Farmers in the future will “shepherd herds of robots”
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots sat in the doldrums for years without much happening but now, fuelled by AI and advance Machine vision capabilities they’re suddenly coming on leaps and bounds   The farmworker toiling in a field in Lincolnshire on a recent morning is happy to work... Read more
US legislators new SELF DRIVE Act lays the foundation for a country full of driverless vehicles
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As automakers continue their pursuit of the perfect self-driving car US lawmakers are uncharacteristically leading the charge and laying the groundwork to facilitate a nation full of autonomous vehicles   Last year Michigan became the first city in the US to sign into law a... Read more
World’s first holographic smartphone makes its debut
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Advances in nanotechnology and nanophotonics are helping companies make great strides in creating, and bringing to market, new holographic display systems and they’re only just getting started   A few months ago cinema camera maker RED came out with the surprise announcement that they... Read more
Researchers use just 14 atoms to build the world’s first 0.5nm transistor
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As silicon based transistors, the bed rock of today’s modern computing platforms, near their theoretical limits we will see the birth of several new types of computing platforms that will dominate the decades to come   We are always being told that Moore’s Law... Read more
Microsoft unveils it’s new real time AI engine
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI’s that can analyse data in real time will become increasingly important as we come to rely on them more and more to help us make, and automate, decisions   It’s probably fair to say that in many cases, whether it’s the new breed... Read more
AI is helping create realistic “Fake news!” videos and it’s going to be a problem
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability of “unethical actors” to create realistic looking video and audio of famous people to generate “Fake news!” is accelerating exponentially and politicians are already way behind the curve   Over the past couple of years, even before “Fake news!” became the monster... Read more
Amazon is building a creative AI that can design clothes
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most experts think that we are decades away from creating machines that are capable of “creation” and “innovation” but they’re arriving now and many companies around the world could suddenly find themselves being out innovated at an inconceivable pace   Over the past couple... Read more
Virtual reality lets cyber security experts patrol their networks Matrix style
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Virtual reality will give cybersecurity analysts the ability to patrol their networks like cops On the beat in the real world, and it could lead to significant gains in productivity and protection   The future of the workplace is, understandably, a hot topic for... Read more
DNA encryption arrives to protect your genome from prying eyes
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are increasingly sharing our DNA data online, and sometimes you don’t want everyone to see everything, so now researchers have developed the world’s first DNA Encryption product   When we talk about “security” it’s probably fair to say that not many people think... Read more
The world’s first AI produced music album breaks cover
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the short term musicians and artists will increasingly find themselves collaborating alongside with AI, but by next year we’ll start seeing AI’s go it alone   This week it was announced that Taryn Southern, who’s no stranger to the music industry with over... Read more
World first as researchers hack a computer using modified DNA
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we increasingly become masters of manipulating the makeup of life criminals will find new, innovative ways, to breach computer systems and cause havoc   We are increasingly becoming masters of manipulating the building blocks of life, whether it’s creating new “alien” life forms... Read more
Brace yourselves AI is about to make the “Fake News!” problem a whole lot worse
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are approaching a dangerous threshold where one day, in the next few years, you won’t be able to trust what you see, or easily distinguish fake news from real news, and it could have big consequences on democracy and society   Over the... Read more
Euclideon unveils the world’s first multi-user hologram table
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Holograms are a science fiction staple, and using a trick of the light, Euclideon and their new holographic table have gotten closer to bringing them to reality than anyone else   This week Australian company Euclideon announced they’ve managed to build what is being... Read more
Scientists have built the world’s first biological ‘teleporter’
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We have reached the point where we can digitise life itself, albeit at a micro scale, and that opens up a whole host of new opportunities, from being able to create bespoke synthetic organisms to teleporting life across the universe   The chance of... Read more
This new test will tell us if AI has become self-aware and gained consciousness
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The proof that we are turning science fiction into science fact every day is all around us, so we should conclude that one day AI will become conscious and self-aware, and now we can test for it   A few weeks ago Facebook unveiled... Read more
Australian researchers claim a blockchain record of 440,000 transactions per second
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Blockchains relatively low transaction speeds could stop it from reaching its full potential, but now a research group from USYD claim to have smashed the performance barrier that could have held it back   Researchers at Australia’s University of Sydney (USYD) announced this week... Read more
HPC and Quantum Computing experts partner to create the first Exascale applications
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF ORNL and D-Wave hope that by combining their expertise in HPC and Quantum computing they can make Exascale computing a reality sooner rather than later   Just a couple of months after the US Department of Energy (DoE)  announced their partnership with HPE and their... Read more
Nvidia’s latest autonomous drone flies off grid
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Increasingly more devices and products are able to navigate their surroundings without having to rely on external systems or platforms, and as AI moves into the devices themselves it’s all just one more step on the path to fully autonomous behaviours   GPS can... Read more
MIT tests the future of cybersecurity, pits AI’s against AI’s
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future cybersecurity will be almost fully automated using AI, and many say we’ve already entered into a new AI fuelled digital arms race   Hot on the heels of DARPA’s Capture the Flag cybersecurity competition that they held last year, where thirteen... Read more
Facebook creates a new intelligence test to test how smart AI’s really are
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today we only have one yard stick to measure how intelligent an AI really is, and it’s out dated, so Facebook has created a new one fit for the modern age   One of the greatest common misconceptions about many of today’s Artificial Intelligence (AI)... Read more
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