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Chess, anyone?
Posted: 11 December 2017

The breakneck development of artificial intelligence is simply awe-inspiring - and more than a little spooky,

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In just 4 hours, Google's AI mastered all the chess knowledge in history
11 December 2017
This system didn't even have to watch humans to learn how to play.
Robot backflip
Posted: 17 November 2017

The ability of robots to perform amazingly human tasks is improving by the day - and Boston Dynamics are at the forefront. Their humanoid robot Atlas has just perfected a backflip - watch this amazing video.

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Combining renewables into utility-scale energy facilities
Posted: 24 October 2017

Everyone, with the possible exception of corrupt politicians seeking to profit from old-world energy installations, knows that renewables are the future. We tend to separately track the different technologies such as hydro, solar, wind, etc. Which makes this Australian project, reportedly the world's first utility-scale combined renewable power facility, particularly interesting.

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Combined wind, solar and storage energy park to be built in Queensland
24 October 2017
Windlab has announced that construction will soon start on a combined wind, solar and battery storage facility in north Queensland, Australia. Kennedy ...
Combinatorial tech evolves to constant mashups
Dateline: 21 May 2020
A few years ago, all the tech gurus talked about amazing new technologies that would disrupt businesses in all industries. One common theme was that these ...
Will the Internet giants become banks?
Posted: 3 October 2017

One of the big questions we regularly encounter in our discussions with clients, particularly in financial services, is whether the Internet giants - Google, Facebook, Amazon et al - will become banks.
We've argued consistently that the last thing they want is to enter the regulated, constricted world of traditional banking. Rather, they will reinvent the entire process of lending and spending ...

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Do you really think that Google or Amazon want to be a bank? - Chris Skinner's blog
3 October 2017
I’ve said continually that firms like Google and Amazon will never open a bank. I still believe that this will be the case – Facebook and Apple also fall into this view – and mainly hold this view because these companies would find full service banking a difficult and unprofitable …
Travel anywhere in the world - in under one hour
Posted: 2 October 2017

There is, it seems, no end to Elon Musk's determination to reshape life as we know it. Just watch this video - his latest idea is to use SpaceX rockets to transport people to anywhere on earth in under an hour!
He's disrupting finance with PayPal, space with SpaceX, transport with Tesla, hyperloop and The Boring Company, man-machine interface with NeuralLink, energy with SolarCity, from ...

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Read my heart to know me!
Posted: 26 September 2017

Biometrics is becoming a massive focus area, as cyber-security moves to centre stage in a troubled and uncertain world. But fingerprints and face scans are just so yesterday!
Latest technologies include everything from body-odour recognition (phew!) to vein mapping, brain prints - and now, tracking your heart rhythms as a means to identify you. ...

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Forget face scans or fingerprints, your heart could be your new passcode
26 September 2017
The launch of the iPhone X and its new facial unlocking technology has thrust biometric security back into the popular discourse. A team at the University of Buffalo has now developed a new biometric tool that analyzes the dimensions of your heart? to unlock your phone or log in to your computer.
Daimler launches self-driving truck convoys
Posted: 26 September 2017

And the self-driving juggernaut rolls on - really! Daimler is launching fleets of self-driving trucks that run in convoys on selected US highways. And within a few weeks, Tesla will be unveiling its electric self-driving long-haul trucks, Logistics will never be the same....

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Daimler's self-driving truck platoons to roll onto US highways
26 September 2017
Daimler is set to unleash connected, self-driving trucks on selected highways in the US, as it kicks off testing of its truck platooning technology on American soil for the first time.
Welcome flying cars
Posted: 26 September 2017

Flying cars are just a science fiction dream, aren't they? Not any more. Dozens of companies have launched prototypes, and this week, Dubai started first trials of driverless helicopter taxis whizzing through the city skyscrapers.
This is just one example of the radical changes taking place across the world - and the speed at which they are happening. Only a few years ago, the idea of drivers ...

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Volocopter flying taxi takes unmanned flight over Dubai
26 September 2017
Dubai is moving full steam ahead toward a futuristic skyline dotted with modern skyscrapers and flying taxis by kicking off trials of the Volocopter two-seater aircraft. The all-electric 18-rotor vehicle took to the skies for the first time over the city on Monday as the city looks to establish what would be world's first self-flying taxi service.
Elon Musk’s astonishing track record
Posted: 23 September 2017

Elon Musk’s impact on the world is truly astonishing. This infographic from tracks what he has achieved in only the first (almost) nine months of 2017.

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A Comprehensive List of Elon Musk’s Breakthroughs in 2017
23 September 2017
From solar tiles with an infinity warranty to a company that is working to merge the human brain with machines, here's what Elon has accomplished so far in 2017.
Transmitter chips in our bloodstream!
Posted: 13 September 2017

We wrote the MindBullet alongside back in 2012, and targeted 2017 as the possible date something similar could happen. Not bad, when you read the story attached!

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Transmitter chip helps doctors track swallowable electronics through the body
13 September 2017
In the future, tiny medical devices could swim through our bodies to diagnose diseases, but keeping track of them all can be tricky. A new invention out of ...
And a microspider "roto-rooter" cleans my arteries
Dateline: 27 March 2017
Who's old enough to remember "Fantastic Voyage", the 1966 film in which a team of scientists were shrunk to microsize and injected into the bloodstream of ...
Astonishing robots
Posted: 9 August 2017

The field of robotics is fascinating - and undergoing astonishing growth, Here;s an amazing video of 10 of the most advanced robots around, from robo-snakes and spiders to a robot cheetah.

