Futurist Keynote, Germany: Life in 2030, RWE

Futurist Keynote, Germany: Life in 2030, RWE

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A lot has changed in the last ten years, and even more will change in the next ten. Are you ready?   Firstly, a big thank you to Kathrin and the team for inviting me to be the keynote at this years RWE Leadership meeting...

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BMW unveils it’s first fully autonomous motorbike

BMW unveils it’s first fully autonomous motorbike

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While a fully autonomous motorobike sounds odd, it’s designed to improve driver safety and comfort.   Will you need a motorbike license to ride in the future? Well, maybe not. At the Miramas testing ground circuit in Provence, France, last week, BMW unveiled its first autonomous...

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Graphene breakthrough opens the door to terahertz computer chips

Graphene breakthrough opens the door to terahertz computer chips

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Graphene’s weird properties could help create computer chips that are thousands of times faster than today’s chips.   Today’s silicon based electronic CPU’s, like the ones sold by AMD and Intel, operate at clock rates of several hundred gigahertz, hence the GHz acronym given to...

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This creative AI paints like the old masters

This creative AI paints like the old masters

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We’re always told ai cannot be imaginative or creative, but human creativity can be cloned.   Recently art made by Artificial Intelligence (AI) software has become a field in its own right and it’s become quite a niche market in certain circles. As a result...

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A new AI tool is mastering how to create complex drugs and molecules

A new AI tool is mastering how to create complex drugs and molecules

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Chemistry plays a vital role in our society and being able to create new drugs, and chemical cocktails and compounds, will revolutionise everything from cars to healthcare.   Chemists have a new lab assistant, and its name is Artificial Intelligence (AI), and they join synthetic...

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Researchers built a breakthrough quantum transistor using just a single atom

Researchers built a breakthrough quantum transistor using just a single atom

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As transistors get smaller companies are going to be able to create computers that are orders of magnitude more powerful and energy efficient than today’s platforms.   Over the past couple of years we’ve seen the development of a wide range of transistors that push...

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VW pledges to build a huge supercharger network across the US

VW pledges to build a huge supercharger network across the US

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Unless you’d been asleep at the wheel recently you can’t help but notice that it looks like the days of the combustion engine are numbered and that electric vehicles are the future…   It’s no secret that Volkswagen wants to sell more electric cars in...

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Revolutionary algorithm will soon let scientists simulate the entire human brain

Revolutionary algorithm will soon let scientists simulate the entire human brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today we can simulate 10 percent of the human brain in a supercomputer, but a whole brain simulation would revolutionise neuroscience, unlock the secrets of the brain and lead to new breakthrough cognitive treatments.   The renowned physicist Dr. Richard Feynman once said “What I...

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Blockchain without the miners, IOTA unveil their revolutionary new cryptocurrency

Blockchain without the miners, IOTA unveil their revolutionary new cryptocurrency

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Mining cryptocurrency is an incredibly contentious, complex, and energy expensive operation, but now a German non-profit has built a cryptocurrency that does away with miners completely, and they’re being backed by the biggest names in tech.   Bitcoin isn’t the only cryptocurrency on a hot...

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European giants team up to build electric aircraft

European giants team up to build electric aircraft

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Aviation is one of today’s biggest polluters so now companies are ploughing more effort into building the world’s first viable electric aircraft. In March this year Rolls Royce’s CEO announced that the future of flight was electric, and this week Airbus, Rolls Royce and Siemens announced...

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Scientists have a plan to seed life throughout the universe

Scientists have a plan to seed life throughout the universe

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today we have the power to create new species of animals never previously thought possible and at some point it seems inevitable that humans will start seeding new life across the universe.   In the past six months’ scientists have created alien life forms unlike...

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Wireless charging, the next frontier for electric vehicles gains traction

Wireless charging, the next frontier for electric vehicles gains traction

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Just as countries are starting to get used to the idea of rolling out fixed electric vehicle charging stations a new technology is emerging on the scene that could quickly render them obsolete.   Just as we are beginning to get used to the idea...

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Audi unveils a future without cars

Audi unveils a future without cars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most people think that self-driving cars are simply the next natural evolution of the car when actually they signal the death of the car as we know it.   Not all concept cars make it off the auto show floor and into production, but now,...

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ThyssenKrupp unveil their new cable free, go anywhere elevators

ThyssenKrupp unveil their new cable free, go anywhere elevators

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tomorrows skyscrapers will be 3D printed into a whole host of different, strange shapes, but in order to make them a reality we need a new type of cable free elevator and ThyssenKrupp look like they’re about to deliver   In the 160 or so...

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Plasma jet engines get ready for real world trials

Plasma jet engines get ready for real world trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Plasma engines are the stuff of science fiction, and now it looks like they’re ready to come out of the labs and push new limits.   Imagine a jet engine that could propel an aircraft faster than a traditional engine and take it all the...

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Hackers have found a new way to hack Samsung’s iris security system

Hackers have found a new way to hack Samsung’s iris security system

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Biometric security systems are awesome, until they’re hacked, and increasingly companies and individuals are finding that their latest and greatest biometric security systems are easier to hack than the password systems they replaced   Criminals know you love taking selfies, and they love your selfies...

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Adidas shows off it’s new ‘on demand’ clothing store

Adidas shows off it’s new ‘on demand’ clothing store

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s inevitable that one day we will be able to personalise and manufacture bespoke clothing on demand, in store and at home, and Adidas’s first stab is a good start but there’s still a way to go.   It normally takes most clothing companies anywhere...

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Domino’s to start robo-deliveries in Germany

Domino’s to start robo-deliveries in Germany

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Automation appears to be the way of the future, and now even the humble pizza delivery driver is under threat   The food delivery robots, and drones, are coming. The technology is improving, people seem to be more receptive to the concept than they have...

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Scientists 3D print an Eagle eye camera that’s smaller than a human hair

Scientists 3D print an Eagle eye camera that’s smaller than a human hair

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are plenty of devices today that are too small, or lack the computing power to accommodate a traditional camera, new micro-cameras overcome all those issues.   It seems that you can’t go anywhere nowadays without a camera tracking you but as ubiquitous as they...

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Futurist keynote, Frankfurt: The Future of Automated Trading, Battle of the Quants

Futurist keynote, Frankfurt: The Future of Automated Trading, Battle of the Quants

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Algorithmic trading has existed for decades but in the past five years it’s undergone a revolution thanks to new advances in AI and data science.   As you fly into Frankfurt Airport you’re reminded of the German’s love of efficiency, technology, and bold, but functional...

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