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A tax on robots
Posted: 17 February 2017   1 Comment
Back in February 2015 we wrote about a tax on robots. The European Parliament has just rejected this idea, while passing new regulations on AI and introducing an insurance scheme for driverless cars. But with robots, automation and AI set to wipe out billions of 'human' jobs, how long before the idea of a tax on robots is back before the legislators of the world?
EU move to bring in AI laws, but reject robot tax proposal
17 February 2017
The European Parliament has voted on a resolution to regulate the development of artificial intelligence and robotics. The proposed rules include ...
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 ...
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Wireless electric power
Posted: 21 February 2017   1 Comment
For many years we have been hoping for practical, economic wireless power for electronic devices, especially charging portable devices. Now it finally seems to be possible, with the latest paper from... Disney Research!

Forget 'witricity' and near-contact charging; now there is the technology to make your whole living room or office a charging cabinet for your devices, so they never have to ...
Quasistatic Cavity Resonance for Ubiquitous Wireless Power Transfer
21 February 2017
Wireless power delivery has the potential to seamlessly power our electrical devices as easily as data is transmitted through the air. However, existing ...
MindBullet logo NEW YORK WORKERS GET POWER OUT OF THIN AIR
This is the end of the power cord as we know it
Dateline: 12 November 2010
It doesn't matter if you're at the office or at home, take a look under your workstation. See the tangle of power cords, adapters and multi-plugs. What an ...
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Leadership thinking needs a reboot
Posted: 19 January 2017  
Many traditional leadership disciplines need a hard reboot to ensure that leaders are able to cope with the new world and leverage off these exponential times. One of these is the fall back demand for "research' to validate all decisions! We increasingly fall foul of analysis paralysis seeking proof of new and untried concepts and answers...instead of building a sensible risk framework, ...
Beyond Forecasting: Creating New Strategic Narratives
19 January 2017
In turbulent markets, managers can build momentum for innovative strategies by rethinking the past, reconsidering present concerns – and reimagining the ...
MindBullet logo AI IS YOUR PERSONAL LIFE COACH
It guides you based on a real-time situational analysis of what's happening
Dateline: 14 July 2022
Google Glass was not massively successful when initially launched. The benefits were marginal at best and people preferred to rely on their phones, rather ...
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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.
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 ...
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Replacing human workers with AI tech
Posted: 1 January 2017  
"While concrete examples of AI systems making human workers redundant are currently rare, observers have pointed out that such cases are likely to increase.

The insurance firm will introduce an AI system based on IBM Japan Ltd.'s Watson, which according to IBM is a "cognitive technology that can think like a human," and "can analyze and interpret all of your data, including unstructured text, ...
Insurance firm to replace human workers with AI system - The Mainichi
1 January 2017
Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Co. is planning to slash nearly 30 percent of its payment assessment department's human staff after it introduces an ...
MindBullet logo THE ROBOTS AREN'T COMING, THEY'RE ALREADY HERE!
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 ...
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China the come-back kid
Posted: 29 December 2016  
Over the years, we have published many MindBullets on China's rise, and possible fall. We don't predict the future, merely highlight various scenarios. In China's case, it can go both ways; China could reign supreme, despite its many challenges, or it could succumb to a number of drivers, like commodity bubbles, property bubbles, worker discontent, inflation, population ageing, global ...
The world’s top economy: the US vs China in five charts
29 December 2016
For more than a century, the United States has been the world’s top economy. These charts show how this is changing.
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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ANOTHER EXTRA, NEW YEAR
Published on: 29 December 2016   1 Comment
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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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To hell with work!
Posted: 11 December 2016  
What is the future of work in a world where we are NOT creating net new jobs and it's going to be much worse! Maybe jobs are the problem not the solution!
What if jobs are not the solution but the problem? – James Livingston | Aeon Essays
11 December 2016
Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?
MindBullet logo WHERE ARE THE NEW JOBS?
Venture capital is frozen by fear of failure
Dateline: 15 March 2007
Disappointing employment growth numbers out of the United States highlights the deepening employment crisis. Growth is positive, profits are up but there ...
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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.
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 ...
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Jobless growth threatens jobs
Posted: 5 December 2016  
We believe that jobless growth - driven by robotics and AI - may be the single greatest social problem facing the world, This latest report underscores our concerns. This is an issue that we need to grapple with today.
3 of the world's 10 largest employers are now replacing their workers with robots
5 December 2016
CLSA, WEF, and Citi have all been mulling what to work as robotics and automation advance. Will we have more leisure time or more poverty and inequality?
MindBullet logo THE ROBOTS AREN'T COMING, THEY'RE ALREADY HERE!
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 ...
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LEARNING TO UNLEARN
Published on: 24 November 2016  
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New college teaches thinking, learning and unlearning skills
Dateline: 21 September 2018
You've probably heard the old cliché: "By the time you've finished your business course or degree, everything you've learned will be out of date!" Well it's true; even more so, today. Now there's a new college to tackle this problem: The UnVarsity College. It's got nothing to do with the UN; rather it focuses on a new qualification, the MBL, or Master of Business Learning. It's the business school of tomorrow. "The problem isn't learning, it's unlearning. In every aspect of business, we are ...
