DeepMind’s newest AI learns by itself and creates its own knowledge

DeepMind’s newest AI learns by itself and creates its own knowledge

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF An AI that can learn by itself, with no human interaction, and that can “create its own knowledge” could give us a new perspective on issues affecting the world, and transform industry, innovation and society.   A couple of month’s ago Google’s Artificial Intelligence (AI)...

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World’s first in vivo human gene editing trial goes without a hitch

World’s first in vivo human gene editing trial goes without a hitch

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are tens of millions of people around the world with incurable inherited conditions and diseases, and being able to swap in new genes and replace faulty genes in vivo will be nothing less than revolutionary.   In a world first researchers in the US...

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The FDA just approved it’s first trackable smart pill, more to follow

The FDA just approved it’s first trackable smart pill, more to follow

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Not everyone takes their medication but now companies and doctors can tell precisely when and if a patient has taken their prescribed meds, but it opens up a whole set of questions about ethics, privacy and security.   The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

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AI can now identify your health problems but just looking at you

AI can now identify your health problems but just looking at you

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Millions of people around the world go untreated because doctors can’t diagnose, or sometimes even see, their symptoms, but now AI can use photos to identify health conditions in seconds not days, weeks or years.   Patient number two was born to first-time parents, late...

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New Smart Bandage heals wounds faster and talks to your doctor

New Smart Bandage heals wounds faster and talks to your doctor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Smart bandages that can heal wounds faster, identify disease and talk with doctors will help doctors track how well wounds are healing and help people heal faster   When you think of medical 3D printing applications, and there are plenty of them to choose from,...

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3D printing breakthrough lets hospitals and doctors print drugs on demand

3D printing breakthrough lets hospitals and doctors print drugs on demand

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Medical supply chains are incredibly complex and highly regulated but now we’re on the cusp of 3D printing human organs and prosthetics on demand, and medicines are following suit.   Medicine gets a lot of attention, but normally it’s to do with drug development rather...

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Researchers use 3D printing to create a soft electronic wearable

Researchers use 3D printing to create a soft electronic wearable

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Electronics are normally hard and that makes them difficult to integrate into wearable devices or clothing, but now new soft electronics could pave the way for a whole host of new applications   The human skin, even 3D Printed artificial skin, is amazing, but in...

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Scientists use magnetism to remotely control mice

Scientists use magnetism to remotely control mice

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists ability to control mice remotely using magnetism could open up new avenues to treat a wide range of degenerative neurological disorders   An international group of scientists based at the Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS) has, for the first time, demonstrated that...

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Revolutionary new IoT chip communicates miles without using any energy

Revolutionary new IoT chip communicates miles without using any energy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF IoT devices only “work” if they have connectivity, but up until now trying to get data from a sensor in a field, or a toaster at home, has meant fitting them all with battery powered communications gear, new backscatter devices solve that issue   A...

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World’s first autonomous robot Dentist implants two teeth into a patient

World’s first autonomous robot Dentist implants two teeth into a patient

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Globally there’s a huge shortage of qualified dentists, but in the future that might not be a problem now that robots are on the case…   We’ve all volunteered for weird things in our lives, whether it’s something we want to do or not and...

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Caltech’s newest Smart Pill will one day track the nanobots in your body

Caltech’s newest Smart Pill will one day track the nanobots in your body

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the next two decades or so we will be increasingly exposed to nanobots that can perform extraordinary feats as they move around inside our bodies, but up until now there’s not been any way to track them   The other day I made a...

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Microsoft unveils it’s new real time AI engine

Microsoft unveils it’s new real time AI engine

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI’s that can analyse data in real time will become increasingly important as we come to rely on them more and more to help us make, and automate, decisions   It’s probably fair to say that in many cases, whether it’s the new breed of...

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DNA encryption arrives to protect your genome from prying eyes

DNA encryption arrives to protect your genome from prying eyes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are increasingly sharing our DNA data online, and sometimes you don’t want everyone to see everything, so now researchers have developed the world’s first DNA Encryption product   When we talk about “security” it’s probably fair to say that not many people think about...

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World first as researchers hack a computer using modified DNA

World first as researchers hack a computer using modified DNA

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we increasingly become masters of manipulating the makeup of life criminals will find new, innovative ways, to breach computer systems and cause havoc   We are increasingly becoming masters of manipulating the building blocks of life, whether it’s creating new “alien” life forms that...

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Healing touch, Regenerative Medicine breakthrough reprograms skin cells

Healing touch, Regenerative Medicine breakthrough reprograms skin cells

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tissue Nanotransference technology could help us heal organs quickly, and on demand, and put an end to the need for immunosuppressant drugs and the rejection of transplants   This week scientists from Ohio State University announced a “breakthrough” in Regenerative medicine, the field of healthcare...

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A quarter of Dubai’s new buildings will be 3D printed by 2030

A quarter of Dubai’s new buildings will be 3D printed by 2030

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai is determined to take the lead and become a hub for the development of futuristic technologies, and now they’re pushing the boundaries again   The ruler of Dubai is laser focused on turning Dubai in to a hub for the development of future technologies,...

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Scientists have built the world’s first biological ‘teleporter’

Scientists have built the world’s first biological ‘teleporter’

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We have reached the point where we can digitise life itself, albeit at a micro scale, and that opens up a whole host of new opportunities, from being able to create bespoke synthetic organisms to teleporting life across the universe   The chance of a...

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Scientists found a way to selectively erase memories forever

Scientists found a way to selectively erase memories forever

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Imagine being able to forget memories at the flick of a switch, and now imagine the impact that would have on your life, good or bad. As scientists unravel the mysteries of the brain one day this will become science fact.   One thing that...

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Cream that creates suntans without the sun also reduces cancer risk

Cream that creates suntans without the sun also reduces cancer risk

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lots of people like having a natural looking tan, but with over 100,000 cases of skin cancer a year, noone likes the sun’s nefarious side effects, but now scientists have created a way to tan that doesn’t need the Sun   If you’re like me...

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A simple blood test detects cancer years earlier than previously possible

A simple blood test detects cancer years earlier than previously possible

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new blood test will, one day, let doctors detect cancer years earlier than ever before, and earlier detection means earlier treatment and better chances of survival for those who have the disease.   Scientists from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre and Grail, a...

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