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The bionic antbots are coming
Posted: 30 March 2015  
Almost ten years after we published this scenario in MindBullets, automation company Festo has produced a small swarm of giant robotic ants that are networked to co-ordinate group tasks.

"Like their natural role models, the BionicANTs work together under clear rules," the company added. "They communicate with each other and coordinate their actions and movements among each other. The ...
These 3D-Printed Ants Could Be the Factory Workers of the Future
30 March 2015
These 3D-printed ants scuttle around much like the real thing. But loaded with sensors and wireless communication systems, they're an experiment in ...
MindBullet logo NETWORKED ROBOTS ALL OVER MY HOUSE & GARDEN
Is this my worst nightmare, or perfect Utopia?
Dateline: 12 November 2015
Ever since Karel Capek coined the term 'robot' in his 1920 play Rossum's Universal Robots, we have associated these 'working machines' with the human form. ...
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Shep the sheep drone
Posted: 30 March 2015  
Watch the sheep drone herd a flock into the next field. But it can't close the gate afterwards, so you still need a human to assist, just like with dogs!
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Boosting the blockchain with artificial intelligence
Posted: 30 March 2015  
A new alternative coin with promised lower cost, more speed is due to be launched at the end of April. Though it's unclear how AI Coin is enhanced with artificial intelligence, it certainly shows how the blockchain technology is yet to mature.

"A.I. Coin is taking blockchain technology to a new level of performance and intelligence. The promising new currency features enhanced block-chain ...
Exclusive Interview with A.I. Coin Founders
30 March 2015
A.I. Coin combines Artificial Intelligence with cryptocurrency technology.
MindBullet logo BLOCKCHAIN BUSINESSES THAT RUN THEMSELVES GO VIRAL
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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Molecular printing machine
Posted: 25 March 2015  
Manufacturing small organic molecules, chemical compounds which are used mainly in medicines, is costly and time consuming. Now Martin Burke and his team have unveiled a machine which can automate this synthesis from basic chemical building blocks, enabling experimentation and discovery.

It's not quite the scenario we envisaged in our MindBullet 'MAIL US YOUR DAMAGED GENES', but the ability to ...
Breakthrough Molecular 3D Printer Can Print Billions of Possible Compounds
25 March 2015
Sure we are likely multiple decades away from widespread molecular manufacturing, but a group of chemists led by medical doctor Martin D. Burke at the ...
MindBullet logo MAIL US YOUR DAMAGED GENES
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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Doctor Google on your wrist
Posted: 19 March 2015  
Could a smart device on your wrist detect diseases, even help to prevent cancer? Google seems to think it's an idea worth pursuing.

Our MindBullet scenario on this subject wasn't ambitious enough! ...
Can Google block cancer?
19 March 2015
Google has filed a patent application with the World Intellectual Property Organisation for a wrist-worn device that could destroy cancer cells in the ...
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 ...
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Metal printing dreams and reality check
Posted: 18 March 2015  
We've enthused about the potential for 3D printing in titanium and other metals to completely revolutionise manufacturing as we know it, and indeed, in the aerospace industry, printing specialised components from titanium powder is enabling novel designs.

But in 3D printing titanium and the bin of broken dreams Spencer Wright takes a deep dive into the current state of the art, and science, of ...
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 printing technology company Hewlett Packard, makes perfect sense. And the reason? 3-D printing has gone mainstream as an industrial production technique, and HP-BHP wants to corner the market. There's hardly an industry within which 3-D ...
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Growing old and healthy
Posted: 11 March 2015  
OK, so no-one wants to live forever, but enjoying a long and healthy life is a great idea, and good for the economy too. These new drug combinations may be the start of combating old-age diseases and slowing the aging process.
Drugs that dramatically increase healthy lifespan discovered
11 March 2015
A research team from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Mayo Clinic and other institutions has identified a new class of drugs that in animal models ...
MindBullet logo UN: ETERNAL LIFE IS A MATTER OF CHOICE
But remember...that makes 'death' a personal choice too
Dateline: 12 March 2021
In a statement from the United Nations today, it was confirmed that the world's G18 nations had agreed to remove the idea of 'retirement' from their ...
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Google calling
Posted: 6 March 2015  
Many of us already use Skype, WhatsApp and Facetime to avoid calling each other over a cellular network. But somewhere, in the background, a Telco is getting the revenue for the data carried by those services. Google's new project, combined with their efforts to bring broadband to under-serviced areas, could make that old model of relying on a carrier completely irrelevant.

