India wants to turn its beaches into fuel for Thorium Reactors

India wants to turn its beaches into fuel for Thorium Reactors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Thorium reactors produce thousands times less radioactive waste than their nuclear counterparts, and are much safer, but the technology is taking a long time to take off.   The tropical beaches of India probably bring to mind sun-dappled palms, fiery fish curries and dreadlocked backpackers,...

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China reveals plans to build a space based solar power plant by 2025

China reveals plans to build a space based solar power plant by 2025

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to collect solar energy in space and beam it back down to base stations on Earth is a very efficient way to harvest it, and we have the technology.   Let’s face it humanity uses a lot of energy, and while solar power here on...

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Future EV’s with 16,000km range and space elevators made possible with new Chinese Nano-Cable

Future EV’s with 16,000km range and space elevators made possible with new Chinese Nano-Cable

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are multiple uses for incredibly strong cables and materials, from defence to space elevators, and even helping electric cars travel 16,000km on one charge.   Recently I’ve discussed advances across a wide variety of materials, including the development of a wonder material that lasts...

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World first as nanobots get to work choking cancers to death

World first as nanobots get to work choking cancers to death

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nanobots are one of the ultimate medical frontiers and science fiction classics, and they’re slowing beginning to show their promise.   Recently I discussed how we’re building the first generation of enzyme powered nanobots capable of hunting and tracking down disease within the human body...

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World first as Chinese surgeon performs remote robotic surgery across a 5G network

World first as Chinese surgeon performs remote robotic surgery across a 5G network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Globally there is a shortage of trained surgeons, but robo-surgeons and 5G networks could soon solve that.   Recently dentists in China used the first autonomous robot dentist to replace a patients teeth, and the US Military started trialling what they call “remote robotic procedures” that...

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Forget 5G, China eyes dominance in 6G networks by 2030

Forget 5G, China eyes dominance in 6G networks by 2030

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As countries vie for leadership in 5G some countries are already eyeing leadership in 6G.   The race for leadership in the 5G world might still be in its early stages but China, alongside the UK who started work on a new 6G standard back in 2015,...

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World first as scientists create nanobot swarms capable of performing surgeries in humans

World first as scientists create nanobot swarms capable of performing surgeries in humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By future standards today’s most advanced surgical techniques will look neanderthal, nanobots and nanomachines that can perform in vivo surgery are the future.   A ground breaking new method of controlling nanobots that “emulates natural swarm behaviour” has been unveiled by scientists in Hong Kong...

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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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Joint China-Russia atmospheric experiment spikes temperatures over Europe by 100 Celcius

Joint China-Russia atmospheric experiment spikes temperatures over Europe by 100 Celcius

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are many ways we can modify our atmosphere but microwave manipulation produces some of the most extreme results.   China and Russia have jointly announced that they modified an important layer of the atmosphere above Europe in order to test a controversial new military...

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World’s first full body 3D scanner produces amazing live images of the human body

World’s first full body 3D scanner produces amazing live images of the human body

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Medical scanners haven’t advanced much in decades, this new scanner is faster, higher resolution and produces insights into the human body not possible using today’s technology.   Recently I talked about a new innovation that lets doctors create movies of the behaviour of cells in...

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Birth of genetically engineered twins resistant to HIV causes global outrage

Birth of genetically engineered twins resistant to HIV causes global outrage

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Imagine growing old and never experiencing what it’s like to be ill because you were genetically engineered in the womb to be resistant to all known pathogens and viruses, technology is starting to make that a reality.   A little while ago I wrote about...

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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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AI could take your job, but Baidu’s newest AI can also help you find one

AI could take your job, but Baidu’s newest AI can also help you find one

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial Intelligence is being used more and more to vet candidates, now it could soon be used to help match them to jobs too.   Recently I wrote a report on the Future of Education 2020 to 2070, and there’s been plenty of speculation about...

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The internet is splintering in two, one led by the US the other led by China

The internet is splintering in two, one led by the US the other led by China

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As individual nation states look to assert their dominance on the global stage we are witnessing the early stages of a splintered internet with multiple standards.   The internet is disappearing, being replaced instead by a fabric of connected devices, like wearables and sensor systems,...

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World’s first AI government policy maker gives China a diplomatic advantage

World’s first AI government policy maker gives China a diplomatic advantage

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI will play an increasingly central role in both government policy making and governing as China rolls out their first AI policy maker.   If you’re a foreign policy maker with a government then, whether you like it or not, you’ll soon be working with...

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China tests its cutting edge hypersonic aircraft that “rides its own shockwaves”

China tests its cutting edge hypersonic aircraft that “rides its own shockwaves”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF China, Russia and the US are engaged in a race to create the next generation of hypersonic weapons, and the race is accelerating.   Over the past year China has announced it’s developed the world’s first quantum radar system, that neutralises US stealth, the first...

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Baidu starts mass production of it’s fully autonomous bus

Baidu starts mass production of it’s fully autonomous bus

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The faster autonomous vehicles hit the roads the faster the transportation industry’s going to flip, and it’s clear that there are companies that want it to happen sooner rather than later.   Chinese tech and internet giant Baidu has begun volume production of China’s first...

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China unveils their revolutionary ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle

China unveils their revolutionary ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As lasers become more efficient, and as the battery packs needed to power them become more dense and powerful, we’ll continue to see the miniaturisation and deployment of increasingly powerful laser weaponry.   Artificially intelligent “fire and forget” cruise missiles, quantum internet and  quantum radar,...

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China’s massive and unparalleled  “AI in education” experiment has begun

China’s massive and unparalleled “AI in education” experiment has begun

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There’s no doubt that China’s AI in education initiative will bring a wide range of benefits and improve educational outcomes, but questions remain about the best way to deploy it.   Last year China unveiled their ambitious plan to become the world leader in Artificial Intelligence...

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3D printed Graphene Aerogel, stronger than steel and 99.8% lighter

3D printed Graphene Aerogel, stronger than steel and 99.8% lighter

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tomorrow’s materials will be lighter, stronger and more flexible than todays, and that opens up a whole host of new applications.   The world’s lightest 3D printed structure, a Graphene Aerogel, is so lightweight that it can be placed on top of a cotton ball...

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