BIG unveil Oceanix their floating city concept backed by the UN

BIG unveil Oceanix their floating city concept backed by the UN

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the Earth’s population grows, and as climate change threatens to displace hundreds of millions of people the UN are now seriously considering building floating cities.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. In the future it’s not just NASA...

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Self-evolving killer robots are almost here, and experts want a debate

Self-evolving killer robots are almost here, and experts want a debate

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Few realise just how fast we’re approaching the tipping point for autonomous warfare, but in a time when we can’t control, or even predict the evolution of AI and “Smart” systems the time for debate, arguably, was ten years ago.   As it increasingly looks...

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UN cancels crucial 2017 debate on autonomous warfare because Brazil owes it money

UN cancels crucial 2017 debate on autonomous warfare because Brazil owes it money

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Noone wants war, and arguably noone should want autonomous war where AI’s and robots make the decisions, but for the fifth year in a row the UN has cancelled it’s scheduled debate, over the funding of the meetings.   Share your opinion, is this an...

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The United Nations taps blockchain to solve world hunger

The United Nations taps blockchain to solve world hunger

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hundreds of millions of people go hungry every night, and after a succesful pilot the UN thinks that blockchain could help them solve world hunger.   Earlier this week United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) announced that 10,000 individuals had taken advantage of its trial to deliver food to Syrian...

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Devastating bioweapon or humanity’s saviour? UN green lights the ‘Gene Drive’

Devastating bioweapon or humanity’s saviour? UN green lights the ‘Gene Drive’

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s most powerful genetic technology – one that could cure disease, and at the same time wipe out entire species in the blink of an eye – has just been green lighted by the UN, and now the genies about to come out of...

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The UN is going to debate banning killer robots

The UN is going to debate banning killer robots

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The increasing weaponisation and automation of new, advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, drones and robots has the UN worried, now it wants a debate about banning them before it’s too late.   This week the UN announced that next year over 100 nations who are...

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Photosynthesis breakthrough crams millions of years of plant evolution into months

Photosynthesis breakthrough crams millions of years of plant evolution into months

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists have used gene editing to turn off specific plant genes to boost plant growth by 15%, if transplanted into rice, maize and wheat this could help reduce famine and hunger in the world without the need to use extra fertilisers or chemicals.   Scientists...

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UN backs ID2020 blockchain consortium to give 2 billion people an identity

UN backs ID2020 blockchain consortium to give 2 billion people an identity

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The UN is backing a blockchain consortium to help them give a voice, and recognition, to over 2 billion people.   According to the United Nations there are over 2 billion people who have no way of proving who they are. And while at first glance...

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Scientists petition the UN to create a sovereign space nation

Scientists petition the UN to create a sovereign space nation

As humanity nears its goals of becoming an interplanetary species it’s inevitable one day that a new nation will take form In the wake of multiple announcements from private and public bodies alike about colonising the Moon and Mars, beginning in 2017, a team of scientists and legal experts have...

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The United Nations is going into space

The United Nations is going into space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The UN wants every country to be able to realise the benefits of space.   The United Nations (UN) has announced its first ever official space mission, with the aim of giving developing countries the opportunity to conduct research in a microgravity environment. The mission,...

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