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SySTEMic problems
Posted: 26 March 2015   1 Comment
Protecting any kind of career through artificial means is generally a bad idea. If a free economy indicates that an activity is no-longer valuable then that activity isn't valuable - shoring it up is just wasting money. It's natural for us to want to protect our heritage and legacy, to avoid any change, but it's also a type of sentimentality that creates more problems. Once you go down the ...
MindBullet logo STEM JOBS FUELLING INEQUALITY
SySTEMic problems necessitate policy expansion on basic wages
Dateline: 4 February 2021
The world has gotten so 'skewed' towards STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) as more and more of everyday life is ruled by these fields. Overall we're better off - STEM has helped to curb carbon emissions, we just saw the first drug-based therapies for reversing strokes and heart attacks and we're desalinating enough seawater to supply half of Australia. We rely on ...
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STEM JOBS FUELLING INEQUALITY
Published on: 26 March 2015   2 Comments
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SySTEMic problems necessitate policy expansion on basic wages
Dateline: 4 February 2021
The world has gotten so 'skewed' towards STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) as more and more of everyday life is ruled by these fields. Overall we're better off - STEM has helped to curb carbon emissions, we just saw the first drug-based therapies for reversing strokes and heart attacks and we're desalinating enough seawater to supply half of Australia. We rely on STEM and we want STEM, but as a result many other careers and people are falling by the wayside. STEM jobs and ...
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Molecular printing machine
Posted: 25 March 2015  
Manufacturing small organic molecules, chemical compounds which are used mainly in medicines, is costly and time consuming. Now Martin Burke and his team have unveiled a machine which can automate this synthesis from basic chemical building blocks, enabling experimentation and discovery.

It's not quite the scenario we envisaged in our MindBullet 'MAIL US YOUR DAMAGED GENES', but the ability to ...
Breakthrough Molecular 3D Printer Can Print Billions of Possible Compounds
25 March 2015
Sure we are likely multiple decades away from widespread molecular manufacturing, but a group of chemists led by medical doctor Martin D. Burke at the ...
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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How fossil fuels are greening the planet
Posted: 24 March 2015  
Interesting stuff from Matt Ridley (author of the Rational Optimist) and how the doom-mongers' case against fossil fuels is going up in smoke!
Matt Ridley on How Fossil Fuels are Greening the Planet
24 March 2015
Matt Ridley dropped by a studio in Los Angeles last month to talk about a curious global trend that is just starting to receive attention.
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Doctor Google on your wrist
Posted: 19 March 2015  
Could a smart device on your wrist detect diseases, even help to prevent cancer? Google seems to think it's an idea worth pursuing.

Our MindBullet scenario on this subject wasn't ambitious enough! ...
Can Google block cancer?
19 March 2015
Google has filed a patent application with the World Intellectual Property Organisation for a wrist-worn device that could destroy cancer cells in the ...
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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BLOCKCHAIN BUSINESSES THAT RUN THEMSELVES GO VIRAL
Published on: 19 March 2015  
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The rise of the distributed autonomous company has disrupted markets and nations
Dateline: 17 February 2027
CarCoin has ubered Uber. AppCoin has upstaged Apple. And Africoin has made African countries irrelevant; fiscally and economically at least. Based on the cryptography that underpins BitCoin, the blockchain technology makes it possible for the value of these blockbuster businesses to be widely distributed over the internet. Unlike a listing on a stock exchange, there is no central registry, and the ledger of who owns what portion of the stock is self-contained in the blockchain itself. What's more, ...
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Metal printing dreams and reality check
Posted: 18 March 2015  
We've enthused about the potential for 3D printing in titanium and other metals to completely revolutionise manufacturing as we know it, and indeed, in the aerospace industry, printing specialised components from titanium powder is enabling novel designs.

