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Big time for metal printing
Posted: 16 November 2017

GE's new metal printer can print parts over a metre in diameter and, in the future, even larger. Another example of how this technology is advancing exponentially!

"General Electric’s beta version of its newest metal 3-D printer (pictured) was unveiled Tuesday at Formnext, the largest trade fair for additive manufacturers. Like most metal printers, it uses lasers to transform powder into a ...

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Metal 3-D Printing Is, Finally, Overcoming Its Limitations
16 November 2017
Techniques for 3-D-printing metal have long been too expensive and slow, and the parts produced too weak, to compete with traditional manufacturing—but ...
MindBullet logo NEW DIMENSION FOR METAL MINING
3-D printing creates unusual alliances
Dateline: 26 August 2016
Five years ago, it would have seemed an unlikely partnership. But the alliance announced today between BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining group, and ...
The future of the web is not all rosy and good
Posted: 16 November 2017

In a world of openness and connectedness one would think that the web is a tool for good. Sadly it is increasingly being used as a weapon - political, social and manipulative. In a world starved of straight, solid accurate news, and at a time when humans are being challenged by AI and machines, we need ethics, values, morals and honest data. Increasingly algorithms determine outcomes we are ...

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Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: 'The system is failing'
16 November 2017
The inventor of the world wide web remains an optimist but sees a ‘nasty wind’ blowing amid concerns over advertising, net neutrality and fake news
MindBullet logo BIG GOOGLE IS WATCHING YOU
Watch that phone hanging from your employee's neck - it's a webcam!
Dateline: 19 April 2008
In the UK, Big Brother is watching, and shouting at you. Dutch TV is hounding someone caught sunbathing topless on Google Earth - so everyone now knows ...
Upgrading your brain
Posted: 14 November 2017

A few years ago we published a MindBullet that explored the idea of adding memory capacity to your brain. This article talks about boosting learning with an electronic device connected to your brain. Perhaps the future is approaching!

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Brain implant boosts human memory by mimicking how we learn
14 November 2017
A device that zaps the brain with electricity has improved people’s scores on memory tests. It may have the power to help dementia, or boost other brain ...
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 ...
Electric shoes
Posted: 7 November 2017

We've all heard of driverless cars, but how about self-walking shoes? If you don't fancy the ride-on luggage featured in this MindBullet, perhaps you'd care for some electric shoes, to help you make the 'last mile' easier!

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Interview: Walking a mile in former Mythbuster Jamie Hyneman's electric shoes
7 November 2017
Former Mythbuster Jamie Hyneman has concocted a prototype that sounds like something you’d see in an ACME catalog: electric shoes. Ahead of a crowdfunding ...
MindBullet logo GET ME TO THE GATE ON TIME
Self-driving luggage, for the truly 'last yards'
Dateline: 1 April 2019
Anyone who travels regularly on business knows what a schlep it is to drag your roll-aboard cabin bag around with you for what seems like - and probably is ...

PHYSICAL NEEDS, DIGITAL SOLUTIONS

Published on: 2 November 2017

Food, shelter and clothing - they're all IT

Dateline: 3 November 2022

We're all familiar with Maslow's hierarchy, and we know that basic needs like food, shelter and personal comfort come first. But it seems information technology, that enabling force for modern civilization, was focused far up the scale, at education, entertainment and research, and of course, finance. Now the world of smart robotics and nanotech production has turned basic businesses into digital technologies. Energy is solid state solar and batteries, and traded like information on the internet. ...

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Banking buzz in a bar...really? Yes!
Posted: 29 October 2017

Monzo, startup UK bank with 500,000 users, seems to be creating a buzz in a way no other bank has ever done! Whats different you might ask? Well not much except openness, transparency and asking its community to participate in setting key business decisions! Rocket science it's not but unusual for business leaders ...absolutely!

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The bank that's apparently so cool it has become a chat up line in London's bars
29 October 2017
Monzo has attracted something of a cult following in the British capital.
MindBullet logo FAREWELL BANKS, HELLO BANKING
New players dominate financial services
Dateline: 26 August 2022
It was Microsoft founder Bill Gates who famously said in 1994 that we need banking, but we don't need banks. It's taken nearly 30 years, but he was dead ...
MasterCard embraces blockchain
Posted: 26 October 2017

Could this be the start of a new way of making payments, at least between businesses? MasterCard is possibly disrupting itself, before someone else does!

