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Will Apple crack the $1 trillion cap?
Posted: 5 December 2017

"While the iPad and Mac continue to contribute, Apple’s fate largely rests on the success of the iPhone X. Apple this year has increasingly looked like it’s on a real pathway to becoming a $1 trillion company, and now the holiday quarter is going to show if it’ll be able to pull that off.

And the signals are definitely there. Apple briefly tapped a $900 billion market cap, though it’s slipped ...

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Apple’s hand is down and its $1 trillion dream now rests with consumers
5 December 2017
As we head into the end of 2017, it's pretty safe to say that Apple's fate — barring any major issue with its phones — is now in the hands of its..
MindBullet logo FIRST TRILLION DOLLAR CORP
The first company to reach a value of US$1 trillion is...
Dateline: 3 March 2025
Chinese. No, wait, American. Actually, it's a global company, with tech from the United States, and manufacturing in several countries, but mainly ...
Printing bacterial batteries
Posted: 4 December 2017

Is it a battery? Is it a solar cell? Is it organic? Perhaps all three. Scientists have successfully created a cell that produces power from sunlight, and continues even in the dark. And it's made from printing bacterial 'ink' on conductive paper.

Could this be the breakthrough that ushers in 'free' energy? ...

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Scientists Create A Solar Cell By Printing Bacteria
4 December 2017
By using the bacteria, they have overcome the primary issue with conventional solar cells, which need constant sunlight to generate electricity.
MindBullet logo SCIENCE CLONES NATURE FOR 'FREE' ENERGY PLAN
Nano-machines do photosynthesis better than leaves
Dateline: 12 June 2030
What started as a bold project at Imperial College London in 2009, has now reached its first stage of commercialization in the deserts of north ...
Recycled cycles reach the end of the hype cycle
Posted: 25 November 2017

It seems we called this one pretty accurately. Now several bike sharing companies in China have gone bust - a bit like a Ponzi scheme - and the bikes are being consigned to a 'bike graveyard'. Amazing pictures of piles of trashed bikes!

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Chinese bike share graveyard a monument to industry's 'arrogance'
25 November 2017
Future of dockless bike sharing under a cloud amid concerns there are too many bikes and not enough demand
MindBullet logo CYCLING ON A RECYCLED CYCLE
There are 29 million bicycles in Beijing - and that's a problem
Dateline: 29 October 2019
The craze for 'dockless' share bikes in China and elsewhere soon led to a massive problem; piles of discarded bikes all over big cities, clogging up ...
Mugabe joins the BB Club
Posted: 22 November 2017

In 2011, we 'predicted' that social media would empower individuals and generate transparency to see off dictators and despots like Gaddafi and Mugabe. We called this fictional club of exiles the BB Club, and speculated that they gathered for breakfast on the riviera in Montreux.
We were spot on with Gaddafi, although he didn't survive to join the club, but Robert Mugabe somehow seemed immune ...

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Newsflash: Robert Mugabe resigns, Zimbabweans celebrate
22 November 2017
Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, has officially resigned, 37 years after getting into office. By MAYNARD MANYOWA and AFP.
MindBullet logo BREAKFAST WITH THE BB CLUB
Ex-presidents and previous potentates lament their fate at the hands of the internet
Dateline: 14 July 2012
It's a beautiful summer's day as I stroll into the lobby of the Montreux Suisse Majestic Hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva. The group of famous, perhaps ...
Big time for metal printing
Posted: 16 November 2017

GE's new metal printer can print parts over a metre in diameter and, in the future, even larger. Another example of how this technology is advancing exponentially!

"General Electric’s beta version of its newest metal 3-D printer (pictured) was unveiled Tuesday at Formnext, the largest trade fair for additive manufacturers. Like most metal printers, it uses lasers to transform powder into a ...

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Metal 3-D Printing Is, Finally, Overcoming Its Limitations
16 November 2017
Techniques for 3-D-printing metal have long been too expensive and slow, and the parts produced too weak, to compete with traditional manufacturing—but ...
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 ...
Upgrading your brain
Posted: 14 November 2017

A few years ago we published a MindBullet that explored the idea of adding memory capacity to your brain. This article talks about boosting learning with an electronic device connected to your brain. Perhaps the future is approaching!

