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Google gets its drone on
Posted: 16 April 2014  
Perhaps upstaging Facebook, Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the maker of those solar powered drones that can fly high enough to act as comms satellites. Guess that means we'll be seeing the Googlenet come alive sooner rather than later.
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
16 April 2014
Web giant Google is buying Titan Aerospace, presumably to help it blanket the world in internet connectivity beamed from drones and balloons.
MindBullet logo LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
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 ...
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Collaboration drives abundance thinking
Posted: 15 April 2014  
In a connected yet challenged world we have so many more ways to discover new solutions to the world's big problems. The challenges of water, food, healthcare, energy, the environment and education all need radical innovation and radical solutions. We now have increasingly powerful ways of discovering new solutions...through massive collaboration enabled by ubiquitous connectivity. Fuelled by ...
PatientsLikeMe Gives Genentech Full Access | MIT Technology Review
15 April 2014
The most extensive collaboration between the patient social network and a drug company to-date is likely to be just the first of its kind.
MindBullet logo NOW YOU CAN HAVE FOUR BILLION WORKERS – FREE
Co-creation is the new business innovation
Dateline: 21 January 2009
Here's a conundrum: How can you employ virtually everyone in the world - and no-one at the same time? The answer lies in the definition of 'employment'. ...
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Can the virtual office become a reality?
Posted: 1 August 2011   1 Comment
Making "the office" a better and more productive place has been going on for decades! Remember office automation? Remember the paperless office? The big buzz now is the virtual office - and this could be the breakthrough, because the tools are really there to make it happen.
FutureWorld, of course, has been a virtual company from the start - nearly 25 years ago! We have no offices. No staff. ...
The Rise of the Virtual Office - Technology Review
1 August 2011
As the definition of the workplace changes, dramatic increases in productivity could be ahead.
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Virtual PA re-writes the rules of office efficiency
Dateline: 14 November 2014
At the annual Service Excellence Awards banquet in New York, Electra Speed, a virtual personal assistant from Virgin Stars, won the top honour against ...
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Synthetic life
Posted: 2 April 2014  
When we published this MindBullet in 2007, we thought that it would be decades before people started churning out artificial life forms from computer designs. But this report of a computer-designed chromosome surviving replication in a yeast cell makes it look like a scenario that has come a whole lot closer.

Of course, it's going to be some time before we can manufacture dragons and orcs, but ...
Designer genes take a leap forward after scientists make new chromosome
2 April 2014
Look miles into the future and imagine a day, when geneticists can design a flawless set of human genes in a laboratory.
MindBullet logo SYNTHETIC LIFE MAKES THE JUMP FROM VIRTUAL WORLDS
Artificial DNA used to make live replicas of game characters
Dateline: 8 August 2028
Now that scientists have perfected the technique of synthesizing DNA, it is possible to take computer-generated characters from virtual world environments ...
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China's grand plan for cities
Posted: 27 March 2014  
China's latest urbanization policy has strong environmental overtones.

According to Xinhua, the plan says China should strive to push for "harmonious and pleasant living conditions in cities by making basic public services accessible to all permanent urbanites and pursuing better ecology, more clean air and safe drinking water."

