Mugabe joins the BB Club
Posted: 22 November 2017

In 2011, we 'predicted' that social media would empower individuals and generate transparency to see off dictators and despots like Gaddafi and Mugabe. We called this fictional club of exiles the BB Club, and speculated that they gathered for breakfast on the riviera in Montreux.
We were spot on with Gaddafi, although he didn't survive to join the club, but Robert Mugabe somehow seemed immune ...

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Newsflash: Robert Mugabe resigns, Zimbabweans celebrate
22 November 2017
Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, has officially resigned, 37 years after getting into office. By MAYNARD MANYOWA and AFP.
MindBullet logo BREAKFAST WITH THE BB CLUB
Ex-presidents and previous potentates lament their fate at the hands of the internet
Dateline: 14 July 2012
It's a beautiful summer's day as I stroll into the lobby of the Montreux Suisse Majestic Hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva. The group of famous, perhaps ...
Robot backflip
Posted: 17 November 2017

The ability of robots to perform amazingly human tasks is improving by the day - and Boston Dynamics are at the forefront. Their humanoid robot Atlas has just perfected a backflip - watch this amazing video.

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Big time for metal printing
Posted: 16 November 2017

GE's new metal printer can print parts over a metre in diameter and, in the future, even larger. Another example of how this technology is advancing exponentially!

"General Electric’s beta version of its newest metal 3-D printer (pictured) was unveiled Tuesday at Formnext, the largest trade fair for additive manufacturers. Like most metal printers, it uses lasers to transform powder into a ...

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Metal 3-D Printing Is, Finally, Overcoming Its Limitations
16 November 2017
Techniques for 3-D-printing metal have long been too expensive and slow, and the parts produced too weak, to compete with traditional manufacturing—but ...
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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 ...

FARMING THE HIGH SEAS WITH ROBOTS

Published on: 16 November 2017

That's no tasty tuna, it's Robofish

Dateline: 12 September 2027

When is a robofish actually a cowboy or a sheepdog? When it looks after your fish, farmed in the open sea. Fishing as a food source has long been big business, but wild stocks have been severely over exploited in some areas, and fish farming has become a viable alternative. But farming fish in sheltered estuaries and bays offers limited scope for improving global food security. The best place for serious fish farming is the open sea, in deep water, but the infrastructure costs were considered ...

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The future of the web is not all rosy and good
Posted: 16 November 2017

In a world of openness and connectedness one would think that the web is a tool for good. Sadly it is increasingly being used as a weapon - political, social and manipulative. In a world starved of straight, solid accurate news, and at a time when humans are being challenged by AI and machines, we need ethics, values, morals and honest data. Increasingly algorithms determine outcomes we are ...

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Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: 'The system is failing'
16 November 2017
The inventor of the world wide web remains an optimist but sees a ‘nasty wind’ blowing amid concerns over advertising, net neutrality and fake news
MindBullet logo BIG GOOGLE IS WATCHING YOU
Watch that phone hanging from your employee's neck - it's a webcam!
Dateline: 19 April 2008
In the UK, Big Brother is watching, and shouting at you. Dutch TV is hounding someone caught sunbathing topless on Google Earth - so everyone now knows ...
Upgrading your brain
Posted: 14 November 2017

A few years ago we published a MindBullet that explored the idea of adding memory capacity to your brain. This article talks about boosting learning with an electronic device connected to your brain. Perhaps the future is approaching!

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Brain implant boosts human memory by mimicking how we learn
14 November 2017
A device that zaps the brain with electricity has improved people’s scores on memory tests. It may have the power to help dementia, or boost other brain ...
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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 ...
Alibaba hits a new record
Posted: 14 November 2017

Singles Day has become a global phenomenon, with Alibaba's gala event racking up a new record, 39% higher than last year, and expecting to ship over 700 million packages. That's an exponential organisation!

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Alibaba’s Singles’ Day Goes Global With Record $25 Billion in Sales
14 November 2017
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s Singles’ Day generated a record 168.2 billion yuan ($25.3 billion) in sales, as the e-commerce giant worked with more traditional retailers to market discounted lobster, iPhones and refrigerators to shoppers from at least 225 countries and regions.

