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Self-driving luggage
Posted: 30 March 2017 2 Comments

Hope the batteries don't catch fire.

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MindBullet logo GET ME TO THE GATE ON TIME
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 - miles and miles of airport concourses. And terminals seem to get bigger every year. Putting wheels on luggage was an innovative idea; one wonders why it took decades before that caught on in a big way. Then it was just a matter of time ...
DNA Saves The Welfare State
Posted: 18 February 2016

Hitler would be proud.

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MindBullet logo DNA SAVES THE WELFARE STATE
You can thank grandpa for those wonderful genes of yours
Dateline: 3 March 2019
Globalization and mostly-free movement of people has been all well and good so far, but when some localities are being inundated by masses looking for the Italian Dream or the life of plenty in Portugal, it's only a matter of time before a tipping point is reached. After the migrant influx of the 20/teens, EU bureaucrats are having a tough time; too many people, too few resources. Now, ...
Workaholics
Posted: 4 September 2014

The worst thing you can do for a workaholic is prevent him from working. It creates far higher stress levels than you are trying to prevent. Other ways must be found around the problem.

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MindBullet logo BIG DATA GETS AN ATTITUDE
"I'm sorry Jeff, I can't let you do that"
Dateline: 22 August 2017
Fine. I know it's a weekend and I'm not supposed to read my mail when I'm socializing with my family. But I really, really want to check if Larry has sent me that proposal. It's one thing to have a trainable algorithm that can protect you from your destructive self, and I know I've given it maximum authority over my work-life balance since that heart murmur I had last year; but why can't I ...
Home-made spy satellites
Posted: 20 September 2012 1 Comment

Patent this before Apple sues you.

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MindBullet logo SEND YOUR PHONE INTO SPACE
Home-made spy satellites are all the rage
Dateline: 10 October 2015
More and more people are 'going' into space on a shoestring - and controlling their very own spy satellites from their iPads. Like 3D printing, the idea of building your own pico satellite began with science students and hobbyists, but now consumers are getting into the act. At a fraction of the price of a ticket on Virgin Galactic, you can order a tiny satellite online, or just download ...
Social Media and Justice
Posted: 2 September 2011 1 Comment

"Vigilanteeism by Social Media" is the "New Justice", and expresses the frustration of the person in the street with established structures. A dangerous trend.

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MindBullet logo SOCIAL MEDIA BECOMES THE NEW 'BOBBY ON THE BLOCK'
Governments drop plans to block social media as PeoplePower takes to the streets
Dateline: 27 January 2014
Two years ago the threat that governments as ideologically diverse as Britain and China would seek to control and even shut down social media during times of unrest seemed inevitable. The world had seen the power of social media to connect and organize people, for good and evil. On the one hand, we watched with approval the role of Facebook and Twitter in overthrowing Middle Eastern ...
Open season for abuse?
Posted: 28 April 2011 1 Comment

We would need to eliminate abuse by spam merchants and the like, otherwise users will disable these links. How many will have (already have?) "back doors" inserted by national security agencies for big brother monitoring and control?

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MindBullet logo MY WIDGET WILL TALK TO YOUR GADGET
And then we'll do lunch, or dinner, or something similar
Dateline: 20 April 2020
But first my app will check my office calendar, the car's servicing schedule, the fridge reminders, my medication schedule, your healthy dietary requirements, the restaurant pricing guide, your schedule, the weather and Reuters alerts. You won't have to lift a finger, except to pick up the knife and fork. There isn't an app for that, yet. Now that there are more than 75 billion devices ...
Microlenders
Posted: 14 April 2011

Microlenders have already created this scenario in South Africa, supported by the legal system that allows microlenders to place garnishee orders on their salaries. So their month-end pay packet is barely enough for one meal. The poverty trap just gets deeper and deeper.

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MindBullet logo WALL STREET CRUNCH SPREADS TO MAIN STREET AND BEYOND
Micro finance hits the skids: Beware of similar trends where you live
Dateline: 12 July 2013
The Credit Crunch of 2008 primarily hit 'Wall Street' and all associated with her. Think of this as Phase 2 of the Credit Crunch - and the worst hit are those at the bottom of the pyramid. Undoubtedly, this new crunch is being precipitated by political pressures to control a largely unregulated micro-lending industry. Politicians have added a powerful impetus to consumer complaints and ...
Innovation
Posted: 3 June 2010

It was a lazy man who invented the wheel. There are no bounds to what a bored man (woman?) can invent, but the benefits to humankind of these inventions could be negated by the other pursuits of bored people - hedonism, sex, gluttony and drugs.

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MindBullet logo IS THIS THE END OF INNOVATION?
The pace of technology advances slows as all invention is outsourced to computers
Dateline: 3 March 2033
We are in trouble. We’ve reached the end of the road. Like the mythical serpent devouring itself from the tail, we have progressed in ever decreasing circles, until we reached the point where we are in danger of disappearing up our own metaphorical orifice. Let’s be clear on what we are discussing. The ability of the human species to perpetually innovate and invent new, better, smaller, ...

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