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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 Russia make big advances in the space the US is stepping up its game   The US has been playing around with hypersonic aircraft for decades now, the most public... Read more
Boeing will trial its first self-piloting planes in 2018
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of transportation is autonomous, and giant passenger planes will be no different   At this week’s Paris Airshow Boeing, who along with Rolls Royce are talking about fuel-less aircraft, announced that they are looking towards a “brave new world” where jetliners fly... Read more
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 Billion is too high for most individuals so he has a plan to get it down to just $200,000   Last year Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla,... Read more
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 want to be at the forefront of the revolution   Elon Musk has let of another Twitter storm, this time concerning the future of Tesla’s autonomous cars and software updates,... 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
Microsoft’s pig wrangling competition is teaching AI’s to cooperate
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s AI’s operate independently of each other, but in the future they’ll need to cooperate and Microsoft wants to teach them how   I live in the countryside in the UK, and I also visited France a lot when I was a child, so... 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
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 own deep space Galactic Positioning System (GPS) using pulsars as galactic beacons   If you want to travel in deep space, for example, aboard Stephen Hawking’s interstellar spaceship, which admittedly... Read more
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 ever before, and earlier detection means earlier treatment and better chances of survival for those who have the disease   Scientists from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre and Grail,... Read more
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 of vaccines that are being produced could be contagious and that could change health, and healthcare, forever   What if you never got ill again? Ever. I’m not talking about... Read more
Watch: SpaceX sticks another great landing
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF SpaceX’s re-useable rockets have helped revolutionise and lower the cost of space exploration, and the Falcon 9 just stuck another landing   SpaceX, whose larger reusable Falcon Heavy rockets will one day take colonists to Mars, successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket for the... Read more
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 being used by the A&R industry to filter out the winners from the losers   $100 million. That’s the value, that Music XRay, a 21st century A&R company that uses Artificial... 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
World first as scientists create the first Black Hole on Earth
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It can be said that science fiction writers have a love affair with black holes, and now a team of American scientists have managed to spontaneously create a molecule sized one here on Earth   Black holes are without question the most powerful objects... Read more
Google’s new AI can build AI’s that eclipse those created by human experts
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It is inevitable that one day the majority, if not all, new AI’s will be created by AI’s and not humans, and that day might come sooner than we think   Machine learning experts and data scientists are in increasingly short supply as organisations... Read more
Space adventurers could be the first true ‘Designer humans’
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Space is the harshest environment known to man and the idea of creating the world’s first genetically altered humans who can survive its extremes “naturally” without the need to take their artificial environments with them is gaining traction   At last year’s International Astronautical Congress... Read more
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 be fatal or at best catastrophic, but a new breakthrough treatment has managed to wake up long term comatose patients   Sometimes when people experience a severe brain injury, or... Read more
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 of millions of lives at high risk, but now scientists are designing new genetics based antibiotic treatments that could kill off bacteria’s natural advantage   Even since Alexander Fleming stumbled... Read more
Microsoft will offer DNA storage in the cloud by 2020
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With the amount of information on the planet exploding and traditional storage technologies reaching their theoretical limits we need a new way to store the torrents of data society is creating, and DNA storage looks increasingly like it’s the answer   Microsoft, who last... Read more
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