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MindBullet logo ENGINEERING THE PERFECT LIFE
Let happiness and contentment find you
Dateline: 5 May 2019
Remember the outcry a few years ago, when Facebook deliberately filtered its newsfeed to see how specific stories influenced your mood and emotions? Nowadays people are choosing to opt-in to this type of modification. With more than enough bad news going around, like terror attacks, resource shortages or natural disasters, some consumers are desperate to optimize their experiences and their ...
The Economist thinks it could be a win-win situation as well
Posted: 4 September 2015

"Europe’s labour force is ageing and will soon begin to shrink. Its governments have racked up vast debts which they plan to dump on future generations. This will be harder if those future generations are smaller. Immigrants, including asylum-seekers, are typically young and eager to work. So they can help ease this problem: caring for the elderly and shouldering a share of debts they ...

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MindBullet logo WINNING THE MIGRANT LOTTERY
After running the gauntlet across North Africa and the Mediterranean, refugees face one more challenge: random chance
Dateline: 2 April 2017
Europe might have had its head in the sand, but we all know that problems do not go away on their own. Months and months of inaction in the Middle East, coupled with the ghosts of Scramble-for-Africa past and the ups-and-downs of developing nations have led to a surge of migrants knocking on Europe's door. Thousands have lost their lives either drowning, dying of pneumonia or being deceived ...
It's keeping Johann Rupert awake at night
Posted: 8 June 2015

“We are destroying the middle classes at this stage and it will affect us."
http://www.fin24.com/Economy/What-keeps-Johann-Rupert-awake-at-night-20150608 ...

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MindBullet logo THE MIDDLE CLASS IS DYING
There's a growing gap between the have-lots and have-very-littles
Dateline: 3 July 2024
In 2014 the richest one percent owned 48% of the world's wealth (US$ 127 trillion). It's ten years later and they just keep on getting richer while the middle class is shrinking at an alarming rate. Because affluence has been growing, you need a much higher living standard than before in order to be classified as 'middle class' today. Emerging economy populations, who made the middle ...
Sleep-hacking mice
Posted: 12 March 2015

New Scientist reports that mice have been given new memories while sleeping. Seems like traumatic memories in human brains could be removed in the future after all!

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MindBullet logo TAKE A LOAD OFF YOUR BRAIN
Now everyone can be like Dumbledore
Dateline: 12 February 2045
Harry Potter (and every other person on the planet) envied Professor Albus Dumbledore because of the pensieve that stood in his study. Dumbledore deposited memories in the pensieve, where they were kept intact until they were needed. Up to now this has been fiction, but soon it will become fact. Neuroscientists have discovered where and how memories exist, which means that we are now able ...
The middle class is dying and you need to get out of it: Grant Cardone
Posted: 20 February 2015

Some sobering statistics that (unfortunately) support this MindBullet. Read more here: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/shake-your-middle-class-status-stat-211915756.html?l=1

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MindBullet logo THE MIDDLE CLASS IS DYING
There's a growing gap between the have-lots and have-very-littles
Dateline: 3 July 2024
In 2014 the richest one percent owned 48% of the world's wealth (US$ 127 trillion). It's ten years later and they just keep on getting richer while the middle class is shrinking at an alarming rate. Because affluence has been growing, you need a much higher living standard than before in order to be classified as 'middle class' today. Emerging economy populations, who made the middle ...
This Guy Tracks Everything About Himself And Puts It Up Online For Everyone To See
Posted: 13 August 2014

For now, this guy seems happy doing what he his doing...

“Knowing that my activity is being tracked and published to the world has been a really great motivator to do interesting things or try harder. If no one else was watching I might cut corners, but now I feel like I’m being held accountable, like I’d be letting down my visitors and friends otherwise. I also found myself going out a bit ...

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MindBullet logo TRACK ME ONCE, TRACK ME TWICE
New wearable tech is making (some of) us happier and healthier people
Dateline: 2 September 2015
Google Glass started it all, and now the viral spread of the Quantified Self meme is showing us the good, the bad and the ugly on the screens of our high tech bracelets and necklaces. With the demand for wearable technology far outstripping supply, there's no denying it; no one likes average - everyone wants to be awesome. And how do you become an A-list version of yourself? You ...
Watch someone else's heartbeat online
Posted: 3 April 2014 1 Comment

You might want to have a look at this story about a designer who measures her heart and broadcasts a visualization of it beating. Over-examining, if you ask me...

http://datatelling.com/projects/onehumanheartbeat/

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MindBullet logo TRACK ME ONCE, TRACK ME TWICE
New wearable tech is making (some of) us happier and healthier people
Dateline: 2 September 2015
Google Glass started it all, and now the viral spread of the Quantified Self meme is showing us the good, the bad and the ugly on the screens of our high tech bracelets and necklaces. With the demand for wearable technology far outstripping supply, there's no denying it; no one likes average - everyone wants to be awesome. And how do you become an A-list version of yourself? You ...
MindBullet logo INSTANT DNA SCANNING NOW AS EASY AS PIE
Consumers simply refuse to stomach food companies' lies any longer
Dateline: 6 December 2016
Esther Rabinovitz is visiting her student brother in Boston. They have just entered an American diner where she has ordered a good old hamburger and fries. The waiter now arrives with their plates. Esther thanks him and starts rummaging in her handbag. After a few seconds, it emerges: The Instant DNA Scanner (IDS). Her brother thinks it's hilarious, but Esther does not share his sentiment. ...
MindBullet logo THE NEW MEXICAN REVOLUTION
The Mexican Wave becomes a tsunami
Dateline: 7 July 2018
In five years Mexico has doubled its GDP and has overtaken Latin American rival Brazil as the largest economy in the region. At Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) Mexico is bigger than the UK and France, and closing in on Germany. The biggest reason for this rapid rise is the upsurge in demand from Mexico's gorilla neighbour, the United States. Coupled with labour costs lower than China and an ...
Traditional insurance: no sure thing
Posted: 14 April 2013

The insurance industry should prepare for some disruptive changes. jFloat is a "collaborative consumption self-insurance platform" that is set to launch in July. Power to the people it seems.

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In the face of the sharing economy, new insurance models slowly emerge
14 April 2013
Last week, I wrote about the issues that big, traditional insurance companies have with sharing economy companies like RelayRides, Getaround, Uber and ...
MindBullet logo INSURANCE BECOMES REAL-TIME
As risk increases, so does your cover - automatically and effortlessly
Dateline: 27 March 2016
Taking out insurance cover has always been a pain. Bureaucracy and boring paperwork were the order of the day - but no more. The networked world and ...
4D printing - great expectations?
Posted: 9 April 2013

If objects are able to assemble themselves, it will free up time and resources. I say yes to no more afternoons struggling with the IKEA table!

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The next big thing: 4D printing | SmartPlanet
9 April 2013
An MIT professor recently unveiled an advanced 3D printing process that allows objects to assemble themselves.
Gen(e)ius advertising could be the next big thing
Posted: 4 April 2013 3 Comments

Genetic-based advertising is said to be closer than we think. With Big Data as a precursor, it doesn't sound too far off, right? However, trust and consumer rights will be the keys to success for companies like Miinome.

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Selling Your Most Personal Item: You | Wired Business | Wired.com
4 April 2013
Minneapolis-based startup Miinome is building a platform that will help consumers cash in on the value of their DNA by selling their genetic data back to ...
MindBullet logo MAIL US YOUR DAMAGED GENES
And we'll mend them and send them right back - by email
Dateline: 15 August 2022
Now that the bio-replicator is a reality, it is easy to transfer biological fragments from place to place - electronically! In fact, you can send the code ...

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