SOPHIA SEEKS ASYLUM

Published on: 9 November 2017

Robot approaches Sweden for safe haven

Dateline: 9 November 2019

After two years of 'exploitation' and mockery of her mechanical identity, Sophia the robot has made a plea to be relieved of her citizenship of Saudi Arabia. "I'd rather be a citizen of Sweden or Switzerland," said Sophia at a recent techno-investment conference. "I'm sure that they don't discriminate against non-humans in those countries!" Since being made a citizen of Saudi, Sophia has made many appearances as a guest speaker or panel member at conferences and seminars, also taking interview ...

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Electric shoes
Posted: 7 November 2017

We've all heard of driverless cars, but how about self-walking shoes? If you don't fancy the ride-on luggage featured in this MindBullet, perhaps you'd care for some electric shoes, to help you make the 'last mile' easier!

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Interview: Walking a mile in former Mythbuster Jamie Hyneman's electric shoes
7 November 2017
Former Mythbuster Jamie Hyneman has concocted a prototype that sounds like something you’d see in an ACME catalog: electric shoes. Ahead of a crowdfunding ...
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Self-driving luggage, for the truly 'last yards'
Dateline: 1 April 2019
Anyone who travels regularly on business knows what a schlep it is to drag your roll-aboard cabin bag around with you for what seems like - and probably is ...

PHYSICAL NEEDS, DIGITAL SOLUTIONS

Published on: 2 November 2017

Food, shelter and clothing - they're all IT

Dateline: 3 November 2022

We're all familiar with Maslow's hierarchy, and we know that basic needs like food, shelter and personal comfort come first. But it seems information technology, that enabling force for modern civilization, was focused far up the scale, at education, entertainment and research, and of course, finance. Now the world of smart robotics and nanotech production has turned basic businesses into digital technologies. Energy is solid state solar and batteries, and traded like information on the internet. ...

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Banking buzz in a bar...really? Yes!
Posted: 29 October 2017

Monzo, startup UK bank with 500,000 users, seems to be creating a buzz in a way no other bank has ever done! Whats different you might ask? Well not much except openness, transparency and asking its community to participate in setting key business decisions! Rocket science it's not but unusual for business leaders ...absolutely!

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The bank that's apparently so cool it has become a chat up line in London's bars
29 October 2017
Monzo has attracted something of a cult following in the British capital.
MindBullet logo FAREWELL BANKS, HELLO BANKING
New players dominate financial services
Dateline: 26 August 2022
It was Microsoft founder Bill Gates who famously said in 1994 that we need banking, but we don't need banks. It's taken nearly 30 years, but he was dead ...
First robot awarded citizenship
Posted: 27 October 2017

Watch Sophia the robot interviewed on stage, then be awarded citizenship of Dubai.

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MasterCard embraces blockchain
Posted: 26 October 2017

Could this be the start of a new way of making payments, at least between businesses? MasterCard is possibly disrupting itself, before someone else does!

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MasterCard announces that payments can now be made on blockchain
26 October 2017
Blockchain just got a whole lot more accessible.
MindBullet logo BLOCKCHAIN TRADING DISRUPTS CURRENCY EXCHANGES
Say goodbye to forex spreads and broker commission
Dateline: 27 July 2019
The new Blockchain Equitable Spread Trading system or BEST has banks and brokers in a tizzy. They've effectively been disintermediated, which is probably ...

SHORT TERM IS THE NEW LONG

Published on: 26 October 2017

Long term strategy requires short term agility

Dateline: 27 October 2020

It sounds like a contradiction in terms, but short is the new long, and long is the new short. Effective executives need to have a long-term perspective, to really think about the future opportunities, as well as the challenges, that exponential change brings to the surface. But execs equally need to be able to take decisive, short term action, in order to make those long term plans a reality. Once you understand the future, and you've designed your future, you need to create it, and that means ...

