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Robots are the future
Posted: 2 May 2016  
Robots are coming to take jobs - but first they are going to take the dull and dangerous jobs. This article makes the case for why increased automation won't be doom and gloom for workers. Whatever happens, disruption to 'business as usual' is guaranteed!
Robots Are Coming for Dirty, Dangerous, and Dull Jobs - Inc
2 May 2016
Why automation won't result in massive layoffs everywhere--and will help companies and people stay more competitive.
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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Black market brains
Posted: 26 April 2016  
As we speculated in this MindBullet from a year ago, it's only a matter of time before rich people will buy additional brain capacity in the form of electronic enhancements, making them super-intelligent compared to the average person. And if it's outlawed, they will go to the black market - the gains are just too tempting!
Biohackers are turning to the black market for BRAIN implants
26 April 2016
Presidential candidate, Zoltan Istvan, claims he knows two Americans who are travelling abroad to get the technology. He says it could become a widespread ...
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 ...
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Combinatorial power to disrupt
Posted: 20 May 2015   1 Comment
When presenting our newest theme 7 Megatrends from the Future we often don't have enough time to fully explore the powerful disruptions that can occur at the intersections of these innovative technologies, and the potential for exponential change as a result.

For example, if widespread use of driverless cars results in far fewer car crash fatalities, then the supply of donor organs will be ...
Disruptive Power Lies at the Intersections | Frank Diana
20 May 2015
When I first started using the term “Combinatorial”, people thought I was making words up. Although I’d like to take credit for the word, I first came ...
MindBullet logo DRIVERLESS CARS HURT INSURERS
Collision claims have fallen to a record low
Dateline: 2 February 2027
The roads have never been safer - 12 years ago, more than one million people died in car accidents worldwide, every year. This number has shrunk to an ...
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Will cities rule society?
Posted: 20 April 2016  
Eight years ago we published a MindBullet highlighting the increasing importance of the city as a business and economic entity in its own right. Here's an interesting column by futurist Thomas Frey on the Rise of City Power:

"Today there are roughly 498 metro areas in the world with over 1 million residents. According to the Martin Prosperity Institute, the world's top 100 cities alone ...
MindBullet logo THE NEW ECONOMIC WAR: CITY VS CITY
Ugly battles for differentiation: Kuwait wins
Dateline: 14 January 2015
Hong Kong's New Year celebrations were dampened by the news that Kuwait's Silk City had topped the financial services league to become "The #1 Global Financial Center". The mood in New York and London was as glum as the weather. Over the past five years the banking and financial sector in Kuwait has evolved to global standards at a pace that would have been unthinkable in the early 2000s. ...
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Blowing up a space room
Posted: 18 April 2016  
Six years ago, when we published this MindBullet about blow-up space modules, possibly the building blocks for the first space hotel, I thought it sounded a little far-fetched. Now the first experimental module from Bigelow has been attached to the International Space Station and will be expanded next month.

Never underestimate the future! ...
Space Station
18 April 2016
Following extraction from Dragon, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was installed to the International Space Station at 5:36 a.m. EDT. At the ...
MindBullet logo SPACE OUTPOST ALL BLOWN UP
Bigelow pips Branson as leading space tourism pioneer
Dateline: 16 July 2015
The final module of the Bigelow 'Last Outpost' space entertainment center was successfully inflated and attached today. This brings the space station to a ...
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Drone racing from the inside
Posted: 1 April 2016   1 Comment
"The World Drone Prix in Dubai was the first million dollar drone race, with the winning team taking home a cool $250,000. We meet the tech-loving thrill-seekers behind the sport who want to turn it into the next big thing."

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Facebook invades WiFi
Posted: 14 April 2016  
Just announced is Facebook's new antenna array that can beam broadband well beyond the city limits. And we all know that, once the cost of the infrastructure is covered, the cost of bandwidth is negligible. Which is why, with the expansion of 4G, Fibre and now Super-WiFi, we can expect broadband to be uncapped, all the time. Mobile operators who still base their business models on charging ...
Facebook’s Massive New Antennas Can Beam Internet for Miles
14 April 2016
Facebook says its new antenna array can beam the internet far beyond city limits; another can blanket urban centers in broadband.
MindBullet logo FACEBOOK ROLLS OUT FREE WEB
India gets free internet and messaging, non-video calls
Dateline: 20 December 2017
Following the successful blanketing of most of the African continent with Facebook's free internet service, Zuckerberg has announced the roll out of ...
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Roborace
Posted: 12 April 2016  
In my keynote, Technology Megatrends from the Future, I talk about a future where Formula 1 racing is for driverless cars. The race is for computer programmers, not racing drivers. Well the first such race is already being planned; it's called Roborace and they've already designed the car. This article tells us more.

