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Battle in the clouds
Posted: 18 May 2017

Google's announcement of new hardware for sale is interesting - because you can only buy it as a service. The second generation of Google's TPU chip is optimized for machine learning jobs, and is available as an option to users of Google's Cloud Platform. As a cloud provider, Google is currently running third behind Amazon and Microsoft, but they definitely want to improve on that position. ...

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Google unveils next-gen TPUs to both train and run machine learning models
18 May 2017
At Google I/O, CEO Sundar Pichai said Google's high-power chips should make Google Cloud Platform the best public cloud for machine learning.
Doctor Google on your wrist
Posted: 19 March 2015

Could a smart device on your wrist detect diseases, even help to prevent cancer? Google seems to think it's an idea worth pursuing.

Our MindBullet scenario on this subject wasn't ambitious enough! ...

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Can Google block cancer?
19 March 2015
Google has filed a patent application with the World Intellectual Property Organisation for a wrist-worn device that could destroy cancer cells in the ...
Another blow for traditional health care as virtual doctors rule
Dateline: 26 May 2012
It all started way back in 2008 with consolidating patient records. Next came online medical consultations. And now the latest revolution in health ...
Media tipping point
Posted: 21 January 2015

Google's ad revenue is now bigger than all US newspapers and magazines combined.

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Jim Harris on Twitter
21 January 2015
“Google is Bigger Than ALL US Newspapers & Magazine Combined! World Economic Forum #WEF15 #Davos #media”
SpaceX internet getting Google support
Posted: 20 January 2015

So Elon Musk's latest crazy ambitious plan is eclipsing Branson's by far and attracting serious money. It seems where OneWeb are talking about 728 satellites, Musk says plans are for over 4,000 microsatellites in medium earth orbit, so no delay as is typically the case with geostationary satellites.

Perhaps this is the beginning of the interplanetary internet we talked about in our MindBullet ...

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Google's Finalizing a $1 Billion Investment in SpaceX Internet
20 January 2015
It looks like Google is going to throw a ten-figure sum into Elon Musk's space internet dream. Both The Information and The Wall Street Journal report that ...
And we'll connect on the interplanetary internet
Dateline: 14 February 2028
Ten years ago we witnessed the first private, robotic mission to Mars, which also led to the start of an internet network linking all the rovers and probes ...
The Internet's Third Wave
Posted: 30 December 2014 1 Comment

This excellent long article, actually a review of four books, about how the next wave of connected things on the internet is going to affect our private and professional lives is worth a thorough read.

Next week I'm doing a TV interview about emerging tech trends in the consumer space, and it strikes me that it's the nexus of the big megatrends like internet of things, big data, AI and ...

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The Creepy New Wave of the Internet by Sue Halpern
30 December 2014
As human behavior is tracked and merchandized on a massive scale, the Internet of Things creates the perfect conditions to bolster and expand the ...
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 ...
Who's watching who?
Posted: 11 November 2014

Five years ago we suggested that, in the future, every TV screen or monitor you watch will also be watching you. That was long before the advent of Smart TVs. The convenience of smart devices keeping track of your habits and preferences for you would outweigh the loss of privacy, wouldn't it?

Well we haven't reached that future in 2019 where every TV is a two-way video screen, but there ...

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Amazon’s Echo and the smart TVs that are listening to and watching everything you do
11 November 2014
Pretty soon your toaster will soon be one of the few things that isn’t keeping track of your every move – or at least you’d hope so
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 ...
Robotic disruption
Posted: 6 November 2014 1 Comment

“You can’t wish away these things from happening, they are going to happen,” says Larry Page. “You’re going to have some very amazing capabilities in the economy. When we have computers that can do more and more jobs, it’s going to change how we think about work. There’s no way around that. You can’t wish it away.”

Larry Page makes an important point. Just because you don't like the idea of ...

