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Bitcoin's latent defect
Posted: 1 September 2015  
It seems that Bitcoin has a looming technical issue, which could see it become the victim of its own success. As the volume of transactions globally increases, so the time taken to clear transactions will increase and become unworkable.

That reminds me of the saturation effect that kills a Ponzi scheme. Just saying. Perhaps blockchain technology will find a better life after Bitcoin? ...
Gavin Andresen on Why Bitcoin Will Become Unreliable Next Year Without an Urgent Fix | MIT Technolog
1 September 2015
The man who took over stewardship of Bitcoin from its mysterious inventor says the currency is in serious trouble.
MindBullet logo THE BITCOIN BUBBLE BURSTS
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 ...
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Fly by wireless
Posted: 1 September 2015  
When you've got a huge super drone that you can fly by remote control, why not put in a seat and fly it, and yourself, somewhere? That's the next step in drones, personalized air vehicles, operated by geeks, not pilots!
Watch This Guy Fly In A 54-Propeller Super Drone
1 September 2015
Flying drones are all the rage right now. The latest DJI Phantom is smoking hot. But sitting in your very own one and flying it? That's uncharted..
MindBullet logo DRONE HUNTING GOES VIRAL
Bullet-proof paint creates need for cyber weapons
Dateline: 27 August 2017
Since the development of bullet-proof paint two years ago, drone manufacturers were quick to protect their products from the 'drone hunters' who typically ...
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Drone hunting with a laser
Posted: 30 August 2015  
Security agencies are terrified of drones that might be used to carry explosives or worse. Boeing showed off a laser cannon that can bring them down.
Welcome to the World, Drone-Killing Laser Cannon
30 August 2015
The new portable weapon system is more like burning ants with a really expensive magnifying glass than obliterating Alderaan.
MindBullet logo DRONE HUNTING GOES VIRAL
Bullet-proof paint creates need for cyber weapons
Dateline: 27 August 2017
Since the development of bullet-proof paint two years ago, drone manufacturers were quick to protect their products from the 'drone hunters' who typically ...
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Headline envy
Posted: 27 August 2015  
Four years after our MindBullet on this subject, the Economist uses the same headline we did. OK, I know there is no copyright on titles, but it's quite satisfying to see a great publication (which we admire) following our lead!
The Great Fall of China
27 August 2015
ONCE the soundtrack to a financial meltdown was the yelling of traders on the floor of a financial exchange. Now it is more likely to be the wordless hum ...
MindBullet logo THE GREAT FALL OF CHINA
China's ghost cities stay empty as the artificial bubble bursts
Dateline: 8 August 2018
It was as inevitable as China's rise to the position of the most powerful economy in the world. Now it looks as though that title will return to the United ...
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Hacking a fridge
Posted: 26 August 2015  
It had to happen. First they hacked a Jeep via WiFi and now they're doing to your fridge! Don't say we didn't warn you, haha.
Samsung smart fridge exposes Gmail login details to attackers
26 August 2015
Hackers have successfully extracted login details for Google's Gmail email service from a Samsung smart fridge. The details were unveiled at the recent ...
MindBullet logo THINGS HOLD HUMANS TO RANSOM
A rash of incidents floods the world's networks
Dateline: 11 June 2019
I still remember at the turn of the millennium when the 'Internet of Things' seemed to be such a benevolent business opportunity. There were going to be ...
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Nuclear proof robots clean up
Posted: 26 August 2015  
When it's too dangerous for human workers to clean up toxic spills, or radiation leaks like Fukushima, then it's time to send in the robots. Now the British are finally getting to grips with Sellafield, which was the site of the world's first nuclear disaster, the Windscale fire more than 50 years ago. Much of remains of that blowup have not been touched because of the high radiation levels. ...
How Sellafield's radiation-proof robots do our dirty work - BBC News
26 August 2015
Cleaning up Sellafield's nuclear waste is a difficult and dangerous job for humans, so robots of different shapes and sizes are being recruited to do the ...
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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Teaching robots
Posted: 25 August 2015  
In this MindBullet we talked about robots that were essentially dumb when you got them, but they could download whatever they needed to know from the 'Robot Internet.' That is in the future, but already today, robots can learn tasks by reading about them on the web!
Robots Learn from the Web
25 August 2015
Researchers at a European project are teaching robots to use written text to learn how to perform tasks.
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 ...
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Google moving in
Posted: 19 August 2015  
Google clearly wants to control, or at least dominate, the internet of things in your home. The Nest thermostat was the thin edge of the wedge, now Google is launching a super cool Wi-Fi router - a hub by name and design, for future connections.

