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High tech Olympics pics
Posted: 27 July 2016  
Six years ago, we wrote about how high-tech interactive media could add value to major sporting events, like the Soccer World Cup. Now Getty Images has plans to make a big impact with the latest in photo technology at this year's Olympics. They're finally catching on!
‘Incredible evolution’: How Getty Images will cover the Rio Olympics with robot cameras, 360-degree
27 July 2016
Getty Images will capture and transmit imagery from the 2016 Summer Olympics using technology in ways that it hopes will leave a long-lasting impression.
New technologies give massive boost to the bottom line
Dateline: 28 June 2018
It seems like the furor around 'the bizarre secret society of fallible referees' that so dominated the 2010 World Cup is now a distant memory. Technology ...
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Electric planes
Posted: 20 July 2016  
I used to scoff at the idea of electric cars becoming mainstream. While that's still not likely in Africa in the near future, the popularity of the BMW i3 and the Tesla Model 3 have changed that scenario. But electric aircraft? Surely not anything bigger than a drone? Siemens have showcased a new electric motor for a small conventional aircraft, and it flies. One thing they don't say in the ...
Siemens Showcases Brand-New Electric Motor That's Super Light, Super Powerful, And Perfect For Elect
20 July 2016
The German parts supplier completed a successful test flight of an electric airplane fitted with a brand-new electric motor that boasts unprecedented power ...
There isn't one: No pilots and no air traffic controllers
Dateline: 10 July 2019
When NATS, the UK National Air Traffic Control Service, was partially privatized in 2001, with the state retaining a 49% share, it started a long-running ...
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Breathing without air
Posted: 19 July 2016  
Or rather, live without breathing! We only need to breathe so that we can get oxygen into our bloodstream, to keep our brain and heart functioning, and ultimately all the cells in our bodies. But what if you could deliver oxygen straight into the bloodstream, without involving the lungs? Scientists have invented oxygen nanoparticles that can be injected into one's veins.
Scientists Invent Oxygen Particle That If Injected, Allows You To Live Without Breathing
19 July 2016
A team of scientists at the Boston Children’s Hospital have invented what is being considered one the greatest medical breakthroughs in recent years. They have designed a microparticle that can be injected into a person’s bloodstream that can quickly oxygenate their blood. This will even work if the ability to breathe has been restricted, or even cut off entirely.
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Atomic data
Posted: 19 July 2016  
We've written before of using DNA to store data. Now comes a nanotech method of storing data with individual atoms, the densest memory system yet.
Densest-ever memory system uses individual atoms to store data
19 July 2016
Scientists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology (TUDelft) have developed a memory technology that achieves the ...
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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When is a robot an animal?
Posted: 13 July 2016  
When you make a gadget that moves, and you can control it, then it's a machine, right? Like a robot. But if the things that make it move are muscle tissue, bits of living organisms, then it's an animal, not so? Neither - it's a biohybrid. Expect to see more of these short-lived 'creatures' emerging from the lab. I wonder if they will ever perfect the dragon we wrote about ten years ago?
Scientists Create Successful Biohybrid Being Using 3-D Printing and Genetic Engineering
13 July 2016
Scientists genetically engineered and 3-D-printed a biohybrid being, opening the door further for lifelike robots and artificial intelligence.
GeneTech's new fantasy pets set the world on fire
Dateline: 8 July 2025
It was a scene out of some fantasy epic that greeted Reginald Dobbs as he arrived home last night. His house was on fire and a dragon was perched on the ...
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Backing up the grid
Posted: 12 July 2016  
Seven years ago we published a MindBullet about a revolutionary new type of battery that could be scaled up to power a whole city - with liquid batteries. That hasn't materialised as yet, but Los Angeles is planning a massive lithium ion battery array that could take over the peak load in summer.
World's Largest Storage Battery Will Power Los Angeles
12 July 2016
More than 18,000 lithium-ion battery packs would replace a gas-fired power plant used to meet peak demand
New York City runs all night on a single charge
Dateline: 21 April 2015
In the city that never sleeps, the lights burn all night. But don't worry, they're not consuming precious fuel or polluting the environment, because the ...
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America the wonderful
Posted: 7 July 2016  
People love to criticise the United States, and point out its many failings. America is not the perfect society. But despite all that, it remains the biggest economy by far, and home to much of the innovation and business growth that is driving global development. These 16 charts show how dominant America is. China has overtaken Japan as America's greatest rival, but has a long way to go ...
