THE STREETS HAVE NO NAMES

Published on: 19 October 2017

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 from basement farms, yet deliciously popular. And cities without streets. China's latest planned urban extravaganza, a megalopolis known as Yuyuan or 'Harmony Garden', isn't built around roads and streets. The walkways and thoroughfares linking the multiuse 3D-printed buildings can accommodate pedestrians, ebikes and hoverboards. Jogging and ...

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Scary scenarios for the future
Posted: 17 October 2017

As futurists, we often tend to favour a techno-optimistic view. After all, if you don't think the future can be better through your own efforts, then what's the point of trying to create the future? But we should not ignore the dystopian scenarios, some of which are pretty horrific, and possible, even if we think them unlikely. Here are ten predictions from the future that will be bound to ...

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10 Predictions About the Future That Should Scare the Hell Out of You
17 October 2017
The future looks bright, except when it doesn’t. Here are 10 exceptionally regrettable developments we can expect in the coming decades.
MindBullet logo THE FUTURE SURE AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE
The future will always surprise us
Dateline: 11 August 2026
Back in the 1950s, seventy years ago, people made all sorts of predictions about what the future would be like. We'd have flying cars and robot maids, it ...
No more helium shortage
Posted: 16 October 2017

You may not have been aware of it, but the world was facing a possible shortage of helium, which is used in space rockets and MRI medical devices. Helium, besides being lighter than air, and a safe way to inflate party balloons, is an inert, stable element that won't combust or explode under pressure, making it almost unique in some scientific applications. But it can't be made in a ...

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Massive 'Life-Saving' Helium Field Just Turned Out to Be Far Bigger Than We'd Hoped
16 October 2017
New analysis of a gargantuan helium deposit discovered in Tanzania last year has revealed that there may be much more of the gas than initial surveys ...
MindBullet logo US BANS HELIUM EXPORTS IN ELEMENT TRADE WAR
China's medical and consumer electronics manufacturers in turmoil
Dateline: 15 August 2015
In a widely expected, but controversial, move the US has banned all helium exports to China and its major trade partners, following China's banning of all ...
Mainstream metal printing
Posted: 13 October 2017

We've talked a lot about 3D printing over the years, and its potential to disrupt traditional manufacturing businesses. Now metal 3D printing is about to go mainstream, with office-friendly studio systems and high-speed manufacturing systems from Desktop Metal. And in a variety of metals, from titanium to stainless steel. Let the 4th Industrial Revolution begin!

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100x faster, 10x cheaper: 3D metal printing is about to go mainstream
13 October 2017
Desktop Metal - remember the name. This Massachussetts company is preparing to turn manufacturing on its head, with a 3D metal printing system that's so much faster, safer and cheaper than existing systems that it's going to compete with traditional mass manufacturing processes.

INTERNET OF ORGANIC THINGS

Published on: 12 October 2017

Plants that tweet and pets that ping

Dateline: 13 October 2023

Does your prize rose bush send you an email when it needs specific nutrients, or tweet incessantly when it's thirsty? Does your Labrador retriever ping you on your smartphone, when he's restless and wants a walk? Only if you've got smart soil sensors, for the rose, and a smart dog-collar for the Lab. But all these things we've connected to the 'net, they all need power - battery power, and even enhanced with tiny solar cells, like all electronics, they eventually wear out and have to be replaced, or ...

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More than just a home invasion
Posted: 5 October 2017

Amazon is invading the home with its Echo devices, and Alexa is set to become the Operating System for the smart home. But it doesn't end there. Amazon also wants to sell you financial services - and anything else a household might need. Read this piece about Amazon's threat to the UK insurance industry:
https://banknxt.com/61791/amazon-insurance/ ...

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MindBullet logo FIRST TRILLION DOLLAR CORP
The first company to reach a value of US$1 trillion is...
Dateline: 3 March 2025
Chinese. No, wait, American. Actually, it's a global company, with tech from the United States, and manufacturing in several countries, but mainly China. You would be forgiven for surmising that Apple Inc would be the first company to cross the US$ 1 trillion threshold. A couple of years ago, Apple came close, with a market capitalization of US$ 947 billion, but has subsequently seen its ...

