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Amazon continues to branch out with Augmented Reality
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are pros and cons to online and offline shopping, and increasingly retailers, particularly Amazon, are trying to find the happy ground between the two using new technologies like drones and new, immersive reality technologies   According to sources Amazon’s retail plans could extend... Read more
MIT’s breakthrough air battery could make grid scale storage 80 percent cheaper
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewable energy sources are still, by their very nature, unreliable which is why we need cheap, grid scale energy storage solutions if we’re ever going to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels and nuclear power, and MIT’s latest breakthrough could move the dial  ... Read more
Amazon and Google “set to disrupt the loans industry”
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The borders between previously distinct industries are eroding and blurring, and now companies would be wise to re-evaluate the competitive landscape before they find themselves on the wrong end of disruption   It used to be that a tech company was a tech company... Read more
Modern Meadow gets ready to bring 3D printed meat and leather to New York
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Meat and animal products without the animals used to be nothing more than science fiction, but new products are already finding their ways onto supermarket shelves and this is just the beginning of a manufacturing revolution   It’s sounds like it’s straight out of... Read more
World first as Qualcomm shows off the world’s first 5G to mobile data link
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 5G will revolutionise connectivity and connected devices and services, and Qualcomm are claiming they are the world’s first company to deliver a 5G connection to a mobile device   Qualcomm is claiming a world first in the race to bring ultrafast 5G wireless technology... Read more
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... Read more
Researchers use 3D printing to create a soft electronic wearable
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Electronics are normally hard and that makes them difficult to integrate into wearable devices or clothing, but now new soft electronics could pave the way for a whole host of new applications   The human skin, even 3D Printed artificial skin, is amazing, but... Read more
Watch: Intel unbox their exotic new 17 Qubit Quantum computing chip
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the era of silicon computing “fades” we’re entering the “Jurassic Era” of computing and seeing the emergence of many new and exotic types of computing platform, including chemical computing, DNA computing, Molecular computing, Quantum Computing and Photonic computing   On Tuesday Intel announced... Read more
Rise of the “Citizen Developers,” Microsofts Stack Overflow bot makes programming easier
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Imagine being able to build mobile applications and applications without ever having to know how to code. That’s where we’re headed, and it’ll be here sooner than you think   A little while ago I wrote an article on a new first of a... Read more
Infographic: 3D Printing in schools, and preparing children for the future
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology is changing our world at an unprecedented rate, and it’s only going to get faster, as a consequence today’s children will face a radically different future and they need to be prepared for it   Thanks to the team at Quill.com for reaching... Read more
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... Read more
The renewable energy revolution starts at home, American’s are breaking new records
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Slowly but surely energy grids are modernising and decentralising, and homeowners are at the forefront of the shift, embracing renewable energy and new energy systems faster than ever before   Thanks to companies like Tesla and their Powerwall product the residential energy storage market... Read more
Scientists use magnetism to remotely control mice
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists ability to control mice remotely using magnetism could open up new avenues to treat a wide range of degenerative neurological disorders   An international group of scientists based at the Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS) has, for the first time, demonstrated... Read more
Revolutionary new IoT chip communicates miles without using any energy
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF IoT devices only “work” if they have connectivity, but up until now trying to get data from a sensor in a field, or a toaster at home, has meant fitting them all with battery powered communications gear, new backscatter devices solve that issue  ... Read more
New air conditioning breakthrough cools buildings without using any energy
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Air conditioning that can cool buildings without using any energy is the holy grail of aircon, and now the technology’s arriving   Heat naturally flows from hot things to cold things, it’s just a fact of life, and physics, and since there are few... Read more
Lockheed show off their orbiting Mars station concept
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race for Mars is on and companies are now lining up to get astronauts into orbit, and onto, the red planet, and it’s only a matter of time before it happens   At the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, last week rocket... Read more
Ditch your telco provider, Blockchain based Mesh networks are coming to town
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Connectivity is ubiquitous, so we’re told, but today all these different communications channels are siloed and isolated, over the next decade, or two, devices will be able to hop between them all at will   Mesh networks, which ironically are the very same sorts... Read more
Travel to anywhere on Earth in under an hour, Elon Musk reveals his newest plan
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world needs visionaries because they’re the individuals who make us excited about the future and our own human potential, and Elon Musk just did it again   At yesterdays’ International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, Elon Musk, the billionaire polymath and founder of... Read more
Musk unveils his plan to put a million people on Mars starting 2024
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s inevitable that humanity will, at one point or another, become an interplanetary species, and Musk wants it to happen in the next decade   It’s no secret that Elon Musk wants to, on the one hand, get to Mars himself, famously saying back in... Read more
Blockchain entrepreneurs are helping utilities re-invent the powergrid
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The power grids used by most countries were born in a different era, but now, thanks to new technologies like blockchain, grid scale storage and renewables, they’re about to get upgraded   Imagine the scene, a power pole collapses at 8PM on a hot... Read more
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