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WINNING THE MIGRANT LOTTERY
Published on: 2 July 2015  
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After running the gauntlet across North Africa and the Mediterranean, refugees face one more challenge: random chance
Dateline: 2 April 2017
Europe might have had its head in the sand, but we all know that problems do not go away on their own. Months and months of inaction in the Middle East, coupled with the ghosts of Scramble-for-Africa past and the ups-and-downs of developing nations have led to a surge of migrants knocking on Europe's door. Thousands have lost their lives either drowning, dying of pneumonia or being deceived and killed by human traffickers. Can we blame people for dreaming of a humane and prosperous life? If they ...
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The real future of Google Earth
Posted: 1 July 2015  
As we speculated in our MindBullets eight years ago, the real potential of Google Earth lies in the ability to access it via virtual reality interfaces. Then it becomes a digital representation of the real world, letting you visit real places from your desktop or lounge.

And once you're there, of course you'll want to buy some curios, or perhaps just shop for local specialities. That could be ...
Paired With AI and VR, Google Earth Will Change the Planet
1 July 2015
As Google Earth celebrates its 10th anniversary, it's evolving way beyond a way to find your house.
MindBullet logo GOOGLE EARTH WORLD'S SIXTH BIGGEST ECONOMY
Virtual world covers two-thirds of the 'real' world
Dateline: 7 June 2017
Google Earth's virtual online buildings, designed and built by the in-world residents, now cover most of the developed world and all major tourism ...
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UBERIZE YOUR COGNITIVE SURPLUS
Published on: 25 June 2015  
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Wouldn't you like to get paid just for thinking?
Dateline: 22 June 2018
We're all part of a massive super computer. A global network of brains. No, we haven't been assimilated into the Matrix, but we may as well have been! We're all willing participants in a gigantic system that mines our attention, getting us to contribute some fraction of our spare cognitive capacity. We respond with comments, likes, votes, tweets, answers. Sometimes we create highly entertaining, original videos and stories, just because we can. There are billions of brains on the internet, and most ...
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Upgrading your brain
Posted: 22 June 2015  
It may be even easier, in the future, to augment your brain with electronics. Current methods of achieving deep brain stimulation with electronic probes have lots of limitations, but scientists have developed a nano interface that can be inserted by syringe.

Perhaps the day when you can buy more smarts is not too far away! ...
Flexible Electronics, Delivered to the Brain via Syringe
22 June 2015
A new type of flexible electronic device shows promise for long-term brain mapping and could be a more effective way to provide therapeutic stimulation.
MindBullet logo AI IS AUGMENTED INTELLIGENCE
That wunderkind has got a chip in her head
Dateline: 12 June 2029
We used to think of AI as artificial intelligence, but that's an old concept. Now we use it to mean augmented intelligence; natural human intelligence ...
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What is the real future of jobs for humans?
Posted: 22 June 2015  
The debates are raging, economists are undecided and in conflict. New technologies ranging from AI to nano manufacturing, 3 D printing and robotics are just some of the advances that are impacting the debate. One thing is certain though - modern economies need new and very different skills, very different attitudes to personal relevance and new thinking around human usefulness.
Will Advances in Technology Create a Jobless Future? | MIT Technology Review
22 June 2015
We’re in the midst of a jobs crisis, and rapid advances in AI and other technologies may be one culprit. How can we get better at sharing the wealth that ...
MindBullet logo NETWORKED ROBOTS ALL OVER MY HOUSE & GARDEN
Is this my worst nightmare, or perfect Utopia?
Dateline: 12 November 2015
Ever since Karel Capek coined the term 'robot' in his 1920 play Rossum's Universal Robots, we have associated these 'working machines' with the human form. ...
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The future of DNA is cloudy
Posted: 19 June 2015  
"Already, universities and drug manufacturers are embarking on projects to sequence the genomes of hundreds of thousands of people.

The human genome is the full complement of DNA, or genetic material, a copy of which is found in nearly every cell of the body.

Clients view Google and Amazon as doing a better job storing genomics data than they can using their own computers, keeping it secure, ...
Google, Amazon in race to get DNA into the cloud - BusinessDay
19 June 2015
Academic institutions and healthcare companies are picking sides between their cloud computing offerings, spurring the two to one-up each other
MindBullet logo MAIL US YOUR DAMAGED GENES
And we'll mend them and send them right back - by email
Dateline: 15 August 2022
Now that the bio-replicator is a reality, it is easy to transfer biological fragments from place to place - electronically! In fact, you can send the code ...
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ROLLING BACK THE MARCH OF TIME
Published on: 18 June 2015  
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When does a ripe old age become too much of a good thing?
Dateline: 31 May 2024
It has become easier and easier to disguise your real age. You can take away your wrinkles by visiting a plastic surgeon or appoint a personal trainer to keep your body in shape. You can play Sudoku all day long to keep the neurons engaged, and follow a healthy eating plan. But you couldn't roll back the clock. Until now. Scientists are currently in the final stages of testing a drug called Glycorapamycin during human trials. In mice and dogs, the drug proved its power by slowing - and even ...
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Death of the App economy
Posted: 15 June 2015  
In an ecosystem where your smart assistant is wired into all the apps and services you need or are subscribed to, then why would you need apps at all?

