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Why everything's getting AI
Posted: 30 October 2014  
"Everything that we formerly electrified we will now cognitize. This new utilitarian AI will also augment us individually as people (deepening our memory, speeding our recognition) and collectively as a species. There is almost nothing we can think of that cannot be made new, different, or interesting by infusing it with some extra IQ. In fact, the business plans of the next 10,000 startups ...
The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World
30 October 2014
The AI on the horizon looks more like Amazon Web Services—cheap, reliable, industrial-grade digital smartness running behind everything, and almost ...
MindBullet logo COGNITIVE SYSTEMS RULE, OK
Machines that think for themselves are taking over the world
Dateline: 22 February 2022
In our quest to develop smarter, more powerful, less power-hungry computers and devices, we have created artificial intelligence that rivals that of the ...
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3D scanning with your phone
Posted: 30 October 2014  
With an app that lets you scan objects in 3D with your smartphone camera, how long before we can also print directly from our phones to a MakerBot 3D printer?

Instant cloning of physical objects was the subject of this MindBullet from a few years back. It seemed unlikely then, but now it's approaching reality. ...
Dacuda's 3D camera app turns your phone into a 3D scanner - Tech Gen
30 October 2014
Dacuda's downloadable app lets you use your smartphone to capture a 3D image you can later view and spin around in its full 360 degree glory.
MindBullet logo POINT, SHOOT AND PRINT - IN 3D
From camera phone to plastic clone in three clicks
Dateline: 5 July 2015
It's now a simple matter to create a bust of the company president or a replica of your favorite pet - just point, shoot a couple of times from different ...
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HP gets its 3D groove on
Posted: 29 October 2014  
So we're finally going see the biggest name in printers getting onto the 3D bandwagon. This will be a pivotal point for HP. It will either become a big name in 3D printing or fade into irrelevance like it did with pocket computers and smartphones. It's a big deal, either way, and something that HP doesn't want to mess up.
HP promises a fast, colorful 3D enterprise printer for 2016 that will cost…something
29 October 2014
The long-promised printer will be available to everyone in 2016. In the meantime, partners like Shapeways will be able to test it.
MindBullet logo NEW DIMENSION FOR METAL MINING
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 ...
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Smart healthcare using smartphones and 3D printing
Posted: 28 October 2014  
Here's breakthrough technology for detecting cancer that hits all the right buttons. It uses low-tech (smartphone, LED lights and standard well plate) combined with a 3D-printed cabinet and some very smart bio compounds and software. Although the news link is to a site promoting 3D printing, that's actually the least interesting thing about this invention. It's open source, open hardware and ...
3D-printed microRNA miroculus detects cancers with a single blood test
28 October 2014
About 8 million people die of cancer every year worldwide. The death toll could rise about 80% by 2030, according to the World Health Organization. But the ...
MindBullet logo THE SMART FACE OF HEALTHCARE
Virtual hospitals are reinventing medicine
Dateline: 14 January 2018
Yessirree, things sure ain't what they used to be! Just take the new hospital in town...not a patient in sight! That's because the new high-tech hospitals ...
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Robocar or motorbot
Posted: 27 October 2014  
Very soon the smartest thing you own will be your car. It will be connected, and capable of autonomous action, depending on input from the network and its own sensors. That sounds a lot like a robot. In the future, an "automobile" might mean a lot more than a car you can drive!
Your future car could also be your first robot: here's why
27 October 2014
Autonomous driving technologies mean that your future car could be the first real robot you own.
MindBullet logo DO YOU DRIVE A SUPERCOMPUTER?
The smartest high-tech device that you own is - your car!
Dateline: 18 October 2017
Ford actually made this a mission of theirs some years ago. Now it's a reality. MIT just released a new study that shows the sheer computing power and ...
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The perfect storm
Posted: 27 October 2014  
Are we headed for inevitable, irreversible global collapse? Although the attached article was published much earlier in the year, in March, it has recently been shared on Facebook as something to consider seriously.

