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A tax on robots
Posted: 17 February 2017   1 Comment
Back in February 2015 we wrote about a tax on robots. The European Parliament has just rejected this idea, while passing new regulations on AI and introducing an insurance scheme for driverless cars. But with robots, automation and AI set to wipe out billions of 'human' jobs, how long before the idea of a tax on robots is back before the legislators of the world?
EU move to bring in AI laws, but reject robot tax proposal
17 February 2017
The European Parliament has voted on a resolution to regulate the development of artificial intelligence and robotics. The proposed rules include ...
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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Wireless electric power
Posted: 21 February 2017   1 Comment
For many years we have been hoping for practical, economic wireless power for electronic devices, especially charging portable devices. Now it finally seems to be possible, with the latest paper from... Disney Research!

Forget 'witricity' and near-contact charging; now there is the technology to make your whole living room or office a charging cabinet for your devices, so they never have to ...
Quasistatic Cavity Resonance for Ubiquitous Wireless Power Transfer
21 February 2017
Wireless power delivery has the potential to seamlessly power our electrical devices as easily as data is transmitted through the air. However, existing ...
MindBullet logo NEW YORK WORKERS GET POWER OUT OF THIN AIR
This is the end of the power cord as we know it
Dateline: 12 November 2010
It doesn't matter if you're at the office or at home, take a look under your workstation. See the tangle of power cords, adapters and multi-plugs. What an ...
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Computers learning to deceive
Posted: 20 February 2017  
With software built on deep learning platforms, you can make someone say exactly what you want in a way that is nearly indistinguishable from reality - in a video. In essence, the computer learns how that person speaks, and how they move their face while speaking, from actual video footage. Then you instruct the software to re-enact something you've written and performed, and it will be ...
AI and the End of Truth
20 February 2017
Think the current fake news issue is bad? It won’t get any better with AI.
MindBullet logo NO MORE FAKE NEWS TO SWAY YOUR VIEWS
'Pants-on-fire' detector comes to the rescue
Dateline: 29 May 2021
The Internet and globalization brought hordes of information with it, but unfortunately no easy way of verifying the truth or validity of all those search ...
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Flame-spitting drones clear power lines
Posted: 19 February 2017  
How about a nightmare vision of drones spewing fire from the sky? Well, it's happening today, but for a good cause. In China, drones fitted with flamethrowers are being used to blast and burn hanging debris off power lines.
China's Drones Spew Fire to Burn Trash Off Power Lines - SERIOUS WONDER
19 February 2017
As drones become more accessible, China adds one extra innovation into their arsenal - burning debris off power lines! - B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder
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The AI weapon in the war against cancer
Posted: 19 February 2017  
Artificial Intelligence is not something that's going to happen in the future. It's around us today, making a massive impact in virtually every field of human endeavour....not least medicine. Read how AI is being used in the battle against cancer.
Artificial Intelligence Combats Cancer By Identifying Effective Drug Combinations - SERIOUS WONDER
19 February 2017
Cancer might be seeing its last days as artificial intelligence set its sights upon its eventual termination! - B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder
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Age of Abundance beckons but we will need to be up for it!
Posted: 18 February 2017  
Lab grown steaks are arriving...and taste as bad as a big Mac I guess but soon this will improve! Are we ready for a world of abundant food supply even as the population grows? Our minds are calibrated for scarcity. The future will be different.
When Will Our Meat-Filled Diets Go Post-Animal?
18 February 2017
We can't sustain the number of animals it takes to feed the planet. But soon we will be able to grow as much meat as we wantwithout the animals...
MindBullet logo FOOD IS NOTHING BUT I.P.
Billionaire digital chef creates the ultimate franchise
Dateline: 12 October 2023
When the first 3D ink-jet printers appeared, they were typically used for high-tech applications that could justify the cost. Leading-edge medicine was an ...
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And it's happening!
Posted: 17 February 2017  
We published the attached MindBullet only yesterday - and look at the news that has just been released in India.
https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/state-bank-india-announces-financial-blockchain-consortium-bankchain/ ...
MindBullet logo EMERGING MARKETS RACE FOR DIGITAL CURRENCY FIRST PLACE
Who will lead the global chaincash system?