China's ultimate ambition is to have a population that mirrors ...
Beijing unveils landmark national urbanization plan
27 March 2014
China on Sunday unveiled an urbanization plan for the 2014-2020 period in an effort to steer the country's urbanization onto a human-centered and ...
MindBullet logo MIDDLE KINGDOM REIGNS SUPREME
China beats the odds and the analysts and doubles its economy in a decade
Dateline: 8 August 2025
China has proven all its detractors wrong - again. Despite predictions of economic collapse by global doomsayers, China has doubled its GDP in ten years, ...
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MIDDLE KINGDOM REIGNS SUPREME
Published on: 27 March 2014   1 Comment
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China beats the odds and the analysts and doubles its economy in a decade
Dateline: 8 August 2025
China has proven all its detractors wrong - again. Despite predictions of economic collapse by global doomsayers, China has doubled its GDP in ten years, rising from the second most important economy to top spot, eclipsing even the United States, although not by much. How did the 'Middle Kingdom' do it? China faced down its biggest demographic crisis, with the population segment that provides the workforce declining by 70 million people since 2010. Many feared this would precipitate a collapse, as ...
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NASA says we're doomed
Posted: 20 March 2014  
Will our technology-based civilization collapse in the coming decades? A new study funded by NASA seems to suggest it's likely. Certainly many advocates of "Limits to Growth" and projections of global population exceeding 10 billion would agree. But here's the thing. The future doesn't necessarily reflect past cycles, and globalisation makes comparisons with previous advanced civilizations ...
According to NASA’s model based study, we are headed to Civilization Collapse
20 March 2014
A model based study is full of gloom and doom:  Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for ‘irreversible collapse’?  It makes our book Global ...
MindBullet logo STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS
The West deflates, China stagnates, and the rest of the world watches and worries
Dateline: 1 May 2040
As the 21st Century approaches middle age, prices are falling alarmingly. In real terms, everything from coal to electronics is cheaper than it was four ...
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The second machine age
Posted: 14 March 2014  
"The first machine age not only boosted human living standards, but was also complementary to human labor. In the second machine age, we expect another boost in living standards but it’s unclear whether the new technologies are going to be complements or substitutes to human labor."
Andrew McAfee & Erik Brynjolfsson, co-authors of The Second Machine Age
14 March 2014
The Industrial Revolution produced machines that required human input. But is the digital revolution rendering labor obsolete?
MindBullet logo LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
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 ...
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And the jobless?
Posted: 5 March 2014   1 Comment
And what will happen to the already billions that cannot find a job?
MindBullet logo LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
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 work. Robots have moved out of the factories, and into the mines, fields and skies. Google's drones watch over traffic and crops, and are contracted to law enforcement and local authorities. In Africa, the drones keep tabs on endangered ...
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Re:LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
Posted: 5 March 2014  
Good I say. They will carry out the tasks we were genetically created and engineered to do. The created becoming the creator. Very interesting.
MindBullet logo LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
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 work. Robots have moved out of the factories, and into the mines, fields and skies. Google's drones watch over traffic and crops, and are contracted to law enforcement and local authorities. In Africa, the drones keep tabs on endangered ...
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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 ...
Facebook In Talks To Acquire Drone Maker Titan Aerospace
4 March 2014
Facebook, one of the primary backers of the Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring affordable Internet access to the 5 billion people in the world ...
MindBullet logo LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
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 ...
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Listed companies related to robotics
Posted: 28 February 2014   1 Comment
who has suggestions for listed companies in the space?
MindBullet logo LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
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 work. Robots have moved out of the factories, and into the mines, fields and skies. Google's drones watch over traffic and crops, and are contracted to law enforcement and local authorities. In Africa, the drones keep tabs on endangered ...
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GTM Strategy
Posted: 27 February 2014  
Question is probably When, not If. But what to do with the millions of unemployed people? Maybe organize massive organ farms?
MindBullet logo LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
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 work. Robots have moved out of the factories, and into the mines, fields and skies. Google's drones watch over traffic and crops, and are contracted to law enforcement and local authorities. In Africa, the drones keep tabs on endangered ...
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Drone ships set to sail the seas
Posted: 27 February 2014  
There';s been plenty of news lately about drones and their emerging uses - with Amazon even posting the idea that drones may one day be used to deliver your online orders right to your doorstep. But Rolls Royce has more than a foot in the water. The company is developing unmanned "drone" cargo ships that could dramatically changing the world of international freight. And how appropriate is ...
Rolls-Royce is developing drone cargo ships
27 February 2014
Drones are already patrolling the skies, and eventually Rolls-Royce wants to see them take over the seas too. According to Bloomberg, Rolls-Royce Holdings ...
MindBullet logo LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
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 ...
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LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
Published on: 27 February 2014   10 Comments
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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 work. Robots have moved out of the factories, and into the mines, fields and skies. Google's drones watch over traffic and crops, and are contracted to law enforcement and local authorities. In Africa, the drones keep tabs on endangered rhinos, calling in air support when poachers are spotted. In Boston, they deliver fresh produce from eBay; all the ...
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Predicting the future of the world
Posted: 25 February 2014  
Of course you can't, and economists agree. But we can develop a picture for certain inexorable trends, like changing demographics in different countries, what their response might be, and how that will (probably) affect the overall future of the global economy.

