IBM breakthrough uses AI to make blockchain more energy efficient

IBM breakthrough uses AI to make blockchain more energy efficient

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Mining blockchain uses up an extraordinary amount of electricity, equivalent to an entire country, so companies are trying to fix the issue.   Proof of Work (PoW), the common consensus mechanism that secures Bitcoin and numerous other cryptocurrency blockchains, has given the technology a reputation for...

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Global Directory of Corporate R&D and Innovation Labs

Global Directory of Corporate R&D and Innovation Labs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world is changing faster than many organisations anticipated and the pace of technological change is now many CEO’s primary concern, the result of which is that innovation labs are now a business necessity, not a luxury.   The global pace of disruption and transformation...

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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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South Korea introduces the world’s first “Robot Tax”

South Korea introduces the world’s first “Robot Tax”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Experts and governments are predicting that a rising tide of automation will have a dramatic impact on today’s workforce and lower tax receipts, and taxing the machines and robots driving the revolution is becoming an increasingly popular idea.   South Korea has introduced what is...

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Meet the robot that wants to replace fork lift truck drivers

Meet the robot that wants to replace fork lift truck drivers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Forklift drivers have so far been lucky to escape the clutches of automation, but now that could be about to change.   It seems to be all go in the world of warehouses. Robot pickers can now pick goods as fast, and as accurately as...

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Solar powered artificial skin gives prosthetics a sense of touch

Solar powered artificial skin gives prosthetics a sense of touch

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many amputees complain of “Phantom limb” syndrome but now a new breakthrough could help them finally feel again, for real.   UK researchers have developed a synthetic skin for prosthetic limbs that can generate power and return the sense of touch to amputees. Researchers from...

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Researchers unveil the first telepathic link between a robot and a human

Researchers unveil the first telepathic link between a robot and a human

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One of the biggest problems in manufacturing is having to re-train robots to complete new tasks, but now Robot-Human telepathy could make that problem disappear.   Those of you who wish others could read your mind must think it’s Christmas – whether it’s because Zuckerberg seems...

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Robot sales in 2016 were the best ever

Robot sales in 2016 were the best ever

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sales of robots, particularly in China, are booming and analysts expect more of the same in 2017.   The rise of automation and its impact on jobs has dominated headlines for a while now, whether it’s because Foxconn are cutting 1.2 million jobs, or companies...

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Europe will debate robot rights, ethics and AI kill switches in February

Europe will debate robot rights, ethics and AI kill switches in February

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Machines are increasingly becoming autonomous and intelligent and it’s one of the greatest dangers humanity has ever faced, later this year law makers in Europe will finally determine how we govern, monitor, manage and tax them in order to minimise the damage to society.  ...

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New EU report recommends Universal Basic Income for all 27 member states

New EU report recommends Universal Basic Income for all 27 member states

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The rise of robotics and new, intelligent AI automation systems that threaten Blue and White collar jobs is spurring governments around the world into action, so far a Universal Basic Income is the only idea they seem to have to dampen societal unrest and poverty....

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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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Robots to get legal recognition as Europe votes to classify them as ‘Electronic persons’

Robots to get legal recognition as Europe votes to classify them as ‘Electronic persons’

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The move by the EU to classify robots as “Electronic persons” is a watershed moment. It signifies a significant attitude shift in policy and the way that new robo-systems are viewed, and paves the way for new laws and new regulations.   With robots and...

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1.2 million jobs to vanish as Foxconn unveils plans for fully autonomous factories

1.2 million jobs to vanish as Foxconn unveils plans for fully autonomous factories

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Foxconn is one of the world’s largest employers, and its pursuit of 100% automation at all of its factories will put millions out of work and give China a headache   We’re hearing a lot recently about how most of our jobs are going to...

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GE’s revolutionary industrial machines can have conversations with engineers

GE’s revolutionary industrial machines can have conversations with engineers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As emerging technologies combine we’re entering the era where we can talk to machines in the same way we talk to other people – and the possibilities are staggering.   As more and more emerging technologies mature – or, at least improve, we are gradually...

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The Entrepreneurs Guide to Building a Disruptive Organisation

The Entrepreneurs Guide to Building a Disruptive Organisation

Be in no doubt, this is the greatest time to be an Entrepreneur and to change the world for the better of all mankind Arguably, with an infinite number of ways to disrupt the existing status quo of business, civilisation and society, there has never been a better time to...

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Ford rolls out collaborative robots and ringfences workers jobs

Ford rolls out collaborative robots and ringfences workers jobs

We’re used to hearing about how robots will take our jobs so meet the co-bots that help us keep them With factories across the globe filling up with robots, often replacing workers on assembly lines or by transporting packages across the plant, human fears of being substituted by a machine...

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Crossing the Chasm, Building the Disruptive Business

Crossing the Chasm, Building the Disruptive Business

The status quo is meant to be broken Today organisations have countless opportunities to disrupt the status quo and carve out new industries but with no journey plan or methodologies to follow most initiatives fail – this is called “Crossing the Chasm”. In a world first and on the back...

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Predicting the Industries of the Future

Predicting the Industries of the Future

Predicting the industries of the future used to be hit and miss but with the right insights predicting them has never been easier. On the back of our 2016 Griffin Emerging Technology Review we delve into the data and pull out our top three predictions.

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The death of the 20th Century organisation

The death of the 20th Century organisation

20th Century organisations are increasingly being usurped and out manoeuvered by more agile, more successful 21st Century Millennial organisations that operate, scale and run in entirely new ways.   You could be forgiven for thinking that many of today’s new Millennial organisations aren’t really businesses at all and that under the...

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Disrupting banking is a team effort

Disrupting banking is a team effort

  Disrupting the banking experience can only be achieved through team work   In 2008 banks were considered to big to fail and sovereign Governments pumped hundreds of billions of dollars into the system to save them but now, years after the events of 2008 conversations about how banking and...

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