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Redefining war through 3D printing
Posted: 2 May 2016  
3D printing is affecting every manufacturing endeavour - not the least the military. 3D printing of weapons is old hat. But how about issuing every soldier with a pair of bespoke, perfectly-fitted 3D printed boots? Or camouflage uniforms that change their patterns to suit the terrain they are in? And we all know an army marches on it stomach...so how about printing food to keep the soldiers ...
3D printing goes to war
2 May 2016
From the bow to the bunker buster to the the hydrogen bomb, new technologies have changed the face of warfare, and 3D printing looks set to be just as ...
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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Robots are the future
Posted: 2 May 2016  
Robots are coming to take jobs - but first they are going to take the dull and dangerous jobs. This article makes the case for why increased automation won't be doom and gloom for workers. Whatever happens, disruption to 'business as usual' is guaranteed!
Robots Are Coming for Dirty, Dangerous, and Dull Jobs - Inc
2 May 2016
Why automation won't result in massive layoffs everywhere--and will help companies and people stay more competitive.
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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Exponential improvements will surprise even the optimists
Posted: 29 April 2016  
As AlphaGo demonstrated a few weeks ago, we are living in an age of exponential improvements when new techs are combined. Alt energy, new batteries and more efficient drive trains will really change the future of transport sooner than we think.
Next Big Future: By 2030 Electric Vehicles with a 200 mile range will be lower cost than the cheapes
29 April 2016
batteries, economic impact, electric cars, elon musk, future, technology
Low voltage power over computer cables reinvents the idea of electricity for consumers
Dateline: 21 March 2015
There's a new form of utility power, and it's taking the world by storm, from New York to Shanghai; from Cairo to Cape Town. The humble USB plug, so common ...
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PC's near the end and the replacement is scary for most!
Posted: 29 April 2016   1 Comment
As processing and computing power ramps up, we all imagine smaller but more powerful devices ahead. What if this is not so? What if processing and computing is 'everywhere', anytime, all the time, all around us and all it takes is a spoken question (or even a thought) to have your personal assistant answer? Already Amazon have an assistant, Alexa, you can ask for info, bookings etc and it ...
Google CEO Pichai sees the end of computers as physical devices
29 April 2016
“Over time, the computer itself -- whatever its form factor -- will be an intelligent assistant helping you through your day.”
Sony's new personal robot has one distinct advantage - it literally knows what you are thinking, all the time!
Dateline: 27 July 2020
It's the latest thing in personal service and home care in Japan. Especially for the growing senior class of citizens, who are increasingly relying on ...
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Published on: 28 April 2016  
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Like vinyl records of old, retro automobiles are suddenly back in fashion
Dateline: 28 April 2029
It's been a while since manually driven, gasoline automobiles gave way to electric vehicles with autopilot. Just as horses and buggies gave way to motor cars, the transition wasn't easy, but it was inevitable. And, just as owning a horse became a costly luxury, an expensive hobby for those who truly enjoyed riding, so owning a car, one that you have to fill up with fuel, and drive yourself, has become an anachronistic occupation for those with time and money to spare. In Europe and the Americas, ...
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Black market brains
Posted: 26 April 2016  
As we speculated in this MindBullet from a year ago, it's only a matter of time before rich people will buy additional brain capacity in the form of electronic enhancements, making them super-intelligent compared to the average person. And if it's outlawed, they will go to the black market - the gains are just too tempting!
Biohackers are turning to the black market for BRAIN implants
26 April 2016
Presidential candidate, Zoltan Istvan, claims he knows two Americans who are travelling abroad to get the technology. He says it could become a widespread ...
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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Combinatorial power to disrupt
Posted: 20 May 2015   1 Comment
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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Singapore's autonomous pods
Posted: 21 April 2016  
The autonomous vehicle revolution marches on...
Autonomous pods to continue Singapore's drive for autonomy
21 April 2016
Following the announcement that driverless taxis may be tested on its roads, Singapore is set to extend its autonomous vehicle credentials further still. The country's public transport operator SMRT has partnered with sustainable mobility firm 2getthere to roll-out driverless pods later this year.
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Smart system bias
Posted: 21 April 2016  
Of course humans seem to have built-in biases that are written into our DNA (I think there is something like 17 well-known cognitive biases that everyone falls victim to, like Confirmation Bias, Sunk-Cost, etc). But there is good evidence that the vast majority of our biases are learned: e.g. taxi drivers can't drive. This makes us incredibly slow to adapt and accept that reality has changed, ...
Mass surveillance has come full circle
Dateline: 19 April 2019
We're all connected, and most of our smart devices have cameras and sensors which can detect and analyze peoples' behaviour. What's more, our smart systems can aggregate and dissect everything happening online; mobile, financial, social - you name it. Nothing escapes the attention of the internet of things. In the age of transparency, artificial intelligence (AI) is being used to police the ...
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Published on: 21 April 2016   1 Comment
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Mass surveillance has come full circle
Dateline: 19 April 2019
We're all connected, and most of our smart devices have cameras and sensors which can detect and analyze peoples' behaviour. What's more, our smart systems can aggregate and dissect everything happening online; mobile, financial, social - you name it. Nothing escapes the attention of the internet of things. In the age of transparency, artificial intelligence (AI) is being used to police the police. To avoid human failures and criminal sabotage of surveillance for society's benefit, we need impartial ...
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Will cities rule society?
