MIT breakthrough lets virtual reality gamers cut the chord

MIT breakthrough lets virtual reality gamers cut the chord

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Consumers love convenience and by helping to cut the chords on VR headsets MIT’s new breakthrough could help speed up the technology’s adoption   Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a new technology that lets data be transmitted at...

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Adobe’s new software lets you Photoshop voices on demand

Adobe’s new software lets you Photoshop voices on demand

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to perfectly “Photoshop”, edit and manipulate people’s voices opens up new opportunities for media companies but it could also create problems for companies who rely on biometric authentication, such as banks.   I love Photoshop – I’ve been using it for the past...

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China’s puts final touches to its 2,000km long unhackable quantum network

China’s puts final touches to its 2,000km long unhackable quantum network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum networks are unhackable, keeping data secure and making interception and eavesdropping impossible, now they can cover greater distances which will help increase their adoption and use   By the end of this year, a team led by researchers from the University of Science and...

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Google AIs learnt how to encrypt their communications to stop people spying on them

Google AIs learnt how to encrypt their communications to stop people spying on them

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence is being embedded into every device and service, AIs that can dynamically encrypt their own communications could help to increase the security of those services exponentially.   If you were worried about the news that AIs are already building other AIs then the...

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World first as Microsofts speech recognition software becomes as accurate as humans

World first as Microsofts speech recognition software becomes as accurate as humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF After almost forty years of research speech recognition systems are now as good as humans.   Microsoft have announced that they have made a major breakthrough in speech recognition and created a technology that, finally, recognises the words in conversational speech as well as humans do –...

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Scientists smash Quantum Teleportation record

Scientists smash Quantum Teleportation record

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The era of secure quantum communications just took a step closer to becoming reality but a long road remains.   Physicists have set a new record for quantum teleportation – the science of moving information from one place to another without physically sending anything between the...

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The future of jobs in a Machine World

The future of jobs in a Machine World

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are all aware that technology is capable of replacing particular categories of jobs, but often those jobs “belong to someone else” and the impact on our own jobs is minimal. Today though new classes of emerging technologies, from artificial intelligence to machine vision are...

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London boroughs new face of customer services is a bot

London boroughs new face of customer services is a bot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The London borough of Enfield has enlisted artificial intelligence Amelia to take on customer service tasks for its residents starting late this year.   Developed by IPSoft, Amelia is a cognitive agent – that’s bot to you, I and most people, capable of automating certain...

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New brain scanning technologies can pull secrets from your brain waves

New brain scanning technologies can pull secrets from your brain waves

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New brain wave monitoring devices are making it easier than ever for companies, governments and institutions to pull your darkest secrets from your head.   In a world where biometric security is often seen as the de-facto consumer and enterprise security technology, and where Touchless...

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DeepMinds AI based WaveNet tech makes computers sound human

DeepMinds AI based WaveNet tech makes computers sound human

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Allowing people to converse with machines is a long standing dream of human computer interaction, now it’s a lot closer.   Is that the President of the United States you’re talking to!? No, it’s WaveNet. Computer systems that sound like the real deal are edging...

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Monkeys write 12 words a minute to help the paralysed communicate

Monkeys write 12 words a minute to help the paralysed communicate

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers are moving closer to helping fully paralysed people communicate just by thought alone.   “To be or not to be. That is the question.” That also happens to be the text that Monkey “J” typed out using a brain implant that he was using...

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SpaceX explosion sees Facebooks African internet project go up in smoke

SpaceX explosion sees Facebooks African internet project go up in smoke

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Facebook CEO said he was ‘deeply disappointed’ in explosion of Falcon 9 rocket carrying satellite intended to provide internet coverage to parts of Africa   In October last year Mark Zuckerberg, Facebooks CEO, proudly announced his first project to deliver internet from space. The post read: “As...

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China launches worlds first unhackable Quantum communications satellite

China launches worlds first unhackable Quantum communications satellite

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF China recently launched the world’s first quantum satellite, heralding in a new era of ultra-secure communications.   “The satellite is designed to establish ultra-secure quantum communications by transmitting uncrackable keys from space to the ground,” Xinhua, China’s state news agency, wrote after the equipment was...

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The solar system just got its own internet

The solar system just got its own internet

The vastness of space means that traditional internet technologies are unreliable so This month, NASA took a major step toward creating a Solar System Internet by establishing the first operational Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) service on the International Space Station (ISS). The new DTN service will help automate and improve the availability...

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Facebook Aquila takes to the skies to connect the rest of the world

Facebook Aquila takes to the skies to connect the rest of the world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Only half the world is connected, Facebook’s connecting the other half.   Facebook has achieved the first successful test flight of the Aquila drone, marking another notable milestone in the firm’s efforts to deliver internet access to 4 billion people worldwide who are still off...

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The future of jobs and education

The future of jobs and education

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI and other Robo automation tools and technologies become increasingly proficient it is increasingly clear that more and more jobs will suffer the same fate – automation.   Life is a learning experience, or so they say. Broadly speaking educational activities can be split...

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Companies are starting to connect the next 4 billion people

Companies are starting to connect the next 4 billion people

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Connect another 4 billion people to the internet. Check. Disrupt the communications industry. Check.   Approximately 40% of the world is connected to the internet and of those who aren’t, many are offline for one major reason – connectivity is expensive.     If you think...

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Elon Musk wants his space internet venture to fund a city on Mars

Elon Musk wants his space internet venture to fund a city on Mars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Musk needs to raise $10 Billion to fund his ambitious 2026 Mars flights as well as a Martian City, the profits from this project will help fund his Mars project.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from...

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