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Paying for the intelligent web
Posted: 25 May 2015  
When everything is connected, and the drones, sensors, cameras and other devices are talking to one another, intelligently, and providing useful real-time feedback to a number of people, communities and businesses, who pays for the computing power, bandwidth and ultimately electric power that these things need to keep functioning?
If there's central control determining the allocation of ...
Meet Ether, The Bitcoin-Like Cryptocurrency That Could Power The Internet Of Things
25 May 2015
At CES this past January, IBM researcher Veena Pureswaran described the company's joint plan with Samsung to get home appliances to exchange cryptocurrency ...
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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Wealthy healthy
Posted: 22 May 2015  
More wealthy people can generally afford better healthcare. Wearables will democratize personal health information, but will they bring better health to ordinary people, or just provide more revenue for big corporations?
Amid the flood of wearable devices, a movement to quantify lifestyles is evolving into big business
22 May 2015
Spearheaded by the flood of wearable devices, a movement to quantify consumers’ lifestyles is evolving into big business with immense health and privacy ...
Apple Watch sales fill doctors' surgeries with the worried-well
Dateline: 1 April 2017
There's a new disease plaguing the technoscenti, and it's overloading the doctors. It's called "smart-watch sickness" or even "Chronocondria." Over 200 ...
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Printing skin
Posted: 22 May 2015  
Skin can be cultured in the lab and used to treat burns and other injuries. But how much more efficient to just print it out with a bio-printer? One day we might be able to simply print the skin directly onto our bodies to cover wounds or surgery!
L'Oreal's Plan to Start 3D Printing Human Skin
22 May 2015
The French cosmetics giant, which has long produced skin, now wants to automate the process
Personal stem cell medicine comes of age with Organs-R-Us IPO
Dateline: 15 May 2012
Hot science has suddenly become consumer mainstream. Yesterday's IPO of Organs-R-Us, based in San Diego, has mapped out the future of medicine and ...
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Competing with robots
Posted: 20 May 2015  
Harvard Business Review provides us with an in-depth article on strategies to remain gainfully employed in the future. They arrive at the conclusion that it's better to work with the machines than against them.
"The strategy that will work in the long term, for employers and the employed, is to view smart machines as our partners and collaborators." ...
Beyond Automation
20 May 2015
People in all walks of life are rightly concerned about advancing automation: Unless we find as many tasks to give humans as we find to take away from ...
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 ...
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Combinatorial power to disrupt
Posted: 20 May 2015  
When presenting our newest theme 7 Megatrends from the Future we often don't have enough time to fully explore the powerful disruptions that can occur at the intersections of these innovative technologies, and the potential for exponential change as a result.

For example, if widespread use of driverless cars results in far fewer car crash fatalities, then the supply of donor organs will be ...
Disruptive Power Lies at the Intersections | Frank Diana
20 May 2015
When I first started using the term “Combinatorial”, people thought I was making words up. Although I’d like to take credit for the word, I first came ...
Collision claims have fallen to a record low
Dateline: 2 February 2027
The roads have never been safer - 12 years ago, more than one million people died in car accidents worldwide, every year. This number has shrunk to an ...
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Hacking a plane
Posted: 18 May 2015  
Could a hacker get control of an airliner through its wireless interfaces? That was the scenario posed by our MindBullet of 2010. Now there's evidence that this has already happened.
FBI says this hacker took over a plane through its in-flight entertainment system
18 May 2015
Security researcher Chris Roberts got kicked off a United flight last month for tweeting a joke about hacking into its electronic control systems. Now the ...
Computer virus used to take over plane's autopilot
Dateline: 9 November 2013
For the first time, an aircraft has been taken over by a hacker rather than a hijacker. In a bizarre incident over Eastern Europe yesterday, the captain of ...
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Listen to my thoughts, if you dare
Posted: 18 May 2015  
With greater understanding of how our brains work, and improved non-invasive methods of reading our neural activity, we could see the development of interfaces that literally stream our thoughts onto the internet. Our MindBullet published five years ago suggested this would become commonplace in the future. The implications for privacy and augmented intelligence are staggering!
The Ultimate Interface Is Your Brain
18 May 2015
The final frontier of the digital technology is integrating into your own brain. DARPA wants to go there. Scientists want to go there. Entrepreneurs want ...
Brain computer interface works like a hearing aid
Dateline: 20 March 2022
Now you can update your Facebook status and search Google just by thinking about it. And you don't need fancy headgear or wires sticking out of your ...
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Directing a driverless car
Posted: 14 May 2015  
If you're a passenger in a driverless car, but you're telling the car where to go, what are you? Not the driver, but perhaps the 'director' of the journey. Then you should bear some responsibility for accidents. Tesla wants to introduce autopilot features that require some human decision making, like telling the car to turn by hitting the turn signal lever. Clever move.
Tesla resolves driverless car liability argument with one tweak
14 May 2015
Through a simple modification in its driverless vehicle technology, Tesla has answered the question of who is responsible when collisions involving these ...
MindBullet logo CAR KILLS 20: WHO'S TO BLAME?
Court rules driver not responsible if car has on-board computer
Dateline: 12 September 2017
Yesterday's court ruling shows two things - just how far technology has gone and why we should fear our kids! The driver of the car that crashed into a ...
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Making idea babies
Posted: 12 May 2015  
Justine Musk offers some advice for aspirant billionaires:

