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Emoji in business. When is it okay?

250 million emoji are posted online every month, but that doesn't mean that smilies and winky faces are appropriate in the office. Some experts believe there's a time and a place for emoji.

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This Startup wants to upload your brain to the cloud

A startup is working on a technology that could allow people to digitally upload their minds, but the science of the project and its aims are attracting criticism from experts in the field.

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The Home of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Dubai continues to push innovation and adopt the latest technologies in its attempt to align itself with the philosophies and practices of the fourth Industrial Revolution.

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Make No Bones about It: The story of cryogenics

Freezing a person’s brain and bringing them back from the dead could one day be more than just a Hollywood fantasy, according to some experts. But there are still plenty of challenges to overcome if scientists are to succeed in making cryogenics a reality.

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Financial Investment Pushes Fusion Technology Closer to Reality

The possibility of abundant, zero-carbon energy has been given a major boost thanks to a collaboration between MIT and private energy company CFS.

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Data, Startups and the Future of Banking

New European legislation is changing the world of banking, with Fintech startups challenging traditional financial service business. But some experts have concerns over the effect this will have on customers’ security.

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The Trump Administration’s Plans for 5G Internet

Reports that the Trump administration is planning to construct its own nationalized 5G network have led to concerns about Internet freedom for both telcos and users.

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AR Could Be the Future of Surgery

Scientists believe that AR and VR technology could revolutionize surgery, resulting in better training methods and fewer errors in the operating theater.

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Branding a Nation: Marketing on a global scale

Nation and place branding has become an increasingly popular tool with policy makers around the world, but the concept has some high-profile detractors who suggest it’s little more than hot air.

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Amazon and the Convenience Crusade

Amazon’s grocery delivery service is part of the company’s wider strategy to spread beyond e-commerce, but previous attempts suggest it might not be as simple as they would hope.

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Professor Mike Caine on How Technology Is Changing Sports

Technology is becoming increasingly important in sports. Teams use it to track emerging players, and players use it to up their game. There’s no arguing with the results.

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The Wooden Skyscrapers of the Future

Wooden skyscrapers are making building quicker and more environmentally friendly. Architects are getting excited about a new timber, which is different from straight-up wood.

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The Experimental Era of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is expected to give businesses a boost, increasing business profits and producing $11 trillion in savings and revenues annually by 2025.

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The Fridge Says It’s Out of Milk

Connected kitchens could make sure households never run out of staples. And that’s not all – manufacturers are trying to make the refrigerator a home hub for planning and playing.

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How Do You Watch Your Sports?

Technology is affecting how fans watch sports. Social media giants are competing with traditional broadcasters, and online streaming could be the reason why fewer people are going to stadiums to watch games.

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Invisible Wearables and AI Analysis: The future of tech in sports

Technology is transforming sports. Innovative companies are coming up with even more strange and wonderful ways to improve player performance and the viewing experience.

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How to Build an Astronaut

Genetic modification may be the key to adapting people for life in Outer Space, some scientists say. They imagine a future full of people ready for the atmosphere on Mars.

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Coding for Kids

Kids are trading camping for coding, and learning its foundations before they even hit kindergarten. Screen time is on the rise, but the question remains – will it actually help prepare them for tomorrow’s economy?

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Virtual Reality and the Silver Screen

Virtual reality is increasingly making inroads in the arts. In an Academy Awards first, a VR experience that puts the viewer in an immigrant’s shoes won an Oscar last year.

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2050: An insight into a new type of consciousness

New research presented at this year's World Government Summit in Dubai suggests that in the future humans will communicate telepathically via a collective AI consciousness.

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AI, Data and the Battle against Climate Change

Some experts believe that AI is a key tool in our battle against climate change, and vital in managing the systems used to measure energy consumption.

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How 3D Printing Could Save the Great Barrier Reef

3D printing is being used to create prosthetic coral that could help to rebuild sections of the Great Barrier Reef, which has lost more than half of its coral since 1985.

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How Eggplants Are Saving the Autonomous Car Industry

PPG Industries Inc. is working on a paint that help cars stay cooler, and it’s taking inspiration from the eggplant, which is kept naturally cool by its deep purple color.

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VR/AR: More than just toys

Virtual and augmented reality are becoming tools for the masses. Although adoption has been slower than expected, VR applications are already abundant.

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The Rise and Risks of Ancestry Tests

Around 12 million people have had their DNA analyzed, with new services and products being offered to consumers, like Vinome, which uses DNA to predict wine preferences.

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How AI in Advertising Really Works

Industry leaders are saying that AI in advertising isn’t up to scratch yet, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an increasingly important tool used in marketing agencies around the world.

