Revolutionary air breathing rocket engine gets green light for tests

Revolutionary air breathing rocket engine gets green light for tests

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Rockets are traditionally fuelled using LOX which is expensive, toxic, and prone to blowing up, but now the world’s first air breathing rocket engine is ready for tests.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. The world of supersonic and...

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“Unblinking Eye” pre-crime tech gets investment boost from UK government

“Unblinking Eye” pre-crime tech gets investment boost from UK government

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the pace of terrorism accelerates agencies around the world are trying to find the needles in the data haystack that can help them predict attacks before they happen.   In the movie Fast and the Furious 7 movie a secretive US government agency created...

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AI and automation: The benefits for business and industry

AI and automation: The benefits for business and industry

On 4 August 1997, Skynet, a US military developed program, became self-aware and began to think for itself. Operators tried to deactivate the computer system but the now ‘intelligent’ system perceived this as a threat and in order to protect its mandate of ‘safeguarding the world’ Skynet launched a nuclear...

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Codex of the Future: eXponential Technology Edition 2020 to 2070

Codex of the Future: eXponential Technology Edition 2020 to 2070

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The emergence of hundreds of powerful exponential technologies is accelerating the rate of global cultural, industrial, and societal change, this first of a kind Codex is your guide to understanding, simplifying, and navigating it all.   eXplore the Codex ONLINE or DOWNLOAD it   THIS...

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All new UK homes will be off the gas grid by 2025 says UK government

All new UK homes will be off the gas grid by 2025 says UK government

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As countries try to hit their emissions targets fossil fuels are under fire, now the UK government is calling time on domestic gas supplies.   Connecting new homes to the UK’s gas grid could be banned after 2025 as the UK government, just like many...

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A decade after the first person was cured of HIV, another is in remission

A decade after the first person was cured of HIV, another is in remission

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The HIV and AIDS epidemics have claimed the lives of millions of people, and now there may be a cure, but there’s a big catch.   News has emerged from the UK that a man has been in remission from HIV for a year and...

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World first as Google DeepMind’s AI crushes the world’s top Starcraft players

World first as Google DeepMind’s AI crushes the world’s top Starcraft players

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Starcraft is a game of strategy, and as a result DeepMind’s AI had to learn an entirely new type of game play in order to thrash its opponents.   AI agents developed by Google’s DeepMind subsidiary have finally beaten human pros at Starcraft II — a first...

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Batteries are passé as researchers use ambient sound to charge smartphones

Batteries are passé as researchers use ambient sound to charge smartphones

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to use sound to charge our gadgets is a revolutionary idea, and it’s made possible thanks to advances in Nanomanufacturing.   This could be the greatest power discovery for mobiles, ever. Apparently. So say researchers at Queen Mary University London (QMUL) in the...

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Creative AI’s have learnt how to create their own video games

Creative AI’s have learnt how to create their own video games

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is getting increasingly capable at creating quality synthetic content, and that includes books, scripts, and worlds.   Today we have AI’s building other AI’s and fake news stories, and AI’s that write their own code, and doing a better job of it than the...

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Genetic engineering breakthrough turns chickens into egg laying medicine factories

Genetic engineering breakthrough turns chickens into egg laying medicine factories

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to produce drugs and medicines cheaply is important, and this breakthrough breaks grounds on all kinds of fronts.   Ordinarily, when scientists want to produce proteins to use in medicine they have to use techniques that are costly and complex. Recently, however, in...

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Scientists have created the blackest material ever, and it’s great for gaming

Scientists have created the blackest material ever, and it’s great for gaming

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are certain situations, such as calibrating satellite systems, or in cinemas where nearly dark doesn’t cut it, Vantablack is the darkest material ever produced.   Have you ever gotten up to use the restroom during a movie screening, then struggled to find your seat...

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Futurist Keynote, London: Investing in the Exponential Future, SRP European Conference

Futurist Keynote, London: Investing in the Exponential Future, SRP European Conference

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Incredibly powerful, and increasingly democratised, emerging technologies are transforming every sector faster than ever, and this can have dire consequences for investors if the mechanisms behind the change are not understood.   Firstly, thank you to Amelie for inviting me to be the keynote for...

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World first as scientists use tractor beams to make objects dance

World first as scientists use tractor beams to make objects dance

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Increasingly the things we think of as science fact are becoming reality, but tractor beams also have more practical applications, such as transforming healthcare and manufacturing.   In addition to creating tractor beams like the ones straight out of Star Trek researchers have also been making more...

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UK and Singapore set 2021 deadline to launch world’s first quantum communications cubesat

UK and Singapore set 2021 deadline to launch world’s first quantum communications cubesat

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Unlike traditional communications technologies quantum communications are unhackable, so countries are racing to deploy them.   Highly secure global communication based on Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), a secure communications cryptographic protocol that’s based on the eerie phenomenon of quantum mechanics, could eventually be made possible...

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Virgin Galactic soars into space and the record books with succesful test flight

Virgin Galactic soars into space and the record books with succesful test flight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the costs of accessing space fall we’re seeing the start of a new era in tourism – space tourism.   Late last Thursday a Virgin Galactic rocket plane blasted to the edge of space, capping off years of difficult testing to become the first US commercial...

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Inside Google’s plan to make sure AI is safe

Inside Google’s plan to make sure AI is safe

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI becomes more deeply embedded into our every day lives it is imperative that there are safeguards in place to make sure it’s safe.   Making sure Artificial Intelligence (AI) does what we want and behaves in predictable ways will be crucial as the...

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Futurist Keynote, London: The Future of Disruption, Go Ahead Group

Futurist Keynote, London: The Future of Disruption, Go Ahead Group

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Billion Journey Project shows how today just one idea can transform over a billion journeys a year, and clearly demonstrates the power of ecosystems and open thinking.   Firstly, a big thanks to Theo and David for inviting me to be this years keynote...

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The UK FCA could become the world’s first AI robo-regulator

The UK FCA could become the world’s first AI robo-regulator

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The level of regulation is already a major burden on companies, a robo-regulator could automate compliance, lighten the load, reduce costs, and even identify crime before it happens.   A little while ago I wrote an article highlighting a point made by the UK’s Chancellor...

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This million core neuromorphic computer simulates a whole mouse brain

This million core neuromorphic computer simulates a whole mouse brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Exponential computing platforms that have more processing power than mammalian brains are now a reality, simulating a whole human brain is next.   Neuromorphic computers are self-learning computing systems capable of packing all the power of today’s top of the line supercomputers, like Summit, which...

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Lexus turns to IBM to create the world’s first AI scripted advert

Lexus turns to IBM to create the world’s first AI scripted advert

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In time all adverts, and the majority of content, will be created by AI, and people won’t be able to tell it from the “real” thing.   Over the past eighteen months or so I’ve been discussing how Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been becoming increasingly...

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