Dateline: 13 March 2019
Several emerging economies are in a desperate tech race to be the first to establish a blockchain based fiat currency with global acceptance. The contenders, perhaps surprisingly, are the new giants, China and India, and little-known South Africa. Rich countries are too rigid in their financial structures and too protective of their established reserve currency status to risk a game changing ...
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Merging with machines
Posted: 15 February 2017   1 Comment
Just last week we published a MindBullet that suggested future interfaces will let us communicate brain-to-brain or brain-to-computer, just by thinking about it. Which means you can 'merge' with an artificial intelligence to upgrade your cognitive capabilities. Now Elon Musk (one of our techno-heroes) has come out saying that we MUST merge with machines, in order to stay relevant in the ...
Elon Musk: Humans must merge with machines or become irrelevant in AI age
15 February 2017
Billionaire Elon Musk's latest futuristic idea might be the key to saving humans from becoming useless when artificial intelligence grows.
MindBullet logo MERGED REALITY IS THE REAL DEAL
Direct to brain video brings virtual reality to life
Dateline: 17 February 2027
Now that we are able to stream data, images and live action video directly into the neocortex, it's becoming difficult to tell what's really real, and ...
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Project Loon takes a leap forward
Posted: 17 February 2017  
It's a crazy idea....but is it crazy enough? That's a question we often ask here at FutureWorld, and when it comes to Project Loon, it seems the answer is yes, it's crazy enough. Alphabet, Google's parent, has announced that plans to beam Internet access to remote areas through connected balloons is steaming ahead.
Alphabet's 'Loon' internet plan closer to deployment
17 February 2017
by Glenn CHAPMAN Google parent Alphabet said Thursday that artificial intelligence-infused navigation software has significantly sped up plans to deploy Project Loon internet balloons to serve remote regions of the world.
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EMERGING MARKETS RACE FOR DIGITAL CURRENCY FIRST PLACE
Published on: 16 February 2017   1 Comment
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Who will lead the global chaincash system?
Dateline: 13 March 2019
Several emerging economies are in a desperate tech race to be the first to establish a blockchain based fiat currency with global acceptance. The contenders, perhaps surprisingly, are the new giants, China and India, and little-known South Africa. Rich countries are too rigid in their financial structures and too protective of their established reserve currency status to risk a game changing innovation like this. An upsurge in nationalism and rejection of globalisation by America, Britain and Europe ...
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Flying taxis in Dubai soon!
Posted: 14 February 2017  
So, we we spoke of in a MindBullet published years ago, will Hertz become the worlds largest airline, and starting in Dubai?
Here’s the flying taxi that Dubai’s transportation authority says could be in the skies by summer
14 February 2017
Given that The Jetsons promised these things 50 years ago, we're skeptical that this will actually happen. Nevertheless,
MindBullet logo HERTZ VOTED BEST AIRLINE
Boeing and Airbus in a tail-spin as the allure of personal planes hits air travel
Dateline: 16 July 2020
As the holiday season gets into full swing, some of the major air hubs in Europe and the USA are comfortably quiet. Chicago, Atlanta, Amsterdam and ...
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Google's AlphaGo gets better!
Posted: 13 February 2017  
Last year AlphaGo beat Lee Sedol, one of the worlds best Go players. Now, Google's secret online AI has beaten the world champ and dozens of others in online Go games!
Google reveals secret test of AI bot to beat top Go players
13 February 2017
Updated version of DeepMind's AlphaGo program behind mystery online competitor.
MindBullet logo AI AGENT WINS NOBEL PRIZE
Researcher makes physics breakthrough with artificial help
Dateline: 2 October 2010
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences shocked the scientific community yesterday by announcing that the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to an ...
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Solar employs twice as many people as coal
Posted: 11 February 2017  
The writing is on the wall...
The Solar Industry Now Employs Twice As Many People As Coal
11 February 2017
With the financial burden of fossil fuels and the ever-growing repercussions of climate change, a larger job market is just one reason to go green
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Flying driverless cars? You bet!
Posted: 10 February 2017  
Best we enjoy driving our cars now as we won't be doing it for long!
