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Catalyst for a better synfuel could revive coal-to-oil process
Posted: 21 September 2018


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MindBullet logo FILL 'ER UP WITH SHUGGA-D
Synthetic biodiesel from sugar makes oil-based diesel look primitive and costly
Dateline: 9 April 2010
Amyris has launched their second-generation biofuel, and it looks like they're taking the market by storm. The new diesel is 'manufactured' by tiny microbes directly from sugar cane pulp. The American biotechnology company has spent the last two years perfecting the process by which their genetically engineered micro-organism converts the natural carbohydrate energy in sugar to a chemical ...
Memory like a human for AI hegemony
Posted: 21 September 2018


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MindBullet logo INTELLIGENT MACHINES CREATE THE NEW HEGEMONY
China and America reap the AI dividend
Dateline: 3 December 2030
In the last 15 years, we have witnessed the stunning rise of an exponential technology - machine learning and artificial intelligence. Like Moore's Law on steroids, smart machines and computer systems have created entirely new global industries, turbo-boosted productivity, and destroyed old, industrial age business sectors. The Economist, now a purely digital research and analysis house, ...
Flying while charging
Posted: 18 September 2018 1 Comment

The biggest problem with electric drones is limited flying time on battery power, and batteries are heavy, so it's a catch 22 situation if you want to extend the range - you have to limit the payload. For surveillance drones, there is the option of a tethered power link, if the area to be covered is fairly static or narrowly defined, but for delivery drones or similar, it's a real ...

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In-flight charging gives drones unlimited autonomous range
18 September 2018
Global Energy Transmission (GET) has pioneered a mid-air inductive recharging system that can charge up several drones at once without requiring them to ...
MindBullet logo DHL FLYING ON WIRELESS POWER
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 ...
iPhone starts to talk sense
Posted: 5 October 2011

It's uncanny how close the new features on the iPhone 4S are to the scenario for speech controlled computing we envisioned in this MindBullet, which was published in 2004.

Long before the iPhone was even invented, it was an obvious application, and now many of these features are available on both Google and Apple phones. The timing is pretty close too - we suggested 2012. Perhaps these speech ...

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Apple's New iPhone Would Like to Talk
5 October 2011
An AI personal assistant called Siri is the biggest new feature of the iPhone 4S.
MindBullet logo FREE COMPUTERS FOR ALL
Spoogle puts the global brain in the palm of your hand
Dateline: 14 June 2012
No, this is not another ad for some internet computer service. Unless you are a mega-corp, your personal computing budget has gone to zero with the launch ...
Dr Robot will see you now
Posted: 18 September 2018


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Dear Moon, here we come
Posted: 18 September 2018

Way back in 2015, we speculated that SpaceX would launch a 'Moon Taxi' sometime in the future. Well, it seems we anticipated the future quite correctly, even if we got some details wrong!


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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 well-heeled, it has just become possible to take that once-in-a-lifetime trip to the moon, and back; courtesy of SpaceX. SpaceX has announced that it is opening bookings for round-trips to the moon, including landing on the surface and a ...
VW's plans for 3D printed parts
Posted: 14 September 2018

Aircraft manufacturers like Boeing have been using metal printers for some time, to produce specialised parts for aircraft from titanium powder. Even jet engines have adopted 3D printing for complex components like fuel nozzles. Auto companies like Volkswagen have also used them for rare parts and concept models, but now VW plans to use HP metal printers for mass production. Perhaps our ...

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Volkswagen Plans to Use 3D Printing for Mass Production
14 September 2018
The world's largest car manufacture revealed plans to start using HP metal printing technology to manufacture select parts including gear knobs and custom ...
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 ...
Bangkok's energy internet
Posted: 14 September 2018

Residents in a Bangkok neighbourhood are trying out a renewable energy trading platform that allows them to buy and sell electricity between themselves, signalling the growing popularity of such systems as solar panels get cheaper.
The pilot project in the centre of Thailand's capital is among the world's largest peer-to-peer renewable energy trading platforms using blockchain, according to ...

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In a posh Bangkok neighbourhood, residents trade energy with blockchain
14 September 2018
The pilot project is among the world's largest peer-to-peer renewable energy trading platforms using blockchain
MindBullet logo SOLAR POWER GOES VIRAL
Rooftop, backyard and portable solar is the new meme
Dateline: 15 March 2022
The biggest energy revolution in 150 years has arrived gradually, then suddenly. Now it's here. Personal solar power has displaced central utilities ...
Amortality in Africa
Posted: 13 September 2018

FutureWorld futurist Craig Wing weighs in on the pitfalls of eternal life.


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MindBullet logo ANOTHER EXTRA, NEW YEAR
Every year your life increases by another year
Dateline: 1 January 2033
If you're young enough, you may never die. Seriously. Think about it: If average lifespan keeps increasing, every year, then as long as you are younger than that, you have an excellent chance of living another year. And next year, the same, and so on. Eventually there will be diminishing returns to medical science and optimal nutrition, but if you live in a highly developed economy, you may ...
The carbon bubble can't last indefinitely
Posted: 13 September 2018


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MindBullet logo THE CARBON BUBBLE BURSTS
Stocks crash as executive orders bite
Dateline: 5 February 2021
US President Bernie Sanders has signed a series of Executive Orders designed as emergency measures to combat climate change. The net effect is to make fossil fuels way too costly to produce and consume, forcing emissions lower and a massive swing to nuclear and renewable power. On top of that, the plummeting cost of solar has convinced many consumers, even those skeptical about global ...
Automation is a helping hand
Posted: 12 September 2018

It's pretty obvious that people would prefer machines or robots to do the '3D' work - Dull, Dangerous and Dirty. That gives humans the chance to do more important, rewarding and cleaner things, creative stuff. But what about getting robots to help you do your tricky industrial work? Machines that assist humans, acting as co-workers or 'cobots' are the new fashion in industrial automation. ...

