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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Futurist in the press: Battle for a trading edge, Handelsblatt Global

Futurist in the press: Battle for a trading edge, Handelsblatt Global

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As financial services organisations around the world increasingly embrace AI we ask the question – are the algorithmic models they’re creating infallible?   Handelsblatt Global is the “Financial Times of Germany,” and it was my privilege to be interviewed by them before speaking at the...

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Scientists publish a breakthrough architecture for the world’s first Quantum Computer

Scientists publish a breakthrough architecture for the world’s first Quantum Computer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Building the world’s first commercial quantum computer will require international collaboration, and a plan, and it looks like we now have that plan.   An international team, led by a scientist from the University of Sussex, and made up of scientists from Google, Aarhus University...

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Researchers new artificial nervous system helps robots feel pain

Researchers new artificial nervous system helps robots feel pain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Pain plays a vital role in shaping how we interact with our world and each other, and it plays a pivotal role in helping us determine what’s safe and what isn’t. By helping robots experience pain it’s hoped that it will help them too stay...

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Seahorse’s genome sequenced for the first time, unlocks weird mysteries

Seahorse’s genome sequenced for the first time, unlocks weird mysteries

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers are using gene sequencing to unlock the mysteries of evolution and each new discovery helps us improve how we conserve the animals and plants that co-habit our planet   Male pregnancy. A long, tube shaped mouth with no teeth. A body covered with bony...

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Tests confirm Germany’s “Star in a Jar” nuclear fusion reactor works

Tests confirm Germany’s “Star in a Jar” nuclear fusion reactor works

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nuclear fusion holds the promise of being able to help humanity harness limitless, clean energy but until now scientists have had problems containing and stabilising the plasma flows needed to fuel the final energy producing reactions.   Last year in Germany a new type of...

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Audi puts its new Quattro Lunar Rover through its paces

Audi puts its new Quattro Lunar Rover through its paces

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The cost of space travel has fallen dramatically over the past decade and now Google wants to encourage private organisations and entrepreneurs to take the next bold step in humanity’s story.   In 2015 Audi, the luxury car brand, announced it would be “taking off...

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Virtual reality plays its role in convicting Nazi SS guards who killed millions

Virtual reality plays its role in convicting Nazi SS guards who killed millions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Criminal convictions, particularly involving historic crimes, are often made or broken on just how well jurors can visualise the scenes of the crimes using second hand evidence, now VR can give them a first person view.   Earlier this month I reported that UK and...

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Scientists may have identified the particles that make up Dark Matter

Scientists may have identified the particles that make up Dark Matter

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If it were not for the gravity of dark matter galaxies wouldn’t be able to hold themselves together and planets and stars would fly into oblivion.   Understanding what Dark Matter is has proven to be amazingly difficult. Of course, one might expect this from a...

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