Amazon's amazing architecture
Posted: 30 January 2018

Amazon's new $4-billion headquarters in Seattle is an astonishing architectural feat. Imagine an open workplace consisting of glass spheres, compete with 12 metre-high trees and a mountain tropical rainforest garden.

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Amazon's Spheres blends workplace with tropical forest
30 January 2018
Amazon's Spheres blur the lines between workplace and conservatory by combining an open work environment with the surroundings of a mountain tropical rainforest garden, complete with trees over 40 ft tall.

THE GARDEN OF REASON (OR IS IT TREASON?)

Published on: 15 February 2018

Urban farming is here to stay, and that's a good thing, isn't it?

Dateline: 1 March 2021

For some time now, various cities have been experimenting with vertical farming, rooftop farming, and even basement farming with LED lighting. Now it's maturing into a fully-fledged industry, just like fish farming. Farming without land, or even soil, sounds like a contradiction in terms, but hydroponics is not a new idea - it's just become more profitable. Being physically close to the consumers is the ultimate competitive advantage. Beyond the need for land, traditional farming has to contend ...

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Can humanoid robots ski?
Posted: 13 February 2018

Not really. Watch mini robots attempt it at Pyeong Chang...

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DNA nanorobots are almost here
Posted: 13 February 2018

In 2012 we published a MindBullet about tiny robots constructed from DNA fragments to target cancer at the cellular level. At the time it seemed like real science fiction, but not impossible in the future. Now it's actually happening in the labs, and human trials are likely. Read more at TechCrunch...

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New DNA nanorobots successfully target and kill off cancerous tumors
13 February 2018
Science fiction no more -- in an article out today in Nature Biotechnology, scientists were able to show tiny autonomous bots have the potential to ...
MindBullet logo DNA MICROBOTS TARGET CANCER
And a microspider "roto-rooter" cleans my arteries
Dateline: 27 March 2017
Who's old enough to remember "Fantastic Voyage", the 1966 film in which a team of scientists were shrunk to microsize and injected into the bloodstream of ...
Autonomous ethics
Posted: 13 February 2018

The world of autonomous vehicles is upon us! And big ethical issues arise.

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Philosophers are building ethical algorithms to help control self-driving cars
13 February 2018
Artificial intelligence experts and roboticists aren’t the only ones working on the problem of autonomous vehicles. Philosophers are also paying close attention to the development of what, from their perspective, looks like a myriad of ethical quandaries on wheels.
First trillion-dollar company
Posted: 10 February 2018

Here's an "outrageous prediction" from Saxo Bank for 2018:

Tencent will outstrip Apple and become the world’s largest company
Saxo’s head of equity strategy Peter Garnry writes that China is opening up its capital markets and the country’s enormous size and surging living standards are attracting investors from across the globe. Given this, it’s no surprise that tech-sector leader Tencent is ...

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MindBullet logo FIRST TRILLION DOLLAR CORP
The first company to reach a value of US$1 trillion is...
Dateline: 3 March 2025
Chinese. No, wait, American. Actually, it's a global company, with tech from the United States, and manufacturing in several countries, but mainly China. You would be forgiven for surmising that Apple Inc would be the first company to cross the US$ 1 trillion threshold. A couple of years ago, Apple came close, with a market capitalization of US$ 947 billion, but has subsequently seen its ...
When driverless cars can't cut it
Posted: 8 January 2018 1 Comment

I spent Christmas in Canada, and besides being an awesome White Christmas experience, it was unusually cold, with heaps of snow. After driving from Montreal to Toronto in what was at times a light blizzard, it struck me that driverless cars and trucks are absolutely useless in those conditions. Yet human drivers cope quite well.

On a busy highway, crammed with trucks and cars, and patrolled by ...

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MindBullet logo WHEN TECHNOLOGY FAILS TO FAIL
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 they fail. If that sounds a little confusing, that's exactly what human operators experience, when autonomous systems default to manual control - the ultimate fallback when there are critical failures. Even double-redundant systems can be ...
Robots and cobots
Posted: 9 February 2018

One of the areas where robots are making big strides is in warehousing and logistics. Companies like Amazon and Ocado are reaping big rewards from advanced automation, as this article from the Guardian shows. But what is also interesting is the benefit of robotic systems that directly help human workers to be more efficient - robotic coworkers or cobots. Could this be the magic formula which ...

