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Quo Vadis for Mobile Operators?
Posted: 21 July 2017

We have been suggesting for a while that voice and data will soon be free...well in India it is upon us! Competitors of Jio, launched by the Ambani Group, saw share prices tumble today as the reality of free voice and very low cost data for life becomes a reality. Business models work until they don't...that moment has just arrived for Telco's.

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India's richest man launches R300 phone with unlimited data
21 July 2017
The Indian tycoon who started a carrier with free services took another swing at rivals, unveiling a cheap feature phone with access to unlimited data.
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 ...
Google Lens is AI for cameras
Posted: 22 May 2017

Google's new app for cameras, Lens, is designed to let a connected camera, like the one in your smartphone, to understand the image and find related information about it. It's like Shazam for pictures. And although the demos were for identifying flowers and reading signs, you can be sure that it will also work for identifying people you meet. I can just imagine the scenarios that might ...

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Google Lens will let smartphone cameras understand what they see and take action
22 May 2017
At Google's I/O developer conference, CEO Sundar Pichai announced a new technology called Google Lens. The idea with the product is to leverage Google's..
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 ...
The naked truth about United
Posted: 12 April 2017

The truth is United Airlines still hasn't learned the lesson of Naked Leadership - you can't hide from the market, and certainly not in this hyper-connected world of personal media. As Stephen Moore points out in this linked article, the entire United debacle could have been avoided, by simply having an intelligent, empowered and empathetic approach to dealing with a situation. A situation ...

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United Airlines overbooking fiasco should never have happened - CNN
12 April 2017
Stephen Moore says an economist decades ago came up with a simple solution to avoiding the kind of spectacle we saw on an overbooked United Airlines plane
MindBullet logo WE'RE ALL NAKED NOW
Business and government leaders adopt Naked Leadership as the benchmark for transparency and trust
Dateline: 9 September 2017
Five years ago Naked Leadership was an alien concept, but now leaders in all walks of life are preaching the benefits of a leadership paradigm that ...

THE BATTLE FOR A FREE INTERNET

Published on: 6 April 2017

Citizens vs. governments as the next generation of the internet unfolds

Dateline: 11 March 2020

It's 31 years since Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web; and he is the first to admit that many things have gone wrong since his original dream. Sir Tim envisaged, in his own words, "an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities, and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries." Certainly the internet has achieved that - but increasingly it is a place where trolls attack with crude, vicious posts; where governments and political ...

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Fourth Industrial Revolution powered by 5G...will mobile operators shift their game?
Posted: 20 January 2017

Long spoilt by billions in profits from selling airtime and data packages, the mobile operators of the world might be blind to the next massive opportunity. This is the advent of IoT and its global cross industry potential, enabled by 5G. However, selling 5G capacity is not the real proposition - its all about data enablement and data value. This demands that incumbents reinvent their value ...

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5G internet is ‘beginning of the fourth industrial revolution’, CEO of US$23 billion telecoms firm s
20 January 2017
Turkey’s top telecoms CEO says the tech could link billions of devices together
MindBullet logo WE'RE ALL SLAVES TO BIG DATA
Information overload and too much choice lead to anxiety and depression
Dateline: 22 April 2016
Three years ago, in 2013, the world was trying to estimate what the true size and impact of 'Big Data' would be. It seems like we got much more than we ...
No checkout required at Amazon Go
Posted: 6 December 2016

Amazon's grocery store in Seattle is so convenient, you just take the goods and walk out. It's automatically scanned and charged to your account!

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Amazon wants you to feel like you’re shoplifting from its new grocery store
6 December 2016
You can simply scan your phone, pick your food up off the shelf, and walk out.
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 ...

NOW LIFE REALLY IS A DRESS REHEARSAL

Published on: 27 October 2016

VR lets you truly try, before you buy

Dateline: 26 February 2020

Remember when it used to be good enough, if you offered a high quality product or excellent service? It's become much harder to get to the finish line with the same old tactics. You see, to buy or not to buy, that has always been the question. Except now, it's so much easier to answer. Shopping around has been redefined; the pre-buying experience has turned into a deal-breaker. In this lower growth world, trial by virtual reality has become the norm for the middle class. A score from Booking.com ...

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Google's home invasion begins
Posted: 6 October 2016

Three years and one month ago, we published this MindBullet about Google 'invading' peoples homes with a smart TV. Well, now they are doing it, but with a speaker instead of a screen. Or you can use the phone to summon Google's Assistant. Yes, we 'predicted' that, way back in 2004, in a MindBullet too:
http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/MindBullets/MindBulletsDetails.aspx?MindBulletID=93. ...

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All That New Google Hardware? It's a Trojan Horse for AI
6 October 2016
Five years ago, experts thought the phone would be the interface to everything. That's not the case anymore.
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 ...
Virtual economies get real
Posted: 11 August 2016

Nine years ago, we wrote about an interface where you could fly around the world virtually, enter virtual copies of real-world stores, and buy goods. Well, it's finally happening. Alibaba is trialling a VR payment system. Who says we futurists can't think ahead of the game?

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Alibaba trials virtual reality payments for VR malls
11 August 2016
The virtual world just got a new payments technology and it’s as easy as nodding your head Chinese web behemoth and Amazon stalking horse Alibaba is ...
MindBullet logo GOOGLE EARTH WORLD'S SIXTH BIGGEST ECONOMY
Virtual world covers two-thirds of the 'real' world
Dateline: 7 June 2017
Google Earth's virtual online buildings, designed and built by the in-world residents, now cover most of the developed world and all major tourism ...
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 ...