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MasterCard announces that payments can now be made on blockchain
26 October 2017
Blockchain just got a whole lot more accessible.
MindBullet logo BLOCKCHAIN TRADING DISRUPTS CURRENCY EXCHANGES
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 ...
Should we tax the robots?
Posted: 23 October 2017

"It would be reckless not to explore the scenario of rising technological unemployment over the next decade, and how we will fund either a higher total unemployment benefit bill or the provision of some form of guaranteed basic income and / or guaranteed basic services."

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Should we tax the robots?
23 October 2017
However, we don't know how far and how fast AI and these other disruptive technologies will spread. Furthermore, we don't know how many jobs they will take ...
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 ...
3D printing managed by robots
Posted: 20 October 2017

Just as we suggested might become the case, a small manufacturing plant using 3D printers has scaled up by adding a robot to do the work at night. See the attached MindBullet for further scenario options!

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This robot-run 3D printing farm is the future of light manufacturing
20 October 2017
Even small businesses are now running lights-out facilities using robots and automation
MindBullet logo THE CURSE OF ABUNDANCE
Free energy spawns hordes of wetbots and kills off big brands
Dateline: 13 July 2033
"We're closing up shop. Wetbots made us broke." The production chief of iRobot consumer products grins ruefully. "Luckily we've still got our military ...
Shirts processing methane as you stroll down Central Ave?
Posted: 4 October 2017

As we enter an era of new materials sciences we cannot begin to imagine whats possible...and it will mostly be great for our greener, healthier future!

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The Shirt Of The Future Will Be Made By Methane-Eating Bacteria
4 October 2017
By using a greenhouse gas as the basis for a new material, Mango Materials wants to create a new model of garment production that cleans up the atmosphere ...
MindBullet logo NANOTECH BITES PLATINUM PRICE
New exotic materials threaten old resource stocks
Dateline: 11 October 2009
ZChing, the Chinese nanotech firm, has launched its first commercial product - and it's creating chaos in the platinum group market for catalysts worth ...
Blockchain businesses
Posted: 26 September 2017

We published this MindBullet more than two years ago about autonomous businesses on the blockchain. Now they're getting airtime as DAO or decentralised autonomous organisations. I prefer the name 'blockchain businesses', better than an acronym and more descriptive. Were we ahead of the game? Read the attached news link by Chris Skinner and decide for yourself!

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What is a Decentralised Autonomous Organisation?
26 September 2017
I was asked to explain what I meant by haven’t central bankers realised that democratised trust is in the technologies and code? when I blogged about the ...
MindBullet logo BLOCKCHAIN BUSINESSES THAT RUN THEMSELVES GO VIRAL
The rise of the distributed autonomous company has disrupted markets and nations
Dateline: 17 February 2027
CarCoin has ubered Uber. AppCoin has upstaged Apple. And Africoin has made African countries irrelevant; fiscally and economically at least. Based on the ...
India leads the way in digital financial future...where is Silicon Valley?
Posted: 23 September 2017

India talks of "Digital India"...and they mean business. With a population beyond 1 billion young people, remote villages with scrappy infrastructure they needed to focus on what will enable and empower a nation in the digital future. many threads have converged fast - from withdrawing 75% of all cash from society in a weekend to the Gov's AARDHAR program, to Jin's aggressive reduction of ...

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Why the world has much to learn from India's big digital leap
23 September 2017
Mobile Aadhaar-based technology and the upcoming privacy law will soon radically transform financial services industry in the country.
MindBullet logo GLOBAL POOR FLOCK TO THE SPOKEN WEB
Cellphone-based 'voiceweb' bridges digital divide
Dateline: 20 June 2012
Once we talked about the "digital divide", back in the dark days when the ability to read and write separated the wired from the unwired. Today, more than ...

ELECTRIC CAR GLUT THREATENS WORLD TRADE

Published on: 14 September 2017

China accused of dumping as prices plummet

Dateline: 5 March 2029

China's success as the biggest producer of cars - mainly electric cars - the world has ever seen, has led to a problem of massive over capacity. There are not enough adults in the world, with driving skills, to drive all the cars produced every year. Admittedly many of the latest vehicles are self-driving, but at the budget end of the scale, devoid of radar and software, basic cars are just dumb machines, even if they run on batteries rather than gasoline. The shift to autonomous cars has also ...

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China goes electric
Posted: 11 September 2017 1 Comment

We 'predicted' that China would de-commit from all fossil fuels by 2020. That's what our MindBullet said 12 years ago. Well, China is not going fossil free that soon, but they are on a declared strategy to dominate electric vehicles!