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Megabot in action
Posted: 9 August 2017

And here's the latest video of the Megabot in action. ...

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Lessons from Battling Bots are shaping industry
Dateline: 16 August 2018
Who would have believed even three years ago that wrestling matches between giant robots would become the world's most popular TV entertainment - and would explosively advance the development of industrial and commercial robots? Transformers Smackdown, the weekly televised bot-battle, has entranced virtually every nation on the planet. The sight of giant metal beasts fighting to the death ...
Are we over-selling technology?
Posted: 9 August 2017

It's very easy to get caught up in the hype of the technology tsunami. So, for a cooling shower (if not a cold one!) read this HBR article on whether consumers actually want all the tech that is being offered to them. Good, solid advice from someone who has walked the talk.

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Can sterile mosquitoes end the scourge of disease?
Posted: 18 July 2017

This is a really interesting experiment by Verily, one of the Google offshoots. The goal is to combat malaria and other mosquito-born diseases by releasing sterile males and thus ultimately reduce the mosquito population.The world is watching with great interest.

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20 million sterile mosquitoes to be released in California
18 July 2017
Twenty million sterile male mosquitoes are set to be released across two neighborhoods in Fresno Country, California. This will be the largest mosquito field study ever conducted in the US with an aim of curbing the population of the disease-carrying insect.
Windows that harvest solar power
Posted: 17 July 2017

Windows that harvest solar energy to create electricity? What an obvious idea! Yet it has taken until now for the first installation, in a bank building in the Netherlands...not exactly a country known for copious sunshine!
Imagine the impact in high-sunshine countries.
Then there are Elon Musk's solar-generating roof tiles - and the advent of solar paint is not far off, as our MindBullet ...

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These Transparent, Solar Power-Generating Windows Are the World's First
17 July 2017
Trying to make large buildings energy-neutral, companies are taking advantage of building windows' surface area to harvest solar energy.
Just paint that wall for instant solar fuel
Dateline: 23 June 2022
It's taken five years to come to fruition, but the magic of solar paint is finally something every building owner can benefit from. Why pay for costly 3D ...
The future of wearables
Posted: 17 July 2017

Interested in where the future of wearable technology is going? Follow this fascinating infographic from Futurism.

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Wearable Technology
17 July 2017
Technology enriches the human experience. With every new device, it becomes even more ingrained into who we are- our phones, our clothes, our bodies.
British police form a drone unit
Posted: 17 July 2017

Police departments have been experimenting with drones for some time now. But this is a step forward; three British police departments creating a formal drone unit.
Says a spokesman: 'Drones will aid officers as part of missing person searches; crime scene photography; responding to major road traffic collisions; coastal and woodland searches and to combat wildlife crime.'
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Police drone unit joins the beat in the UK
17 July 2017
Three police forces – Devon, Cornwall and Dorset? – have teamed up to create the UK's first dedicated drone unit that will provide 24/7 support to ...
Swarms of quadrotors overwhelm law enforcement with tons of cocaine worth billions of dollars
Dateline: 27 April 2017
More than 150 fast and high-flying aerial drones flew over the border from Mexico and crossed the Atlantic and Pacific coasts in the last 24 hours. Each ...
Creating a 'biological hard drive'
Posted: 13 July 2017

The idea of a 'biological hard drive' - using DNA to store data, seeing as though DNA already holds a staggering amount of data - has been around for a while. Now, thanks to the revolutionary CRISPR gene-editing tool, scientists have created the first one.
Just think of the disruption potential! Could we be about to completely reinvent computing? ...

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CRISPR used to build a biological hard drive out of live bacteria
13 July 2017
There’s a mind-boggling amount of data naturally stored in the genome of every organism, with far better density and durability. Now a Harvard team has created a biological hard drive, using the CRISPR gene-editing tool to record information to (and retrieve it from) the genome of living bacteria.
Space mining moves a step closer
Posted: 13 July 2017

Space mining is just a dream, right? Well, this company plans to begin harvesting moon rocks by 2020 - just two-and-a-half years away. And they're not alone.

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Moon Express to begin commercially harvesting lunar rocks in 2020
13 July 2017
The private race to the moon just kicked up a notch with Moon Express revealing in detail its plan to begin commercially harvesting moon rocks by 2020. The company is set to become the first commercial presence on the moon sending back lunar samples & establishing a permanent lunar outpost.
Hyperloop becoming a reality
Posted: 13 July 2017

The concept of the Hyperloop - a transportation system that would float humans and cargo through special vacuum tubes is juts one of Elon Musk's crazy ideas.
Crazy, right? Perhaps not. One of the several teams working on the idea has just notched up what they call their "Kittyhawk moment".
To quote Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Hyperloop One. "By achieving full vacuum, ...

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Hyperloop One floats vehicle above track in first full-scale test
13 July 2017
Hyperloop One, just one of several startups trying to build Elon Musk's Hyperloop, has notched up an important milestone, today announcing it has successfully tested its full-scale system for the first time, which including levitating a test vehicle over a track for 5.3 seconds.

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