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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 ...

GOOGLE INVADES CUBA

Published on: 14 April 2016

People rejoice as Castro's firewall goes up in smoke

Dateline: 26 May 2019

Google Networks has launched its balloon and drone infrastructure over Cuba, bringing wireless internet to everyone in the country, for free. It's great for Cubans, who have endured decades of poor connectivity and strong censorship, but it's even greater for Google, who now has millions of new users for its advertising and products. It's liberating. "Cubans have been cut off from the benefits of being online for far too long," said Larry Page. "It's about time they had the opportunity to freely ...

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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.

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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 ...

MADMEN REPLACED BY ADBOTS AND ROBO-WRITERS

Published on: 11 February 2016

Saatchi & Saatchi hire creative robots, not people

Dateline: 12 February 2020

I remember clearly when artificial intelligence expert Vivienne Ming told us: "No job or industry is safe from robotics and AI." That was five years ago. As a freelance copywriter, I was smug in my assumption that her assertion didn't apply to us, to creative skills. We were the exception to the rule; machines, no matter how smart, can't be truly creative, can they? Software bots and AI systems quickly evolved to handle ordinary, routine work like news and sports reports. Machine learning and deep ...

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MindBullet logo FACEBOOK WINS IT FOR POTUS!
Fears the social giant swayed voters as Republicans sue
Dateline: 12 November 2016
"All you had to do was see the news feeds for Donald Trump. They were all negative, whereas those for Bernie Sanders were all positive," says Kurt Azazel, special counsel for Mr Trump. In the run-up to US presidential elections, numerous analysts expressed concern that Facebook was biasing its news feed in favor of the Sanders campaign. "If you get your news from Facebook - which some ...
Membership Biases of various Social media platforms
Posted: 1 October 2015 1 Comment

I seem to recall that analyses on previous US presidential elections - 2012, particularly - showed that each of the various social media had inherent membership baises. IIRC, Facebook was measurably more right wing than Twitter or Tumblr.

If a platform accurately reflects the membership, but that membership is biased, who is in the wrong? ...

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MindBullet logo FACEBOOK WINS IT FOR POTUS!
Fears the social giant swayed voters as Republicans sue
Dateline: 12 November 2016
"All you had to do was see the news feeds for Donald Trump. They were all negative, whereas those for Bernie Sanders were all positive," says Kurt Azazel, special counsel for Mr Trump. In the run-up to US presidential elections, numerous analysts expressed concern that Facebook was biasing its news feed in favor of the Sanders campaign. "If you get your news from Facebook - which some ...

FACEBOOK WINS IT FOR POTUS!

Published on: 1 October 2015 3 Comments

Fears the social giant swayed voters as Republicans sue

Dateline: 12 November 2016

"All you had to do was see the news feeds for Donald Trump. They were all negative, whereas those for Bernie Sanders were all positive," says Kurt Azazel, special counsel for Mr Trump. In the run-up to US presidential elections, numerous analysts expressed concern that Facebook was biasing its news feed in favor of the Sanders campaign. "If you get your news from Facebook - which some 250 million Americans do - you'd think that Trump was a dolt, whereas Sanders is a great statesman," says ...

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SOCIAL MEDIA IS DEAD

Published on: 24 September 2015

Long live cultural media

Dateline: 14 June 2017

Twitter is fading fast, becoming a niche echo chamber for journalists and publicists. Facebook is fragmenting, and services you've never heard of, but billions use daily, are dominating the online media scene. Welcome to cultural media, where the medium truly is the message. Even shops and malls are media now, providing entertainment, information and marketing opportunities first; products and transactions second. Most shoppers prefer to buy their goods online or in-store, for later delivery. It's ...

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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! ...

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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 ...
The real future of Google Earth
Posted: 1 July 2015

As we speculated in our MindBullets eight years ago, the real potential of Google Earth lies in the ability to access it via virtual reality interfaces. Then it becomes a digital representation of the real world, letting you visit real places from your desktop or lounge.

And once you're there, of course you'll want to buy some curios, or perhaps just shop for local specialities. That could be ...

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Paired With AI and VR, Google Earth Will Change the Planet
1 July 2015
As Google Earth celebrates its 10th anniversary, it's evolving way beyond a way to find your house.
MindBullet logo GOOGLE EARTH WORLD'S SIXTH BIGGEST ECONOMY
Virtual world covers two-thirds of the 'real' world
Dateline: 7 June 2017
Google Earth's virtual online buildings, designed and built by the in-world residents, now cover most of the developed world and all major tourism ...
Big Brother made of little things - privacy is an illusion, get used to it!
Posted: 8 April 2015 1 Comment

The Internet of Things...or the internet of everything, is happening at a pace many times faster than the growth of PC's or mobiles or tablets. Expect 50 billion connected small things by 2020. I loved the quote: 'The scariest thing is that we don't know what the scariest thing is!" and that about sums it all up. Privacy cannot possibly survive...it's an illusion that tries to comfort us but ...

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How can privacy survive in the era of the internet of things?
8 April 2015
As more and more devices are connected, there are two futures when it comes to privacy. Which one will we pick?
MindBullet logo BIG BROTHER REALLY IS WATCHING YOU
Every screen you gaze at is looking back at you
Dateline: 4 August 2019
Ever since the innovation of integrating camera transistors with every pixel of an organic LED screen, it has become technically possible to make display ...

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