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Zapping on an extra year
Posted: 17 January 2017  
The newly discovered protein that regulates how we age at a cellular level is called TZAP. This could be the primary controlling factor in how long our cells can replicate and survive aging. Which only goes to show, that every year we learn something new to help realise the scenario of this MindBullet.
Scientists discover master regulator of cellular aging
17 January 2017
Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute report the discovery of TZAP, a protein that binds the ends of chromosomes and determines how long telomeres ...
Every year your life increases by another year
Dateline: 1 January 2033
If you're young enough, you may never die. Seriously. Think about it: If average lifespan keeps increasing, every year, then as long as you are younger ...
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Predictions for the coming decade
Posted: 16 January 2017  
Eric Schmidt shares his predictions for the future in this concise and well-articulated video.
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And so the universal income debate grows...
Posted: 15 January 2017  
As the world begins to grapple with tech driven unemployment, we will see a rise in the debate on how to fund humans into the future! This leads to a debate on the future of capitalism, wealth and reward as we knew it. How will we measure success in the future...and it cannot be the way we measure it now.
EU proposes giving all citizens a universal basic income
15 January 2017
MEPs have warned European countries must “seriously” consider introducing a general basic income to prepare for wide scale unemployment that could come as ...
Individuals demand more predictability - nations get unexpected growth
Dateline: 9 March 2013
The stark economic reality has even sidelined the annual Davos jamboree: US$ 8 trillion has been pumped into world financial systems; banks and a large ...
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Paying an insurance claim in...3 seconds!
Posted: 15 January 2017  
So just what's possible in this new world with reinvented business models, backed by super-technology such as Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. How about an insurance claim settled - and paid - in three seconds?
Yes, it has happened...eat your hearts out, traditional insurance companies! Read on for the details. ...
Lemonade Sets New World Record
15 January 2017
His coat was stolen on a sub-zero Saturday night. He hoped it might turn up, but six freezing days later Brandon despaired of finding it, and did something no one has ever done:
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Dutch trains run on 100% wind energy
Posted: 12 January 2017  
This is revolutionary - and well ahead of schedule. The initial plan was that this programme would be up and running in 2018, but here's the announcement that all Dutch trains will run on wind energy from this month.
Dutch passenger trains to run on 100% wind energy
12 January 2017
The 600,000 Dutch that travel daily by train will now do so thanks purely to wind energy, with the national rail operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) announcing that 100 percent of its passenger trains will be powered by the renewable source from January onwards.
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Published on: 12 January 2017  
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Robotic vision has improved exponentially, and it's making them more 'human'
Dateline: 12 January 2020
In the last three years, laser-based optical radar, or LIDAR has come a long way. LIDAR became famous when Google started using it on their self-driving cars; but it was big, clumsy and slightly threatening. That spinning cylinder on top of a car or robot might help it navigate, but it looks so mechanical! Then along came digital 3D laser scanners. With a diamond-studded microchip at its core, the invisible light beam is manipulated electronically; no moving parts. The LIDAR chip is the size of a ...
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The voice will rule
Posted: 11 January 2017  
Last year we published this MindBullet, suggesting that computing as we've come to know it was about to be transformed by voice technology, combined with AI and mobile of course. Now the Economist agrees, in this article.
How voice technology is transforming computing
11 January 2017
Like casting a magic spell, it lets people control the world through words alone
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 ...
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A swarm of micro drones
Posted: 10 January 2017  
One of our MindBullets from almost eight years ago suggested that the US military would weaponise real cyborg insects and attack human soldiers with swarms of steerable locusts, or similar bugs. The other option would be to build robotic locusts that could smother their target. Well, here's a story of a successful test of micro drones operating in a swarm and launched from fighter aircraft. ...
Pentagon successfully tests micro-drone swarm
10 January 2017
The Pentagon may soon be unleashing a 21st-century version of locusts on its adversaries after officials on Monday said it had successfully tested a swarm ...
Cyborg locusts open new frontier
Dateline: 28 April 2014
The first 'cyborg-war' has just been won after millions of wirelessly-controlled locusts swamped the North Korean army as it massed on the border with ...
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Honda's self-balancing motorbike follows you like a puppy
Posted: 9 January 2017  
Honda has demonstrated a motorcycle with the ability to self-balance, and even self-drive at slow speeds.

The bike appears to be a modified NC750S – a twin-cylinder midrange naked bike that uses Honda's clutchless automatic dual-clutch transmission. "This Riding Assist does not use large gyroscopes, which would add a lot of weight and limit the bike's ability to maneuver," says Honda's global ...
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IBM's Big Five Trends for the furture
Posted: 9 January 2017  
What does IBM see as the Big Five trends for the next five years? Read on...
X-ray vision, hidden meanings and disease trackers: IBM's 5 in 5 for 2017
9 January 2017
Since 2005, IBM has been releasing an annual list of five technological trends that it thinks will take off in the next five years. Given the emergence of AI and the Internet of Things, this year’s predictions are focused on these two areas.
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Return of the Kombi - with a serious twist!
Posted: 9 January 2017  
Who would have thought it? Remember the good old Volksie Kombi, beloved of our hippy youth? Well, VW is bringing it back - but this time as the I.D. Buzz, an autonomous electric vehicle of the future.
