Friday Futures: aerosol nanobots, plastic eating bugs and TV hats

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of  The Future from around the web. This week: aerosols deliver nanobots; a lake under Mars; Nuclear 2.0; super volcanos; dumb chatbots and plastic munching soil bugs.

They just created an aerosol that delivers nanobots

You may have sworn off aerosol sprays in the ’90s when everyone was talking about the hole in the ozone layer, but a team of researchers from MIT has found a use for aerosols that could be good for both the environment and our health. Read more…

Cool! Soil bugs can eat plastic

Thin mulch films made of polyethylene are used in agriculture in numerous countries, where they cause extensive soil contamination. Researchers have now identified an alternative: films made of the polymer PBAT biodegrade in soils. Read more…

Here comes Nuclear 2.0

Simon Irish saw that countries around the globe needed to build a boggling amount of clean-power projects to replace their fossil fuel infrastructure, while also providing enough energy for rising demand from China, India, and other rapidly growing countries. Read more…

The super volcano in Yellowstone is not what you think

Scientists have long thought that Yellowstone Caldera, part of the Rocky Mountains and located mostly in Wyoming, is powered by heat from the Earth’s core, similar to most volcanoes such as the recently active Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. However,…

Now we have weird – no, wait – bendable, wearable TV

Shenzhen-based ultra-thin flexible display maker Royole demonstrated during the World Cup that watching soccer games on goods such as hats and clothes is now a reality. Read more…

There is a lake under the surface of Mars – a big one

It’s official. There is liquid water on Mars. And not just a little, either. A research team led by Roberto Orosei, a professor at the University of Bologna, has detected a lake of liquid water 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) wide about 1.5 kilometers (.9 miles) below the surface of Mars’ southern ice cap. Read more…

Now, they are making chatbots dumb so they can talk to us

Tech giants have been trying to one-up each other to make the most intelligent chatbot out there. Landbot, a one-year-old Spanish tech startup, is taking a different approach: it’s making a chatbot-builder for businesses that does the bare minimum, and nothing more. Read more…

Video: enabling AI to make better diagnoses. Watch now…

(Compiled by Alex Leslie, edited by John C. Tanner)

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Alex was Founder and CEO of the Global Billing Association (GBA), a trade body focused on the communications sector. He is a sought after speaker and chairman at leading industry conferences, and is widely published in communications magazines around the world. Until it closed, he was Contributing Editor, OSS/BSS for Connected Planet. He is publisher at DisruptiveViews.

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