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Wireless electric power
Posted: 21 February 2017   1 Comment
For many years we have been hoping for practical, economic wireless power for electronic devices, especially charging portable devices. Now it finally seems to be possible, with the latest paper from... Disney Research!

Forget 'witricity' and near-contact charging; now there is the technology to make your whole living room or office a charging cabinet for your devices, so they never have to ...
Quasistatic Cavity Resonance for Ubiquitous Wireless Power Transfer
21 February 2017
Wireless power delivery has the potential to seamlessly power our electrical devices as easily as data is transmitted through the air. However, existing ...
This is the end of the power cord as we know it
Dateline: 12 November 2010
It doesn't matter if you're at the office or at home, take a look under your workstation. See the tangle of power cords, adapters and multi-plugs. What an ...
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Computers learning to deceive
Posted: 20 February 2017  
With software built on deep learning platforms, you can make someone say exactly what you want in a way that is nearly indistinguishable from reality - in a video. In essence, the computer learns how that person speaks, and how they move their face while speaking, from actual video footage. Then you instruct the software to re-enact something you've written and performed, and it will be ...
AI and the End of Truth
20 February 2017
Think the current fake news issue is bad? It won’t get any better with AI.
'Pants-on-fire' detector comes to the rescue
Dateline: 29 May 2021
The Internet and globalization brought hordes of information with it, but unfortunately no easy way of verifying the truth or validity of all those search ...
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Merging with machines
Posted: 15 February 2017   1 Comment
Just last week we published a MindBullet that suggested future interfaces will let us communicate brain-to-brain or brain-to-computer, just by thinking about it. Which means you can 'merge' with an artificial intelligence to upgrade your cognitive capabilities. Now Elon Musk (one of our techno-heroes) has come out saying that we MUST merge with machines, in order to stay relevant in the ...
Elon Musk: Humans must merge with machines or become irrelevant in AI age
15 February 2017
Billionaire Elon Musk's latest futuristic idea might be the key to saving humans from becoming useless when artificial intelligence grows.
Direct to brain video brings virtual reality to life
Dateline: 17 February 2027
Now that we are able to stream data, images and live action video directly into the neocortex, it's becoming difficult to tell what's really real, and ...
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Print me a spaceship
Posted: 7 February 2017  
We wrote a MindBullet scenario a couple of years ago, that suggested it would be easier to 3D-print a giant spaceship in orbit, rather than launch such a huge payload from the surface of the planet. It seems now, that 3D printing is also being increasingly employed to build space capsules for launching humans into orbit. Not only is Boeing using metal 3D printing for aircraft parts, but also ...
Exclusive: Boeing's space taxis to use more than 600 3D-printed parts
7 February 2017
Boeing Co has hired a small company to make about 600 3D-printed parts for its Starliner space taxis, meaning key components in the United States manned ...
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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3D printed kidneys
Posted: 25 January 2017  
A dozen years ago, we published a MindBullet scenario about ordering replacement organs for your body. Now we're one step closer to having bio-artificial kidneys, according to this article. Which technology will win the race; growing your own replacement organs from stem cells, or 3D printing organs from synthetic materials?
Synthetic Organs: We're One Step Closer to Having Bioartificial Kidneys
25 January 2017
Researchers have succeeded in creating a "living membrane" that can transport molecules from one side to the other, a key requirement for a functional ...
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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Cyborg Beetles - Real Insects That Are Controlled Like Robots
Posted: 20 January 2017  
We wrote a MindBullet about this some time ago. Here's a YouTube video, showing how cyborg beetles can be steered by remote control!
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Zapping on an extra year
Posted: 17 January 2017  
The newly discovered protein that regulates how we age at a cellular level is called TZAP. This could be the primary controlling factor in how long our cells can replicate and survive aging. Which only goes to show, that every year we learn something new to help realise the scenario of this MindBullet.
Scientists discover master regulator of cellular aging
17 January 2017
Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute report the discovery of TZAP, a protein that binds the ends of chromosomes and determines how long telomeres ...
Every year your life increases by another year
Dateline: 1 January 2033
If you're young enough, you may never die. Seriously. Think about it: If average lifespan keeps increasing, every year, then as long as you are younger ...
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Predictions for the coming decade
Posted: 16 January 2017  
Eric Schmidt shares his predictions for the future in this concise and well-articulated video.
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The voice will rule
Posted: 11 January 2017  
Last year we published this MindBullet, suggesting that computing as we've come to know it was about to be transformed by voice technology, combined with AI and mobile of course. Now the Economist agrees, in this article.
How voice technology is transforming computing
11 January 2017
Like casting a magic spell, it lets people control the world through words alone
Voice is the new mobile computer interface
Dateline: 21 September 2019
The company that brought us the world's first true smart phone has done it again. A dozen years after the launch of the iPhone, Apple has completely ...
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A swarm of micro drones
Posted: 10 January 2017  
One of our MindBullets from almost eight years ago suggested that the US military would weaponise real cyborg insects and attack human soldiers with swarms of steerable locusts, or similar bugs. The other option would be to build robotic locusts that could smother their target. Well, here's a story of a successful test of micro drones operating in a swarm and launched from fighter aircraft. ...
Pentagon successfully tests micro-drone swarm
10 January 2017
The Pentagon may soon be unleashing a 21st-century version of locusts on its adversaries after officials on Monday said it had successfully tested a swarm ...
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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Honda's self-balancing motorbike follows you like a puppy
Posted: 9 January 2017  
Honda has demonstrated a motorcycle with the ability to self-balance, and even self-drive at slow speeds.