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Everything We Know About Roborace, the First Driverless Car Race
12 April 2016
Roborace, the first fully autonomous car race, recently released the design concept for its electric race car, and it looks just as futuristic and ...
MindBullet logo HUMAN DRIVERS BANNED FROM ALL HIGHWAYS
"We can save a million lives a year" says Automobile Association
Dateline: 2 November 2018
The British Government today passed legislation banning all human-driven motor vehicles from highways, effective one year from today. The move has been ...
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Natural hydrogen
Posted: 12 April 2016  
As we've mentioned before, hydrogen is not found in abundance in nature, and has to be manufactured, usually by splitting water with electrolysis, which can be done with excess solar power, but is not very efficient.
But what if you could use nature to do the job? Earlier this year, scientists produced a nano-particle consisting of an enzyme modified by a virus, which produces hydrogen from ...
A 'Nano-Reactor' May Soon Be Producing Hydrogen Biofuel
12 April 2016
Scientists have modified a virus to catalyze the formation of hydrogen from water.
MindBullet logo THE HYDROGEN ECONOMY IS HERE
Hydrogen will be the dominant fuel of the future
Dateline: 15 July 2017
After two decades of disappointment, hydrogen is finally becoming a viable fuel and source of energy for the world economy. The breakthroughs in innovation ...
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Broadband with a twist
Posted: 11 April 2016  
How do you cram more data into a fibre optic channel? By giving it a twist. Optic data protocols that use twisted light waves could boost speeds by four orders of magnitude - an exponential increase.
By a strange twist of fate, we recently published a MindBullet that suggested we could also increase the power and capacity of wireless signals by transmitting them in a spiral vortex. It seems ...
Twisted light could dramatically boost internet speeds
11 April 2016
The design of a new chip to detect the twisted nature of light waves could pave the way for next generation of optical communication technologies.
MindBullet logo PHI STREAMING REINVENTS MOBILE BROADBAND
Vortex based on the golden ratio boosts wireless signals exponentially
Dateline: 27 January 2020
Nature always chooses the path of least resistance. Nature always seeks to optimize available energy, and the golden ratio, phi, is at the heart of the ...
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Emergent AI needs a concierge
Posted: 8 April 2016  
I love it when our MindBullets scenarios start taking shape in present day events! Just look at this new technology for co-ordinating the many smart devices populating your life:

"Thington is a ‘concierge’ — a sort of domestic AI on your phone—that communicates with you in everyday language. It brings together all your devices in one place and helps you get the most out of them. And it does ...
We’d like to introduce you to Thington! — Welcome to Thington
8 April 2016
Today we want to show you a new product that we’ve been working on for the last year. It’s called Thington and it’s here…
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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Go big and go slow
Posted: 22 September 2015  
Slow food and leisurely travel, that's the promise of giant air cruisers. Aeros wants to build the first one within five years.



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Production is underway on the world’s largest aircraft - Science Alert
22 September 2015
California-based airship maker Aeros has announced that production has commenced on the Aeroscraft ML866, the world’s largest aircraft. The blimp has ...
MindBullet logo IT'S SUPER-SLOW AIR TRAVEL AS FLIGHT 2.0 CHANGES THE RULES
End of high-speed flying changes business and leisure travel
Dateline: 26 July 2052
Ah yes, I can still remember the days of dashing from New York to Paris in a few hours. Even a round-the-world trip from London to Australia took less than ...
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Hauling airfrieght cheaply
Posted: 31 March 2016  
When you need to take lots of heavy equipment into inaccessible areas, then it might be feasible to use an airship rather than build roads and runways. That's the latest model behind Lockheed's new cargo airship, which finally has a customer.
Lockheed Finally Inks $480 Million Deal for its Cargo-Hauling Hybrid Airship
31 March 2016
U.K.-based Straightline Aviation (SLA) has agreed to purchase up to 12 of the vehicles for a collective $480 million, enabling the buyer to deliver cargo ...
MindBullet logo IT'S SUPER-SLOW AIR TRAVEL AS FLIGHT 2.0 CHANGES THE RULES
End of high-speed flying changes business and leisure travel
Dateline: 26 July 2052
Ah yes, I can still remember the days of dashing from New York to Paris in a few hours. Even a round-the-world trip from London to Australia took less than ...
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Google still on the droid track
Posted: 29 March 2016  
Google is selling off the maker of it's scariest robots, Boston Dynamics, but is still heavily invested and interested in other robotic developments. The Atlas humanoid robot, which can walk on mud and snow is amazing, but probably doesn't have enough commercial value in the short term for Google, so they're looking at industrial systems and automation that can leverage machine learning.