This panel discussion at Columbia University is available on YouTube, and makes for interesting viewing, even though it is more than ...
MindBullet logo STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS
The West deflates, China stagnates, and the rest of the world watches and worries
Dateline: 1 May 2040
As the 21st Century approaches middle age, prices are falling alarmingly. In real terms, everything from coal to electronics is cheaper than it was four decades ago, and steel is at its lowest price in 100 years. Deflation is the norm in the Old World, and the so-called Dynamic Markets are no longer so dynamic. Over the past century, we have seen global growth on an unprecedented scale, and ...
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Looking back to see the future
Posted: 7 February 2014  
Sometimes as futurists it's useful to look back (with perfect hindsight) to see the future. I don't mean that we should forecast, based on the past, but rather that looking back 10 or 20 years can often give us an idea of just how much things can change in the next 10 or 20 years.

Ten years ago there was no Facebook. Just think today, as Facebook celebrates its 10th birthday, how any ...
A typical iPhone would have cost $3.6 million two decades ago
7 February 2014
The technology power available today in a typical smartphone was way out of reach just 20 years ago.
MindBullet logo IS THIS THE END OF INNOVATION?
The pace of technology advances slows as all invention is outsourced to computers
Dateline: 3 March 2033
We are in trouble. We've reached the end of the road. Like the mythical serpent devouring itself from the tail, we have progressed in ever decreasing ...
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Bill Gates makes a comeback, for now
Posted: 5 February 2014  
Now that Microsoft has decided on a new CEO with a new vision for the company, it makes sense to bring Bill back into the process of creating the new products and services that will give life to that vision. But in time, after Microsoft has surged to a new peak, we might see the scenario developing that we posed in this MindBullet, and Silicon Valley (in its broadest sense) will lose its ...
Does Bill Gates Still Know What Computer Users Want?
5 February 2014
Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, will work with Bill Gates to define new products.
MindBullet logo SILICON VALLEY'S GOLDEN YEARS DRAW TO A CLOSE
It's the end of the Boomer era in Silicon Valley - and the start of something much bigger
Dateline: 16 June 2016
Bill Gates has said his last goodbye. Announcing his decision to retire from his position as Chairman of Microsoft, Gates wished the company well and said ...
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Goodbye Chinese culture
Posted: 3 February 2014  
Will the disappearance of of almost a million rural villages result in the death of Chinese culture? Read this report from the New York Times, if you can get past their paywall.
‘Once the Villages Are Gone, the Culture Is Gone’
3 February 2014
Village-based traditions once practiced by close-living families and neighbors are disappearing in an increasingly urban China.
MindBullet logo DEATH OF A MILLION VILLAGES
More than one million villages in China destroyed or abandoned
Dateline: 16 January 2016
China's headlong rush into the industrial urban dystopia has a million silent victims. Some were simply abandoned to the creeping weeds and vines of ...
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SILICON VALLEY'S GOLDEN YEARS DRAW TO A CLOSE
Published on: 23 January 2014   1 Comment
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It's the end of the Boomer era in Silicon Valley - and the start of something much bigger
Dateline: 16 June 2016
Bill Gates has said his last goodbye. Announcing his decision to retire from his position as Chairman of Microsoft, Gates wished the company well and said he was going to pursue philanthropic and personal interests. It's the end of an era in Silicon Valley. But innovation and inventiveness have never been more prevalent. It's a global phenomenon, driven by ubiquitous connectivity. We don't need Silicon Valley to incubate ideas and bring them to fruition. Just connect to one of the hundreds of ...
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