FIRST TRILLION DOLLAR CORP

Published on: 5 October 2017 1 Comment

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 China. You would be forgiven for surmising that Apple Inc would be the first company to cross the US$ 1 trillion threshold. A couple of years ago, Apple came close, with a market capitalization of US$ 947 billion, but has subsequently seen its star losing lustre. A more recent entry into the Top Five, Facebook Inc has been battling it out with Microsoft ...

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Shirts processing methane as you stroll down Central Ave?
Posted: 4 October 2017

As we enter an era of new materials sciences we cannot begin to imagine whats possible...and it will mostly be great for our greener, healthier future!

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The Shirt Of The Future Will Be Made By Methane-Eating Bacteria
4 October 2017
By using a greenhouse gas as the basis for a new material, Mango Materials wants to create a new model of garment production that cleans up the atmosphere ...
MindBullet logo NANOTECH BITES PLATINUM PRICE
New exotic materials threaten old resource stocks
Dateline: 11 October 2009
ZChing, the Chinese nanotech firm, has launched its first commercial product - and it's creating chaos in the platinum group market for catalysts worth ...
Truly intelligent machines will be able to plan
Posted: 4 October 2017

Harri Valpola, founder of The Curious AI Company, says all of the AI currently in use is second rate. He wants to change that. AI systems that are trained on lots of data can be better than humans at solving problems involving new data, like predictions, but they are incapable of the kind of abstract reasoning that humans and animals employ when they want to achieve something - planning. This ...

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Harri Valpola dreams of an internet of beautiful AI minds
4 October 2017
The Finnish computer scientist says he has solved AI's fundamental problem: how to make machines that plan
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 ...
Will the Internet giants become banks?
Posted: 3 October 2017

One of the big questions we regularly encounter in our discussions with clients, particularly in financial services, is whether the Internet giants - Google, Facebook, Amazon et al - will become banks.
We've argued consistently that the last thing they want is to enter the regulated, constricted world of traditional banking. Rather, they will reinvent the entire process of lending and spending ...

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Do you really think that Google or Amazon want to be a bank? - Chris Skinner's blog
3 October 2017
I’ve said continually that firms like Google and Amazon will never open a bank. I still believe that this will be the case – Facebook and Apple also fall into this view – and mainly hold this view because these companies would find full service banking a difficult and unprofitable …
Elon Musk's next big gamble
Posted: 3 October 2017

Elon Musk is not afraid to take a chance, if the potential rewards are there. His latest concept called BFR could stand for Big Freaking Rocket or Big Fat Risk - either would make sense. But there is method in his apparent madness.

The key to all this lies in reusability, the holy grail of affordable and profitable launch systems. SpaceX has already proved they can reuse the first stage of the ...

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SpaceX’s Elon Musk unveiled a rocket that can fly to the Moon, Mars—and Shanghai
3 October 2017
A slightly smaller rocket with a slightly bigger chance of becoming reality.
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 ...
Travel anywhere in the world - in under one hour
Posted: 2 October 2017

There is, it seems, no end to Elon Musk's determination to reshape life as we know it. Just watch this video - his latest idea is to use SpaceX rockets to transport people to anywhere on earth in under an hour!
He's disrupting finance with PayPal, space with SpaceX, transport with Tesla, hyperloop and The Boring Company, man-machine interface with NeuralLink, energy with SolarCity, from ...

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THE INTEL(LIGENT) CHIP ARRIVES

Published on: 28 September 2017 1 Comment

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 self-learning. Cognitive computing required deep neural networks that had to be trained on extensive datasets, but Intel's neuromorphic chip combines training and inference for on-chip learning on the fly. That sounds like a mouthful, and it is. Simply put, AI systems required supercomputers and advanced software to learn how to deal with different ...

