Doctors treating Covid-19 patients use Microsoft Hololens to keep them and their teams safe

Doctors treating Covid-19 patients use Microsoft Hololens to keep them and their teams safe

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF During Covid-19 there’s been a huge shortage of PPE and doctors on the front line have been at the greatest risk of catching the disease, mixed reality technologies significantly reduce the risks.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my...

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Covid-19 lockdown is straining networks and it’s AI to the rescue

Covid-19 lockdown is straining networks and it’s AI to the rescue

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With over half the world’s population in some form of lockdown everyone’s smashing the networks so companies are using AI to keeping those networks fast and reliable.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As the Coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19,...

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Microsoft just patented a way to let you mine cryptocurrency with your mind

Microsoft just patented a way to let you mine cryptocurrency with your mind

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Exponential technologies are helping us realise the dream of being able to create money with our minds.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Not much has happened in the payments space for a while now, that is unless...

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Microsoft AI that discovers 97 percent of critical software security flaws released

Microsoft AI that discovers 97 percent of critical software security flaws released

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The digital world is reliant on software that contains bugs and security vulnerabilities that all need identifying and patching, this new AI automates the task.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. I’ve written extensively before about a new...

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US CDC launches a Cornoavirus self-checker bot to ease pressure on front line staff

US CDC launches a Cornoavirus self-checker bot to ease pressure on front line staff

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As governments around the world tell people with COVID-19 like symptoms to self isolate a shortage of testing kits mean self-diagnosis is a guessing game, this helps alleviate the problem.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As the...

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Microsoft DreamWalker turns your daily commute into a VR experience

Microsoft DreamWalker turns your daily commute into a VR experience

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Microsoft’s new twist on Virtual Reality could be a game changer that helps bring VR, not just AR, into the real world and changes the gaming experience forever.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The Matrix is real,...

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Microsoft has a wild hologram that translates HoloLens keynotes into Japanese

Microsoft has a wild hologram that translates HoloLens keynotes into Japanese

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The combination of universal translators and holograms opens up a whole new world of communication for us all as Microsoft demonstrates   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I had the pleasure of working on Microsoft’s annual Artificial...

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Microsoft drops $1 Billion on OpenAI to fund Artificial General Intelligence development

Microsoft drops $1 Billion on OpenAI to fund Artificial General Intelligence development

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AGI is the point at which machines intelligence, and intellectual capabilities, match and exceed that of humans, bringing about the most significant change in human history.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Last year Google DeepMind released the world’s...

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Microsoft have created an all in one desktop DNA storage device

Microsoft have created an all in one desktop DNA storage device

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our data volumes explode we need new ways to store it all, and DNA is a perfect solution – if we can get it to work.   By all reports the modern world is facing a tsunami of data as we produce exabtyes of the...

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Futurist in the press: Maximising the AI Opportunity, Microsoft

Futurist in the press: Maximising the AI Opportunity, Microsoft

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI will help organisations and society at large unlock untold new opportunities, in this report Microsoft discusses how to maximise the upsides while minimising the downsides.   Firstly, thank you to the team at Microsoft for reaching out and asking me to participate in their...

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Estonia becomes the world’s first virtual nation capable of rebooting itself

Estonia becomes the world’s first virtual nation capable of rebooting itself

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology is showing us how ancient the concept of the traditional nation state is, and as virtual nations take shape being able to reboot them in times of war is crucial.   How do you reboot an entire country? It’s an odd question, but in...

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Hackers use data science to evade state of the art AI cybersecurity systems

Hackers use data science to evade state of the art AI cybersecurity systems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By figuring out what data sets cybersecurity are training their AI’s on hackers have found a way to create malware that can’t be detected.   Walking around the exhibition floor at this week’s massive Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas many people were struck...

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Microsoft gets rid of blockchain miners with new Ethereum blockchain service

Microsoft gets rid of blockchain miners with new Ethereum blockchain service

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Mining blockchain has become a contentious issue because of the amount of energy it uses and its speed, Microsoft are trying to solve both problems.   Hot on the heels of its interest in Iota, a blockchain-like peer to peer cryptocurrency that does away with...

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Microsoft created elusive particles to build the world’s most accurate quantum computer

Microsoft created elusive particles to build the world’s most accurate quantum computer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The most powerful quantum computers in the future will be the ones not necessarily with the most Qubits, but be the ones that are the most accurate, and that’s what Microsoft is focusing on.   At Microsoft’s Dutch research facility at the Delft University of Technology,...

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Tech giants prepare for the next giant leap in quantum computing

Tech giants prepare for the next giant leap in quantum computing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the race to build quantum computers heats up it could be the company who has the most accurate quantum computer, not the one who has the largest, that wins the game.   The hype that has been building around quantum computing, a potentially revolutionary technology...

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Air France KLM and Microsoft use blockchain to improve MRO

Air France KLM and Microsoft use blockchain to improve MRO

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Blockchain has enormous potential to improve the efficiency of supply chains and especially MRO, and this is one of the world’s first proof of concepts.   Air France KLM’s engineering and maintenance division is evaluating the potential for Blockchain to become its new digital ledger...

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Futurist keynote, London: The Future of Artificial Intelligence, British Museum

Futurist keynote, London: The Future of Artificial Intelligence, British Museum

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There is a risk that humanity is under estimating the impact that AI will have on the world, particularly in the criminal underworld, but if I could give you a single take away it would be this – AI’s capabilities are evolving at a furious...

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Microsoft’s newest AI is an artist with an imagination

Microsoft’s newest AI is an artist with an imagination

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There is a great tussle going on between people who believe AI can never become “creative” and those who do, but depending on how you define “imagination” Microsofts latest AI could prove the naysayers wrong.   Ever since computer scientist Alan Turing first proposed his...

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World first as scientists created the world’s first DNA storage file system

World first as scientists created the world’s first DNA storage file system

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DNA can store huge volumes of information and it lasts for hundreds of thousands of years making it an ideal storage medium for tomorrow’s technologies.   The majority of the cells in the human body contain the information you need to build a complete person...

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Blockchain without the miners, IOTA unveil their revolutionary new cryptocurrency

Blockchain without the miners, IOTA unveil their revolutionary new cryptocurrency

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Mining cryptocurrency is an incredibly contentious, complex, and energy expensive operation, but now a German non-profit has built a cryptocurrency that does away with miners completely, and they’re being backed by the biggest names in tech.   Bitcoin isn’t the only cryptocurrency on a hot...

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