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Hacking the planet
Posted: 28 March 2017  
One of the possible 'solutions' to climate change is called geoengineering; re-engineering the planet (or at least its atmosphere) to cool it down, or reduce carbon dioxide concentrations. Now personally I don't think we can control the climate, certainly not with taxes and agreements; but it's interesting to note that as far back as 2009, we published a MindBullet suggesting that ...
Harvard scientists are gearing up for some of the first outdoor geoengineering experiments
28 March 2017
The climate researchers intend to launch a high-altitude balloon that would spray a small quantity of reflective particles into the stratosphere.
MindBullet logo WELCOME TO EARTH 2.0
Geo-engineering creates a new environment for a smart planet
Dateline: 21 September 2027
Our planet couldn't cope with all the demands our modern civilization placed on it. So we built a new one. Welcome to Earth 2.0. A new planet for a new, ...
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Chipping the brain
Posted: 28 March 2017  
A couple of years ago, we suggested that humans could augment their intelligence with electronic upgrades to the brain. Well, now Elon Musk has a new company called Neuralink which is going to do that.

Seeing as we published this MindBullet back in 2015, I wonder what sparked the idea in Elon's mind? :-) ...
Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to boost the brain to keep up with AI
28 March 2017
Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk has a new company -- Neuralink -- focused on developing the capabilities of the brain through technological augmentation. ...
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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Never too old to rock
Posted: 27 March 2017  
"UNSW researchers have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses ageing, improves DNA repair and could even help NASA get its astronauts to Mars.

In a paper published in Science today, the team identifies a critical step in the molecular process that allows cells to repair damaged DNA.

Their experiments in mice suggest a treatment is possible for DNA damage ...
Scientists unveil a giant leap for anti-aging
27 March 2017
Researchers have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses ageing, improves DNA repair and could even help NASA get ...
The agony of being in your 120s
Dateline: 20 December 2027
It's tough being 122. If you thought puberty or being a twenty-something was challenging, just wait until you get to 120-something! You've got the body of ...
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Uber self-driving car gets flipped
Posted: 27 March 2017  
In the first recorded high-impact crash of a fully autonomous car, an Uber vehicle was flipped on its side by another car that "failed to yield" to the Uber. Apparently there was a driver behind the controls of the self-driving Uber, and no passengers. Uber is suspending testing while the incident is investigated. In due course, more of these incidents are likely, and it may delay the mass ...
Uber to Suspend Autonomous Tests After Arizona Accident
27 March 2017
Uber Technologies Inc. is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, ...
MindBullet logo CAR KILLS 20: WHO'S TO BLAME?
Court rules driver not responsible if car has on-board computer
Dateline: 12 September 2017
Yesterday's court ruling shows two things - just how far technology has gone and why we should fear our kids! The driver of the car that crashed into a ...
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Fake meat is not impossible
Posted: 24 March 2017  
"For two years, Impossible Foods founder and CEO Patrick Brown managed to keep a pretty good secret.
While food industry analysts guessed at when innovative meat-alternative companies would be able to scale their production, Brown and his team quietly continued tinkering away at the taste of their faux-beef product—made of wheat, coconut oil, potatoes, and heme, an iron-containing compound ...
Nerds Over Cattle: How Food Technology Will Save the World
24 March 2017
The solution to both of the big problems in food technology—how we're going to feed a burgeoning population and what we're going to do about climate ...
Synthetic proteins and carbohydrates essential to safely feed burgeoning world population
Dateline: 1 May 2017
Manufactured and processed food is the healthy alternative these days. It's also more economically viable, and the only way to feed a global population ...
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Fallacies of the robopocalypse
Posted: 23 March 2017  
Futurist Thomas Frey recently wrote this opinion piece that supports our fundamental position that robots and automation, by themselves, do not destroy jobs. Often, technology creates new jobs. Thomas makes an important point: Robots don’t eliminate jobs, only tasks. His 14 Fallacies make an interesting contribution to the debate.
14 Fallacies of the Coming Robot Apocalypse
23 March 2017
Over the past few weeks I’ve come across a growing number of tirades warning us of the dangers of robots. If you were concerned about A.I. in the past, ...
Fears of jobless growth recede as markets demand new human skills
Dateline: 17 June 2023
The prophets of doom have been hard at work for the past decade, telling us that automation, robotics and machine learning are going to destroy jobs and ...
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3D printing in space
Posted: 23 March 2017  
As we pointed out in our MindBullet from a couple of years ago, there are big advantages to construction of massive items in orbit. Not only is it easy to handle heavy components in micro-gravity, but the constraints of rocket payloads can also be overcome. 3D printing and robotic construction is the obvious way to exploit these benefits. It seems that Made In Space, who installed the first ...
The Future of Building and 3D Printing in Space > ENGINEERING.com
23 March 2017
3D printing in space isn’t just meant to be a novelty, but a technology that enables humanity’s proliferation throughout the cosmos. Now, it’s possible for ...
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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Powerpacks for LA's peak
Posted: 16 March 2017  
Many years ago, we wrote a MindBullet about big batteries that could power a city, especially in those peak periods in the evening, when everyone is heading home and cooking dinner. That's always been one of the headaches with solar power - what do you do when the sun goes down, and all those households with rooftop solar start downloading from the grid?