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A third thumb
Posted: 26 September 2017

It's not a third arm, but a third thumb is already available, way before 2023:
https://twitter.com/businessinsider/status/912547290702680064
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MindBullet logo WAIT A SEC, I'VE ONLY GOT THREE HANDS
Third arms are a blessing and a curse
Dateline: 1 September 2023
Since scientists and doctors collaborated almost a decade ago to fit amputees with robotic arms controlled by their brains, bionic limbs have come a long way. Now it's possible to strap on a wearable robotic appendage, even if both your arms are fully functional. Connected wirelessly to your brain by a 'thinking cap', you can move your third arm and manipulate your extra limb, just by ...
Blockchain businesses
Posted: 26 September 2017

We published this MindBullet more than two years ago about autonomous businesses on the blockchain. Now they're getting airtime as DAO or decentralised autonomous organisations. I prefer the name 'blockchain businesses', better than an acronym and more descriptive. Were we ahead of the game? Read the attached news link by Chris Skinner and decide for yourself!

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What is a Decentralised Autonomous Organisation?
26 September 2017
I was asked to explain what I meant by haven’t central bankers realised that democratised trust is in the technologies and code? when I blogged about the ...
MindBullet logo BLOCKCHAIN BUSINESSES THAT RUN THEMSELVES GO VIRAL
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 ...
Read my heart to know me!
Posted: 26 September 2017

Biometrics is becoming a massive focus area, as cyber-security moves to centre stage in a troubled and uncertain world. But fingerprints and face scans are just so yesterday!
Latest technologies include everything from body-odour recognition (phew!) to vein mapping, brain prints - and now, tracking your heart rhythms as a means to identify you. ...

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Forget face scans or fingerprints, your heart could be your new passcode
26 September 2017
The launch of the iPhone X and its new facial unlocking technology has thrust biometric security back into the popular discourse. A team at the University of Buffalo has now developed a new biometric tool that analyzes the dimensions of your heart? to unlock your phone or log in to your computer.
Daimler launches self-driving truck convoys
Posted: 26 September 2017

And the self-driving juggernaut rolls on - really! Daimler is launching fleets of self-driving trucks that run in convoys on selected US highways. And within a few weeks, Tesla will be unveiling its electric self-driving long-haul trucks, Logistics will never be the same....

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Daimler's self-driving truck platoons to roll onto US highways
26 September 2017
Daimler is set to unleash connected, self-driving trucks on selected highways in the US, as it kicks off testing of its truck platooning technology on American soil for the first time.
Welcome flying cars
Posted: 26 September 2017

Flying cars are just a science fiction dream, aren't they? Not any more. Dozens of companies have launched prototypes, and this week, Dubai started first trials of driverless helicopter taxis whizzing through the city skyscrapers.
This is just one example of the radical changes taking place across the world - and the speed at which they are happening. Only a few years ago, the idea of drivers ...

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Volocopter flying taxi takes unmanned flight over Dubai
26 September 2017
Dubai is moving full steam ahead toward a futuristic skyline dotted with modern skyscrapers and flying taxis by kicking off trials of the Volocopter two-seater aircraft. The all-electric 18-rotor vehicle took to the skies for the first time over the city on Monday as the city looks to establish what would be world's first self-flying taxi service.
Trust...in a world of broken trust...is a crucial asset or a massively scary challenge!
Posted: 24 September 2017

All of us in the "rest of the world" need to be very alert to the forces shaping our future...and the reality of a world experiencing and coping with myriad examples of broken trust is but one of our challenges!

Pres. Trump's current rhetoric is alarming and a warning for all of us as he is destroying one of the key vestiges of whatever remains of trust in the world - the reliability of a ...

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Opinion | Mr. Trump Squanders the World’s Trust
24 September 2017
At a crucial moment, Donald Trump is forcing the world to confront core questions it really shouldn’t have to ask: Can he be trusted? And, more saliently, ...
MindBullet logo AI FOR PRESIDENT
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 ...
Future of corporate structures and models?
Posted: 23 September 2017

Chris Skinner has opened a great debate - what does the future corporate structure need to be...what can it be...what should it be? With IoT showing that power moves to the fringe and kills the cloud, communication models enabling instant global impacts, we have to ask the big questions!

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What is a Decentralised Autonomous Organisation? - Chris Skinner's blog
23 September 2017
I was asked to explain what I meant by haven’t central bankers realised that democratised trust is in the technologies and code? when I blogged about the ...
MindBullet logo EMERGENT INTELLIGENCE IS A WEB OF DEMOCRATIC DEVICES
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 ...