Exponential Technology Report - 9 June 2020

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Want To Fly? You’ll Need This Blockchain-Backed Health Passport

To travel internationally shortly you won’t just need a paper passport; you’ll need a digital one. This will be a smartphone app—secured by blockchain protocols—that certifies you’re not infected with COVID-19.

This is one of the takeaways from a webinar held on June 5 with Cristina Del Río Fresen of the Canary Islands. The leader of the Ministry of Tourism’s Global Tourism Safety Lab told travel industry executives and journalists on the Zoom call that a July flight from Madrid to the Canary Islands will be a world first: it will test a digital health passport app that will use data from health authorities to certify that travelers are free of COVID-19. Read article

Combat drone to compete against piloted plane

The US Air Force will pit an advanced autonomous aircraft against a piloted plane in a challenge set for July 2021.

The project could eventually lead to unpiloted fighter aircraft that use artificial intelligence (AI).

Lt Gen Jack Shanahan, head of the Pentagon's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, called the test a "bold, bold idea".

Air Force Magazine also described the development of autonomous fighter jets as a "big Moonshot" for the military. Read article

Solar costs have fallen 82% since 2010

The levelized cost of energy generated by large scale solar plants is around $0.068/kWh, compared to $0.378 ten years ago and the price fell 13.1% between 2018 and last year alone, according to figures released by the International Renewable Energy Agency.

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