A new artificial human skin gives people spiderman like superpowers

A new artificial human skin gives people spiderman like superpowers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As sensors and flexible electronics start to combine it opens up new amazing possibilities.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Researchers at the University of Connecticut and University of Toronto have developed artificial skin that gives its wearer, whether they’re robots...

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USAF announces development of a new Mach 5 hypersonic missile

USAF announces development of a new Mach 5 hypersonic missile

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The new global arms race involves weaponising AI and robots, lasers, telepathy, and hypersonic weapons.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The future of warfare could, or will, be filled with autonomous hunter killer drones, flying aircraft carriers,...

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Gallium “heartbeat” discovery gives re-configurable electronics a boost

Gallium “heartbeat” discovery gives re-configurable electronics a boost

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s electronics are static, but tomorrow’s electronics will be able to re-configure themselves automatically as needed.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A drop of liquid gallium will oscillate like a beating heart when placed inside a ring-shaped...

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US military report recommends giving AI autonomous authority to launch nuclear weapons

US military report recommends giving AI autonomous authority to launch nuclear weapons

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more countries start fielding hypersonic weapons, the gap between launch and strike narrows significantly, and so striking back automatically gets more appealing.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Science fiction films are riddled with “AI’s and robots...

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DARPA human telepathy project will let people transmit images into other people’s brains

DARPA human telepathy project will let people transmit images into other people’s brains

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to project images from one person’s brain into another person’s brain is increasingly possible, but it’s still sci-fi.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. There’s a theme now of researchers developing both invasive and non-invasive Brain...

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AI researchers clone dragonfly brains to create better missile defences

AI researchers clone dragonfly brains to create better missile defences

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nature manages to pack intelligence into lean, small packages – or brains –  and researchers are trying to copy it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories led by computational neuroscientist Frances Chance are...

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Quantum radar that neutralises stealth technology demonstrated for first time, again

Quantum radar that neutralises stealth technology demonstrated for first time, again

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum sensing systems are millions of times more sensitive than traditional sensors, and that’s a problem for stealth technology.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of the advantages of the quantum revolution is its ability to sense...

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First spacecraft piloted by a humanoid robot docks with ISS

First spacecraft piloted by a humanoid robot docks with ISS

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Space navigation is challenging so scientists are exploring new ways to use robots and automation to take the strain off humans.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. It’s easy to think that increasingly there are more robots in...

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Bioengineering breakthrough paves the way for tomorrow’s superplants

Bioengineering breakthrough paves the way for tomorrow’s superplants

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Plants face a variety of stresses, whether it’s crops suffering as a result of climate change, or our new need to grow food on other planets, and this breakthrough makes engineering new plants faster.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote,...

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Chinese scientists unveil electronics that dissolve to protect classified data

Chinese scientists unveil electronics that dissolve to protect classified data

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we store more sensitive information in a wider array of devices we need ways to protect it and electronics that dissolve are one way.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more!? Watch a keynote, grab a free book, read thousands of articles,...

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University nabs multi-million pound to create next gen reconfigurable electronics

University nabs multi-million pound to create next gen reconfigurable electronics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When electronic systems are manufactured today they’re fixed forever, but in the future they’ll be able to re-configure themselves opening up millions of new use cases.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More and connect with Matthew. The University of Southampton in the...

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NASA tests it’s newest artificial gravity system in an office on Earth

NASA tests it’s newest artificial gravity system in an office on Earth

WHY THIS MATERS IN BRIEF As humanity continues to eye space as the next great adventure we need more efficient anti-gravity systems.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. A little while ago I discussed NASA’s Artificial Gravity experiment, and like me, if you’ve seen...

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NASA steps into the unknown with project to 3D print spacecraft in orbit

NASA steps into the unknown with project to 3D print spacecraft in orbit

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Launching equipment and satellites into orbit is expensive, space limited, and slow, so NASA wants to eliminate these bottlenecks and 3D print and assemble objects in space.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. A little while ago I discussed...

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Future quantum computers could crack 2048 bit RSA encryption in 8 hours

Future quantum computers could crack 2048 bit RSA encryption in 8 hours

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF All of our vital communications and data are encrypted, and powerful quantum computers will be able to crack almost all of it.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Many people, quite rightly, worry that quantum computers will be able...

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Teslasuit’s haptic bodysuit lets VR users experience full body immersion

Teslasuit’s haptic bodysuit lets VR users experience full body immersion

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Virtual Reality headsets are all well and good but they only give users a visual experience, and haptic suits literally let you feel everything.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Following on from Disney’s haptic VR jacket, that let’s...

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Watch DARPA’s smart EXACTO bullets change path mid flight

Watch DARPA’s smart EXACTO bullets change path mid flight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bullets haven’t evolved in many years, but now DARPA’s smart bullets could turn everyone into a professional sniper.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. DARPA’s self-steering bullet, which first appeared in 2015 as you can see in the video...

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Revolutionary air breathing rocket engine gets green light for tests

Revolutionary air breathing rocket engine gets green light for tests

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Rockets are traditionally fuelled using LOX which is expensive, toxic, and prone to blowing up, but now the world’s first air breathing rocket engine is ready for tests.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. The world of supersonic and...

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NASA’s green rocket fuel is less harmful to the environment, and can be FedEx’d

NASA’s green rocket fuel is less harmful to the environment, and can be FedEx’d

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As access to space gets cheaper we’re sending more rockets up today than ever before, and the fuel they use has a massive environmental impact.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. When I talk about Elon Musk’s vision for...

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Mission Impossible style smart contact lens gets US military’s attention

Mission Impossible style smart contact lens gets US military’s attention

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As technology gets smaller the world’s first true Smart Contact Lenses get closer than ever, and there are plenty of companies hungrily watching the space.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. The bleeding edge US military research organisation Defense...

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New military virtual reality system lets operators control swarms of drones

New military virtual reality system lets operators control swarms of drones

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As drone swarms become more common we need new ways to control them.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Ever since drones became a thing the standard practice for piloting one has been one operator for each unmanned vehicle....

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