ARM CEO challenges the tech industry to build an immune system to prevent a cyber pandemic

ARM CEO challenges the tech industry to build an immune system to prevent a cyber pandemic

WHY IT MATTERS Over the coming decades trillions of devices will become smart and connected and, unless companies and individuals come together to tackle the issue, we could be heading for a cyber security armageddon   Cyber security today is bad, very bad, and as we all buy more devices,...

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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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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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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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Futurist in Swindon: The Future of Defence, UK Ministry of Defence

Futurist in Swindon: The Future of Defence, UK Ministry of Defence

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Defence forms a large part of every sovereign nations capability and identity, so it’s little surprise that it’s one of the world’s most innovative industries and one of the most prolific developers of new technology.   Firstly, I’d like to say a big thank you...

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Farmers in the future will “shepherd herds of robots”

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 nights...

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UK to start self-driving semi-truck trials on public roads in 2018

UK to start self-driving semi-truck trials on public roads in 2018

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technologies that were thought to be decades away from maturity are arriving faster than most people anticipate, and as the UK starts autonomous vehicle tests it won’t be soon before we see the first driverless trucks ploughing our highways   Hot on the heels of...

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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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UK passes payment milestone as cards overtake cash as king

UK passes payment milestone as cards overtake cash as king

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cash has been with us for Millenia, however, slowly but surely its reign is coming to an end but the road to phase it out completely will be a long one   Over the past five years there has been a dramatic rise in the...

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Strong winds in Europe push renewable energy prices negative

Strong winds in Europe push renewable energy prices negative

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewable energy is the future of energy production, and as the technologies becomes more efficient, and as record amounts of new capacity come online they’re changing the economics of the energy industry, leading some to question if oil prices will ever recover   Asides from...

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Experts: AI ‘will beat humans in all tasks by 2060, and take all jobs by 2140’

Experts: AI ‘will beat humans in all tasks by 2060, and take all jobs by 2140’

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The debates about the impact of AI on humanity and civilisation will rage on for decades to come, if not centuries, but there is a broad consensus that our world will change significantly as a result of it in the next fifty years   Enjoy...

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Britain bans sale of combustion engines from 2040

Britain bans sale of combustion engines from 2040

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As electric vehicles become more reliable and affordable countries around the world are sounding the death knell for the combustion engine and banning them from their roads   Everything seems to be going electric these days, from aircraft and ships to cars, and last week UK...

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Google DeepMind has given its AI the ability to imagine and ultimately innovate

Google DeepMind has given its AI the ability to imagine and ultimately innovate

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Imagination is thought to be a uniquely human trait, but now that AI’s are being taught how to imagine not only will it make them better at understanding the consequences of their actions but it could make them better innovators too   Researchers at Google’s...

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Futurist in London: The Future of Customer Experience, Marketforce CX20:20 Summit

Futurist in London: The Future of Customer Experience, Marketforce CX20:20 Summit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of personalisation is intertwined with the future of privacy, and as we head towards an Algorithmic Society I ask if it’s time to take back control of our data.   Today it can be argued that customer experience is more important than ever,...

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Futurist in London: Behind the scenes at Marketforce’s OpsTechFS 2017 event

Futurist in London: Behind the scenes at Marketforce’s OpsTechFS 2017 event

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The financial services industry is going through one of the greatest transformations since its inception as it tackles not one disruption but three, namely AI, Blockchain and “Digital”   Yesterday, and much to the chagrin of the audience of financial services professionals and executives who...

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Terrorists are using ‘Photo morph’ fraud to circumvent border security

Terrorists are using ‘Photo morph’ fraud to circumvent border security

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As companies race to create new biometric security systems, criminals are busy finding new ways to beat them and the Photo Morph is the latest example   Biometric systems, like the ones being rolled out in the airports in Australia,  were supposed to be the...

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Scientists think they’ve found evidence of a parallel universe

Scientists think they’ve found evidence of a parallel universe

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Astrophysisists can’t explain a cold spot on at the edge of our universe using today’s standard models, and they think it could be evidence that a parallel universe is colliding with our own   Scientists are a funny bunch. Actually, I could just end this...

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AI has learnt to predict heart attacks more accurately than doctors

AI has learnt to predict heart attacks more accurately than doctors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every year millions of people die from heart disease and this new system could save thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of extra lives   Every year an estimated 20 million people die from heart disease, but now, hot on the heels of an artificial intelligence (AI)...

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Beware false dreams, Strange Beasts reveals technology’s dark side

Beware false dreams, Strange Beasts reveals technology’s dark side

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sometimes we can forget how powerful, and how immersive, technology can be and this short film provides a timely reminder   Strange Beasts is a dystopian British short film of Netflix’s drama Black Mirror – and it packs an equally strong punch in about a fifth of...

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The robo-lawyer that overturned 160,000 parking tickets is helping refugees claim asylum

The robo-lawyer that overturned 160,000 parking tickets is helping refugees claim asylum

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Claiming asylum is difficult at the best of times, and that’s if you’re not in fear of your life and can understand the language, now DoNotPay’s latest bot makes the process less tortuous   The creator of a chatbot that helped to over turn more...

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