Aleph Farms serves up the world’s first lab grown steak

Aleph Farms serves up the world’s first lab grown steak

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By 2050 there will be an estimated 10 billion people on the planet, producing our food in new ways will let us alleviate hunger and feed them all.   Over the past couple of years I’ve been watching the rise of vertical farms, that produce...

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Scientists create edible electronics using Graphene to improve food safety

Scientists create edible electronics using Graphene to improve food safety

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to quickly and easily tag foods and other products with sensors and other electronics that can be safely eaten could improve food safety and security.   James Tour believes anything can be turned into the wonder material, Graphene, a material so versatile it...

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Ultrasound on a smartphone, Butterfly Network release the iQ

Ultrasound on a smartphone, Butterfly Network release the iQ

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Healthcare in many countries is expensive and difficult to access, tools like these help democratise access to vital services helping people live longer, healthier lives.   Engineer Jonathan Rothberg became famous for creating the world’s first DNA sequencer on a chip called the Ion Torrent back in...

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SpaceX will launch it’s global satellite internet ambitions today

SpaceX will launch it’s global satellite internet ambitions today

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Elon Musk’s company SpaceX wants to bring high speed, quality internet access to every person on Earth, and they’re starting today.   Now that the dust has settled from SpaceX’s first successful Falcon Heavy mission earlier this month, which was years in the planning, the...

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New Chinese breakthrough “soil” turns desert into fertile farmland

New Chinese breakthrough “soil” turns desert into fertile farmland

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the amount of desertification around the planet increases, and as the global population continues to grow, humanity needs to find new ways to turn the tide and find new ways to feed a growing population.   Creating a roadmap to combat the spread of...

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Pioneering blockchain experiment rewards volunteering and helping the community

Pioneering blockchain experiment rewards volunteering and helping the community

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most volunteering goes unrewarded and undocumented but Hull’s pioneering social blockchain experiment rewards people for helping the community.   Volunteers and community workers in Hull in the UK will soon be able to obtain discounts at local retailers and even reductions in their council tax...

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Blockchain Autonomous Organisations, a new way to tackle corporate fuelled wealth inequality?

Blockchain Autonomous Organisations, a new way to tackle corporate fuelled wealth inequality?

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Automation and the emergence of powerful, centralised platform companies are, arguably, helping fuel wealth inequality, could blockchain based distributed autonomous organisations be an answer?   Many people know that Blockchain is the pivotal technology behind all of today’s major cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, and while it...

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Travel to anywhere on Earth in under an hour, Elon Musk reveals his newest plan

Travel to anywhere on Earth in under an hour, Elon Musk reveals his newest plan

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world needs visionaries because they’re the individuals who make us excited about the future and our own human potential, and Elon Musk just did it again.   At yesterdays’ International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, Elon Musk, the billionaire polymath and founder of Neuralink,...

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Hmmm, are scientists building the technology to stop Hurricanes?

Hmmm, are scientists building the technology to stop Hurricanes?

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you wanted to stop a hurricane trying to stop it when it’s full size would be “almost impossible,” however, if we could catch and neutralise them before they had a chance to form, well, it could be bye bye hurricanes…   Today, thanks to...

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This new sewing robot will put 168 million children out of work

This new sewing robot will put 168 million children out of work

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Making a robot that can sew, and complete an entire garment, is hard, but inventors are now cracking the code and one day they’ll help put illegal sweatshops out of business.   The first robot that can sew together a complete item of clothing could put an end to sweatshop...

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The United Nations taps blockchain to solve world hunger

The United Nations taps blockchain to solve world hunger

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hundreds of millions of people go hungry every night, and after a succesful pilot the UN thinks that blockchain could help them solve world hunger.   Earlier this week United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) announced that 10,000 individuals had taken advantage of its trial to deliver food to Syrian...

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The robo-lawyer that overturned 160,000 parking tickets is helping refugees claim asylum

The robo-lawyer that overturned 160,000 parking tickets is helping refugees claim asylum

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Claiming asylum is difficult at the best of times, and that’s if you’re not in fear of your life and can understand the language, now DoNotPay’s latest bot makes the process less tortuous.   The creator of a chatbot that helped to over turn more...

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Meat without the animals, Memphis Meats shows off new lab produced beef, chicken and duck dishes

Meat without the animals, Memphis Meats shows off new lab produced beef, chicken and duck dishes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Setting side huge areas of the earth to raise animals is wasteful and environmentally costly, but all of that might soon move into a lab.   If you thought that your children will enjoy the same family roast that you’ve always enjoyed then it might...

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Google Project Sunroof shows off solars huge potential in the US

Google Project Sunroof shows off solars huge potential in the US

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over eighty percent of homes in the US could run solar panels and if you want to wean yourself off of fossil fuels then that could be great news   It sounds like an obvious thing, but if you’re a company who’s selling solar panels,...

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World’s top AI experts met to discuss Doomsday scenarios, and solutions

World’s top AI experts met to discuss Doomsday scenarios, and solutions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Showcasing how AI will destroy the world is easy but finding a solution isn’t.   Today’s press is full of column inches on the future impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on society. On one side of the fence AI optimists predict a brave new world...

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These new Adidas trainers are made entirely from up-cycled ocean plastic

These new Adidas trainers are made entirely from up-cycled ocean plastic

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Soon there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans, but hopefully up-cycling ocean plastic can reverse that trend and that’ll be good news for everyone.   By 2050 it’s estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in the sea, and that...

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Blockchain and Universal Basic Income join forces to lift 22,000 children out of poverty

Blockchain and Universal Basic Income join forces to lift 22,000 children out of poverty

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Despite recent developments, if poverty was a disease governments would classify it as a pandemic, now though the unlikely union of emerging technology and the charity sector could one day drive poverty to zero.   As the popularity of blockchain grows so too do the...

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China rolls out its Social Credit Score complete with Orwellian overtones

China rolls out its Social Credit Score complete with Orwellian overtones

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The technologies to create an Orwellian state surveillance and ratings system already exists, but without the will and resources to pull one together they remained relegated to the pages of fiction, until now.   Swiping her son’s half fare student card through the turnstile one...

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The end of all disease by 2115, Zuckerberg shows off the team hoping to cure the world

The end of all disease by 2115, Zuckerberg shows off the team hoping to cure the world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many big moonshots fail not because of the technology but because of the lack of coordination and for, perhaps the first time ever, we now have both thanks to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative   A while ago I wrote an article about how, given all...

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Report finds that global internet freedom declines for sixth straight year in a row

Report finds that global internet freedom declines for sixth straight year in a row

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Internet freedom is on the decline with over two thirds of the worlds population now subject to government and institutional censorship.   Independent watchdog Freedom House has issued its 2016 report along with a chilling warning that internet privacy is becoming something of an oxymoron. Freedom...

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