China’s puts final touches to its 2,000km long unhackable quantum network

China’s puts final touches to its 2,000km long unhackable quantum network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum networks are unhackable, keeping data secure and making interception and eavesdropping impossible, now they can cover greater distances which will help increase their adoption and use   By the end of this year, a team led by researchers from the University of Science and...

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New blockchain DNS system would put an end to DDoS attacks

New blockchain DNS system would put an end to DDoS attacks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Blockchain can help organisations and governments improve the resilience of their operations without compromising security   On Friday, October 21st the internet – specifically the US west coast and parts of Europe, fell victim to the worlds largest DDoS attack. At the time reports said that nearly half the...

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Google AIs learnt how to encrypt their communications to stop people spying on them

Google AIs learnt how to encrypt their communications to stop people spying on them

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence is being embedded into every device and service, AIs that can dynamically encrypt their own communications could help to increase the security of those services exponentially.   If you were worried about the news that AIs are already building other AIs then the...

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World first as Microsofts speech recognition software becomes as accurate as humans

World first as Microsofts speech recognition software becomes as accurate as humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF After almost forty years of research speech recognition systems are now as good as humans.   Microsoft have announced that they have made a major breakthrough in speech recognition and created a technology that, finally, recognises the words in conversational speech as well as humans do –...

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Dubai to replace real police with robocops in 2017

Dubai to replace real police with robocops in 2017

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Street police in the UAE are going to be replaced with real life, ahem, “Robocops”   Dubai’s government – who are on a tear at the moment to adopt and invest in anything futuristic – from blockchain to energy grids – via their $175 Billion ICD sovereign wealth fund and...

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DARPA’s hack proof code protects military systems from hackers

DARPA’s hack proof code protects military systems from hackers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cyber attacks are on the rise but there’s one code no hackers have been able to crack.   An autonomous helicopter gunship is flying over a military base in Arizona. Suddenly, officers on the ground lose radio contact and learn that hackers have taken control of its on-board...

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Fabric circuits open a door to smarter clothes

Fabric circuits open a door to smarter clothes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new development in material science opens the door for the development of more advanced Smart Clothing.   Many of today’s smart clothes, such as those from Adidas, Athos, Nike, Ralf Lauren and Under Armour rely on sensors, such as EMG sensors, woven into the fabric...

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US Government unveils CAUSE, a program to predict cyber attacks before they happen

US Government unveils CAUSE, a program to predict cyber attacks before they happen

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The security industry faces a paradigm shift as the US Government moves to predict cyber attacks before they happen.   The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the sister organisation to DARPA, the Pentagons bleeding edge military research and development organisation, which invests in high-risk, high-payoff...

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Skydio’s autonomous drone takes to the skies

Skydio’s autonomous drone takes to the skies

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Autonomous drones – revered by extreme sports enthusiasts and feared in the battlefield – are on the rise.   We all know that the next evolution of drones will be fully autonomous rather than just semi-autonomous as some of them, such as delivery or defence drones,...

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Google teaches robots to learn from each other using a hive mind

Google teaches robots to learn from each other using a hive mind

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots learning from other robots will ultimately mean robots will learn new skills faster, accelerating the robot revolution.   The robots of the world are uniting – and that’s either a great thing or a terrifying thing depending on your view. Google has a plan to...

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DARPA launches dragnet program to monitor drones in cities

DARPA launches dragnet program to monitor drones in cities

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our skies increasingly fill up with swarming drones we need ways to monitor and manage our airspaces.   Amid the rise of drones, or small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), DARPA, the Pentagon’s research arm, is developing technology to provide persistent, wide-area surveillance of all...

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Drone forensics is now a thing

Drone forensics is now a thing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Where did that drone come from? Now we know… Dunkin Donuts use drones to deliver – guess what!? Donuts. But criminals are using them to deliver much more unsavoury items into prisons. The problem has grown so fast that now one wireless and mobile technology company,...

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SRI unveils Minority Report like touchless biometric technologies

SRI unveils Minority Report like touchless biometric technologies

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Big brother biometric technologies that can ID individuals remotely arrives.   You are used to being tracked everywhere you go online but offline? Prepare for a world where there is no hiding place. Iris recognition has been used as a biometric for access control applications for...

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Scientists use WiFi to read your emotions

Scientists use WiFi to read your emotions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are edging closer to living in the world of Minority Report, surrounded by technologies that authorise us, sense us and interact with us remotely, and now the only thing that is fiction is privacy.   Whether it’s at your local fuel station or at...

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The future of jobs in a Machine World

The future of jobs in a Machine World

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are all aware that technology is capable of replacing particular categories of jobs, but often those jobs “belong to someone else” and the impact on our own jobs is minimal. Today though new classes of emerging technologies, from artificial intelligence to machine vision are...

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New brain scanning technologies can pull secrets from your brain waves

New brain scanning technologies can pull secrets from your brain waves

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New brain wave monitoring devices are making it easier than ever for companies, governments and institutions to pull your darkest secrets from your head.   In a world where biometric security is often seen as the de-facto consumer and enterprise security technology, and where Touchless...

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US Government drafts plans to confuse cyber-criminals

US Government drafts plans to confuse cyber-criminals

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hackers, even AI ones, can’t break into your systems if they’re confused… or so goes the theory.   Intelligence work is often as much about gathering information as it is about disseminating misinformation. To that end, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the branch...

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New airborne city wide surveillance systems watch your every move

New airborne city wide surveillance systems watch your every move

Google Earth with TiVo capability was the pitch and security forces around the world are starting to snap the technology up

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Weather bombs could help scientists better predict earthquakes

Weather bombs could help scientists better predict earthquakes

Little heard S-waves are the key to seeing inside our planet Small, intense storms known as “weather bombs” may trigger rare tremors deep within the Earth, offering scientists a new way to study the mysterious structure and inner workings of the planet, according to a new study. A “weather bomb”...

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Police use DNA to create photofits of criminals

Police use DNA to create photofits of criminals

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many crimes go unresolved because there are no witnesses but now a new technique can create photofits from fragments of DNA.   A murder has been committed, and all the cops have to go on is a trace of DNA left at the scene. It doesn’t...

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