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Self-driving luggage
Posted: 30 March 2017   1 Comment
Hope the batteries don't catch fire.
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Self-driving luggage, for the truly 'last yards'
Dateline: 1 April 2019
Anyone who travels regularly on business knows what a schlep it is to drag your roll-aboard cabin bag around with you for what seems like - and probably is - miles and miles of airport concourses. And terminals seem to get bigger every year. Putting wheels on luggage was an innovative idea; one wonders why it took decades before that caught on in a big way. Then it was just a matter of time ...
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GET ME TO THE GATE ON TIME
Published on: 30 March 2017   2 Comments
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Self-driving luggage, for the truly 'last yards'
Dateline: 1 April 2019
Anyone who travels regularly on business knows what a schlep it is to drag your roll-aboard cabin bag around with you for what seems like - and probably is - miles and miles of airport concourses. And terminals seem to get bigger every year. Putting wheels on luggage was an innovative idea; one wonders why it took decades before that caught on in a big way. Then it was just a matter of time before someone added a laptop battery and a tiny electric motor, so your smart luggage could follow you ...
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Hacking the planet
Posted: 28 March 2017  
One of the possible 'solutions' to climate change is called geoengineering; re-engineering the planet (or at least its atmosphere) to cool it down, or reduce carbon dioxide concentrations. Now personally I don't think we can control the climate, certainly not with taxes and agreements; but it's interesting to note that as far back as 2009, we published a MindBullet suggesting that ...
Harvard scientists are gearing up for some of the first outdoor geoengineering experiments
28 March 2017
The climate researchers intend to launch a high-altitude balloon that would spray a small quantity of reflective particles into the stratosphere.
MindBullet logo WELCOME TO EARTH 2.0
Geo-engineering creates a new environment for a smart planet
Dateline: 21 September 2027
Our planet couldn't cope with all the demands our modern civilization placed on it. So we built a new one. Welcome to Earth 2.0. A new planet for a new, ...
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Chipping the brain
Posted: 28 March 2017  
A couple of years ago, we suggested that humans could augment their intelligence with electronic upgrades to the brain. Well, now Elon Musk has a new company called Neuralink which is going to do that.

Seeing as we published this MindBullet back in 2015, I wonder what sparked the idea in Elon's mind? :-) ...
Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to boost the brain to keep up with AI
28 March 2017
Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk has a new company -- Neuralink -- focused on developing the capabilities of the brain through technological augmentation. ...
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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Never too old to rock
Posted: 27 March 2017  
"UNSW researchers have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses ageing, improves DNA repair and could even help NASA get its astronauts to Mars.

In a paper published in Science today, the team identifies a critical step in the molecular process that allows cells to repair damaged DNA.

