Automating the future
Posted: 24 September 2018


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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 earlier. And it's not some semi-smart robot taking over a drudge job on the factory line. That's old news. Instead, BeyondBlue, the world's latest neural supercomputer, has been made CEO of a major corporation! And it's the corporation that ...
New materials excite and amaze
Posted: 24 September 2018

As we discover new materials with properties that excite and amaze us we are reminded that the future of any industry still remains to be discovered and that we cannot extrapolate from a current knowledge set.

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Researchers Have Turned Graphene Material Harder than Diamond and It Can Stop Bullets
24 September 2018
Scientists have created a new material called diamene, which promises to be as flexible as tin foil but hard enough to stop a bullet. The study, led by Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at The City University of New York (CUNY), was published in Nature Nanotechnology.
It's a sad, sad world...quo vadis humanity?
Posted: 22 September 2018

Worlds hits saddest point ever...and we are doing it to ourselves! With some help by tech we dont really need or want but are enslaved by! We need to rehumanize ourselves if we are to survive the coming machine age!

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The world has reached the lowest level of happiness in ten years
22 September 2018
The results of a survey in nearly 150 countries.
MindBullet logo ENGINEERING THE PERFECT LIFE
Let happiness and contentment find you
Dateline: 5 May 2019
Remember the outcry a few years ago, when Facebook deliberately filtered its newsfeed to see how specific stories influenced your mood and emotions? ...
Catalyst for a better synfuel could revive coal-to-oil process
Posted: 21 September 2018


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MindBullet logo FILL 'ER UP WITH SHUGGA-D
Synthetic biodiesel from sugar makes oil-based diesel look primitive and costly
Dateline: 9 April 2010
Amyris has launched their second-generation biofuel, and it looks like they're taking the market by storm. The new diesel is 'manufactured' by tiny microbes directly from sugar cane pulp. The American biotechnology company has spent the last two years perfecting the process by which their genetically engineered micro-organism converts the natural carbohydrate energy in sugar to a chemical ...
Memory like a human for AI hegemony
Posted: 21 September 2018


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MindBullet logo INTELLIGENT MACHINES CREATE THE NEW HEGEMONY
China and America reap the AI dividend
Dateline: 3 December 2030
In the last 15 years, we have witnessed the stunning rise of an exponential technology - machine learning and artificial intelligence. Like Moore's Law on steroids, smart machines and computer systems have created entirely new global industries, turbo-boosted productivity, and destroyed old, industrial age business sectors. The Economist, now a purely digital research and analysis house, ...

INTELLIGENT MACHINES CREATE THE NEW HEGEMONY

Published on: 20 September 2018 1 Comment

China and America reap the AI dividend

Dateline: 3 December 2030

In the last 15 years, we have witnessed the stunning rise of an exponential technology - machine learning and artificial intelligence. Like Moore's Law on steroids, smart machines and computer systems have created entirely new global industries, turbo-boosted productivity, and destroyed old, industrial age business sectors. The Economist, now a purely digital research and analysis house, estimates the 'new value' created by this phenomenon at over US$ 19 trillion globally. But a full 70% of this ...

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Flying while charging
Posted: 18 September 2018 1 Comment

The biggest problem with electric drones is limited flying time on battery power, and batteries are heavy, so it's a catch 22 situation if you want to extend the range - you have to limit the payload. For surveillance drones, there is the option of a tethered power link, if the area to be covered is fairly static or narrowly defined, but for delivery drones or similar, it's a real ...

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In-flight charging gives drones unlimited autonomous range
18 September 2018
Global Energy Transmission (GET) has pioneered a mid-air inductive recharging system that can charge up several drones at once without requiring them to ...
MindBullet logo DHL FLYING ON WIRELESS POWER
No batteries needed for these delivery drones
Dateline: 7 March 2017
The biggest hurdle for electric aircraft has always been the weight of the batteries, and as nimble as they are, quadrotors and octocopters typically had ...
iPhone starts to talk sense
Posted: 5 October 2011

It's uncanny how close the new features on the iPhone 4S are to the scenario for speech controlled computing we envisioned in this MindBullet, which was published in 2004.

Long before the iPhone was even invented, it was an obvious application, and now many of these features are available on both Google and Apple phones. The timing is pretty close too - we suggested 2012. Perhaps these speech ...

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Apple's New iPhone Would Like to Talk
5 October 2011
An AI personal assistant called Siri is the biggest new feature of the iPhone 4S.
MindBullet logo FREE COMPUTERS FOR ALL
Spoogle puts the global brain in the palm of your hand
Dateline: 14 June 2012
No, this is not another ad for some internet computer service. Unless you are a mega-corp, your personal computing budget has gone to zero with the launch ...
Dr Robot will see you now
Posted: 18 September 2018


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Dear Moon, here we come
Posted: 18 September 2018

Way back in 2015, we speculated that SpaceX would launch a 'Moon Taxi' sometime in the future. Well, it seems we anticipated the future quite correctly, even if we got some details wrong!


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MindBullet logo SPACEX LAUNCHES MOON TAXI
Fancy a walk on the dark side?
Dateline: 15 June 2029
It's fun to go away for a summer holiday, and what better, more exotic place than the moon? That's assuming you can afford the fare, of course. For the well-heeled, it has just become possible to take that once-in-a-lifetime trip to the moon, and back; courtesy of SpaceX. SpaceX has announced that it is opening bookings for round-trips to the moon, including landing on the surface and a ...
VW's plans for 3D printed parts
Posted: 14 September 2018

Aircraft manufacturers like Boeing have been using metal printers for some time, to produce specialised parts for aircraft from titanium powder. Even jet engines have adopted 3D printing for complex components like fuel nozzles. Auto companies like Volkswagen have also used them for rare parts and concept models, but now VW plans to use HP metal printers for mass production. Perhaps our ...

