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China tests a blockchain cybercurrency
Posted: 24 June 2017 1 Comment

Looks like our MindBullets scenario from August 2012 was spot on (see alongside). China is indeed set to become the first country in the world to launch a cryptocurrency based on blockchain.

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China Becomes First Country in the World to Test a National Cryptocurrency
24 June 2017
Cryptocurrencies have the potential to not only benefit China, but the rest of the world, due to their basis in blockchain.
US Dollar slides as gold-backed RMB becomes the online and offline currency of choice
Dateline: 15 March 2015
China's monetary authority has done it again. After surprising everyone but a small group of futurists by partially adopting a gold standard to back their ...
Clean, limitless fusion energy one step closer
Posted: 23 June 2017 1 Comment

The relentless drive of alternative energies, from solar to wind to hydro and now, as well, fusion, is unstoppable. The fossil fuel industry days are truly limited.

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Fusion Breakthrough Puts Us One Step Closer to Limitless Clean Energy
23 June 2017
A new study could help make nuclear fusion the power source of the future.
It’s the start of a new low energy nuclear revolution
Dateline: 5 June 2014
Every once in a while we see the introduction of a technology that is so radically innovative that it seems magical, or impossible. The old clichés get ...
Solar ready to surpass coal
Posted: 19 June 2017 1 Comment

The combination of increasingly cheap solar power and new-age batteries is rewriting the rules of energy worldwide. And this means that the days of coal's decades-long supremacy are numbered. That's what we wrote in our MindBullet back in April 2008. And now it is happening.

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As Cost Plunges, Solar Power is Ready to Surpass Coal
19 June 2017
Within the next four years, solar power will finally be cheaper than coal nearly everywhere, aligning economic and environmental interests.
Nano solar films bring cheap energy to sunshine states
Dateline: 5 May 2018
It's hard to believe that a mere decade ago fossil fuels were at a premium, and everyone talked of 'peak oil' and the high prices of natural gas and coal. ...
Retail world shaken by tech moves
Posted: 19 June 2017

What a revolution is happening in the world of retail! Earlier this year Amazon launched its new "Amazon Go!" technology - no lines, no checkout, just take what you want and go! The really clever part of this technology is that it places Amazon, through your Amazon account, at the heart of the transaction.
Then last week Amazon announced it was buying Whole Foods for a staggering ...

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No cash, no staff: a store of the future is being tested in China
19 June 2017
Wheelys tests a 24-hour store run entirely by technology.
Voice imitation software set to challenge our senses
Posted: 2 June 2017

We all know that we can photoshop a picture to represent almost anything and anyone. But how about doing the same with voice? A new voice-imitation technology is about to hit the streets...and a new eras of Fake News? Just listen to the audio example of Obama and Trump's voices!

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Voice-imitation advance means we can't trust what we see or hear anymore
2 June 2017
As we close in on a world where technology allows us to create entirely fake photo-realistic videos, a new company has created a voice-imitation system that means we may never be able to trust our eyes, or our ears, ever again.
Mary Meeker on the state of the Internet
Posted: 2 June 2017

Every year Mary Meeker from Kleiner Perkins delivers her much-awaited perspective on the state of the Internet. Her latest version was released on 31 May - and here it is.

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Internet Trends 2017
2 June 2017
The deck covers a broad array of topics, including global internet user trends, advertising and e-commerce, gaming, online media, digital health, and
Can banks survive?
Posted: 1 June 2017

Will banks survive? These are just some of the radical changes facing the traditional financial services market. But the same disruptive technologies may well be looming over your business model. That's what we address in our provocative and challenging keynotes and workshops

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Why Banks Have no Chance To Survive
1 June 2017
We have seen large IT firms go away (Amdal, Bull, DEC, Nixdorf, Compaq..). We have seen large Airlines go away (PanAm, TWA, SwissAir...). And many
Cyborg dragonfly takes to the air
Posted: 1 June 2017

A cyborg dragonfly, fitted with sensors, and whose flight can be controlled by an operator? Yes, its happening - could this be the new world of industrial and government espionage?

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Video shows maiden flight of cyborg dragonfly
1 June 2017
Back in January, researchers from Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) outlined plans to fit dragonflies with tiny ...
Cyborg locusts open new frontier
Dateline: 28 April 2014
The first 'cyborg-war' has just been won after millions of wirelessly-controlled locusts swamped the North Korean army as it massed on the border with ...
China launches 20 human trials of CRISPR gene-editing technology
Posted: 31 May 2017 2 Comments

CRISPR, the revolutionary gene editing technique that makes the science of altering genetic structures as easy as cut-and-paste, is screaming ahead .
New trials are about to start in China to alter the genome in cells inside the body, aimed at eliminating cancer before it starts.
But there is concern as the long-term effects of this technique have not been explored. Nonetheless, as many as 20 ...

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Boom in human gene editing as 20 CRISPR trials gear up
31 May 2017
The CRISPR genome editing revolution continues to advance at an astounding pace. As many as 20 human trials will be under way soon, mostly in China, New ...
It may already be too late to ask
Dateline: 17 May 2025
New technologies to 'reinvent and upgrade' the human species are causing widespread alarm around the globe. Scientists have perfected a number of ways to ...
AI central to China's future strategy
Posted: 31 May 2017 1 Comment

And another human GO master falls to Google's AlphaGo Artificial Intelligence computer. But, as this report tells, Chinese game players are encouraged by this development, seeing an era of new collaboration between humans and machines.
This reflects China's determination to be a leading player in the AI field, with the Chinese government pledging to invest $15-billion in AI by 2018. ...

