AI can now identify your health problems but just looking at you

AI can now identify your health problems but just looking at you

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Millions of people around the world go untreated because doctors can’t diagnose, or sometimes even see, their symptoms, but now AI can use photos to identify health conditions in seconds not days, weeks or years.   Patient number two was born to first-time parents, late...

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Google goes all in on building AI’s that build new AI’s

Google goes all in on building AI’s that build new AI’s

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The majority of companies today see AI as the future, but there is a shortage of individuals and skills in the market to meet demand, as a result companies are now developing AI’s that design and build new AI’s for them.   In recent months...

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Researchers have developed an AI that can identify masked individuals

Researchers have developed an AI that can identify masked individuals

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology is increasingly helping governments and multi-nationals strip away our anonymity and privacy, and the pros and cons depend on which side of the fence you sit, but one thing is certain, in the future there will be no such thing as privacy – online...

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Watch: Yamaha’s insane Motobot race Valentino “The Doctor” Rossi on the track

Watch: Yamaha’s insane Motobot race Valentino “The Doctor” Rossi on the track

WHY THIS MATTERS Part marketing stunt part serious experiment Yamaha’s Motobot robot took on Valentino “The Doctor” Rossi on the track to improve bike safety.   Yamaha was just caught showing off their latest humanoid robot that they put onto one of their motorcycles and pitted it against Valentino Rossi, one...

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Researchers have found a way to successfully debug neural networks

Researchers have found a way to successfully debug neural networks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A bug in your self-driving car’s AI software caused it to drive you off a cliff and you’re dead, you’re probably now wishing that it’d been debugged – and now it can be   If you listen to the venture capitalists in Silicon Valley then...

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Maritime regulator gets set to allow autonomous ships on the high seas

Maritime regulator gets set to allow autonomous ships on the high seas

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As new autonomous ship technologies race ahead we mustn’t forget that nothing happens unless the regulators allow it, but now the dam’s bursting   It can be said that the majority of people and companies normally see change coming well before it arrives, take the...

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Futurist in Oxford: The Future of Disruption, University of Oxford

Futurist in Oxford: The Future of Disruption, University of Oxford

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The pace of disruption is accelerating, and many argue that today is the slowest we will ever move again. In this presentation I discuss the why the pace of disruption accelerating, and the reason why it’s going to switch gears and get even faster, and...

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Nvidia’s newest AI is creating scarily realistic photos of fake celebrities

Nvidia’s newest AI is creating scarily realistic photos of fake celebrities

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial Intelligence is getting more creative and better at creating realistic images and photos that fool even the most cynical experts, and it will bring about a new era in content creation   One of the more unexpected outcomes of today’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) revolution...

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Google DeepMind’s new business unit to assess AI’s impact on society

Google DeepMind’s new business unit to assess AI’s impact on society

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are many controversial, and polarised, views on the impact that AI will have on society, this new business unit, which is one of the first of its kind, will hopefully help clear some of the weeds   In a move to counter the run...

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MIT researchers use AI and a smartphone to see round corners

MIT researchers use AI and a smartphone to see round corners

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cameras that can see around corners are getting better, and the technology is beginning more commercially viable but there’s still a long way to go before you can take pictures around corners   Building cameras that can see around corners is nothing new and over...

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World first as drones and robots plant, tend and harvest their own crops

World first as drones and robots plant, tend and harvest their own crops

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It was only a matter of time before robots autonomously grew and harvested their own crops, and now it’s happened   The Agricultural industry is going through a revolution, whether it’s thanks to organisations like DARPA who are formulating new genetic solutions that can re-vitalise...

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Inside Amazons secret plan to crush retailers with AI fashion designers, stylists and on demand manufacturing

Inside Amazons secret plan to crush retailers with AI fashion designers, stylists and on demand manufacturing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over the past year Amazon has assembled the technology it needs to crush retailers in a new way using AI fashion designers and stylists, new immersive reality platforms, and on demand manufacturing, and, in a move that could bring new pain to today’s retail communities,...

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Infographic: The rise of AI in Poker

Infographic: The rise of AI in Poker

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI researchers are famous for training their AI’s to master all sorts of games, from Go to Starcraft, and while at first it looks like just a bunch of fun there are often real world implications   Thanks to the team at PokerSites for reaching...

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World’s first fully autonomous freight train goes for a spin in Australia

World’s first fully autonomous freight train goes for a spin in Australia

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While every transportation company on Earth is racing to build fully autonomous vehicle they’ve all been beaten to market by the world’s first fully autonomous freight train   This week Rio Tinto, who are already operating the world’s largest autonomous dump truck, the 250 ton...

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Hmmm, are scientists building the technology to stop Hurricanes?

Hmmm, are scientists building the technology to stop Hurricanes?

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you wanted to stop a hurricane trying to stop it when it’s full size would be “almost impossible,” however, if we could catch and neutralise them before they had a chance to form, well, it could be bye bye hurricanes…   Before I start,...

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World first as AI and Blockchain come together to boost “Robot Intelligence”

World first as AI and Blockchain come together to boost “Robot Intelligence”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Up until now AI and Blockchain have been kept separate but now they’re joining forces to accelerate the development of robotic intelligence and the results could be awesome   Arguably the two hottest trends in tech right now are Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain. Yes,...

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Russia reportedly re-activates autonomous “Deadhand” AI, plugs it into nuclear arsenal

Russia reportedly re-activates autonomous “Deadhand” AI, plugs it into nuclear arsenal

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s probably time we had a proper discussion about AI and killer robots, that is if the politicians can see beyond the end of their noses…   Ever since Artificial Intelligence (AI) began helped military complexes and defence organisations move the dial on automating their...

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“Inspirational” AI’s will replace teachers in ten years

“Inspirational” AI’s will replace teachers in ten years

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is finding its way into every industry and the education industry isn’t immune, as a result we’re starting to see the rise of intelligent and adaptable AI learning systems that offer each student their own personalised learning experience   A leading UK education advisor,...

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Tech giants team up to create the world’s first Deep Learning standard

Tech giants team up to create the world’s first Deep Learning standard

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of today’s technology companies are creating proprietary AI’s that can’t interoperate with each other but a new framework from Facebook and Microsoft is setting out to change that   As Artificial Intelligence (AI), and in this case more specifically Machine Learning becomes more pervasive...

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Futurist in Johannesburg: The Future of Innovation, ITWeb Enterprise Mobility Summit

Futurist in Johannesburg: The Future of Innovation, ITWeb Enterprise Mobility Summit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many experts say that creative machines are still decades away, and that machines that can innovate and iterate are even further away, but during this presentation I show that they’re already emerging, writing music and creating mass market products.   It was with great excitement...

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