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In search of the exaflop
Posted: 31 July 2015  
At the moment China has the world's fastest computer. That's not good for American egos, so the US is going to create the first computer capable of an exaflop.
US sets goal for faster supercomputer
31 July 2015
President Obama has announced an ambitious plan to build the world's fastest computer.
Supercomputer breaks the exaflop barrier
Dateline: 27 January 2019
China's Tianhe-9B has trumped America's Oak Ridge Labs in the race to exascale computing, with a full 1,000 petaflop record. Despite all their tweaking, ...
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3D Universal Memory
Posted: 29 July 2015  
One of the key ingredients in this scenario for super-powerful energy-sipping mobile devices is the development of high capacity non-volatile memory, also known as Universal Memory chips that can replace flash and DRAM. Intel and Micron have announced theirs.
Intel’s New Memory Chips Are Faster, Store Way More Data
29 July 2015
Intel and Micron just announced 3D XPoint, a new class of non-volatile memory chips that could radically improve the performance of smartphones, desktops, ...
A supercomputer that sits on your wrist and never needs recharging
Dateline: 18 February 2022
It's been seven years since IBM invented 7nm transistor chips, and five years since 3D Universal Memory was launched by Samsung. Since then we've seen ...
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A sky full of drones
Posted: 29 July 2015  
That's what Amazon is planning; but there are still plenty of challenges. A recent example was fire-fighting helicopters grounded by hobbyist drones taking pictures of the California wild fires.

I think it's inevitable that we will have thousands of drones thronging the skies at some point in the future. Just like the first motor cars had to be preceded by someone on foot waving a red flag, at ...
Amazon Plans "High-Speed Transit Zones” for Drones to Fly Packages to Your Home
29 July 2015
To get its drone delivery service off the ground, Amazon must convince regulators to adopt its ideas for drone traffic control.
No batteries needed for these delivery drones
Dateline: 7 March 2017
The biggest hurdle for electric aircraft has always been the weight of the batteries, and as nimble as they are, quadrotors and octocopters typically had ...
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Let robots do the work
Posted: 29 July 2015  
Don't worry if a robot takes your job. You can do something else. That's the new message from economists and analysts:

"There will be a displacement and there will be a repositioning of people into jobs that we don’t even have today that we will have in the future. If you look back in history, you’ll see that this disruption has been going on for some time. Not as fast as what we’re currently ...
Robots Might Take Your Job, But Here's Why You Shouldn't Worry
29 July 2015
Robot staff may already outnumber humans at some companies, but increased automation doesn't mean everyone will be out of work.
Google's robots do the heavy lifting, drive the dump trucks and haul the garbage
Dateline: 17 July 2018
Now that Google has become the leading developer of robots, including humanoid robots, we can leave them to do all the unpleasant, dangerous, and boring ...
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Collapsing commodities
Posted: 28 July 2015  
Was I right, is the 'supercycle' over? Platinum is now below $1,000 with gold not far behind, and oil remains stubbornly below $60.

What's the scenario for the near future - boom or bust? ...
Six collapsing commodities
28 July 2015
Commodity prices from gold to oil and aluminium to iron ore are tumbling – here are the big fallers
MindBullet logo GOLD AT $800, OIL AT $64
The mini-boom is on
Dateline: 6 November 2016
Two years ago we saw the first faltering of the oil price, as Brent crude dipped below US$80 per barrel. Gold was also weak, at about US$1100 per ounce. ...
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Intelligent things
Posted: 27 July 2015  
When the internet of things meets artificial intelligence, will the result be a bug-ridden mess, or the kind of useful ecosystem we wrote about in this MindBullet? The jury is out at this stage!
Connecting artificial intelligence with the internet of things
27 July 2015
With the two technologies set to meet, lines between sci-fi and a high-tech new reality continue to blur. Industry experts see no reason to be fearful
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 ...
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Welcome to the Robotel
Posted: 21 July 2015  
Most people like the human touch, but some go out of their way to avoid it. This hotel in Japan is run by robots, including a 'dinosaur' receptionist. Sounds like fun, though it might be a bit mechanical. At least you don't have to tip the staff!
Hotel 'staffed' entirely by robots unveiled in Japan
21 July 2015
Businessman insists hotel, with no human workers, is not a gimmick and will cut operating costs.
With robots paying labour tax, the 99% can be as idle and as comfortable as the elites
Dateline: 4 July 2025
We're living in the age of abundance. The age of the algorithm. The age of... well, automated utopia. Who would have thought that this soon, with machines ...
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Driverless cars are safer
Posted: 20 July 2015  
Most car crashes are caused by human error. The first injury to a passenger in one of Google's driverless cars was caused by another driver that rear-ended them. According to Google, all the collisions involving their driverless cars during testing have been caused by careless, inattentive drivers of other cars.