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Drone Domination: The company looking to rule the skies

The drone hardware manufacturing market is currently ruled by Chinese company DJI, recently valued at $10bn, which has three-quarters of the consumer drone market share.

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How Blockchain Will Make Sure You’re Still You

Data for sale? Not with blockchain. It has the potential to help cut identity theft by allowing people to encrypt their personal information and release parts when relevant.

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Blockchain Is More Than Just a Buzzword

Blockchain is picking up steam. It’s making its way into the public consciousness, not to mention the headlines, because of its decentralized nature and peer-to-peer distribution.

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4 Unorthodox Uses of Blockchain You’ll See in 2018

This year could be Blockchain’s big break, when it is applied outside of finance more broadly to disrupt other industries, including diamonds, fishing and newable energy.

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VR and the Dawn of a New Artistic Era

Gallerists and artists are blurring the lines between VR technology and creative projects. Two of the world’s biggest contemporary art museums lead the way.

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VR and the Future of R&D

Virtual reality has recently emerged as an effective tool in research and development, meaning companies can save millions by testing new products – virtually.

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LA Olympic 2028: The story that technology will tell

Advancing technologies may play center-stage at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, not only improving athletes’ performances but also how audiences around the world engage with the games.

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How Drones Are Helping the Fight against Climate Change

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been making the move from military purposes to commercial use. Now it’s on to helping improve the environment.

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How Can Governments Regulate the Latest Innovations?

Governments have been slow in legislating innovation – Uber and others, however, these days are facing retrospective action and restrictions.

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How AR Could Usher in the Age of the Autonomous Vehicle

Driverless cars are rolling this way, with Google’s autonomous vehicle expected by 2020 and Tesla’s sooner. Now they just have to get the market on board.

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The Government’s Struggle against Cutting-Edge Innovation

Governments have a long history of struggling to regulate against industry disruptors, but are now showing more signs of cracking down on innovative companies.

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AR and the Future of Storytelling

Publishers want to use augmented reality to get people’s attention. Instead of just reading text alone, users can experience storytelling in more dimensions than ever before.

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AR Branching into Apps

The AR industry is on the rise thanks to tech giants such as Apple and Google investing in the technology, and the industry is set to continue its growth in the years to come.

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Fitness of the Future: Charge your phone on the move

Body heat could help combat the global energy crisis. The technology is still in the works, but holds promise for a new kind of energy generation.

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Would You Chow Down on a Robot-Made Salad?

The cafeteria just got more interesting. A robot could be serving up salads in places where it’s not possible to staff service around the clock. Sally the Salad Robot is giving it a try.

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Babel Fish is now a reality with translation direct into your ear

Google’s new earbuds are trying to take translation by storm – they’ve got access to Google Translate software, which has some 40 languages available. And they’re not the only ones. Microsoft is also trying to make on-the-go translation a reality.

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Through the Lens: A look at the future of photography

2D lenses are coming, and they could change photography as it’s understood today. Its implications range far and wide, including for smartphones, which could become thinner as camera thicknesses shrink.

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The AI Tech That’s Giving Spotify the Edge over Apple

Spotify’s tie-up with machine learning startup Niland has gotten users excited about the possibilities for further tailoring streaming music on demand and given Spotify a possible edge over competitor Apple.

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Supermarket on Wheels and the Big Revolution in Retail

Instead of consumers going to the store, the store could come to them. An AI-driven supermarket that can be summoned by app and offer mobile purchasing is in the works. It’s one of a number of services that are moving toward being offered on the go.

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How AI Could Lead to the World’s First Pilotless Plane in 2018

Boeing is readying self-flying planes, with AI systems set to man the cockpit for the duration of the flights. That’s one way to address the expected need for a million plus pilots in the next two decades.

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A Translator’s Steady but Skeptical Relationship with Technology

As the number of people employed in translation and interpretation continues to rise, the conversation continues about whether man or machine is the industry’s future.

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Babies, Start Your Engines

What do newborn babies and racing technology have in common? For one thing, helping people get places safely. Formula One racing technology is helping sick babies get where they need to go.

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Future of Brain Computer Interfaces: An Interview

This year has seen a number of mammoth organizations – including Facebook, Neuralink and Kernel – announce their intentions to further the field of brain-computer interface (BCI).

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Police Protection of the Future: Robots to the ready

Watch out, Dubai – small, autonomous vehicles are taking control of your police force. Equipped with drones to get in and out of tight spaces, the cars can drive themselves, or be controlled by police officers from afar. Singapore-based Otsaw Digital is making it possible.

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Will any of the major players in Telepathic Technology succeed?

Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) has been one of the top trending issues of 2017, with some of the biggest players in the technology space competing to turn science-fiction into reality.

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