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Paying for the intelligent web
Posted: 25 May 2015  
When everything is connected, and the drones, sensors, cameras and other devices are talking to one another, intelligently, and providing useful real-time feedback to a number of people, communities and businesses, who pays for the computing power, bandwidth and ultimately electric power that these things need to keep functioning?
If there's central control determining the allocation of ...
Meet Ether, The Bitcoin-Like Cryptocurrency That Could Power The Internet Of Things
25 May 2015
At CES this past January, IBM researcher Veena Pureswaran described the company's joint plan with Samsung to get home appliances to exchange cryptocurrency ...
Sensors and gadgets clamour to be heard
Dateline: 13 May 2024
After all these years, we're still stuck with basic artificial intelligence. AI has not matured to the 'general' level, where machines are as smart as ...
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A World with smarter decisions
Posted: 23 May 2015  
As the promise of AI and cognitive systems grows we can look forward to smarter decisions all round. Will intelligence become ubiquitous and what does that do to competitive advantage?
The CEO of IBM just made a bold prediction about the future of artificial intelligence
23 May 2015
Watson is doing much more than Jeopardy! these days.
Super Artificial Intelligence agent thinks it's a real person
Dateline: 7 January 2019
You may recall the movie 'Her' where the lead character falls hopelessly in love with his virtual girlfriend Samantha. She returns his love, even though ...
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Wealthy healthy
Posted: 22 May 2015  
More wealthy people can generally afford better healthcare. Wearables will democratize personal health information, but will they bring better health to ordinary people, or just provide more revenue for big corporations?
Amid the flood of wearable devices, a movement to quantify lifestyles is evolving into big business
22 May 2015
Spearheaded by the flood of wearable devices, a movement to quantify consumers’ lifestyles is evolving into big business with immense health and privacy ...
Apple Watch sales fill doctors' surgeries with the worried-well
Dateline: 1 April 2017
There's a new disease plaguing the technoscenti, and it's overloading the doctors. It's called "smart-watch sickness" or even "Chronocondria." Over 200 ...
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Printing skin
Posted: 22 May 2015  
Skin can be cultured in the lab and used to treat burns and other injuries. But how much more efficient to just print it out with a bio-printer? One day we might be able to simply print the skin directly onto our bodies to cover wounds or surgery!
L'Oreal's Plan to Start 3D Printing Human Skin
22 May 2015
The French cosmetics giant, which has long produced skin, now wants to automate the process
Personal stem cell medicine comes of age with Organs-R-Us IPO
Dateline: 15 May 2012
Hot science has suddenly become consumer mainstream. Yesterday's IPO of Organs-R-Us, based in San Diego, has mapped out the future of medicine and ...
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Moving to the Country
Posted: 21 May 2015  
Why not visit South Africa? We have been migrating back to the country for decades already. Looks like we are 30 years ahead of the trend. :)
Upgrading from city life to the rustic rural
Dateline: 1 February 2027
The world is definitely urbanizing at a rapid rate and by 2030 about 60% of the world's population will be sipping (or serving) Martinis on skyscraper rooftop bars. With all this talk about metropolises, it's no wonder that some of us got a bit carried away, moving all our business to the concrete jungles. However, the wise ones know that you should never put all your eggs in one basket and ...
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Published on: 21 May 2015   1 Comment
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Upgrading from city life to the rustic rural
Dateline: 1 February 2027
The world is definitely urbanizing at a rapid rate and by 2030 about 60% of the world's population will be sipping (or serving) Martinis on skyscraper rooftop bars. With all this talk about metropolises, it's no wonder that some of us got a bit carried away, moving all our business to the concrete jungles. However, the wise ones know that you should never put all your eggs in one basket and once again this has proven to be true. Tired of renting and never settling, sick of smog, congestion and the ...
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Competing with robots
Posted: 20 May 2015  
Harvard Business Review provides us with an in-depth article on strategies to remain gainfully employed in the future. They arrive at the conclusion that it's better to work with the machines than against them.
"The strategy that will work in the long term, for employers and the employed, is to view smart machines as our partners and collaborators." ...
Beyond Automation
20 May 2015
People in all walks of life are rightly concerned about advancing automation: Unless we find as many tasks to give humans as we find to take away from ...
Millions of jobs have gone to the machines – and now at the top end too!
