DARPA is giving its deep web search tech a huge upgrade

DARPA is giving its deep web search tech a huge upgrade

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The deep web is home to both legal and illegal institutions and activities that have always traditionally been hard to search, crawl and analyse but now a new upgrade from DARPA promises to change all that.   A lot of people have never heard of...

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New spray on polymer makes watermelons, and the Pentagon, indestructible

New spray on polymer makes watermelons, and the Pentagon, indestructible

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As scientists discover, and create new fantastical molecules and polymers, the number of applications that they can be used for increases, Line-X is a wonderful example of what’s possible.   What do pick up truck bed liners, ballistic vests, the Pentagon, a piece of paper...

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Technology and the future of privacy

Technology and the future of privacy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In Millenia past privacy was considered to be a normal part of life but now it is increasingly becoming a privilege and a scarcity, and, if it is not guarded, or looked after wisely, one day it won’t exist at all.   I originally wrote...

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Nimble Atlas robot ups its game again to conquer tricky terrain

Nimble Atlas robot ups its game again to conquer tricky terrain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We take many of the things we do as humans for granted, such as balancing, but our bodies make thousands of adjustments every second just standing still and getting a robot to mimic what comes naturally to us isn’t as easy as you think  ...

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Scientists use defects to create a new programmable material

Scientists use defects to create a new programmable material

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Programmable materials are a new class of revolutionary materials that can be manufactured once and then programmed to alter their properties and shape on demand to suit a limitless number of use cases. New research by a team at Purdue University has shown that honeycomb...

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IBM opens the worlds first commercial Cyber Range

IBM opens the worlds first commercial Cyber Range

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more organisations are subjected to cyber attacks it is important they have a way to evaluate their readiness, and their ability to identify, mitigate and manage events.   It was a big day for IBM on Monday as it opened its new security headquarters...

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Drone ray gun gets FAA approval to take out drones at airports

Drone ray gun gets FAA approval to take out drones at airports

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Drones are increasingly being used by criminals and terrorists to disrupt and destroy high value targets so security services around the world are now in an arms race to make sure they stay one step ahead of the threat.   A UK created “ray gun”...

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Drones are fighting back against laser attacks

Drones are fighting back against laser attacks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Drones are seen by many military and terrorist organisations around the world as the new weapons platform of choice and working out new ways to destroy and disable them is a top priority but it’s a game of cat and mouse.   Back in 2014,...

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The era of pre-crime? Chinese AI can tell you’re a criminal by looking at your photo

The era of pre-crime? Chinese AI can tell you’re a criminal by looking at your photo

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The greatest danger we face is underestimating the power of todays, let alone tomorrows, technology. As we enter an era of persistent online and offline surveillance it is becoming easier to see how one day police forces around the world could create a Minority Report...

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Virtual reality plays its role in convicting Nazi SS guards who killed millions

Virtual reality plays its role in convicting Nazi SS guards who killed millions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Criminal convictions, particularly involving historic crimes, are often made or broken on just how well jurors can visualise the scenes of the crimes using second hand evidence, now VR can give them a first person view.   Earlier this month I reported that UK and...

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Drones get new eyes in the sky with Echodynes miniature radar

Drones get new eyes in the sky with Echodynes miniature radar

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more and more drones clutter the skies systems that can detect, and avoid other airborne obstacles become more crucial   Echodyne, a US based materials Radar company, want to see a day when radar equipped drones fill the skies and deliver your packages and...

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Scientists confirm our brains have unique fingerprints

Scientists confirm our brains have unique fingerprints

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Our brains are unique – even more so than our eyes, faces and fingerprints – but now it’s been confirmed this discovery will open the door for new neurological healthcare treatments as well as accelerate the rise of new brainwave biometric security technologies   People...

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Get ready to experience millions of new, immersive worlds

Get ready to experience millions of new, immersive worlds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we interact with technology is changing. We are slowly moving away from using keyboards and mice to using a mix of new technologies that will immerse us in new worlds and imbue us with new, vibrant experiences.   There is no doubt that...

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Urban Aero shows off its first fully autonomous flying taxi

Urban Aero shows off its first fully autonomous flying taxi

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Companies are increasingly scaling up drone technology and their associated energy and control systems in the new race to take passengers to the skies and back, but the Cormorant is the first to demonstrate full autonomy.   Nine years ago the AirMule was simply a...

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Adobe’s new software lets you Photoshop voices on demand

Adobe’s new software lets you Photoshop voices on demand

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to perfectly “Photoshop”, edit and manipulate people’s voices opens up new opportunities for media companies but it could also create problems for companies who rely on biometric authentication, such as banks.   I love Photoshop – I’ve been using it for the past...

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Artificial atom breakthrough to usher in era of secure communications

Artificial atom breakthrough to usher in era of secure communications

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By 2031 Quantum computing will be able to crack most of today’s most commonly used encryption systems, Quantum Key Distribution will provide organisations and governments with a way to communicate that is immune from attacks and eavesdropping.   From credit card numbers to bank account...

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Jurors will soon be able to walk through crime scenes in virtual reality

Jurors will soon be able to walk through crime scenes in virtual reality

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Jurors often have to rely on reconstructed scenes to help them visualise how a crime unfurled, now, using virtual reality they can see and move around the actual scene days, months or even years after the crime(s) took place   A physical crime scene may...

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Report finds that global internet freedom declines for sixth straight year in a row

Report finds that global internet freedom declines for sixth straight year in a row

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Internet freedom is on the decline with over two thirds of the worlds population now subject to government and institutional censorship.   Independent watchdog Freedom House has issued its 2016 report along with a chilling warning that internet privacy is becoming something of an oxymoron. Freedom...

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Elon Musk says advanced AIs will take down the internet

Elon Musk says advanced AIs will take down the internet

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As artificial intelligence improves in capability it is inevitable that it will eventually be weaponised, humans need to be aware of the risks and we must work together to mitigate them.   The internet is about to become a vicious, chaotic battlefield, and Elon Musk...

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Encryption’s arch nemesis is a ticking quantum time bomb

Encryption’s arch nemesis is a ticking quantum time bomb

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Encryption is the primary tool that organisations and governments use to keep data safe and secure, when Quantum computers become more wide spread criminals, hackers and state sponsored actors will be able to use them to decrypt data and render most encryption algorithms obsolete.  ...

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