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25,000 robots and counting: Welcome to the fastest-growing segment of industrial automation
12 September 2018
The good times are rolling in automation, but milestones like this may be bellwethers for some very human challenges ahead
MindBullet logo LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY 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 ...
MindBullet logo SYNTHETIC LIFE MAKES THE JUMP FROM VIRTUAL WORLDS
Artificial DNA used to make live replicas of game characters
Dateline: 8 August 2028
Now that scientists have perfected the technique of synthesizing DNA, it is possible to take computer-generated characters from virtual world environments and make physical copies of them. Following on the craze of designer pets, kids can now design their own version of notorious game heroes, and have them 'grown' by BioSynth Inc. Reminiscent of the action figure toys of yesteryear, these ...
The great crypto collapse of 2018
Posted: 11 September 2018

"Ether has tumbled faster than bitcoin in recent months on concern that blockchain-related firms are cashing out of the second biggest cryptocurrency. Many start-ups that raised ether from investors in their initial coin offerings will eventually need to sell their holdings to cover expenses like salaries and development costs."

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Crypto wipeout deepens to $640-billion - TechCentral
11 September 2018
The cryptocurrency bear market has plumbed a fresh 10-month low, led by a tumble in bitcoin’s biggest rival.
MindBullet logo THE GREAT BITCOIN HEIST OF 2027
Quantum hackers make off with billions
Dateline: 14 September 2027
The global crypto community is in an uproar this morning. Overnight a group of hackers, who go by the name of "Gotya," managed to hack into the main ...
The future is now, maybe
Posted: 20 March 2012 1 Comment

Or maybe quite soon. Or maybe never.

This review of 10 futuristic products, which are already happening, is quite interesting and fun to read. But there is one that I personally am not going to hold my breath for. The Space Elevator.

Besides the fact that Elon Musk is NOT putting any money behind it, the sheer improbability of the physics just make it look like perpetual motion - a nice idea, ...

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10 Futuristic Products in Development Now
20 March 2012
The future is here, and it's filled with all of the mind reading, car flying, robot powered inventions you can imagine.
AI for call centres
Posted: 7 September 2018


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MindBullet logo THE ROBOTS AREN'T COMING, THEY'RE ALREADY HERE!
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 earlier. And it's not some semi-smart robot taking over a drudge job on the factory line. That's old news. Instead, BeyondBlue, the world's latest neural supercomputer, has been made CEO of a major corporation! And it's the corporation that ...
Beating big brother's AI facial recognition cameras
Posted: 6 September 2018


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MindBullet logo DIGITAL DISGUISE IS THE HEIGHT OF FASHION
Wouldn't you like to be invisible, sometimes?
Dateline: 11 December 2025
Silicon Streetwear has launched a new range of fashion items for the privacy conscious. It's called Silicon Secrets, and keeps you safe from hackers and scanners. Your body has a natural aura; your heartbeat, skin temperature, the blood coursing through your veins; all combine to create a unique biometric signature, that identifies you as you. But you also have a digital aura; your wearables ...
Our minds are linked with Google
Posted: 4 September 2018

Can we trust our own thoughts and feelings, if we're already integrated with Google, mentally?

This article argues that the search engine has become an extension of our mind[s]. ...

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Google at 20: how a search engine became a literal extension of our mind
4 September 2018
We're now so reliant on Google's services they are now a part of us, raising some deeply troubling questions.
MindBullet logo CAN YOU TRUST YOURSELF?
Your innermost thoughts and feelings might not be your own!
Dateline: 3 September 2032
We've all been taught to trust our instincts. That little voice that tells us infallibly, what is right and what's wrong. Sometimes we subconsciously or ...
Exponential electric vehicles
Posted: 4 September 2018

As China comes to the party in a big way, electric car sales are soaring into the millions. By next year, Bloomberg NEF estimates we'll hit the 5m global cumulative sales total.

With that sort of trajectory, perhaps our MindBullet 'predicting' a global glut of electric cars in the future might be pretty close to reality!

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Cumulative Global EV Sales Hit 4 Million
4 September 2018
The time needed to reach each consecutive million EVs sold has shrunk from 17 months for the second million to 6 months for the fourth million.
MindBullet logo ELECTRIC CAR GLUT THREATENS WORLD TRADE
China accused of dumping as prices plummet
Dateline: 5 March 2029
China's success as the biggest producer of cars - mainly electric cars - the world has ever seen, has led to a problem of massive over capacity. There are ...
Robot surgeon
Posted: 4 September 2018


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MindBullet logo TAKE TWO ASPIRIN AND WE'LL GOOGLE YOU IN THE MORNING
Another blow for traditional health care as virtual doctors rule
Dateline: 26 May 2012
It all started way back in 2008 with consolidating patient records. Next came online medical consultations. And now the latest revolution in health is...Google Surgery! Thousands of Google Health members are having cut-price minor surgery in low-cost neighborhood clinics. Highly-qualified surgeons are wielding the virtual scalpel - often from thousands of kilometers away! In fact, it's a ...
Robot news hounds
Posted: 4 September 2018


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MindBullet logo MADMEN REPLACED BY ADBOTS AND ROBO-WRITERS
Saatchi & Saatchi hire creative robots, not people
Dateline: 12 February 2020
I remember clearly when artificial intelligence expert Vivienne Ming told us: "No job or industry is safe from robotics and AI." That was five years ago. As a freelance copywriter, I was smug in my assumption that her assertion didn't apply to us, to creative skills. We were the exception to the rule; machines, no matter how smart, can't be truly creative, can they? Software bots and AI ...

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