Uber hires Nasa engineer for flying car project | IOL
10 February 2017
The company envisions a future in which consumers can take a regular Uber ride to a ‘vertiport’.
MindBullet logo HERTZ VOTED BEST AIRLINE
Boeing and Airbus in a tail-spin as the allure of personal planes hits air travel
Dateline: 16 July 2020
As the holiday season gets into full swing, some of the major air hubs in Europe and the USA are comfortably quiet. Chicago, Atlanta, Amsterdam and ...
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New principles to protect mankind from AI
Posted: 9 February 2017  
Are you concerned about the potential impact of Artificial Intelligence and intelligent robots on humankind? You might be relieved to hear that so are Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Ray Kurzweil and other top scientists and innovators. They were among 2,000 signatories this week to a new set of principles designed to protect mankind from threats from AI.
The Asilomar AI principles also address ...
Musk, Hawking and other luminaries sign AI principles into being
9 February 2017
The Asilomar AI Principles take a stab at protecting humankind from an AI apocalypse and ensuring the many, not just the few, reap AI's benefits.
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MERGED REALITY IS THE REAL DEAL
Published on: 9 February 2017   2 Comments
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Direct to brain video brings virtual reality to life
Dateline: 17 February 2027
Now that we are able to stream data, images and live action video directly into the neocortex, it's becoming difficult to tell what's really real, and what's just our current reality. The line between the two is becoming increasingly blurry, and we're not sure on which side of that line we are standing. It's like the Matrix, reloaded and recharged. But without the wires. You can hook into someone else's consciousness, thoughts and experiences, or merge with an AI for a while. Now sharing your ...
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Print me a spaceship
Posted: 7 February 2017  
We wrote a MindBullet scenario a couple of years ago, that suggested it would be easier to 3D-print a giant spaceship in orbit, rather than launch such a huge payload from the surface of the planet. It seems now, that 3D printing is also being increasingly employed to build space capsules for launching humans into orbit. Not only is Boeing using metal 3D printing for aircraft parts, but also ...
Exclusive: Boeing's space taxis to use more than 600 3D-printed parts
7 February 2017
Boeing Co has hired a small company to make about 600 3D-printed parts for its Starliner space taxis, meaning key components in the United States manned ...
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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NOW THIS IS REAL PEOPLE POWER!
Published on: 2 February 2017  
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Under-skin solar powers mobile devices and saves lives
Dateline: 26 August 2023
Remember the days when batteries in mobile phones and other device ran flat every day? A major irritation to be sure, but for critical implanted devices like pacemakers, failing battery power was nothing short of life-threatening. That's what prompted the idea that under-skin solar power-packs could drive such medical devices. Researchers in Switzerland proved the theory after extensive testing, showing that even in low-sunlight areas, and regardless of the season. these power cells could generate ...
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First Human-Pig Chimera Is a Step Toward Custom Organs
Posted: 29 January 2017  
For decades scientists have worked on mixing animal cells with human cells. While this nightmarish scenario may bring forth the stuff of nightmares, this is unlikely with uses being able to groh human organs. Will you be ordering up a homo-porcine gallbladder on Amazon this time next year? No. No, definitely not. But researchers have done two things they’ve never done before: 1. Combine two ...
First Human-Pig Chimera Is a Step Toward Custom Organs
29 January 2017
Scientists at the Salk Institute report today the first ever embryos containing cells from both pigs and humans.
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Here comes the e-yuan.
Posted: 26 January 2017  
We started writing about this back in 2012 - that China would come out with the e-yuan - see the MindBullet alongside. And now it looks like its going to happen.
And meanwhile in India, the country's biggest banks are forming a consortium to develop a Blockchain interbank platform - see the link below. The financial service industry will never be the same ...
Chinese central bank tests digital currency system
26 January 2017
The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has completed a successful trial run of a digital bank acceptance exchange, moving it closer to becoming the first ...
MindBullet logo CHINA LAUNCHES THE E-YUAN
US Dollar slides as gold-backed RMB becomes the online and offline currency of choice
Dateline: 15 March 2015
China's monetary authority has done it again. After surprising everyone but a small group of futurists by partially adopting a gold standard to back their ...
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