China shows off its first official neurosurgery robot

China shows off its first official neurosurgery robot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the technologies needed to construct sophisticated robot surgeons advances, so too are the type and complexity of surgeries they can take on.   Using robots in surgery isn’t new, and I’ve written about a bunch of them recently as the technology starts leaving the...

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US Military puts the call out for autonomous AI’s that can defend its networks

US Military puts the call out for autonomous AI’s that can defend its networks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF After the US Pentagon announced it can no longer keep up with the variety or voracity of cyber attacks the US DOD wants to develop autonomous AI’s that can.   After a damning admission from the Pentagon that warned that the US military can no...

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A US start up has created the world’s first fully autonomous vertical farm

A US start up has created the world’s first fully autonomous vertical farm

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As global population grows we need new ways to produce affordable quality food, and vertical farms are increasingly the answer.   Vertical farms that can grow eight times the crops using no chemicals, herbicides or pesticides, and with 99 percent less water than traditional farms...

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A new algorithm helps machines sense and respond to human trust

A new algorithm helps machines sense and respond to human trust

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As humans and machines start working closely together researchers think we need to create machines that we can trust, but simulating trust might not be the right answer.   As robots and other machines become more entwined with our daily lives, the field of improving...

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Woebot, the World’s first AI counsellor, manages 2 million conversations a week

Woebot, the World’s first AI counsellor, manages 2 million conversations a week

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Mental health issues seem to plague modern society, but the number of people who seek out professional help is minimal, so companies are developing AI counsellors that are free and accessible anywhere 24/7   Mental health has been increasingly on people’s minds, if you’ll excuse...

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Virtual reality headsets tune into users brainwaves to train people faster

Virtual reality headsets tune into users brainwaves to train people faster

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As many people worry about the rise of AI and automation, and the effect they will have on jobs, new faster and smarter ways to educate and train our children and our workforces are emerging.   Before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games members of the...

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Futurist Keynote, London: Investing in the Exponential Future, SRP European Conference

Futurist Keynote, London: Investing in the Exponential Future, SRP European Conference

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Incredibly powerful, and increasingly democratised, emerging technologies are transforming every sector faster than ever, and this can have dire consequences for investors if the mechanisms behind the change are not understood.   Firstly, thank you to Amelie for inviting me to be the keynote for...

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World first as scientists use tractor beams to make objects dance

World first as scientists use tractor beams to make objects dance

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Increasingly the things we think of as science fact are becoming reality, but tractor beams also have more practical applications, such as transforming healthcare and manufacturing.   In addition to creating tractor beams like the ones straight out of Star Trek researchers have also been making more...

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The founder of China’s largest online retailer envisions a “100% robotic workforce”

The founder of China’s largest online retailer envisions a “100% robotic workforce”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are particular industries and companies that lend themselves for full automation, and E-Commerce is just one of them.   “I hope my company would be 100% automation someday … no human beings anymore, 100% operated by AI and robots.” That’s Richard Liu’s audacious goal,...

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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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Nitanic’s revolutionary AI’s evolve and battle for gamers loyalty

Nitanic’s revolutionary AI’s evolve and battle for gamers loyalty

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Traditional marketing, where marketers create and distribute content, is being automated by AI.   This is the future of marketing – automated, viral, and intelligent. Niantic, the company behind Pokemon Go, have announced that they’re going to be using a “thought provoking campaign” that “uses AI to...

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Israel’s autonomous crane takes aim at the fully automated construction sites of the future

Israel’s autonomous crane takes aim at the fully automated construction sites of the future

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technologies like AI, machine vision and autonomous robots and machines mean one day we’ll see fully autonomous construction sites – and they’ll need cranes.   A little while ago I discussed how tomorrow’s construction sites will become increasingly autonomous thanks to the arrival of...

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Here’s how NASA plans to build on Mars and the Moon

Here’s how NASA plans to build on Mars and the Moon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the cost of launching equipment and people into space plummets the reality of colonising other planets is getting closer.   It’s one thing to send an astronaut to Mars to be an extraterrestrial tourist for a few hours. But if humanity wants to actually...

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Space Tango unveil their autonomous, robotic space based manufacturing platform

Space Tango unveil their autonomous, robotic space based manufacturing platform

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The benefits of manufacturing products in space are clear, but it’s still complex and expensive, this technology could help make space based manufacturing a commercial reality.   Over the past year or so I’ve been seeing more and more references made to not just space...

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Futurist Keynote, Germany: Life in 2030, RWE

Futurist Keynote, Germany: Life in 2030, RWE

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A lot has changed in the last ten years, and even more will change in the next ten. Are you ready?   Firstly, a big thank you to Kathrin and the team for inviting me to be the keynote at this years RWE Leadership meeting...

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The UK FCA could become the world’s first AI robo-regulator

The UK FCA could become the world’s first AI robo-regulator

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The level of regulation is already a major burden on companies, a robo-regulator could automate compliance, lighten the load, reduce costs, and even identify crime before it happens.   A little while ago I wrote an article highlighting a point made by the UK’s Chancellor...

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Lexus turns to IBM to create the world’s first AI scripted advert

Lexus turns to IBM to create the world’s first AI scripted advert

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In time all adverts, and the majority of content, will be created by AI, and people won’t be able to tell it from the “real” thing.   Over the past eighteen months or so I’ve been discussing how Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been becoming increasingly...

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China debuts the world’s first AI news anchor

China debuts the world’s first AI news anchor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As it gets easier to create high quality, natural sounding “human-like” avatars we’ll see more emerge and take on new and varied roles.   Over the past couple of years there’s been a huge increase in the amount of press columns devoted to the topic...

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Futurist in the press: Maximising the AI Opportunity, Microsoft

Futurist in the press: Maximising the AI Opportunity, Microsoft

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI will help organisations and society at large unlock untold new opportunities, in this report Microsoft discusses how to maximise the upsides while minimising the downsides.   Firstly, thank you to the team at Microsoft for reaching out and asking me to participate in their...

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PWC program prepares employees for the next generation of jobs

PWC program prepares employees for the next generation of jobs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world is changing faster than ever before, leading to a shortage of talent, meaning companies are being forced to find new ways to adapt and overcome skills shortages.   Everyone by now understands that the workplace, and the workforce is changing as a result...

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