I'm generally of the opinion that prophets of doom are usually wrong, and this study points to the increasing stratification of society into Elites and Masses as the root cause of ...
Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'?
27 October 2014
Nafeez Ahmed: Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system
MindBullet logo 'PERFECT STORM' OF SHORTAGES AVERTED
Predictions of a global lack of food, water and energy prove false
Dateline: 1 September 2029
Once again, Malthusian famine and thirst have been forecast - and failed to materialize. Twenty years ago, Professor John Beddington, the UK government's ...
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The key to being yourself
Posted: 23 October 2014  
Google wants to make it easier for us to be secure, with a physical key to verify our identity on a computer. It certainly could be more convenient than a password, and more secure than a fingerprint, which can't be changed if it's lost. But it puts the onus on the user to safeguard the key, and prevent it's use by others. Presumably it will also make it easier to 'lend' your identity to say ...
Google Dongle Is Latest Salvo in War on Passwords
23 October 2014
Google says using a small USB stick to vouch for your identity is more secure than either a password or conventional two-factor authentication.
MindBullet logo I WAS ALMOST ME - BUT NOT QUITE
The bid for a single digital identity fails
Dateline: 1 April 2017
We got so tantalizingly close to overcoming the world's digital schizophrenia! For a while, the vision of ditching all those dozens of passwords - for ...
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Hero farming in the US
Posted: 21 October 2014  
They call it sustainable agriculture, I call it hero farming. There must be a better way to keep everyone fed without resorting to 'factory' food, and it seems it can be profitable too.
Investing in sustainable agriculture by converting farms to 'beyond organic'
21 October 2014
A San-Francisco based fund aims to target conventional farms and make them sustainable while providing high returns to investors. Can it work?
MindBullet logo FARMAGEDDON, FAMINE AND FOOD
The war between agribusiness and artisanal farming threatens food security for the poor
Dateline: 1 May 2024
It seems that voices in the pastoral wilderness have been shouting contradictory messages at each other for decades. Since the beginning of the 21st ...
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Disruption from disease
Posted: 20 October 2014  
Ebola is far less dangerous to global health, and trade, than something like bird flu. Bird flu can literally travel via bird migrations from one continent to another, and can be passed by sneezing and shaking hands. Ebola is only contagious by direct contact with body fluids, and doesn't mutate as easily as a flu virus. But Ebola is pretty deadly, difficult to treat, and creates panic, as ...
Fight to stop Ebola being lost, World Bank warns - Telegraph
20 October 2014
World Bank chief blames a lack of international solidarity in efforts to stem the epidemic
MindBullet logo BIRD FLU PLAGUE CONTAINED AMID VAST TRADE DISRUPTIONS
Scenarios speed business and government response
Dateline: 7 April 2009
The Bird Flu pandemic has been contained - thanks largely to the efforts of futurists and scenario planners, and the leaders who believed in them. ...
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Fusion furore
Posted: 17 October 2014  
Nuclear fusion is the holy grail of atomic power, theoretically producing limitless power from small quantities of fuel, and virtually no radioactive waste. The problem lies in making it work effectively. Experimental reactors using a doughnut shaped magnetic bubble to confine the high-temperature reaction have all required more power to maintain the reaction than they have produced in usable ...
Nuclear fusion: A big bet on small
17 October 2014
ONE of the clichés of nuclear-power research is that a commercial fusion reactor is only 30 years away, and always will be. Hence a flurry of ...
MindBullet logo NUCLEAR FUSION A REALITY AT LAST!
Hyper laser produces 'cool fusion' from plasma
Dateline: 15 March 2011
Researchers at the National Ignition Facility have announced that they have done the impossible - produced entirely controllable, sustained nuclear fusion ...
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Expanding space in space
Posted: 16 October 2014  
NASA has ordered an add-a-room for the Space Station from Bigelow, to be delivered by SpaceX. This is exactly the kind of commercialization of space that we envisaged with our MindBullet from eight years ago!
Space will go fully commercial with 2015 launch from Bigelow, SpaceX
16 October 2014
The International Space Station will continue its home improvement project next year, this time by adding a large, inflatable workroom from Bigelow ...
MindBullet logo SPACE OUTPOST ALL BLOWN UP
Bigelow pips Branson as leading space tourism pioneer
Dateline: 16 July 2015
The final module of the Bigelow 'Last Outpost' space entertainment center was successfully inflated and attached today. This brings the space station to a ...
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Now playing in a home near you
Posted: 15 October 2014  
It seems my predictive capabilities are greater than I give myself credit for. Right on cue, Google is starting to compete with Amazon deliveries and get onto your TV screen. First comes the Player, next perhaps the whole bundle?
Here comes the Nexus Player: Google and Asus release first Android TV device
15 October 2014
Google will make the very first Android TV-powered set-top box available for pre-order at the end of this week.
MindBullet logo GOOGLE STAGES A HOME INVASION
With Google Screen you get more than just television, broadband and games
Dateline: 26 August 2015
Google has launched its pay TV service, with regular television channels on a broadband connection. But unlike 'on demand' services, this is an entirely ...
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Flying car of the future
Posted: 6 October 2014  
Is this the flying car we've all been waiting for? It's not from DARPA, it's from Slovakia!

We'll have to wait and see...

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Finally, the flying car may have landed
6 October 2014
Slovakian company AeroMobil to unveil prototype of ‘world’s most advanced flying car’ in at Vienna’s Pioneers Festival
MindBullet logo RENT A FLYING CAR FROM AVIS
Computer piloted 'transformer' vehicles cleared for public use
Dateline: 8 May 2021
Ever since DARPA's 'Flying Hummer' known as the Transformer X made its debut, people have been champing at the bit to get a chance to use them for personal ...
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Virtual vacations, by teleporter
Posted: 30 September 2014  
As we imagined in a scenario many years ago, once sensory data can be effectively 'teleported' around the world, if you are too busy to go on vacation, why not get the vacation to come to you?

