Like VR and AR before it, spatial computing is the next step in merging physical and digital worlds. A new report reveals the top 10 emerging technologies of 2020. Innovations include microneedles for painless injections, and electric planes.
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The moonshot project has a new name, too. It’s been a while since we’ve heard about Alphabet’s Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) project. If you’ve forgotten all about it, we don’t blame you: the acronym doesn’t stick in the mind quite like Google Fiber or Project Loon. To solve the problem, Alphabet’s ‘X’ division has […]
Do you want Skynet? Because this is how you get Skynet The big picture: The UK military is moving forward with plans to develop and deploy several thousand combat robots, some which might be autonomous. So far, militaries worldwide have avoided using unmanned technologies in combat situations. Semi-autonomous drones have a pilot who is always […]
Nuro R2 delivery bot Nuro, the autonomous delivery startup founded by two former Google engineers, has raised $500 million, suggesting that investors still have an appetite for long-term pursuits such as robotics and automated vehicle technology. Nuro now has a post-money valuation of $5 billion. The Series C round was led by funds and accounts […]
We read all the ‘Future of Work’ articles so you don’t have to – Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the post-pandemic future
A post-pandemic world won’t make work less Around May, we noticed a trend: the rise of the “future of work” articles. Published by consulting firms, professional associations, and business influencers, these articles and reports asked, “What will work be like when Covid-19 is over?” It’s a good question, one we’re all asking. The articles and […]
The ageing process has been biologically reversed for the first time by giving humans oxygen therapy in a pressurised chamber. Scientists in Israel showed they could turn back the clock in two key areas of the body believed to be responsible for the frailty and ill-health that comes with growing older. As people age, the […]
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine scientists (WFIRM) have developed a method to bioprint a type of cartilage that could someday help restore knee function damaged by arthritis or injury. This cartilage, known as fibrocartilage, helps connect tendons or ligaments or bones and is primarily found in the meniscus in the knee. The meniscus is […]
An artist’s conception shows the human landing system that’s being developed by Blue Origin and its industry partners in the foreground, and Blue Origin’s Blue Moon cargo lander in the far background. (Blue Origin Illustration) Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture is working on a landing system that could put astronauts on […]
If you are getting told off for spending too much on wine, maybe you can blame it on artificial intelligence The shopping lists we used to scribble on the back of an envelope are increasingly already known by the supermarkets we frequent. Firstly via the loyalty cards we scan at checkouts, and more and more […]
Inside China’s iPhone factory: Fascinating footage shows Apple components being made in a fully automated plant manned by robots
The manufacturer in southern China’s Shenzhen is entirely staffed by robots The automated plant is dubbed ‘lights-out’ factory with AI-powered machines It can save costs on labour and energy while improving product quality, it is said Apple devices and iPhone components are now being produced in a Chinese out-source factory from dusk till dawn without […]
A “smart garbage sorting robot” was recently launched on the streets in eastern China, able to pick up and sort trash for an entire workday.
COVID-19 isolation might be a good time to add to your IT skill set, as we’re seeing several new entries on our annual list of the 10 highest-paying IT certifications. Cloud technology, information security, and project management certs are on the rise this year. IT is one profession where the optimal skill set is a […]