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Amazon's drone delivery dream
Posted: 30 July 2015  
Amazon;s idea of delivering orders via drones is not a joke! See how they are developing these plans, including tackling new legislation around flying drones. Most companies would abandon this as a crazy idea with insurmountable problems. Amazon's approach is to say: how can we make it happen?
Amazon Plans "High-Speed Transit Zones” for Drones to Fly Packages to Your Home | MIT Technology Rev
30 July 2015
To get its drone delivery service off the ground, Amazon must convince regulators to adopt its ideas for drone traffic control.
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 ...
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And Uber moves into...banking!
Posted: 30 July 2015  
Now this is news! Everyone is talking about Uber as the ultimate disrupter, of personal transport, perhaps of deliveries, perhaps even developing a driverless car service. But Uber as the Uber of banking? Now there's a possibility. Perhaps our MindBullet of June 2014 was not so far off the mark....
Finextra news: Will Uber be the Uber of banking?
30 July 2015
Finextra: The Uber of banking might well turn out to be....Uber, as the darling of the startup scene ditches banking partner Santander to set up its own ...
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Barclays Plc to close retail bank in the face of persistent decline and customer flight
Dateline: 11 June 2019
It was just five years ago that Uber upset the applecart in London's taxicab industry. Unable to compete with the smart app and its ride-sharing, car ...
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Published on: 30 July 2015  
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Artificial blood saves earthquake victims
Dateline: 17 April 2021
"We're out of blood," was the chilling statement released by Sichuan University School of Medicine in Chengdu. 4,700 people were left homeless following the earthquake which struck Chengdu yesterday. Rescuers and volunteers are still working through the rubble of the Tianfu Times Tower, but Chengdu's hospitals are overwhelmed. "We called for blood donors," says Doctor Wang Changjiang, "but we can't process the blood fast enough to meet our needs." Despite this critical shortage, no-one has ...
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3D Universal Memory
Posted: 29 July 2015  
One of the key ingredients in this scenario for super-powerful energy-sipping mobile devices is the development of high capacity non-volatile memory, also known as Universal Memory chips that can replace flash and DRAM. Intel and Micron have announced theirs.
Intel’s New Memory Chips Are Faster, Store Way More Data
29 July 2015
Intel and Micron just announced 3D XPoint, a new class of non-volatile memory chips that could radically improve the performance of smartphones, desktops, ...
A supercomputer that sits on your wrist and never needs recharging
Dateline: 18 February 2022
It's been seven years since IBM invented 7nm transistor chips, and five years since 3D Universal Memory was launched by Samsung. Since then we've seen ...
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Google stock soars
Posted: 19 July 2015   1 Comment
What a powerful indication of market sentiment towards the new exponential businesses.
The Value Of Google Just Increased By More Than The Market Cap Of 415 S&P500 Companies
19 July 2015
Google's result were good (even if the top-line revenue missed), but what investors were looking for, and what had pressured GOOG's stock price for the past year, was concern that runaway hiring and spending were eating away at the bottom line. And that is precisely what Ruth Porat, who was poached from Morgan Stanley in March, decided to give to investors when she said just two words on the ...
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A sky full of drones
Posted: 29 July 2015  
That's what Amazon is planning; but there are still plenty of challenges. A recent example was fire-fighting helicopters grounded by hobbyist drones taking pictures of the California wild fires.

I think it's inevitable that we will have thousands of drones thronging the skies at some point in the future. Just like the first motor cars had to be preceded by someone on foot waving a red flag, at ...
Amazon Plans "High-Speed Transit Zones” for Drones to Fly Packages to Your Home
29 July 2015
To get its drone delivery service off the ground, Amazon must convince regulators to adopt its ideas for drone traffic control.
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 ...
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Let robots do the work
Posted: 29 July 2015  
Don't worry if a robot takes your job. You can do something else. That's the new message from economists and analysts:

"There will be a displacement and there will be a repositioning of people into jobs that we don’t even have today that we will have in the future. If you look back in history, you’ll see that this disruption has been going on for some time. Not as fast as what we’re currently ...
Robots Might Take Your Job, But Here's Why You Shouldn't Worry
29 July 2015
Robot staff may already outnumber humans at some companies, but increased automation doesn't mean everyone will be out of 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 ...
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Collapsing commodities
Posted: 28 July 2015  
Was I right, is the 'supercycle' over? Platinum is now below $1,000 with gold not far behind, and oil remains stubbornly below $60.