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Meet your new cobot: is a machine coming for your job?
9 February 2018
As robots slash the time it takes to complete an order at companies like Amazon and Ocado, what does that mean for their human colleagues?
MindBullet logo WAIT A SEC, I'VE ONLY GOT THREE HANDS
Third arms are a blessing and a curse
Dateline: 1 September 2023
Since scientists and doctors collaborated almost a decade ago to fit amputees with robotic arms controlled by their brains, bionic limbs have come a long ...

NO LAWYERS REQUIRED

Published on: 8 February 2018

Smart contracts threaten legal industry

Dateline: 23 January 2020

Now that the open source blockchain known as Hyperledger Sawtooth has gone commercial, there's no need for lawyers and attorneys to draw up legal agreements and contracts. Your PA or AI assistant can do it for you, online and for free. Hyperledger is a platform which can run your customized Smart Contract app. Once installed, a smart contract automatically performs routine tasks, like paying the rent, and validating that it's been received. Using technology similar to bitcoin, the smart contract ...

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Tesla in space! Just stand by!!
Posted: 6 February 2018 3 Comments

Stand by for the world's powerful rocket launch tomorrow (Wednesday 07 February 2018) as Elon Musk hits the button to send the Falcon Heavy into space - powered by 27 engines delivering thrust equal to 18 Boeing 747s.
And apart from being a visionary, what a showman Musk is! Guess 'who' the passenger is? A spacesuited dummy sitting casually at the wheel of a Tesla roadster!
Musk himself admits ...

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SpaceX animation sets the scene for Falcon Heavy launch tomorrow
6 February 2018
This time tomorrow Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster may well be hurtling towards Mars after being fired into space by the world's most powerful operational rocket. An animation shared by the company shows how this spectacular journey will play out should everything go to plan.
Scary futures for 2018? Maybe not...and so what does a future filled with change in many spheres all mean for you?
Posted: 7 February 2018

As unexpected events continue to surprise we need to be ready for constant volatility, not only in investment markets but also in global events, geo-politics, finance, human behaviour and so on...

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Outrageous predictions for 2018
7 February 2018
A look at Saxo Bank's annual list.
MindBullet logo 2010-2020: A DECADE OF STEP-CHANGE THINKING
A review of the past decade’s most important trends – PART 2
Dateline: 1 January 2020
Boeing Buys Bombardier as Air Travel Goes SmallBoeing last month outlined their view of the future: pilotless small planes that can land at any local ...
MindBullet logo OPEN SESAME TO THE GOOD LIFE
China's new social credit score for citizens starts paying dividends
Dateline: 15 April 2021
Yesterday was a good day for Mei-Hua Li. Her offer on her dream apartment was accepted, her internet speed got bumped up three notches (for free) and she was offered a paid internship in the Chinese president's office. Sure sounds like she hit the trifecta! Li has clearly mastered the gamified social security system that is Sesame Credit. She has stopped buying non-Chinese products and ...
Has the bubble burst?
Posted: 6 February 2018

In 2013 we speculated that, ultimately, bitcoin would collapse due to the large number of alternative or clone coins saturating the market. We still believe that blockchain technology is disruptive, and will change the way fintech and contracts work, but the essential problem with bitcoin is it's based on scarcity, and in the digital world there's massive abundance, of everything. Digital ...

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MindBullet logo THE BITCOIN BUBBLE BURSTS
Controversial digital currency collapses as clones saturate the market
Dateline: 15 March 2015
In essence, Bitcoins are digital artifacts created by using computers to solve complex mathematical formulae, essentially cracking a code. The reward one receives is itself an encrypted code, which can be transferred to others, hence the term 'crypto currency'. Inspired by Bitcoin, Primecoin's protocol searches for chains of prime numbers. Digital currencies like Primecoin and Bitcoin have ...
Magic glasses
Posted: 6 February 2018

Smart glasses that let you get the data you want without looking like a cyborg. Sounds good, and it's coming from Intel.