But what happens when the computer makes a mistake and does hurt someone? Who will ...
Google's autonomous car injuries: Blame the human
20 July 2015
The first injury linked to Google's autonomous vehicle testing has been reported -- but what was to blame?
MindBullet logo CAR KILLS 20: WHO'S TO BLAME?
Court rules driver not responsible if car has on-board computer
Dateline: 12 September 2017
Yesterday's court ruling shows two things - just how far technology has gone and why we should fear our kids! The driver of the car that crashed into a ...
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Blockchain share register
Posted: 15 July 2015  
One of the ideas we suggested in this MindBullet seems to be happening already. Startups on Nasdaq are using the blockchain to keep track of shareholders and verify trades.
Recording Nasdaq Trades on Bitcoin Platform: How It Works
15 July 2015
In its highest-profile application yet, Bitcoin’s public transaction record will help startups keep track of shares and shareholders.
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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Jobless future
Posted: 15 July 2015  
There's a great debate raging. Will robots destroy jobs and create misery, or will we figure out how to live in 'luxury fully-automated communism' where the machines do the work and we humans follow more creative pursuits?

Finding our way in this complex and scary future will be a challenge, but it's not going to go away. We can't afford to just ignore it! ...
It's No Myth: Robots and Artificial Intelligence Will Erase Jobs in Nearly Every Industry
15 July 2015
Though robots and artificial intelligence will erase jobs and bring social challenges, they may also provide an opportunity for humanity to uplift itself.
MindBullet logo ALL TECH AND NO JOBS
Neo-Luddites are on the march as technology explodes
Dateline: 10 June 2017
Last year, advanced new technologies and nanotech production lines led to the creation of 12 million jobs in China. The problem is that these same market ...
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IBM's new super-chip
Posted: 10 July 2015  
The announcement of working samples of 7-nanometre processor chips is important for several reasons. Firstly they show that Moore's law is not over yet, and they reached this point sooner than expected. So the exponential growth of computer power is still on track. This also marks a fundamental change in the way these developments are done, as it is a collaboration between members of a global ...
IBM announces computer chips more powerful than any in existence
10 July 2015
IBM discloses working version of much higher capacity chip
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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Brick laying bot
Posted: 9 July 2015  
Every day seems to bring news of robots that can do things cheaper and quicker than humans, and with less safety concerns. Here's another example of a robot that can exponentially increase productivity, but also might displace jobs. Hadrian can build the brick walls for a basic house in just two days!
A robot called Hadrian wants to build you a house in two days
9 July 2015
A West Australian company has a robot they say can lay 1,000 bricks a second and build the frame of an average house in under two days.
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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Humans versus artificials
Posted: 8 July 2015  
In this Backchannel article, the author considers three 'forces of the future' and comes up with three possible scenarios for 2050. Of the three forces, the impact of AI and robotics, or 'artificials' as Stowe Boyd refers to non-human workers and actors, seems to have the most influence.

In our MindBullet published two years ago, we looked at six forces shaping the future, and presented a ...
What Will a Corporation Look Like in 2050?
8 July 2015
A futurist imagines how companies will react to inequality, climate change and Artificial Intelligence
The West deflates, China stagnates, and the rest of the world watches and worries
Dateline: 1 May 2040
As the 21st Century approaches middle age, prices are falling alarmingly. In real terms, everything from coal to electronics is cheaper than it was four ...
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Digital currency deluge
Posted: 7 July 2015  
Today we read that Citibank is developing its own digital currency. We still don't know how Bitcoin will pan out, if it will be a bubble or something lasting. But blockchain technology is definitely here to stay. As we've pointed out before, it can be used for many things, beyond crypto currencies.

