US researchers 3D printed mini nuclear reactors, complete with nuclear cores, in a lab

US researchers 3D printed mini nuclear reactors, complete with nuclear cores, in a lab

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we make nuclear reactors hasn’t really changed in decades, but now 3D printed nuclear reactors made in labs are on the verge of changing everything.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recent technology developments means we...

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ORNL and UPS show off first of a kind 20Kw wireless EV charging system

ORNL and UPS show off first of a kind 20Kw wireless EV charging system

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Future electric vehicles will be wirelessly charged, and this is the technology that will help underpin.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Plugging your electric vehicle in at night to charge it is a hassle, so too is...

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World’s fastest supercomputer gets recruited to help develop a Covid-19 vaccine

World’s fastest supercomputer gets recruited to help develop a Covid-19 vaccine

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Summit crunched through thousands of compounds in days to find compounds that could be used in a COVID-19 vaccine.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Technology is arguably playing a greater role in the COVID-19 pandemic we’re all...

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Watch the world’s largest 3D printer print a 25 foot boat

Watch the world’s largest 3D printer print a 25 foot boat

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing improves sustainability, lets us print products on demand and eliminate global supply chains, and revolutionises manufacturing. Now it’s scaling.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Boeing said many years ago that one day they’d like to...

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Revolutionary re-programmable material cannibalises itself to make new structures

Revolutionary re-programmable material cannibalises itself to make new structures

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As your understanding of material science improves we’re edging towards a future where materials take on sci-fi like qualities.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. For the first time ever scientists at the US Department of Energy and Oak...

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ORNL wireless charging breakthrough unplugs electric vehicles from the grid

ORNL wireless charging breakthrough unplugs electric vehicles from the grid

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future we won’t have to plug our electric cars into superchargers, we’ll charge them wirelessly at home and when we’re travelling.   I’ve been saying for some time now during my keynotes, like the ones recently at GITEX in Dubai, and RWE in...

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US Navy puts AI brains into its 3D printers to make them “creative and intelligent”

US Navy puts AI brains into its 3D printers to make them “creative and intelligent”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By combining the power of AI with 3D printing the US military hopes to revolutionise how products are designed and made everywhere.   One thing about aircraft, especially ones that fly from aircraft carriers, that are increasingly being turned into floating factories and flying fortresses,...

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200 Quadrillion calculations per second, Summit, world’s most powerful AI supercomputer goes live

200 Quadrillion calculations per second, Summit, world’s most powerful AI supercomputer goes live

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As supercomputers become increasingly powerful they will increasingly help us realise new breakthroughs in everything from drug discovery and energy generation, through to materials and space travel, and everything in between.   It’s the most powerful computing platform on Earth, for now at least –...

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ORNL’s new super fast ultrasonic dryer uses 70 percent less energy

ORNL’s new super fast ultrasonic dryer uses 70 percent less energy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tumble dryers account for more than 4 percent of the world’s energy consumption, so cutting that figure by 70 percent could be a big deal.   Forget heat, drying laundry in the future is all about cranking up the volume. At least, that’s how the folks at...

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America’s most powerful supercomputer is building superior AI’s

America’s most powerful supercomputer is building superior AI’s

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It normally takes human data scientists and the best AI’s weeks to build neural network software, but ORNL’s Titan supercomputer is building them in a day, and the AI’s it’s producing are far superior to anything humans can create.   Last year, in a world...

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HPC and Quantum Computing experts partner to create the first Exascale applications

HPC and Quantum Computing experts partner to create the first Exascale applications

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF ORNL and D-Wave hope that by combining their expertise in HPC and Quantum computing they can make Exascale computing a reality sooner rather than later.   Just a couple of months after the US Department of Energy (DoE)  announced their partnership with HPE and their “future...

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GE reinvents the dryer to disrupt the laundry industry

GE reinvents the dryer to disrupt the laundry industry

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF GE shows us that you can reinvent even the most mundane products and use technology to disrupt your industry.   Heating laundry inside a standard 220 volt clothes dryer is a huge energy drain and most households have one but, in an example of how...

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