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Why everything's getting AI
Posted: 30 October 2014  
"Everything that we formerly electrified we will now cognitize. This new utilitarian AI will also augment us individually as people (deepening our memory, speeding our recognition) and collectively as a species. There is almost nothing we can think of that cannot be made new, different, or interesting by infusing it with some extra IQ. In fact, the business plans of the next 10,000 startups ...
The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World
30 October 2014
The AI on the horizon looks more like Amazon Web Services—cheap, reliable, industrial-grade digital smartness running behind everything, and almost ...
MindBullet logo COGNITIVE SYSTEMS RULE, OK
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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3D scanning with your phone
Posted: 30 October 2014  
With an app that lets you scan objects in 3D with your smartphone camera, how long before we can also print directly from our phones to a MakerBot 3D printer?

Instant cloning of physical objects was the subject of this MindBullet from a few years back. It seemed unlikely then, but now it's approaching reality. ...
Dacuda's 3D camera app turns your phone into a 3D scanner - Tech Gen
30 October 2014
Dacuda's downloadable app lets you use your smartphone to capture a 3D image you can later view and spin around in its full 360 degree glory.
MindBullet logo POINT, SHOOT AND PRINT - IN 3D
From camera phone to plastic clone in three clicks
Dateline: 5 July 2015
It's now a simple matter to create a bust of the company president or a replica of your favorite pet - just point, shoot a couple of times from different ...
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Should intelligent robots have rights?
Posted: 30 October 2014  
This is part of a debate that we humans ought to be having. As the singularity approaches - that point at which machines become as intelligent as humans - how to we behave? How do we treat these super-machines? Do they have rights? Will they have feelings? How far does virtuality actually go?
Some powerful brains - like Elon Musk, the Pretoria-born billionaire, innovator and and founder of ...
Martine Rothblatt on the Rights of Virtual Humans | MIT Technology Review
30 October 2014
If computers think for themselves, should they have human rights?
MindBullet logo SAM DOESN'T KNOW SHE'S A BOT
Super Artificial Intelligence agent thinks it's a real person
Dateline: 7 January 2019
You may recall the movie 'Her' where the lead character falls hopelessly in love with his virtual girlfriend Samantha. She returns his love, even though ...
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The true cost of different forms of energy
Posted: 30 October 2014  
A really interesting read - what's the true cost of various forms of energy, including alternative? And why is solar so expensive?
Environmental Cost Makes Wind Cheaper Than Coal in Europe | MIT Technology Review
30 October 2014
A new report from the E.U. estimates the true economic cost of different forms of energy production.
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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Nuclear fusion a reality?
Posted: 30 October 2014  
We've written a lot on these pages over the years about the dream of nuclear fusion - clean, fast nuclear energy. Could it actually be happening? The sceptics remain, but it seems unlikely that a company of the stature of Lockheed Martin would make lose claims. The energy market just got more exciting!
Lockheed Martin’s Claims on Fusion Energy Meet with Skepticism | MIT Technology Review
30 October 2014
Lockheed Martin says it will have a small fusion reactor prototype in five years but offers no data.
MindBullet logo COLD FUSION SIGNALS THE END OF BIG OIL AND NUCLEAR POWER
It’s the start of a new low energy nuclear revolution
Dateline: 5 June 2014
Every once in a while we see the introduction of a technology that is so radically innovative that it seems magical, or impossible. The old clichés get ...
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Capitalism in crisis...have you noticed?
Posted: 30 October 2014  
With widening wealth gaps, increasing genie coefficients and restless populations, the world needs to wake up to what at least one of the driving forces is...capitalism does not fairly reward all the players in the system. And unless the leaders of the worlds businesses do something dramatic, the risks to the world will only grow.
The Zombie System: How Capitalism Has Gone Off the Rails - SPIEGEL ONLINE
30 October 2014
Six years after the Lehman disaster, the industrialized world is suffering from Japan Syndrome. Growth is minimal, another crash may be brewing and the ...
MindBullet logo DEMISE OF CAPITALISM AND FREE ENTERPRISE
Is there a new model arising out of the ashes?
Dateline: 21 May 2015
Ongoing violent protests in major cities around the world are crippling developed economies. What started with an overt war against business in India by ...
