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Bitcoin getting the boot from Google
Posted: 14 March 2018

Online advertising is being self-regulated, probably to avoid it being regulated by government. Google sees to be taking the step to prevent risky (ad)ventures like spread betting, and is including cryptocurrencies and forex trading in that group.

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Google is banning all bitcoin, ICO, and cryptocurrency ads from June
14 March 2018
Google plans to ban all cryptocurrencies and binary options adverts, and is cracking down on ads for other speculative financial instruments.
Controversial digital currency collapses as clones saturate the market
Dateline: 15 March 2015
In essence, Bitcoins are digital artifacts created by using computers to solve complex mathematical formulae, essentially cracking a code. The reward one ...
Uber self-driving trucks for long hauls
Posted: 7 March 2018

"Uber envisions a future where self-driving trucks and truck drivers work together to move freight around the country. And that future is starting now. We documented a recent transfer between two trucks in Topock, Arizona that was coordinated by Uber Freight."

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Quantum supremacy coming soon
Posted: 7 March 2018

Once quantum computers operate with sufficiently low error rates, they should be able to tackle traditional computing tasks exponentially faster than super computers, making quantum computers the 'supreme' solution.

When that happens, existing crypto could be vulnerable to instant cracking, which could spell the end for cryptocurrencies that require heavy mining. ...

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Google Unveils 72-Qubit Quantum Computer With Low Error Rates
7 March 2018
Google unveiled that it's working on a 72-qubit quantum computer with error rates below 1%, which is what the company said it's required to have minimally ...
This year will be both happy and unhappy - at the same time, in the same place
Dateline: 1 January 2019
Alphabet's announcement last week that its quantum computer breakthrough is both real and commercially practical is going to make a lot of people happy, ...
Plenty vertical farms in China
Posted: 1 March 2018

A startup company is planning to build 300 urban farms in China. Sounds like our MindBullet on this subject is spot on.

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US startup secures $200m in funding to build 300 vertical farms across China
1 March 2018
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s population will grow by another 2 billion by 2050 and many think today’s agricultural systems won’t cope, as a ...
Urban farming is here to stay, and that's a good thing, isn't it?
Dateline: 1 March 2021
For some time now, various cities have been experimenting with vertical farming, rooftop farming, and even basement farming with LED lighting. Now it's ...
Take a 360 drive, without a driver
Posted: 28 February 2018

Waymo's new video of a ride in a robot car is an immersive experience. You can pan around in full 360 to get a real (virtual) feel for what it's like, to ride in a driverless car, without someone behind the wheel.

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Flying taxis
Posted: 27 February 2018

We've published a lot of MindBullets and comments over the years about flying taxis, and I've had my own personal doubts as to when these things would actually start to become a real thing. Here's real manned flying tests of the Ehang 184. Note, the two-seater version has been substantially upgraded, with 8 arms and 16 propellers! It doesn't say how long the batteries last with that ...

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3D printing new genes
Posted: 21 February 2018

The future of genetic modification is designing genomes on a computer, then fabricating them through a synthetic chemical process. At least that's what MIT is suggesting in this article, and why it's important for industrial innovation.

And that's exactly the scenario contained in our MindBullet from 2012, when everything is digital, and you can just email or download your genetic information, ...

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In the future we won’t edit genomes—we’ll just print out new ones
21 February 2018
Why redesigning the humble yeast could kick off the next industrial revolution.
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 ...
Can humanoid robots ski?
Posted: 13 February 2018

Not really. Watch mini robots attempt it at Pyeong Chang...

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DNA nanorobots are almost here
Posted: 13 February 2018

In 2012 we published a MindBullet about tiny robots constructed from DNA fragments to target cancer at the cellular level. At the time it seemed like real science fiction, but not impossible in the future. Now it's actually happening in the labs, and human trials are likely. Read more at TechCrunch...

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New DNA nanorobots successfully target and kill off cancerous tumors
13 February 2018
Science fiction no more -- in an article out today in Nature Biotechnology, scientists were able to show tiny autonomous bots have the potential to ...
And a microspider "roto-rooter" cleans my arteries
Dateline: 27 March 2017
Who's old enough to remember "Fantastic Voyage", the 1966 film in which a team of scientists were shrunk to microsize and injected into the bloodstream of ...
First trillion-dollar company
Posted: 10 February 2018

Here's an "outrageous prediction" from Saxo Bank for 2018:

Tencent will outstrip Apple and become the world’s largest company
Saxo’s head of equity strategy Peter Garnry writes that China is opening up its capital markets and the country’s enormous size and surging living standards are attracting investors from across the globe. Given this, it’s no surprise that tech-sector leader Tencent is ...

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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 ...
When driverless cars can't cut it
Posted: 8 January 2018 1 Comment

I spent Christmas in Canada, and besides being an awesome White Christmas experience, it was unusually cold, with heaps of snow. After driving from Montreal to Toronto in what was at times a light blizzard, it struck me that driverless cars and trucks are absolutely useless in those conditions. Yet human drivers cope quite well.

On a busy highway, crammed with trucks and cars, and patrolled by ...

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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 they fail. If that sounds a little confusing, that's exactly what human operators experience, when autonomous systems default to manual control - the ultimate fallback when there are critical failures. Even double-redundant systems can be ...
Robots and cobots
Posted: 9 February 2018

One of the areas where robots are making big strides is in warehousing and logistics. Companies like Amazon and Ocado are reaping big rewards from advanced automation, as this article from the Guardian shows. But what is also interesting is the benefit of robotic systems that directly help human workers to be more efficient - robotic coworkers or cobots. Could this be the magic formula which ...