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China Fossil Fuel Deadline Shifts Focus to Electric Car Race
11 September 2017
China will set a deadline for automakers to end sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, becoming the biggest market to do so in a move that will accelerate ...
MindBullet logo WORLD MARKETS IN TURMOIL AS CHINA DECOMMITS FROM ALL FOSSIL FUELS
Bold energy strategy targets pollution and leadership in world automotive industry
Dateline: 1 July 2008
Just four weeks before the start of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China has played a trump card in global politics. China has taken the pollution bull by ...
Rent a robot and retire
Posted: 6 September 2017

More than a decade ago we speculated on the ability for robots and automation to enable people to retire earlier, and published a MindBullet along those lines. Now we see this looming concern with robots 'replacing' jobs for people, and the support for basic income for people made redundant by technology. I think I'm inclined to agree with Gerd Leonhard, we are on the cusp of a tipping point ...

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The bright side of the AI and robot revolution: You might get to retire earlier | ZDNet
6 September 2017
Productivity gains should be used to make the quality of our working life better, and not just make corporations richer.
MindBullet logo RENT A ROBOT AND RETIRE
HSBC lets you earn while you snooze
Dateline: 11 September 2095
With 60% of the population of the US and EU now over the age of 65, economists have expressed astonishment at the continued strength of the world economy. ...
Second order consequences of auto electric cars
Posted: 29 August 2017

Benedict Evans shares his thoughts on the second order consequences of autonomous vehicles and says they will have an impact on all sorts of things, from cigarettes to cities!
http://ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2017/3/20/cars-and-second-order-consequences ...

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MindBullet logo MOBILITY AS A SERVICE
Private cars banned in New York and London
Dateline: 17 August 2019
Four years ago, it was proposed that gasoline and diesel vehicles be banned from certain cities and states; but the new trend towards mobility as a service has caused a major re-think. It's not enough to insist on electric vehicles; privately owned cars are just so wasteful. Now it's becoming illegal to own your own car. It takes up too much of the city's resources, parking and charging; and ...
Negativity towards Tourism
Posted: 25 August 2017

Unfortunately, this fictional article is becoming a reality in some parts of Europe. I can see it become even more of a reality in future, but I hope it doe not. Travelling and seeing the many wonders of the world is something I enjoy and have been privileged to do a lot in my career. That ahs made me a better person, with more exposure to different cultures and lifestyles, that I would never ...

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MindBullet logo RUNAWAY TOURISM THREATENS EUROPE
Local activists stirring up resistance to the invasion
Dateline: 11 August 2019
"It's worse than migration," says an Arran spokesperson, "they are destroying our neighbourhoods and culture!" Arran is the radical anti-tourist movement in Spain. In Barcelona, Rome and Venice, protest marches have turned violent, and travel advisories have been issued by British and American authorities. Tensions between hordes of foreign tourists and nationalist locals have been ...
Everything is discoverable
Posted: 25 August 2017

Whether we like it or not, we are all traceable through our electronic on-line footprint. Our phones, credit cards, open table restaurant booking apps confirm where we are and when we were there. If you use twitter, facebook and instagram, your already sharing your life in some small or even large way. Embrace it, but don't be an over sharer of every minute of every waking day of your ...

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MindBullet logo WE'RE ALL CRIMINALS NOW!
The internet of everything exposes all our faults
Dateline: 9 August 2020
There's an old adage of mobsters everywhere: "You're only guilty if you get caught!" Now it seems that everyone is guilty. Who can say they've never, ever committed a crime? Perhaps you cheated on a tax expense, or told a little white lie that made you look good; maybe you embellished your resume - just a bit - or left out a part of your history when you told all to your ...
Exponential battery power
Posted: 21 August 2017

This battery breakthrough from Ionic Materials could be the black swan that brings in a new energy paradigm. We've seen an exponentially declining cost for solar power, but the bottleneck has been costly and heavy batteries. This new battery technology uses a solid rather than liquid electrolyte, making new, denser, safer designs possible, using more efficient and cheaper materials. If a ...

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This Battery Breakthrough Could Change Everything
21 August 2017
Bill Joy, the green-tech guru who co-founded Sun Microsystems, is backing an energy storage breakthrough that could power the future.
MindBullet logo SOLAR POWER GOES VIRAL
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 ...

RUNAWAY TOURISM THREATENS EUROPE

Published on: 17 August 2017 1 Comment

Local activists stirring up resistance to the invasion

Dateline: 11 August 2019

"It's worse than migration," says an Arran spokesperson, "they are destroying our neighbourhoods and culture!" Arran is the radical anti-tourist movement in Spain. In Barcelona, Rome and Venice, protest marches have turned violent, and travel advisories have been issued by British and American authorities. Tensions between hordes of foreign tourists and nationalist locals have been escalating for the past two years, and are now boiling over. Share bikes and Uber cars have had their tyres slashed, ...

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