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Anything but Clump?
Posted: 21 October 2016  
With the increasing disenchantment with both candidates in the digital media, one wonders if our recent MindBullet, suggesting an AI system would be the best POTUS, isn't right on the mark.

After publishing this MindBullet, we came across this article from earlier in the year that asks the same question: Could a robot run for President? ...
Could a robot run for U.S. president in 2020?
21 October 2016
Advances in artificial intelligence have raised the question of a supercomputer running for office.
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The next Commander in Chief is an avatar
Dateline: 3 November 2020
When a Presidential decision can affect millions of people's lives, it's a weighty matter; one that must balance ethics, integrity and pragmatism with what ...
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Failing tech
Posted: 12 October 2016   1 Comment
Here's a long form essay that almost precisely echoes the insight of our MindBullet from January 2015.

When we've come to rely on technology, that never fails, we are often unprepared to deal with the unusual circumstance, when it DOES fail. Over time, computers can diminish our skills! ...
Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster | Tim Harford
12 October 2016
The Long Read: We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks. Driverless cars are next. But is our reliance on automation ...
Critical system failures that don't trigger corrective action cause disasters
Dateline: 21 March 2016
Yet another airliner has fallen out of the sky without warning. And the reason is fail-safe systems that fail to alert the pilots to the real problem when ...
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Diesel's days are numbered
Posted: 19 October 2016  
Germany is the latest country to announce a future when all cars must be emissions free. The target date is 2030. But as this article in Wired points out, it's damn difficult to make a decent profit on pure electric vehicles. Which means the big auto makers are hedging their bets. Quite likely, when they say "every car will be electric" they mean they'll all use some sort of hybrid technology ...
Das Diesel is Dead. The Next Generation German Car Will be Electric. Probably.
19 October 2016
BMW, VW, and Mercedes promise they're serious about electric cars, but are moving slowly.
Like vinyl records of old, retro automobiles are suddenly back in fashion
Dateline: 28 April 2029
It's been a while since manually driven, gasoline automobiles gave way to electric vehicles with autopilot. Just as horses and buggies gave way to motor ...
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The future of mobility
Posted: 11 October 2016  
Here's an interesting article on urban mobility in 2030, by McKinsey&Company, based on their report. I am pretty sure that by 2030 most urban dwellers will prefer to view mobility as an on-demand service, rather than an investment in personal vehicles. McKinsey provides several models for the future, all of them disruptive. That's the key - disruption is certain.
An integrated perspective on the future of mobility
11 October 2016
A number of social, economic, and technological trends will work together to disrupt mobility, potentially creating three new urban models by 2030.
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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Google's home invasion begins
Posted: 6 October 2016  
Three years and one month ago, we published this MindBullet about Google 'invading' peoples homes with a smart TV. Well, now they are doing it, but with a speaker instead of a screen. Or you can use the phone to summon Google's Assistant. Yes, we 'predicted' that, way back in 2004, in a MindBullet too:
http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/MindBullets/MindBulletsDetails.aspx?MindBulletID=93. ...
All That New Google Hardware? It's a Trojan Horse for AI
6 October 2016
Five years ago, experts thought the phone would be the interface to everything. That's not the case anymore.
With Google Screen you get more than just television, broadband and games
Dateline: 26 August 2015
Google has launched its pay TV service, with regular television channels on a broadband connection. But unlike 'on demand' services, this is an entirely ...
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How to train your robot
Posted: 6 October 2016  
In a previous MindBullet we talked about the Robot Internet, where unskilled robots could download all the information they needed to perform a skill or carry out a new function. There's a name for that now, and it's 'cloud robotics'. Using connected artificial intelligence, let robots learn from each other. That's what Google is doing.
Google's next big step for AI: Getting robots to teach each other new skills
6 October 2016
Robots haven't reached human intelligence yet, but Google's researchers are showing how they're closing the gap using downloadable intelligence.
With robots paying labour tax, the 99% can be as idle and as comfortable as the elites
Dateline: 4 July 2025
We're living in the age of abundance. The age of the algorithm. The age of... well, automated utopia. Who would have thought that this soon, with machines ...
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More 3D printer magic
Posted: 4 October 2016  
Here's another advance in additive, or rather digital direct metal manufacturing. This 3D printer not only makes finished parts from metal powder, it also mills and polishes them to final specifications.
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How to steal an AI
Posted: 4 October 2016  
How do you steal someone else's deep learning algorithm that has been built up from thousands, perhaps millions of data inputs? Apparently all you need to do is build a machine learning system that quizzes the target AI often enough and voila! you can replicate it.
