Breakthrough increases solid state storage capacity by a thousand fold

Breakthrough increases solid state storage capacity by a thousand fold

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world is storing more data than ever before and that’s a trend that will only increase, so we need revolutions in storage not evolutions.   Recently we’ve seen breakthroughs in storage technology that allow us to pack more than 215 Petabytes of information into...

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Graphene breakthrough opens the door to terahertz computer chips

Graphene breakthrough opens the door to terahertz computer chips

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Graphene’s weird properties could help create computer chips that are thousands of times faster than today’s chips.   Today’s silicon based electronic CPU’s, like the ones sold by AMD and Intel, operate at clock rates of several hundred gigahertz, hence the GHz acronym given to...

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Unhackable “Quantum Alphabet” encryption ushers in new era in cybersecurity

Unhackable “Quantum Alphabet” encryption ushers in new era in cybersecurity

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Noone likes hackers, so everyone is trying to find ways to create the ultimate unhackable system, and this breakthrough in quantum mechanics could be one of the most promising.   In the wake of countless data breaches there has been a dramatic rise in the...

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Estonia becomes the world’s first virtual nation capable of rebooting itself

Estonia becomes the world’s first virtual nation capable of rebooting itself

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology is showing us how ancient the concept of the traditional nation state is, and as virtual nations take shape being able to reboot them in times of war is crucial.   How do you reboot an entire country? It’s an odd question, but in...

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Windows are the perfect lens-less cameras for AI and VR headsets

Windows are the perfect lens-less cameras for AI and VR headsets

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers have re-thought cameras from the point of view of today’s AI’s, and what they’ve created is as innovative as it is revolutionary.   Cameras used to be their own devices with lenses and film and trips to the drug store to get the pictures...

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A robot taught itself how to identify and manipulate objects autonomously

A robot taught itself how to identify and manipulate objects autonomously

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots that can autonomously identify and skill-fully manipulate objects without needing to be previously trained could revolutionise the robotics industry.   Human dexterity is an impressive skill that requires both our body’s fine motor skills and highly efficient visual acuity, and despite recent advances from...

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Blockchain startups are lining up to decentralise and revolutionise the internet

Blockchain startups are lining up to decentralise and revolutionise the internet

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We think the internet is already decentralised, but the internet as we know it is evolving, and tomorrow’s internet will be truly decentralised.   An increasing number of people want to fix the flaws of the internet by decentralizing it, including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the father...

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DeepMind’s AI now has human like 3D vision

DeepMind’s AI now has human like 3D vision

WHY THIS MATERS IN BRIEF As we come to rely on robots and automated systems more in our daily lives their ability to accurately perceive our world is crucial.   If I showed you a single picture of a room it’s likely you’d be able to tell me about it...

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A teenagers revolutionary algorithm busted quantum computings greatest promise

A teenagers revolutionary algorithm busted quantum computings greatest promise

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers promise amazing performance gains over classical computers, but a new algorithm just put the ball back in the classical computer’s court.   A teenager from Texas has single handedly taken one of the biggest advances promised by the first generation of quantum computers...

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OpenAI’s bot crushes the world’s top Dota 2 players

OpenAI’s bot crushes the world’s top Dota 2 players

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dota is a game of prediction, strategy and collaboration, and it’s been long thought that an AI couldn’t master it – until now.   A lot of humans think they’re so good at video games that they make the point of describing themselves as “gamers.”...

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IBM boosts the speed of homomorphic encryption by 75 percent

IBM boosts the speed of homomorphic encryption by 75 percent

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Homomorphic encryption gives organisations a secure and easy way to run analytics on data without having to first decrypt it, but up until now it’s been oh so slow…   IBM has announced that it’s rewritten its C++ Homomorphic encryption library and claims that it...

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IBM injected a virus into a neural net to create an undetectable cyberweapon

IBM injected a virus into a neural net to create an undetectable cyberweapon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Even today’s cutting edge cybersecurity products have no defence against virus laden, weaponised neural networks.   It’s been a very busy few weeks in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and neural networks with the creation of the world’s first DNA neural network, and the world’s...

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Hackers use data science to evade state of the art AI cybersecurity systems

Hackers use data science to evade state of the art AI cybersecurity systems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By figuring out what data sets cybersecurity are training their AI’s on hackers have found a way to create malware that can’t be detected.   Walking around the exhibition floor at this week’s massive Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas many people were struck...

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Virtual reality without the headset, US startup debuts the “Looking Glass”

Virtual reality without the headset, US startup debuts the “Looking Glass”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF VR headsets create an isolating experience, so a US startup has found a way to create VR worlds without them.   Many people have dreamt about being able to use free form holograms, like the ones in Star Wars, to communicate with their friends and...

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Artificial General Intelligence is here, DeepMind unveils its Impala AGI

Artificial General Intelligence is here, DeepMind unveils its Impala AGI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The development of an AGI that can master tens, hundreds, and eventually thousands or millions of subjects is the “holy grail” of AI, and it will change every corner of society.   One of the most significant Artificial Intelligence (AI) milestones in history was quietly...

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Microsoft gets rid of blockchain miners with new Ethereum blockchain service

Microsoft gets rid of blockchain miners with new Ethereum blockchain service

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Mining blockchain has become a contentious issue because of the amount of energy it uses and its speed, Microsoft are trying to solve both problems.   Hot on the heels of its interest in Iota, a blockchain-like peer to peer cryptocurrency that does away with...

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DARPA splashes $1.5bn to re-invent the way electronics are designed and made

DARPA splashes $1.5bn to re-invent the way electronics are designed and made

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There is a concern that the lack of focus on developing new, advanced hardware will put US business and its military at a serious disadvantage in the future so DARPA is quadrupling its investments.   There is now question that the electronics industry has been...

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Researchers built a breakthrough quantum transistor using just a single atom

Researchers built a breakthrough quantum transistor using just a single atom

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As transistors get smaller companies are going to be able to create computers that are orders of magnitude more powerful and energy efficient than today’s platforms.   Over the past couple of years we’ve seen the development of a wide range of transistors that push...

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IBM finds a way to watermark AI’s to protect them from theft and sabotage

IBM finds a way to watermark AI’s to protect them from theft and sabotage

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Creating complex neural networks and AI’s takes a lot of expertise, money and resources so being able to watermark them will help protect them from theft.   What if machine learning models, much like photographs, movies, music, and manuscripts, could be watermarked nearly imperceptibly to denote...

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Blackhat hackers discover a way to turn satellites into “microwave weapons”

Blackhat hackers discover a way to turn satellites into “microwave weapons”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Satellites are ubiquitous and a newly discovered exploit could let hackers turn them into high frequency weapons that fry electronics on the ground.   As I discussed in a recent keynote on the future of cybersecurity, even air gaps, thought to be the ultimate in...

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