Their experiments in mice suggest a treatment is possible for DNA damage ...
Scientists unveil a giant leap for anti-aging
27 March 2017
Researchers have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses ageing, improves DNA repair and could even help NASA get ...
MindBullet logo TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N ROLL, BUT TOO YOUNG TO DIE
The agony of being in your 120s
Dateline: 20 December 2027
It's tough being 122. If you thought puberty or being a twenty-something was challenging, just wait until you get to 120-something! You've got the body of ...
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Uber self-driving car gets flipped
Posted: 27 March 2017  
In the first recorded high-impact crash of a fully autonomous car, an Uber vehicle was flipped on its side by another car that "failed to yield" to the Uber. Apparently there was a driver behind the controls of the self-driving Uber, and no passengers. Uber is suspending testing while the incident is investigated. In due course, more of these incidents are likely, and it may delay the mass ...
Uber to Suspend Autonomous Tests After Arizona Accident
27 March 2017
Uber Technologies Inc. is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, ...
MindBullet logo CAR KILLS 20: WHO'S TO BLAME?
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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Fake meat is not impossible
Posted: 24 March 2017  
"For two years, Impossible Foods founder and CEO Patrick Brown managed to keep a pretty good secret.
While food industry analysts guessed at when innovative meat-alternative companies would be able to scale their production, Brown and his team quietly continued tinkering away at the taste of their faux-beef product—made of wheat, coconut oil, potatoes, and heme, an iron-containing compound ...
Nerds Over Cattle: How Food Technology Will Save the World
24 March 2017
The solution to both of the big problems in food technology—how we're going to feed a burgeoning population and what we're going to do about climate ...
MindBullet logo FAKE FOOD FENDS OFF FAMINE
Synthetic proteins and carbohydrates essential to safely feed burgeoning world population
Dateline: 1 May 2017
Manufactured and processed food is the healthy alternative these days. It's also more economically viable, and the only way to feed a global population ...
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Fallacies of the robopocalypse
Posted: 23 March 2017  
Futurist Thomas Frey recently wrote this opinion piece that supports our fundamental position that robots and automation, by themselves, do not destroy jobs. Often, technology creates new jobs. Thomas makes an important point: Robots don’t eliminate jobs, only tasks. His 14 Fallacies make an interesting contribution to the debate.
14 Fallacies of the Coming Robot Apocalypse
23 March 2017
Over the past few weeks I’ve come across a growing number of tirades warning us of the dangers of robots. If you were concerned about A.I. in the past, ...
MindBullet logo HOORAY FOR THE MACHINES! THEY'VE CREATED MILLIONS OF NEW JOBS
Fears of jobless growth recede as markets demand new human skills
Dateline: 17 June 2023
The prophets of doom have been hard at work for the past decade, telling us that automation, robotics and machine learning are going to destroy jobs and ...
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3D printing in space
Posted: 23 March 2017  
As we pointed out in our MindBullet from a couple of years ago, there are big advantages to construction of massive items in orbit. Not only is it easy to handle heavy components in micro-gravity, but the constraints of rocket payloads can also be overcome. 3D printing and robotic construction is the obvious way to exploit these benefits. It seems that Made In Space, who installed the first ...
The Future of Building and 3D Printing in Space > ENGINEERING.com
23 March 2017
3D printing in space isn’t just meant to be a novelty, but a technology that enables humanity’s proliferation throughout the cosmos. Now, it’s possible for ...
MindBullet logo MARS MOTHERSHIP PRINTED IN 3D
3D printing in space solves problem of launching huge rockets
Dateline: 3 November 2025
A decade ago the first 3D printer to go to space was sent to the International Space Station. It proved to be so useful, more, bigger printers soon ...
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WHERE HAVE ALL THE DESERTS GONE?
Published on: 23 March 2017  
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Climate change is making the world greener
Dateline: 11 August 2028
Climate change is a reality that we've all come to accept, even though the debate surrounding the root cause of climate change rages on. Whether it's warming caused by carbon emissions, natural release of methane gasses, dimming caused by polluting aerosols, or just the cosmic cycle of the solar system, the fact is the climate has changed. The change has been quite dramatic in some regions, while barely noticeable in others; but the climate continues to change, despite the best efforts of activists ...
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Education
Posted: 17 March 2017   1 Comment
I believe there is a major hole in the argument of increased employment: the human race moving up the job food chain. This assumes that people have the resources to move up the job food chain.

There are millions who live in poverty with no hope of an education to move up the food chain. People might not want to be farm workers or production line workers but they have no choice. The majority ...
MindBullet logo HOORAY FOR THE MACHINES! THEY'VE CREATED MILLIONS OF NEW JOBS
Fears of jobless growth recede as markets demand new human skills
Dateline: 17 June 2023
The prophets of doom have been hard at work for the past decade, telling us that automation, robotics and machine learning are going to destroy jobs and leave millions of people unemployed and destitute. The reality has been somewhat different! Yes, some jobs have been taken over by the machines. But they're the dirty and dangerous jobs that most people did not want to do. Who wants to be a ...
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HOORAY FOR THE MACHINES! THEY'VE CREATED MILLIONS OF NEW JOBS
Published on: 17 March 2017   3 Comments
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Fears of jobless growth recede as markets demand new human skills
Dateline: 17 June 2023
The prophets of doom have been hard at work for the past decade, telling us that automation, robotics and machine learning are going to destroy jobs and leave millions of people unemployed and destitute. The reality has been somewhat different! Yes, some jobs have been taken over by the machines. But they're the dirty and dangerous jobs that most people did not want to do. Who wants to be a farm labourer or a production-line worker? It also true that many higher-level jobs have changed. AI systems ...
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Powerpacks for LA's peak
Posted: 16 March 2017  
Many years ago, we wrote a MindBullet about big batteries that could power a city, especially in those peak periods in the evening, when everyone is heading home and cooking dinner. That's always been one of the headaches with solar power - what do you do when the sun goes down, and all those households with rooftop solar start downloading from the grid?

