Boston Dynamics’ robot dog gets busy herding New Zealand sheep

Boston Dynamics’ robot dog gets busy herding New Zealand sheep

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots are becoming increasingly capable and versatile which means they are now able to accomplish an increasingly wide variety of tasks.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. We all know that humans jobs are under threat of being...

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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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Google built a four legged robot that then taught itself to walk

Google built a four legged robot that then taught itself to walk

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If we have to teach robots how to do everything the rate innovation in the field is going to be lethargic, but if robots can teach themselves it’ll dramatically accelerate their rate of development.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote,...

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American doctors turn to robots to help them treat Covid-19 patients

American doctors turn to robots to help them treat Covid-19 patients

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Doctors on the front line are at high risk of getting infected with Covid-19 so some are turning to robots for help.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. There have been numerous confirmed cases of the quickly spreading Coronavirus, Covid-19,...

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Robots get to work sanitising Hong Kong’s subways to stop Covid-19

Robots get to work sanitising Hong Kong’s subways to stop Covid-19

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the Covid-19 pandemic rampages around the world organisations are finding novel ways to stop it from spreading.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Subway systems carry a lot of people in confined spaces. That’s what makes them...

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Chinese authorities send robots into hospitals to help stop Covid-19

Chinese authorities send robots into hospitals to help stop Covid-19

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the global Covid-19 pandemic accelerates robots are coming to the rescue.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. During the current Coronavirus, Covid-19, pandemic robots are being used to help perform remote diagnoses and clean trains and subways,...

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Futurist Keynote, Austria: The Future of Artificial Intelligence, ReComm

Futurist Keynote, Austria: The Future of Artificial Intelligence, ReComm

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of Artificial Intelligence is not what you think it is… it’s not digital, it’s biological.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Firstly, I’d like to thank the team at Re:Comm for inviting me to be this...

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McDonalds open their first Dark Kitchen in the UK

McDonalds open their first Dark Kitchen in the UK

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more food orders are taken online restaurants don’t need to operate traditional restaurants. Or employ people…   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. With the rise of automation – which in the world of fast food includes...

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Volkswagen envision a future where autonomous robots charge your EV

Volkswagen envision a future where autonomous robots charge your EV

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Retrofitting older buildings, car parks, and roads with supercharger networks will be expensive, so these robots bring the charging points to you instead.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of the problems of owning an electric car...

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Uber’s breakthrough problem solving AI learns by creating then solving its own problems

Uber’s breakthrough problem solving AI learns by creating then solving its own problems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Solving problems is hard and requires a different set of skills – human skills. Now Uber’s AI is getting those same skills, but in an exponential way.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Imagine an Artificial Intelligence (AI)...

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Google gave an AI intuition, then it drove a race car without being taught

Google gave an AI intuition, then it drove a race car without being taught

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Humans and animals learn many things intuitively, like walking, and now researchers have found a way to embody this same trait within AI.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Animals are lucky, after all they’re born with innate...

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The world’s first living robots were created by an AI and a supercomputer

The world’s first living robots were created by an AI and a supercomputer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As scientists continue to unravel the mysteries of life they’re increasingly finding new ways to edit, control, and manipulate it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Let’s face it, when I talk about robots the first thing that...

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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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IBM’s floating space robot just got an emotional upgrade

IBM’s floating space robot just got an emotional upgrade

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As software improves and AI gets better one big advantage that robots have over humans still is that they can get upgrades and CIMON just got an EQ upgrade.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. How many times...

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DeepMind’s AIphaStar achieves Starcraft II Grandmaster status, signals “advanced” AI has arrived

DeepMind’s AIphaStar achieves Starcraft II Grandmaster status, signals “advanced” AI has arrived

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Starcraft is a game of strategy and as such is a much more complex game for AI to master, but now one of the world’s most advanced AI’s has done just that.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Futurist Keynote, Paris: I, The Company of 2040, Accenture

Futurist Keynote, Paris: I, The Company of 2040, Accenture

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The companies and startups of the future will be very different from today’s, so during this keynote I dive into the rabbit hole.   Firstly, thank you to the team at Accenture for inviting me to be their keynote speaker at the annual Accenture Technology...

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Alphabet’s Everyday Robot project creates robots that learn without programming

Alphabet’s Everyday Robot project creates robots that learn without programming

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If we had to code every behaviour a robot needs to learn it’d be a never ending task, but if robots can learn like humans without needing to be coded then that’d be game changing.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch...

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Harvard’s new multi-material 3D printer makes printing soft robots faster and easier

Harvard’s new multi-material 3D printer makes printing soft robots faster and easier

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many 3D printers still only print one material, or at best switch between different materials very slowly, this new printer therefore opens up a host of new use cases.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. 3D printers are...

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An inflatable humanoid robot destined for space secures NASA funding

An inflatable humanoid robot destined for space secures NASA funding

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Getting equipment and robots into space is expensive, and that makes inflatable robots attractive if we can solve some challenges first.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. We don’t see a lot of inflatable robots, probably for obvious...

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Indian surgeon completes world’s first remote robotic human heart surgery

Indian surgeon completes world’s first remote robotic human heart surgery

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are many areas in the world that have a shortage of skilled surgeons, but tele-robotic operations like this one could solve that.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A little while ago I reported several developments in...

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