Blockchain experts are putting a stop to governments putting backdoors in software
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Governments want backdoors in software and criminals want to exploit them to spread malware, now a blockchain based system from Switzerland could put a stop to both   A new blockchain based software update framework from the team at the Decentralized-Distributed Systems (DEDIS) lab at the... Read more
Hawaii becomes first US state to pass a bill supporting Universal Basic Income
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s hoped that Universal Basic Income will act as a support net for individuals who loose their jobs to automation, and Hawaii’s state legislature now officially support the idea   As automation continues to bite into the global workforce, whether it’s taking jobs on... 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 Intelligence director: “AI will replace 75 percent of spies”
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day the world’s best spy could very well be an AI, and that’s bad news for Starbuck’s whose biggest coffee shop is on the NSA campus…   The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and an increasingly connected society has already, according to the... 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
Dubai’s first Robocop starts active duty
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It is inevitable that robots will take a more dominant role in our society and by rolling out the world’s first robot police force Dubai has taken the first big step   Almost two years after their initial announcement the world’s first robot policeman... Read more
New blockchain tools are helping people reclaim control of their online identities
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF You lost control of your online information, and your online identity, almost a decade ago, but now companies are using new technologies to help you regain control of it   The Sovrin Foundation, a non profit organisation who’s building a range of online “Self-Sovereign Identity”... Read more
Massive new satellite network can watch everyone on Earth
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new, bolstered, space satellite system to keep watch over the world   Planet, a global satellite company, who recently bought mini-sat company Terra Bella from Google, is used to breaking records. In 2014, a rocket exploded with a payload of 26 of the... Read more
China’s new climate control program is a monster
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A large part of China is arid, with serious implications on the people’s livelihoods and health, the new climate control program will improve their living conditions   China, the world’s second largest economy, announced on Wednesday that it’s going to spend $168 million on... Read more
Blockchain and Universal Basic Income join forces to lift 22,000 children out of poverty
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Despite recent developments, if poverty was a disease governments would classify it as a pandemic, now though the unlikely union of emerging technology and the charity sector could one day drive poverty to zero   As the popularity of blockchain grows so too do... Read more
Two world firsts as researchers hack an unhackable quantum network
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A team of Canadian researchers have achieved a world first and hacked a quantum network, then they accomplished another world first and discovered how to identify hacks   As we saw during the recent 2016 US election, protecting traditional computer systems and electoral systems,... Read more
Australia hails the end of passports as it rolls out biometrics at airports
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Biometric border technologies can scan and authenticate you without you ever knowing, or needing to stop, now Australia are going to use them to replace passports, for good   Australia, for those that have never been, is a beautiful country – and the last... Read more
US Designates Election Infrastructure as ‘Critical’
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With only 55% of the world’s population now living in democracies it’s important that voters, governments, and other nations can trust the integrity of a country’s voting systems, but while this move gives US election systems more protection participation is voluntary so we could... Read more
New H2 smartphone puts a lab grade molecular sensor in your hands
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to analyse the chemical composition of products, particularly counterfeit ones, has long been something you could only do in a lab, now the lab’s in the palm of your hand   Smartphones already do a lot of things, in fact, it’s likely... Read more
Finland rolls out its universal basic income scheme to 2,000 citizens
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As technology replaces and automates more jobs governments are experimenting with universal basic incomes as a means to keep people out of poverty, now Finland has taken the plunge   It’s January 2017, and as promised, Finlands government is now rolling out it’s ambitious Universal... Read more
As machines replace jobs new White House report prioritises education
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As analysts predict that more jobs will be replaced by automation and machines a new White House report plays down Universal Basic Incomes and prioritises investment and education   A new 55 page White House report that investigates the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and... Read more
Elon Musk believes universal basic income is inevitable
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many people believe that a rising tide of automation and intelligent machines will put much of today’s workforce onto the streets leaving governments with no option but to roll out some form of universal basic income, and it appears that Elon Musk thinks the... Read more
Canadian province votes to trial Universal Basic Income
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As technology automates more jobs governments around the world are trialling UBI as a means to potentially mitigate social unrest and increasingly inequality   In the face of growing automation which many governments and analysts believe will lead to a rapid rise in global... Read more
The ultimate bioweapon, scientists have developed an Extinction Gene
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists now have the knowledge and the tools they need to create, and deliver, Doomsday genes which can selectively target and exterminate entire species   Here’s a question that occurs only to madmen and geneticists… How do you get a gene that kills a... Read more
Technology and the future of privacy
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In Millenia past privacy was considered to be a normal part of life but now it is increasingly becoming a privilege and a scarcity, and, if it is not guarded, or looked after wisely, one day it won’t exist at all   I originally... Read more
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