Smart Dust: The Latest in Innovation

Douglas Nicol
July 23, 2018

Technology and innovation are evolving at speed. That’s we have partnered with global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright & digital transformation company RXP to deliver expert insight on what’s trending in the world of technology, data and innovation each month.But what on Earth is Smart Dust? The name refers to the very real and extraordinary dust-sized computers designed to be breathed in and monitor the human brain. No, we are not making that up.The mission of the Smart Dust Podcast is to give you brain-expanding ideas and perspectives to breathe in and apply to your daily and professional life. With industry-leading presenters, Nick Abrahams and Douglas Nicol, our podcast brings a perspective on technology, data and innovation you’ve never heard before.The podcast is available on iTunes and Spotify.The Peak of Content, 5G and Elon MuskAs usual, no shortage of important things to discuss in the world of tech and innovation:  5G is set to take effect, doubling our download speed and saving our battery life. But what does this mean for automotive, healthcare and of course, the NBN? But with faster speeds comes more content consumption and never have we had so much content choice. This month we ask the question, have we reached peak content? And finally, what the hell is happening with Elon Musk? And could the conspiracy theory that he is an alien be true?Find out on this month’s episode of Smart Dust.

The Magic of Quantum Computing The race to be the leader in Quantum Computing is in full-force – something that has been described as the 'space race' of our time. This month on Smart Dust, we explore what is Quantum computing? Who is winning the race? What problems will it solve? And could there be a Lex Luthor effect?

Facebook's Share Plunge, Ransom Hackers & the Solar T-ShirtIn this episode of Smart Dust, we question the future of social media as more than $119 billion is wiped off Facebook’s market value in just one day, the deep dark web of 16-year-old ransom hackers and three innovative projects that will shape our future and create more inclusive cities

The Future of WorkAll these movies about robots taking over the planet, might not be as far-fetched as they seem. A technological revolution is on its way, and we’re expecting it to disrupt 55% of jobs in the next 20 years. Is your job safe from the inevitable AI takeover?Is Quantum computing the answer to finding our inner creative and push us to ditch the menial tasks that drive us crazy. Or will this new way of working turn our way of thinking on its head?

eSports, Synthetic Voice & Smart CitiesThis month on Smart Dust we talk eSports, the global gaming competition projected to be worth $3 billion and an Olympic medal event. How MIT found a way to read our thoughts (creepy!). And finally, what in the world is smart cities?

GDPR. Traditional Retailers. Emotional AI & Robot Love.A lot is happening in the world. GDPR is set to take effect, where Barbara Streisand’s quest to be forgotten is ongoing. Amazon’s human-less supermarket is now open and it’s a somewhat magical place where’s it’s impossible to shoplift. And finally, Robot Love is now a thing, where people discarding human companionship in favour of the robot version that always listens and never argues.

Faceprints. Autonomous vehicles. Cryptocurrencies.At the Smart Dust podcast, we don’t drone on – we talk about them! In this episode, we chat about drones that deliver uses cases beyond just pizza, autonomous vehicles, how cryptocurrencies are changing business, and China’s use of facial recognition to stop jaywalkers in their tracks.

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Douglas Nicol
Douglas Nicol
Douglas is a digital, direct and CX marketer and self-confessed data nerd. He loves using data and technology to solve client problems and has a special passion for emerging technology including chatbots and voice. Douglas also co-hosts the tech and innovation podcast, Smartdust.

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