But in 3D printing titanium and the bin of broken dreams Spencer Wright takes a deep dive into the current state of the art, and science, of ...
MindBullet logo NEW DIMENSION FOR METAL MINING
3-D printing creates unusual alliances
Dateline: 26 August 2016
Five years ago, it would have seemed an unlikely partnership. But the alliance announced today between BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining group, and printing technology company Hewlett Packard, makes perfect sense. And the reason? 3-D printing has gone mainstream as an industrial production technique, and HP-BHP wants to corner the market. There's hardly an industry within which 3-D ...
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Sleep-hacking mice
Posted: 12 March 2015  
New Scientist reports that mice have been given new memories while sleeping. Seems like traumatic memories in human brains could be removed in the future after all!
MindBullet logo TAKE A LOAD OFF YOUR BRAIN
Now everyone can be like Dumbledore
Dateline: 12 February 2045
Harry Potter (and every other person on the planet) envied Professor Albus Dumbledore because of the pensieve that stood in his study. Dumbledore deposited memories in the pensieve, where they were kept intact until they were needed. Up to now this has been fiction, but soon it will become fact. Neuroscientists have discovered where and how memories exist, which means that we are now able ...
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ENGINEERING THE PERFECT LIFE
Published on: 12 March 2015  
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Let happiness and contentment find you
Dateline: 5 May 2019
Remember the outcry a few years ago, when Facebook deliberately filtered its newsfeed to see how specific stories influenced your mood and emotions? Nowadays people are choosing to opt-in to this type of modification. With more than enough bad news going around, like terror attacks, resource shortages or natural disasters, some consumers are desperate to optimize their experiences and their life in general. Choosing to allow emotion measurement technology to track their facial expressions while ...
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Growing old and healthy
Posted: 11 March 2015  
OK, so no-one wants to live forever, but enjoying a long and healthy life is a great idea, and good for the economy too. These new drug combinations may be the start of combating old-age diseases and slowing the aging process.
Drugs that dramatically increase healthy lifespan discovered
11 March 2015
A research team from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Mayo Clinic and other institutions has identified a new class of drugs that in animal models ...
MindBullet logo UN: ETERNAL LIFE IS A MATTER OF CHOICE
But remember...that makes 'death' a personal choice too
Dateline: 12 March 2021
In a statement from the United Nations today, it was confirmed that the world's G18 nations had agreed to remove the idea of 'retirement' from their ...
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Google calling
Posted: 6 March 2015  
Many of us already use Skype, WhatsApp and Facetime to avoid calling each other over a cellular network. But somewhere, in the background, a Telco is getting the revenue for the data carried by those services. Google's new project, combined with their efforts to bring broadband to under-serviced areas, could make that old model of relying on a carrier completely irrelevant.

I'm not suggesting ...
How Google’s Project Nova could upend the wireless industry
6 March 2015
What if a telecommunications provider didn't have to rely on decades-old infrastructure? Google's entry makes for a compelling proposition.
MindBullet logo VODAFONE GIVES AWAY THE CROWN JEWELS
World's largest operator gives the business back to its customers
Dateline: 8 October 2008
Vodafone stunned the world with its bold announcement yesterday - its new strategy will in effect put the proceeds of the business back into the hands of ...
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Printing 3D electronics
Posted: 6 March 2015  
Ink for specialist 3D printers that are conductive, making bulky circuit boards obsolete? Now that's a cool idea. As the makers say: 'What would you do if you could print 3D electronics?' The possibilities are endless.
Conductive Inks Could Transform 3-D Printing | MIT Technology Review
6 March 2015
A startup called Voxel8 is using materials expertise to extend the capabilities of 3-D printing.
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CRISPR babies, superior people
Posted: 6 March 2015  
A few years ago we published this MindBullet about creating super people. Now the development of CRISPR makes it not only possible, but increasingly likely that we will have the ability to genetically engineer children before they are born. Should we do it?

