MIT researchers have taught their AI to see through solid walls

MIT researchers have taught their AI to see through solid walls

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are times when seeing through walls is useful, for example in hostage negotiations, search and rescue, and to see when mum and dad are about to bust in on your gameplay.   Recently we’ve seen camera developments from both China and MIT that help...

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Scientists put a worms mind into a Lego robot to control it, and it worked

Scientists put a worms mind into a Lego robot to control it, and it worked

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The convergence of biological intelligence with robotics will be an area of increasing interest in the future.   It’s not something you do every day, put a worms brain into a Lego robot… but then again you’re probably not a scientist. This is the promise...

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US military starts trialling robotic surgeons in the battlefield

US military starts trialling robotic surgeons in the battlefield

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to monitor the health of soliders in battle will help keep them at peak efficiency, and military robot surgeons will help save lives on the battlefield.   Keeping soldiers healthy has always been a struggle but there may soon be a high tech solution after US...

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Soul Machines reveal the secrets behind BabyX, their life like artificial baby

Soul Machines reveal the secrets behind BabyX, their life like artificial baby

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over time we will all be interacting more and more with AI, as a result companies are trying to “humanise” it.   BabyX, the virtual, artificially intelligent creation of Mark Sagar and his company, Soul Machines, who also bought us Ava, a life-like digital avatar that’s...

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Plexus VR gloves give users fine grained control of their VR environments

Plexus VR gloves give users fine grained control of their VR environments

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The best technology is invisible and frictionless to use, and virtual reality still has a way to go before the experience is simple and seamless, but these gloves could help bring more users into the sector.   Bringing a user’s hands into a Virtual Reality...

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Scientists have turned human cells into complex living computers

Scientists have turned human cells into complex living computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to turn human cells into powerful, living computing systems will revolutionise computing, energy, and healthcare, along with a myriad of other industries.   Today’s computer hardware is about to get softer, a lot softer, after a research team in the US announced they’ve...

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IBM’s AI wins debates in San Francisco against champion debating team

IBM’s AI wins debates in San Francisco against champion debating team

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The art of debating often helps humans learn new things and see topics from new perspectives, so an AI that can debate with humans on a vast range of topics could be incredibly useful.   Checkmate is a simple concept. It’s a final, decisive move...

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IBM joins Sovrin Foundation to give individuals back control of their data

IBM joins Sovrin Foundation to give individuals back control of their data

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today there is no way you can control who uses or shares your information, despite regulations like GDPR, but Self-Soverign ID systems like this one gives users the power to control their own online information.   It looks almost inevitable that Facebook will be punished,...

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Researchers have read the mind of a “black box” AI using cell biology

Researchers have read the mind of a “black box” AI using cell biology

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we continue to endeavour to read the mind of today’s so called black box AI’s there may be more than one way to do it, and while turning to biology is unconventional, it works.   The deep neural networks that power today’s Artificial Intelligence...

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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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Reverse engineering computer chips just became ridiculously easy

Reverse engineering computer chips just became ridiculously easy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Computer chips are prized assets, but now reverse engineering them and spotting state sponsored built in security “Trojans,” are easier than ever before.   Peering inside semiconductor chips using X-Ray imaging isn’t new, but the technique hasn’t been especially good or easy to accomplish. New...

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US spy agencies prepare to build DNA computers and molecular storage systems

US spy agencies prepare to build DNA computers and molecular storage systems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Storing and processing huge amounts of data requires huge power hungry hyperscale datacenters, which could all be replaced with DNA and Molecular computers the size of a table, powered by a car battery.   This week Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), a group within...

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Tech giants prepare for the next giant leap in quantum computing

Tech giants prepare for the next giant leap in quantum computing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the race to build quantum computers heats up it could be the company who has the most accurate quantum computer, not the one who has the largest, that wins the game.   The hype that has been building around quantum computing, a potentially revolutionary technology...

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New quantum resistant crypto stops quantum computers spying on your data

New quantum resistant crypto stops quantum computers spying on your data

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When large quantum computers come online circa 2025 over 70 percent of the world’s encryption will be at risk, so companies need to adopt new method to protect themselves and their data.   As quantum computing becomes an increasingly “real” technology, moving out of the...

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Bin your headphones, Noveto streams sound straight into your ears

Bin your headphones, Noveto streams sound straight into your ears

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Wired headphones get tangled, wireless headphones need charging, so why bother with headphones at all?   When Apple introduced the iPhone 7 they removed the headphone jack and spun it as a win for consumers who could now use wireless headphones, obviously preferably Apple branded...

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General AI, the “holy grail” of AI, demonstrated for the first time

General AI, the “holy grail” of AI, demonstrated for the first time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI’s that can learn quickly, and from very small data sets, will fundamentally change how we train AI’s, their capabilities, and how fast they are deployed into the market.   Recently we saw a new “Master algorithm” that could be used to create the first...

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Hackers use 51 percent attack to commandeer three cryptocurrencies, steal millions

Hackers use 51 percent attack to commandeer three cryptocurrencies, steal millions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 51 percent attacks are rare, but as criminals continue to gain access to more computing power smaller cryptocurrency networks are in increasing danger of being comandeered.   This week not one but three cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin Gold, Verge Coin, and Monacoin, were hit with a rarely seen cyber...

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Researchers use duelling AI’s to defeat facial recognition technology

Researchers use duelling AI’s to defeat facial recognition technology

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As both our online, as well as our offline privacy, continue to be eroded, scientists are using AI to fight back.   Most of us probably don’t like the idea of some stranger finding out who we are, and then where we live, or what...

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Fantastic self-healing material regenerates after suffering “catastrophic damage”

Fantastic self-healing material regenerates after suffering “catastrophic damage”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are lots of dangerous industrial applications, and other use cases, where equipment of all kinds suffer extreme wear and tear, this new material could extend the life of products by multiples of time.   The idea of creating self-repairing machines has been a popular...

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AI recruiters are using advanced surveillance like tech to interview job seekers

AI recruiters are using advanced surveillance like tech to interview job seekers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The same technologies that are helping us catch and profile criminals, or surveil civilians at scale, AI, biometrics, machine vision and so on, are also helping companies find, interview, analyse and categorise job seekers faster and more effectively than ever.   Companies, like RBS and...

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