A borderless account

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TransferWise acts as a secure intermediary in an international bank to bank money transfer. You can pay with a bank transfer, debit and credit card. They charge a low and transparent transfer fee and convert your money at the mid-market exchange rate. The service particularly appeals to expats for payments internationally. www.transferwise.com

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A robot designed to do inspections

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The CSIRO robot called Zee uses six legs, each with spider-like joints, as a platform for a streaming camera and real-time 3D scanning. It’s capable of changing the direction of the camera using the motors in each leg joint – making it perfectly suited for inspection tasks. It can traverse completely novel environments with relative ease. https://blog.csiro.au/lasers-legs-robots/

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‘Miracle’ Mineral That Could Make Internet 1,000-times Faster

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A rare mineral discovered in Russia in the 1830’s could hold the key to boosting internet speeds 1,000 times faster than today. The mineral, perovskite, has a number of incredible properties. Perovskite (CaTiO3) is a calcium titanium oxide mineral. While scientists have known about the mineral for quite some time, researchers continue to find useful characteristics of this mineral. The mineral can use light instead of electricity to transfer data, allowing transfer speeds 1,000 times faster than current technology. This inexpensive and simple way to transfer data presents a multitude of opportunities to transform our digital lives in the future. https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/11/27/scientists-discover-miracle-mineral-that-could-make-internet-1000-times-faster

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Tobacco companies forced to tell the truth in advertising

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Major American cigarette manufacturers are now publishing anti-smoking ads to correct the misleading statements they made over many years about the effects of smoking, a move that complies with a court order filed in 2006. The ads explain that smoking kills and cigarettes are intentionally designed to get people addicted. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/big-tobaccos-anti-smoking-ads-begin-after-decade-of-delay/2017/11/21/8841d418-ce82-11e7-a87b-47f14b73162a_story.html

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Can “graphene” unlock clean, limitless energy?

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Physicists just found a loophole in graphene that could unlock clean, limitless energy. New research into graphene has discovered a physical phenomenon on an atomic scale that could be exploited as a way to produce a virtually limitless supply of clean energy. A team of physicists led by researchers from the University of Arkansas discovered that a single ten micron by ten micron piece of graphene could produce ten microwatts of power. It’s already being touted as a building block for future conductors. Perhaps we’ll also be seeing it as a source of future electrical power. http://www.sciencealert.com/graphene-levy-flights-limitless-power-future-electronic-devices

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The world’s first Ai-driven healthcare service.

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GP at Hand is an app-based primary care service in London that offers video consultations 24/7 and face to face appointments. It uses technology provided by Babylon Health. Their purpose is to “put an accessible and affordable health service in the hands of every person on earth.“ They promise that patients will be able to book an appointment within seconds via a smartphone app and have a video consultation with a GP typically within under two hours of booking “anytime, anywhere”. Those who need it can then see a GP face to face within 48 hours at one of six sites across London. https://www.babylonhealth.com/

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A pool that prevents drowning

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This pool converts into a miniature Dead Sea, with the difference that it has no hint of salt You can swim in with the peace of mind that you will never sink. This invention is already in use in pools around the world, including in hotels. The special system, has a density thirty times that of normal water. The water contains a “secret” formula based on natural products, among which are conventional detergents or shampoos, which makes it harmless. https://juicylinksmag.com/2017/11/05/former-nasa-worker-inve

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An empathetic customer service agent

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AVA chatbot is an ideal customer service agent: empathetic, patient and unflappable under pressure. AVA, which stands for Autodesk Virtual Agent, was designed by New Zealand AI startup Soul Machines to have “emotions” and a virtual “nervous system” to listen to customers’ voices and respond to queries with humanlike precision. Ava can understand what the customer is asking for and even if they need to direct the customer to a human agent. https://www.soulmachines.com/

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A new way to see fashion

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Augmented reality start-up, HoloMe, has created a holographic version of the catwalk show which can appear anywhere, including in the street. A hologram is a photographic recording of a light field, rather than of an image formed by a lens, and it’s used to display a fully three-dimensional image of the holographed subject against any background. Models wearing fashion from the new British brand RIXO were captured in augmented reality using HoloMe’s software solution, which automatically processes visual inputs for the creation of high quality, life-like holograms which you can see on your smartphone, providing you with a front row seat to your own personal fashion show, on demand. http://holome.co.uk/

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