IBM’s AI learns how to predict the outcomes of chemical reactions

IBM’s AI learns how to predict the outcomes of chemical reactions

WHY THIS MATTERS BRIEF Chemistry is the basis and foundation of everything on Earth and being able to predict the outcomes of new chemical reactions will help industries create new compounds and new materials faster than ever before.   By thinking of atoms as letters and molecules as words an...

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IBM announces they’re developing a 50 qubit computer

IBM announces they’re developing a 50 qubit computer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers are on track to be the most powerful form of computing ever and once we start seeing systems that go beyond the 50 qubit mark we will be able to use them to solve some of the world’s most complicated problems.   At...

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DTCC wants to put hundreds of trillions of dollars of securities transactions on the blockchain

DTCC wants to put hundreds of trillions of dollars of securities transactions on the blockchain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Vice Chairman of the DTCC argues that a lack of standards is holding back blockchains adoption in the financial services industry, and he wants to change that.   Last week Larry Thompson, the Vice Chairman of the US Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC),...

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IBM and Hyperledger launch enterprise ready blockchain

IBM and Hyperledger launch enterprise ready blockchain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Blockchain is quickly emerging as one of the world’s most disruptive technologies, and IBM wants everyone to have access to it   Following hot on the heels of announcing that it wants to be the first company to offer the world’s first universal “Quantum Computing...

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IBM sets a small record as researchers store one bit of data on one atom

IBM sets a small record as researchers store one bit of data on one atom

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The amount of information society is creating every day is leaving today’s storage technologies creaking at the seams, and our only option is to go smaller.   The building blocks of today’s modern computers have been getting progressively smaller ever since they were first invented,...

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IBM announces plans to sell a commercial ‘universal’ quantum computer by 2020

IBM announces plans to sell a commercial ‘universal’ quantum computer by 2020

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers are hailed as the next evolution of computing that promise immense performance increases over today’s systems and by 2020 they may be ready for prime time.   Having laid the groundwork for offerings in other emerging technology categories such as artificial intelligence (AI),...

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World first as two quantum computers go head to head

World first as two quantum computers go head to head

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Up until recently it hasn’t been possible to directly compare the performance of two or more quantum computing systems, but that barriers just been smashed.   Scientists recently published the world’s first open source blueprint for a quantum computing device, and sure enough, no sooner...

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Japanese insurer announces it will replace office workers with artificial intelligence

Japanese insurer announces it will replace office workers with artificial intelligence

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF More and more companies are experimenting with AI as a way to automate away jobs, and as the human toll continues to increase this is just the beginning   Fukoku Mutual Life, a Japanese insurance company with a turnover of $6.8 Billion in 2016, announced...

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Banks are using mind reading technology to interview graduates

Banks are using mind reading technology to interview graduates

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every business is becoming a technology business and nowhere is that truer than in the financial services industry, now as banks try to compete with start ups and established technology companies for tech talent they could find themselves getting into warm water…   Want to...

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Walmart improves public safety by putting pork on the blockchain

Walmart improves public safety by putting pork on the blockchain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Global supply chains are complex and can be easy for criminals to exploit by putting pork onto the blockchain Walmart are able to ensure and query the integrity of their supply chains, identify problems and pull tainted batches off of the shelves faster.   Walmart...

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Intels Nervana chip shows the giant is serious about owning the AI market

Intels Nervana chip shows the giant is serious about owning the AI market

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of the AI breakthroughs over recent years have only been possible because of the exponential increase in the amount of computing power available to support them, now Intel and other chip companies are in an arms race to own the future of AI  ...

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IBM opens the worlds first commercial Cyber Range

IBM opens the worlds first commercial Cyber Range

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more organisations are subjected to cyber attacks it is important they have a way to evaluate their readiness, and their ability to identify, mitigate and manage events.   It was a big day for IBM on Monday as it opened its new security headquarters...

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Microsoft enters the race to build a viable quantum computer

Microsoft enters the race to build a viable quantum computer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers are millions of times more powerful than todays traditional computers, if they can be developed and bought into the mainstream humanity will see major innovation breakthroughs across the board, from drug discovery to space travel.   Microsoft, who earlier last year release a...

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The internet pioneer behind Apache pushes blockchain to fuel the next big internet revolution

The internet pioneer behind Apache pushes blockchain to fuel the next big internet revolution

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everyone agrees that blockchain is a disruptive technology, and a technology that could help revolutionise not just one industry but all of them but in order for it to really change the world it first needs to be embedded into the “plumbing” of the internet,...

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Encryption’s arch nemesis is a ticking quantum time bomb

Encryption’s arch nemesis is a ticking quantum time bomb

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Encryption is the primary tool that organisations and governments use to keep data safe and secure, when Quantum computers become more wide spread criminals, hackers and state sponsored actors will be able to use them to decrypt data and render most encryption algorithms obsolete.  ...

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Apples CEO Tim Cook speaks out the future of AI

Apples CEO Tim Cook speaks out the future of AI

Apples latest announcements on its plans for AI are, well, boring Pixar founder George Lucas might have given the world the word “Droid” before he sold the company to Apple’s Steve Jobs but now Apple CEO Tim Cook is making no secret of the fact that he wants the company to play...

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Capable of full autonomy, we go inside the stealth destroyer USN Zumwalt

Capable of full autonomy, we go inside the stealth destroyer USN Zumwalt

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Invisible, smart, deadly and loaded with AI – the new autonomous-capable USS Zumwalt.   The look of the new 600 foot, $4 Billion USN destroyer Zumwalt, official designation DDG-1000, is easy to explain. The ship is designed to be stealthy and all of its sharp...

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Techs biggest names are working together to regulate AI research

Techs biggest names are working together to regulate AI research

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI, the Genie we’ve let out of the bottle is on the cusp of improving at an exponential rate and we need to talk about the potential consequences.   Artificial intelligence is hitting its stride, already giving us machines that can drive themselves, talk to...

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Nasdaq-GE blockchain paves the way for Virtual Power Plants and distributed energy grids

Nasdaq-GE blockchain paves the way for Virtual Power Plants and distributed energy grids

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nasdaq imagines a day when you can bypass the local power company and buy power from whoever you like – even your neighbours.   Imagine a day when the national rail company buys its power from collectives of neighbourhood consortiums who have an excess from...

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An AI Bot posing as a Teaching Assistant fooled students for five months

An AI Bot posing as a Teaching Assistant fooled students for five months

A quiet revolution is coming, one that will eventually turn every industry into a dumb pipe and flip the world of commerce, decision making, jobs and transactions on their heads. Here come the Bots. Earlier this year Eric Wilson who was taking an online Artificial Intelligence course at  Georgia Institute of Technology...

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