16 charts that show why America is the most amazing country in the world
7 July 2016
To celebrate America's Independence Day, we've put together several charts that show why, despite all of its problems, this US is the most dominant country ...
Lighting up the sky with a meteor shower is the latest special effect for big-ticket events
Dateline: 4 July 2018
Forget fireworks; they're so last century! This year's Independence Day celebrations included a multicolor shower of shooting stars - in glorious red, ...
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BMW sets 2021 for fully autonomous driving
Posted: 4 July 2016  
"Together with Intel and Mobileye, the BMW Group will develop the necessary solutions and innovative systems for highly and fully automated driving to bring these technologies into series production by 2021. The BMW iNEXT model will be the foundation for BMW Group’s autonomous driving strategy and set the basis for fleets of fully autonomous vehicles, not only on highways but also in urban ...
BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye Team Up to Bring Fully Autonomous Driving to Streets by 2021
4 July 2016
BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye are joining forces to make self-driving vehicles and future mobility concepts become a reality.
Private cars banned in New York and London
Dateline: 17 August 2019
Four years ago, it was proposed that gasoline and diesel vehicles be banned from certain cities and states; but the new trend towards mobility as a service ...
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Holland's things get connected, nationwide
Posted: 30 June 2016  
"As from today the KPN LoRa network is available throughout The Netherlands," KPN said in a statement. "This makes The Netherlands the first country in the world to have a nationwide LoRa network for Internet of Things (IoT) application."

In the initial phase, the network was rolled out in Rotterdam and The Hague in November. But it was stepped up across the country due to "substantial ...
Netherlands gets first nationwide 'Internet of Things'
30 June 2016
Dutch telecoms group KPN said Thursday that The Netherlands had become the first country in the world to implement a nationwide long range (LoRa) network ...
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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Americans' view of the world in 2036
Posted: 30 June 2016  
Survey results show that many Americans expect the future to be filled with tech. Some are obvious, like driverless cars and robots, even drone deliveries. But a significant portion are also 'predicting' that we'll have cloned humans and avatars as romantic companions. Which just goes to show, as Gerd Leonhard likes to say, that "Humanity is increasingly being defined by Technology." Probably ...
Here's what Americans think the world will be like in 2036
30 June 2016
The year is 2036. Cloned humans walk the earth, artificial intelligence machines sit on the board of major corporations, and pizza is delivered by ...
You can't live forever, but your avatar can - with your brain
Dateline: 23 June 2025
There's a battle brewing in the avatar industry. The battle for your mind. Your brain. Or to be more specific, the backup of your brain. The contenders ...
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Jet pack flies in New York
Posted: 27 June 2016  
It's 2016, and we're still waiting for those jetpacks promised 50 years ago. But one of the prototypes has recently made a flight in public. The JB-9 jetpack has two jet engines and runs on liquid fuel, which means you get about five minutes of usable flight. Not enough to be a commercial success in my opinion, but it might get a cult following, involving a race series, which is planned.

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JB-9 jetpack makes spectacular debut flying around Statue of Liberty
27 June 2016
The dream of personal flight took a great leap forward last week as Jetpack Aviation unveiled its high speed, high altitude, high endurance JB-9 jetpack in ...
MindBullet logo JET PACK TAKES OFF
Talk about being upwardly mobile!
Dateline: 25 June 2016
After more than 35 years in development, the world's first commercially available jetpack is now on sale. The sticker price is a mere US$ 150,000. Made ...
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Solar power in a box
Posted: 24 June 2016  
This is a pretty cool idea. A solar power mini-plant that fits in a shipping container, and can be unpacked and operational within hours. Great for off-grid villages who need basic power for light and phones.
IKEA of energy delivers clean, green solar power-plant in a box
24 June 2016
A start-up offering flat-packed solar generators is hoping to give a boost to poor villages off the grid
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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Flying car fantasies and factories
Posted: 23 June 2016  
Despite several failures like the Skycar, there seems to be an abiding fascination with flying cars, and some people, like Larry Page, are willing to put big money behind their development. Perhaps it's a burning desire to see a childhood dream come true. My personal opinion is that a flying car is the wrong concept. A personal drone seems like a better idea, one that flies itself, and takes ...