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Google's Larry Page shares his radical view of tomorrow
6 November 2014
After restructuring his own position, Google co-founder Larry Page is spending his time reshaping our future world - driverless cars are only the start.
Millions of jobs have gone to the machines – and now at the top end too!
Dateline: 26 September 2020
It was way back in 2012 that we predicted that by 2022, your boss would be a machine. We were wrong. It's happened this year, 2020, a full two years ...
Be very scared...Google coming to an asset management Co near you
Posted: 3 October 2014

Google researches the viability of entering the asset management industry...adding to the challenges it already faces from the shift to index tracker funds. Margins will drop, there will be casualties...and don't say you were not warned!

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Car or driver; who to sue?
Posted: 12 September 2014

If a Google Car bashes into you, can you sue Google? Or the human inside the car? What if there was no driver, just a passenger. Or how about a delivery drone that crashes into your house? The legal questions around autonomous vehicles will get vexing. Here's a legal paper that looks at this problem, and our MindBullet published a year ago, asking this question.

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Sue My Car Not Me: Products Liability and Accidents Involving Autonomous Vehicles
12 September 2014
Autonomous vehicles will revolutionize society in the near future. Computers, however, are not perfect, and accidents will occur while the vehicle is in ...
MindBullet logo CAR KILLS 20: WHO'S TO BLAME?
Court rules driver not responsible if car has on-board computer
Dateline: 12 September 2017
Yesterday's court ruling shows two things - just how far technology has gone and why we should fear our kids! The driver of the car that crashed into a ...
Winging it
Posted: 29 August 2014

It seems that Google might beat Amazon and DHL to the punch when it comes to delivery drones. Look at this concept just made public!

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Project Wing: Google's Secret Delivery Drone Program
29 August 2014
The Atlantic reports that Google's skunkworks Google X team has spent the last two years working on a secret program. More than a loosely sketched concept ...
No batteries needed for these delivery drones
Dateline: 7 March 2017
The biggest hurdle for electric aircraft has always been the weight of the batteries, and as nimble as they are, quadrotors and octocopters typically had ...
A Google echo of FutureWorld!
Posted: 5 April 2014 1 Comment

We’ve worked with hundreds and hundreds of companies over 25 years, and our philosophy has not changed! To thrive in this changing, turbulent marketspace, you need to first understand the future, and then design and create the future you want.
So it was deeply gratifying to hear Larry Page, the CEO of Google, probably the most innovative company on the planet, express his philosophy in a TED ...

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Data for your algorithm
Posted: 12 March 2014

That's why Google, the king of the algorithm, is getting into home automation, robots, driverless cars and maybe drones. The internet of things, or as we prefer to call it the 'Internet of Everything' will drive the next data tsunami, with billions and then trillions of connected devices and 'enchanted objects'. And we all know that any good algorithm needs good data, and lots of it.

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For Google, it’s all about the data
12 March 2014
The company’s recent US$3,2bn Nest acquisition is about tracking what you do not only on the Internet but offline, in the comfort of your home, too. By ...
Cloud-based algorithms determine our daily routine and schedule - and our love lives
Dateline: 27 April 2017
We can't predict the future, but the clues are all around us. We're all connected, to each other, to everything, in so many ways. Our daily lives are part ...
Google robots and Facebook drones
Posted: 4 March 2014

Is Facebook on a mission to compete with Google in the acquisition race? Are they buying up this drone maker before Google can grab it? At least these drones have a specific purpose, acting as low-orbit communication satellites, which aligns with Facebook's broader mission of connecting to everyone on the planet.

I am surprised though, that Google hasn't acquired any drone specialists for its ...

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Facebook In Talks To Acquire Drone Maker Titan Aerospace
4 March 2014
Facebook, one of the primary backers of the initiative, which aims to bring affordable Internet access to the 5 billion people in the world ...
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 ...
Big Dog Google up to something
Posted: 17 December 2013

With the purchase of Boston Dynamics, Google is getting into serious robot territory. Robots like Big Dog were designed to work alongside soldiers in the first instance. I wonder if Google will still count the military as a customer, and could we see them developing drones next?

An Android powered droid, built by Google. With open programming interfaces. That could be interesting! ...