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Volkswagen Plans to Use 3D Printing for Mass Production
14 September 2018
The world's largest car manufacture revealed plans to start using HP metal printing technology to manufacture select parts including gear knobs and custom ...
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 ...
Bangkok's energy internet
Posted: 14 September 2018

Residents in a Bangkok neighbourhood are trying out a renewable energy trading platform that allows them to buy and sell electricity between themselves, signalling the growing popularity of such systems as solar panels get cheaper.
The pilot project in the centre of Thailand's capital is among the world's largest peer-to-peer renewable energy trading platforms using blockchain, according to ...

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In a posh Bangkok neighbourhood, residents trade energy with blockchain
14 September 2018
The pilot project is among the world's largest peer-to-peer renewable energy trading platforms using blockchain
MindBullet logo SOLAR POWER GOES VIRAL
Rooftop, backyard and portable solar is the new meme
Dateline: 15 March 2022
The biggest energy revolution in 150 years has arrived gradually, then suddenly. Now it's here. Personal solar power has displaced central utilities ...
Amortality in Africa
Posted: 13 September 2018

FutureWorld futurist Craig Wing weighs in on the pitfalls of eternal life.


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MindBullet logo ANOTHER EXTRA, NEW YEAR
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 than that, you have an excellent chance of living another year. And next year, the same, and so on. Eventually there will be diminishing returns to medical science and optimal nutrition, but if you live in a highly developed economy, you may ...
The carbon bubble can't last indefinitely
Posted: 13 September 2018


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MindBullet logo THE CARBON BUBBLE BURSTS
Stocks crash as executive orders bite
Dateline: 5 February 2021
US President Bernie Sanders has signed a series of Executive Orders designed as emergency measures to combat climate change. The net effect is to make fossil fuels way too costly to produce and consume, forcing emissions lower and a massive swing to nuclear and renewable power. On top of that, the plummeting cost of solar has convinced many consumers, even those skeptical about global ...
World's first digital teacher
Posted: 13 September 2018

A number of countries suffer from a shortage of good teachers - or as in South Africa, unionised teachers many of whom seem more interested in slacking off than teaching. So here's a solution to both problems - the world's first digital teacher, just launched in New Zealand.

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The world’s first digital teacher just debuted in New Zealand
13 September 2018
The digital avatar teaches students about renewable energy.

THE TRUE COST OF YOUR DNA

Published on: 13 September 2018

Shouldn't you be rewarded if you are the product?

Dateline: 23 September 2023

A bit more than a decade ago, it would have cost you US$ 10,000 to have your entire genome sequenced; four years ago, about $100. But now, you can take the highest bidder, and get paid for your genomic data. Of course, the first complete sequence of a human genome was an enormous undertaking, as there was no reference data, and the project cost an estimated US$ 2.7 billion, but Moore's Law soon came into effect, and prices plummeted as the tech became mainstream and automated. Soon it was the ...

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3D printing goes BIG!
Posted: 12 September 2018

3D printing is now pretty much mainstream - and it's going BIG! The US military has just built a 46 sq m barracks hut in just 40 hours, on what they're calling the world's biggest 3D printer. Check it out here.

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US military builds barracks using "world's largest" 3D printer
12 September 2018
3D-printed construction is portable and inexpensive, and could help build a safe barracks in a shorter time. With this in mind, the US Marine Corps Systems ...
MindBullet logo PRINTING - THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING
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 ...
Automation is a helping hand
Posted: 12 September 2018

It's pretty obvious that people would prefer machines or robots to do the '3D' work - Dull, Dangerous and Dirty. That gives humans the chance to do more important, rewarding and cleaner things, creative stuff. But what about getting robots to help you do your tricky industrial work? Machines that assist humans, acting as co-workers or 'cobots' are the new fashion in industrial automation. ...

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25,000 robots and counting: Welcome to the fastest-growing segment of industrial automation
12 September 2018
The good times are rolling in automation, but milestones like this may be bellwethers for some very human challenges ahead
MindBullet logo LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
Google's robots do the heavy lifting, drive the dump trucks and haul the garbage
Dateline: 17 July 2018
Now that Google has become the leading developer of robots, including humanoid robots, we can leave them to do all the unpleasant, dangerous, and boring ...
MindBullet logo SYNTHETIC LIFE MAKES THE JUMP FROM VIRTUAL WORLDS
Artificial DNA used to make live replicas of game characters
Dateline: 8 August 2028
Now that scientists have perfected the technique of synthesizing DNA, it is possible to take computer-generated characters from virtual world environments and make physical copies of them. Following on the craze of designer pets, kids can now design their own version of notorious game heroes, and have them 'grown' by BioSynth Inc. Reminiscent of the action figure toys of yesteryear, these ...
The great crypto collapse of 2018
Posted: 11 September 2018

"Ether has tumbled faster than bitcoin in recent months on concern that blockchain-related firms are cashing out of the second biggest cryptocurrency. Many start-ups that raised ether from investors in their initial coin offerings will eventually need to sell their holdings to cover expenses like salaries and development costs."

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Crypto wipeout deepens to $640-billion - TechCentral
11 September 2018
The cryptocurrency bear market has plumbed a fresh 10-month low, led by a tumble in bitcoin’s biggest rival.
MindBullet logo THE GREAT BITCOIN HEIST OF 2027
Quantum hackers make off with billions
Dateline: 14 September 2027
The global crypto community is in an uproar this morning. Overnight a group of hackers, who go by the name of "Gotya," managed to hack into the main ...