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Anything but Clump?
Posted: 21 October 2016  
With the increasing disenchantment with both candidates in the digital media, one wonders if our recent MindBullet, suggesting an AI system would be the best POTUS, isn't right on the mark.

After publishing this MindBullet, we came across this article from earlier in the year that asks the same question: Could a robot run for President? ...
Could a robot run for U.S. president in 2020?
21 October 2016
Advances in artificial intelligence have raised the question of a supercomputer running for office.
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The next Commander in Chief is an avatar
Dateline: 3 November 2020
When a Presidential decision can affect millions of people's lives, it's a weighty matter; one that must balance ethics, integrity and pragmatism with what ...
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Published on: 20 October 2016   1 Comment
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The next Commander in Chief is an avatar
Dateline: 3 November 2020
When a Presidential decision can affect millions of people's lives, it's a weighty matter; one that must balance ethics, integrity and pragmatism with what is best for the majority of the people. It's not easy to arrive at the best decision, even with a host of expert advisors. That's why it is best left to the dispassionate rationality of Artificial Intelligence. Since Watson learned to diagnose cancer quicker and more accurately than the most experienced oncologist, the IBM AI platform has also ...
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Failing tech
Posted: 12 October 2016   1 Comment
Here's a long form essay that almost precisely echoes the insight of our MindBullet from January 2015.

When we've come to rely on technology, that never fails, we are often unprepared to deal with the unusual circumstance, when it DOES fail. Over time, computers can diminish our skills! ...
Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster | Tim Harford
12 October 2016
The Long Read: We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks. Driverless cars are next. But is our reliance on automation ...
Critical system failures that don't trigger corrective action cause disasters
Dateline: 21 March 2016
Yet another airliner has fallen out of the sky without warning. And the reason is fail-safe systems that fail to alert the pilots to the real problem when ...
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Diesel's days are numbered
Posted: 19 October 2016  
Germany is the latest country to announce a future when all cars must be emissions free. The target date is 2030. But as this article in Wired points out, it's damn difficult to make a decent profit on pure electric vehicles. Which means the big auto makers are hedging their bets. Quite likely, when they say "every car will be electric" they mean they'll all use some sort of hybrid technology ...
Das Diesel is Dead. The Next Generation German Car Will be Electric. Probably.
19 October 2016
BMW, VW, and Mercedes promise they're serious about electric cars, but are moving slowly.
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 ...
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Published on: 13 October 2016  
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Synthetic Biologists say it’s not what it seems
Dateline: 4 February 2022
The sugar taxes did not work, the juice cleanses came and went, and now that obesity rates have broken through the roof, it's time for us to try something different. In 2016 Oxford scientists created oranges that tasted and smelled like grapefruit. They were driven by purely economic reasons back then, as it took about 400,000kg of grapefruits to produce 1kg of grapefruit flavouring for use in other food products such as sweets and drinks. From there the technology improved exponentially as ...
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The future of mobility
Posted: 11 October 2016  
Here's an interesting article on urban mobility in 2030, by McKinsey&Company, based on their report. I am pretty sure that by 2030 most urban dwellers will prefer to view mobility as an on-demand service, rather than an investment in personal vehicles. McKinsey provides several models for the future, all of them disruptive. That's the key - disruption is certain.
An integrated perspective on the future of mobility
11 October 2016
A number of social, economic, and technological trends will work together to disrupt mobility, potentially creating three new urban models by 2030.
Private cars banned in New York and London
Dateline: 17 August 2019
Four years ago, it was proposed that gasoline and diesel vehicles be banned from certain cities and states; but the new trend towards mobility as a service ...
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Google's home invasion begins
Posted: 6 October 2016  
Three years and one month ago, we published this MindBullet about Google 'invading' peoples homes with a smart TV. Well, now they are doing it, but with a speaker instead of a screen. Or you can use the phone to summon Google's Assistant. Yes, we 'predicted' that, way back in 2004, in a MindBullet too:
http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/MindBullets/MindBulletsDetails.aspx?MindBulletID=93. ...
All That New Google Hardware? It's a Trojan Horse for AI
6 October 2016
Five years ago, experts thought the phone would be the interface to everything. That's not the case anymore.
With Google Screen you get more than just television, broadband and games
Dateline: 26 August 2015
Google has launched its pay TV service, with regular television channels on a broadband connection. But unlike 'on demand' services, this is an entirely ...
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How to train your robot
Posted: 6 October 2016  
In a previous MindBullet we talked about the Robot Internet, where unskilled robots could download all the information they needed to perform a skill or carry out a new function. There's a name for that now, and it's 'cloud robotics'. Using connected artificial intelligence, let robots learn from each other. That's what Google is doing.
Google's next big step for AI: Getting robots to teach each other new skills
6 October 2016
Robots haven't reached human intelligence yet, but Google's researchers are showing how they're closing the gap using downloadable intelligence.
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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Published on: 6 October 2016  
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Brexit looks benign in the face of new shocks
Dateline: 14 October 2017
Disruption and turbulence are the new normal, as Black and 'Grey' Swans hatch repeatedly. When the British voted to leave the EU, it was a great shock to the global system, and markets reacted in both predictable, and unpredictable ways. While everyone was 'waiting and seeing' which way the wind would blow, Donald Trump became POTUS, sending another shockwave through the world. Within a year, France and Germany saw populism and reactionary forces replace their governing parties, and the EU is ...