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China’s Go masters and researchers are optimistic about the country’s AI future
31 May 2017
AlphaGo’s triumphs over humanity have whetted China’s appetite for smart machines.
Scientists discover a sixth taste sense
Posted: 31 May 2017

We've got five taste senses on our tongues, right? - sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. Wrong!
Scientists are postulating that we may have a sixth sense, which fires when we taste water. This could answer the age-old debate on whether water actually has a taste. ...

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Scientists discover a sixth sense on the tongue—for water
31 May 2017
New study in mice sheds light on how animals stay hydrated
How 3D printing has reshaped jet engine manufacturing
Posted: 30 May 2017

Here's a powerful story of how 3D printing is changing mainstream manufacturing. Yet we still encounter skeptics who believe the old industrial=age techniques will persevere.

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An Epiphany Of Disruption: GE Additive Chief Explains How 3D Printing Will Upend Manufacturing - GE
30 May 2017
Jet engines are large and complicated machines. But sometimes surprisingly small parts can make a big difference in how they work. A decade ago, engineers at CFM International, a joint venture between GE Aviation and France’s Safran Aircraft Engines, started designing a new, fuel-efficient jet engine for single-aisle passenger planes — the aircraft industry’s biggest …
Melting permafrost may release deadly diseases
Posted: 6 May 2017

We worry about terrorism; we worry about the rise of the Right; we worry about seas rising because of global warming. But here's something new to worry about: the melting of the permafrost is freeing ancient bacteria and viruses that may reintroduce long-forgotten dread diseases to mankind.

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Climate Change Is Freeing Ancient Infections From Their Icy Prisons
6 May 2017
Deadly viruses and bacteria are another side effect of global warming.
Creating a new liberated Internet
Posted: 28 April 2017

The Internet has liberated us, democratising information and changing the way we live, learn, socialise and do business. But in exchange we have effectively given away what could be the most valuable commodity in the world - our data. This quote from Yuvan Harari, author of Homo Deus, sums it up perfectly:
'In the twenty-first century, our personal data is probably the most valuable resource ...

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Blockchain Technology Has The Power to Let Us Build An Entirely New Internet
28 April 2017
Blockchain has the potential of revolutionizing the internet. Decentralizing information will lead to greater transparency.
MindBullet logo THE NEW GOLD OF THE 21st CENTURY
Data drives massive profits for the new corporate titans
Dateline: 23 October 2026
It's certainly not oil, it's not even water. The new 'gold' of the 21st century is data. And a range of corporate giants are using it to drive massive ...
Flying cars will be a reality
Posted: 18 April 2017 1 Comment

One of our science fiction dreams has always been flying cars...and yet they have sadly failed to materialise. But watch this space! This is just one of many companies working on the dream. And check out the video of a working demonstration of the military model that is already flying.

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Is this the flying car you've been waiting for?
18 April 2017
For the past several years, Israeli aerospace firm Urban Aeronautics has been developing a VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft that was first known as the AirMule, and is now called the Cormorant. Although the vehicle is aimed mainly at military applications, the company has previously mentioned that its Metro Skyways subsidiary is exploring the possibility of a civilian aircraft ...
Space debris threatens our future
Posted: 22 April 2017

Over the past few years, we have published a few MindBullets about the dangers of space debris - see below. But this latest documentary from the European Space Agency puts the issue into stark perspective. ...

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Elon Musk's plans to reach into our brains
Posted: 22 April 2017

There is no limit, it seems, to Elon Musk's curiosity and determination to change the world. PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, Solar City (now part of Tesla), goes on and on. And now there's Neuralink, his new company aimed at building an interface between our brains and the digital world - what Musk has called a neural lace. It's an astonishing and deeply fascinating endeavor - read the ...

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Here's Everything You Need to Know about Elon Musk's Human/AI Brain Merge
22 April 2017
Elon Musk is ready to transform our minds.
The power of truth and science
Posted: 22 April 2017

In this era of post truth and 'alternative facts', astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a powerful message for anyone who believes in truth and the power of scientific thinking. Take the time to listen.

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Watch: Neil deGrasse Tyson Has a Critically Important Message for Americans
22 April 2017
The famed scientist has something you need to hear.
Google's latest patent is glue to stick people to cars!
Posted: 22 April 2017

That's a crazy idea! But is it crazy enough? That's a phrase we often use to stimulate creative thinking when we work with our clients around the world. And it certainly applies to the latest patent from Google - special adhesive on cars that will stick pedestrians who get hit in an accident to the bonnet of the vehicle. Seriously!

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Google's New Patent? Sticky Cars That Don't Let Go of People They Run Over (No, Seriously)
22 April 2017
A new Google patent featuring a rather innovative use of adhesive technology could make self-driving cars safer for pedestrians who are getting run over.
Can the Blockchain reinvent our world?
Posted: 20 April 2017 1 Comment

Futureworld tagged the Blockchain as a potentially massive disruptor many months ago. The evidence is building up that it will be just that, and not only in the world of financial services. Read on to discover how it is being used for everything from tracking blood diamonds to securing supply chains.

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Bitcoin’s foundations are reinventing more than money
20 April 2017
Blockchains are being used to trace blood diamonds, verify health records, and secure supply chains.
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 ...

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