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HTT shows off its concept Hyperloop passenger pod
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The amount of interest in the Hyperloop as a future mode of transport is increasing, and companies want you to buy into the vision   Building a new Mach 1.0, or 760mph “train in a tube,” dubbed the Hyperloop – an idea first put out there... Read more
Researchers use brain scanning tech to stream movies from peoples brains
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The brain is one of the most complicated objects in the universe but now scientists are managing to decode it to stream our dreams, emotions and thoughts   Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scanners are an intriguing technology. After all, how many other technologies... Read more
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 likelihood of a crime happening, as well as assign blame after the event   Neuroscientists around the world have been trying to decipher the brain and all of its beautiful... Read more
Quantum computers with DNA and atom scale storage systems will rule the future
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers look set to become the dominant computing platform of the future but today’s storage technology will need a major update too to keep up   We’ve all heard the hype around quantum computing, and we can all feel revolution in the wind, with... Read more
IBM sets a small record as researchers store one bit of data on one atom
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The amount of information society is creating every day is leaving today’s storage technologies creaking at the seams, and our only option is to go smaller   The building blocks of today’s modern computers have been getting progressively smaller ever since they were first... Read more
New storage breakthrough stores 215 petabytes on one gram of DNA
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With so much new information being generated every day we’re already pushing the limits of today’s technologies, but now ultra-dense, ultra-efficient new forms of storage are appearing on the horizon   It’s long been known that today we’re generating more information, faster, than ever... Read more
New breakthrough gives AI a human memory
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Unknown to many AI’s are amnesiacs, they forget almost everything they’re taught, but now a new human like memory system could be about to take AI to the next level and make them much, much smarter   When researchers decide to train their latest... Read more
Hyperloop One announes first test run of its propulsion system in Las Vegas desert
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Hyperloop is a train capable of Mach speed and this is the first time its propulsion system will be put through its paces   Hyperloop One, the company behind trying to bring Elon Musk’s fabled Mach 1.0, or 760mph “train in a tube”... Read more
Kurzweil: AI aces Turing Test in 2029, and the Singularity arrives in 2045
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the capabilities of artificial intelligence increase, and as technology improves at an exponential rate Kurzweil re-affirms his predictions   Most people will know of, or at least heard of, Ray Kurzweil, Google’s famed Director of Engineering, and one of the world’s leading futurists.... Read more
Researchers want to revolutionise artificial intelligence by teaching it common sense
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s leading AI researcher believes that teaching AI’s common sense will lead to a revolution in how they learn and take them to the next level   Around five years ago artificial intelligence (AI) made a giant leap forward and suddenly, almost overnight,... Read more
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 costly, but all of that might soon move into a lab   If you thought that your children will enjoy the same family roast that you’ve always enjoyed then it... Read more
Google Project Sunroof shows off solars huge potential in the US
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over eighty percent of homes in the US could run solar panels and if you want to wean yourself off of fossil fuels then that could be great news   It sounds like an obvious thing, but if you’re a company who’s selling solar... Read more
Explorers wanted: American government tells NASA to get humanity to Mars
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The falling cost of space exploration and grand visions are pushing organisations to take the next giant leap – to make us an interplanetary species   Last week, perhaps in response to the growing interest in Mars from companies such as Boeing, and SpaceX, as... Read more
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 what Disney is playing up to   It’s rare that Disney ever lifts the covers off of its R&D labs, and that sucks when I want to write about it. However,... Read more
World’s top AI experts met to discuss Doomsday scenarios, and solutions
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Showcasing how AI will destroy the world is easy but finding a solution isn’t   Today’s press is full of column inches on the future impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on society. On one side of the fence AI optimists predict a brave new... Read more
Artificial intelligence identifies skin cancer as well as trained doctors
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every year tens of millions of people around the world are diagnosed with skin cancer, and Stanford’s artificial intelligence app could save tens of thousands of lives   It’s scary enough making a doctor’s appointment to see if a strange mole could be cancerous... Read more
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 printing technology is changing the paradigm   If you’re looking to move but can’t find the house of your dreams, you may be able to just print one out for... Read more
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 until now you’ve never been able to search it to find things of interest, or combine it with other data to identify patterns   Recently a company called Planet increased... Read more
The US Army just 3D printed a grenade launcher and grenades
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing will let armies print bespoke weapons and equipment out in the field on demand and change military supply chains, and warfare forever   3D printing has come a long way, companies are using it to print new buildings and sneakers, doctors are... Read more
IBM announces plans to sell a commercial ‘universal’ quantum computer by 2020
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers are hailed as the next evolution of computing that promise immense performance increases over today’s systems and by 2020 they may be ready for prime time   Having laid the groundwork for offerings in other emerging technology categories such as artificial intelligence... Read more
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