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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UN backs ID2020 blockchain consortium to give 2 billion people an identity

UN backs ID2020 blockchain consortium to give 2 billion people an identity

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The UN is backing a blockchain consortium to help them give a voice, and recognition, to over 2 billion people.   According to the United Nations there are over 2 billion people who have no way of proving who they are. And while at first glance...

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The End of Famine

The End of Famine

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology is getting closer to solving one of the world’s greatest heart aches.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. No industry has had a greater impact on humanity and society as agriculture has and...

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