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Google buys robot firm Boston Dynamics
17 December 2013
Google's new robotics division now owns BigDog, an all-terrain, four-legged robot developed for the US military
Big Dog leads the charge while Taranis provides air cover
Dateline: 7 April 2016
It’s an open secret that NATO has been planning an invasion, but the ‘troops’ sent in to ‘restore democracy’ are quite unusual. For the first time in a ...
Apple heading for commoditisation
Posted: 23 October 2013

For the first time, Apple is giving away operating systems for free. Mind you, although you can install OSX on generic hardware, Apple will not license it for use on a non-Apple laptop.

Also in the announcement was free office software that appears to compete with Microsoft and Google. This is definitely an attempt by Apple to become more entrenched in the corporate market. Microsoft ...

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Apple releases OS X Mavericks for free
23 October 2013
Mac users can have Apple's latest Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks, for free, the company announced Tuesday at an event in San Francisco.
Step-change thinking moves Apple to an old/new business paradigm
Dateline: 23 October 2012
Apple has not previously been known to favor opening up its software to other hardware platforms. This control obsession has seen it lose out to Microsoft ...
Google Glass facing backlash
Posted: 2 April 2013

Now that Google is rolling out a beta test of its Glass product, we can expect many enthusiastic reviews and supporters for what could become the evolution of the smartphone.

But there is already a negative reaction in the market. When you're talking with someone, and they've got a screen, however small, between their eyes and yours, it can be invasive, even rude. Recording everything you see ...

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Will lawmakers ban Google Glass?
2 April 2013
Google is rolling out its high-tech new glasses -- online eyewear that can record anything and everything the wearer sees. But lawmakers and city officials ...
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 ...
Google Goggles to be made in the US
Posted: 28 March 2013

So here's news that the first Google Goggles will be the US! There's more and more evidence that the US is experiencing a manufacturing renaissance. Coupled to the natural gas revolution, which will dramatically reduce the US's dependence on oil imports, how long before the American economic powerhouse is back on track? Will China in fact become the No.1 economic force in the world, ...

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Google Glass: made in the USA? - Silicon Valley Business Journal
28 March 2013
With all the furor over the first Explorer units of the Google Glass going out...
Euphoria sets in as energy glut reignites the industrial economy
Dateline: 1 January 2020
President Hillary Rodham Clinton had tears of joy in her eyes, as she addressed the nation from the White House lawn, welcoming her fellow Americans to "a ...
Driverless cars coming down the highway
Posted: 9 January 2013

Google's doing it. Now Audi's doing it. And so are several other motor manufacturers. How long before driverless cars take to he road?

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Audi Demonstrates Smaller Autonomous Car Technology at CES 2013 | MIT Technology Review
9 January 2013
The company reveals that it is testing driverless cars on Nevada freeways, and shows a compact laser scanner intended to fit such technology into ...
Road rage and accidents are a thing of the past now that we've got Apps-for-Cars to keep the traffic moving along
Dateline: 15 March 2017
It all started before I even got out of bed! A message on my bedroom smart-wall warned me that a burst water main was slowing traffic, and suggested I ...
No drivers - no accidents!
Posted: 5 December 2012

The age of the driverless car approaches, with Volvo now chasing Google, whose driverless test vehicle has covered 300,000 miles without an accident (except one, when a human was controlling the vehicle!). And see what we wrote about this way back in 2004.

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With driverless cars, Volvo seeks injury-free cars by 2020 | SmartPlanet
5 December 2012
By 2020, Volvo wants its new vehicles to be injury free.
"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 ...
Life's a game
Posted: 19 November 2012

And Google just became the biggest player. Again the incumbents and market leaders, like World of Warcraft and others, will wonder who ate their lunch while they were focused somewhere else!

Do you remember how Gmail started by invitation only, and now it dominates web mail? This could go the same way. ...

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A Google Surprise — Worldwide Alternative Reality Game Ingress Revealed
19 November 2012
Google is venturing again into the realm of augmented reality with its reveal of a new mobile game called Ingress. Though the multiplayer game is currently ...
Get bonus points for civic leadership and healthy living
Dateline: 19 September 2019
We have all become used to having everything tracked by our mobile devices and sensors. Wherever we go, our location is monitored. Whatever we do, a sensor ...

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