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Intel is making smart glasses that actually look good
6 February 2018
Smart glasses that won’t make you look like a Google Glasshole.
MindBullet logo MAGIC MIRRORS MAKE MARKETING FUN
Augmented reality selling seals the deal
Dateline: 26 January 2023
How do you let someone test a product or article of clothing without using samples? A virtual reality demo, that's how. And to highlight your product on a ...
Flying taxi
Posted: 5 February 2018

Renting a flying car from Avis might be something for the future, but the concept of an autonomous flying taxi is getting some traction. Last week Airbus announced that their prototype called Vahana successfully completed a first takeoff and landing, without a pilot in charge. Read all about it at the Verge:

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MindBullet logo RENT A FLYING CAR FROM AVIS
Computer piloted 'transformer' vehicles cleared for public use
Dateline: 8 May 2021
Ever since DARPA's 'Flying Hummer' known as the Transformer X made its debut, people have been champing at the bit to get a chance to use them for personal ...
Facebook falls
Posted: 2 February 2018

After a few months of tweaking the News Feed in order to make it more personal and harder for fake stories to spread, Facebook says that overall usage has dropped by “roughly 50 million hours every day.” says the Verge.

Our MindBullet from several years ago suggested that Facebook could face a declining future. ...

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Facebook usage falls in the US as it begins to tinker with the News Feed
2 February 2018
Facebook said usage fell by "roughly 50 million hours every day" overall after making changes to the News Feed. That came along with a decrease in daily ...
MindBullet logo FACEBOOK TO CLOSE: GEN Z REJECTS DIGITAL LIFESTYLE
Flower children of the twenties look for analogue bullet
Dateline: 12 January 2021
In what might be considered a typical anti-establishment rebellion of youth, teenagers of the 2020s seem to be disenchanted by their parents' excessive ...

CONTROLLING THE DIGITAL ECONOMY

Published on: 1 February 2018

Government tries to follow the money

Dateline: 1 February 2021

Now that the bulk of the so-called 'capitalist political economy' operates on digital platforms and through digital channels, it's inevitable that government wants more influence and control. But will it work? In the aftermath of the dotcom boom, everybody wanted more access and better networks, and it wasn't long before broadband came to be regarded as a basic human right. Wireless networks and smartphones connected everyone else, and suddenly the whole world was on the 'net! Sure, some ...

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Can a chatbot be your best friend?
Posted: 30 January 2018

Are you prepared to disclose your darkest and deepest thoughts to a chatbot? Can a machine become your friend? Read about how tens of thousands of people are having intimate, meaningful conversations with Replica, a chatbot about which (whom??) some people are asking: does it (he/she?) have a soul?

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AI chatbot wants to be your new best friend
30 January 2018
“Has anyone else’s AI decided that it has a soul?"
Printing a six-string violin
Posted: 30 January 2018

Want an amazing but different musical instrument? Simple! Just print it. This musican created a special six-string violin to play a special piece of music. 3-D printing moves ever closer to the world we live in.

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Student team breaks the mold with 3D-printed 6-string violin
30 January 2018
Student Sean Riley needed a violin to play a particular piece of music, but not one with the customary four strings. The piece called for an instrument with six strings. Instead of heading to the local music store, he opted to design and 3D-print a custom violin of his very own.
Don't look now, but everybody is watching
Posted: 30 January 2018

Privacy is dead. Even if you're not aware of it, somebody or some system somewhere is watching or tracking you. That may not be true in darkest Africa, unless you are a person of interest to the drone operators, but in major cities like London and Beijing, it's certainly true. An increasingly it's Big AI that's watching you.

So who is watching the watcher watchers? I guess we all are! ...

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They Are Watching You—and Everything Else on the Planet
30 January 2018
Technology and our increasing demand for security have put us all under surveillance. Is privacy becoming just a memory?
MindBullet logo WHO IS WATCHING THE WATCHER WATCHERS?
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 ...