Facebooks new app gives your smartphone AI super powers

Facebooks new app gives your smartphone AI super powers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Pushing artificial intelligence to the edge of the network – to the device, and untethering it from the datacenter, will help make devices smarter and revolutionise the software that runs on them, making it exponentially more powerful and capable   In a speech today at...

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ISS SPHERE drones learn to see and fly around in space all by themselves

ISS SPHERE drones learn to see and fly around in space all by themselves

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This new milestone will help to pave the way for fully autonomous drones, and vehicles, that can navigate their surroundings without the need for any specific maps or navigation aids.   During an experiment this week on board the International Space Station (ISS) a small drone,...

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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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US Presidential report on AI tries to prepare society for what’s coming

US Presidential report on AI tries to prepare society for what’s coming

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF US Government report lays out guidance for AI use and regulation and puts regulating super AI’s in the too hard bucket.   Artificial Intelligence (AI) research and development is starting to reach critical mass and new breakthroughs are being announced almost every day. Now a new report from...

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Skydio’s autonomous drone takes to the skies

Skydio’s autonomous drone takes to the skies

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Autonomous drones – revered by extreme sports enthusiasts and feared in the battlefield – are on the rise.   We all know that the next evolution of drones will be fully autonomous rather than just semi-autonomous as some of them, such as delivery or defence drones,...

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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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Google’s new AI image recognition software still has a Cock of the Rock problem

Google’s new AI image recognition software still has a Cock of the Rock problem

Google’s machine learning based image software has come a long way but nature still has it baffled Google has just released the latest version of its open source image recognition software based on machine learning algorithms that the company first started developing back in 2014 and it’s now 93.9 percent accurate. this...

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D-Wave readies a 2,000 qubit quantum computer for 2017 launch

D-Wave readies a 2,000 qubit quantum computer for 2017 launch

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF D-Wave doubles the qubits and boosts previous models performance by 1,000 fold.   Forget logic based servers D-Wave Systems, the controversial quantum computing pioneer, will start shipping a quantum computer with 2,000 qubits – twice the size of its current 1,000 qubit D-Wave 2X in 2017. And, seven...

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Scientists use WiFi to read your emotions

Scientists use WiFi to read your emotions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are edging closer to living in the world of Minority Report, surrounded by technologies that authorise us, sense us and interact with us remotely, and now the only thing that is fiction is privacy.   Whether it’s at your local fuel station or at...

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The future of jobs in a Machine World

The future of jobs in a Machine World

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are all aware that technology is capable of replacing particular categories of jobs, but often those jobs “belong to someone else” and the impact on our own jobs is minimal. Today though new classes of emerging technologies, from artificial intelligence to machine vision are...

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New brain scanning technologies can pull secrets from your brain waves

New brain scanning technologies can pull secrets from your brain waves

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New brain wave monitoring devices are making it easier than ever for companies, governments and institutions to pull your darkest secrets from your head.   In a world where biometric security is often seen as the de-facto consumer and enterprise security technology, and where Touchless...

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Autonomous tractors are coming to a field near you

Autonomous tractors are coming to a field near you

Eat my dust, these self-driving tractors could hit a field near you soon Last week CNH Industrial brought along a few of it’s newest Batman inspired self-driving tractors to the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa to give the attendees a taste of the future. And it’s highly likely that these beasts...

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Facebooks AI’s are building more AI’s

Facebooks AI’s are building more AI’s

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Facebook have kick started a trend of AI’s building more AI’s and it’s only going to accelerate.   Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) are taking over the internet. DNNs, unlike their more basic pattern matching Machine Learning cousins are able to learn and replicate human like tasks by...

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DARPA teams go head to head to find the worlds best robo-hacker

DARPA teams go head to head to find the worlds best robo-hacker

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Humans can no longer keep up with the tusnami of cyber threats but the robo-hackers can.   Could you invent an autonomous hacking system that could find and fix vulnerabilities in computer systems before criminals could exploit them, and without any human being involved?  ...

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DeepMind AI reduces Googles data centre cooling bills by 40%

DeepMind AI reduces Googles data centre cooling bills by 40%

The amount of energy consumed by the world’s largest hyper scale data centers has always posed the technology companies that run them with a conundrum. On the one hand the companies need more compute power to continue supporting their growing empires and on the other hand more servers and more...

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Knupath unveils a new Machine Learning chip architecture

Knupath unveils a new Machine Learning chip architecture

Ex-NASA Chief Dan Goldin has revealed his company KnuEdge, which develops neural chips that follow the principles of the human brain and produces voice recognition and authentication technology It’s not all that easy to call KnuEdge a startup. Created a decade ago by Daniel Goldin, the former head of the National Aeronautics and...

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The Creative Machines are coming

The Creative Machines are coming

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Creativity is said to be a uniquely “Human” gift but while we can argue the semantics it appears that increasingly machines share the same gift, albeit algorithmic rather than chemical.   Many people believe that creativity is a uniquely human trait but what about self...

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Generation Z, the first immortal generation?

Generation Z, the first immortal generation?

It’s a matter of When, not If we solve Death and Generation Z could be the first generation to experience Immortality in their lifetimes. Today we can reverse paralysis, restore sight, print hearts, eliminate disease and transfer memories, age is a quirk of genetics, nanotech is a game changer and only Darwinism...

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Future corporations will run without Humans

Future corporations will run without Humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A world where corporations run themselves without the need for any Human intervention is already being realised.   The future is hidden in plain sight. Multi billion dollar corporations that run without the need for people sounds like Hollywood fiction but the technology and technology...

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The future of Media and Entertainment

The future of Media and Entertainment

Entertainment has been evolving ever since the first multi cellular creature crawled out of the primordial soup and arguably its roots can be traced back to the very first hectic sibling tom foolery that gave our most ancient ancestors a safe arena to practice their survival skills. Since then however...

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