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Drone hunting with a laser
Posted: 30 August 2015  
Security agencies are terrified of drones that might be used to carry explosives or worse. Boeing showed off a laser cannon that can bring them down.
Welcome to the World, Drone-Killing Laser Cannon
30 August 2015
The new portable weapon system is more like burning ants with a really expensive magnifying glass than obliterating Alderaan.
MindBullet logo DRONE HUNTING GOES VIRAL
Bullet-proof paint creates need for cyber weapons
Dateline: 27 August 2017
Since the development of bullet-proof paint two years ago, drone manufacturers were quick to protect their products from the 'drone hunters' who typically ...
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Tesla in its own league
Posted: 28 August 2015  
Fascinating to see how the new generation of exponential players are rewriting the rules of business.
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Headline envy
Posted: 27 August 2015  
Four years after our MindBullet on this subject, the Economist uses the same headline we did. OK, I know there is no copyright on titles, but it's quite satisfying to see a great publication (which we admire) following our lead!
The Great Fall of China
27 August 2015
ONCE the soundtrack to a financial meltdown was the yelling of traders on the floor of a financial exchange. Now it is more likely to be the wordless hum ...
MindBullet logo THE GREAT FALL OF CHINA
China's ghost cities stay empty as the artificial bubble bursts
Dateline: 8 August 2018
It was as inevitable as China's rise to the position of the most powerful economy in the world. Now it looks as though that title will return to the United ...
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DRONE HUNTING GOES VIRAL
Published on: 27 August 2015   1 Comment
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Bullet-proof paint creates need for cyber weapons
Dateline: 27 August 2017
Since the development of bullet-proof paint two years ago, drone manufacturers were quick to protect their products from the 'drone hunters' who typically shot them down at every opportunity, using special shotgun cartridges called "dronemunition." Drone hunting goes beyond vandalism. Many people feel drones are a threat to their privacy, trespassing on their individual rights, so why not shoot them down? So what if they're legal, or even helping the police and city managers, performing useful ...
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Banking challenges from China - even after Black Monday!
Posted: 26 August 2015  
Developments and innovation in banking is gaining speed and impact and much of the exciting new innovation is emanating form China. Will this be a clarion call to the the big banks of the West or will it fizzle and die? I would not bet on that!
Will bank developments in China lead to a global banking revolution? [Part One]
26 August 2015
I recently found some exceptional insights into how China is leading the world of banking, as we saw the opening of digital banks WeBank and MYBank.  If ...
MindBullet logo "A DONKEY COULD DELIVER CHEQUES FASTER THAN BANKS CAN DEPOSIT MONEY INTO CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS"
In this high-tech age why does your money still travel at a snail’s pace?
Dateline: 12 February 2009
That May 2005 statement from Ed Mayo of the UK's National Consumer Council certainly started a revolution in banking practice and has speeded up money ...
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More news on AI and its all adding up to be exciting
Posted: 26 August 2015  
Where will all these developments lead to in the next few years? More than likely it will enable utility greater than you ever imagined!
Top 10 Machine Learning APIs: AT&T Speech, IBM Watson, Google Prediction
26 August 2015
Article highlighting the top 10 machine learning APIs on ProgrammableWeb. API capabilities include image tagging, speech recognition and predictive ...
MindBullet logo TAKE TWO ASPIRIN AND WE'LL GOOGLE YOU IN THE MORNING
Another blow for traditional health care as virtual doctors rule
Dateline: 26 May 2012
It all started way back in 2008 with consolidating patient records. Next came online medical consultations. And now the latest revolution in health ...
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The AI war is hotting up!
Posted: 26 August 2015  
As a former business executive with an amazing PA (the only thing I miss from my former corporate life), I sure could do with a really smart AI enabled assistant! The speed with which these capabilities are developing is interesting...maybe I will soon be blessed with an 'Annette' or 'Sophia' on my phone?
Facebook Is Adding A Personal Assistant Called “M” To Your Messenger App
26 August 2015
We've been hearing rumblings that Facebook was working on an "assistant" within Messenger (along with others), but today we've gotten the details that pull ...
MindBullet logo iPA, YOU KNOW MY EVERY MOVE
Virtual PA re-writes the rules of office efficiency
Dateline: 14 November 2014
At the annual Service Excellence Awards banquet in New York, Electra Speed, a virtual personal assistant from Virgin Stars, won the top honour against ...