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Brain implant boosts human memory by mimicking how we learn
14 November 2017
A device that zaps the brain with electricity has improved people’s scores on memory tests. It may have the power to help dementia, or boost other brain ...
MindBullet logo AI IS AUGMENTED INTELLIGENCE
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 ...
Alibaba hits a new record
Posted: 14 November 2017

Singles Day has become a global phenomenon, with Alibaba's gala event racking up a new record, 39% higher than last year, and expecting to ship over 700 million packages. That's an exponential organisation!

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Alibaba’s Singles’ Day Goes Global With Record $25 Billion in Sales
14 November 2017
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s Singles’ Day generated a record 168.2 billion yuan ($25.3 billion) in sales, as the e-commerce giant worked with more traditional retailers to market discounted lobster, iPhones and refrigerators to shoppers from at least 225 countries and regions.
Electric shoes
Posted: 7 November 2017

We've all heard of driverless cars, but how about self-walking shoes? If you don't fancy the ride-on luggage featured in this MindBullet, perhaps you'd care for some electric shoes, to help you make the 'last mile' easier!

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Interview: Walking a mile in former Mythbuster Jamie Hyneman's electric shoes
7 November 2017
Former Mythbuster Jamie Hyneman has concocted a prototype that sounds like something you’d see in an ACME catalog: electric shoes. Ahead of a crowdfunding ...
MindBullet logo GET ME TO THE GATE ON TIME
Self-driving luggage, for the truly 'last yards'
Dateline: 1 April 2019
Anyone who travels regularly on business knows what a schlep it is to drag your roll-aboard cabin bag around with you for what seems like - and probably is ...
First robot awarded citizenship
Posted: 27 October 2017

Watch Sophia the robot interviewed on stage, then be awarded citizenship of Dubai.

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MasterCard embraces blockchain
Posted: 26 October 2017

Could this be the start of a new way of making payments, at least between businesses? MasterCard is possibly disrupting itself, before someone else does!

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MasterCard announces that payments can now be made on blockchain
26 October 2017
Blockchain just got a whole lot more accessible.
MindBullet logo BLOCKCHAIN TRADING DISRUPTS CURRENCY EXCHANGES
Say goodbye to forex spreads and broker commission
Dateline: 27 July 2019
The new Blockchain Equitable Spread Trading system or BEST has banks and brokers in a tizzy. They've effectively been disintermediated, which is probably ...
Reinventing Waterfront Toronto
Posted: 24 October 2017

This neighbourhood needs a makeover, and who better than Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company. Just as was proposed in our recent MindBullet, the truck traffic would be underground, buildings would be multiuse, and streets would be pedestrian friendly, and devoid of private cars. And it would be filled with sensors and smart infrastructure, naturally.

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Sidewalk Labs to build the city of the future in Toronto
24 October 2017
What's not to love about a mix of 19th century planning and building mixed with 21st century technology?
MindBullet logo THE STREETS HAVE NO NAMES
In today’s modern cityscape, there are no streets or cars
Dateline: 19 October 2028
We live in a strange new world. Odourless aftershave. Wheat-free bread. Virtual assistants. Pointless pastries, devoid of sugar, made with boosted broccoli ...
Digital shoe production
Posted: 24 October 2017

"Shoemaker Adidas just rolled out the first of six local-market running shoes made in its so-called "Speedfactory" in Germany.
The running shoe is designed for Londoners, and will be followed by five additional models created for markets like Paris, Los Angeles, and New York.
It's an early step in a bold experiment by a global retailer to use time-saving robots to design small-batch ...

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Adidas is using robots to produce small-batch, local-market shoes
24 October 2017
It usually takes 18 months to bring a shoe to market. Global shoe brands want to bring that down to a few days.
MindBullet logo THE ROBOTS AREN'T COMING, THEY'RE ALREADY HERE!
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 ...
Machines teaching themselves to learn
Posted: 23 October 2017

Than sounds a little convoluted, but it's exactly what the latest version of DeepMind's AI, AlphaGo Zero, has been built to do. Learn from simulations, rather than real world data, and figure it out all by itself. And it works, exponentially better than its predecessor!

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The world’s smartest game-playing AI—DeepMind’s AlphaGo—just got way smarter
23 October 2017
An upgraded version of the game-playing AI teaches itself every trick in the Go book, using a new form of machine learning.
MindBullet logo THE INTEL(LIGENT) CHIP ARRIVES
Intel's new brain-like chip puts machine learning in the heart of your device
Dateline: 29 September 2018
AI is dead. Long live accelerated AI. Now deep learning by computers has been internalised in the CPU, the very heart of the machine. It's called ...
The new information technologies
Posted: 23 October 2017

In this lengthy video, Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis talk about a wide range of topics, disruption of industries by digital abundance.