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LONDON WANTS TO SHANGHAI YOU
Published on: 17 November 2016  
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Now various city 'passports' are vying for your attention
Dateline: 4 March 2029
People used to compare and evaluate national passports in terms of what they offered and how many doors such a document would open for them. Now it's not so much about countries competing against one another; instead megacities are trying to appeal to skilled workers by throwing numerous benefits into the mix. The first signs of this revolution appeared in 2019 when, after Brexit, trade and financial services in London were allowed to attract foreign workers to their industries in exchange for ...
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Robowars for real
Posted: 7 November 2016   1 Comment
Six years ago we wrote about a future where armies would send in robotic vehicles and drones, rather than risk human casualties. Iraq is now taking this approach against ISIS. The ultimate victory will be achieved by the one with the most money for robots!
Iraq's War Robot Makes Battlefield Debut At Mosul
7 November 2016
Robots don’t experience fear. They don’t experience any emotions at all, really, but on the battlefield, it’s the lack of fear that stands out. When ISIS ...
MindBullet logo ROBOT ARMY INVADES ZENUTIA
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 ...
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Social credit rating by government
Posted: 24 October 2016  
At the beginning of the year we published this MindBullet about having a social credit rating in China, which could unlock privileges. But China also seeks to impose penalties for those who don't perform well on its big data score. Is this grand social engineering, and the very opposite of an open democratic society?
China’s plan to organize its society relies on ‘big data’ to rate everyone
24 October 2016
The Communist Party wants to harness vast troves of online data to score people and companies on their behavior.
MindBullet logo OPEN SESAME TO THE GOOD LIFE
China's new social credit score for citizens starts paying dividends
Dateline: 15 April 2021
Yesterday was a good day for Mei-Hua Li. Her offer on her dream apartment was accepted, her internet speed got bumped up three notches (for free) and she ...
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How to train your robot
Posted: 6 October 2016  
In a previous MindBullet we talked about the Robot Internet, where unskilled robots could download all the information they needed to perform a skill or carry out a new function. There's a name for that now, and it's 'cloud robotics'. Using connected artificial intelligence, let robots learn from each other. That's what Google is doing.
Google's next big step for AI: Getting robots to teach each other new skills
6 October 2016
Robots haven't reached human intelligence yet, but Google's researchers are showing how they're closing the gap using downloadable intelligence.
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 ...
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CHINA TRUMPS TRUMP, RUSSIA LOOMS LARGE
Published on: 6 October 2016  
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Brexit looks benign in the face of new shocks
Dateline: 14 October 2017
Disruption and turbulence are the new normal, as Black and 'Grey' Swans hatch repeatedly. When the British voted to leave the EU, it was a great shock to the global system, and markets reacted in both predictable, and unpredictable ways. While everyone was 'waiting and seeing' which way the wind would blow, Donald Trump became POTUS, sending another shockwave through the world. Within a year, France and Germany saw populism and reactionary forces replace their governing parties, and the EU is ...
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The urban future
Posted: 26 September 2016  
We have published MindBullets before about the inexorable shift to an urban demographic. Key in this trend is China's stated intention to reach 75% urbanization, and Africa will catch up eventually. So, will cities, both economically powerful and housing many voters and tax payers, become the center of influence in the future?
Why The Future Will Be Dictated By Cities, Not Nations
26 September 2016
Cities encourage forward-thinking attitudes that will transcend the rise, fall, and enacting of bad policies by their parent countries.
MindBullet logo MEGACITIES HAVE TO DOWNSIZE
United Nations blames supersized cities for world's social ills
Dateline: 15 March 2039
In a sweeping move, the United Nations has ordered the 75 largest megacities in the world to come up with strategies to radically reduce their urban ...
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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 ...
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 ...
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FIRST COMPANY TO BAN SMART DRUGS DESPITE PROFIT RISK
Published on: 15 September 2016  
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Global firm says "No thanks, we're good" in a new world of ethical dilemmas
Dateline: 4 May 2026
To boost the brain, or not to boost the brain? That's the latest differentiating factor that is dividing clients and determining their choice of service providers. No one is sure exactly how the nut should be cracked, but in the most progressive markets some executives are already taking a stand. The German engineering firm AUB has implemented pioneering policies relating to the (non)-use of brain enhancing drugs at work. Their belief? Increased productivity and innovation is necessary and very ...
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PLEASE LET ME HELP YOU
Published on: 25 August 2016  
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My drone knows just how you feel
Dateline: 24 August 2019
Knowing how someone is feeling, or reading the mood of a crowd at a political rally, just got a whole lot easier with SensUbot - a small drone that scans people with a multi-spectral camera. The intelligent agent controlling the drone provides a real-time evaluation of your mood, sentiment towards a situation or proposal, or even your neural state. Are you bored, frustrated, angry, joyful or content? SensUbot can tell. Now there's no excuse for a public speaker to lose the crowd. A surreptitious ...
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