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Hacking a fridge
Posted: 26 August 2015  
It had to happen. First they hacked a Jeep via WiFi and now they're doing to your fridge! Don't say we didn't warn you, haha.
Samsung smart fridge exposes Gmail login details to attackers
26 August 2015
Hackers have successfully extracted login details for Google's Gmail email service from a Samsung smart fridge. The details were unveiled at the recent ...
MindBullet logo THINGS HOLD HUMANS TO RANSOM
A rash of incidents floods the world's networks
Dateline: 11 June 2019
I still remember at the turn of the millennium when the 'Internet of Things' seemed to be such a benevolent business opportunity. There were going to be ...
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Nuclear proof robots clean up
Posted: 26 August 2015  
When it's too dangerous for human workers to clean up toxic spills, or radiation leaks like Fukushima, then it's time to send in the robots. Now the British are finally getting to grips with Sellafield, which was the site of the world's first nuclear disaster, the Windscale fire more than 50 years ago. Much of remains of that blowup have not been touched because of the high radiation levels. ...
How Sellafield's radiation-proof robots do our dirty work - BBC News
26 August 2015
Cleaning up Sellafield's nuclear waste is a difficult and dangerous job for humans, so robots of different shapes and sizes are being recruited to do the ...
MindBullet logo LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
Google's robots do the heavy lifting, drive the dump trucks and haul the garbage
Dateline: 17 July 2018
Now that Google has become the leading developer of robots, including humanoid robots, we can leave them to do all the unpleasant, dangerous, and boring ...
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Teaching robots
Posted: 25 August 2015  
In this MindBullet we talked about robots that were essentially dumb when you got them, but they could download whatever they needed to know from the 'Robot Internet.' That is in the future, but already today, robots can learn tasks by reading about them on the web!
Robots Learn from the Web
25 August 2015
Researchers at a European project are teaching robots to use written text to learn how to perform tasks.
MindBullet logo ROBOEARTH TAXES THE MACHINES
With robots paying labour tax, the 99% can be as idle and as comfortable as the elites
Dateline: 4 July 2025
We're living in the age of abundance. The age of the algorithm. The age of... well, automated utopia. Who would have thought that this soon, with machines ...
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How to live forever!
Posted: 24 August 2015  
"Who wants to live forever," sang Freddy Mercury years ago. Immortality has always been a human obsession. Well, now you CAN live forever...digitally, that is!
Eter9 social network learns your personality so it can post as you when you're dead
24 August 2015
New site Eter9 promises digital immortality using a kind of artificial intelligence to scan your posts.
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Connectivity changing Africa lives
Posted: 24 August 2015  
We so often encounter what we call "toxic assumptions" from the corporate antibodies we find inside big companies...the ones who can give you a dozen reasons why things will never work. You've all heard them, you all know them and out advice is always the same: find them, isolate them and get rid of them! They suck the air from the room!
One of the most consistent toxic assumptions we ...
'Telephone farmers' reaping the benefits of agri-tech - BBC News
24 August 2015
Small-scale farmers in Kenya are using a range of technologies to help them choose and manage their crops more efficiently, boosting incomes and productivity.
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THINGS HOLD HUMANS TO RANSOM
Posted: 13 August 2015   1 Comment
was the smoke Illusion or real?
Did you “the culprit” managed to open the car doors?
i need to get to the end of this story so that we know what was pluged into your house to release that smoke. is it only hackeng or Blackmail of some sort.

the only way to avoid the coercion is to know how they do it so that we avoid it as it will obviosly not stop ...
MindBullet logo THINGS HOLD HUMANS TO RANSOM
A rash of incidents floods the world's networks
Dateline: 11 June 2019
I still remember at the turn of the millennium when the 'Internet of Things' seemed to be such a benevolent business opportunity. There were going to be 1000 times more 'things' connected to the internet than humans, and that was going to be great for business. Well, the 'Internet of Things' is truly here. Almost every physical object has some sort of digital content embedded in it. Some are ...
