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GLIMPSES OF THE FUTURE – DECEMBER 2017

Department Stores Becoming Theatres To Pull In Customers

 In an attempt to combat the threat of on-line retailing, more than 300 staff at Westgate’s John Lewis in the UK have been put through their paces by the Oxford Playhouse theatre. … Read the rest

GLIMPSES OF THE FUTURE – NOVEMBER 2017

China Wants To Track And Identify All Of Its Citizens

China is building the world’s most powerful facial recognition system with the power to identify any one of its 1.3 billion citizens within three seconds.

The goal is for the … Read the rest

GLIMPSES OF THE FUTURE – OCTOBER 2017

AI Can Now Detect Alzheimer’s 10 Years Before Symptoms Appear

 Artificial intelligence can identify the signs of Alzheimer’s in scans a decade before symptoms show, researchers say.

Doctors have developed an algorithm that analyses MRI scans to identify structural changes … Read the rest

GLIMPSES OF THE FUTURE – SEPTEMBER 2017

Now, $8,000 Now Buys the Chance of Rejuvenation

 Ambrosia, a San Francisco-based start-up founded in 2016, is now embarking on a controversial trial intended to demonstrate the rejuvenation capabilities and medical benefits of transfusions of youthful blood. Anyone can enrol, … Read the rest

GLIMPSES OF THE FUTURE – AUGUST 2017

Apple Thought To Be Launching Face-Pattern Recognition

 The next iPhone (the iPhone 7S, iPhone 8?), which is due to be released in September, might replace the TouchID fingerprint sensor with whole-face 3D scanning.

According to Bloomberg, which is usually quite … Read the rest

GLIMPSES OF THE FUTURE – JULY 2017

Amazon Now Competes With Banks To Lend Money to Its Suppliers

 Amazon.com will launch its business loan program for small sellers later this year in eight more countries including China, where credit is becoming a key factor in competing for … Read the rest

GLIMPSES OF THE FUTURE – JUNE 2017

Will Quantum Computers Eliminate City Traffic Jams?

 Whilst traditional computers use binary digits, or bits, which can either be 0s or 1s, quantum computers use quantum binary digits, or qubits, which represent and store information in both 0s and 1s … Read the rest

GLIMPSES OF THE FUTURE – APRIL 2017

How A.I. Is Changing Human Resource Management

Artificial Intelligence systems are promising to remake how we look for job candidates, get the most out of workers and keep our best workers on the job.

These applications aim to analyze a … Read the rest

Glimpses Of The Future – December 2016

GM Grows Crops 20% Larger

One of the criticisms of genetically modified crops is that they haven’t done much to increase yields—the amount of corn or wheat a farmer can grow on an acre of land.

But now scientists tinkering … Read the rest

Glimpses Of The Future – November 2016

Google’s New Translation “Almost As Good As Humans”

Google researchers have invented a translation system that is significantly more accurate than existing auto-translate systems.

In a competition that pitted the new software against human translators, it came close to matching … Read the rest