The Future of Central Bank Digital Currencies

The media cannot get enough of crypto. What started as a subject discussed in niche technology and finance outlets has become a global phenomenon, with crypto-related topics trending on social media and dominating the front page of prominent international outlets such as Financial Times, New York Times, Al Jazeera, and countless others. As we continue …

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Lithium-ion, hydrogen, and the future of mobility

If you had to pick which technology most defined the 20th century, you could do worse than choosing the internal combustion engine (ICE). Flight, construction, shipping, personal mobility – none would be possible in a recognisable way without it. Even so, while hydrocarbon engines have allowed us to travel further faster and build bigger, they …

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Can rail modernisation help to deliver net-zero goals?

Founder of the Institute for Emerging Technologies & Social Impact (ITSI) Guo Qiang discusses the future of transport in the UK. Britain is pursuing the simultaneous expansion, upgrade and decarbonisation of the country’s railways, as it strives to achieve its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Yet reports of plans to cut expenditure on the …

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Green hydrogen and the future of energy

The UK’s hopes of meeting greenhouse gas emission targets received a boost in late November when energy giant BP announced plans for a large-scale ‘green hydrogen’ production plant in northeast England. The facility, together with news of a key development in a major new clean hydrogen project in Egypt, underlines the confidence being placed in …

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Crypto Regulation Needs to Strike a Balance

India has become the latest country to clamp down on the trading of increasingly popular cryptocurrencies amid mounting international concern over their exploitation by criminals and potential impact on monetary policy. But while the misuse of these digital assets needs to be curbed, there’s concern that excessive regulation could undermine the sector’s decentralised appeal and …

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What the future of energy looks like post COP26

The fanfare around COP26 has come and gone, but the energy conversation remains at the top of everyone’s agenda. Following the vague promises of the final agreement, a result of India and China’s last-minute politicking, the question of what the future of energy looks like is still largely undefined. This period of reflection allows both …

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Green innovation vs bilateral cooperation: Why we need a planetary vision for climate change

At every turn, the development of sustainable technologies has met walls. Intellectual property, trade wars, regulations, energy diplomacy, geopolitics: if we’re going to avoid a climate disaster, we need to cooperate on a far greater scale. I am optimistic we can do it, but we must overcome a lack of planetary vision from the public and …

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The rise of cryptocurrency crime and what it means for regulation

While cryptocurrencies continue rising in popularity among retail investors, so too has the rise in crypto-related fraud continued to rise at an even faster pace. According to data by Pinsent Masons, 2021 is the fourth consecutive year that reports of cryptocurrency fraud have seen an increase of more than 100% year on year. In the UK, …

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A victim of hype? Think again—augmented reality is just getting started’

It would be easy to say that augmented reality (AR) already had its moment. The mixed-reality tech seemed to saturate the global market in 2016 through the popularity Pokémon Go and social media filters. However, as the so-called hype dies down in public knowledge, uncovering the real benefits of AR is an easier task. And …

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How a green recovery from COVID-19 can solve the global energy access crisis

Electricity is a crucial commodity of the 21st century. Discovered hundreds of years ago, electricity is ingrained in every aspect of our lives – whether it is heating or cooling our homes, lighting office buildings, running public transport, or powering the systems needed to manufacture everyday products. Individuals like myself have become so dependent on …

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How Emerging Technologies are Accelerating the Energy Transition

‘Energy efficiency’ and ‘energy transition’ – these two phrases are hot topics today. Used by individuals, corporations, and governments alike, these terms are at the forefront of the worldwide climate change debate. But what do they really mean for our environment, and can they benefit our world in other ways? Further, how are the emerging …

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Crypto Regulation needs to uphold the value of decentralization

Following China’s decision to make cryptocurrency transactions illegal, the West needs to think carefully about its own approach to crypto regulation. Crucially, this moment could represent an opportunity for the West to lead the crypto-sphere – but this can only be achieved with the right kind regulation. What might this look like? Last month, Gary …

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The role of technology in tackling climate change

As life reminds us daily, the power of technology is truly limitless. Ever since the industrial revolution began in the mid-19th century, our lives have continued to be enriched by a constant state of technological evolution, which have helped transform how we live, almost invariably for the better. It’s tough to imagine our lives today without …

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Formula 1 is here to stay

As a growing number of major automobile manufacturers pledge to invest their long-term future in road cars that are 100% electric, including Mercedes, McLaren, Ferrari, Renault, and Aston Martin, the question of what will happen to some of these brands’ leading Formula 1 team becomes increasingly pressing. In October last year Honda, which supplies engines …

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Blockchain hasn’t lived up to its potential yet—here’s why

Say the word ‘blockchain’ and most will think of Elon Musk and Dogecoin, or the NFT craze that swept the internet, churning out fan tokens and capitalising on noughties memes. But these are just distractions to the real power of blockchain. At its core a decentralized public ledger system, the technology within will fundamentally alter …

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The future of spaceflight depends on a private-public consortium

The year 2021 might be remembered as the year in which the space race gained a new lease of life. But rather than nation-states competing for global hegemony, it is being played out as a battle of private interests – namely, which corporation will hold the bragging rights of getting humanity back to the moon. …

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Smart cities are the future, but how will they be governed?

This summer, the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance celebrated its 2-year anniversary in working towards the UN’s Sustainable Goal 11 to”make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” A global conversation on smart cities is needed more than ever – with the adverse impact of the global pandemic having made these goals more difficult to attain …

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