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World's wealthiest lose $182-billion
Posted: 24 August 2015  
Here's a different perspective on the current market rout in Chinese equities...the impact on the world's richest 400 people. They've lost a mere $182bn....but that's only a drop in the ocean of their collective wealth, which tops $3-trillion, more than the total value of the drop in Chinese stocks. Make you think....
World's richest people lose $182bn as market rout deepens | International | Moneyweb Today
24 August 2015
Friday’s losses put the world’s richest 400 into the red for the year to date.
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Any bets that Hyperloop be a real project soon?
Posted: 20 August 2015  
One thing we have learnt from Elon Musk it that whilst he may not be a nice guy he is a seriously driven individual, with massive dreams, that he seems to make real!
So Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Is Actually Getting Kinda Serious
20 August 2015
New partnerships with two major companies validate one effort to make Elon Musk's dream happen for real.
MindBullet logo THE FINAL (BUSINESS) FRONTIER
Space tourism and satellite launches compete for profits
Dateline: 27 September 2015
The race to launch a successful private space business has been won - and the victor, surprisingly, is not Virgin's Sir Richard Branson, but a 40-year-old ...
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THE NEW 007 IS A HERO IN CHINA
Published on: 20 August 2015  
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Chen Bond shows up the villains as degenerate westerners
Dateline: 8 August 2019
The latest Bond movie has been released, and it may shock some fans of the British spy series that the hero is Chinese and the arch villain is American. Funded almost entirely by Alibaba Entertainment, the movie was bound to echo the changing balance of power between east and west. But to feature a Chinese actor as the hero - his character went to Eton and Oxford before being recruited by MI6 - is perhaps a stretch too far. Not for China; movie-goers from Beijing to Tianjin are mad about the new ...
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Google moving in
Posted: 19 August 2015  
Google clearly wants to control, or at least dominate, the internet of things in your home. The Nest thermostat was the thin edge of the wedge, now Google is launching a super cool Wi-Fi router - a hub by name and design, for future connections.

This is not quite the scenario portrayed by the MindBullet we published a couple of years ago, but definitely a step in that direction! ...
Google launches OnHub, a simple, expensive Wi-Fi router
19 August 2015
Hate your finicky Wi-Fi router? Google does too, apparently.
MindBullet logo GOOGLE STAGES A HOME INVASION
With Google Screen you get more than just television, broadband and games
Dateline: 26 August 2015
Google has launched its pay TV service, with regular television channels on a broadband connection. But unlike 'on demand' services, this is an entirely ...
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Austerity really bites!
Posted: 18 August 2015  
Now here's REAL proof that the world is in an austerity phase!
Finextra news: Austerity bites for the Tooth Fairy - Visa
18 August 2015
Finextra: How much is a lost tooth worth? Significantly less than two years ago, according to Visa's annual Tooth Fairy survey, which has been published to promote a new app and Facebook calculator for guilt-tripped parents.
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Ransomware for Windows 10
Posted: 18 August 2015  
Just a week before we published our MindBullet on ransomware and the Internet of Things, some enterprising criminals spoofed an early upgrade to Windows 10 to extort money from impatient users. A cautionary tale indeed, and a good reason to take the time and do a full system backup before installing any major upgrade - just in case!
New Windows 10 scam will encrypt your files for ransom
18 August 2015
A cautionary tale in being patient, and not skipping the line.
MindBullet logo THINGS HOLD HUMANS TO RANSOM
A rash of incidents floods the world's networks
Dateline: 11 June 2019
I still remember at the turn of the millennium when the 'Internet of Things' seemed to be such a benevolent business opportunity. There were going to be ...
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Space tower
Posted: 18 August 2015  
People have long dreamed of a space elevator, a cable connecting the surface to a geostationary satellite in orbit. While theoretically possible, the practicalities have never been overcome. A cable that long just wouldn't support even its own weight.

Now a Canadian company has filed a patent for a free-standing tower that is high enough to launch into space with a single stage rocket. Having ...
Patented 'space elevator' may put astronauts into orbit
18 August 2015
Canadian company given US patent for pneumatically pressurised 20km-high tower from which astronauts would be launched.
MindBullet logo SPACE TOWER NEARS COMPLETION
The 22km lattice beam construction reaches twice as high as a jetliner
Dateline: 8 October 2030
Possibly the greatest example of innovation on a grand scale this century, the Space Tower has been 18 years in the making, and would not have been ...
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