Two years ago we published a MindBullet that talked about the need for apps disappearing, now it's becoming reality! It's not just Google and Apple that are working in this direction. I'm sure Microsoft will also be in the game, with Cortana ...
Apple and Google Race to See Who Can Kill the App First
15 June 2015
In an app-free world, the platform battles between iOS and Android could become a tangible pain point for users.
MindBullet logo THE APP ECONOMY GOES BUST
Millions of apps, and they're all free
Dateline: 17 February 2021
Who remembers the Dotcom boom of 20 years ago? Which was followed by the 'Dotbomb' crash, as the bubble burst. Well, the 'App Economy' is proving to be a ...
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3D printing itself faces exponential disruption
Posted: 14 June 2015  
And so 3D printing moved to the mainstream, and became an exponential technology that is radicalizing manufacturing. Then the world of future shock reality strikes again....suddenly a new technique that can make 3D printing itself exponentially more efficient and fast emerges. Just watch this...
Continuous liquid interface production of 3D objects
14 June 2015
Although three-dimensional (3D) printing is now possible using relatively small and low-cost machines, it is still a fairly slow ...
MindBullet logo PRINTING - THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING
No more paper or ink, but everything else goes
Dateline: 17 June 2012
I spent a frustrating few days at the World Printing Industry Showcase in Beijing this weekend. As an old-timer of the printing industry, I simply didn't ...
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CHINA'S CENSORS HUMILIATED AS CITIZEN ARMY WINS CYBERWAR
Published on: 11 June 2015  
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Great Firewall falls following week-long Github attack
Dateline: 26 November 2016
For the first time in over a decade, China's citizens are able to browse the internet freely. Politburo spokesmen have tried putting a positive spin on recent events, but Guo Shengkun - the Minister of Public Security - has not been seen in days and is assumed to be under house arrest. Fifteen days ago, Github - a web repository which hosts much of the world's open-source software projects - came under sustained distributed denial-of-service attacks. While the company is often subject to such ...
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Staying in shape
Posted: 10 June 2015  
Imagine being able to bend or deform a piece of metal, that then regains its original shape, millions of times, without breaking. That's the promise of a new 'shape memory' alloy developed by engineers at the University of Maryland.

Besides completely new applications, this type of material would be wonderful for something like cars, if dings and dents would simply pop back into shape. That is ...
Memory alloy bounces back into shape 10 million times - BBC News
10 June 2015
Engineers produce a "shape memory alloy" that can pop back into shape more than 10 million times, shattering previous records for this type of material.
MindBullet logo NEW CAR SALES SLUMP AS OLD CARS STAY NEW
These autos refuse to age - they just repair themselves
Dateline: 19 June 2012
Another new car dealer has gone bust trying to sell the latest models. One can hardly be surprised, as pre-owned vehicles look factory fresh. The secret ...
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Will your business survive the next ten years?
Posted: 9 June 2015  
John Chambers of Cisco challenges business of today leaders to think about their survival prospects. Can his predictions be real? Well even if he is half right it means millions of businesses will not survive the next decade! Scary but possible prospect.
Retiring Cisco CEO delivers dire prediction: 40% of companies will be dead in 10 years
9 June 2015
His final visionary speech was filled with fire-and-brimstone predictions.
MindBullet logo WALL STREET HEARS THE CLOSING BELL – FOR THE VERY LAST TIME
NYSE shuts up shop as stock markets become irrelevant to new business and the economy
Dateline: 15 March 2016
It's become apparent to everyone that the stock market these days is just a giant online casino. As one commentator put it: "The stock market is becoming ...
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AI and machine workers of the future
Posted: 9 June 2015   1 Comment
Robots are not coming, they are here! Best we get used to really smart machines doing many of the tasks that humans used to do. So many I talk to hate the idea and just cat get their heads around the fact that this IS going to happen!
How the machines will take over
9 June 2015
With our complete and blissful cooperation. At least that’s how I would do it, if I were them.
MindBullet logo NETWORKED ROBOTS ALL OVER MY HOUSE & GARDEN
Is this my worst nightmare, or perfect Utopia?
Dateline: 12 November 2015
Ever since Karel Capek coined the term 'robot' in his 1920 play Rossum's Universal Robots, we have associated these 'working machines' with the human form. ...
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It's keeping Johann Rupert awake at night
Posted: 8 June 2015  
“We are destroying the middle classes at this stage and it will affect us."
http://www.fin24.com/Economy/What-keeps-Johann-Rupert-awake-at-night-20150608 ...
MindBullet logo THE MIDDLE CLASS IS DYING
There's a growing gap between the have-lots and have-very-littles
Dateline: 3 July 2024
In 2014 the richest one percent owned 48% of the world's wealth (US$ 127 trillion). It's ten years later and they just keep on getting richer while the middle class is shrinking at an alarming rate. Because affluence has been growing, you need a much higher living standard than before in order to be classified as 'middle class' today. Emerging economy populations, who made the middle ...
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The collapse of coal
Posted: 5 June 2015  
Is it happening? Is the scenario we put forward in our MindBullet seven years ago starting to play out? Or is this just a short term blip in the face of shifting patterns towards natural gas, which is cheaper and cleaner?
The American coal industry is collapsing - Fusion
5 June 2015
Just five years ago, the American coal industry was looking strong. But times have changed, and the market value of coal companies has collapsed.
MindBullet logo COAL HITS US$10 PER TON AS SOLAR POWER SHINES
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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Growing limbs
Posted: 5 June 2015  
This news story about the first (rat) limb to be grown in a lab is making the headlines, but to us futurists it's just the future becoming the present. After all, we published a MindBullet on this subject back in 2004 - eleven years ago!
How scientists built the world’s first lab-grown limbs
5 June 2015
"This is science fiction coming to life," one specialist said.
MindBullet logo GROW YOUR OWN TEETH, LIVER, PANCREAS & HEART
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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Powerful signals
Posted: 4 June 2015  
One of the key ideas for the internet of things is a myriad of sensors and monitoring devices that can communicate real-time information. But there's a challenge to keep them powered up. Unless you power them with the very WiFi signals they use to communicate!