Volkswagen resurrects the Kombi as an AWD, autonomous electric minibus
9 January 2017
Electric is the big focus for Volkswagen right now, as it gears up for a serious push into EVs beginning in 2020. This I.D. Buzz minibus shows us what we might be in for - including a modular, convertible cabin, augmented reality HUD, removable dash and speakers and laser-guided self driving.
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Wind outstrips coal
Posted: 7 January 2017   1 Comment
The relentless march of alternative energy continues, matched by radical advances in battery technology. It's a matter of only a handful of years before the combination of alternatives and super-efficient battery storage will be cheaper than any form of fossil-fuel powered energy. And remember - wind and solar are not resources - they're technologies.
UK wind power overtakes coal for first time
7 January 2017
Green groups hail analysis showing collapse in coal due to power station closures and rising carbon taxes
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Beyond the Internet of Things
Posted: 6 January 2017  
The revitalised Nokia company (see Neil's post below) has a vision for the future that goes beyond the mechanistic internet of things. It's called the Programmable World:

"In the programmable world, tens of billions of mobile sensors feed data into interoperable cloud platforms, which perform intelligent analysis and translate the learnings into actions that are fed back to the real world via actuators, such as valves, engines, locks, autonomous machines, and devices of all sorts. As the real world becomes programmable and connectivity expands ...
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How Nokia is reinventing itself
Posted: 6 January 2017   1 Comment
We all know the story of how Nokia failed to read the signs of radical change in the mobile industry that it once dominated and its subsequent fall from grace. But fewer know how Nokia has reinvented itself as a networking company, with powerful future visions.
This fascinating interview with Nokia's visionary chairman is packed with business lessons for us all. ...
Nokia’s next chapter
6 January 2017
The Finnish giant has exited mobile phones and doubled down on its networking business. Chairman Risto Siilasmaa explains why--and how.
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Printing living, beating heart cells to save lives
Posted: 6 January 2017  
We've written so much about 3D printing over the years, but this development is truly astonishing. Scientists in Australia have developed a methodology to treat heart attacks by taking skin cells from the patient, harvesting stem cells which then grow into heart cells, and using a 3D bioprinter, then printing 'patches' of living, beating heart cells which can be stuck onto the damaged area of ...
Revolutionary Bioprinting Tech Results in Beating Heart Cells
6 January 2017
Someone in the US suffers a heart attack every 34 seconds, while someone dies from a heart-related disease every 60 seconds. A new method from Australia uses bioprinting to create a patch of beating cardiac cells that can be stuck directly to a damaged organ following an attack.
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Published on: 5 January 2017  
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'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 pages. How clearly did we see the consequences in 2016, when the US election results baffled, well, basically everyone! In a world where 'Reality Hacking' is now a thing, we need all the help we can get. Fake news and targeted propaganda are altering peoples' perception of reality. Now, the latest innovation in real-time speech processing ...
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Making malaria extinct
Posted: 1 January 2017  
We published a MindBullet that explores the unintended consequences of a gene drive that has the potential to make an entire species different - or even extinct. Now researchers are working on developing a genetically modified mosquito to eradicate malaria. And the work is advancing rapidly, with help from the Gates Foundation.
Bill Gates sees CRISPR gene drive eradicating mosquitoes in Africa by 2029
1 January 2017
A genetic technology that can kill off mosquito species could eradicate malaria. But is it too risky to ever use?
Scientists say no other theory seems to hold
Dateline: 15 October 2026
After watching Border Security Australia, passengers always got off the plane feeling an extra bit anxious and jittery. Thoughts like 'What if they say the ...
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Replacing millions of workers with robots
Posted: 1 January 2017  
For centuries, China has planned long term, and its current approach to reinvent its manufacturing industry is no different. China is becoming a world leader in industrial robotics, and is aiming quite literally at replacing millions of workers with robots. But what is the social impact of this? Protest in China has already become part of daily life, despite the tight control by the the ...
Inside China’s effort to replace millions of manufacturing workers with robots
1 January 2017
Can China reboot its manufacturing industry—and the global economy—by replacing millions of workers with machines?
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Mobile 3D concrete printer set to reinvent construction
Posted: 1 January 2017  
Printing building components with a 3D concrete printer is hardly new - but the problem has been that these massive printers are static. Now a group of Dutch inventors have taken the science to a new level with a 3D concrete printer that moves around on caterpillar tracks. Their goal is simple: to reinvent the construction industry.
Meet the CyBe RC 3Dp, a concrete 3D printer that moves around on caterpillar tracks
1 January 2017
CyBe Construction, a construction technology company from the Netherlands, has unveiled the CyBe RC 3Dp, a mobile concrete 3D printer that moves on ...
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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Solar energy now cheaper than fossil fuels
Posted: 1 January 2017  
There you have it1 The year 2016 was historic in that solar-panel energy finally became cheaper than fossil fuels in more than 30 countries, according to the World Economic Forum. In other words, its cheaper to install solar panels than invest in "old" energy technology. And we've by no means reached the end - solar panels will continue to get cheaper and more efficient. Just watch this ...
In 2016, solar-panel energy finally became cheaper than fossil fuels. Just wait for 2017.
1 January 2017
In 2016, the industry's best year ever, a new solar project was installed every 84 seconds.
Nano solar films bring cheap energy to sunshine states
Dateline: 5 May 2018
It's hard to believe that a mere decade ago fossil fuels were at a premium, and everyone talked of 'peak oil' and the high prices of natural gas and coal. ...
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