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Un-recycled cycles
Posted: 16 July 2018

Last year we published a MindBullet highlighting the flood of 'dockless' share bikes in China, and wondering if it was sustainable. Now one of the big companies, with 430,000 bikes, most presumably abandoned or damaged, has gone bankrupt. Take a look at these images from bike graveyards in China.

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The unexpected beauty of China's bicycle graveyards – in pictures
16 July 2018
For the past 18 months many cities in China have been flooded by millions of dockless share bikes. Those that block pavements or apartment entrances have ...
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There are 29 million bicycles in Beijing - and that's a problem
Dateline: 29 October 2019
The craze for 'dockless' share bikes in China and elsewhere soon led to a massive problem; piles of discarded bikes all over big cities, clogging up ...
America last
Posted: 26 June 2018 1 Comment

As our MindBullet suggested last year, the one who starts a trade war, often shoots himself in the foot. Now Harley-Davidson (how American can you get?) is moving out. More will follow; people who are stuck in the old industrial era mindset just don't get that the paradigm has changed. Capital, skills and jobs have never been more mobile. The only way to reverse globalization, is to reverse ...

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‘American success story’ Harley-Davidson to shift production out of U.S. to avoid Trump’s trade war
26 June 2018
The EU’s tariffs retaliating against Trump’s steel and aluminum levies will cost Harley about $2,200 per bike shipped to Europe
MindBullet logo WALLS GO UP, TRADE COMES DOWN
Global downturn follows isolationist resurgence
Dateline: 7 March 2021
Brexit, Trump and now Le Pen. As the old, established economies turn inward and nationalist, global trade and co-operation suffer. It's been left to the ...
Democratizing food production
Posted: 11 July 2018

Dubai certainly has an eye to the future, and is keen to embrace new tech, from drones to blockchain to driverless cars. Now they are also looking at a substantial investment in urban (vertical) farming. The reasoning is sound, as they want to manage their own supply chain, and can afford the capital outlay. It will be interesting to see how this ...

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MindBullet logo THE GARDEN OF REASON (OR IS IT TREASON?)
Urban farming is here to stay, and that's a good thing, isn't it?
Dateline: 1 March 2021
For some time now, various cities have been experimenting with vertical farming, rooftop farming, and even basement farming with LED lighting. Now it's maturing into a fully-fledged industry, just like fish farming. Farming without land, or even soil, sounds like a contradiction in terms, but hydroponics is not a new idea - it's just become more profitable. Being physically close to the ...
Robo-writers are here, courtesy Alibaba
Posted: 4 July 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 ...
When the boss knows what you're feeling
Posted: 4 July 2018

Your boss is a machine. Well maybe that's an exaggeration, but the boss is certainly assisted by machines, and increasingly by AI systems. And if those systems are monitoring your brainwaves, they kind of know what you're thinking, or what your stress levels and emotional state are like. Is this the future? Not in China; it's today.

So how does that make you feel? Don't tell me... the AI ...

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These Chinese workers' brain waves are being monitored
4 July 2018
Sensors in caps and hats track emotions in the workflow - and their impact on performance.
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Now we can communicate with our thoughts - and technology
Dateline: 13 June 2019
For generations, people have dreamed of communicating with their thoughts. Now, thanks to the first commercial device that successfully reads brainwaves ...
Two alternative futures for solar energy
Posted: 20 June 2018 1 Comment

Quartz says the solar power revolution is in grave danger of collapse by 2050, and needs a serious commitment to increased investment to 'succeed'. I disagree fundamentally for two reasons. One, the column looks at two scenarios out to 2050, but essentially only takes current technology trends into account. As we all know, tech is characterized by exponential improvements in efficiency and ...

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The solar revolution is in grave danger, but we can save it
20 June 2018
The world is facing two futures: let the solar revolution sputter out and face ruin or harness solar power to help reign in climate change.
MindBullet logo SOLAR PAINT MAKES ITS DEBUT
Just paint that wall for instant solar fuel
Dateline: 23 June 2022
It's taken five years to come to fruition, but the magic of solar paint is finally something every building owner can benefit from. Why pay for costly 3D ...
The future of debating
Posted: 3 July 2018

Could you hone your debating skills by arguing with a computer? Yes, if it's IBM's new AI that's been taught to argue with humans about specific topics. And there's the rub, the machine can only debate topics it's been programmed to specialize in, and not impromptu discussions. Also, it has trouble with jokes.