I still think there's an opportunity for a government, perhaps China, to launch a global digital ...
Citibank Is Working On Its Own Digital Currency, Citicoin
7 July 2015
In a move that should be of no surprise to anyone familiar with the space, Citibank has admitted to running a test platform for digital currencies and is..
Controversial digital currency collapses as clones saturate the market
Dateline: 15 March 2015
In essence, Bitcoins are digital artifacts created by using computers to solve complex mathematical formulae, essentially cracking a code. The reward one ...
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Machines that kill
Posted: 6 July 2015  
Technology means 'the use of tools' and tools can be used for good purposes and bad. When a machine malfunctions or is operated incorrectly, the results can be tragic. When the machine in question is an industrial robot and kills a man working on it, the headline is quite chilling: "Robot kills man." But of course, the robot had no intention, and the man's death was the result of an ...
Robot Kills Man at Volkswagen Plant - Time
6 July 2015
The machine grabbed and crushed the technician
Japanese family annihilated by cyber-companion
Dateline: 11 June 2021
"It seems to have been a systematic and deliberate process, well thought-through and planned, and conducted over a period of four days or so", said police ...
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The real future of Google Earth
Posted: 1 July 2015  
As we speculated in our MindBullets eight years ago, the real potential of Google Earth lies in the ability to access it via virtual reality interfaces. Then it becomes a digital representation of the real world, letting you visit real places from your desktop or lounge.

And once you're there, of course you'll want to buy some curios, or perhaps just shop for local specialities. That could be ...
Paired With AI and VR, Google Earth Will Change the Planet
1 July 2015
As Google Earth celebrates its 10th anniversary, it's evolving way beyond a way to find your house.
Virtual world covers two-thirds of the 'real' world
Dateline: 7 June 2017
Google Earth's virtual online buildings, designed and built by the in-world residents, now cover most of the developed world and all major tourism ...
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Upgrading your brain
Posted: 22 June 2015  
It may be even easier, in the future, to augment your brain with electronics. Current methods of achieving deep brain stimulation with electronic probes have lots of limitations, but scientists have developed a nano interface that can be inserted by syringe.

Perhaps the day when you can buy more smarts is not too far away! ...
Flexible Electronics, Delivered to the Brain via Syringe
22 June 2015
A new type of flexible electronic device shows promise for long-term brain mapping and could be a more effective way to provide therapeutic stimulation.
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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The future of DNA is cloudy
Posted: 19 June 2015  
"Already, universities and drug manufacturers are embarking on projects to sequence the genomes of hundreds of thousands of people.

The human genome is the full complement of DNA, or genetic material, a copy of which is found in nearly every cell of the body.

Clients view Google and Amazon as doing a better job storing genomics data than they can using their own computers, keeping it secure, ...
Google, Amazon in race to get DNA into the cloud - BusinessDay
19 June 2015
Academic institutions and healthcare companies are picking sides between their cloud computing offerings, spurring the two to one-up each other
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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Death of the App economy
Posted: 15 June 2015  
In an ecosystem where your smart assistant is wired into all the apps and services you need or are subscribed to, then why would you need apps at all?

Two years ago we published a MindBullet that talked about the need for apps disappearing, now it's becoming reality! It's not just Google and Apple that are working in this direction. I'm sure Microsoft will also be in the game, with Cortana ...
Apple and Google Race to See Who Can Kill the App First
15 June 2015
In an app-free world, the platform battles between iOS and Android could become a tangible pain point for users.
Millions of apps, and they're all free
Dateline: 17 February 2021
Who remembers the Dotcom boom of 20 years ago? Which was followed by the 'Dotbomb' crash, as the bubble burst. Well, the 'App Economy' is proving to be a ...
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Staying in shape
Posted: 10 June 2015  
Imagine being able to bend or deform a piece of metal, that then regains its original shape, millions of times, without breaking. That's the promise of a new 'shape memory' alloy developed by engineers at the University of Maryland.

Besides completely new applications, this type of material would be wonderful for something like cars, if dings and dents would simply pop back into shape. That is ...
Memory alloy bounces back into shape 10 million times - BBC News
10 June 2015
Engineers produce a "shape memory alloy" that can pop back into shape more than 10 million times, shattering previous records for this type of material.
These autos refuse to age - they just repair themselves
Dateline: 19 June 2012
Another new car dealer has gone bust trying to sell the latest models. One can hardly be surprised, as pre-owned vehicles look factory fresh. The secret ...
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