This is not quite the scenario portrayed by the MindBullet we published a couple of years ago, but definitely a step in that direction! ...
Google launches OnHub, a simple, expensive Wi-Fi router
19 August 2015
Hate your finicky Wi-Fi router? Google does too, apparently.
MindBullet logo GOOGLE STAGES A HOME INVASION
With Google Screen you get more than just television, broadband and games
Dateline: 26 August 2015
Google has launched its pay TV service, with regular television channels on a broadband connection. But unlike 'on demand' services, this is an entirely ...
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Ransomware for Windows 10
Posted: 18 August 2015  
Just a week before we published our MindBullet on ransomware and the Internet of Things, some enterprising criminals spoofed an early upgrade to Windows 10 to extort money from impatient users. A cautionary tale indeed, and a good reason to take the time and do a full system backup before installing any major upgrade - just in case!
New Windows 10 scam will encrypt your files for ransom
18 August 2015
A cautionary tale in being patient, and not skipping the line.
MindBullet logo THINGS HOLD HUMANS TO RANSOM
A rash of incidents floods the world's networks
Dateline: 11 June 2019
I still remember at the turn of the millennium when the 'Internet of Things' seemed to be such a benevolent business opportunity. There were going to be ...
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Space tower
Posted: 18 August 2015  
People have long dreamed of a space elevator, a cable connecting the surface to a geostationary satellite in orbit. While theoretically possible, the practicalities have never been overcome. A cable that long just wouldn't support even its own weight.

Now a Canadian company has filed a patent for a free-standing tower that is high enough to launch into space with a single stage rocket. Having ...
Patented 'space elevator' may put astronauts into orbit
18 August 2015
Canadian company given US patent for pneumatically pressurised 20km-high tower from which astronauts would be launched.
MindBullet logo SPACE TOWER NEARS COMPLETION
The 22km lattice beam construction reaches twice as high as a jetliner
Dateline: 8 October 2030
Possibly the greatest example of innovation on a grand scale this century, the Space Tower has been 18 years in the making, and would not have been ...
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Hacking cars
Posted: 13 August 2015  
Now there's an even easier way to hack into connected cars - via the telemetry box that insurers use to monitor your driving and reward you with reduced premiums if you drive safely. How long before hackers turn to extortion?
Hackers Cut a Corvette’s Brakes Via a Common Car Gadget
13 August 2015
The free dongles that insurance companies ask customers to plug into their dashes could expose your car to hackers.
MindBullet logo THINGS HOLD HUMANS TO RANSOM
A rash of incidents floods the world's networks
Dateline: 11 June 2019
I still remember at the turn of the millennium when the 'Internet of Things' seemed to be such a benevolent business opportunity. There were going to be ...
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Digital skin
Posted: 12 August 2015  
One of the megatrends in evidence over the decades is the fact that computing becomes smaller, more powerful and less conspicuous over time, until it's a natural extension of our lives and bodies. It becomes invisible.

Here's a report of 'digital skin' being developed in Germany. Soon we'll have communication and entertainment devices literally at our fingertips! ...
Electronic skin sensors to control mobile gadgets
12 August 2015
A skin-worn sensor that turns the human body into a touch sensitive surface for controlling mobile devices has been developed by scientists in Germany. ...
MindBullet logo WEARABLE ELECTRONICS ARE JUST SO YESTERDAY!
Computerized bio-implants are what make you cool
Dateline: 24 December 2019
Only a few years ago I had a wardrobe full of garments packed with electronic implants - then they were so cool. But this weekend, I trashed the lot! The ...
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Power from the desert sun
Posted: 11 August 2015  
China doesn't do things by half measures, and its first commercial solar project is set to become the largest in the world. Big enough to power over 1 million homes, when complete it will use concentrated solar heat storage to run 24 hours per day.
China is building its first large-scale solar plant in the Gobi Desert
11 August 2015
In a move that once again proves its commitment to renewable energy, China has begun construction on its first large-scale commercial solar plant out in ...
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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Technology megatrends
Posted: 11 August 2015  
Here are five tech megatrends that echo, in part, our new theme 7 Megatrends from the Future which is in high demand at the moment.