"When you become a master of two worlds (say, engineering and business), you can bring them together in a way that will a) introduce hot ideas to each other, so they can have idea sex and make idea babies that no one has seen before and b) create a competitive advantage because you can move between worlds, speak both languages, connect ...
Elon Musk's first wife explains what it takes to become a billionaire
12 May 2015
Justine Musk, first wife of billionaire Elon Musk, knows a thing or two about wealth and hard work — her ex-husband is a founder of PayPal, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, and has an estimated net worth of $12.1 billion.
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Tesla Energy and innovation
Posted: 11 May 2015  
As the hype around Tesla's Powerwall begins to settle, and reality kicks in, let's not forget that this innovation is hardly revolutionary - it's just a battery, but a better one. Many people, myself included, have ventured the opinion that it's been over-hyped. On its own, the Powerwall is not going to take a house off-grid, and in many markets it's just too expensive.

But it could change the ...
Why Elon Musk might just change the world
11 May 2015
Tesla's Powerwall and products like it, when tied to solar panels, could have a real impact on minimising millions of people’s reliance on dirty energy ...
Nano solar films bring cheap energy to sunshine states
Dateline: 5 May 2018
It's hard to believe that a mere decade ago fossil fuels were at a premium, and everyone talked of 'peak oil' and the high prices of natural gas and coal. ...
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Can Apple and Facebook fix IBM?
Posted: 6 May 2015  
First IBM did a deal with Apple, now they're hooking up with Facebook. All of which proves that IBM is not on a path to irrelevance, but is determined to re-invent itself. And big data, cloud and AI are IBM's strengths in this new era of collaboration.
IBM Announces Marketing Partnership With Facebook
6 May 2015
IBM said customers will now be able to buy Facebook ads with combined data from Facebook and IBM’s Marketing Cloud (the latter includes things like ...
The 'bring-your-own' boom has put Apple in the corporate driving seat
Dateline: 15 March 2017
In a bizarre change of fortunes, it looks like Apple is getting ready to swallow IBM. "You won't get fired for buying Apple," is the new mantra of ...
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Make way for AU 010, there's no-one at the wheel
Posted: 6 May 2015  
Daimler introduces the first fully automated semi-truck, in Nevada of course. For highway driving, it's safer than a human driver.

Our MindBullet on this subject was published exactly 11 years ago. Talk about foresight!

