Intel unveils Loihi, a revolutionary new Neuromorphic self-learning processor

Intel unveils Loihi, a revolutionary new Neuromorphic self-learning processor

WHY THIS MATTER IN BRIEF As the age of silicon based computing systems nears its natural conclusion new computing platforms are emerging that are capable of self-learning and revolutionising AI development, and which are millions of times faster and more energy efficient than today’s “antiquated” systems.   Intel recently held...

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UK Government mulls creating the world’s first Robo-Regulator for fintechs

UK Government mulls creating the world’s first Robo-Regulator for fintechs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Regulating industries and companies is an increasingly complicated task, and some are arguing that it’s one that should be automated and given to the machines, but that opens up its own set of challenges.   The love affair British politicians have enjoyed with fintech since...

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Tomorrow’s computer chips will have new challenges and new architectures

Tomorrow’s computer chips will have new challenges and new architectures

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Standardised processors that run multiple workloads, but that have to be especially optimised to run specific workloads made sense, but tomorrow’s processors will have new challenges and need a new architectural approach.   It’s over 10 years since Apple unveiled the first iPhone and since...

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Scientists create edible electronics using Graphene to improve food safety

Scientists create edible electronics using Graphene to improve food safety

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to quickly and easily tag foods and other products with sensors and other electronics that can be safely eaten could improve food safety and security.   James Tour believes anything can be turned into the wonder material, Graphene, a material so versatile it...

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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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DARPA funds programs to get black box AI’s to explain their decisions

DARPA funds programs to get black box AI’s to explain their decisions

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI continues to be weaponised by military powers, getting it to explain its decision making, and actions, will be crucial, and it’s not going to be an easy task to achieve.   Intelligence agents and military operatives may come to rely heavily on Machine...

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Google reportedly mulls investing in a hypersonic tunnelling boring company

Google reportedly mulls investing in a hypersonic tunnelling boring company

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There is a race on to increase the speed of boring tunnels by at least ten fold, and if it can be achieved it will change the economics of energy generation and transportation.   Google announced recently, quietly, very quietly, that it’s carrying out research...

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Empatica’s smartwatch predicts Epileptic seizures

Empatica’s smartwatch predicts Epileptic seizures

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Epileptic seizures are debilitating, but they can also be fatal, this latest breakthrough pre-warns people before they have them.   Embrace is a smartwatch of a different kind. It’s able to tell time, analyse sleep patterns, and, more crucially, it’s also able to tell if you’re about...

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AI starts reading sentences directly from people’s brains

AI starts reading sentences directly from people’s brains

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI becomes increasingly adept at helping unlock the secrets of the brain it’s also becoming more adept at helping decode and visualise complex thoughts onto TV’s and other devices.   The capabilities and accuracy of Artificial Intelligence (AI) “mind reading” systems, as they are increasing...

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Creative AI’s generate video from plain text

Creative AI’s generate video from plain text

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Imagine not being able to program or code, but still being able to write a description or a script and have an AI create an HD image or video of it for you, this is the technology that’s now arriving.   In 2016 an Artificial...

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China wants to shape and lead global AI standards

China wants to shape and lead global AI standards

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is, arguably, as transformational technology as the internet, and China wants to play its role in helping shape and lead the global standards for the technology.   It turns out that China isn’t just investing heavily in Artificial Intelligence (AI), it’s also aiming to set...

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Scientists turn light into sound to create faster Photonic computers

Scientists turn light into sound to create faster Photonic computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Photonic computers will boost the speed of modern day computing by at least twenty fold, but while converting data into light is easy, getting it back again has proved a challenge.   So far in the past few years we’ve turned light into a superfluid...

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Ethereum falls after rumours of new powerful ASIC emerge

Ethereum falls after rumours of new powerful ASIC emerge

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The more centralised the mining of an individual cryptocurrency becomes, especially if it leverages new, more powerful technology, the greater the impact on a cryptocurrencies value.   Rumors of a new ASIC mining  rig from Bitmain have driven Ethereum prices well below their one week high of...

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IBM breaks the record for the world’s smallest computer

IBM breaks the record for the world’s smallest computer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As computers continue to shrink it allows organisations to dream up new ways of using them, and in IBM’s case they want to use their new tech to help cryptographically secure the Internet of Things.   Each year IBM showcases “5 in 5” technologies coming...

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MIT and DeepMind’s new AI can’t be tricked with weird lighting

MIT and DeepMind’s new AI can’t be tricked with weird lighting

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we produce more systems that rely on machine vision to do their jobs or keep people safe, systems that can’t see the world accurately pose both a danger and a risk.   Machine Vision has come a long way since Imagenet, a large repository of labelled...

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Daimler hires Soul Machine’s lifelike Avatar to answer customer queries

Daimler hires Soul Machine’s lifelike Avatar to answer customer queries

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bots are evolving and increasingly it’s going to get more difficult to tell bots from real people, whether they’re just text bots or, in this case, life like looking avatars.   New Zealand based company Soul Machines, the company behind a sophisticated high definition digital...

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Microsoft’s newest AI is an artist with an imagination

Microsoft’s newest AI is an artist with an imagination

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There is a great tussle going on between people who believe AI can never become “creative” and those who do, but depending on how you define “imagination” Microsofts latest AI could prove the naysayers wrong.   Ever since computer scientist Alan Turing first proposed his...

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New diamond Quantum computer memory stores information for hours

New diamond Quantum computer memory stores information for hours

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the age of Quantum computers gets closer there’s still no way to store quantum information, and this breakthrough is just one step on a long road.   Storing information in a quantum memory system in a quantum computer is a difficult challenge, as the...

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World’s first crystal robot goes for a walk

World’s first crystal robot goes for a walk

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Our ability to turn almost any material, seemingly, into a robotic device, including crystals,  will help us open the door to new drug delivery and healthcare applications as well as ones we haven’t discovered yet.   All of a sudden I’m seeing a new glut...

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Google are testing a 72 Qubit quantum computing chip

Google are testing a 72 Qubit quantum computing chip

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computing companies are in a race to reach a major performance milestone called Quantum Supremacy, and Google looks like they might beat the rest of the world to the post.   A few months after Intel revealed their first 17 Qubit quantum chip, IBM...

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