out more electric vehicles in London but London’s lack of...
A miniature CERN, scientists create a ‘Particle Accelerator on a Chip’
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Particle accelerators are enormous beasts but being able to miniaturise them and put them...
Australia is building the world’s biggest solar farm
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With solar technology improving in efficiency, and reducing in cost countries now seem to...
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...
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...
Descartes Labs new AI visual search tool lets you find everything on Earth
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF People have been using satellites to take photos of the Earth for decades but...
Wall Street supremo’s pile into a new AI hedge fund dubbed the future of finance
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Until now the financial services industry has never been able to benefit from a...
No humans required, the fully autonomous AI running a Wall Street hedge fund
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Companies that use artificial intelligence to augment their human workers is nothing new, but...
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...
Scientists discover that a virus might be triggering Coeliac disease
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Coeliac disease affects millions of people around the world, and in extreme cases cause...
3D printed cartilage breakthrough offers millions of suffers new hope
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cartilage is unique in that it doesn’t grow back, leaving Arthritis patients, and cancer...
A miniature CERN, scientists create a ‘Particle Accelerator on a Chip’
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Particle accelerators are enormous beasts but being able to miniaturise them and put them...
Second anti-aging pill that extends lifespans by a quarter heads to human trials
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A bacterium found on Easter Island is the source of a drug that extends...
New spinal chord treatment lets paralysed man walk again for the first time
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Put simply paralysis may no longer be a life sentence   In the past...
World first as scientists turn your DNA into a disease fighting computer
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s first DNA computer just broke cover, and it could revolutionise healthcare by...
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,...
Californian sculpture desalinates 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Pipe is a finalist in the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative, a competition to...
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...
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...
Housing company Apis Cor is 3D printing new houses in a day
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the past building a house could take weeks, sometimes months, but new 3D...
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...
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...
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,...
Bach lives again, in AI form
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Trying to emulate human skills and talents isn’t easy – even for humans –...
Point. Click. Create your own 3D avatar and put yourself in the game
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Avatars will play an increasingly important role in the future – whether they’re being...
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...
Dubai will start replacing real police officers with robo-cops in May
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As robots, and robo systems, become more capable countries are finding new uses for...
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...
Researchers hack classified air gapped systems using drones and LED’s
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Air gapped systems are used to hold and protect top secret data, and they’re...
Syria returns 50,000 seeds to the Global Seed Bank
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The global seed bank at Svalbard in the depths of the Arctic Circle is...
Researchers use artificial intelligence to synthetically age faces
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to age people accurately is one of the cornerstone abilities that can...
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...
Two world firsts as researchers hack an unhackable quantum network
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A team of Canadian researchers have achieved a world first and hacked a quantum...
Australia hails the end of passports as it rolls out biometrics at airports
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Biometric border technologies can scan and authenticate you without you ever knowing, or needing...
US Designates Election Infrastructure as ‘Critical’
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With only 55% of the world’s population now living in democracies it’s important that...
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...
CaliBurger rolls out the world’s first burger flipping robot
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robot manufacturers are increasingly targeting the services sector, and that includes flipping burgers  ...
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...
Self healing nano spaceships travelling at a fifth the speed of light help NASA explore the heavens
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many regions of space are still off limits to us because of the extreme...
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...
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...
Darktrace’s new AI automatically stops cyber attacks
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI’s are increasingly being deployed to expose and eliminate cyber security threats and now...
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...
Baidu’s AI just achieved Zero Shot Learning
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As babies humans often “just learn” things, it’s a gift, but now AI’s are...
An AI backed by Elon Musk just ‘evolved’ to learn by itself
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF True unsupervised learning, that allows AI’s to learn by themselves, will represent a quantum...
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...
Fuel-less flights are on the horizon as electric aircraft taxi for take off
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The airline industry is one of the world’s most polluting industries but as battery...
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...
Uber is building its own EV charging network in London
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Uber wants to roll out more electric vehicles in London but London’s lack of...
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...
Two companies announce plans to become the Tesla of the air
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Airlines have been dreaming about electric passenger aircraft for decades, and now the technology...
Watch: Daedulus is an insane, real life flying Iron Man suit
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world needs inventors, dreamers… and crazy people, but most of all we need...
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