"The fear is that germ line engineering is a path toward a dystopia of super people and designer babies for those who can afford it." ...
Germ Line Engineering with CRISPR Leads to Designer Human Embryos
6 March 2015
Scientists are developing ways to edit the DNA of tomorrow’s children. Should they stop before it’s too late?
MindBullet logo SHOULD WE CREATE SUPERMAN - JUST BECAUSE WE CAN?
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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MindBullet logo VIRTUAL REALITY IS THE REAL DEAL
Augmented reality builds business - but creates a new global addiction
Dateline: 18 October 2018
It seems that there's good and bad in everything. Dramatic improvements in virtual reality systems have led to massive productivity improvements - but have spawned a new addiction afflicting millions around the world. The last few years have seen VR (virtual reality) and augmented reality move into the mainstream. Systems like Oculus Rift and Microsoft Hololens have become so immersive, and ...
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IT'S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS
Published on: 5 March 2015  
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Neuro-implants to control our devices become the gift of the year
Dateline: 26 March 2018
It's my birthday soon, and I know just what I am going to buy myself this year. The brand-new iThink, Apple's brain sensor that enables me to control all my electronic devices by thought alone! Sure, there's a little bit of surgery involved. The tiny transmitter sits just below the skin at the base of my skull, connected to electrodes implanted into my brain. But it's safe technology now; pioneered in hundreds of thousands of experiments and procedures, first aimed at helping disabled people to ...
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Internet of dumb things
Posted: 4 March 2015  
In an echo of the scenario we published last year, here's the real-life tale of a burned out light-bulb that wouldn't stop asking for help - until the whole network froze up.
This guy's light bulb performed a DoS attack on his entire smart house
4 March 2015
The challenge of being a futurist pioneer is being Patient Zero for the future's headaches.
MindBullet logo SMART HOME BUG TURNS DEADLY
Homeowner dies as home automation system goes haywire
Dateline: 14 August 2018
It's a dream gone horribly wrong. The automated, connected world was supposed to make our lives and our homes better, easier and safer. But now it's turned ...
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Head transplant? Might just be possible!
Posted: 1 March 2015  
Imagine the unimaginable? The prospect of infinite human life is already being debated in some scientific circles. Every year steps towards this prospect happen all over the world of science. Suddenly, an Italian scientist says he will transplant a head in a few years...where could this lead humankind to? Is it even possible? The answer is yes it is possible and yes it might well happen! The ...
Surgeon Plans First Human Head Transplant
1 March 2015
Sergio Canavero claims recipients would be able to speak using the same voice and could be walking within a year.
MindBullet logo UN: ETERNAL LIFE IS A MATTER OF CHOICE
But remember...that makes 'death' a personal choice too
Dateline: 12 March 2021
In a statement from the United Nations today, it was confirmed that the world's G18 nations had agreed to remove the idea of 'retirement' from their ...
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Openness and transparency in India to drive new business
Posted: 20 February 2015   1 Comment
India PM Modi goes the open and transparent route to drive new business...as he ranks individual states on their 'ease of doing business' rating! Published criteria, central scoring...and open results! I am sure it will change legislative behaviour in individual states!
The investment push: Now, states to be ranked on ease of doing business
20 February 2015
the government has decided to come up with a ranking system for states on the basis of ease of doing business
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The robots are definitely coming!
Posted: 26 February 2015  
More interesting discussion on the rapidly emerging world of intelligent robots - and the implications for humanity, and the jobs we currently hold today.
What clever robots mean for jobs
26 February 2015
Recent advances have pushed experts to look anew at changes automation will bring to labour force as robots wiggle their way into higher reaches of ...
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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The solar revolution
Posted: 26 February 2015  
An excellent article in the letter from Washington by Business Day's Simon Barber, on how solar power is steadily moving to the fore. And yet antediluvian administrations all over the world - and certainly in South Africa - continue to squander vast sums on old-fashioned industrial-age technologies. We need new leadership!
LETTER FROM WASHINGTON: SA’s nuclear Zumacrats ignore energy advances
26 February 2015
Every revolution has its reactionaries. In the US, these include the billionaire Koch brothers, who have been bankrolling the Tea Party wing and the ...
MindBullet logo EUROPE HELD TO RANSOM BY SUNNY AFRICAN STATES
Solar energy at the centre of an economic storm
Dateline: 11 May 2020
It's been just a year since the Afro-European solar energy initiative was launched to harness the deserts of North Africa to supply European countries with ...
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