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Clash of the Tech Titans
Posted: 23 July 2014  
In this struggle, the corporate market is the prize. Who will win the battle, Microsoft or Apple? Or will it be Google, or possibly Amazon? Are the old giants like IBM going to survive? It could be a fight to the death, for some.
Game On: The Struggle for the Enterprise Begins
23 July 2014
Landmark announcements rocked the Enterprise IT market in last week. First Apple and IBM announced an historic partnership to bring iOS devices to the ...
MindBullet logo SILICON VALLEY'S GOLDEN YEARS DRAW TO A CLOSE
It's the end of the Boomer era in Silicon Valley - and the start of something much bigger
Dateline: 16 June 2016
Bill Gates has said his last goodbye. Announcing his decision to retire from his position as Chairman of Microsoft, Gates wished the company well and said ...
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Robots reading the news
Posted: 21 July 2014  
The robots are coming:

"South Korea deploys jellyfish-terminating robots, while a robot with artificial intelligence able to analyse market trends has become a company director in Hong Kong."

We've published a number of MindBullets about our robotic future. The one attached to this post is the most recent. Just search MindBullets for 'Robot' to find the others! ...
Getting closer to Blade Runner future
21 July 2014
Tokyo - A future in which it is difficult to tell man and machine apart could soon become reality, scientists say, after recent robotic breakthroughs in ...
MindBullet logo LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
Google's robots do the heavy lifting, drive the dump trucks and haul the garbage
Dateline: 17 July 2018
Now that Google has become the leading developer of robots, including humanoid robots, we can leave them to do all the unpleasant, dangerous, and boring ...
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No internet, no problem
Posted: 18 July 2014  
In a world where we depend on wireless signals to be connected, it's good to know that there are personal alternatives emerging to the monopolistic mobile operators and internet providers. There are apps like FireChat and OpenGarden that allow smartphones to connect to each other by WiFi and Bluetooth, but they have limited range and only really work in an urban environment.

GoTenna is a long ...
No signal? GoTenna has a messaging gadget that will work in the middle of nowhere
18 July 2014
Using extremely low-band frequencies, goTenna’s little baton can connect your iPhone or Android smartphone into any other goTenna-enabled smartphone even ...
MindBullet logo IT'S AN ONLINE WORLD AS 'PEOPLENET' TAKES OFF!
Human-to-human transmission wins the day for mobile broadband
Dateline: 14 September 2019
First we tied the world in a tangle of copper cables. Next came miles of fiber optics. And all the time, the ultimate communications conduit was right ...
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Flying robot farmers
Posted: 14 July 2014  
There's a new role for drones: Collecting big data for farmers to help them move to the next big step in farming, precision agriculture.
Will drones become the future of farming?
14 July 2014
Pilotless drones have had a big impact on the battlefield, serving as eyes in the sky and attack aircraft. But could they find another role on our farms?
MindBullet logo DHL FLYING ON WIRELESS POWER
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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Dangers also abundant in future
Posted: 10 July 2014  
Futurist Thomas Frey supports our thinking that abundance comes with turbulent consequences, technological unemployment being one of them:

"Even though we are headed toward a world of abundance, having a significant loss of jobs due to robots and automation has the potential of causing a near term backlash." ...
The Growing Dangers of Technological Unemployment and the Re-Skilling of America
10 July 2014
Futurist Thomas Frey: In March, when Facebook announced the $2 billion acquisition of Oculus Rift, they not only put a giant stamp of approval on the ...
MindBullet logo THE CURSE OF ABUNDANCE
Free energy spawns hordes of wetbots and kills off big brands
Dateline: 13 July 2033
"We're closing up shop. Wetbots made us broke." The production chief of iRobot consumer products grins ruefully. "Luckily we've still got our military ...
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Long live longevity
Posted: 8 July 2014   1 Comment
The possibility for humans to extend their lives by hundreds of years is becoming less of a fantasy and more like a future reality. According to this article, a new enzyme and a hormone offer the chance of preventing aging and extending life in mammals. Will our scenario published nine years ago become a hot topic in the near future?

The implications of technology like this becoming affordable ...
This is thrilling life-extension news – for dictators and the ultra-rich
8 July 2014
George Monbiot: Longevity science may divide us into treated and untreated: the first living ever longer, the second dying even younger than now
MindBullet logo WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE FOREVER?
You'd better check how many years you can afford
Dateline: 13 September 2025
Two decades ago, Ray Kurzweil and Aubrey de Grey were often considered the lunatic fringe of science. Living forever? What nonsense! Then, ever so slowly, ...
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Solar beats coal
Posted: 8 July 2014  
In Australia, rooftop solar is disrupting the power business:

"Coal, of course, will never be free. And the rapid uptake of rooftop solar – dubbed the democratisation of energy – is raising the biggest challenge to the centralised model of generation since electricity systems were established more than a century ago."