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Google Hasn’t Given Up on Robots
29 March 2016
Google is selling off a company working on the most advanced problems in robotics, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have robot dreams.
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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Creating synthetic life
Posted: 28 March 2016  
Genomics entrepreneur Craig Venter has created a synthetic cell that contains the smallest genome of any known, independent organism. Functioning with 473 genes, the cell is a milestone in his team’s 20-year quest to reduce life to its bare essentials and, by extension, to design life from scratch.

How long will it be before genes can be simply 'printed' out on a bio-printer from digital ...
‘Minimal’ cell raises stakes in race to harness synthetic life
28 March 2016
Craig Venter’s creation comes as CRISPR gene-editing methods provide alternative ways to tinker with life’s building blocks.
MindBullet logo MAIL US YOUR DAMAGED GENES
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 ...
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“CRISPR has democratized gene editing”
Posted: 24 March 2016  
With the strides being made in the field of CRISPR gene editing, perhaps this MindBullet about recreating dinosaurs is set too far into the future!
CRISPR Pioneer Feng Zhang Talks About What's Next for Gene Editing
24 March 2016
When Feng Zhang was a kid growing up in Iowa, he saw Jurassic Park, like just about everybody else. He was struck by the idea that biology might be ...
MindBullet logo THE REAL JURASSIC PARK OPENS
Genetic modification and bio-printing recreate the dinosaurs
Dateline: 9 June 2030
Exactly 37 years to the day since the movie Jurassic Park was released, the world's first real dinosaur park, with living, breathing dinosaurs, has opened ...
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Just like a seventh sense
Posted: 23 March 2016  
Seven years ago we wrote a MindBullet about "Seventh Sense" - augmented reality wearable tech that connects you to the real world and gives you "superpowers". In February of this year, Meron Gribetz demonstrated what that would be like.
A glimpse of the future through an augmented reality headset
23 March 2016
What if technology could connect us more deeply with our surroundings instead of distracting us from the real world? With the Meta 2, an augmented reality ...
MindBullet logo IS SEVENTH SENSE HEAVEN ON EARTH?
Augmented reality makes the real world really useful
Dateline: 16 June 2018
Remember when five senses were enough to understand what was going on around you? Then MIT introduced 'Sixth Sense' technology, and you could get ...
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Fake food gets real
Posted: 22 March 2016  
Of course we can make synthetic food, and increasingly we can make synthetic food that tastes like the real thing. But is it affordable, and when it becomes cheap enough, should we do it on a mass scale?

There's a big debate brewing over the future of lab meat; an interesting aspect though, is that it's pretty natural - real organic cells that are cultured with nutrients. What's your stand on ...
Laboratory Burgers: Let the Meat Wars Begin
22 March 2016
There will be extreme positions for and against lab-grown meats. Here is what lab grown meat means for our future.
MindBullet logo FAKE FOOD FENDS OFF FAMINE
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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Busting the myths of AI
Posted: 16 March 2016  
Here's a long but interesting read - how much of what we think we know about AI is based on myth, movies and make-believe?

Decide for yourself. And then ask Watson if you're right! ...
Everything You Know About Artificial Intelligence is Wrong
16 March 2016
It was hailed as the most significant test of machine intelligence since Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov in chess nearly 20 years ago. Google’s AlphaGo ...
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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AlphaGo can be beaten
Posted: 14 March 2016   1 Comment
After losing several times, a grandmaster managed to beat the AI Go player, AlphaGo by surprising it with a seemingly illogical move. Perhaps that's the only way to beat AlphaGo - by behaving irrationally!

But here's the thing: AlphaGo has deep neural networks that allow it to learn from its mistakes. So every match adds to its capabilities. My prediction is that the computer will win in ...
Human Go champ scores surprise victory over supercomputer
14 March 2016
A South Korean Go grandmaster on Sunday scored his first win over a Google-developed supercomputer, in a surprise victory after three humiliating defeats ...
MindBullet logo SAM DOESN'T KNOW SHE'S A BOT
Super Artificial Intelligence agent thinks it's a real person
Dateline: 7 January 2019
You may recall the movie 'Her' where the lead character falls hopelessly in love with his virtual girlfriend Samantha. She returns his love, even though ...
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