Researchers show off transformer-like robots that change shape without central control

Researchers show off transformer-like robots that change shape without central control

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Small, cheap robots that can swarm together and transform themselves to accomplish a wide variety of different tasks make for a very hard to beat proposition.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of the science fiction technologies...

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AI bests human experts at detecting Breast Cancer to help save lives

AI bests human experts at detecting Breast Cancer to help save lives

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the quality and reliability of new AI models improve the technology’s power to revolutionise healthcare is becoming clear.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been getting better at diagnosing everything from dementia...

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US Army explores the use of shape shifting robots for 2040

US Army explores the use of shape shifting robots for 2040

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology is transforming warfare, and the US military believes autonomous swarms of shape shifting robots could give them a significant advantage in battle.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I discussed how swarms of robots were able...

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A new VR synthetic skin brings feelings to gaming and prosthetics

A new VR synthetic skin brings feelings to gaming and prosthetics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the digital and physical worlds collide and merge companies are trying to find new ways to extend the physical experience.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Imagine holding hands with a loved one on the other side...

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This AI dreams up new text based adventures as you play the games

This AI dreams up new text based adventures as you play the games

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today we’re increasingly used to AI’s producing content, such as DeepFakes, but tomorrow they’ll be able to create stories and content that adapts in real time to the users requests and behaviours.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Molecular storage breakthrough stores information for millions of years without energy

Molecular storage breakthrough stores information for millions of years without energy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the amount of information we create and store increases exponentially we need new radical ways to store it for long periods of time.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Books can burn. Computers get hacked. DVDs degrade....

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Revolutionary bio-electronic implant heals nerves, then vanishes

Revolutionary bio-electronic implant heals nerves, then vanishes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many people around the world suffer from what is today irreparable nerve damage, but this new technology can repair these nerves, restore bodily functions, and disappear without trace.   Lots of people, especially the military, are increasingly interested in creating electronic devices that disappear once...

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A new blood test can tell what time it is in your body

A new blood test can tell what time it is in your body

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Certain drugs have to be delivered at certain times, and as we start to use nanomachines to release drugs telling the time in someone’s body becomes vitally important.   Recently I wrote about new simple blood tests that can detect cancer and chronic pain, and now...

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Memtransistor breakthrough brings Neuromorphic computers a step closer

Memtransistor breakthrough brings Neuromorphic computers a step closer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While many people are taking about the advent of Quantum computers noone should loose sight of the fact that equally powerful Neuromorphic computers aren’t far behind.   Computers that operate more like the human brain than computers, a field sometimes referred to as Neuromorphic Computing, which...

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The first Mars colony will be 3D printed from Martian dust

The first Mars colony will be 3D printed from Martian dust

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The colossal distances involved in getting to Mars means that shipping equipment to Mars will be an expensive herculean effort so experts want everything to be made in situ   A new 3D printing technique could let the first humans on Mars print everything from...

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Scientists discover a way to 3D print bone on the fly

Scientists discover a way to 3D print bone on the fly

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Doctors will be able to treat people with broken, or missing bones faster than ever before.   If you shatter a bone in the future, a 3D printer and some special ink could be your best medicine. Researchers have created what they call “hyperelastic bone”...

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New regenerative bandage heals wounds four times faster

New regenerative bandage heals wounds four times faster

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bandages that not just cover a wound but that help the damaged tissue regenerate faster will help improve peoples lives and get them back to functioning normally faster. At some point in their lives, 15 percent of people with diabetes will develop a painful and...

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3D printed ovaries help infertile mice give birth

3D printed ovaries help infertile mice give birth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing could give infertile couples new hope.   Northwestern University scientists have created a prosthetic ovary using a 3D printer – an implant that allowed mice that had their ovaries surgically removed to bear live young and the results will be presented at the Endocrine Society’s...

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