What's the scenario for the near future - boom or bust? ...
Six collapsing commodities
28 July 2015
Commodity prices from gold to oil and aluminium to iron ore are tumbling – here are the big fallers
MindBullet logo GOLD AT $800, OIL AT $64
The mini-boom is on
Dateline: 6 November 2016
Two years ago we saw the first faltering of the oil price, as Brent crude dipped below US$80 per barrel. Gold was also weak, at about US$1100 per ounce. ...
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Intelligent things
Posted: 27 July 2015  
When the internet of things meets artificial intelligence, will the result be a bug-ridden mess, or the kind of useful ecosystem we wrote about in this MindBullet? The jury is out at this stage!
Connecting artificial intelligence with the internet of things
27 July 2015
With the two technologies set to meet, lines between sci-fi and a high-tech new reality continue to blur. Industry experts see no reason to be fearful
Sensors and gadgets clamour to be heard
Dateline: 13 May 2024
After all these years, we're still stuck with basic artificial intelligence. AI has not matured to the 'general' level, where machines are as smart as ...
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Amazon now more valuable than WalMart
Posted: 24 July 2015   1 Comment
In our 2000 book Ten Lessons from the Future we intimated that this would happen, even that by 2020 Amazon would have joined forces with WalMart - well this newsclip seems to indicate that we are on the way.
Amazon overtakes Walmart as record profits make it a $250 billion firm
24 July 2015
The web giant reported an 19.9 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by higher sales in North America, its biggest market, and continued growth in its Amazon Web Services unit.
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Published on: 23 July 2015  
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Talk about being upwardly mobile!
Dateline: 25 June 2016
After more than 35 years in development, the world's first commercially available jetpack is now on sale. The sticker price is a mere US$ 150,000. Made from carbon fiber and aluminium, the Martin Jetpack doesn't have the traditional rockets of science-fiction jetpacks, which are powerful but very difficult to control. Instead it uses rotary thruster fans, like a flying car. Actually, it's more like a flying bicycle. A small petrol engine drives two fans, one on either side of the pilot, to lift ...
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Ranking the world's 7,102 languages
Posted: 2 July 2015   2 Comments
How many languages are there in the world - and which are the dominant ones? Have a look at this superb infographic for the answers.
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Naspers invests in Bitcoin - looking to new markets?
Posted: 22 July 2015  
Some months ago we playfully suggested, with no inside knowledge, that a company like South Africa's Naspers, which owns 34% of TenCent and has thus become one of the most valuable companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, could perhaps enter the world of financial services. After all, TenCent is one of six Chinese companies that has been granted a private banking licence by the Beijing ...
Naspers invests in Bitcoin start-up
22 July 2015
Naspers is leading a US$4m (about R50m) funding round in Bitcoin start-up BitX. The investment is being made through Naspers payments subsidiary PayU, with BitX’s existing investor, Barry Silbert’s Digital Currency Group, also participating in the round.
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Welcome to the Robotel
Posted: 21 July 2015  
Most people like the human touch, but some go out of their way to avoid it. This hotel in Japan is run by robots, including a 'dinosaur' receptionist. Sounds like fun, though it might be a bit mechanical. At least you don't have to tip the staff!
Hotel 'staffed' entirely by robots unveiled in Japan
21 July 2015
Businessman insists hotel, with no human workers, is not a gimmick and will cut operating costs.
With robots paying labour tax, the 99% can be as idle and as comfortable as the elites
Dateline: 4 July 2025
We're living in the age of abundance. The age of the algorithm. The age of... well, automated utopia. Who would have thought that this soon, with machines ...
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Driverless cars are safer
Posted: 20 July 2015  
Most car crashes are caused by human error. The first injury to a passenger in one of Google's driverless cars was caused by another driver that rear-ended them. According to Google, all the collisions involving their driverless cars during testing have been caused by careless, inattentive drivers of other cars.

