The robots of the future might not have a brain

The robots of the future might not have a brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The classical view of an intelligent robot is one whose intelligence comes from a centralised location, such as a brain, or in their case, a centralised computing platform, but there’s no reason why this has to be the case.   The classical view of a...

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Chicago Police Department goes hi tech to catch murderers in the act

Chicago Police Department goes hi tech to catch murderers in the act

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With the number of shootings and murders in Chicago spiralling the Chicago Police Department have joined other cities in rolling out sensor and software networks that catch killers in the act.   In a cramped office in a police station in Chicago’s 11th district, the...

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F-35 pilots will team with AI to control swarms of drones in mid flight

F-35 pilots will team with AI to control swarms of drones in mid flight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Teams of humans, AI’s and drones take center stage in the future of warfare, until that is AI’s replace humans.   In the wake of a recent announcement that the US will stand up it’s first fully autonomous drone squadron later this year earlier this...

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Huge new wireless sensor network to help scientists monitor biodiversity in the Amazon

Huge new wireless sensor network to help scientists monitor biodiversity in the Amazon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Under funded and under resourced conservationists often work thankless hours in difficult conditions to protect our planets jewels, but now new, lost cost, technologies are providing them with a whole new kit bag of capabilities.   Scientists will soon get a sustained, close-up assessment of...

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Walk in. Shop. Walk out. Amazon unveils its new cashless cashierless store

Walk in. Shop. Walk out. Amazon unveils its new cashless cashierless store

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most companies understand the concept of the “Frictionless customer experience” but very few of them are any good at it, Amazons latest store demonstrates what you can achieve if you have vision and a willingness to experiment.   No cash? No time to wait? No...

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