Disney’s latest VR jacket lets gamers “feel the force”

Disney’s latest VR jacket lets gamers “feel the force”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Virtual reality is good, but it’s not great yet – this tech lets gamers both experience and feel the game.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Virtual Reality (VR) worlds look great, but, unless you have something like touch...

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Major 3D printing advance boosts LiON battery capacities by over 400 percent

Major 3D printing advance boosts LiON battery capacities by over 400 percent

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our ability to 3D print objects at the nano scale improves it gives us the ability to create dramatically better batteries with huge surface areas.   Scientists from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Missouri University of Science and Technology have used 3D Printing to produce high capacity Lithium...

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The Pentagon hires the world’s best poker playing AI to play War Games

The Pentagon hires the world’s best poker playing AI to play War Games

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Poker is a game of bluff, and acting without perfect information, and so too is war.   Over the past year the US Pentagon has installed an autonomous Artificial Intelligence (AI) Robo-hacker called Mayhem to monitor and protect its most critical systems from cyber attacks,...

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A powerful battery breakthrough from MIT could usher in electric planes

A powerful battery breakthrough from MIT could usher in electric planes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The airline industry is one of the world’s heaviest polluters and it’s getting worse as air travel increases, electric aircraft will reverse that trend.   Over the past year or so I’ve been discussing the eventual emergence of fully electric aircraft and sky taxis, such...

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US Navy puts AI brains into its 3D printers to make them “creative and intelligent”

US Navy puts AI brains into its 3D printers to make them “creative and intelligent”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By combining the power of AI with 3D printing the US military hopes to revolutionise how products are designed and made everywhere.   One thing about aircraft, especially ones that fly from aircraft carriers, that are increasingly being turned into floating factories and flying fortresses,...

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Three people played Tetris telepathically together in world first

Three people played Tetris telepathically together in world first

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we unlock more secrets of the human brain we are slowly but surely getting better at communicating with each other telepathically.   Telepathic communication is nothing new but it’s still in its early years as a technology. The first major telepathic breakthrough came in 2012...

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Fantastic self-healing material regenerates after suffering “catastrophic damage”

Fantastic self-healing material regenerates after suffering “catastrophic damage”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are lots of dangerous industrial applications, and other use cases, where equipment of all kinds suffer extreme wear and tear, this new material could extend the life of products by multiples of time.   The idea of creating self-repairing machines has been a popular...

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AI starts reading sentences directly from people’s brains

AI starts reading sentences directly from people’s brains

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI becomes increasingly adept at helping unlock the secrets of the brain it’s also becoming more adept at helping decode and visualise complex thoughts onto TV’s and other devices.   The capabilities and accuracy of Artificial Intelligence (AI) “mind reading” systems, as they are increasing...

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World’s first liquid transistor could usher in a new era of liquid computers

World’s first liquid transistor could usher in a new era of liquid computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Moore’s Law is slowing and as we look to move computing to the edge of the network we need new forms of computing platforms, this is the first step in building the worlds first liquid computer.   For decades now transistors, those tiny electrical switches...

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SkinTrack lets you control your smart watch with your skin

SkinTrack lets you control your smart watch with your skin

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day computers will be in us, not on us, but until that day comes most of us find ourselves stuck with fat fingers and tiny screens, but a new future interface might solve your “Fingers and Thumbs” dilema.   As a Futurist I scoff...

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Robots are taking over and automating the world’s mines

Robots are taking over and automating the world’s mines

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Automation is taking the world’s mining operations by storm, and it will only be a matter of time before the only humans are the ones servicing the machines.   Every one of the giant Komatsu 250 ton trucks is the size of a two story family...

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Descartes Labs new AI visual search tool lets you find everything on Earth

Descartes Labs new AI visual search tool lets you find everything on Earth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF People have been using satellites to take photos of the Earth for decades but until now you’ve never been able to search it to find things of interest, or combine it with other data to identify patterns.   Recently a company called Planet increased the...

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World’s best AI robo-hacker takes on Botnets

World’s best AI robo-hacker takes on Botnets

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Human security experts are having trouble keeping up patching the security exploits in their company’s IoT connected products, now they’re turning to artificial intelligence to do it for them.   Last summer the Pentagon, in conjunction with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA),...

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Liberatus AI whips world’s top poker players to take $1.7m pot

Liberatus AI whips world’s top poker players to take $1.7m pot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Poker is unpredictable, and noone predicted an AI would beat four of the world’s top players – not even its creators.   An artificial intelligence (AI) called Libratus from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has beaten four of the world’s best poker players in a gruelling...

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Hiding on the Dark Web just got a whole lot easier

Hiding on the Dark Web just got a whole lot easier

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new Tor update has just created a new, even darker section of the Dark Web and it’s great news for privacy advocates – and criminals   Only ten to twenty percent of the web can be searched and indexed by search engines, and it’s...

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Watch two Pittsburgh Steelers and one autonomous Uber take a ride round town

Watch two Pittsburgh Steelers and one autonomous Uber take a ride round town

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With over sixty percent of Americans feeling either downright nervous about, or just plain anti self-driving cars, Uber and other car companies are hoping these kinds of videos will encourage the general public to embrace the technology when it finally rolls out   Uber’s self...

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Scientists confirm our brains have unique fingerprints

Scientists confirm our brains have unique fingerprints

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Our brains are unique – even more so than our eyes, faces and fingerprints – but now it’s been confirmed this discovery will open the door for new neurological healthcare treatments as well as accelerate the rise of new brainwave biometric security technologies   People...

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Pittsburgs AI traffic lights help commuters get there faster

Pittsburgs AI traffic lights help commuters get there faster

In Pittsburg even the traffic lights are intelligent Idling in rushhour traffic can be mind-numbing. It also carries other costs. Traffic congestion costs the US economy $121 billion a year, mostly due to lost productivity, and produces about 25 billion kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions, Carnegie Mellon University professor of...

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Uber puts 100 autonomous cars and 1 million drivers out onto the streets

Uber puts 100 autonomous cars and 1 million drivers out onto the streets

Uber is putting 100 autonomous cars on the streets of Pittsburg this month to beat its emerging competitors to the punch but it’s also the first sign that Uber’s workforce is also about to be put out on the street Near the end of 2014, Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick...

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DARPA’s king Robo-hacker “Mayhem” proves no match for humans

DARPA’s king Robo-hacker “Mayhem” proves no match for humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DARPA’S Cyber Grand Challenge is over but the winner is still no match for humans.   The Heartbleed security bug existed in many of the world’s computer systems for nearly two-and-a-half years before it was discovered and a fix circulated in the spring of 2014,...

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