A scientist captured an impossible photo of a single atom

A scientist captured an impossible photo of a single atom

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our optical technologies improve we’re increasingly able to see the universes building blocks in ever more minute detail.   If you paid attention in science class you know that atoms make up everything. They’re the smallest unit of matter, and everything you’ve ever touched,...

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New Quantum ML algorithm could revolutionise Quantum AI before it even begins

New Quantum ML algorithm could revolutionise Quantum AI before it even begins

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial Intelligence, whether it’s Artificial General Intelligence or even Artificial Super Intelligence, could be completely eclipsed by the power of new Quantum AI models.   One of the ways that intelligent computers and Artificial Intelligence (AI) platforms “think” is by analysing the relationships between and...

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AI can now restore your corrupted photos to their original condition

AI can now restore your corrupted photos to their original condition

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lots of us have old or crappy photos that are in bad condition and in the past the only place you could put them was in the bin, but now new AI image restoration technology could restore them to better than the originals.   There’s...

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China wants to shape and lead global AI standards

China wants to shape and lead global AI standards

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is, arguably, as transformational technology as the internet, and China wants to play its role in helping shape and lead the global standards for the technology.   It turns out that China isn’t just investing heavily in Artificial Intelligence (AI), it’s also aiming to set...

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

Futurist keynote, 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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Experts: AI ‘will beat humans in all tasks by 2060, and take all jobs by 2140’

Experts: AI ‘will beat humans in all tasks by 2060, and take all jobs by 2140’

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The debates about the impact of AI on humanity and civilisation will rage on for decades to come, if not centuries, but there is a broad consensus that our world will change significantly as a result of it in the next fifty years.   Enjoy...

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Microsoft’s pig wrangling competition is teaching AI’s to cooperate

Microsoft’s pig wrangling competition is teaching AI’s to cooperate

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s AI’s operate independently of each other, but in the future they’ll need to cooperate and Microsoft wants to teach them how.   I live in the countryside in the UK, and I also visited France a lot when I was a child, so I...

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A cure for millions as gene therapy cures patient with Sickle Cell disease

A cure for millions as gene therapy cures patient with Sickle Cell disease

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sickle cell disease is a painful and debilitating disease that affects millions of people worldwide, but everything seems to indicate researchers have found a cure.   In the first success of its kind, a teenage boy with Sickle Cell disease, an inherited, painful disease, where...

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The Terminator bought to life, researchers want to put artificial human skin onto robots

The Terminator bought to life, researchers want to put artificial human skin onto robots

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots with human skin are nothing new, at least in sci-fi terms, but we now have the technology and a reason to make it happen…   This week researchers Pierre-Alexis Mouthuy and Andrew Carr from the University of Oxford announced that they believe robots dressed...

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As machines replace jobs new White House report prioritises education

As machines replace jobs new White House report prioritises education

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As analysts predict that more jobs will be replaced by automation and machines a new White House report plays down Universal Basic Incomes and prioritises investment and education.   A new 55 page White House report that investigates the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation...

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New Deloitte study says 861,000 UK public sector jobs can be automated

New Deloitte study says 861,000 UK public sector jobs can be automated

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technologies including AI, bots, drones and robots will lead to the automation of large parts of the global workforce   More than 861,000 public sector jobs could be lost by 2030 through automation, according to a study that comes as a further blow after hundreds...

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Watch your mouth, Google’s DeepMind lip reads better than humans

Watch your mouth, Google’s DeepMind lip reads better than humans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Machines and computer systems that can lip read accurately will help enhance the lives of people living with hearing impairments, but it will also help organisations and “institutions” invade people’s privacy and listen in on otherwise private conversations.   Even professional lip readers can figure...

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Brazil releases billions of genetically modified Mosquitos to combat Zika

Brazil releases billions of genetically modified Mosquitos to combat Zika

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There will always be questions about the viability and impact of releasing genetically modified organisms into our environment but with billions of mosquitos being released it might already be a moot point   Every Saturday morning, Maria do Carmo Tunussi goes door to door asking...

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Stephen Hawking says creating AI is the biggest event of our civilisation

Stephen Hawking says creating AI is the biggest event of our civilisation

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence can do great good, or great evil.   Speaking at the launch of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI), a new artificial intelligence (AI) think tank based in Cambridge, that aims to help shape how AI is developed, used and...

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Day of reckoning as UK scientists eliminate HIV from “Patient X”

Day of reckoning as UK scientists eliminate HIV from “Patient X”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A British man could become the first person in the world to be cured of HIV using a new therapy designed by a team of scientists from five UK universities.   Around the world there are thousands of researchers and scientists trying to find a cure...

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Scientists pull images from peoples minds using AI and fMRI

Scientists pull images from peoples minds using AI and fMRI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Let us salute the end of criminal line ups and berate the loss of our future privacy.   If you only remember one thing about technology then remember this – over time it gets faster and it gets better and for those of you who...

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