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Robo Soldiers, Drones...future of warfare should be different!
Posted: 26 May 2016  
As automation reaches the military, we should see a dramatic shift in warfare and a massive drop in traditional arms manufacturers. But will we? Is the lobby and stranglehold too strong? Who will be disrupted??
Hackers wage war on citizens of prosperous virtual worlds
Dateline: 18 March 2012
Jupiter Stormshadow stares sadly at the remnants of his castle in one of the outlying fifes of Norrath. "All this used to be mine, then the serfs ...
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The end of the UI?
Posted: 26 May 2016  
As AI merges with chat, bots and new technology tools, will we see the end of the user interface as we know it? Apples Siri was a slow and weal start but already there are new 'Siri's' on the block. Where will it all take us and how exciting could that new future be? I for one am looking forward to the end of all the difference interfaces, text blocks etc!
No UI Is The New UI
26 May 2016
A few months ago, I shared with my friends how I think apps like Magic and Operator are going to be the next big thing. What makes them special is that ...
Researcher makes physics breakthrough with artificial help
Dateline: 2 October 2010
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences shocked the scientific community yesterday by announcing that the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to an ...
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Chinese banks top the world's biggest company list
Posted: 26 May 2016   1 Comment
So which are the biggest companies in the world? Forbes has just released its annual survey of the world's biggest public corporations in 2015. And the top three spots are all taken by Chinese banks. How the world has changed! Our MindBullet from 2014 may just be on the money!
Forbes' 14th Annual Global 2000: The World's Biggest Public Companies
26 May 2016
NEW YORK (May 25, 2016) — Forbes released today the 14th annual Global 2000 list, a ranking of the biggest, most powerful and most valuable companies in ...
China beats the odds and the analysts and doubles its economy in a decade
Dateline: 8 August 2025
China has proven all its detractors wrong - again. Despite predictions of economic collapse by global doomsayers, China has doubled its GDP in ten years, ...
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Paint your own "reality"
Posted: 26 May 2016  
Now you can paint anything you like - and it's all virtual.
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Robot waiters start work in Asia
Posted: 26 May 2016  
Want to order your meal from a friendly robot? Head for Asia, where robot waiters are making their debut in a pizza chain.
Personable Pepper robot gets a job in a pizza joint
26 May 2016
Visitors to a Pizza Hut in Asia will soon be able to place an order, ask about nutritional info and pay for their meal without even speaking to a member of ...
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 ...
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Published on: 26 May 2016  
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First fully-synthetic human genome completed
Dateline: 29 May 2026
It's taken a decade since the idea was first conceived, but a fully-specced, digitally defined genome of a human being without parents has been created. Not surprisingly, this human DNA blueprint has been christened John Doe 1.0 and lives in a supercomputer. It may be some time yet, before the genome is inserted into a cell and brought to life. You can however, see what John will look like, at various ages. The artificially intelligent system can render a perfectly clear 3D image of John, based on ...
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Future of motoring
Posted: 23 May 2016  
Will the future of motoring be defined by next generation cars like Tesla and BMW iNext, or will a completely different model for mobility as a service dominate? Watch this space!
BMW's First Self-Driving Car to Come Out in 2021
23 May 2016
CEO Harald Krueger has announced a third electric model in their BMW i series: a self-driving, intelligent luxury car named i Next, to be released by 2021.
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How to train your computer
Posted: 23 May 2016  
The next phase of the digital revolution that we are all living in.
Soon We Won’t Program Computers. We’ll Train Them Like Dogs
23 May 2016
Welcome to the new world of artificial intelligence. Soon, we won't program computers. We'll train them. Like dolphins. Or dogs. Or humans.
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Beyond Moore's Law
Posted: 20 May 2016  
It's uncanny how exponential technologies continue to surprise, even when we think we've reached the limit of advancement along a particular path. Googles secretive Tensor chip claims to advance algorithmic computing by three doublings over current technologies. Just a month or two ago, NVidia unveiled their latest supercomputer for machine learning, claiming 12-times faster performance over ...
Google's Tensor Processing Unit could advance Moore's Law 7 years into the future
20 May 2016
Google unveils custom TPU chip, which it says advances computing performance by three generations.
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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Posted: 19 May 2016   1 Comment
I can’t let the sentiment of this article go unchallenged. One must be careful of using purely current short-term financial arguments to select technologies for investment, for matters that have a global scale. From a physics perspective, renewables and fossil fuels are very diffuse in energy density, and one must harvest vast amounts of material, or vast volumes of air, or vast areas of the ...
Power from nuclear fusion is forever beyond our grasp
Dateline: 12 May 2026
The greatest nuclear fusion experiment, ITER, has been mothballed barely a year after being switched on. "It's unlikely we'll ever achieve ignition," said the project's acting chief scientist, "and without substantial budget increases, it's not worth doing anything else." The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project was begun in 2006, but took almost 20 years to reach ...
