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No matter where you are in the world it’s evident that the majority of people now believe the pace of change today is faster than it was ten years ago. And in another ten years it will be faster still. All of this is in no small part thanks to the fact that today we have not a handful, but hundreds of powerful, and increasingly democratised, emerging technologies, that when combined with a new global culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, are spurring change on a scale, and at at a pace, the world has never seen before.

 

Every corner of our global society is being transformed and, through my articles and talks, I help individuals and organisations lift the veil on the emerging technologies that are already helping, and will continue to help visionaries tear down the status quo, and provide audiences with the tools and, perhaps most importantly the critical thinking, that helps them envision and navigate tomorrow’s disruptive threats and new market opportunities.

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Futurist in Paris: The Future of Sustainable Cities, Station F ChangeNOW Summit

Futurist in Paris: The Future of Sustainable Cities, Station F ChangeNOW Summit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The effect that climate change and pollution is having on our society and wellbeing is well documented but it’s clear from this summit that for every problem we face there are hundreds of innovative solutions.   Firstly, a big thanks to the wonderful team, lead...

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Self-destructing algorithms could usher in a new era of cyber security

Self-destructing algorithms could usher in a new era of cyber security

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One time programs perform obfuscated calculations within a “true black box” that then self-destructs keeping all the details of that calculation a secret forever, it has applications for encryption and software protection.   Imagine two millionaires, you and your better half, or alternatively two random...

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As automation accelerates experts debate Universal Basic Income alternatives

As automation accelerates experts debate Universal Basic Income alternatives

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Increasingly sophisticated technologies are bringing about a new revolution in automation that threatens hundreds of millions of jobs, and if unemployment rises governments will need a way to support people who are affected.   In Budapest last week a small crowd gathered to watch Steve Fuller,...

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World’s first ultrasound 3D printer prints and assembles electronics in situ

World’s first ultrasound 3D printer prints and assembles electronics in situ

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s 3D printers can print increasingly complex components but they still need to be sent elsewhere to be assembled into finished products, this new ultrasonic manipulation technique means products can be printed and assembled all within the same printer.   3D Printing is an exciting...

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AI can now listen to individuals in a crowd

AI can now listen to individuals in a crowd

WHY THIS MATTERS This new breakthrough will let our Connected Home devices hear us better, but on the other it also gives organisations the ability to eavesdrop on everyone.   Devices like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home can normally deal with requests from a single person, but like us they often still...

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The FDA just approved it’s first trackable smart pill, more to follow

The FDA just approved it’s first trackable smart pill, more to follow

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Not everyone takes their medication but now companies and doctors can tell precisely when and if a patient has taken their prescribed meds, but it opens up a whole set of questions about ethics, privacy and security.   The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

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IBM announces they’re developing a 50 qubit computer

IBM announces they’re developing a 50 qubit computer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers are on track to be the most powerful form of computing ever and once we start seeing systems that go beyond the 50 qubit mark we will be able to use them to solve some of the world’s most complicated problems.   At...

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The world’s most advanced robot just learnt Parkour

The world’s most advanced robot just learnt Parkour

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Humans evolve at a biological rate, technology evolves at an exponential rate, and ATLAS is improving all the time.   The majority of people like to assume that one day we will live, work and eat alongside robots in perfect harmony in the happy knowledge...

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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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DARPA invests hard cash to bring telepathy to the masses

DARPA invests hard cash to bring telepathy to the masses

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we discover more about how the brain works, organisations around the world are starting to push the boundaries of communication and create new technologies that let humans communicate with each other, and machines, telepathically.   Following on from their recent announcement to spend $50...

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Futurist in Helsinki: The Future of Transportation, Nordic Digital Business Summit

Futurist in Helsinki: The Future of Transportation, Nordic Digital Business Summit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over the next twenty years the transportation industry will see more change than it has in the previous 200 and the impacts of these changes will be felt within every industry, and every corner of society.   Firstly, thanks to Noel and his team for...

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World’s first liquid transistor could usher in a new era of liquid computers

World’s first liquid transistor could usher in a new era of liquid computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Moore’s Law is slowing and as we look to move computing to the edge of the network we need new forms of computing platforms, this is the first step in building the worlds first liquid computer.   For decades now transistors, those tiny electrical switches...

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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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Scientists discovered a new energy source eight times more powerful than nuclear fusion

Scientists discovered a new energy source eight times more powerful than nuclear fusion

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists have found new evidence of a new, theoretical power source that is eight times more powerful than nuclear fusion, and if the theory is proved it will prove to be a revolutionary power source.   This week a team of researchers from Tel Aviv...

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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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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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Lockheed will build America’s next generation of autonomous submarines

Lockheed will build America’s next generation of autonomous submarines

WHY THIS MATTERS It is inevitable that more of the world’s military platforms will become autonomous, and America’s submarines are about to get a huge upgrade.   As part of its plan to turn undersea drones from remote controlled tools and toys into fully enrolled members of the fleet, last...

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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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Google says Quantum Supremacy is just months away

Google says Quantum Supremacy is just months away

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There will come a time when quantum computers will outperform even the fastest “classical” computers, and now that time could be just a few months away   The great promise of quantum computing is its ability to perform calculations of astonishing complexity that are far...

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