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More 3D printer magic
Posted: 4 October 2016  
Here's another advance in additive, or rather digital direct metal manufacturing. This 3D printer not only makes finished parts from metal powder, it also mills and polishes them to final specifications.
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How to steal an AI
Posted: 4 October 2016  
How do you steal someone else's deep learning algorithm that has been built up from thousands, perhaps millions of data inputs? Apparently all you need to do is build a machine learning system that quizzes the target AI often enough and voila! you can replicate it.
How to Steal an AI
4 October 2016
Researchers show how they can reverse engineer and reconstruct someone else's machine learning engine---using machine learning.
Machines that think for themselves are taking over the world
Dateline: 22 February 2022
In our quest to develop smarter, more powerful, less power-hungry computers and devices, we have created artificial intelligence that rivals that of the ...
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Published on: 29 September 2016  
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Self-repairing clothing works like magic
Dateline: 26 November 2019
With Millennials lacking basic needlework skills and only thinking of Twitter when you say 'thread' - someone had to come up with a sewing solution that is so easy, even the laziest among us would have no excuse. Researchers at D-IT in Paris have created a detergent that can infiltrate torn or damaged clothing fibers and enable them to re-attach. Just use cold water, a spoonful of Mendy (provisional name) and 25 minutes later your sweater will really be as good as new! Mendy was developed from an ...
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3D printers shaping the future of manufacturing
Posted: 28 September 2016  
Some people are already dismissing consumer 3D printing as a passing fad. They may prove to be right. But one area where 3D printing is surging ahead, though still far from mature, is industrial manufacturing systems. As printing, or additive manufacturing systems become increasingly automated, robotized, and new technologies get developed, we will see large-scale disruption to traditional ...
12 high-end 3D printers shaping the future of additive manufacturing
28 September 2016
The most incredible innovations in 3D printing technology can be found amongst the industry's high-end machines. These are 12 of the most exciting high-end ...
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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The urban future
Posted: 26 September 2016  
We have published MindBullets before about the inexorable shift to an urban demographic. Key in this trend is China's stated intention to reach 75% urbanization, and Africa will catch up eventually. So, will cities, both economically powerful and housing many voters and tax payers, become the center of influence in the future?
Why The Future Will Be Dictated By Cities, Not Nations
26 September 2016
Cities encourage forward-thinking attitudes that will transcend the rise, fall, and enacting of bad policies by their parent countries.
United Nations blames supersized cities for world's social ills
Dateline: 15 March 2039
In a sweeping move, the United Nations has ordered the 75 largest megacities in the world to come up with strategies to radically reduce their urban ...
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Published on: 22 September 2016  
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Voice is the new mobile computer interface
Dateline: 21 September 2019
The company that brought us the world's first true smart phone has done it again. A dozen years after the launch of the iPhone, Apple has completely redefined the personal mobile computing device - you know, that thing we used to call a 'phone.' At the height of the smartphone revolution, Apple's iPhone 8 was being outsmarted by Samsung and other Android devices; cheaper, faster and more ubiquitous than Apple, the open platform ruled. But in its inimitable fashion, Apple had "just one more thing" to ...
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The future of AI
Posted: 19 September 2016  
We published a MindBullet some time ago which postulated that, in the future, AI would come to mean augmented intelligence rather than artificial intelligence. Elon Musk seems to agree. He thinks the future lies in closer connection between our brains and smart systems. This might involve us becoming symbiotes with an AI linked directly to our neural system. That is exactly the scenario ...
Elon Musk says the future of AI is in linking it to our brains
19 September 2016
Elon Musk has more thoughts on artificial intelligence, but this idea involves merging with computers instead of fighting them.
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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3D printing remakes construction
Posted: 15 September 2016  
3D printing has made its mark in many industries, and now it is set to revolutionise construction. Read on...
Constructing the Future: Homes Can Now Be Made In A Day With 3D Printing
15 September 2016
Companies around the globe are using 3D printing to create structures that are both safe and cost effective. It's revolutionizing how we live, and it could allow us to provide housing for our poorest citizens.
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Robot operates inside the eye
Posted: 15 September 2016  
Imagine this - robotic surgery so delicate and fine that it can firstly remove the tremors from the surgeon's hand, and actually operate inside the eye! Advances in medical technology are absolutely staggering.
World First: Surgeons Restored A Man's Sight By Operating a Robot Inside His Eye
15 September 2016
Doctors from Oxford have performed an eye operation using remote controlled robots. The use of the Preceyes surgical robot inside the eye opens the door for more precision operations using robots.
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Published on: 15 September 2016  
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Global firm says "No thanks, we're good" in a new world of ethical dilemmas
Dateline: 4 May 2026
To boost the brain, or not to boost the brain? That's the latest differentiating factor that is dividing clients and determining their choice of service providers. No one is sure exactly how the nut should be cracked, but in the most progressive markets some executives are already taking a stand. The German engineering firm AUB has implemented pioneering policies relating to the (non)-use of brain enhancing drugs at work. Their belief? Increased productivity and innovation is necessary and very ...
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Robo-sumo is the new sport!
Posted: 14 September 2016  
Don't say we didn't warn you! See the MindBullet we published back in 2015.
Introducing Robo-Sumo: A Spectator Sport with Fighting Autonomous Robots
14 September 2016
Introducing Robo-Sumo. Just like the traditional Japanese sport, but with robots instead of people. The catch: they're completely autonomous.
Lessons from Battling Bots are shaping industry
Dateline: 16 August 2018
Who would have believed even three years ago that wrestling matches between giant robots would become the world's most popular TV entertainment - and would ...
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