Welcome to Larry Page’s Secret Flying-Car Factories
23 June 2016
With Zee.Aero and Kitty Hawk, the Google co-founder looks to the skies.
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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Mobility as a service
Posted: 22 June 2016  
"Ride-hailing apps such as Uber, Ola and Lyft are not only challenging taxi drivers around the world, they are also disrupting the car industry as a whole as people prefer to hail a ride than buy their own set of wheels."
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China is top of the flops, for now
Posted: 21 June 2016  
China's new supercomputer 'Sunway TaihuLight' is the new No. 1 system with 93 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the LINPACK benchmark.
New Chinese Supercomputer Named World’s Fastest System on Latest TOP500 List
21 June 2016
FRANKFURT, Germany; BERKELEY, Calif.; and KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—China maintained its No. 1 ranking on the 47th edition of the TOP500 list of the world’s top ...
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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Doing away with borders
Posted: 20 June 2016  
As the New Scientist says in this article, nation states are an increasingly poor way to organise and run a planet. The current migration crises prove that here and now, in 2016, borders are a problem that can't easily be solved. Are they morally and philosophically defensible? In a future where national currencies are replaced by blockchains and tax regimes compete for residents, will ...
End of nations: Is there an alternative to countries? - New Scientist
20 June 2016
Nation states cause some of our biggest problems, from civil war to climate inaction. Science suggests there are better ways to run a planet
Migration is the new normal as ultra-mobility ramps up
Dateline: 28 October 2023
In the face of a constant flood of political and economic refugees, as well as 'citizens of the world,' geographic borders are becoming an increasingly ...
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Combining exponential technologies
Posted: 17 June 2016  
Re-enforcing our theme that it's the combinatorial nature of emerging technologies that gives them the power to create exponential change, comes this story about a bus developed by Local Motors. It is mainly 3D-printed, driverless of course, and uses artificial intelligence to talk to passengers. That's mobility as a service, coming soon to a city near you!
Driverless bus harnesses IBM's Watson to shoot the breeze with passengers
17 June 2016
Olli is an autonomous electric bus unveiled by Local Motors today just outside Washington DC?. The on-demand bus, most of which is 3D-printed, will ...
Private cars banned in New York and London
Dateline: 17 August 2019
Four years ago, it was proposed that gasoline and diesel vehicles be banned from certain cities and states; but the new trend towards mobility as a service ...
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Space mining gets a boost
Posted: 13 June 2016  
When the idea of mining asteroids or other planets was first floated, I admit that I was sceptical and inclined to dismiss it as pure wishful thinking. But the possibilities - like a single asteroid containing more platinum than earth's entire reserves - make it worth thinking about. Now Luxembourg is seeking to entice a completely new industry to their territory, by offering a fund and laws ...
Luxembourg Establishes €220 Million Fund for Space Mining
13 June 2016
Luxembourg has just set up a $227 million fund to help develop space mining as a viable industry and entice companies to set up shop within its tiny little ...
Earth-bound technology thwarts ambitious galactic venture
Dateline: 9 June 2020
Eric Anderson kick-started the space tourism industry at the age of 23. His company, Space Adventures, sent seven bold millionaires into space on Russian ...
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Commercializing the Moon
Posted: 10 June 2016  
Little-known space company Moon Express has caused a stir by requesting permission from the US government to land a probe on the moon. As a US company, Moon Express needs approval from the US authorities to launch rockets and fly beyond Earth's orbit. On the other hand, SpaceX has already announced its intentions to fly a mission to Mars. No other countries have private companies launching ...
Permission to land: US draws up rules for commercial moon travel
10 June 2016
Government agencies work on solution to cover regulatory gap governing space activities by private companies
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 ...
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Rent a flying car
Posted: 9 June 2016  
Six years ago we published this MindBullet suggesting that the flying robot taxi of the future would be rented on demand, and you wouldn't need a pilot's skills to fly it. That was some time before drones became so commonplace! Now here's an article suggesting that our scenario wasn't so far fetched after all. Las Vegas has given the go ahead for the Ehang taxi drone to start trials later ...
Flying robot taxi to start trials in Las Vegas
9 June 2016
A drone that can transport humans has been given the go ahead to carry out trials in the US.
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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