Read more about this theme here: futureworld.org/PublicZone/Themes/ThemeOrg.aspx?Path=3\44.

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5 Technological Developments Future Business Leaders Should Prepare For - SERIOUS WONDER
11 August 2015
Five excerpts from 'The Future of Business' that will help prepare future business leaders of the next 15-20 years! - B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder
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Exponential neural network
Posted: 7 August 2015  
Does Moore's Law govern neural networks too? If so, we might reach general super machine intelligence faster than we thought!
Neural network is 10 times bigger than previous world record
7 August 2015
Digital Reasoning, a developer of cognitive computing, recently announced that it has trained the largest neural network in the world to date with a ...
MindBullet logo COGNITIVE SYSTEMS RULE, OK
Machines that think for themselves are taking over the world
Dateline: 22 February 2022
In our quest to develop smarter, more powerful, less power-hungry computers and devices, we have created artificial intelligence that rivals that of the ...
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China's robotic factory
Posted: 7 August 2015  
China, the world's cheapest manufacturer, is finding a better source of labour - machines!
Chinese factory replaces 90% of humans with robots, production soars
7 August 2015
Changying Precision Technology Company in Dongguan city has set up an unmanned factory run almost entirely by robots. The factory has since seen fewer ...
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 ...
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Google instant translate
Posted: 4 August 2015  
I don't often rave about apps for the smartphone, but this one is great! Google Translate now uses augmented reality to instantly translate signs and words in a foreign language, without having to link to a server. Yesterday I happened to be buying some Port with a Portuguese-only label, and Google Translate let me confirm what I thought it was saying. Brilliant!

This is one of those apps that ...
Google Translate’s App Now Instantly Translates Printed Text In 27 Languages
4 August 2015
One of the most intense experiences you'll ever have is visiting a country that speaks a language different than yours. There's a host of tools you can ...
MindBullet logo EMERGENT INTELLIGENCE IS A WEB OF DEMOCRATIC DEVICES
Sensors and gadgets clamour to be heard
Dateline: 13 May 2024
After all these years, we're still stuck with basic artificial intelligence. AI has not matured to the 'general' level, where machines are as smart as ...
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In search of the exaflop
Posted: 31 July 2015  
At the moment China has the world's fastest computer. That's not good for American egos, so the US is going to create the first computer capable of an exaflop.
US sets goal for faster supercomputer
31 July 2015
President Obama has announced an ambitious plan to build the world's fastest computer.
MindBullet logo CHINA IS TOP OF THE FLOPS
Supercomputer breaks the exaflop barrier
Dateline: 27 January 2019
China's Tianhe-9B has trumped America's Oak Ridge Labs in the race to exascale computing, with a full 1,000 petaflop record. Despite all their tweaking, ...
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3D Universal Memory
Posted: 29 July 2015  
One of the key ingredients in this scenario for super-powerful energy-sipping mobile devices is the development of high capacity non-volatile memory, also known as Universal Memory chips that can replace flash and DRAM. Intel and Micron have announced theirs.
Intel’s New Memory Chips Are Faster, Store Way More Data
29 July 2015
Intel and Micron just announced 3D XPoint, a new class of non-volatile memory chips that could radically improve the performance of smartphones, desktops, ...
MindBullet logo SMARTWATCH RUNS ON SUNSHINE
A supercomputer that sits on your wrist and never needs recharging
Dateline: 18 February 2022
It's been seven years since IBM invented 7nm transistor chips, and five years since 3D Universal Memory was launched by Samsung. Since then we've seen ...
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A sky full of drones
Posted: 29 July 2015  
That's what Amazon is planning; but there are still plenty of challenges. A recent example was fire-fighting helicopters grounded by hobbyist drones taking pictures of the California wild fires.

I think it's inevitable that we will have thousands of drones thronging the skies at some point in the future. Just like the first motor cars had to be preceded by someone on foot waving a red flag, at ...
Amazon Plans "High-Speed Transit Zones” for Drones to Fly Packages to Your Home
29 July 2015
To get its drone delivery service off the ground, Amazon must convince regulators to adopt its ideas for drone traffic control.
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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