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There seems to be more to learn today than ever before. Every day there’s another tech being launched, another acronym to learn only to be replaced by a different acronym days later. Long Story Short is a series sifting through the nonsense and providing you with a go-to-glossary that makes your world much more simple, even when the rest of it is not.

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What is Boston Dynamics?

The robotic dogs from the “Metalhead” episode of Black Mirror aired in 2017 are not entirely the fruit of the imagination of its screenwriters: very similar four-legged robots are actually one of the most cutting-edge products of Boston Dynamics, a company which is making your most terrifying robotic nightmares come true.

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What is the Future of Sex?

Sex and the ways in which we become intimate are changing, but for better or for worse?

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What is Asteroid Mining?

As the increasing demand for on-earth natural resources is set to reach the dead end of their finiteness, what seemed to be a harebrained idea meant for science fiction might end up being crucial to our future as a species.

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What is Transhumanism?

Transhumanism is a loosely defined movement that has developed gradually over the past three decades. It is centred around the belief that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science and technology.

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What is Smart Dust?

Smart Dust is a system of many tiny microelectromechanical systems such as sensors, robots, or other devices, that can detect light, temperature, vibration, magnetism, chemicals and other stimuli.

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What Are Deep Fakes?

Deep fake, a portmanteau of "deep learning" and "fake", is an artificial intelligence-based human image synthesis technique. It is used to combine and superimpose existing images and videos onto source images or videos.

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What are Synthetic Embryos?

Synthetic embryos are embryos which are created without fertilization​.

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What is Shadow Banning?

What is the purpose of Social Media? Recognition and reach. So, what if a social network removes a user's recognition and reach without their knowledge? This, in effect, is shadow banning.

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What is IOTA?

Another day, another cryptocurrency. In seemingly endless supply these days, cryptocurrencies are taking the world by storm, and with each new instalment, we see more regulation, wider adoption, and increased hype around why this is the economy of the future.

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What is the AI Black Box Problem?

Artificial Intelligence’s black box problem is the unsettling realisation that we do not fully understand why the algorithms behind AI act the way they do. As these algorithms continue to permeate our lives with increased vigour, this is a problem which we cannot continue to ignore.

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What is UBI?

Universal Basic Income has the potential to ignite the flames of an age of creativity and abundance, a utopia of leisure and free time. But it is can also be used as a model for meaninglessness, a dystopian fugue state for humanity. This LSS explores a new model that has wide-ranging support from all sides of the political spectrum.

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What is the WeChat Ecosystem?

The WeChat ecosystem is the herculean cross-functionality of what was once a humble messaging app.

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What is BIoT?

Blockchain Internet of Things (BIoT) is a viable answer to the ongoing security concerns faced by IoT.

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What is General Data Protection Regulation?

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals in the EU. It is set to be implemented on 25 May 2018.

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What is Design Thinking?

Design Thinking is a method for creative and practical problem-solving that finds its roots in a plethora of subjects ranging from Architecture, Engineering and Business.

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WHAT IS LIDAR?

Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR as many of us know it, is one of the most crucial pieces of hardware behind the success of self-driving cars.

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What is Machine Learning?

Machine Learning (ML) is the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that equips machines with the capability to learn behaviours without being explicitly programmed to do so.

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What is Direct-to-Consumer?

Direct-to-Consumer is the establishment of more transparent, quick and more concise supply channels that cut out the middlemen and provide a more robust customer experience.

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What is Predictive Policing?

Predictive policing is the use of analytics and mathematical techniques to predict crime before it even occurs.

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What is Blockchain?

Blockchains are tamper-resistant means of keeping records, linked and secured through the use of cryptography.

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What is an ICO?

An Initial Coin Offering (ICO) is a crowdsourcing mechanism that is now at the heart of the blockchain discussion.

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What is Net Neutrality?

Net neutrality is the principle that all data is equal and must be treated so accordingly by Internet Service Providers.

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What is Quantum Computing?

Quantum computing is the next stage in humanity's computational capability that uses the logic behind quantum-mechanical phenomena to increase our computational speeds to that which the world has never known.

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What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects computers and restricts their access to files, often threatening permanent data destruction unless a ransom is paid.

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What is CRISPR?

CRISPR-Cas9 is a genome-editing tool that is faster, cheaper and more accurate than previous techniques of editing DNA.

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What is Li-Fi?

Li-Fi is a new form of data transmission that travels across the visible light spectrum. It is faster, safer and has zero levels of electromagnetic interference – meaning it can be used in places it is unsafe to use Wi-Fi.

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What is Transportation-as-a-Service?

MaaS is the turning away from personally owned forms of transportation and the steering toward mobility solutions as a form of consumable service.