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

DeepMind unveil 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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Scientists have a plan to seed life throughout the universe

Scientists have a plan to seed life throughout the universe

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today we have the power to create new species of animals never previously thought possible and at some point it seems inevitable that humans will start seeding new life across the universe.   In the past six months’ scientists have created alien life forms unlike...

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DARPA wants to genetically engineer smart plants to act as surveillance devices

DARPA wants to genetically engineer smart plants to act as surveillance devices

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Noone would suspect a plant of watching or surveilling them, but thanks to DARPA that’s all about to change.   This week Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, the bleeding US research arm of the US Department of Defense, announced it’s working on a new...

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MIT’s new AI is helping scientists design new, futuristic materials

MIT’s new AI is helping scientists design new, futuristic materials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Materials are a fundamental building block  of everything in existence today, whether it’s cells, our power plants or our smartphones and devices, now researchers have built an AI to help them automate the discovery of new materials and it could revolutionise everything.   Over the...

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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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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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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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China splurges $10 Billion to build a national quantum technology research center

China splurges $10 Billion to build a national quantum technology research center

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum technologies will transform the world by creating ultra-fast computing platforms, ultra-secure networks, and new forms of radar that will render stealth obsolete, and China wants to dominate the space   This week the Chinese government announced they would be spending upwards of $10 Billion...

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Revolutionary new single stage Aerospike rocket preps for take off

Revolutionary new single stage Aerospike rocket preps for take off

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF All of today’s rockets are two stage rockets, ARCA’s new revolutionary single stage rocket will cut the cost of space launches by up to 80 percent increasing our access to space.   ARCA Space Corporation, who are funded by NASA, has announced that their revolutionary linear...

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The F-35 could be the first US aircraft to be outfitted with laser weapons

The F-35 could be the first US aircraft to be outfitted with laser weapons

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Laser weapons were once relegated to science fiction movies but soon they’ll come of age   A press briefing in the Netherlands earlier this week for the F-35 has restarted the rumour mill that the F-35 will be one of the first US military platforms...

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MIT researchers use AI and a smartphone to see round corners

MIT researchers use AI and a smartphone to see round corners

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cameras that can see around corners are getting better, and the technology is beginning more commercially viable but there’s still a long way to go before you can take pictures around corners   Building cameras that can see around corners is nothing new and over...

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Lockheed shoots drones out of the sky with it’s newest laser weapon

Lockheed shoots drones out of the sky with it’s newest laser weapon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Laser weapons are coming of age and it won’t be long before they’re deployed on the battlefield, and that’s bad news for drones and drone fans   Remember when you were growing up and every sci fi film you watched, from James Bond to Star...

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Futurist in Swindon: The Future of Defence, UK Ministry of Defence

Futurist in Swindon: The Future of Defence, UK Ministry of Defence

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Defence forms a large part of every sovereign nations capability and identity, so it’s little surprise that it’s one of the world’s most innovative industries and one of the most prolific developers of new technology.   Firstly, I’d like to say a big thank you...

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Researchers use 3D printing to create a soft electronic wearable

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 in...

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Kalashnikov show off their first ever hoverbike

Kalashnikov show off their first ever hoverbike

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Kalashnikovs new hoverbike has civilian and military use cases but most people will just want one to commute in   Last week Kalashnikov, makers of the famous AK-47 and part of the Russian defence giant Rostec, announced that it’s branching out into what it calls...

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Revolutionary new IoT chip communicates miles without using any energy

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   A...

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Lockheed show off their orbiting Mars station concept

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 companies,...

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Musk unveils his plan to put a million people on Mars starting 2024

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 2015...

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Russia reportedly re-activates autonomous “Deadhand” AI, plugs it into nuclear arsenal

Russia reportedly re-activates autonomous “Deadhand” AI, plugs it into nuclear arsenal

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s probably time we had a proper discussion about AI and killer robots, that is if the politicians can see beyond the end of their noses…   Ever since Artificial Intelligence (AI) began helped military complexes and defence organisations move the dial on automating their...

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