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3D Bio-Printing: Fabricating Human Tissue

3D printing has come a long way from the days of printing plastic prototypes. Today, multi-material additive printing using a range of materials, including metals, is becoming commonplace. What you may not be aware of are the rapid advances in the bio-fabrication of human tissues using 3D printing techniques.In this Future Tech video interview Futurist Shara Evans is speaking with Danny Cabrera, the co-founder and CEO of BioBots — a US start-up that sits at the intersection between computer science, biology and chemistry. They've designed 3D bio-printers and bio-inks that are unleashing a bio-fabrication revolution.

3D Bio-Printing: Fabricating Human Tissue 2017-03-16T17:19:14+00:00

Handing the Keys Over to Autonomous Weapons

For many years, the TV and film industry has been determined to scare us with fictional horror stories that show the unforgiving aftermath of technology taking over. The Terminator franchise with its Skynet nemesis probably resonates the most with people, and more recent examples include sci-fi flick Ex Machina and cult TV show Black Mirror, which show technology one upping us in extreme, distressing and manipulative ways. Yet, in spite of some really bad endings to science fiction horror stories, humanity seems determined to build killer robots aka lethal autonomous weapons.

Handing the Keys Over to Autonomous Weapons 2017-03-14T16:49:08+00:00

Self-Repairing Cities

In this video interview, Futurist Shara Evans is speaking with Prof Robert Richardson at the University of Leeds about an audacious project to use robots for automated repairs of city infrastructure.

Self-Repairing Cities 2017-03-07T10:03:23+00:00

Looking at the Latest Advances in Virtual Reality

Scott O'Brien (Humense) is a pioneer in the fields of augmented and virtual reality. He's working on a new project - generating ultra-high definition virtual reality scenes. In this blog post we visit Humense's lab environment for an early look at an 8K VR projection.VR has lots of potential commercial uses. Right now though, one of the biggest drawbacks of VR as a business tool is the clunkiness of VR headsets.

Looking at the Latest Advances in Virtual Reality 2017-03-07T10:04:10+00:00

#CensusFail

Last December, the Australian Bureau of Statistics quietly announced a major change to the way the 2016 Census would be conducted - making it mandatory for people to include their name and address, along with highly sensitive personal information about their household income and habits. A number of people, myself included, raised red flags about this massive breach of privacy.

#CensusFail 2017-03-07T11:43:03+00:00

IBM Watson: Commercialising the Latest Advances in Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has been around for a very long time with initial work beginning back as far as the 1950s and 1960s. In more recent times, with the explosion in the amount of data available, expert systems now have a lot more information to be able to work with, and a lot more opportunities to become useful as well. As a result, we’re starting to see AI being deployed for mainstream business applications.IBM Watson has been an early leader in this space, and continues to roll out innovative applications.In this Future Tech interview we talk with Jason Leonard, the Watson Business Leader for IBM across Asia Pacific, GCG & Japan about machine intelligence and the many industries where Watson is being deployed around the world.

IBM Watson: Commercialising the Latest Advances in Artificial Intelligence 2017-03-07T10:05:33+00:00

Cloud-based Spectroscopy — Analysing What We Eat

It’s impossible to know exactly what’s in the food you’re eating, and for some of us — diabetics, celiacs, allergy sufferers, and others with food sensitivities — that can be a serious problem. By combining the established technology of spectroscopy with mobile communications and cloud computing, startup Tellspec is developing a handheld scanner that might one day reveal all.In this Future Tech interview we talk with Tellspec founder and CEO, Isabel Hoffmann, about Tellspec’s technology and plans, food allergies, additives, genetically modified organisms, and more.

Cloud-based Spectroscopy — Analysing What We Eat 2017-03-07T10:06:58+00:00

The Many Facets of Facial Recognition

Facial recognition systems rarely have the luxury of taking full frontal photos from stationary people: for many applications they need to rely on side-on, or top-down views of people in motion.In this Future Tech interview we talk with Brian Lovell, founder and CTO of Imagus Technology about the challenges of facial recognition and the capabilities of his company’s technology. Brian also discusses some of the implications, good and bad of facial recognition technology.

The Many Facets of Facial Recognition 2017-03-07T10:08:03+00:00