I'm not suggesting ...
How Google’s Project Nova could upend the wireless industry
6 March 2015
What if a telecommunications provider didn't have to rely on decades-old infrastructure? Google's entry makes for a compelling proposition.
MindBullet logo VODAFONE GIVES AWAY THE CROWN JEWELS
World's largest operator gives the business back to its customers
Dateline: 8 October 2008
Vodafone stunned the world with its bold announcement yesterday - its new strategy will in effect put the proceeds of the business back into the hands of ...
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CRISPR babies, superior people
Posted: 6 March 2015  
A few years ago we published this MindBullet about creating super people. Now the development of CRISPR makes it not only possible, but increasingly likely that we will have the ability to genetically engineer children before they are born. Should we do it?

"The fear is that germ line engineering is a path toward a dystopia of super people and designer babies for those who can afford it." ...
Germ Line Engineering with CRISPR Leads to Designer Human Embryos
6 March 2015
Scientists are developing ways to edit the DNA of tomorrow’s children. Should they stop before it’s too late?
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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Internet of dumb things
Posted: 4 March 2015  
In an echo of the scenario we published last year, here's the real-life tale of a burned out light-bulb that wouldn't stop asking for help - until the whole network froze up.
This guy's light bulb performed a DoS attack on his entire smart house
4 March 2015
The challenge of being a futurist pioneer is being Patient Zero for the future's headaches.
MindBullet logo SMART HOME BUG TURNS DEADLY
Homeowner dies as home automation system goes haywire
Dateline: 14 August 2018
It's a dream gone horribly wrong. The automated, connected world was supposed to make our lives and our homes better, easier and safer. But now it's turned ...
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Cut and paste genes
Posted: 25 February 2015  
I've previously mentioned the discovery of CRISPR as a way to easily edit DNA, by snipping out genetic sequences. But I didn't fully understand the ramifications of a biological system that could be used to identify, target and then either selectively destroy or edit specific genetic sequences in a variety of species, potentially including humans, and even viruses.

This could indeed be the ...
The biggest biotech discovery of the century is about to change medicine forever
25 February 2015
Jennifer Doudna, and her collaborator, Emmanuelle Charpentier each received $3 million for their invention of a potentially revolutionary tool for editing ...
MindBullet logo MAIL US YOUR DAMAGED GENES
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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Energy internet
Posted: 25 February 2015  
We've been talking about the concept of an energy internet for some time now. A smart grid where both power generation is distributed and power consumption is collaborative. It's inevitable that as rooftop solar becomes more widespread and power utilities less powerful, that an efficient means of sharing excess power with your neighbours, and having extra power available on demand, will lower ...
'Smart City' knows who needs power, and when - CNN.com
25 February 2015
The city of Mannheim, Germany, uses a smart network to match electricity supply with demand.
MindBullet logo PEAK OIL IS HORSE MANURE
The stone age didn't end because we ran out of stones
Dateline: 20 January 2021
Back in the day, when horse drawn carriages and buggies were the preferred mode of transport for anyone, there was a big fear in Paris, London and New York ...
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Space cowboys
Posted: 20 February 2015   1 Comment
We've been saying for some time that space is the next area for tech start-ups to make an impact, and profits. Now even venture capitalists are starting to agree with us! Cheaper launch technologies make room for (financially) risky efforts to jump into space.

"At the same time, all those launches will provide lots of opportunity for satellite hitchhiking. Jumping into some available space for ...
Space, the Final Startup
20 February 2015
Recent advances are about to put entrepreneurs into orbit.
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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Augmented reality taking a magic leap
Posted: 20 February 2015  
One of MIT Technology Review's breakthrough technologies for 2015 is a new approach to augmenting the physical world around us with realistic virtual imagery. This differs substantially from approaches like Oculus Rift, which takes you into a completely virtual environment, essentially inside a computer game.

