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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.
MindBullet logo INSECT SOLDIER-BOTS DEFEAT HUMAN ARMY
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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Age of transparency
Posted: 17 April 2015  
The age of transparency is on us, and while we may not be living in the naked future just yet, old ideas of hiding things from the customer or investors are quite obsolete.

One of the examples we use in our theme 'Naked Leadership' is the BP Gulf oil spill disaster, and how badly it was handled at the time. It seems that BP is now accepting the need for transparency, and engagement with the ...
BP promises more transparency on climate change issues
17 April 2015
Motion to publish more information on emissions, low-carbon investments and lobbying passed by 98% at oil company’s shareholder meeting
MindBullet logo WE'RE ALL NAKED NOW
Business and government leaders adopt Naked Leadership as the benchmark for transparency and trust
Dateline: 9 September 2017
Five years ago Naked Leadership was an alien concept, but now leaders in all walks of life are preaching the benefits of a leadership paradigm that ...
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Lifting the lid on global warming
Posted: 16 April 2015  
Finally I understand, clearly, the relationship between global temperatures and carbon dioxide, and the part played by fossil fuel emissions. In this hour+plus lecture, Murry Salby elucidates the complexities and simplifies the analysis.

Well worth watching if you want to gain informed insight into this issue. ...
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Batteries for the energy internet
Posted: 14 April 2015  
We've talked many times about the approaching exponential innovations in energy technology, especially solar power. Solar is rapidly advancing to the point where, in some communities, there is more available during peak sunshine hours than can be consumed. And that's where energy storage becomes critical.

Tech investors and entrepreneurs like Bill Gates and Elon Musk are looking to accelerate ...
Bill Gates joins Elon Musk in search of renewable's holy grail
14 April 2015
The biggest single impediment to a global explosion in renewable energy is storage. Crack the challenge of expensive batteries and a future without ...
MindBullet logo LIQUID BATTERIES KEEP THE BIG APPLE SHINING
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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Nano bots, forward march!
Posted: 14 April 2015  
The military is increasingly investing in robot tech, primarily to reduce risk and casualty among human soldiers. While we haven't quite reached the scenario of an invasion force made entirely of robots, more applications for tiny, swarming robots are being developed.

"In other words, swarm robots, which are relatively inexpensive and, from the standpoint of force planners, essentially ...
Swarm robots poised to fly amid acquisitions and military investment
14 April 2015
The military is going miniature, and that means big investments in small flying machines that will eventually operate in swarms.
MindBullet logo ROBOT ARMY INVADES ZENUTIA
Big Dog leads the charge while Taranis provides air cover
Dateline: 7 April 2016
It’s an open secret that NATO has been planning an invasion, but the ‘troops’ sent in to ‘restore democracy’ are quite unusual. For the first time in a ...
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New hydrogen breakthrough
Posted: 13 April 2015  
A new method of converting plant waste into hydrogen that promises to be ten times more effective than electrolysis could, if commercialised, finally kick-start the hydrogen economy.

"Unlike other hydrogen fuel production methods that rely on highly processed sugars, the Virginia Tech team used dirty biomass—the husks and stalks of corn plants—to create their fuel. This not only reduces the ...
New discovery may be breakthrough for hydrogen cars
13 April 2015
A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to create hydrogen fuel using a biological method that greatly reduces the time and money it takes ...
MindBullet logo FUEL CELLS TO THE RESCUE OF PLUG-IN ELECTRIC CARS
There's a resurgence in EVs, thanks to cheap fuel-cell technology and hydrogen
Dateline: 9 August 2016
Once the darling of the US administration, fuel-cell vehicles were the future of clean, green motoring. Fuel cells running on hydrogen produce only water ...
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Big Brother, Little Brother, who is the bigger tyrant?
Posted: 8 April 2015  
This intriguing long-form article claims that the notion of crowdsourcing as a liberating mechanism, enabled by technology, is a scam. The writer sees crowdsourcing as a means for businesses to exploit the crowd in a subtle way, creating a dystopian society of disconnected individuals ruled by algorithms.

But that ignores the reality of automation. Whether it's good or bad, it is happening, ...
The Crowdsourcing Scam - The Baffler
8 April 2015
In 1968 a Norwegian science fiction writer named Tor Åge Bringsværd published a peculiar short story called “Codemus.” The story has achieved the kind of ...
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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Banking on Apple Watch
Posted: 7 April 2015  
Citibank is taking the digital revolution to heart, even partnering with Apple to be the first banking app on the Apple Watch.

Is Citibank aiming to be as ubiquitous as that imaginary 'bank' we wrote about, called simply "U"? ...
How Citibank Is Transforming Itself By Partnering With Apple Watch
7 April 2015
Of the nine initial apps announced by the new Apple Watch, only one of them was for a bank, Citigroup.
MindBullet logo NO ONE UNDERSTANDS ME LIKE U
The new connection platform that makes the business of living a pleasure
Dateline: 30 October 2024
I've got a new friend, a virtual friend. A friend that really gets me, and my daily routine. A friend that takes care of all my needs, from keeping the ...
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Night vision eye drops
Posted: 2 April 2015  
This sounds like an April Fool's prank, but it's apparently real.

A specialised solution was found to significantly increase vision in dim light, and with no adverse effects. The effect did wear off overnight though. ...
California biohackers create night vision eye drops
2 April 2015
Only the most hardcore luddites object to the very idea of using technology, like night vision goggles, to improve human performance. It’s the only way we ...
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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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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