The future is closer than you think! ...
The Future of Travel Has Arrived: Virtual-Reality Beach Vacations
30 September 2014
But part of the promise of VR has always been what it means outside of gaming and entertainment. Now, with the Teleporter, Marriott Hotels is trying to be ...
MindBullet logo LONG DISTANCE LOVERS HOOK UP IN CYBERSPACE
Couple to wed after ‘teleporting’ to romantic Valentine date in Paris
Dateline: 15 February 2024
Justin and Britney are enjoying the afterglow of a wonderful night out in Paris. The evening started with a sunset cruise on a bateau mouche down the ...
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Food crops and forests of the future
Posted: 26 September 2014  
Seven years ago we published a MindBullet that suggested the use of fungi to dramatically encourage reforestation. We speculated that this might be achieved through open innovation on Facebook. In an uncannily similar real world event, young girls living in Ireland have won the Google Science Fair with the invention of a method to increase crop yields with beneficial bacteria. Imagine the ...
MindBullet logo VISIT THE SAHARA NOW - WHILE IT'S STILL THERE
Hydroscopic fungus turns deserts into bushland and forests
Dateline: 14 March 2017
The simple application of a fungal cocktail to arid soils in Southern Africa has enabled small shrubs and trees to take root where no plants have grown for ...
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Printing up a new industry
Posted: 23 September 2014  
3D printing is becoming big business. In fact it's building an entirely new industry. There are still many challenges and obstacles to be overcome, but think back on the original personal computer industry, and how that stumbling infant grew to be the giant commodity industry it is today. There are several niche industries being spun out of the development of 3D printing, and new metal ...
How 3D Printing Will Impact Your Future
23 September 2014
Approximately 40 manufacturers sell the 3D-printers most commonly used in businesses, and over 200 startups are developing consumer-oriented machines.
MindBullet logo NEW DIMENSION FOR METAL MINING
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 ...
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Portable nuclear power
Posted: 17 September 2014  
No this invention is not cold fusion, or even warm fusion. Rather it is a nuclear power cell, described as a water-based battery. Perhaps it should be called a fuel cell, as the radioactive material presumably gets used up. It's also unclear whether this device can be recharged and discharged, or if it's a one-time use. My guess is that it would be fairly expensive to use in place of a ...
First water-based nuclear battery can be used to generate electrical energy
17 September 2014
For the first time using a water-based solution, researchers have created a long-lasting and more efficient nuclear battery that could be used for many ...
MindBullet logo COLD FUSION SIGNALS THE END OF BIG OIL AND NUCLEAR POWER
It’s the start of a new low energy nuclear revolution
Dateline: 5 June 2014
Every once in a while we see the introduction of a technology that is so radically innovative that it seems magical, or impossible. The old clichés get ...
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SpaceX gets passengers
Posted: 17 September 2014  
We offer our hearty congratulations to Elon Musk and SpaceX. The final frontier is in sight!
NASA taps SpaceX, Boeing to carry astronauts to space
17 September 2014
In the return of human space flight for the US, NASA awards both private aerospace companies a combined total of $6.8 billion.
MindBullet logo THE FINAL (BUSINESS) FRONTIER
Space tourism and satellite launches compete for profits
Dateline: 27 September 2015
The race to launch a successful private space business has been won - and the victor, surprisingly, is not Virgin's Sir Richard Branson, but a 40-year-old ...
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Could the energy industry be ubered?
Posted: 15 September 2014  
In this short video clip Jim Carroll asks whether the energy industry is prepared for disruption, in the same way that the recording industry was blindsided by MP3s. He asks: Could the energy industry be MP3'd? I prefer to ask if the energy industry could be ubered. Because the Uber model of creating a platform, connecting suppliers with customers, often prosumers sharing resources, is bound ...
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Upgrading your body
Posted: 15 September 2014  
Most futurists agree that technology is developing to the point where we can make serious upgrades to our physical bodies, create transhumans, or even alter the path of evolution itself. Where there's significant disagreement is in the affordability of such upgrades. Will it only be for the wealthy? Yuval Noah Harari says the trend to 'improved humans' will marginalise the poor even more than ...
Body upgrades may be nearing reality, but only for the rich
15 September 2014
Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari says expensive human enhancements will lead to a society more unequal than ever
MindBullet logo SHOULD WE CREATE SUPERMAN - JUST BECAUSE WE CAN?
It may already be too late to ask
Dateline: 17 May 2025
New technologies to 'reinvent and upgrade' the human species are causing widespread alarm around the globe. Scientists have perfected a number of ways to ...
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