The bike appears to be a modified NC750S – a twin-cylinder midrange naked bike that uses Honda's clutchless automatic dual-clutch transmission. "This Riding Assist does not use large gyroscopes, which would add a lot of weight and limit the bike's ability to maneuver," says Honda's global ...
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Beyond the Internet of Things
Posted: 6 January 2017  
The revitalised Nokia company (see Neil's post below) has a vision for the future that goes beyond the mechanistic internet of things. It's called the Programmable World:

"In the programmable world, tens of billions of mobile sensors feed data into interoperable cloud platforms, which perform intelligent analysis and translate the learnings into actions that are fed back to the real world via actuators, such as valves, engines, locks, autonomous machines, and devices of all sorts. As the real world becomes programmable and connectivity expands ...
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Making malaria extinct
Posted: 1 January 2017  
We published a MindBullet that explores the unintended consequences of a gene drive that has the potential to make an entire species different - or even extinct. Now researchers are working on developing a genetically modified mosquito to eradicate malaria. And the work is advancing rapidly, with help from the Gates Foundation.
Bill Gates sees CRISPR gene drive eradicating mosquitoes in Africa by 2029
1 January 2017
A genetic technology that can kill off mosquito species could eradicate malaria. But is it too risky to ever use?
Scientists say no other theory seems to hold
Dateline: 15 October 2026
After watching Border Security Australia, passengers always got off the plane feeling an extra bit anxious and jittery. Thoughts like 'What if they say the ...
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Replacing human workers with AI tech
Posted: 1 January 2017  
"While concrete examples of AI systems making human workers redundant are currently rare, observers have pointed out that such cases are likely to increase.

The insurance firm will introduce an AI system based on IBM Japan Ltd.'s Watson, which according to IBM is a "cognitive technology that can think like a human," and "can analyze and interpret all of your data, including unstructured text, ...
Insurance firm to replace human workers with AI system - The Mainichi
1 January 2017
Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Co. is planning to slash nearly 30 percent of its payment assessment department's human staff after it introduces an ...
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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Robotic grocery store
Posted: 30 December 2016  
Faster than Amazon, this online grocery store is run by robots and machine learning. This is real innovation in the area of operational efficiency!
The robotic grocery store of the future is here
30 December 2016
Swarm robotics, autonomous delivery vehicles, and machine-learned preferences will help deliver your food faster.
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China the come-back kid
Posted: 29 December 2016  
Over the years, we have published many MindBullets on China's rise, and possible fall. We don't predict the future, merely highlight various scenarios. In China's case, it can go both ways; China could reign supreme, despite its many challenges, or it could succumb to a number of drivers, like commodity bubbles, property bubbles, worker discontent, inflation, population ageing, global ...
The world’s top economy: the US vs China in five charts
29 December 2016
For more than a century, the United States has been the world’s top economy. These charts show how this is changing.
China beats the odds and the analysts and doubles its economy in a decade
Dateline: 8 August 2025
China has proven all its detractors wrong - again. Despite predictions of economic collapse by global doomsayers, China has doubled its GDP in ten years, ...
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Small business robot
Posted: 12 December 2016  
Chinese startup Dobot has unveiled their first multi-use robotic arm designed for small businesses. With swappable tool heads and extension kits, the robot can accomplish a variety of tasks, including 3D printing.
Dobot lends a robotic hand to small businesses
12 December 2016
Running a small business is hard enough without trying to compete with a factory full of robotic arms. Now a startup has unveiled the Dobot M1, a consumer-level programmable robotic arm with swappable tool heads and kits for soldering, sorting, engraving, cutting, 3D printing and manufacturing.
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Electronic brain power
Posted: 8 December 2016  
Would you like to hook a computer up to your brain, so that you could be a lot smarter? Bryan Johnson, the founder of a new company called Kernel, is aiming for that. He calls it HI - Human Intelligence, the merger of humans and AI.
The Brain Tech to Merge Humans and AI Is Already Being Developed
8 December 2016
Are you scared of artificial intelligence (AI)? Do you believe the warnings from folks like Prof. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and others? Is AI the greatest ...
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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Amazon Go video
Posted: 6 December 2016  
Watch how cool it is to shop at Amazon Go.
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No checkout required at Amazon Go
Posted: 6 December 2016  
Amazon's grocery store in Seattle is so convenient, you just take the goods and walk out. It's automatically scanned and charged to your account!
Amazon wants you to feel like you’re shoplifting from its new grocery store
6 December 2016
You can simply scan your phone, pick your food up off the shelf, and walk out.
MindBullet logo AMAZON OPENS 100th CITY STORE
Amazon eStore Hong Kong joins the high street line-up
Dateline: 22 October 2013
Amazon opened its one-hundredth city store yesterday, with queues of eager shoppers waiting to snatch up the opening specials on offer. And no, it's not ...
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