New: The 2018 Griffin Emerging Technology Starburst, and 2018-2017 compare

New: The 2018 Griffin Emerging Technology Starburst, and 2018-2017 compare

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology is a tool, and when it’s combined with innovation and entrepreneurship it can help us change the world and improve the lives of everyone who lives on this blue marble we call Earth, and as our technologies become more powerful and sophisticated our ability...

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UK government’s plan to use AI to rate schools hits opposition

UK government’s plan to use AI to rate schools hits opposition

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There is no doubt that AI is a powerful tool that can help improve outcomes, but using it to rank and rate individuals and organisations is still seen by many as a step too far.   Artificial Intelligence (AI) is quickly, it seems, making its...

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Breakthrough genetic treatment slows the progression of Huntingdons Disease

Breakthrough genetic treatment slows the progression of Huntingdons Disease

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Huntingdons Disease is a debilitating condition that slowly kills a patients brain cells and there is no cure for it, now though a new treatment slows down its progression, and one day it might halt it altogether.   This week people suffering from Huntington’s Disease...

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Researchers use Biohybrid Robots made from algae to treat Cancer

Researchers use Biohybrid Robots made from algae to treat Cancer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to identify the earliest stages of disease and treat it with ultimate precision will help doctors treat patients better and help patients recover faster.   Over the past year scientists have developed 3D printed enzyme powered nanobots that can surf through the body’s bloodstream...

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DeepMind’s self-learning AI took four hours to learn and master chess

DeepMind’s self-learning AI took four hours to learn and master chess

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Generalised AI’s that can learn and master complex subjects within hours will have wide ranging benefits for industry and society alike.   As most people will happily tell you Chess isn’t an easy game, at least by human standards, but for an Artificial Intelligence (AI)...

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DeepMind unveils the world’s first test to assess dangerous AI’s and algorithms

DeepMind unveils the world’s first test to assess dangerous AI’s and algorithms

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is being strapped into everything from self-driving cars and autonomous weapons systems and until now we had no way to assess how dangerous, or how much of a threat, those AI’s could become.   Earlier this year a group of world experts convened to...

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European giants team up to build electric aircraft

European giants team up to build electric aircraft

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Aviation is one of today’s biggest polluters so now companies are ploughing more effort into building the world’s first viable electric aircraft. In March this year Rolls Royce’s CEO announced that the future of flight was electric, and this week Airbus, Rolls Royce and Siemens announced...

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DeepMind’s newest AI learns by itself and creates its own knowledge

DeepMind’s newest AI learns by itself and creates its own knowledge

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF An AI that can learn by itself, with no human interaction, and that can “create its own knowledge” could give us a new perspective on issues affecting the world, and transform industry, innovation and society.   A couple of month’s ago Google’s Artificial Intelligence (AI)...

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Futurist in London: The Future of Trust, Battle of the Quants

Futurist in London: The Future of Trust, Battle of the Quants

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Algorithmic traders, like many of us, have a nascent reliance on being able to trust the information they ingest, but a new breed of AI is about to push fake news, and, by association our trust in each other and society, to the limits.  ...

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Wireless charging, the next frontier for electric vehicles gains traction

Wireless charging, the next frontier for electric vehicles gains traction

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Just as countries are starting to get used to the idea of rolling out fixed electric vehicle charging stations a new technology is emerging on the scene that could quickly render them obsolete.   Just as we are beginning to get used to the idea...

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Pioneering blockchain experiment rewards volunteering and helping the community

Pioneering blockchain experiment rewards volunteering and helping the community

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most volunteering goes unrewarded and undocumented but Hull’s pioneering social blockchain experiment rewards people for helping the community.   Volunteers and community workers in Hull in the UK will soon be able to obtain discounts at local retailers and even reductions in their council tax...

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UK Government announces self-driving cars to hit the roads by 2021, prepares 1 million drivers for redundancy

UK Government announces self-driving cars to hit the roads by 2021, prepares 1 million drivers for redundancy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world around us is changing rapidly and the UK Government has just become the first government in the world to announce plans to start the transition to self-driving vehicles, quoting it’s going to be “painful and challenging.”   Following in the footsteps of Dubai...

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First of a kind AI malware learns and mimics its target systems behaviours to prevent detection

First of a kind AI malware learns and mimics its target systems behaviours to prevent detection

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Powered and fuelled by AI cyber attacks are about to go full auto and noone is prepared for what’s coming. Every second of every day cyber security experts around the world are engaged in a virtual war with criminals, hackers and wayward foreign governments, and...

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ARM CEO challenges the tech industry to build an immune system to prevent a cyber pandemic

ARM CEO challenges the tech industry to build an immune system to prevent a cyber pandemic

WHY IT MATTERS Over the coming decades trillions of devices will become smart and connected and, unless companies and individuals come together to tackle the issue, we could be heading for a cyber security armageddon   Cyber security today is bad, very bad, and as we all buy more devices,...

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Futurist in Oxford: The Future of Disruption, University of Oxford

Futurist in Oxford: The Future of Disruption, University of Oxford

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The pace of disruption is accelerating, and many argue that today is the slowest we will ever move again. In this presentation I discuss the why the pace of disruption accelerating, and the reason why it’s going to switch gears and get even faster, and...

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Google DeepMind’s new business unit to assess AI’s impact on society

Google DeepMind’s new business unit to assess AI’s impact on society

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are many controversial, and polarised, views on the impact that AI will have on society, this new business unit, which is one of the first of its kind, will hopefully help clear some of the weeds   In a move to counter the run...

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World first as drones and robots plant, tend and harvest their own crops

World first as drones and robots plant, tend and harvest their own crops

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It was only a matter of time before robots autonomously grew and harvested their own crops, and now it’s happened.   The Agricultural industry is going through a revolution, whether it’s thanks to organisations like DARPA who are formulating new genetic solutions that can re-vitalise...

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Futurist in Swindon: The Future of Defence, UK Ministry of Defence

Futurist in Swindon: The Future of Defence, UK Ministry of Defence

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Defence forms a large part of every sovereign nations capability and identity, so it’s little surprise that it’s one of the world’s most innovative industries and one of the most prolific developers of new technology.   Firstly, I’d like to say a big thank you...

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Farmers in the future will “shepherd herds of robots”

Farmers in the future will “shepherd herds of robots”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots sat in the doldrums for years without much happening but now, fuelled by AI and advance Machine vision capabilities they’re suddenly coming on leaps and bounds.   The farmworker toiling in a field in Lincolnshire on a recent morning is happy to work nights...

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UK to start self-driving semi-truck trials on public roads in 2018

UK to start self-driving semi-truck trials on public roads in 2018

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technologies that were thought to be decades away from maturity are arriving faster than most people anticipate, and as the UK starts autonomous vehicle tests it won’t be soon before we see the first driverless trucks ploughing our highways   Hot on the heels of...

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