How to Steal an AI
4 October 2016
Researchers show how they can reverse engineer and reconstruct someone else's machine learning engine---using machine learning.
Machines that think for themselves are taking over the world
Dateline: 22 February 2022
In our quest to develop smarter, more powerful, less power-hungry computers and devices, we have created artificial intelligence that rivals that of the ...
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3D printers shaping the future of manufacturing
Posted: 28 September 2016  
Some people are already dismissing consumer 3D printing as a passing fad. They may prove to be right. But one area where 3D printing is surging ahead, though still far from mature, is industrial manufacturing systems. As printing, or additive manufacturing systems become increasingly automated, robotized, and new technologies get developed, we will see large-scale disruption to traditional ...
12 high-end 3D printers shaping the future of additive manufacturing
28 September 2016
The most incredible innovations in 3D printing technology can be found amongst the industry's high-end machines. These are 12 of the most exciting high-end ...
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 ...
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The urban future
Posted: 26 September 2016  
We have published MindBullets before about the inexorable shift to an urban demographic. Key in this trend is China's stated intention to reach 75% urbanization, and Africa will catch up eventually. So, will cities, both economically powerful and housing many voters and tax payers, become the center of influence in the future?
Why The Future Will Be Dictated By Cities, Not Nations
26 September 2016
Cities encourage forward-thinking attitudes that will transcend the rise, fall, and enacting of bad policies by their parent countries.
United Nations blames supersized cities for world's social ills
Dateline: 15 March 2039
In a sweeping move, the United Nations has ordered the 75 largest megacities in the world to come up with strategies to radically reduce their urban ...
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The future of AI
Posted: 19 September 2016  
We published a MindBullet some time ago which postulated that, in the future, AI would come to mean augmented intelligence rather than artificial intelligence. Elon Musk seems to agree. He thinks the future lies in closer connection between our brains and smart systems. This might involve us becoming symbiotes with an AI linked directly to our neural system. That is exactly the scenario ...
Elon Musk says the future of AI is in linking it to our brains
19 September 2016
Elon Musk has more thoughts on artificial intelligence, but this idea involves merging with computers instead of fighting them.
That wunderkind has got a chip in her head
Dateline: 12 June 2029
We used to think of AI as artificial intelligence, but that's an old concept. Now we use it to mean augmented intelligence; natural human intelligence ...
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Dronesurfing is a thing
Posted: 12 September 2016  
It seems like every day brings a new application for drones. First there was drone video, then drone racing, drone fishing and now dronesurfing, which doesn't appear in the dictionary as one word - yet!
Is dronesurfing the next wave in watersports? | New Atlas
12 September 2016
As a farewell to the summer, Seattle-based Freefly Systems has enlisted one of its drones for dronesurfing, a new take on kitesurfing where the kite ...
The drone apocalypse starts out of someone's garage
Dateline: 8 June 2021
You might be forgiven for thinking that they were filming a new episode of that old movie series, Star Wars. But the drone attack in Los Angeles yesterday ...
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CRISPR cabbage
Posted: 12 September 2016  
"If you thought the pseudo-scientific anti-GMO movement was annoying now, just you wait and hear what they have to say about this! Located in a garden just outside of Umeå, Sweden, there is a special kind of cabbage plant. So special that, despite guaranteed push back by certain neo-luddite activists, we could very well be witnessing the future of food production as we know it."
Order Up! First CRISPR Gene Edited Meal Is Here - SERIOUS WONDER
12 September 2016
The first meal created using CRISPR-Cas9 is finally here and it's set to change the food production industry forever! - B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder
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 ...
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Dark side of Internet of Things
Posted: 5 September 2016  
The internet of everything will be one of the main technologies driving the 4th Industrial Revolution, and it has already started. But smart devices also have their problems. Here are a few of the biggest challenges.
4 major IoT challenges that stand in the way of success
5 September 2016
Heralded for driving positive transformations in consumer products, retailing, healthcare, manufacturing and more, the Internet of Things (IoT) promises a ...
A rash of incidents floods the world's networks
Dateline: 11 June 2019
I still remember at the turn of the millennium when the 'Internet of Things' seemed to be such a benevolent business opportunity. There were going to be ...
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Electric cars are coming soon
Posted: 31 August 2016  
From the Wall Street Journal comes this column that argues we are heading to a tipping point where electric cars suddenly become mainstream. I'm not sure that will be the case in all countries, but certainly in the US and Europe, it's likely that sooner rather than later, all cars will at least have a charging option.