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Meet your new cobot: is a machine coming for your job?
9 February 2018
As robots slash the time it takes to complete an order at companies like Amazon and Ocado, what does that mean for their human colleagues?
Third arms are a blessing and a curse
Dateline: 1 September 2023
Since scientists and doctors collaborated almost a decade ago to fit amputees with robotic arms controlled by their brains, bionic limbs have come a long ...
Has the bubble burst?
Posted: 6 February 2018

In 2013 we speculated that, ultimately, bitcoin would collapse due to the large number of alternative or clone coins saturating the market. We still believe that blockchain technology is disruptive, and will change the way fintech and contracts work, but the essential problem with bitcoin is it's based on scarcity, and in the digital world there's massive abundance, of everything. Digital ...

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Controversial digital currency collapses as clones saturate the market
Dateline: 15 March 2015
In essence, Bitcoins are digital artifacts created by using computers to solve complex mathematical formulae, essentially cracking a code. The reward one receives is itself an encrypted code, which can be transferred to others, hence the term 'crypto currency'. Inspired by Bitcoin, Primecoin's protocol searches for chains of prime numbers. Digital currencies like Primecoin and Bitcoin have ...
Magic glasses
Posted: 6 February 2018

Smart glasses that let you get the data you want without looking like a cyborg. Sounds good, and it's coming from Intel.

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Intel is making smart glasses that actually look good
6 February 2018
Smart glasses that won’t make you look like a Google Glasshole.
Augmented reality selling seals the deal
Dateline: 26 January 2023
How do you let someone test a product or article of clothing without using samples? A virtual reality demo, that's how. And to highlight your product on a ...
Flying taxi
Posted: 5 February 2018

Renting a flying car from Avis might be something for the future, but the concept of an autonomous flying taxi is getting some traction. Last week Airbus announced that their prototype called Vahana successfully completed a first takeoff and landing, without a pilot in charge. Read all about it at the Verge:

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Computer piloted 'transformer' vehicles cleared for public use
Dateline: 8 May 2021
Ever since DARPA's 'Flying Hummer' known as the Transformer X made its debut, people have been champing at the bit to get a chance to use them for personal ...
Facebook falls
Posted: 2 February 2018

After a few months of tweaking the News Feed in order to make it more personal and harder for fake stories to spread, Facebook says that overall usage has dropped by “roughly 50 million hours every day.” says the Verge.

Our MindBullet from several years ago suggested that Facebook could face a declining future. ...

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Facebook usage falls in the US as it begins to tinker with the News Feed
2 February 2018
Facebook said usage fell by "roughly 50 million hours every day" overall after making changes to the News Feed. That came along with a decrease in daily ...
Flower children of the twenties look for analogue bullet
Dateline: 12 January 2021
In what might be considered a typical anti-establishment rebellion of youth, teenagers of the 2020s seem to be disenchanted by their parents' excessive ...
Don't look now, but everybody is watching
Posted: 30 January 2018

Privacy is dead. Even if you're not aware of it, somebody or some system somewhere is watching or tracking you. That may not be true in darkest Africa, unless you are a person of interest to the drone operators, but in major cities like London and Beijing, it's certainly true. An increasingly it's Big AI that's watching you.

So who is watching the watcher watchers? I guess we all are! ...

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They Are Watching You—and Everything Else on the Planet
30 January 2018
Technology and our increasing demand for security have put us all under surveillance. Is privacy becoming just a memory?
Mass surveillance has come full circle
Dateline: 19 April 2019
We're all connected, and most of our smart devices have cameras and sensors which can detect and analyze peoples' behaviour. What's more, our smart systems ...
Toothpaste to kill malaria
Posted: 24 January 2018

Recently we published a MindBullet suggesting that, in the future, the machines would be better suited to scientific discoveries, because they can run many more research experiments than humans in a similar time frame. Well, a research robot in Britain has done exactly that, and discovered that an ingredient used in toothpaste can prevent drug-resistant strains of the malaria parasite from ...

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When AI and chips are the best researchers, let them get on with it
Dateline: 8 February 2021
There's only so much a scientist can do. Which is why we all use smart agents to do most of our research for us. Smart software can read and parse papers many thousands of times faster than any human. A typical example is fingerprint identification or facial recognition. Computers are just way more efficient at matching patterns. But what happens when you are looking for new data in real ...
A robot clone
Posted: 24 January 2018

Humans Will Have A ‘Robot Second Self’ In The Next 20 Years, Say Experts At Microsoft

Eight years ago we published this MindBullet about a point in the future, when you would be able to choose a physical avatar, either a clone or a robot. Now Microsoft experts are predicting that within 20 years we will have robots enhanced with AI that will know everything about us - to ...

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You can't live forever, but your avatar can - with your brain
Dateline: 23 June 2025
There's a battle brewing in the avatar industry. The battle for your mind. Your brain. Or to be more specific, the backup of your brain. The contenders are CloneME and iDroid. Both want to get you subscribed to their 'immortality' service. So you can live forever - virtually of course. You might say that 130 years is enough for one lifetime, and you know your children will live to 150, or ...
Shoplifting from Amazon
Posted: 24 January 2018

Amazon recently opened their 'Go' store to the public, after about a year of internal testing. It's pretty cool, you check in with your smartphone app at the door, select what you want to buy from the shelves, and just walk out.

The technology in the store watches what you take (and put back) and charges you automatically when you leave. Errors are "very rare" but a journalist managed to walk ...

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We accidentally stole a yogurt from Amazon's new grocery store, but Amazon told us to keep it
24 January 2018
We promptly confessed to Amazon, and VP of Amazon Go Gianna Puerini in return offered a hall pass and assurance in the technology.
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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