New heat resistant material breakthrough gives hypersonic flight a boost

New heat resistant material breakthrough gives hypersonic flight a boost

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Materials that don’t react to heat, or cold could make structures safer and solve one of the aerospace industry’s most troublesome issues.   Researchers at the University of Southern California have been trying to make a material that doesn’t respond to heat, and it seems...

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The machine making the machines, Tesla’s giant Gigafactory to go live in 2017

The machine making the machines, Tesla’s giant Gigafactory to go live in 2017

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By building a vertically integrated company that has control of it’s supply chain and product R&D Musk can realise efficiencies of scale, disrupt industries and use it to catalyse the growth of his companies, namely OpenAI, SolarCity, SpaceX and Tesla.   Twenty miles east of Sparks,...

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Dubai to build the worlds first Hyperloop network by 2021

Dubai to build the worlds first Hyperloop network by 2021

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Countries are racing to improve access to, and the mobility of, their citizens and their workforces in order to boost their economies, and new “advanced transportation technologies” are increasingly being seen as the new broadband.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future...

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SolarCity’s solar Gigafactory to produce 10GW, or three large power stations, a year

SolarCity’s solar Gigafactory to produce 10GW, or three large power stations, a year

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The new SolarCity Gigafactory will boost supply of solar products, helping to reduce their cost, which in turn should accelerate the adoption of solar power technologies.   While discussing potential improvements in manufacturing efficiency with Tesla investor Ron Baron at his conference in New York...

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Physicists just turned a non superconductive material into a superconductor

Physicists just turned a non superconductive material into a superconductor

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Superconductors that could operate at room temperature would transform the healthcare, energy, technology and transportation industries.   For the first time, researchers have achieved superconductivity – the phenomenon of electrical conductivity with zero resistance – in a material that’s not a superconductor. The new technique...

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ISS SPHERE drones learn to see and fly around in space all by themselves

ISS SPHERE drones learn to see and fly around in space all by themselves

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This new milestone will help to pave the way for fully autonomous drones, and vehicles, that can navigate their surroundings without the need for any specific maps or navigation aids.   During an experiment this week on board the International Space Station (ISS) a small drone,...

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Ubers flying taxis will take passengers to the heavens and back by 2021

Ubers flying taxis will take passengers to the heavens and back by 2021

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most urban transportation systems today are at capacity and, or, gridlocked. Using the airspace above cities is one way to alleviate those burdens.   There’s no doubt that Uber has redefined the world of business and sparked a revolution. Whether it’s because they’re masters at tapping...

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Singapores self-driving buses to get their own routes in 2018

Singapores self-driving buses to get their own routes in 2018

Singapore is quickly becoming the driverless vehicle test bed capital of the world Hot on the heels of their recent announcement to become the first country in the world to authorise the use of self-driving taxis on their streets Singapore has announced that it will begin trials of two self-driving...

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World first as Otto’s self driving truck delivers much needed beer in Colorado

World first as Otto’s self driving truck delivers much needed beer in Colorado

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The worlds first self driving truck delivery was special – 50,000 cans of Budweiser.   In the early morning hours of October 20th, an 18-wheeler tractor trailer pulled into Colorado Springs, Colorado, bearing 50,000 frosty cans of Budweiser beer. Normally, this would not be a...

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Pittsburgs AI traffic lights help commuters get there faster

Pittsburgs AI traffic lights help commuters get there faster

In Pittsburg even the traffic lights are intelligent Idling in rushhour traffic can be mind-numbing. It also carries other costs. Traffic congestion costs the US economy $121 billion a year, mostly due to lost productivity, and produces about 25 billion kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions, Carnegie Mellon University professor of...

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Tesla’s first fully autonomous car makes its first appearance

Tesla’s first fully autonomous car makes its first appearance

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s arrived.   Elon Musk and Tesla have been dropping hints about their fully autonomous self-driving cars for some time now, and yesterday they made an appearance.     In the video they released we can see the car driving around town, complete with the...

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EU likely to follow Germanys lead and ban sales of combustion engines from 2030

EU likely to follow Germanys lead and ban sales of combustion engines from 2030

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Germany passes legislation to ban the sale of all combustion engines after 2030.   In a bold move that could cause a cascade effect around the world one of Germany’s legislative bodies has voted unanimously to ban the sale of petrol and diesel powered cars in favour...

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Uber and Airbus team up on urban sky-taxi project

Uber and Airbus team up on urban sky-taxi project

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Uber is eyeing up the next generation of transport – think Star Wars’ urban transport systems crossed with a DJI drone.   Always on the lookout for new opportunities Uber is eyeing the skies for its next big project and it’s partnering with Airbus to achieve it....

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Google teaches robots to learn from each other using a hive mind

Google teaches robots to learn from each other using a hive mind

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots learning from other robots will ultimately mean robots will learn new skills faster, accelerating the robot revolution.   The robots of the world are uniting – and that’s either a great thing or a terrifying thing depending on your view. Google has a plan to...

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Dubai announces plans to put the entire Emirate onto the blockchain

Dubai announces plans to put the entire Emirate onto the blockchain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai wants to become less dependent on oil and the emirate is rapidly becoming one of the most progressive nations in the world.   Earlier this week, at an event hosted by the Dubai Future Foundation and the Smart Dubai Office, the Crown Prince of Dubai announced...

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Komatsu unveils its 250 ton autonomous dump truck for strip mines

Komatsu unveils its 250 ton autonomous dump truck for strip mines

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With no human driver this huge dump truck has no cab and never turns around.   Autonomous vehicle technology is still in its infancy, which means that most self-driving vehicles still have a way for humans to take over when needed. But as Komatsu demonstrates...

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Autonomous Roboats to sail the canals of Amsterdam

Autonomous Roboats to sail the canals of Amsterdam

Cities might have a monopoly on driverless cars but Amsterdam has driverless ships The idea of self-driving cars cruising our roads may not be a new idea, but a plan to release autonomous boats into the canals of Amsterdam would be the first of its kind. The Amsterdam Institute for...

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Nascar quadraplegic Sam Schmidt reaches 100mph in this tricked out Stingray

Nascar quadraplegic Sam Schmidt reaches 100mph in this tricked out Stingray

The former racer and IndyCar team owner can control the Corvette using head movements and voice commands Following a horrible wreck back in 2000, IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt was left paralyzed from the neck down and following the crash, he founded his own racing team, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Now, more than...

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Google’s self driving car gets involved in a fender bender (again)

Google’s self driving car gets involved in a fender bender (again)

Humans prove once again that we make lousy drivers but at least no robots were hurt in the crash When, oh when oh when will these self-driving cars, with all their artificial intelligence smarts learn that we humans are dangerous!? Earlier this week one of Google’s self-driving cars was involved...

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Autonomous cars and trucks vie to take on the Canadian railroads

Autonomous cars and trucks vie to take on the Canadian railroads

Vancouver and Seattle should be connected by a driverless highway, according to some high-tech entrepreneurs The proposal, which involves dedicating at least one lane on the I-5 from Seattle to Highway 99 in Richmond, British Columbia, is a pitch that comes from Tom Alberg, a board member of Amazon, Craig...

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