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IBM’s new AI can argue with humans
3 July 2018
A machine developed by IBM is challenging humans to debates about the future of medicine and the value of physical education.
MindBullet logo SAM DOESN'T KNOW SHE'S A BOT
Super Artificial Intelligence agent thinks it's a real person
Dateline: 7 January 2019
You may recall the movie 'Her' where the lead character falls hopelessly in love with his virtual girlfriend Samantha. She returns his love, even though ...
World's smallest computer, again
Posted: 27 June 2018

Not to be outdone by IBM, who recently boasted the smallest functional device at 1mmx1mm, the University of Michigan has created one even smaller - so small that it makes a grain of rice look gigantic alongside.

The jury is out whether these nano devices qualify to be called 'computers' but the opportunities they offer for massively distributed sensors capable of gathering and processing data ...

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World’s tiniest ‘computer’ makes a grain of rice seem massive
27 June 2018
The University of Michigan was salty that IBM made a smaller computer than it did, so it made an even smaller computer.
MindBullet logo MOORE'S LAW COMES TO AN END
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 ...
Embedded intelligence
Posted: 26 June 2018

Key to the mass adoption of machine learning and intelligent things, is the ability to drive intelligence to the edge, in everyday devices and sensors, rather than relying on supercomputers in the cloud to do all the heavy lifting. A startup called GraphCore is developing an IPU to replace GPU and CPU in machine learning, promising dramatic improvements in performance. So it's not just Intel ...

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Data shows scalability of new artificial intelligence chip -
26 June 2018
Early data from GraphCore‘s first chip for machine learning and artificial intelligence is showing a dramatic speedup for AI algorithms and the ability to ...
MindBullet logo THE INTEL(LIGENT) CHIP ARRIVES
Intel's new brain-like chip puts machine learning in the heart of your device
Dateline: 29 September 2018
AI is dead. Long live accelerated AI. Now deep learning by computers has been internalised in the CPU, the very heart of the machine. It's called ...
Wonder wine
Posted: 25 June 2018

Four years ago we 'predicted' that at some point, Californian wine makers would introduce wine with a touch of cannabis. Well, that is happening this year, but in a quirk we didn't foresee, they are removing the alcohol, so it will be alcohol free but laced with THC.

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This US winery is making a Sauvignon Blanc wine laced with cannabis
25 June 2018
But now, the varietal is about to get a lot greener as one vineyard is working on a complex wine which swaps out alcohol for cannabis.
MindBullet logo WONDER WINE AND MAGIC SALADS
Modified crops produce food and drink with that feel-good factor
Dateline: 26 July 2017
It's unusual for innovation in California to develop outside of Silicon Valley, but this time it's Napa Valley that's making the headlines. Vineyards and ...
Nanobots cleaning your bloodstream
Posted: 21 June 2018

An old MindBullet we wrote years ago suggested that by 2017, we could have nanobots cleaning our arteries. Well, that was a little optimistic, but now engineers have developed nanobots made from gold nanowires coated with cell membranes that clear toxins and bacteria from blood - powered by ultrasound. So perhaps, in the future, these scenarios will become commonplace!

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Cell-like nanorobots clear bacteria and toxins from blood
21 June 2018
San Diego, Calif., May 30, 2018 -- Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed tiny ultrasound-powered robots that can swim through ...
MindBullet logo DNA MICROBOTS TARGET CANCER
And a microspider "roto-rooter" cleans my arteries
Dateline: 27 March 2017
Who's old enough to remember "Fantastic Voyage", the 1966 film in which a team of scientists were shrunk to microsize and injected into the bloodstream of ...
Re-inventing the dairy industry: no cows required
Posted: 19 June 2018

About a year ago, we wrote a MindBullet about how tech would change the food industry, as lab grown meat and plant products would take over from animal farming. Here's a startup that wants to produce alternative milk proteins for the dairy industry, without any cows.

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Milk and dairy products without the cow, Perfect Day re-invents dairy
19 June 2018
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we produce food today is, for the most part, hugely wasteful and has a huge impact on the environment, vertical farms, ...
MindBullet logo NERDS TRIUMPH OVER COWS
Clean meat comes to market
Dateline: 28 June 2019
It's common cause that the meat industry is not very kind to animals, and intensive cattle farming is not very good for the environment in general. What's ...
American solar grows and grows
Posted: 14 June 2018

Despite a slump in solar installations, as a result of Trump's tariffs on imported panels, solar continues to shine in the US, and has overtaken gas and wind power for new installations. The tariffs should make Elon Musk happy, as Tesla is building a huge factory to manufacture their own panels, and their solar roof tiles are also made in the US.

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Solar Has Overtaken Gas and Wind as Biggest Source of New U.S. Power
14 June 2018
Despite tariffs that President Trump imposed on imported panels, the U.S. installed more solar energy than any other source of electricity in the first ...
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 ...
Metal 3D printing goes supersonic and huge
Posted: 13 June 2018 2 Comments

A new method of metal 3D printing, which uses high speed jetting to fuse metal particles together, rather than sintering or melting them, makes it possible for very large objects to be manufactured in quick time. The "world's largest" metal 3D printer is being tested in Australia.