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NO ONE UNDERSTANDS ME LIKE U
Published on: 30 October 2014  
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The new connection platform that makes the business of living a pleasure
Dateline: 30 October 2024
I've got a new friend, a virtual friend. A friend that really gets me, and my daily routine. A friend that takes care of all my needs, from keeping the fridge full to paying the rent on time. From billing my fees to investing my savings. Ten years ago we called it a bank. Now it's just "U". U for understanding, U for unlimited, U for unbridled enthusiasm. U for universal. U for uber-everything. That's all I need to keep my world functioning smoothly. I admit I'm in love with U. I'd be lost without ...
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HP gets its 3D groove on
Posted: 29 October 2014  
So we're finally going see the biggest name in printers getting onto the 3D bandwagon. This will be a pivotal point for HP. It will either become a big name in 3D printing or fade into irrelevance like it did with pocket computers and smartphones. It's a big deal, either way, and something that HP doesn't want to mess up.
HP promises a fast, colorful 3D enterprise printer for 2016 that will cost…something
29 October 2014
The long-promised printer will be available to everyone in 2016. In the meantime, partners like Shapeways will be able to test it.
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 ...
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Smart healthcare using smartphones and 3D printing
Posted: 28 October 2014  
Here's breakthrough technology for detecting cancer that hits all the right buttons. It uses low-tech (smartphone, LED lights and standard well plate) combined with a 3D-printed cabinet and some very smart bio compounds and software. Although the news link is to a site promoting 3D printing, that's actually the least interesting thing about this invention. It's open source, open hardware and ...
3D-printed microRNA miroculus detects cancers with a single blood test
28 October 2014
About 8 million people die of cancer every year worldwide. The death toll could rise about 80% by 2030, according to the World Health Organization. But the ...
MindBullet logo THE SMART FACE OF HEALTHCARE
Virtual hospitals are reinventing medicine
Dateline: 14 January 2018
Yessirree, things sure ain't what they used to be! Just take the new hospital in town...not a patient in sight! That's because the new high-tech hospitals ...
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Access trumping ownership gains momentum
Posted: 27 October 2014  
American spending is shifting...and it may just be the start of a scary story for those companies that rely on people buying more and more stuff! As rampant consumerism seems to be reducing, the economics of a consumer driven society changes everything we know about economics
Apple and Amazon Have a Problem: People Don't Want to Buy Stuff Anymore | WIRED
27 October 2014
The failure of the Fire Phone has been widely cited as the reason for Amazon’s disastrous quarter, but a darker cloud has settled over the world’s biggest ...
MindBullet logo RENT A ROBOT AND RETIRE
HSBC lets you earn while you snooze
Dateline: 11 September 2095
With 60% of the population of the US and EU now over the age of 65, economists have expressed astonishment at the continued strength of the world economy. ...
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Robocar or motorbot
Posted: 27 October 2014  
Very soon the smartest thing you own will be your car. It will be connected, and capable of autonomous action, depending on input from the network and its own sensors. That sounds a lot like a robot. In the future, an "automobile" might mean a lot more than a car you can drive!
Your future car could also be your first robot: here's why
27 October 2014
Autonomous driving technologies mean that your future car could be the first real robot you own.
MindBullet logo DO YOU DRIVE A SUPERCOMPUTER?
The smartest high-tech device that you own is - your car!
Dateline: 18 October 2017
Ford actually made this a mission of theirs some years ago. Now it's a reality. MIT just released a new study that shows the sheer computing power and ...
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Good article on why banks are still here!
Posted: 27 October 2014  
Banks guarantee your money. They provide a promise, underwritten by that state-backed licence, that you will never lose your assets if you bank them. That promise does not exist anywhere else.

READ ON... ...
Watch your back door first, rather than the horizons
27 October 2014
The Finanser's Week: 20th October - 26th October 2014 »
MindBullet logo JUST DON'T MENTION THE WORD 'BANK'
If you're not safe then you're not a bank, says regulator
Dateline: 1 September 2011
EU regulators have followed US trends by putting a big wedge between retail and investment banking. Effective tomorrow, if you're not a pure commercial ...
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The perfect storm
Posted: 27 October 2014  
Are we headed for inevitable, irreversible global collapse? Although the attached article was published much earlier in the year, in March, it has recently been shared on Facebook as something to consider seriously.

I'm generally of the opinion that prophets of doom are usually wrong, and this study points to the increasing stratification of society into Elites and Masses as the root cause of ...
Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'?