We've been talking for years about how energy technologies were going to ...
Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete
8 July 2014
Giles Parkinson: As early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. By 2040 over half of all electricity may be generated in the ...
MindBullet logo COAL HITS US$10 PER TON AS SOLAR POWER SHINES
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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A blanket to keep you happy
Posted: 3 July 2014  
British Airways likes to keep its first class customers happy, so they're trying out a high-tech blanket that shows your mood, even when you're asleep, by changing colour.

This is a great example of how technology can be used to create non-invasive feedback to improve customer service. As long as the crew take notice and do something about it, that is! ...
British Airways Creates a 'Happiness Blanket' to Help First-Class Fliers Sleep Better
3 July 2014
The blanket can read a passenger's mental state, helping the airline tweak its service
MindBullet logo THE COMING FACE OF AIR TRAVEL
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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Monetising your personal data
Posted: 1 July 2014  
Jennifer Lyn Morone wants to own her personal data and use it as an asset, so she has decided to become a company. The Economist explores this attempt to "establish the value of an individual in a data-driven economy."

Is this a future business model for people who are seen by the data giants as a source of profit? Or is it merely an academic exercise, an art project? Will we see banks ...
The incorporated woman
1 July 2014
FACEBOOK, Amazon, Twitter and a host of other big companies in today’s “data-driven economy” share one thing in common: they make a living from ...
MindBullet logo WE'RE ALL SLAVES TO BIG DATA
Information overload and too much choice lead to anxiety and depression
Dateline: 22 April 2016
Three years ago, in 2013, the world was trying to estimate what the true size and impact of 'Big Data' would be. It seems like we got much more than we ...
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Exporting US oil
Posted: 25 June 2014  
The first steps towards America becoming an oil exporter have been taken. Will US companies eventually have enough shale oil to export crude? Will they be allowed to?

Our MindBullet published two years ago raised this scenario. ...
U.S. rules to loosen four-decade ban on oil exports
25 June 2014
The Obama administration quietly cleared the way for the first exports of unrefined American oil in four decades.
MindBullet logo AMERICA THE OIL EXPORTER
Unconventional oil and gas alters the geopolitical balance
Dateline: 4 July 2025
Over the last 20 years, North American oil and gas reserves have been boosted by the large scale exploitation of so-called unconventionals - mainly shale ...
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The demise of ownership
Posted: 25 June 2014  
Here's another example of platform economics shaking up the status quo. When access trumps ownership. The Guardian calls it the "demise" of ownership.
How Girl Meets Dress is capitalising on the demise of ownership
25 June 2014
Anna Bance of Girl Meets Dress explains how her service taps into a growing preference for experience over ownership
MindBullet logo WE'VE BEEN UBERED
Barclays Plc to close retail bank in the face of persistent decline and customer flight
Dateline: 11 June 2019
It was just five years ago that Uber upset the applecart in London's taxicab industry. Unable to compete with the smart app and its ride-sharing, car ...
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Hypersonic airliners
Posted: 24 June 2014  
Richard Branson's idea for hypersonic travel in the future is certainly audacious:

"We will be producing supersonic planes which will go far, far faster than Concordes," he said of the British Airways Concorde aircraft, which was able to go from London to New York in three hours but was retired in 2003 because it was no longer profitable.

When asked what his aircraft could potentially do, ...
MindBullet logo TAKE THE TUBE TO NEW YORK
Vacuum tube transport gets you there in double-quick time
Dateline: 15 May 2022
It's been a decade in the building, but yesterday the super high speed tube line was officially opened. Four times faster than a jet plane, the SpaceTube ...
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Big solar plans
Posted: 18 June 2014  
Elon Musk has announced that his other company Solar City is also expanding and integrating. By taking over Silevo, a solar cell manufacturer, and scaling up plans for a manufacturing plant in Buffalo, NY.