Well it seems Tesla has the answer in ...
Tesla kills the duck with big batteries
16 March 2017
One of the problems that comes from reliance on solar power is the “duck curve” where the solar panels produce more power than is needed during the day, ...
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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MindBullets delay
Posted: 16 March 2017  
For technical reasons, also known as human error, today's MindBullet publication has been delayed. But don't worry, your weekly MindBullets fix will be delivered to your inbox, and these pages, bright and early tomorrow.

In the meantime, you can get a random selection of News from the Future from our archives of over 850 MindBullets by clicking on the RANDOM link at the top of every MindBullet, like this one:

You can also search the archive by keyword for any ...
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DNA data storage
Posted: 6 March 2017  
Imagine storing 100 million movies' worth of data on a match head. That's the type of storage capacity that has been achieved using synthetic DNA. The only problem is it's prohibitively expensive, today, but in the future we can imagine that exponential growth in data storage capacity will continue, unabated.
DNA data storage landmark: Now it's 215 petabytes per gram or over 100 million movies | ZDNet
6 March 2017
Synthetic DNA could be the answer to the world's accelerating data-storage needs, and now researchers have shown that it can have a much higher density than previously demonstrated.
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Moon taxi announced
Posted: 28 February 2017  
We've long thought that SpaceX would win the space tourism race. In fact we published this MindBullet on that subject a couple of years ago. Now it's happening.
SpaceX to Send Privately Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Beyond the Moon Next Year
28 February 2017
We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a ...
Fancy a walk on the dark side?
Dateline: 15 June 2029
It's fun to go away for a summer holiday, and what better, more exotic place than the moon? That's assuming you can afford the fare, of course. For the ...
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The energy internet gets a new name
Posted: 23 February 2017  
It's called deX, for Distributed Energy Exchange, and it's being trialled in Australia.

"Australian homeowners with solar panels and batteries could soon trade their electricity in a digital marketplace developed by a consortium of electricity providers, energy tech startups, energy retailers and energy agencies.
The Distributed Energy Exchange – or deX – was launched on Thursday with the ...
Australian consortium launches world-first digital energy marketplace for rooftop solar
23 February 2017
Pilot program will allow homeowners to tap into a network of ‘virtual’ power stations made up of smart grids of rooftop solar and batteries
Rooftop, backyard and portable solar is the new meme
Dateline: 15 March 2022
The biggest energy revolution in 150 years has arrived gradually, then suddenly. Now it's here. Personal solar power has displaced central utilities ...
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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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