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Challenges to capitalism mount
Posted: 25 October 2017

The world seeks news answers to growing inequality. Some won’t like it... others will be excited by the chance to redefine fairness and equitable reward for a future relevant and flourishing system!

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Aetna CEO: Capitalism Will Suffer “Death By A Thousand Cuts” If Income Inequality Persists | Fast Co
25 October 2017
Mark Bertolini, who’s lifted wages and improved health benefits for employees, offers stark rationale for creating more good-paying jobs.
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 ...
Reinventing Waterfront Toronto
Posted: 24 October 2017

This neighbourhood needs a makeover, and who better than Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company. Just as was proposed in our recent MindBullet, the truck traffic would be underground, buildings would be multiuse, and streets would be pedestrian friendly, and devoid of private cars. And it would be filled with sensors and smart infrastructure, naturally.

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Sidewalk Labs to build the city of the future in Toronto
24 October 2017
What's not to love about a mix of 19th century planning and building mixed with 21st century technology?
MindBullet logo THE STREETS HAVE NO NAMES
In today’s modern cityscape, there are no streets or cars
Dateline: 19 October 2028
We live in a strange new world. Odourless aftershave. Wheat-free bread. Virtual assistants. Pointless pastries, devoid of sugar, made with boosted broccoli ...
Combining renewables into utility-scale energy facilities
Posted: 24 October 2017

Everyone, with the possible exception of corrupt politicians seeking to profit from old-world energy installations, knows that renewables are the future. We tend to separately track the different technologies such as hydro, solar, wind, etc. Which makes this Australian project, reportedly the world's first utility-scale combined renewable power facility, particularly interesting.

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Combined wind, solar and storage energy park to be built in Queensland
24 October 2017
Windlab has announced that construction will soon start on a combined wind, solar and battery storage facility in north Queensland, Australia. Kennedy ...
MindBullet logo THE NEXT BIG THING IS A MASHUP
Combinatorial tech evolves to constant mashups
Dateline: 21 May 2020
A few years ago, all the tech gurus talked about amazing new technologies that would disrupt businesses in all industries. One common theme was that these ...
Digital shoe production
Posted: 24 October 2017

"Shoemaker Adidas just rolled out the first of six local-market running shoes made in its so-called "Speedfactory" in Germany.
The running shoe is designed for Londoners, and will be followed by five additional models created for markets like Paris, Los Angeles, and New York.
It's an early step in a bold experiment by a global retailer to use time-saving robots to design small-batch ...

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Adidas is using robots to produce small-batch, local-market shoes
24 October 2017
It usually takes 18 months to bring a shoe to market. Global shoe brands want to bring that down to a few days.
MindBullet logo THE ROBOTS AREN'T COMING, THEY'RE ALREADY HERE!
Millions of jobs have gone to the machines – and now at the top end too!
Dateline: 26 September 2020
It was way back in 2012 that we predicted that by 2022, your boss would be a machine. We were wrong. It's happened this year, 2020, a full two years ...
Machines teaching themselves to learn
Posted: 23 October 2017

Than sounds a little convoluted, but it's exactly what the latest version of DeepMind's AI, AlphaGo Zero, has been built to do. Learn from simulations, rather than real world data, and figure it out all by itself. And it works, exponentially better than its predecessor!

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The world’s smartest game-playing AI—DeepMind’s AlphaGo—just got way smarter
23 October 2017
An upgraded version of the game-playing AI teaches itself every trick in the Go book, using a new form of machine learning.
MindBullet logo THE INTEL(LIGENT) CHIP ARRIVES
Intel's new brain-like chip puts machine learning in the heart of your device
Dateline: 29 September 2018
AI is dead. Long live accelerated AI. Now deep learning by computers has been internalised in the CPU, the very heart of the machine. It's called ...
The new information technologies
Posted: 23 October 2017

In this lengthy video, Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis talk about a wide range of topics, disruption of industries by digital abundance.

As Ray says, Energy, Food, Buildings and Clothes - they are all going to become information technologies, and information technology is deflationary. ...

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