If scenarios for solar power breakthroughs and widespread micro-distribution ...
Why Electric Cars Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think
31 August 2016
Keywords columnist Christopher Mims writes that in 2015, about one in every 150 cars sold in the U.S. had a plug and a battery. But mass adoption of ...
Like vinyl records of old, retro automobiles are suddenly back in fashion
Dateline: 28 April 2029
It's been a while since manually driven, gasoline automobiles gave way to electric vehicles with autopilot. Just as horses and buggies gave way to motor ...
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Watch your phone assemble itself
Posted: 23 August 2016  
We've talked about 3D and 4D printing, but what about self-assembly beyond the nano scale? Microbes, DNA and proteins can be cajoled into forming structures autonomously, but that's a far cry from a phone that builds itself. MIT have built a basic phone that can put itself together from main components. Check it out.
MIT built a self-assembling cell phone
23 August 2016
Researchers at MIT's Self-Assembly Lab have stepped up their game from an Ikea-like chair that can put itself together: the team built a working cell ...
New process enables home assembly of consumer products from organic materials and minerals
Dateline: 3 April 2021
Today, we are used to seeing biotech being used to grow replacement human organs and houses that grow themselves. Now, Chinese technology giant ...
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Uber drivers might be Ubered
Posted: 19 August 2016  
The first fleet of driverless Volvo Uber cars will start operating in Pittsburgh. Apparently, they will offer free rides to get public support, and will be supervised by humans in the driver's seat, but that just proves the point - disrupt yourself before someone else does!

Ultimately, fully autonomous cars and trucks will change many business models, and create a vast crowd of unemployed ...
This is Uber’s first driverless vehicle–and Uber’s human drivers should be worried
19 August 2016
The ride hailer is set to launch its first fleet of its inaugural driverless cars in Pittsburgh this summer, reports Bloomberg
And Airbnb, iTunes and Netflix are next
Dateline: 5 April 2018
Uber has been taken out by an unexpected competitor - the crowd. It's ironic really, because Uber was the first company to leverage assets it didn't own ...
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Volocopter personal drone
Posted: 16 August 2016  
Here's the first piloted flight of the Volocopter from earlier this year. Is this the future of personal mobility. Projected prices look a little steep!
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Virtual economies get real
Posted: 11 August 2016  
Nine years ago, we wrote about an interface where you could fly around the world virtually, enter virtual copies of real-world stores, and buy goods. Well, it's finally happening. Alibaba is trialling a VR payment system. Who says we futurists can't think ahead of the game?
Alibaba trials virtual reality payments for VR malls
11 August 2016
The virtual world just got a new payments technology and it’s as easy as nodding your head Chinese web behemoth and Amazon stalking horse Alibaba is ...
Virtual world covers two-thirds of the 'real' world
Dateline: 7 June 2017
Google Earth's virtual online buildings, designed and built by the in-world residents, now cover most of the developed world and all major tourism ...
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The future for coal is bleak
Posted: 10 August 2016   1 Comment
The economic impacts of a changing energy paradigm are being felt first in the coal industry:

Hillary Clinton’s $30 billion plan to revitalize communities threatened by coal’s decline promises to do more. But even that money might not be enough. “There is too much focus right now on ‘How do we replace these 10,000 good-paying jobs?’” says Peter Hille, the president of the Mountain Association ...
Climate change is already having severe economic impacts, beginning in coal country
10 August 2016
The demise of the coal industry should start a discussion of how we will respond to the economic upheaval caused by global warming.
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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