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Published on: 19 May 2016  
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Taking the hyperloop or a fast bus is so much quicker
Dateline: 3 June 2018
There's a simple problem with air travel these days, which has proved impossible to solve. The more people that fly, the longer it takes; not just the flight, the queues through security, complex boarding procedures; the inevitable delay before push back; and then queuing for a take-off slot! It's becoming increasingly quicker to take an Uber, if it's not too far, or a train or FastBus. California will have soon have the Hyperloop, with pods that dash through a vacuum tube at aircraft speeds. At ...
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New solar efficiency record
Posted: 18 May 2016  
Advances in solar technology continue to astonish. Coupled with developments in battery storage, the energy marketplace is being reinvented. Many, many incumbents are facing tough times ahead.
New world record set for converting sunlight to electricity
18 May 2016
An Australian team has set a new record for squeezing as much electricity as possible out of direct, unfocused sunlight via a new solar cell configuration. ...
Nano solar films bring cheap energy to sunshine states
Dateline: 5 May 2018
It's hard to believe that a mere decade ago fossil fuels were at a premium, and everyone talked of 'peak oil' and the high prices of natural gas and coal. ...
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Black market brains
Posted: 26 April 2016  
As we speculated in this MindBullet from a year ago, it's only a matter of time before rich people will buy additional brain capacity in the form of electronic enhancements, making them super-intelligent compared to the average person. And if it's outlawed, they will go to the black market - the gains are just too tempting!
Biohackers are turning to the black market for BRAIN implants
26 April 2016
Presidential candidate, Zoltan Istvan, claims he knows two Americans who are travelling abroad to get the technology. He says it could become a widespread ...
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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Finding faces
Posted: 18 May 2016  
Ever spotted a stranger and been curious to know who they are? Findface, an app launched in Russia, will search through billions of faces in seconds to find a match. Perhaps our MindBullet on this subject - published three years ago - was on to something?
Face recognition app taking Russia by storm may bring end to public anonymity
18 May 2016
FindFace compares photos to profile pictures on social network Vkontakte and works out identities with 70% reliability
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Even though we've never met
Dateline: 12 January 2015
"I'm sure I recognize you from somewhere. Have we met before?" We've all heard or used this line before, to initiate a conversation with someone who looks ...
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Gas power in Africa
Posted: 17 May 2016  
In Rwanda they are finally getting electric power from gas, and they don't even have to go to the trouble of fracking. The gas is simply extracted from the deep waters of Lake Kivu, where it occurs naturally. Although this is a relatively small scale plant, it's the first of its type in the world, and could be expanded to provide significant power in a region that is critically under-served. ...
Rwanda Inaugurates Groundbreaking Methane Power Project
17 May 2016
First-of-its-kind project to extract gas—and avert catastrophe—comes online on Central Africa’s Lake Kivu.
Unconventional oil and gas alters the geopolitical balance
Dateline: 4 July 2025
Over the last 20 years, North American oil and gas reserves have been boosted by the large scale exploitation of so-called unconventionals - mainly shale ...
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End wrinkles with a 'second skin'
Posted: 14 May 2016  
he search for eternal youth continues - and this 'second skin;' is just one step towards the ultimate goal.
The New York Times
14 May 2016
The idea sounds like fantasy: an invisible film that can be painted on your skin and give it the elasticity of youth. Bags under the eyes vanish in seconds. Wrinkles disappear.
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Mind-controlled car unveiled
Posted: 14 May 2016  
Now here's a leap forward in the radically changing world of vehicles - a mind-controlled car for disabled drivers! But that's only the tip of the iceberg. Imagine a world full of machines controlled by thought. The mind boggles - literally!
Mind-controlled car unveiled in China
14 May 2016
Chinese researchers have developed a car that is controlled by your thoughts. Could it be the future of driving?
Road rage and accidents are a thing of the past now that we've got Apps-for-Cars to keep the traffic moving along
Dateline: 15 March 2017
It all started before I even got out of bed! A message on my bedroom smart-wall warned me that a burst water main was slowing traffic, and suggested I ...
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Blockchain buzz
Posted: 13 May 2016  
There's much hype, much truth and much confusion about blockchain and bitcoin. This article opens the debate with some powerful comments.
Commentary: Five myths about the Blockchain revolution
13 May 2016
Blockchain technology is the most important invention in computing in a generation because, for the first time in human history, we have at our disposal
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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Exponential technologies
Posted: 12 May 2016  
One of the exponential technologies that are going to radically change the world - in combination with others - is driverless cars. Ford says it's going to do this within five years.
Ford: Self-driving cars are five years away from changing the world
12 May 2016
The technical leader of Ford's autonomous car project speaks about what it's like to be driven by a driver-less car, and how big a deal self-driving ...
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: 12 May 2016   2 Comments
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Power from nuclear fusion is forever beyond our grasp
Dateline: 12 May 2026
The greatest nuclear fusion experiment, ITER, has been mothballed barely a year after being switched on. "It's unlikely we'll ever achieve ignition," said the project's acting chief scientist, "and without substantial budget increases, it's not worth doing anything else." The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project was begun in 2006, but took almost 20 years to reach completion, to the point where it could be activated. After decades of delays and cost overruns, there was ...
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