But what happens when the computer makes a mistake and does hurt someone? Who will ...
Google's autonomous car injuries: Blame the human
20 July 2015
The first injury linked to Google's autonomous vehicle testing has been reported -- but what was to blame?
MindBullet logo CAR KILLS 20: WHO'S TO BLAME?
Court rules driver not responsible if car has on-board computer
Dateline: 12 September 2017
Yesterday's court ruling shows two things - just how far technology has gone and why we should fear our kids! The driver of the car that crashed into a ...
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Products as experience - the future of retail
Posted: 19 July 2015  
Really interesting take on the possible future of retail - the store as media.
The Future of Retail is the End of Wholesale
19 July 2015
E-commerce will rapidly reshape the entire economic model of retail, spelling the end of wholesale, argues Doug Stephens, founder of Retail Prophet.
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Published on: 16 July 2015   1 Comment
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A supercomputer that sits on your wrist and never needs recharging
Dateline: 18 February 2022
It's been seven years since IBM invented 7nm transistor chips, and five years since 3D Universal Memory was launched by Samsung. Since then we've seen personal computers disappear and be replaced by ever smaller, ever smarter mobile devices. Devices that understand you when you speak to them, are connected to the cloud, all the time, respond to your movements and gestures, and recharge themselves while you sleep. That's because the exponential growth of computing power and shrinking size has made ...
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Blockchain share register
Posted: 15 July 2015  
One of the ideas we suggested in this MindBullet seems to be happening already. Startups on Nasdaq are using the blockchain to keep track of shareholders and verify trades.
Recording Nasdaq Trades on Bitcoin Platform: How It Works
15 July 2015
In its highest-profile application yet, Bitcoin’s public transaction record will help startups keep track of shares and shareholders.
The rise of the distributed autonomous company has disrupted markets and nations
Dateline: 17 February 2027
CarCoin has ubered Uber. AppCoin has upstaged Apple. And Africoin has made African countries irrelevant; fiscally and economically at least. Based on the ...
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Jobless future
Posted: 15 July 2015  
There's a great debate raging. Will robots destroy jobs and create misery, or will we figure out how to live in 'luxury fully-automated communism' where the machines do the work and we humans follow more creative pursuits?

Finding our way in this complex and scary future will be a challenge, but it's not going to go away. We can't afford to just ignore it! ...
It's No Myth: Robots and Artificial Intelligence Will Erase Jobs in Nearly Every Industry
15 July 2015
Though robots and artificial intelligence will erase jobs and bring social challenges, they may also provide an opportunity for humanity to uplift itself.
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Neo-Luddites are on the march as technology explodes
Dateline: 10 June 2017
Last year, advanced new technologies and nanotech production lines led to the creation of 12 million jobs in China. The problem is that these same market ...
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IBM's new super-chip
Posted: 10 July 2015  
The announcement of working samples of 7-nanometre processor chips is important for several reasons. Firstly they show that Moore's law is not over yet, and they reached this point sooner than expected. So the exponential growth of computer power is still on track. This also marks a fundamental change in the way these developments are done, as it is a collaboration between members of a global ...
IBM announces computer chips more powerful than any in existence
10 July 2015
IBM discloses working version of much higher capacity chip
High performance computing is embedded everywhere and virtually free
Dateline: 22 September 2022
Moore's Law says, in essence, that computer processors become twice as powerful, and half the price, approximately every two years. Over time that sort of ...
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