NASA’s ISS robot companion CIMON gets caught copping an attitude

NASA’s ISS robot companion CIMON gets caught copping an attitude

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more machines and humans work alongside one another how we interact with one another will become increasingly crucial.   As he entered his final month on the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, Alexander Gerst could be proud that he’s helped given birth to...

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Record breaking solar powered aircraft stays aloft for 26 days straight

Record breaking solar powered aircraft stays aloft for 26 days straight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The aviation industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters so companies around the world are trying to find new ways to power aircraft.   Recently I talked about SolarStratos, a company that’s looking to produce “the world’s first commercial solar aircraft,” and a couple...

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IBM’s “flying brain” Watson heads into space

IBM’s “flying brain” Watson heads into space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the space industry steps looks to explore more space and even colonise and mine new planets the demands on astronauts is increasing, so CIMON and its descendents will be used to help lighten their load and make them more productive.   IBM Watson is...

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European giants team up to build electric aircraft

European giants team up to build electric aircraft

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Aviation is one of today’s biggest polluters so now companies are ploughing more effort into building the world’s first viable electric aircraft. In March this year Rolls Royce’s CEO announced that the future of flight was electric, and this week Airbus, Rolls Royce and Siemens announced...

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Airbus unveils PopUp, the sky taxi of the future

Airbus unveils PopUp, the sky taxi of the future

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of mobility is still going to be multi-modal but nothing says we have to stay on the ground.   None of us like sitting in a traffic jam and watching the taxi meter rise, or the world pass us by, but now an...

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Oracle’s America’s Cup yacht will never sail, because it flies

Oracle’s America’s Cup yacht will never sail, because it flies

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s ultra expensive racing yachts don’t float, they fly, and this years America’s cup could see the first time a boats’ hull never hits the water   As far as sporting trophies go, it’s hard to find any older than the America’s Cup. Sailing teams have...

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Airbus will test its new “Sky taxi” later this year

Airbus will test its new “Sky taxi” later this year

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With more people moving into the cities gridlock is becoming the bane of most people’s lives, Airbus and others, including Uber propose taking to the skies but people with vertigo should watch out.   Airbus has been eyeing the increasingly interesting, and viable, flying taxi...

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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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SpaceX, Facebook and others compete to connect the next 3.5 billion people

SpaceX, Facebook and others compete to connect the next 3.5 billion people

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over half the worlds population has no access to the internet, or the services, or benefits it offers. These audacious global internet programs want to resolve that.   Internet access is cheap, fast and available everywhere. Mobile phone and communications companies throw unlimited data plans...

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The internet pioneer behind Apache pushes blockchain to fuel the next big internet revolution

The internet pioneer behind Apache pushes blockchain to fuel the next big internet revolution

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everyone agrees that blockchain is a disruptive technology, and a technology that could help revolutionise not just one industry but all of them but in order for it to really change the world it first needs to be embedded into the “plumbing” of the internet,...

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Ubers flying taxis will take passengers to the heavens and back by 2021

Ubers flying taxis will take passengers to the heavens and back by 2021

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most urban transportation systems today are at capacity and, or, gridlocked. Using the airspace above cities is one way to alleviate those burdens.   There’s no doubt that Uber has redefined the world of business and sparked a revolution. Whether it’s because they’re masters at tapping...

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Uber and Airbus team up on urban sky-taxi project

Uber and Airbus team up on urban sky-taxi project

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Uber is eyeing up the next generation of transport – think Star Wars’ urban transport systems crossed with a DJI drone.   Always on the lookout for new opportunities Uber is eyeing the skies for its next big project and it’s partnering with Airbus to achieve it....

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