I don't think we will see the scenario of drones being powered wirelessly, while they fly, anytime soon; but engineers in Seattle have ...
First Demonstration of a Surveillance Camera Powered by Ordinary Wi-Fi Broadcasts
4 June 2015
The ability to power remote sensors and devices using Wi-Fi signals could be the enabling technology behind the Internet of things, say electrical ...
MindBullet logo DHL FLYING ON WIRELESS POWER
No batteries needed for these delivery drones
Dateline: 7 March 2017
The biggest hurdle for electric aircraft has always been the weight of the batteries, and as nimble as they are, quadrotors and octocopters typically had ...
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Tax drones
Posted: 4 June 2015  
We've blogged before that drones can be useful in 'precision agriculture', surveying land for crops and gathering data. Now they are also being used for precision taxation. Indonesia uses drones to check on rubber and palm oil plantations, to ensure planters are not under-declaring their crops.
Indonesia Is Using Drones to Catch Tax Cheats
4 June 2015
Above the vast forests of oil-palm and rubber trees in Sumatra and the scattered tin mines on islands to its east, the Indonesian government is flying ...
MindBullet logo DRUG DRONES SWAMP BORDERS
Swarms of quadrotors overwhelm law enforcement with tons of cocaine worth billions of dollars
Dateline: 27 April 2017
More than 150 fast and high-flying aerial drones flew over the border from Mexico and crossed the Atlantic and Pacific coasts in the last 24 hours. Each ...
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NEW CHILL PILL TO FIX SOCIETY
Published on: 4 June 2015  
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Dopamine hailed as the new weapon in the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour
Dateline: 1 June 2021
In 2019, Lyla Roberts was assaulted at a bus stop in London. A bystander recorded the incident and posted it online, instead of intervening. The title of the post: "5 star entertainment! Who needs the movies!?" Roberts spent four months in a coma before being declared brain dead. It shocked the world, but has also inspired a pharmaceutical breakthrough. The newly released drug is called Lyla and is grounded in years of research which also produced an oxytocin-inducing nasal spray. Lyla works by ...
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Drone tourism
Posted: 2 June 2015  
This really seems to be the year of the drone. Now a new virtual reality travel company will let you see historic sights - by drone.

Is this just a gimmick, or will air travel suffer as a result? ...
First-person drone tourism will let you see the sights from home
2 June 2015
EVERY year, hundreds of thousands of tourists visit the Valley of the Temples, a large park of Greek ruins situated on the south-west coast of Sicily. But ...
MindBullet logo THIS IS THE END OF REALITY
What are the consequences of the 'virtual' becoming too attractive?
Dateline: 11 October 2025
I was having a late-night discussion with my father when he droned on about the "chore" of air travel two decades ago. Long queues, embarrassing security ...
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