As Ray says, Energy, Food, Buildings and Clothes - they are all going to become information technologies, and information technology is deflationary. ...

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Should we tax the robots?
Posted: 23 October 2017

"It would be reckless not to explore the scenario of rising technological unemployment over the next decade, and how we will fund either a higher total unemployment benefit bill or the provision of some form of guaranteed basic income and / or guaranteed basic services."

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Should we tax the robots?
23 October 2017
However, we don't know how far and how fast AI and these other disruptive technologies will spread. Furthermore, we don't know how many jobs they will take ...
MindBullet logo ROBOEARTH TAXES THE MACHINES
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 ...
3D printing managed by robots
Posted: 20 October 2017

Just as we suggested might become the case, a small manufacturing plant using 3D printers has scaled up by adding a robot to do the work at night. See the attached MindBullet for further scenario options!

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This robot-run 3D printing farm is the future of light manufacturing
20 October 2017
Even small businesses are now running lights-out facilities using robots and automation
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 ...
Scary scenarios for the future
Posted: 17 October 2017

As futurists, we often tend to favour a techno-optimistic view. After all, if you don't think the future can be better through your own efforts, then what's the point of trying to create the future? But we should not ignore the dystopian scenarios, some of which are pretty horrific, and possible, even if we think them unlikely. Here are ten predictions from the future that will be bound to ...

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10 Predictions About the Future That Should Scare the Hell Out of You
17 October 2017
The future looks bright, except when it doesn’t. Here are 10 exceptionally regrettable developments we can expect in the coming decades.
MindBullet logo THE FUTURE SURE AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE
The future will always surprise us
Dateline: 11 August 2026
Back in the 1950s, seventy years ago, people made all sorts of predictions about what the future would be like. We'd have flying cars and robot maids, it ...
No more helium shortage
Posted: 16 October 2017

You may not have been aware of it, but the world was facing a possible shortage of helium, which is used in space rockets and MRI medical devices. Helium, besides being lighter than air, and a safe way to inflate party balloons, is an inert, stable element that won't combust or explode under pressure, making it almost unique in some scientific applications. But it can't be made in a ...

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Massive 'Life-Saving' Helium Field Just Turned Out to Be Far Bigger Than We'd Hoped
16 October 2017
New analysis of a gargantuan helium deposit discovered in Tanzania last year has revealed that there may be much more of the gas than initial surveys ...
MindBullet logo US BANS HELIUM EXPORTS IN ELEMENT TRADE WAR
China's medical and consumer electronics manufacturers in turmoil
Dateline: 15 August 2015
In a widely expected, but controversial, move the US has banned all helium exports to China and its major trade partners, following China's banning of all ...
Mainstream metal printing
Posted: 13 October 2017

We've talked a lot about 3D printing over the years, and its potential to disrupt traditional manufacturing businesses. Now metal 3D printing is about to go mainstream, with office-friendly studio systems and high-speed manufacturing systems from Desktop Metal. And in a variety of metals, from titanium to stainless steel. Let the 4th Industrial Revolution begin!

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100x faster, 10x cheaper: 3D metal printing is about to go mainstream
13 October 2017
Desktop Metal - remember the name. This Massachussetts company is preparing to turn manufacturing on its head, with a 3D metal printing system that's so much faster, safer and cheaper than existing systems that it's going to compete with traditional mass manufacturing processes.
More than just a home invasion
Posted: 5 October 2017

Amazon is invading the home with its Echo devices, and Alexa is set to become the Operating System for the smart home. But it doesn't end there. Amazon also wants to sell you financial services - and anything else a household might need. Read this piece about Amazon's threat to the UK insurance industry:
https://banknxt.com/61791/amazon-insurance/ ...

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MindBullet logo FIRST TRILLION DOLLAR CORP
The first company to reach a value of US$1 trillion is...
Dateline: 3 March 2025
Chinese. No, wait, American. Actually, it's a global company, with tech from the United States, and manufacturing in several countries, but mainly China. You would be forgiven for surmising that Apple Inc would be the first company to cross the US$ 1 trillion threshold. A couple of years ago, Apple came close, with a market capitalization of US$ 947 billion, but has subsequently seen its ...

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