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THE NEW GOLD OF THE 21st CENTURY

Published on: 21 April 2017

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 profits. Yuval Noah Harari, author of the 2016 book 'Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow', was right on the mark when he wrote: "One of the most important questions in the world is who owns the data of humankind. Maybe the most important asset of the 21st Century is not land, and it's not money, it's really data." At the turn of the century, ...

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Global photosynthesis is on the rise
Posted: 6 April 2017

It seems that our recent MindBullet was quite correct in speculating that plant growth - photosynthesis - was increasing with climate change. A new study proves it.

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Research shows global photosynthesis on the rise
6 April 2017
Plant photosynthesis was stable for hundreds of years before the industrial revolution, but grew rapidly in the 20th century, according to new research ...
MindBullet logo WHERE HAVE ALL THE DESERTS GONE?
Climate change is making the world greener
Dateline: 11 August 2028
Climate change is a reality that we've all come to accept, even though the debate surrounding the root cause of climate change rages on. Whether it's ...
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? :-) ...

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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. ...
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 ...
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 ...

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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 ...
MindBullet logo TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N ROLL, BUT TOO YOUNG TO DIE
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 ...

WHERE HAVE ALL THE DESERTS GONE?

Published on: 23 March 2017 1 Comment

Climate change is making the world greener

Dateline: 11 August 2028

Climate change is a reality that we've all come to accept, even though the debate surrounding the root cause of climate change rages on. Whether it's warming caused by carbon emissions, natural release of methane gasses, dimming caused by polluting aerosols, or just the cosmic cycle of the solar system, the fact is the climate has changed. The change has been quite dramatic in some regions, while barely noticeable in others; but the climate continues to change, despite the best efforts of activists ...

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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 ...

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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.
MindBullet logo MERGED REALITY IS THE REAL DEAL
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 ...

MERGED REALITY IS THE REAL DEAL

Published on: 9 February 2017 2 Comments

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 what's just our current reality. The line between the two is becoming increasingly blurry, and we're not sure on which side of that line we are standing. It's like the Matrix, reloaded and recharged. But without the wires. You can hook into someone else's consciousness, thoughts and experiences, or merge with an AI for a while. Now sharing your ...

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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.

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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 ...
MindBullet logo ANOTHER EXTRA, NEW YEAR
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 ...

ANOTHER EXTRA, NEW YEAR

Published on: 29 December 2016 1 Comment

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 than that, you have an excellent chance of living another year. And next year, the same, and so on. Eventually there will be diminishing returns to medical science and optimal nutrition, but if you live in a highly developed economy, you may live indefinitely. Unless you get killed in an aircar crash or earthquake, of course. But for most of us, ...

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Electronic brain power
Posted: 8 December 2016

Would you like to hook a computer up to your brain, so that you could be a lot smarter? Bryan Johnson, the founder of a new company called Kernel, is aiming for that. He calls it HI - Human Intelligence, the merger of humans and AI.

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The Brain Tech to Merge Humans and AI Is Already Being Developed
8 December 2016
Are you scared of artificial intelligence (AI)? Do you believe the warnings from folks like Prof. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and others? Is AI the greatest ...
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 ...
The future of AI
Posted: 19 September 2016

We published a MindBullet some time ago which postulated that, in the future, AI would come to mean augmented intelligence rather than artificial intelligence. Elon Musk seems to agree. He thinks the future lies in closer connection between our brains and smart systems. This might involve us becoming symbiotes with an AI linked directly to our neural system. That is exactly the scenario ...

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Elon Musk says the future of AI is in linking it to our brains
19 September 2016
Elon Musk has more thoughts on artificial intelligence, but this idea involves merging with computers instead of fighting them.
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 ...

RELIGION IS A DYING BUSINESS

Published on: 8 September 2016

Traditional religious beliefs are dying out as global living standards rise

Dateline: 1 September 2034

A charismatic preacher once wrote that to get seriously rich, start your own religion. But academics suggest the world's major religions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism, emerged as an evolutionary response to the differences in lifestyle between wealthy elites and other, poorer, communities. The disadvantaged classes needed hope for a better future, and a deity to blame for their misfortunes; a higher order being in which to place their faith. Now that poverty is ...

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MEET JOHN DOE 1.0

Published on: 26 May 2016

First fully-synthetic human genome completed

Dateline: 29 May 2026

It's taken a decade since the idea was first conceived, but a fully-specced, digitally defined genome of a human being without parents has been created. Not surprisingly, this human DNA blueprint has been christened John Doe 1.0 and lives in a supercomputer. It may be some time yet, before the genome is inserted into a cell and brought to life. You can however, see what John will look like, at various ages. The artificially intelligent system can render a perfectly clear 3D image of John, based on ...

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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!

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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 ...
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 ...

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‘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 ...
“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!

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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 ...

THE REAL JURASSIC PARK OPENS

Published on: 24 March 2016 1 Comment

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 in South America. After it emerged that trying to extract and reactivate dinosaur DNA from fossils was a dead end, scientists turned to genetically modifying birds, which we now know descended from various dinosaur species. Plenty of Virtual Reality experiences to enable mankind to 'meet' dinosaurs emerged over the last decade, but this is the ...

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A chip in the brain
Posted: 17 February 2016

Almost a year ago we published a MindBullet about the future when people can have super-human intelligence by adding memory chips to their brains. What I didn't realise at the time, was that, according to Patrick Dixon, almost half a million people already have digital devices in their heads, presumably for medical reasons. That begs the question, not only would you wear a chip in your head, ...

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Would you wear a chip in your brain? (Wired UK)
17 February 2016
More than 400,000 human beings already have a digital device inside their heads. Patrick Dixon asks, would you wear a chip in your 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 ...
The beginning of the end for mankind?
Posted: 28 January 2016

As computer power, machine learning and artificial intelligence continue to grow in power exponentially, we ask...what is the future of humans? Given how we are destroying the planet, why should we even survive?

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Computer says Go
28 January 2016
Beating a Go champion with machine learning
MindBullet logo SHOULD WE CREATE SUPERMAN - JUST BECAUSE WE CAN?
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 ...
Reversing aging
Posted: 26 January 2016

A new method from Stanford researchers paves the way for preventing and reversing the effects of aging on human cells. Perhaps the elixir of youth is closer than we think?

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Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds
26 January 2016
Researchers delivered a modified RNA that encodes a telomere-extending protein to cultured human cells. Cell proliferation capacity was dramatically ...
MindBullet logo TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N ROLL, BUT TOO YOUNG TO DIE
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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