Dateline: 26 September 2020
It was way back in 2012 that we predicted that by 2022, your boss would be a machine. We were wrong. It's happened this year, 2020, a full two years ...
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Combinatorial power to disrupt
Posted: 20 May 2015  
When presenting our newest theme 7 Megatrends from the Future we often don't have enough time to fully explore the powerful disruptions that can occur at the intersections of these innovative technologies, and the potential for exponential change as a result.

For example, if widespread use of driverless cars results in far fewer car crash fatalities, then the supply of donor organs will be ...
Disruptive Power Lies at the Intersections | Frank Diana
20 May 2015
When I first started using the term “Combinatorial”, people thought I was making words up. Although I’d like to take credit for the word, I first came ...
Collision claims have fallen to a record low
Dateline: 2 February 2027
The roads have never been safer - 12 years ago, more than one million people died in car accidents worldwide, every year. This number has shrunk to an ...
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The Economist and FinTech
Posted: 19 May 2015   1 Comment
The FinTech revolution is scaring many existing banks and financial services organisations out of their pin-striped suits. It's taken a while, but the bible of capitalism, The Economist, has this week produced a full report on the burgeoning fintech market. As usual, it is balanced and insightful - an excellent read.
It's a subject we have been exploring for a long while now in MindBullets ...
The fintech revolution
19 May 2015
IN THE years since the crash of 2007-08, policymakers have concentrated on making finance safer. Regulators have stuffed the banks with capital and turned ...
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Barclays Plc to close retail bank in the face of persistent decline and customer flight
Dateline: 11 June 2019
It was just five years ago that Uber upset the applecart in London's taxicab industry. Unable to compete with the smart app and its ride-sharing, car ...
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Hacking a plane
Posted: 18 May 2015  
Could a hacker get control of an airliner through its wireless interfaces? That was the scenario posed by our MindBullet of 2010. Now there's evidence that this has already happened.
FBI says this hacker took over a plane through its in-flight entertainment system
18 May 2015
Security researcher Chris Roberts got kicked off a United flight last month for tweeting a joke about hacking into its electronic control systems. Now the ...
Computer virus used to take over plane's autopilot
Dateline: 9 November 2013
For the first time, an aircraft has been taken over by a hacker rather than a hijacker. In a bizarre incident over Eastern Europe yesterday, the captain of ...
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Listen to my thoughts, if you dare
Posted: 18 May 2015  
With greater understanding of how our brains work, and improved non-invasive methods of reading our neural activity, we could see the development of interfaces that literally stream our thoughts onto the internet. Our MindBullet published five years ago suggested this would become commonplace in the future. The implications for privacy and augmented intelligence are staggering!
The Ultimate Interface Is Your Brain
18 May 2015
The final frontier of the digital technology is integrating into your own brain. DARPA wants to go there. Scientists want to go there. Entrepreneurs want ...
Brain computer interface works like a hearing aid
Dateline: 20 March 2022
Now you can update your Facebook status and search Google just by thinking about it. And you don't need fancy headgear or wires sticking out of your ...
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Artificial sperm produced in lab
Posted: 17 May 2015  
The mind boggles at the implications of this breakthrough. Artificial sperm, and work is also big done on artificial wombs. Is the future fascinating or terrifying,,,,sometimes it is both. It begs the question we asked in our MindBullets of December 2012.
Scientists Claim They Have Created Sperm In The Lab For The First Time
17 May 2015
Infertility is estimated to affect some 50 million couples worldwide, and in 40% of these cases the male is either the sole cause of the problem or a ...
It may already be too late to ask
Dateline: 17 May 2025
New technologies to 'reinvent and upgrade' the human species are causing widespread alarm around the globe. Scientists have perfected a number of ways to ...
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Directing a driverless car
Posted: 14 May 2015  
If you're a passenger in a driverless car, but you're telling the car where to go, what are you? Not the driver, but perhaps the 'director' of the journey. Then you should bear some responsibility for accidents. Tesla wants to introduce autopilot features that require some human decision making, like telling the car to turn by hitting the turn signal lever. Clever move.
Tesla resolves driverless car liability argument with one tweak
14 May 2015
Through a simple modification in its driverless vehicle technology, Tesla has answered the question of who is responsible when collisions involving these ...
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Court rules driver not responsible if car has on-board computer
Dateline: 12 September 2017
Yesterday's court ruling shows two things - just how far technology has gone and why we should fear our kids! The driver of the car that crashed into a ...