Whether Microsoft with its Hololens or Magic Leap with their system will be the ...
What It’s Like to Try Magic Leap’s Take on Virtual Reality
20 February 2015
A startup is betting more than half a billion dollars that it will dazzle you with its approach to creating 3-D imagery.Availability: 1-3 years
MindBullet logo VIRTUAL REALITY IS THE REAL DEAL
Augmented reality builds business - but creates a new global addiction
Dateline: 18 October 2018
It seems that there's good and bad in everything. Dramatic improvements in virtual reality systems have led to massive productivity improvements - but have ...
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Basement broccoli
Posted: 13 February 2015  
More than seven years ago, we proposed a MindBullets scenario for solving the big problem of trucking fresh food into the big cities on a daily basis. Ever-increasing fuel and transport costs make this a good target for innovation. Even with the falling oil price, there are obvious benefits to growing food indoors or on roof-tops, even in artificially-lit basements. It's always organically ...
Sun-free farming: Indoor crops under the spotlight
13 February 2015
It tastes great, is hyper-local and is available all year round. But is growing food indoors in our cities really sustainable?
MindBullet logo SKYSCRAPER FARMS SOLVE URBAN FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
Indoor farming produces fresh food where it's needed - in the store
Dateline: 1 May 2030
New thinking in urban design, plus new technologies, are turning city blocks into self-contained 'country villages'. Hydrogen fuel cells and community ...
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Age of the algorithm
Posted: 13 February 2015  
We've been discussing the coming age of the algorithm in client sessions this week, and it's certainly a hot topic. Here's an article in New Scientist that points out the pitfalls and problems when no one is in control, except the machines.
No one in control: The algorithms that run our lives
13 February 2015
Software is deciding who gets a loan, who counts as a citizen and what prices you pay online. Who will step in when the machines get out of hand?
MindBullet logo THE FUTURE IS ALGORITHM SHAPED
Cloud-based algorithms determine our daily routine and schedule - and our love lives
Dateline: 27 April 2017
We can't predict the future, but the clues are all around us. We're all connected, to each other, to everything, in so many ways. Our daily lives are part ...
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When the robot decides
Posted: 12 February 2015  
In a recent client session we spent some time debating what will happen when artificial intelligence agents in the form of virtual assistants start making decision for us. But in a way, it's already happening. Our decisions are being influenced by algorithms, we are getting recommendations and search results based on our big data and online behaviour, our digital footprints.

This article on ...
The Future of Humanless Decision Making
12 February 2015
Imagine a world where machines are building companies and finding trends in data undetectable by humans. There was a recent post on Medium, “How our ...
MindBullet logo BIG DATA GETS AN ATTITUDE
"I'm sorry Jeff, I can't let you do that"
Dateline: 22 August 2017
Fine. I know it's a weekend and I'm not supposed to read my mail when I'm socializing with my family. But I really, really want to check if Larry has sent ...
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Getting chipped
Posted: 12 February 2015  
We're all used to having our pets, and other valuable animals, chipped so that they can be identified if they get lost. At FutureWorld we have for more than a decade pointed out that some people are prepared to put RFID chips into their bodies for a suitable reward, like access to the VIP lounges at a nightclub.

But here is a recent story where a BBC writer volunteers to get chipped, as part ...
Office puts chips under staff's skin
12 February 2015
The chip allows employees to open doors and use the photocopier without a traditional pass card
MindBullet logo SONY/IBM LAUNCH FIRST ACTIVE UNDER-SKIN CHIP
The convergence of in-body and in-home networking is here
Dateline: 15 September 2010
The chip business hasn’t exactly set the world on fire the last few years but today two consumer giants Sony and IBM got together to launch their entry ...
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Robot avatar
Posted: 9 February 2015  
I recently posted about the idea of achieving immortality by 'uploading' your mind to a computer service that would then attempt to continue your social interactions online. Well, here's another 'mind clone' idea with a physical avatar, a robotic head which can replicate you and be your mouthpiece.

It seems like our MindBullet on this subject is getting ever closer. Would you want a robot or a ...
Living forever as robot? Prototype lets humans upload their mind into mechanized ‘heads’
9 February 2015
An Artificial Intelligence pioneer is embracing the controversial idea of uploading the memories, thoughts and feelings of a living person into a computer ...
MindBullet logo AVATAR WARS: CLONE vs ROBOT
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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Microsoft gets its cool on
Posted: 30 January 2015  
Yes, we can't ignore Microsoft and Windows. Many millions of people use Windows, me included, and it's time Microsoft made it work like an innovative, leading product. It sure looks like they're planning to do that with Windows 10, which should be a major step up from 8.1. It will make integration between devices via the cloud pretty seamless. And it's a free upgrade.

But beyond that, ...
Microsoft’s in danger of becoming cool again
30 January 2015
This week's Windows 10 event was arguably the most exciting technology industry keynote address since Steve Jobs took to a stage in 2007 to introduce the ...
MindBullet logo MICROSOFT SURGES TO NEW PEAK
Apple in decline as consumers, and businesses, vote with their wallets
Dateline: 7 November 2016
The votes are in, and there's a new winner in the global race to be the biggest and best tech company. And the winner is Microsoft! Just four years ago, ...
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