Elon Musk unveils the future of urban transport, and living on Mars

Elon Musk unveils the future of urban transport, and living on Mars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Urban transportation is often a nightmare of clogged and congested roads, Musk believes he has a solution, and it’s going underground.   Elon Musk unveiled his vision for the Boring Company last night with the unveiling of the company’s first 12 ft wide test tunnel...

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A creative AI designed NASA’s next spider-like interplanetary lander

A creative AI designed NASA’s next spider-like interplanetary lander

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As humans we tend to believe that creativity is our exclusive domain, but AI is muscling in in a big way, and creative machines are improving all the time.   Over the past couple of years I’ve been banging the drum, through my articles and...

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The UK’s new Quantum Compass makes GPS satellites obsolete

The UK’s new Quantum Compass makes GPS satellites obsolete

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF GPS signals are often unreliable and they don’t reach every part of Earth, such as the deep oceans, this breakthrough replaces GPS everywhere.   Over the past year I’ve been increasingly discussing how researchers around the world, from the US to China, have been experimenting...

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Futurist Keynote, Dubai: The Future of Urban Mobility 2040, GITEX

Futurist Keynote, Dubai: The Future of Urban Mobility 2040, GITEX

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The rate and pace of change is accelerating, and in the next two decades the transportation industry will change more than it has in the past thousand years.   Last year I was writing about the goings on and unveilings, for example, of Dubai’s first...

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DARPA funds programs to get black box AI’s to explain their decisions

DARPA funds programs to get black box AI’s to explain their decisions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI continues to be weaponised by military powers, getting it to explain its decision making, and actions, will be crucial, and it’s not going to be an easy task to achieve.   Intelligence agents and military operatives may come to rely heavily on Machine...

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DARPA hands the world’s first fully autonomous drone warship to the US Navy

DARPA hands the world’s first fully autonomous drone warship to the US Navy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Sea Hunter is the world’s first fully autonomous warship, and it’s just passed trials – next stop official duty.   After just under a year at sea DARPA has finally completed the sea trials of the world’s first fully autonomous warship, Sea Hunter, a...

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DeepMind unveils the world’s first test to assess dangerous AI’s and algorithms

DeepMind unveils the world’s first test to assess dangerous AI’s and algorithms

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is being strapped into everything from self-driving cars and autonomous weapons systems and until now we had no way to assess how dangerous, or how much of a threat, those AI’s could become.   Earlier this year a group of world experts convened to...

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World’s first GPS Spoofing attack puts 20 ships 32km inland at an airport

World’s first GPS Spoofing attack puts 20 ships 32km inland at an airport

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technology keeps lowering the bar for criminals and nation states that want to cause mischief and harm, and now the makers of autonomous vehicles have something new to worry about.   Recently there have been reports of satellite navigation problems in the Black Sea...

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The USAF turned an F-16 fighter jet into the world’s most advanced drone

The USAF turned an F-16 fighter jet into the world’s most advanced drone

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Militaries around the world are weaponising AI and drones to create semi, or fully, autonomous weapons platforms and the pace of development is accelerating.   Earlier this week the US Air Force (USAF) announced that it has managed to turn  an F-16 fighter jet into...

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Velodyne’s new miniature LiDAR means many more autonomous things

Velodyne’s new miniature LiDAR means many more autonomous things

  WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most of the new smart things that we are creating rely on sensors to map, move around and interact with our world, and LiDAR is a key sensing technology that helps things see, Velodyne’s new product will accelerate the creation of smart, autonomous things...

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The US Army tests convoys of autonomous trucks in Michigan

The US Army tests convoys of autonomous trucks in Michigan

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF US military convoys are often seen as soft targets in war zones around the world and that puts US service men and women at risk, autonomous trucks take more soldiers out of the firing line.   Late last month the US Army tested its latest driverless...

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US Navy protects Chesapeake Bay with swarms of its latest robotic boats

US Navy protects Chesapeake Bay with swarms of its latest robotic boats

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Military leaders are increasingly using autonomous drones, robots and platforms to assess, defend and engage targets around the world.   The US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) recently showed off the progress it’s making in the area of robotic warfare with a demonstration of...

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US Navy’s autonomous submarine hunter begins operational trials

US Navy’s autonomous submarine hunter begins operational trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many navies around the world are going all in on autonomous boats, ships and platforms, the Sea Hunter will be the first of many such systems that enter service after 2017.   Main contractor Leidos has announced that it is starting operational trials of the...

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Urban Aero shows off its first fully autonomous flying taxi

Urban Aero shows off its first fully autonomous flying taxi

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Companies are increasingly scaling up drone technology and their associated energy and control systems in the new race to take passengers to the skies and back, but the Cormorant is the first to demonstrate full autonomy.   Nine years ago the AirMule was simply a...

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US Navy stands up the worlds first fully autonomous drone squadron

US Navy stands up the worlds first fully autonomous drone squadron

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When you look across the spectrum of military developments it is clear that nation states are now committed to creating fully autonomous military platforms, the only question left to answer is when will they make their own “Kill” decisions.   The time when the US...

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US Navy’s future supersonic submarines will command swarms of autonomous drones

US Navy’s future supersonic submarines will command swarms of autonomous drones

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Americas submarines of the future will command huge swarms of autonomous drones and travel at supersonic speeds, changing the nature of warfare, and balance of power.   In the next two decades the US is going to be putting its next generation of subs into...

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New US Navy launcher fires swarms of autonomous drones into the sky

New US Navy launcher fires swarms of autonomous drones into the sky

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The US Navy launches drone swarms to give its adversaries a new headache to deal with.   Following on from a DARPA’s announcement earlier this year about creating a new “Drone Swarm” program with Lockheed, the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) have announced that they...

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DARPA’s hack proof code protects military systems from hackers

DARPA’s hack proof code protects military systems from hackers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cyber attacks are on the rise but there’s one code no hackers have been able to crack.   An autonomous helicopter gunship is flying over a military base in Arizona. Suddenly, officers on the ground lose radio contact and learn that hackers have taken control of its on-board...

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Capable of full autonomy, we go inside the stealth destroyer USN Zumwalt

Capable of full autonomy, we go inside the stealth destroyer USN Zumwalt

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Invisible, smart, deadly and loaded with AI – the new autonomous-capable USS Zumwalt.   The look of the new 600 foot, $4 Billion USN destroyer Zumwalt, official designation DDG-1000, is easy to explain. The ship is designed to be stealthy and all of its sharp...

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Skydio’s autonomous drone takes to the skies

Skydio’s autonomous drone takes to the skies

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Autonomous drones – revered by extreme sports enthusiasts and feared in the battlefield – are on the rise.   We all know that the next evolution of drones will be fully autonomous rather than just semi-autonomous as some of them, such as delivery or defence drones,...

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