This is important news for two reasons. Solar City has been concentrating on the financing of roof top installations, now it's moved into installing and manufacturing panels as well, ...
Elon Musk's sunny plans for Buffalo
18 June 2014
Elon Musk's other superstar company, SolarCity, announced a deal Tuesday that Musk believes will result in the world's largest solar panel plant.
MindBullet logo CLEANTECH BUBBLE BURSTS
'Greenbucks' in the toilet as recession bites
Dateline: 12 January 2010
In a massive shakeout, green technology start-ups the world over have taken a major dive, as the harsh realities of dealing with global recession set ...
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Coal on a roll
Posted: 17 June 2014  
"Coal has reached its highest market share of global energy consumption for more than 40 years, figures reveal, despite fears that its high carbon emissions make it a prime cause of climate change. The use of coal for power generation and other purposes grew by 3% in 2013 – faster than any other fossil fuel – while its share of the market breached 30% for the first time since 1970, the BP ...
Coal's share of energy market at highest level since 1970
17 June 2014
Use of coal for power generation and other purposes grew by 3% in 2013 – faster than any other fossil fuel
MindBullet logo COAL HITS US$10 PER TON AS SOLAR POWER SHINES
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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Gazprom makes its move
Posted: 16 June 2014  
"Today, from 10:00 Moscow time, Gazprom, according to the existing contract, moved Naftogaz to prepayment for gas supplies," Gazprom said in a statement on Monday morning.

"From today, the Ukrainian company will receive Russian natural gas only in the amounts it has paid for." ...
Russia halts gas supply to Ukraine
16 June 2014
Ukraine says Russia has cut off all gas supplies to Kiev, in a major escalation of a dispute between the two nations.
MindBullet logo GAZPROM THE BIGGEST CASUALTY IN CRIMEA CRISIS AFTERMATH
Merkel declares Germany free of Russian gas
Dateline: 5 April 2019
Yesterday, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany had achieved a new level of energy security and independence. "It has taken us five years to ...
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Doctor Data
Posted: 16 June 2014  
Doctors have always been reliant on some data to treat a patient, but with digital technologies, that data stream becomes a flood. This article highlights the possibilities for personalised treatment:

"We now have a chance to figure out the right medicines, diet, and therapy for each individual." ...
Data And Your Doctor Are Coming Together To Revolutionize Health Care
16 June 2014
What data can tell us about how to treat patients is about to explode. Combine that revolution with the human intuition of doctors, and treatment is...
MindBullet logo VIRTUAL HUMAN FOR DIGITAL DOC
Whole-body simulation lets the computer prescribe the best treatment
Dateline: 23 June 2023
A UK team has announced it has completed building a fully computer-simulated human physiology for personalised healthcare. The Insigneo Institute at the ...
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The analog life
Posted: 11 June 2014   2 Comments
Here's a great video about getting disconnected from life while being always online.

The astounding thing about the clip is that it has received 42 million views and 33,000 comments in just over a month, even though it tells you to stop watching YouTube! That just goes to show the power of viral media.

Thanks to Gerd Leonhard for flagging this one. ...
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Internet of stuff
Posted: 14 June 2014  
While enjoying the benefits of everything being connected and automated, remember that there's always a possibility that something can go wrong, with comic results!
The Nightmare on Connected Home Street | Gadget Lab | WIRED
14 June 2014
I woke up at 4 am to old-timey dubstep spewing from my pillows as the lights flashed on throughout the house.
MindBullet logo THE MICROWAVE GAVE MY TOASTER A VIRUS FOR CHRISTMAS
And the washing machine has gone crazy
Dateline: 1 January 2013
The internet of things has its drawbacks. Now that everything is connected, all the time, they don't always play nice. It's annoying, when you're sitting ...
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Nuking small reactors
Posted: 13 June 2014  
I've long been suggesting that the current model for nuclear power, traditional uranium fission reactors, is fast becoming obsolete, mainly for economic reasons. In this paper, Cooper not only points out that the nuclear industry is failing economically, in the US at least, but that small modular reactors are not the solution to an industry that is past its half-life and in decline.

I'm sure ...
THE ECONOMIC FAILURE OF NUCLEAR POWER AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF A LOW CARBON ELECTRICITY FUTURE
13 June 2014
WHY SMALL MODULAR REACTORS ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM, NOT THE SOLUTION - Mark Cooper, Ph.D.
MindBullet logo GERMANY POWERS DOWN ITS LAST NUCLEAR PLANT
New Energy replaces nukes, saves money
Dateline: 6 June 2020
Germany has shut down its last remaining nuclear power plant, two years ahead of schedule. Supporters of the Greens and the Pirate Party staged a peaceful ...
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A Sports Newspaper from the Future
Posted: 11 June 2014  
Here's a look at the future of football, with the impact of technology, presented as a news story from the future.

Sounds a lot like the MindBullet we published years ago! ...
Winning Formula
11 June 2014
A newspaper that puts a possible day in the future of data and football in your hands
MindBullet logo FANS LOVE INTERACTIVE HIGH-TECH WORLD CUP
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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