Sure most people like to listen to podcasts about True Crime, Current Affairs or Celebrity Gossip. But not you… you want to know: “if robots can think yet?” That’s why these are the podcasts for you…

Let’s be honest, you know about AI but you don’t really understand it — not the detailed stuff, the hardcore probabalistic maths. Unless of course you do and your name is probably Geoff Hinton or Fei Fei Li et al. …

This eerie map of the world’s air quality shows just how big our planet’s Nitrogen Dioxide problem has gotten. Now Dyson have made an Atlas to show people just how widespread the problem is…

Last year, between August and September you contributed to all the pollution recorded. If you were in a car, bus or train with a combustion engine — in fact, if you did virtually anything using electricity you produced nitrogen dioxide, a nasty-smelling, gaseous pollutant. In cities, almost all of it…

In 1993 NASA’s brightest minds were forced to concede defeat. They’d confronted a problem that even they couldn’t find a solution to: The wind. While trying to harness one of earth’s most volatile elements to power a future Mars rover, they were blown back to the US by the untameable gusts of Chile’s Atacama Desert. But where NASA failed, O-Wind was born…

Originally published in Dyson on: on.dyson.co.uk

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South America’s Atacama Desert is known for two things: dust and wind.

As Earth’s driest region, it’s an otherworldly place where barely anything lives — and nothing thrives. …

Every great invention of the modern age needed a patent to protect it from copycats. We’ve gathered some of the most interesting documents in the history of invention.

Originally published in Dyson on: on.dyson.co.uk

A patent gives its owner a legally-enforceable monopoly to their invention. The invention could be any new and inventive solution to a technical problem; whether it’s the humble paper clip to a new pharmaceutical to developments in AI or quantum computing.

Patents play an…

From the catchy tune your laptop plays as you wake it to the sharp bleating of a freezer door that’s been left open. Our technology is constantly communicating with us. But do we really understand the full extent of their usefulness?

We live in an increasingly noisy world. When we’re on the move, the phones in our pockets buzz, beep and ring, at work our computers play melodies when we turn them on and off, and even at home our kitchen appliances are an orchestra of alarms.

These are just a…

They way we spend money is changing. Less people use hard monetary currency than ever before and more transactions happen digitally every day. Does this mean the end for money?

Current accounts aren’t ‘cool’. People don’t wait excitedly outside a Natwest branch to receive their cash ISA. In fact, quite the opposite: normally the only time you see a queue outside a bank is after a financial disaster.

Nevertheless, over 14,550 people are waiting in a digital line for their…

From Gutenberg to Adobe’s invention of the PDF (and beyond)— how the world of publishing went from zero to 1 million-mph…

On 15th June 1993 Adobe Systems’ top-secret project Camelot was completed and released to the world. The product of this task-force’s three-years of work was the rather prosaically named, Portable Document Format — better known today simply as the PDF.

In version 1.0 users could add and edit text, images…

Cinemas hate Netflix. For years these gate keepers to the spectacular fantasies cooked up by Hollywood had it good. When a blockbuster was released there was only one place you could watch it. But as the film industry seemed to run out of ideas, streaming services like Netflix decided they’d start making films, not just buying them. Now the best new films and TV aren’t being made by big studios — and cinema owners are very unhappy.

Tim Richards, CEO of VUE, one of Britain’s biggest cinema chains, recently published an open letter to BAFTA moaning about the inclusion of Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar tipped film, Roma at their recent awards ceremony.

In his two-page letter he complains that while “Cuarón is an incredible filmmaker for whom [he…

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