The World's First Self-Driving Semi-Truck Hits the Road
6 May 2015
The truck in question is the Freightliner Inspiration, a teched-up version of the Daimler 18-wheeler sold around the world. And according to Daimler, which ...
"We can save a million lives a year" says Automobile Association
Dateline: 2 November 2018
The British Government today passed legislation banning all human-driven motor vehicles from highways, effective one year from today. The move has been ...
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Control of the free web
Posted: 6 May 2015  
Provide a free service, which you can then control. Isn't that the free market at work? Or is it going against the very spirit of the internet, where access to servers and information was given freely, except for service provider costs? An interesting perspective!
Opinion: Facebook’s Internet.org Isn’t the Internet, It’s Facebooknet | WIRED
6 May 2015
Internet.org users could get stuck on a separate and unequal path to internet connectivity, which will serve to widen---not narrow---the digital divide.
India gets free internet and messaging, non-video calls
Dateline: 20 December 2017
Following the successful blanketing of most of the African continent with Facebook's free internet service, Zuckerberg has announced the roll out of ...
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Drone with a difference
Posted: 5 May 2015  
I used to scoff at the idea of electric aircraft. I mean real aircraft that can carry passengers and lots of cargo. But battery powered drones are getting so sophisticated, it makes one rethink the entire concept of aircraft.

This latest test flight by NASA looks impressive, but they'll need wireless power for all those engines!

Ten-engine electric plane prototype takes off
5 May 2015
A team at NASA's Langley Research Center is developing a concept of a battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can take off like a helicopter and fly ...
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 ...
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Smart watches for the not-so-smart?
Posted: 5 May 2015  
The Guardian asks the question: "Who are smartwatches for?" and concludes that they are for the notification obsessed.

And, I guess, for the health obsessed, or just obsessive people with FOMO! ...
Who are smartwatches like the Apple Watch really for?
5 May 2015
Is the smartwatch the next big thing after the MP3 player, smartphone, tablet and phablet, or is it the 21st-century equivalent of the electric can opener?
Apple Watch sales fill doctors' surgeries with the worried-well
Dateline: 1 April 2017
There's a new disease plaguing the technoscenti, and it's overloading the doctors. It's called "smart-watch sickness" or even "Chronocondria." Over 200 ...
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The collapse approaches
Posted: 29 April 2015  
Could our MindBullet from 2009 prove prophetic? Or is this just scare-mongering?

This is one occasion where I don't want to be able to say "We told you so!" ...
Negative interest rates put world on course for biggest mass default in history
29 April 2015
More than euro 2 trillion-worth of eurozone government bonds trade on a negative interest rate. It's a bubble that is bound to end badly.
It's 2008 all over again as markets disintegrate
Dateline: 19 August 2019
Markets were left reeling today as US long-bonds continued their downward spiral. "We've seen $13 trillion wiped off bond-markets around the world," says ...
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Limiting population growth
Posted: 24 April 2015  
Will we be able to limit world population to about 9 billion by 2050? It can be done. As Hans Rosling points out in this TED Talk from 2010, the key is raising the living standards of the poorest 2 billion, who will become 4 billion by 2050. Only once their living standards increase, will they start family planning and join the rest of the world in low, sustainable birth rates.

Interesting for ...
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Battle of the internet giants
Posted: 23 April 2015  
Ever wondered how much money Apple makes, every second? Or if Microsoft is outperforming Google, in real time?

Here's a great interactive graphic that demonstrates the astonishing earnings of these exponential organisations.

Click above to view the full version [h/t PennyStocksLab]. ...
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Connecting everything and everyone
Posted: 22 April 2015  
There's a lot of buzz about the internet of things, and increasingly the internet of everything, which is terminology we've been using for some time. The importance of the internet of everything, in the approaching technology tsunami, can't be overstated. But it's the nexus of these technologies, connectivity combined with massive data, algorithms and advanced artificial intelligence, ...
The Internet of Everything Is a Simply Massive Opportunity: $19 Trillion in the Next Decade
22 April 2015
The Internet of Everything describes the networked connections between devices, people, processes and data. By 2020, the IoE has the potential to connect 50 billion people, devices and things.
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A swarm of LOCUST drones
Posted: 17 April 2015  
Here's an innovative use of small drones as an attack force - in a swarm!

It reminds me of that MindBullet we dreamed up some years ago... ...
US navy shows off cannon-launched 'swarming' drones
17 April 2015
The US navy develops cannon-launched drones that can "swarm" and carry out co-ordinated attacks.
Cyborg locusts open new frontier
Dateline: 28 April 2014
The first 'cyborg-war' has just been won after millions of wirelessly-controlled locusts swamped the North Korean army as it massed on the border with ...
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