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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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Eagles bring down drones
Posted: 14 September 2016  
A certain well-known bank used to have an advertising slogan: "The Eagle has landed!" . But here's a new play - the Dutch government is using specially-trained eagles to bring down unlicensed drones!
Dutch police's drone-hunting eagles are ready for action
14 September 2016
After trialling the approach for around a year, Dutch police are now preparing to welcome eagles into the law enforcement fold, with the animals highly trained to take down drones that pose a threat to the public.
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Ford moves deeper into mobility
Posted: 14 September 2016  
It's fascinating to watch the great auto manufacturers of the world move ponderously from being managers of factories to 'mobility" players. Ford, BMW, GM and others are all taking on this challenge, which represents a complete change to the nature and direction of their business.
This is the result of the increasing connectivity around the globe, and the impacts that flow from this in terms ...
Ford continues its evolution from carmaker to mobility firm
14 September 2016
Ford has announced the acquisition of crowd-sourced shuttle service Chariot, a collaboration with bike-sharing provider Motivate, and plans to establish a new team that will work with cities around the world to help people get around more easily. All are part of its ongoing move towards mobility.
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Generating power from your clothes
Posted: 14 September 2016  
We've talked for some time about emerging smart fabrics - and here's a breakthrough that will enable you to generate power from sunlight and movement directly from the fabrics you wear on your body.
Power-generating fabric harvests energy from sunlight and movement
14 September 2016
We’re wearing electronic devices, and soon we could be wearing clothing that powers those devices. Now a team at Georgia Tech has developed a fabric that ...
Smart clothing pushes the boundaries of fashion and technology
Dateline: 12 February 2012
Did the phrase "hot" ever spring to mind as you eyed that curvaceous bikini-babe, or that handsome muscular hunk, depending on your preferences? Well, now ...
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Dronesurfing is a thing
Posted: 12 September 2016  
It seems like every day brings a new application for drones. First there was drone video, then drone racing, drone fishing and now dronesurfing, which doesn't appear in the dictionary as one word - yet!
Is dronesurfing the next wave in watersports? | New Atlas
12 September 2016
As a farewell to the summer, Seattle-based Freefly Systems has enlisted one of its drones for dronesurfing, a new take on kitesurfing where the kite ...
The drone apocalypse starts out of someone's garage
Dateline: 8 June 2021
You might be forgiven for thinking that they were filming a new episode of that old movie series, Star Wars. But the drone attack in Los Angeles yesterday ...
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CRISPR cabbage
Posted: 12 September 2016  
"If you thought the pseudo-scientific anti-GMO movement was annoying now, just you wait and hear what they have to say about this! Located in a garden just outside of Umeå, Sweden, there is a special kind of cabbage plant. So special that, despite guaranteed push back by certain neo-luddite activists, we could very well be witnessing the future of food production as we know it."
Order Up! First CRISPR Gene Edited Meal Is Here - SERIOUS WONDER
12 September 2016
The first meal created using CRISPR-Cas9 is finally here and it's set to change the food production industry forever! - B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder
Modified crops produce food and drink with that feel-good factor
Dateline: 26 July 2017
It's unusual for innovation in California to develop outside of Silicon Valley, but this time it's Napa Valley that's making the headlines. Vineyards and ...
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Published on: 8 September 2016  
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Traditional religious beliefs are dying out as global living standards rise
Dateline: 1 September 2034
A charismatic preacher once wrote that to get seriously rich, start your own religion. But academics suggest the world's major religions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism, emerged as an evolutionary response to the differences in lifestyle between wealthy elites and other, poorer, communities. The disadvantaged classes needed hope for a better future, and a deity to blame for their misfortunes; a higher order being in which to place their faith. Now that poverty is ...
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Dark side of Internet of Things
Posted: 5 September 2016  
The internet of everything will be one of the main technologies driving the 4th Industrial Revolution, and it has already started. But smart devices also have their problems. Here are a few of the biggest challenges.
4 major IoT challenges that stand in the way of success
5 September 2016
Heralded for driving positive transformations in consumer products, retailing, healthcare, manufacturing and more, the Internet of Things (IoT) promises a ...
A rash of incidents floods the world's networks
Dateline: 11 June 2019
I still remember at the turn of the millennium when the 'Internet of Things' seemed to be such a benevolent business opportunity. There were going to be ...
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Published on: 1 September 2016  
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Chatbot lawyer is helping victims to take back control
Dateline: 4 February 2018
Back in the day, when faced with a bureaucratic 'irritation', such as a parking fine or (wrongful) accusation of some sort, people usually followed three options. The uninformed paid their dues without questioning; the resource-constrained simply kept dodging the authorities; and those with deep pockets took on the fight, because they had the means to prove their point. With legal fees out of reach for the majority of the global population, altruistic programmers have taken matters into their ...
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Electric cars are coming soon
Posted: 31 August 2016  
From the Wall Street Journal comes this column that argues we are heading to a tipping point where electric cars suddenly become mainstream. I'm not sure that will be the case in all countries, but certainly in the US and Europe, it's likely that sooner rather than later, all cars will at least have a charging option.

If scenarios for solar power breakthroughs and widespread micro-distribution ...
Why Electric Cars Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think
31 August 2016
Keywords columnist Christopher Mims writes that in 2015, about one in every 150 cars sold in the U.S. had a plug and a battery. But mass adoption of ...
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: 25 August 2016  
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My drone knows just how you feel
Dateline: 24 August 2019
Knowing how someone is feeling, or reading the mood of a crowd at a political rally, just got a whole lot easier with SensUbot - a small drone that scans people with a multi-spectral camera. The intelligent agent controlling the drone provides a real-time evaluation of your mood, sentiment towards a situation or proposal, or even your neural state. Are you bored, frustrated, angry, joyful or content? SensUbot can tell. Now there's no excuse for a public speaker to lose the crowd. A surreptitious ...
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Tesla sets another distance and speed record
Posted: 24 August 2016  
And Tesla continues to up the ante - an electric car (with the semi-autonomous 'ludicrous mode') - with a range of more than 300 miles, and acceleration of 0 to 60 miles an hour in a blistering 2.5 seconds!
Speedy new Tesla boasts range topping 300 miles
24 August 2016
Tesla on Tuesday unveiled speedy new model electric cars capable of traveling more than 300 miles (482 kilometers) before needing to be recharged.
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