IT'S GOING TO BE A COLD, DARK CHRISTMAS

Published on: 14 December 2017

Climate change reversal catches almost everyone by surprise

Dateline: 21 December 2025

It's almost a decade since those 'hottest years on record' culminating with the 2016 El Nino. But no-one expected it to cool down this rapidly. In 2017, Parisians and other rich communities were still throwing money at the problem of 'global warming', convinced that the modern warm period was spiralling upwards. That was the year it snowed in Mexico and blizzards shut down major EU airports. On top of that, we all thought we'd reached peak electricity, and consumer power consumption would decline ...

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Chess, anyone?
Posted: 11 December 2017

The breakneck development of artificial intelligence is simply awe-inspiring - and more than a little spooky,

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In just 4 hours, Google's AI mastered all the chess knowledge in history
11 December 2017
This system didn't even have to watch humans to learn how to play.

SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY: HAND IT TO THE MACHINES

Published on: 7 December 2017

When AI and chips are the best researchers, let them get on with it

Dateline: 8 February 2021

There's only so much a scientist can do. Which is why we all use smart agents to do most of our research for us. Smart software can read and parse papers many thousands of times faster than any human. A typical example is fingerprint identification or facial recognition. Computers are just way more efficient at matching patterns. But what happens when you are looking for new data in real time? How do you program that? Nano Global has released their first version of Nanobit, a system-on-a-chip that ...

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Will Apple crack the $1 trillion cap?
Posted: 5 December 2017

"While the iPad and Mac continue to contribute, Apple’s fate largely rests on the success of the iPhone X. Apple this year has increasingly looked like it’s on a real pathway to becoming a $1 trillion company, and now the holiday quarter is going to show if it’ll be able to pull that off.

And the signals are definitely there. Apple briefly tapped a $900 billion market cap, though it’s slipped ...

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Apple’s hand is down and its $1 trillion dream now rests with consumers
5 December 2017
As we head into the end of 2017, it's pretty safe to say that Apple's fate — barring any major issue with its phones — is now in the hands of its..
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The first company to reach a value of US$1 trillion is...
Dateline: 3 March 2025
Chinese. No, wait, American. Actually, it's a global company, with tech from the United States, and manufacturing in several countries, but mainly ...
Printing bacterial batteries
Posted: 4 December 2017

Is it a battery? Is it a solar cell? Is it organic? Perhaps all three. Scientists have successfully created a cell that produces power from sunlight, and continues even in the dark. And it's made from printing bacterial 'ink' on conductive paper.

Could this be the breakthrough that ushers in 'free' energy? ...

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Scientists Create A Solar Cell By Printing Bacteria
4 December 2017
By using the bacteria, they have overcome the primary issue with conventional solar cells, which need constant sunlight to generate electricity.
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Nano-machines do photosynthesis better than leaves
Dateline: 12 June 2030
What started as a bold project at Imperial College London in 2009, has now reached its first stage of commercialization in the deserts of north ...

DIGITAL DISGUISE IS THE HEIGHT OF FASHION

Published on: 30 November 2017

Wouldn't you like to be invisible, sometimes?

Dateline: 11 December 2025

Silicon Streetwear has launched a new range of fashion items for the privacy conscious. It's called Silicon Secrets, and keeps you safe from hackers and scanners. Your body has a natural aura; your heartbeat, skin temperature, the blood coursing through your veins; all combine to create a unique biometric signature, that identifies you as you. But you also have a digital aura; your wearables and devices, some of which may be implants. Your wireless aura not only identifies you, but reports on your ...

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Recycled cycles reach the end of the hype cycle
Posted: 25 November 2017

It seems we called this one pretty accurately. Now several bike sharing companies in China have gone bust - a bit like a Ponzi scheme - and the bikes are being consigned to a 'bike graveyard'. Amazing pictures of piles of trashed bikes!

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Chinese bike share graveyard a monument to industry's 'arrogance'
25 November 2017
Future of dockless bike sharing under a cloud amid concerns there are too many bikes and not enough demand
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There are 29 million bicycles in Beijing - and that's a problem
Dateline: 29 October 2019
The craze for 'dockless' share bikes in China and elsewhere soon led to a massive problem; piles of discarded bikes all over big cities, clogging up ...
Virtual, fast, friendly and efficient Government a reality...maybe soon!
Posted: 24 November 2017

Automated AI enabled driving tests, vehicle registrations and more to come in our new world. Finally we might have the answer to friendly, efficient, fast Gov services...without humans!

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China's new AI police station won't have humans
24 November 2017
It'll be like a worker-less DMV that's open 24/7.
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The next Commander in Chief is an avatar
Dateline: 3 November 2020
When a Presidential decision can affect millions of people's lives, it's a weighty matter; one that must balance ethics, integrity and pragmatism with what ...

IT'S NOT JUST BUSINESS, IT'S PERSONAL

Published on: 23 November 2017

Business that isn't personal doesn't survive the future

Dateline: 24 November 2020

There's a strange problem with stock exchange investing - the primary, and often only, motive is to make money. But we all know that the best businesses, those that flourish, survive the bad times, and outperform the rest in the good times, are businesses that have a real sense of purpose; that resonate with their customers and community. When Steve Jobs started Apple, it wasn't to seek corporate profits and become a billionaire. No, he wanted to change the world. The profits and riches were a ...

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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.
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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
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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.
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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 ...