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'Aircraft wings and submarines': World's largest 3D printer launched in Melbourne
13 June 2018
The world's largest metal 3D printer is being put to the test for the first time at a mega-manufacturing warehouse in Melbourne.
MindBullet logo MARS MOTHERSHIP PRINTED IN 3D
3D printing in space solves problem of launching huge rockets
Dateline: 3 November 2025
A decade ago the first 3D printer to go to space was sent to the International Space Station. It proved to be so useful, more, bigger printers soon ...
The internet of tiny, smart, things
Posted: 11 June 2018

Pete Warden, in a recent blog post, shares his vision for the future of machine learning, offloaded to tiny devices that run with very low power requirements. If you're interested in the future of smart devices, and how these things could change the way industries and businesses operate, then it's well worth a read. And I think the MindBullet I've linked below is entirely relevant.

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Why the Future of Machine Learning is Tiny
11 June 2018
When Azeem asked me to give a talk at CogX, he asked me to focus on just a single point that I wanted the audience to take away. A few years ago my ...
MindBullet logo MOORE'S LAW COMES TO AN END
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 ...
Trust in a world of deep fakes
Posted: 11 June 2018

I can see a future where each of us has a personal AI agent which acts as a kind of trust bodyguard, flagging any incoming call or media that might be fake. If AI can create deep fake videos and voices, surely AI can recognise which ones are real, and which are fake? We won't be able to discern the difference.

Oh yes, we wrote a MindBullet on this topic, long before Google Duplex was ...

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'Deep Fake' Videos Created By AI Just Got Even More Terrifying
11 June 2018
Fake videos created by AI-assisted algorithms are already causing a stir. So-called “DeepFakes” have put other people’s words into the mouths of ...
MindBullet logo CAN I TRUST YOU, MOM, OR IS THAT GOOGLE CALLING?
Trust and identities blur in a world without wires
Dateline: 5 March 2010
Thanks for the information - but where did it come from? Mom says she got it from Google - so it must be true. In today's fast-paced, connected world, the ...
A step closer to general AI
Posted: 11 June 2018

We've published MindBullets in the past on the differences between Basic AI, Emergent AI and General AI, which is widely regarded as the point where machines achieve the level of intelligence that they can learn on their own, and extrapolate that learning to novel situations, much like humans can.

Z Advanced Computing (ZAC) has now announced that they have demonstrated this for the first time, ...

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General AI, the "holy grail" of AI, demonstrated for the first time – Matthew Griffin
11 June 2018
AI’s that can learn quickly, and from very small data sets, will fundamentally change how we train AI’s, their capabilities, and how fast they are deployed ...
MindBullet logo EMERGENT INTELLIGENCE IS A WEB OF DEMOCRATIC DEVICES
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 ...
Editing your memories
Posted: 7 June 2018

Ten years ago, we published a MindBullet hat suggested it would be possible, one day in the future, to download your memories and sell them to a subscriber who wanted to share your experiences. Now comes news that memories have been edited in living animals for the first time, from UC Berkeley.

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Editing living memories demonstrated for the first time
7 June 2018
We all have memories we’d like to change, keep, or even, perhaps, edit, embellish, or erase, and now the technology to do all of these and more, including ...
MindBullet logo SELL ME YOUR MEMORIES
Latest craze is 'living' other people's lives - to the full
Dateline: 19 September 2019
This weekend I climbed Everest. Next weekend I'm thinking of walking on the moon. But for both, I don't have to leave my armchair in London. Environmental ...
Trade wars are bad for trade, and everyone
Posted: 6 June 2018

In our MindBullet published over a year ago, we suggested that when walls go up, trade comes down, and when trade comes down, we all suffer, economically at least, and also in the sense of freedom of choice. And now here it starts...

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This means war: Canada and Mexico retaliate against Trump’s tariffs
6 June 2018
Canada responded to the US tariffs on steel and aluminium by imposing billions worth of countermeasures, while Mexico put duties on food and steel and the ...
MindBullet logo WALLS GO UP, TRADE COMES DOWN
Global downturn follows isolationist resurgence
Dateline: 7 March 2021
Brexit, Trump and now Le Pen. As the old, established economies turn inward and nationalist, global trade and co-operation suffer. It's been left to the ...
Energy disruption an opportunity for storage
Posted: 22 May 2018

"Wind and solar — and, to be sure, gas — have transformed the energy landscape over the past decade. Storage will do the same over the years to come."

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Storage Will Be Energy’s Next Big Thing
22 May 2018
The cost of renewables has been sinking. Harnessing the excess could be huge.
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 ...

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