Well it seems Tesla has the answer in ...
Tesla kills the duck with big batteries
16 March 2017
One of the problems that comes from reliance on solar power is the “duck curve” where the solar panels produce more power than is needed during the day, ...
MindBullet logo LIQUID BATTERIES KEEP THE BIG APPLE SHINING
New York City runs all night on a single charge
Dateline: 21 April 2015
In the city that never sleeps, the lights burn all night. But don't worry, they're not consuming precious fuel or polluting the environment, because the ...
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MindBullets delay
Posted: 16 March 2017  
For technical reasons, also known as human error, today's MindBullet publication has been delayed. But don't worry, your weekly MindBullets fix will be delivered to your inbox, and these pages, bright and early tomorrow.

In the meantime, you can get a random selection of News from the Future from our archives of over 850 MindBullets by clicking on the RANDOM link at the top of every MindBullet, like this one:
http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/MindBullets/MindBulletsDetails.aspx?MindBulletID=289

You can also search the archive by keyword for any ...
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Levis' and Google partner on smart jacket
Posted: 14 March 2017   1 Comment
The drive towards smart clothing continues, this time in a partnership between Levi's and Google. Feel like having a connected jacket - this is your chance!
Levi’s smart jacket, featuring Google Jacquard, hits shelves later this year
14 March 2017
When an article of clothing is described as "smart", it usually means that the item is particularly chic, neat or fashionable. But the Google Jacquard-equipped Commuter Jacket from Levi's is smart by the 21st-century IoT definition.
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Intel goes driverless!
Posted: 14 March 2017  
So what business are you in? Auto makers say they are now in the business of mobility - and chipmaker Intel has just splurged $15-billion on buying an Israeli company that develops technology for driverless vehicles. What an interesting world! Is your business being left behind?
Intel splashes $15b on autonomous vehicle company Mobileye
14 March 2017
Intel is much more than a computer hardware company these days. One future-flavored pie that the firm is sticking its fingers into is driverless vehicle technology and today it may have just gone and plunged a whole fist in, with a US$15 billion acquisition of Israeli company Mobileye.
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Learning from leaves
Posted: 14 March 2017  
Scientists develop a molecule that can use sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide which can then be used as fuel.

http://newatlas.com/molecule-co2-carbon-neutral-fuel/48390/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=8b2ebac119-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-8b2ebac119-92385905 ...
MindBullet logo SCIENCE CLONES NATURE FOR 'FREE' ENERGY PLAN
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 Africa. Photosynthesis, it is said, is evolution's most valuable result. The intricate chemistry involved in plants is the source of almost all energy that fuels living things on the planet. Plants use sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide ...
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ROSES ARE RED, BATTERIES ARE GREEN
Published on: 9 March 2017  
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A field of daffodils can power a town
Dateline: 8 March 2023
Once we thought that batteries were made of corrosive chemicals and heavy metals. But what happens when you can grow e-plants that store solar energy like super-capacitors? Back in 2017, scientists discovered they could grow nanowires inside a red rose, using the plant's own capillary system to create an internal network, and absorb electrolyte. It's a little like that old school lab experiment, where you run an LED off a potato - natural, organic electricity. Except that, in the case of e-plants, ...
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DNA data storage
Posted: 6 March 2017  
Imagine storing 100 million movies' worth of data on a match head. That's the type of storage capacity that has been achieved using synthetic DNA. The only problem is it's prohibitively expensive, today, but in the future we can imagine that exponential growth in data storage capacity will continue, unabated.
DNA data storage landmark: Now it's 215 petabytes per gram or over 100 million movies | ZDNet
6 March 2017
Synthetic DNA could be the answer to the world's accelerating data-storage needs, and now researchers have shown that it can have a much higher density than previously demonstrated.
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Denmark runs on wind energy
Posted: 4 March 2017  
We remain fascinated by the steady advance in alternative energy technologies. Can anyone really still be thinking that our energy future lies in fossil fuels?
Denmark Just Ran Their Entire Country on 100% Wind Energy
4 March 2017
Thanks in part to the installation of a new offshore wind turbine installation, Denmark was recently able to power the entire country for a day with wind ...
MindBullet logo SOLAR POWER GOES VIRAL
Rooftop, backyard and portable solar is the new meme
Dateline: 15 March 2022
The biggest energy revolution in 150 years has arrived gradually, then suddenly. Now it's here. Personal solar power has displaced central utilities ...
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