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Published on: 14 May 2015   1 Comment
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Sensors and gadgets clamour to be heard
Dateline: 13 May 2024
After all these years, we're still stuck with basic artificial intelligence. AI has not matured to the 'general' level, where machines are as smart as humans. Which may be a good thing. There's no dark lord that's going to turn us all into paperclips! But intelligence is now embedded in so many local devices, cameras, sensors and drones, that we are surrounded by a cloud of things that can debate the state of the world around us. And come up with some pretty useful conclusions. You walk into a ...
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Making idea babies
Posted: 12 May 2015  
Justine Musk offers some advice for aspirant billionaires:

"When you become a master of two worlds (say, engineering and business), you can bring them together in a way that will a) introduce hot ideas to each other, so they can have idea sex and make idea babies that no one has seen before and b) create a competitive advantage because you can move between worlds, speak both languages, connect ...
Elon Musk's first wife explains what it takes to become a billionaire
12 May 2015
Justine Musk, first wife of billionaire Elon Musk, knows a thing or two about wealth and hard work — her ex-husband is a founder of PayPal, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, and has an estimated net worth of $12.1 billion.
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Tesla Energy and innovation
Posted: 11 May 2015  
As the hype around Tesla's Powerwall begins to settle, and reality kicks in, let's not forget that this innovation is hardly revolutionary - it's just a battery, but a better one. Many people, myself included, have ventured the opinion that it's been over-hyped. On its own, the Powerwall is not going to take a house off-grid, and in many markets it's just too expensive.

But it could change the ...
Why Elon Musk might just change the world
11 May 2015
Tesla's Powerwall and products like it, when tied to solar panels, could have a real impact on minimising millions of people’s reliance on dirty energy ...
Nano solar films bring cheap energy to sunshine states
Dateline: 5 May 2018
It's hard to believe that a mere decade ago fossil fuels were at a premium, and everyone talked of 'peak oil' and the high prices of natural gas and coal. ...
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Energy from photosynthesis? - we told you so in 2009!
Posted: 11 May 2015  
As the science of nano technology advances we will discover whole new ways of solving vexed old problems. Energy emulating the process of photosynthesis is just one of these.
Nanoscale Semiconductors Offer a New Approach to Artificial Photosynthesis | MIT Technology Review
11 May 2015
Researchers say combining bacteria with nanoscale semiconductors opens a new path toward efficient artificial photosynthesis.
Nano-machines do photosynthesis better than leaves
Dateline: 12 June 2030
What started as a bold project at Imperial College London in 2009, has now reached its first stage of commercialization in the deserts of north ...
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Big Brother made of little things - privacy is an illusion, get used to it!
Posted: 8 April 2015   1 Comment
The Internet of Things...or the internet of everything, is happening at a pace many times faster than the growth of PC's or mobiles or tablets. Expect 50 billion connected small things by 2020. I loved the quote: 'The scariest thing is that we don't know what the scariest thing is!" and that about sums it all up. Privacy cannot possibly survive...it's an illusion that tries to comfort us but ...
How can privacy survive in the era of the internet of things?
8 April 2015
As more and more devices are connected, there are two futures when it comes to privacy. Which one will we pick?
Every screen you gaze at is looking back at you
Dateline: 4 August 2019
Ever since the innovation of integrating camera transistors with every pixel of an organic LED screen, it has become technically possible to make display ...
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The search of inner space
Posted: 8 May 2015  
Perhaps the next frontier is not outer space at all, but inner space - our own brains, the miraculous workings of which are still largely cloaked in mystery. But increasingly, scientists are seeking new ways to tap into the power of our brains.
Surge in US 'brain-reading' patents - BBC News
8 May 2015
There is a dramatic rise in the number of technology patents filed that relate to reading brainwaves.
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Published on: 7 May 2015  
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Shopping not so easy to revolutionize after all
Dateline: 7 December 2017
Amazon earnestly tried, but for the most part, they successfully failed. Their Dash Buttons were launched in early 2015 as the e-commerce giant tried to create a future where we buy specific grocery items by pressing physical, branded buttons stuck to surfaces in our homes. The efficiency built into the Dash Buttons has not been all that it's cracked up to be. People have deployed the odd button in their homes, but in general, Amazon has underestimated the ritual that is weekly or bi-weekly ...
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