US Navy shows off first of a kind laser weapon by destroying drones over the Pacific

US Navy shows off first of a kind laser weapon by destroying drones over the Pacific

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New weapons of war are emerging, from autonomous robotic weapons systems to hypersonic weapons systems, so the military needs a new way to defeat them all.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Laser weapons like the ones in...

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Israeli researchers newest hack uses fans to steal classified data from top secret servers

Israeli researchers newest hack uses fans to steal classified data from top secret servers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Security is a game of cat and mouse, and there are plenty of ways to steal top secret data …   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. If you have top secret data to protect like, in today’s time...

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The US Space Force shows off its first offensive space weapon

The US Space Force shows off its first offensive space weapon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Space is just another battleground waiting to be spun up, and the US just raised the stakes again.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The race for space is on – literally. Whether it’s Elon Musk trying to...

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Microsoft AI that discovers 97 percent of critical software security flaws released

Microsoft AI that discovers 97 percent of critical software security flaws released

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The digital world is reliant on software that contains bugs and security vulnerabilities that all need identifying and patching, this new AI automates the task.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. I’ve written extensively before about a new...

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Lack of Covid-19 vaccine pushes DARPA to develop a therapeutic “Shield”

Lack of Covid-19 vaccine pushes DARPA to develop a therapeutic “Shield”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It takes years to develop vaccines, but when pandemics emerge you only have months and that’s not enough time so DARPA are trying to create a therapeutic shield to protect people until they arrive.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote,...

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DARPA announces “Counter-Hypersonics” program to counter the catastrophic threat from hypersonic weapons

DARPA announces “Counter-Hypersonics” program to counter the catastrophic threat from hypersonic weapons

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF All of today’s military machines and apparatus are defenceless against hypersonic weapons, and the US military needs an answer to this growing threat and fast.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. All of the world’s major military powers...

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MIT invents a cryptographic “Tag of Everything” to defeat counterfeiters

MIT invents a cryptographic “Tag of Everything” to defeat counterfeiters

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As it gets easier to produce products of every kind, from parts for nuclear submarines to medicines, we need a way to guarantee the authenticity of our products.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently a team in...

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ClearView puts the full power of facial recognition into law enforcement’s hands

ClearView puts the full power of facial recognition into law enforcement’s hands

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Imagine no longer being anonymous in public – that reality is already here.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Biometric identification is great, unless of course you value your privacy. And today we’re mostly used to facial recognition...

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Russia’s new 200 knot “supercavitating” torpedoes leave America speechless

Russia’s new 200 knot “supercavitating” torpedoes leave America speechless

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Innovation can happen anywhere, and if you can find a way to eliminate the friction around torpedoes then they can literally fly at high speed.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently Russia became the first  military power...

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Russia becomes the first country in the world to deploy hypersonic weapons

Russia becomes the first country in the world to deploy hypersonic weapons

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most countries are now on a tear to develop the first generation of hypersonic weapons, and Russia just became the first to deploy them in active service.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Hypersonic weapons that travel anywhere...

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Researchers unveil an unhackable chip that even quantum computers can’t crack

Researchers unveil an unhackable chip that even quantum computers can’t crack

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers will be able to crack most encryption systems on the planet, but this new security system is apparently uncrackable.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The word unhackable is a strong one and recently there have...

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World leaders can rest easy for now after researchers find new ways to reveal DeepFakes

World leaders can rest easy for now after researchers find new ways to reveal DeepFakes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are now locked in a war as nefarious actors find new ways to weaponsise deepfakes and fake news, and defenders try to figure out how to discover and flag it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. An...

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First of a kind attack as criminals clone a CEO’s voice and con UK energy firm out of $243,000

First of a kind attack as criminals clone a CEO’s voice and con UK energy firm out of $243,000

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI’s get better at creating fake content, or synthetic content, this type of attack will be the start of a new worrying trend.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. After Google’s Duplex demonstration last year it’s clear...

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Baltimore becomes the first US city to be watched from the air 24/7

Baltimore becomes the first US city to be watched from the air 24/7

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As airborne platforms, from aircraft to drones, and as machine vision and optic technologies improve, our ability to monitor cities and people from the air in real time will improve dramatically.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A...

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An AI built to generate “Fake News” is now helping detect it

An AI built to generate “Fake News” is now helping detect it

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future we won’t be able to believe everything we see or read, irrespective what the content is, so we need new ways to separate truth from fiction.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. In February OpenAI,...

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Lightweight metal foam stops armour piercing .50 calibre bullets as well as steel

Lightweight metal foam stops armour piercing .50 calibre bullets as well as steel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Armour plating is heavy and cumbersome, but this new technology reduces the weight of armour by over 50 percent.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Researchers have demonstrated that vehicle armor using Composite Metal Foam (CMF) can stop...

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Researchers have created an online AI that hides you from facial recognition

Researchers have created an online AI that hides you from facial recognition

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future the one thing none of us will have, it seems, is privacy – online or offline – but researchers are fighting back in new ways.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. What Artificial Intelligence (AI)...

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The USAF deploys it’s first microwave drone killing weapon

The USAF deploys it’s first microwave drone killing weapon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Drones have been around for decades, but new technologies have accelerated their development and adoption, and as they’re weaponsised we need new ways to take them down.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently a black hat hacker...

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New Facebook AI de-identifies you in videos to protect you from facial recognition tech

New Facebook AI de-identifies you in videos to protect you from facial recognition tech

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Privacy is becoming a battleground, and just as we can use AI to identify people we can also use it to anonymise people.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. It might sound counter intuitive and perhaps slightly self-destructive,...

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Russia’s Navy could be the first to field hypersonic weapons

Russia’s Navy could be the first to field hypersonic weapons

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of warfare will be autonomous and fast, and Russia could be the first to field hypersonic weapons.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The Russian Navy have announced that they will be the first to field...

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