Slow human co-workers get Flippy the burger flipping robot fired

Slow human co-workers get Flippy the burger flipping robot fired

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the world continues to embrace automation one of the biggest problems could be figuring out the best way for robots and humans to work together.   After debuting to much fanfare last year Flippy the burger flipping robot, made by Miso Robotics, who was...

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Researchers use AI to turn smartphones into lab grade microscopes

Researchers use AI to turn smartphones into lab grade microscopes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Not everyone has access to a lab grade microscope, and if you’re a doctor in the middle of nowhere that’s an issue that will delay disease diagnosis and potentially put lives at risk, this breakthrough will revolutionise front line medicine.   Today we are on...

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Infographic: The Future of AI in the Energy Sector

Infographic: The Future of AI in the Energy Sector

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI’s capabilities improve it will revolutionise how we generate, transmit, sell and consume energy.   It shouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have a significant impact on the energy sector, and at all stages of its lifecycle. Whether...

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Groundbreaking experiment proves DNA computers could be the most powerful on Earth

Groundbreaking experiment proves DNA computers could be the most powerful on Earth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DNA computers will be the next, next computing revolution after Quantum computers, and their power could be truly staggering.   By making DNA endlessly change researchers from the University of Manchester in the UK, who last year created the first ever blueprint for a DNA...

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Futurist in London: The Future of Investing, STOXX Annual Conference

Futurist in London: The Future of Investing, STOXX Annual Conference

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There has, arguably, never been a better time, or a risker time to invest in today’s markets, but as every industry undergoes titanic transformation investors who are ill advised, or who lack the right vision, could quickly find themselves on the wrong end of tomorrow’s...

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Two breakthroughs make it impossible to fake nuclear weapon decommissioning

Two breakthroughs make it impossible to fake nuclear weapon decommissioning

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Making sure countries subject to nuclear disarmament treaties are actually decommissioning real, not fake, nuclear weapons has always posed a problem, this breakthrough will no longer let the fakers get away with it.   In past negotiations aimed at reducing the arsenals of the world’s...

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Scientists turned a living bacteria into the world’s first biological computer

Scientists turned a living bacteria into the world’s first biological computer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF You could argue that DNA is actually the oldest programming language on Earth, and today we’re starting to learn how to write and program it in new ways to create new a completely new class of living, biological computers.   Hot on the heels of...

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Scientists stored a movie inside a living bacteria, then replayed it

Scientists stored a movie inside a living bacteria, then replayed it

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today our computing platforms are mechanical and non-organic, but tomorrow’s will be biological, and immensely powerful, this is just one of a host of breakthroughs in the space.   The bacteria E. coli might sometimes make us sick, but they have served as a workhorse in science...

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Injectable biological computers get closer with DNA logic gate breakthrough

Injectable biological computers get closer with DNA logic gate breakthrough

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Logic gates are a crucial component of today’s modern computing platforms, and creating ones using nothing more than DNA will help herald in a new era of immensely powerful biological computers.   DNA based logic gates, small computing devices which “perform logical operations on one...

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Futurist in Reading: Adapt or Die, Cherwell European Conference

Futurist in Reading: Adapt or Die, Cherwell European Conference

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The pace of change, and disruption, is accelerating. In this presentation I show just how fast, and how crazy, the world’s business environment is getting, it’s impact on every sector, and what you can do to future proof yourself.   Firstly, I’d like to thank...

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Futurist in Milton Keynes: The Future of Communities, Castleton European Summit

Futurist in Milton Keynes: The Future of Communities, Castleton European Summit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future will have a huge impact on the future of communities, both good and bad, but with proper foresight and planning tomorrow’s communities could be brighter and better for everyone.   Firstly, I’d like to thank Jay and Chantel for inviting me to present...

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Scientists successfully transferred memories between two snails

Scientists successfully transferred memories between two snails

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The brain still has many mysteries, memory formation being one of them, but breakthroughs in epigenetics and neuroscience are starting to unravel them and it could lead to new sci-fi like capabilities and revolutionary new healthcare treatments.   A lot has been going on in...

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One in a million enzyme that breaks down plastic found in Japanese dump

One in a million enzyme that breaks down plastic found in Japanese dump

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When they were developed plastics were a wonder material, but their environmental legacy is proving devastating, now a fluke discovery is giving people hope that today’s plastic scourge can efficiently be broken down and recycled.   We’re increasingly being told that plastic is a horrible,...

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This new algorithm will let tomorrow’s exascale supercomputers simulate an entire human brain

This new algorithm will let tomorrow’s exascale supercomputers simulate an entire human brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today we can simulate 10 percent of the human brain in a supercomputer, but a whole brain simulation would revolutionise neuroscience, unlock the secrets of the brain and lead to new breakthrough cognitive treatments.   The renowned physicist Dr. Richard Feynman once said “What I...

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Scientists steered nanomachines through living cells and wrote letters in cytoplasm

Scientists steered nanomachines through living cells and wrote letters in cytoplasm

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future we will increasingly rely on tiny machines to help monitor our health, and diagnose and cure disease, and being able to control and direct them will be crucial.   It’s probably high time for you to forget your outdated belief that tomorrow’s nanomachines...

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Decentralised energy grids and renewables get a boost from Centrica

Decentralised energy grids and renewables get a boost from Centrica

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewable energy and local micro, and tied-storage, grids are transforming the way energy is produced, transmitted and sold, so Centrica is testing the waters to see whether or not blockchain could play a vital role i the future of energy.   Blockchain is increasingly being...

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World’s most advanced humanoid robot, ATLAS, goes for a run in the park

World’s most advanced humanoid robot, ATLAS, goes for a run in the park

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the field of robotics continues to advance we’re beginning to witness the first signs of the emergence of robots that, outside of their traditional factory setting, could be truly useful.   With their advanced sensors, hiding from robots has never been an option, but...

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Chinese workers are having their emotions monitored by “mind reading” tech

Chinese workers are having their emotions monitored by “mind reading” tech

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of work is an increasingly important topic, particularly as the spectre of AI driven automation looms, but the ability to read employees emotions and thoughts fundamentally changes the employer-employee relationship.   Today I have the tech to stream images, movies and sentences directly...

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Researchers record first ever HD movies of cells moving through the living body

Researchers record first ever HD movies of cells moving through the living body

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to watch cells move under the microscope isn’t the same as being able to observe them in their natural environment, and this breakthrough will lead to a better understanding of cell biology and help create new revolutionary medical treatments.   In 2016 we...

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Diagnose the onset of dementia using your voice and this smartphone app

Diagnose the onset of dementia using your voice and this smartphone app

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to diagnose cognitive conditions using just a smartphone, even if you have no formal access to healthcare, will help millions of people catch the signs of dementia earlier, meaning they can seek treatment sooner.   WinterLight Labs in the US have just announced...

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