Posted: 20 April 2016  
Eight years ago we published a MindBullet highlighting the increasing importance of the city as a business and economic entity in its own right. Here's an interesting column by futurist Thomas Frey on the Rise of City Power:

"Today there are roughly 498 metro areas in the world with over 1 million residents. According to the Martin Prosperity Institute, the world's top 100 cities alone ...
Ugly battles for differentiation: Kuwait wins
Dateline: 14 January 2015
Hong Kong's New Year celebrations were dampened by the news that Kuwait's Silk City had topped the financial services league to become "The #1 Global Financial Center". The mood in New York and London was as glum as the weather. Over the past five years the banking and financial sector in Kuwait has evolved to global standards at a pace that would have been unthinkable in the early 2000s. ...
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Store robot takes stock and maps products
Posted: 19 April 2016  
Ever get frustrated wandering around the supermarket trying to find the product you want? Or driving to the store only to discover they're out of stock? The new stock-taking, store-mapping 4D Space Genius robot has the answer you've been waiting for!
Where's the sugar? Supermarket robot creates product maps as it takes stock
19 April 2016
In large supermarkets carrying thousands of goods, even employees can have trouble remembering where everything is. That's why Toronto's 4D Retail ...
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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Blowing up a space room
Posted: 18 April 2016  
Six years ago, when we published this MindBullet about blow-up space modules, possibly the building blocks for the first space hotel, I thought it sounded a little far-fetched. Now the first experimental module from Bigelow has been attached to the International Space Station and will be expanded next month.

Never underestimate the future! ...
Space Station
18 April 2016
Following extraction from Dragon, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was installed to the International Space Station at 5:36 a.m. EDT. At the ...
Bigelow pips Branson as leading space tourism pioneer
Dateline: 16 July 2015
The final module of the Bigelow 'Last Outpost' space entertainment center was successfully inflated and attached today. This brings the space station to a ...
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Super-speed mobile wifi system on the cards
Posted: 15 April 2016   1 Comment
Facebook is becoming an increasingly interesting and influential company, moving far beyond the field of social media. It's becoming a major player in the development of deep machine learning, intelligent talk-bots and the provision of Internet access to remote areas via unmanned solar-powered aircraft.
And now Facebook is testing a super high-speed wifi system that may enable mobile devices ...
Facebook Is Testing a Super-Speed Public Wi-Fi System
15 April 2016
New wireless technology could let mobile devices access data at speeds matching the fastest fiber-optic broadband.
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Connected clothes pegs alert you to rain!
Posted: 18 April 2016  
The Internet of Things (we prefer to call it the Internet of Everything) will bring all sorts of services and applications previously undreamt of, some life-changing. some insignificant but fun. Take this idea - connected clothes pegs that alert your cellphone when rain is on the way!
What ideas can you think of for the Internet of Everything - and how is your business preparing? Our theme ...
Smart clothes peg pings your phone when there's rain on the way
18 April 2016
Peggy is a smart clothes-peg prototype that uses a number of sensors and local weather information to tell you when the washing is dry and ping you when ...
Fluid deliveries are winning the hearts of ecommerce consumers
Dateline: 18 December 2016
How many times have you waited for the FedEx guy to come - to your home or to your office? Do you recall that irritable chore of booking a delivery slot, ...
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New home robot does it all - well, almost
Posted: 17 April 2016  
The idea of a home robot that helps around the house, can be a teacher, work assistant and more, has been with us for a long time. Now, such robots are here. There's Jibo http://www.seriouswonder.com/jibo-familys-first-robotic-companion/ and now there's Aido.
Aido: Your Next Generation Home Robot Is Here - SERIOUS WONDER
17 April 2016
If you've ever dreamed of having your own personal family robot, wait no longer - Aido is here! - B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder
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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Medical delivery drones for Rwanda
Posted: 6 April 2016   1 Comment
Many people scoffed when companies like Amazon started talking about using drones for delivery. Well, it's happening - and in Africa. Critical medical supplies are top be delivered to remote areas in Rwanda, in a world first.
Why Rwanda Is Going to Get the World’s First Network of Delivery Drones
6 April 2016
Shuttling blood and medicines via drone to remote locations throughout the country could improve health and save lives.
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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European parliament faces Blockchain
Posted: 15 April 2016  
Regulators and governments are finally starting to grasp the extent of the revolution taking place in financial services. Blockchain, the technology that underpins Bitcoin and other cyber currencies, has the capacity to disrupt the existing order.
European Parliament to host blockchain conference
15 April 2016
The European Parliament is set to host a four day conference on virtual currencies and blockchains as it seeks to educate MEPs about the fast-growing world ...
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 ...
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Privatising outer space
Posted: 15 April 2016  
Space is increasingly becoming the playground of the private sector, leaving governments behind. This opens all sorts of interesting questions about the real role of government versus the private sector.
Inflatable Spacecraft Launches, Falcon 9 Successfully Returns to Earth
15 April 2016
It looks like the outer space equivalent of a bounce house, but Bigelow’s BEAM could make space travel cheaper and safer.
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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Next step in wearables.
Posted: 15 April 2016  
Here's a new take on wearable - a little sticker on your arm than can monitor medical conditions or act as an entry ticket to concerts and events.
A stamp-size smart wearable with big potential
15 April 2016
A technology incorporated into a sticker about the size of a large postage stamp and as thin as a human hair could provide a more comfortable method for monitoring patient health or eliminate tickets to sporting events and concerts.
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