Vertical farms edge closer to disrupting traditional agriculture

Vertical farms edge closer to disrupting traditional agriculture

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s modern agricultural practises favour countries with fertile land and the food they produce has a dramatic impact on the environment, but tomorrows farms could be stationed in deserts, or at sea, right next to their consumers, producing high quality, organic food at knock down...

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AI can now restore your corrupted photos to their original condition

AI can now restore your corrupted photos to their original condition

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lots of us have old or crappy photos that are in bad condition and in the past the only place you could put them was in the bin, but now new AI image restoration technology could restore them to better than the originals.   There’s...

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MIT and DeepMind’s new AI can’t be tricked with weird lighting

MIT and DeepMind’s new AI can’t be tricked with weird lighting

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we produce more systems that rely on machine vision to do their jobs or keep people safe, systems that can’t see the world accurately pose both a danger and a risk.   Machine Vision has come a long way since Imagenet, a large repository of labelled...

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AI can now beat polygraph tests to tell when you’re lying

AI can now beat polygraph tests to tell when you’re lying

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to tell when someone is lying is important, but as with any technology authorities will have to know where to draw the line between just cause and violating a person’s rights to privacy.   Scientists have long known this, our pupils widen ever...

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AI can identify dangerous lung diseases as well as trained doctors

AI can identify dangerous lung diseases as well as trained doctors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Chest diseases claim millions of lives a year and being able to diagnose them faster will potentially help doctors save hundreds of thousands of lives.   Artificial Intelligence (AI) is starting to make a dent in the multi-trillion dollar healthcare industry, from being able to...

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China’s surveillance network found a BBC reporter in under 7 minutes

China’s surveillance network found a BBC reporter in under 7 minutes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As nation states roll out increasingly advanced and sophisticated surveillance networks, how we use them and the agenda of those who control them become increasingly important to understand.   It took Chinese authorities just seven minutes to locate and apprehend BBC reporter John Sudworth using its...

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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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AI is helping create realistic “Fake news!” videos and it’s going to be a problem

AI is helping create realistic “Fake news!” videos and it’s going to be a problem

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability of “unethical actors” to create realistic looking video and audio of famous people to generate “Fake news!” is accelerating exponentially and politicians are already way behind the curve.   Over the past couple of years, even before “Fake news!” became the monster topic...

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Brace yourselves AI is about to make the “Fake News!” problem a whole lot worse

Brace yourselves AI is about to make the “Fake News!” problem a whole lot worse

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are approaching a dangerous threshold where one day, in the next few years, you won’t be able to trust what you see, or easily distinguish fake news from real news, and it could have big consequences on democracy and society.   Over the past...

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Elbit’s persistent surveillance drone can watch entire cities in real time

Elbit’s persistent surveillance drone can watch entire cities in real time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an age where threats can lurk anywhere authorities are calling out for new surveillance systems that can watch entire areas, or cities, in real time, and industry is answering them.   Yesterday at the Paris Airshow Elbit Systems, an Israeli defence company, demonstrated their new,...

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Companies want to use AI to judge your ‘Character’ from just a photo

Companies want to use AI to judge your ‘Character’ from just a photo

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are well on the path to creating a society shaped and guided by digital, and genetic, profiling and that can be a good, and a bad, thing.   Dangerous dystopian tech, or a must have pre-crime tech in an increasingly dangerous world? I’ll let...

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Dubai’s first Robocop starts active duty

Dubai’s first Robocop starts active duty

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It is inevitable that robots will take a more dominant role in our society and by rolling out the world’s first robot police force Dubai has taken the first big step.   Almost two years after their initial announcement the world’s first robot policeman has...

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Meet the new harvesting robots that can pick 10,000 apples an hour

Meet the new harvesting robots that can pick 10,000 apples an hour

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Jobs that require precision and dexterity have long been protected against automation because robots could mimic the behaviour of humans accurately or fast enough, but now all that’s changing.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch...

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Amazon is on track be the world’s first fully automated fulfilment company

Amazon is on track be the world’s first fully automated fulfilment company

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The combination of “old school” robotics and new AI and Machine Vision technologies is helping robotics companies automate increasingly complex tasks that were once thought to be the exclusive domain of humans.   By the time you’ve picked your Amazon parcel up off of your...

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Locus’s new robots learn to navigate warehouses by themselves

Locus’s new robots learn to navigate warehouses by themselves

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The process of automating, and replacing more human workers, is paved with small advances like this one   Last week Locus Robotics unveiled a robotic navigation system that lets their LocusBots work more effectively together, and with humans in crowded, bustling warehouses. The LRAN system,...

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Warehouse robot’s upgrade helps it pick goods at human speed

Warehouse robot’s upgrade helps it pick goods at human speed

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots are now as fast and accurate as human workers when it comes to identifying and picking goods from warehouse bins and shelves, and that’s a problem if that’s your job.   Buried deep within a building in Somerville, Massachusetts, a robot arm spends all...

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Fast, deadly laser wielding underwater robots revolutionise fish farming

Fast, deadly laser wielding underwater robots revolutionise fish farming

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Inventors have found a novel way to combine new technologies together to help fish farmers reduce pollution, reduce costs and improve the yield, and health, of their farm reared Salmon.   When you think about laser-wielding robots that are equipped with the latest machine vision...

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Artificial intelligence identifies skin cancer as well as trained doctors

Artificial intelligence identifies skin cancer as well as trained doctors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every year tens of millions of people around the world are diagnosed with skin cancer, and Stanford’s artificial intelligence app could save tens of thousands of lives.   It’s scary enough making a doctor’s appointment to see if a strange mole could be cancerous so...

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Descartes Labs new AI visual search tool lets you find everything on Earth

Descartes Labs new AI visual search tool lets you find everything on Earth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF People have been using satellites to take photos of the Earth for decades but until now you’ve never been able to search it to find things of interest, or combine it with other data to identify patterns.   Recently a company called Planet increased the...

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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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