27 October 2014
Nafeez Ahmed: Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system
MindBullet logo 'PERFECT STORM' OF SHORTAGES AVERTED
Predictions of a global lack of food, water and energy prove false
Dateline: 1 September 2029
Once again, Malthusian famine and thirst have been forecast - and failed to materialize. Twenty years ago, Professor John Beddington, the UK government's ...
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The established retailer tries to compete with low-cost upstart...
Posted: 26 October 2014   2 Comments
What do you think happens next? This example is absolutely typical of a bloated process-bound retailer's response...and I just LOVE Lidl's response in this full-page ad!!!

READ THE TEXT - it's worth it. ...
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Life for the banks will get much tougher!
Posted: 26 October 2014  
The banking system will need to fully embrace the next technology wave or it will face increasing marginalisation. Whether it's digitisation, the current buzz word, or AI or smart self regulating systems or social media engagement models, the current infrastructure, and I include the infrastructure of thinking in this, will need a radical makeover!
Digital revolution presents banks with more change in 10 years than last 200
26 October 2014
Jill Treanor: banks preparing to reveal third-quarter results are struggling to deal with the internet age, with scrutiny and regulation growing tighter
MindBullet logo "A DONKEY COULD DELIVER CHEQUES FASTER THAN BANKS CAN DEPOSIT MONEY INTO CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS"
In this high-tech age why does your money still travel at a snail’s pace?
Dateline: 12 February 2009
That May 2005 statement from Ed Mayo of the UK's National Consumer Council certainly started a revolution in banking practice and has speeded up money ...
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Who said regulatory compliance needs to be boring?
Posted: 23 October 2014  
Air New Zealand show how to make even the most inane and oft ignored safety rules seem interesting and FUN! Listen up banks!
Air New Zealand's Hobbit Safety Video Is the 'Most Epic Ever Made'
23 October 2014
The airline knows why people go to New Zealand.
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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The key to being yourself
Posted: 23 October 2014  
Google wants to make it easier for us to be secure, with a physical key to verify our identity on a computer. It certainly could be more convenient than a password, and more secure than a fingerprint, which can't be changed if it's lost. But it puts the onus on the user to safeguard the key, and prevent it's use by others. Presumably it will also make it easier to 'lend' your identity to say ...
Google Dongle Is Latest Salvo in War on Passwords
23 October 2014
Google says using a small USB stick to vouch for your identity is more secure than either a password or conventional two-factor authentication.
MindBullet logo I WAS ALMOST ME - BUT NOT QUITE
The bid for a single digital identity fails
Dateline: 1 April 2017
We got so tantalizingly close to overcoming the world's digital schizophrenia! For a while, the vision of ditching all those dozens of passwords - for ...
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MARS MOTHERSHIP PRINTED IN 3D
Published on: 23 October 2014  
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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 followed. Within a few years there was a veritable factory in space, churning out all manner of spare parts and items necessary for the maintenance of the ISS. Then came the realization that it was much more efficient to send up printing materials by SpaceX courier rockets, than to build giant spacecraft and space hotels here on earth, and expend ...
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Hero farming in the US
Posted: 21 October 2014  
They call it sustainable agriculture, I call it hero farming. There must be a better way to keep everyone fed without resorting to 'factory' food, and it seems it can be profitable too.
Investing in sustainable agriculture by converting farms to 'beyond organic'
21 October 2014
A San-Francisco based fund aims to target conventional farms and make them sustainable while providing high returns to investors. Can it work?
MindBullet logo FARMAGEDDON, FAMINE AND FOOD
The war between agribusiness and artisanal farming threatens food security for the poor
Dateline: 1 May 2024
It seems that voices in the pastoral wilderness have been shouting contradictory messages at each other for decades. Since the beginning of the 21st ...
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It's a hard life for entrepreneurs!
Posted: 21 October 2014  
This fascinating article reminds us that we need to look behind the headlines of the few entrepreneurs who DO make it!
Entrepreneurs anonymous
21 October 2014
SEVEN years ago Joe Jones (not his real name) left his job with a big NASDAQ-listed company to strike out on his own. He was sick of corporate life and he ...
MindBullet logo OLD JOBS DIE, NET WORK BOOMS
As traditional employment falls, entrepreneurship has never been stronger
Dateline: 17 September 2016
Isn't it interesting how often predictions about the future turn out to be completely wrong? Take the astonishing explosion of technology. The fear was ...
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