Revolutionary seawater powered battery gives underwater drones a big boost
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When you’re on land you can just pop to a charging station and re-charge your vehicle, but underwater it’s not so easy – until now   Underwater drones are becoming an increasingly popular – whether it’s to private industry who are increasingly using them... Read more
World first as Chinese scientists communicate without sending any data, revolution in computing beckons
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to communicate without sending any data, and without using any particles as intermediaries, sounds impossible but scientists have just demonstrated it working and it could change everything about technology and communications as we know it   Firstly I’m going to get this... Read more
Is this the first recorded incident of Robo-Suicide?
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day AI and robots might actually have feelings, and then this won’t be as funny…   Most science fiction films are famous for portraying Androids as wannabe humans, whether it’s Data from Star Trek, the freaky one from Aliens, or the nerdy looking... Read more
World first as Chinese scientists teleport particles 300km into space
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Teleportation is the ultimate sci-fi dream, and scientists are getting better at teleporting quantum particles further than ever before but teleporting real objects is still a long way away   Earlier this week Chinese scientists managed to teleport an object from Earth and into... Read more
Microsoft’s AI just got a perfect score on Mrs. Pacman
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Games and play help humans learn new skills, especially when we’re young, but it increasingly looks like AI’s are the superior game players   Video games are one of the best ways to train Artificial Intelligence (AI) – they offer risk free digital environments... Read more
Chinese scientists have built the world’s first quantum satellite network
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum networks promise almost total secrecy but significant hurdles remain to creating international and internet scale networks, now though China looks like it will be the first to create the first international, cross border, quantum network   Late last year, a green dot appeared... Read more
Featured Futurist: Future of Insurance, Risk Management Solutions magazine
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computing will present the insurance industry with an unparalleled opportunity to transform their businesses, in this interview with RMS I discuss how organisations can tackle the challenges that lie ahead   Quantum computing is on many companies minds at the moment and the... Read more
Mine hunting drones can now detect mines from the air
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to detect explosives and mines from the air is a game changer that will help save lives and this is just the first in a long line of new developments   A little while ago I wrote an article about an MQ-9... Read more
Power breakthrough, new Nvidia Xavier AI chips deliver an Exaflop for a megawatt
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nvidia is a chip company on the rise, their GPU’s are increasingly underpinning most company’s AI learning initiatives, and they’re innovating aggressively   At the inaugural GPU Technology Conference Europe the other week Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled Xavier, Nvidia’s all new, all singing... Read more
Researchers set a staggering new Quantum teleportation record
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The techniques and devices used to set a new quantum teleportation record will one day allow us to build the robust quantum repeaters that we need to build secure, internet scale quantum networks   Mention teleportation and real sci-fi fans jump out of their... Read more
The United Nations taps blockchain to solve world hunger
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hundreds of millions of people go hungry every night, and after a succesful pilot the UN thinks that blockchain could help them solve world hunger   Earlier this week United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) announced that 10,000 individuals had taken advantage of its trial to deliver food to... Read more
US Department of Energy taps HP’s ‘Machine’ to beat China to Exascale HPC
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you want to create next generation anything, whether it’s AI, aircraft, drugs, energy, healthcare, or materials you need a supercomputer and today China has the advantage but the US want to get back on top   For the first time in history the... Read more
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 comes most of us find ourselves stuck with fat fingers and tiny screens, but a new future interface might solve your “Fingers and Thumbs” dilema   As a Futurist I... Read more
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, but now technology is helping them in ways that were previously unimaginable Stuff   Whether it’s robots stunning invasive species like Lionfish and the Crown of Thorns, or scientists using... Read more
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 still a barrier, but that’s all beginning to change   Yes, it’s a small world. Or so we’re told. The advent of the telephone and the internet made distance irrelevant... Read more
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 digital, and genetic, profiling and that can be a good, and a bad, thing   Dangerous dystopian tech, or a must have pre-crime tech in an increasingly dangerous world? I’ll... Read more
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 today’s encryption algorithms within minutes, but now Russia says they’ve created the ultimate, secure blockchain technology   Researchers at the Russian Quantum Center (RQC) announced earlier this week that they’ve... Read more
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 finding that their latest and greatest biometric security systems are easier to hack than the password systems they replaced   Criminals know you love taking selfies, and they love your... Read more
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 it into a superfluid at room temperature we could see new breakthroughs in communications and computing   Light only travels in straight lines, or does it? Scientists have known for... Read more
IBM unveils a new 5nm chip process, but 1nm looms on the horizon
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As physical chip design starts to near its limits it is getting harder for companies to keep up with Moore’s Law but IBM’s latest announcement gives it a new shot in the arm – until that is Quantum Computing arrives   IBM, in partnership... Read more
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