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Robot-enabled digital fabrication
Posted: 18 August 2014  
Jordan Brandt is another futurist who sees 3D-printing as a key driver of innovation in manufacturing:

“On the 3D printing side, the biggest impact is ... the way that it’s making existing manufacturing processes more efficient,” sometimes by up to 60 percent, Brandt said in an interview. In these cases, new-age devices aren’t replacing traditional technologies, they’re augmenting them.

Brandt ...
A tech futurist on how robot-enabled 3D printing can change the world
18 August 2014
What does a tech futurist who has created his own concept of Elon Musk's proposed Hyperloop, founded a cloud collaboration company and earned a PhD from ...
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 ...
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Robots arise
Posted: 18 August 2014   1 Comment
Some really interesting stats and graphics on the rise of robotics in the manufacturing workspace. And inevitably, human jobs are in decline. Will the militant trade unions ever get the message? As MIT's Professor Eric Brynjolffson has argued, it's not the race against the machine; it's the race with the machine. New skills, new jobs, moving up the value chain and leaving the drudge, ...
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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Good bot, bad bot
Posted: 7 August 2014  
This is a hot topic at the moment. Will the automation of everything create or destroy jobs? Silicon Valley is split on this issue, with technologists and analysts alike fairly evenly divided as to how intelligent machines and the internet of things will affect the economy. One thing we can predict with confidence, it will be massively disruptive, and we'll all have to unlearn the old way of ...
AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs - PewResearch
7 August 2014
Experts envision automation and intelligent digital agents permeating vast areas of our work and personal lives by 2025, but they are divided on whether ...
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 ...
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Fly robot, fly
Posted: 7 August 2014  
It's a bird, it's a drone, no it's Robobird!

We all know how badly bird strikes can affect airliners, and farmers are often victims of marauding flocks of birds when trying to plant seeds. Here's a humane way to keep birds away - a robot falcon. 3D-printed of course. ...
Robotic Raptors to the Rescue
7 August 2014
3-D printed robotic replicas of the eagles and falcons may actually save flocks of smaller birds from harm. Here's how.
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Is this my worst nightmare, or perfect Utopia?
Dateline: 12 November 2015
Ever since Karel Capek coined the term 'robot' in his 1920 play Rossum's Universal Robots, we have associated these 'working machines' with the human form. ...
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Cybernetic ship builders
Posted: 6 August 2014  
Every day seems to bring more news on the robotics front. Here's a test of robotic limbs to assist people with heavy work.

Doesn't this look just like something out of a sci-fi movie?



Picture:Daewoo ...
Korean Shipbuilder Testing Industrial Exoskeletons for Future Cybernetic Workforce
6 August 2014
Robots are stronger than humans. In situations where strength matters a lot, this often makes robots better than humans, at least for some specific tasks. ...
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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Heading for 'Peak People'
Posted: 5 August 2014  
One of the six forces shaping the future of the world is demographics. It's reasonably easy to study demographic trends, and very difficult to change them. Predictions of an ever-increasing global population that runs out of resources are usually based on a linear view of the future. A more likely scenario is global population peaking in the coming decades, and declining after that.

But is a ...
The Depopulation Time Bomb
5 August 2014
The future of nations is not written in the stars but in their demographics. In particular, a futurist can study national fertility rates, urbanisation ...
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Fertility rates and life expectancy down
Dateline: 1 June 2200
Since its peak at just over 8 billion in 2050, world population has been in decline; but the rate has showed signs of dropping even faster in the last ...
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Precursor to a virtual CEO?
Posted: 4 August 2014  
As artificial intelligence gets smarter, more intuitive, more human like, will we ever see a virtual CEO? I must say that it cant be worse than a few CEO's that I have come across!
IBM’s Watson Groomed as C-Suite Advisor | MIT Technology Review
4 August 2014
Researchers at IBM are testing a version of Watson designed to listen and contribute to business meetings.
MindBullet logo COCA-COLA CEO CANDIDATE GETS THUMBS-DOWN FROM HI-TECH SIMULATION
CEO selection at the company has never been stranger
Dateline: 19 June 2009
The two-man race for the top job at Coca-Cola finally came to an end today, with the unexpected appointment of Dave Delargo, over popular first choice ...
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Are we ready to take on the Robots?
Posted: 30 July 2014  
The future of humans will depend on our future relevance, in a world where automated, smart, self learning, agile robots are about to enter the mainstream. Are we ready for this world and how do we educate and develop people to stay ahead of a fast changing relevance curve? Many industries already seek to reduce dependance on human labour...where will it end? New opportunities and new careers ...
When Robots Come for Our Jobs, Will We Be Ready to Outsmart Them? | Opinion | WIRED
30 July 2014
To survive in this new environment, we human beings must foster high-level cognitive or emotional skills, and find jobs that require them.
MindBullet logo NETWORKED ROBOTS ALL OVER MY HOUSE & GARDEN
Is this my worst nightmare, or perfect Utopia?
Dateline: 12 November 2015
Ever since Karel Capek coined the term 'robot' in his 1920 play Rossum's Universal Robots, we have associated these 'working machines' with the human form. ...
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3 day work scheme
Posted: 28 July 2014   1 Comment
The suggestion of the EU politicians is out of this world :

the 35 hours in France created a discontent : people serch for a second job,

the more free time available equals to the need for more money to be spent,

the kids go to school : the parents sit at home watching TV

The solution lies in the revision of the taxation structure as all over continental Europe the labor cost is simply too ...
MindBullet logo EU ANNOUNCES 3-DAY WORK WEEK
Maximum working hours cut to 30 per week
Dateline: 1 July 2016
In a desperate attempt to stem the rising unemployment tide, the EU has imposed a limit of three days per week that people may work, and a maximum of 10 hours per day. "We're not trying to drive business under," said labour commissioner László Andor, "just reduce inequality between working people and the unemployed. Businesses can have a post filled for six days a week, up to 60 hours, they ...
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EU ANNOUNCES 3-DAY WORK WEEK
Published on: 24 July 2014   2 Comments
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Maximum working hours cut to 30 per week
Dateline: 1 July 2016
In a desperate attempt to stem the rising unemployment tide, the EU has imposed a limit of three days per week that people may work, and a maximum of 10 hours per day. "We're not trying to drive business under," said labour commissioner László Andor, "just reduce inequality between working people and the unemployed. Businesses can have a post filled for six days a week, up to 60 hours, they just have to employ two people to do it." Originally proposed by Carlos Slim two years ago, the 3-day work ...
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Clash of the Tech Titans
Posted: 23 July 2014  
In this struggle, the corporate market is the prize. Who will win the battle, Microsoft or Apple? Or will it be Google, or possibly Amazon? Are the old giants like IBM going to survive? It could be a fight to the death, for some.
Game On: The Struggle for the Enterprise Begins
23 July 2014
Landmark announcements rocked the Enterprise IT market in last week. First Apple and IBM announced an historic partnership to bring iOS devices to the ...
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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Robots reading the news
Posted: 21 July 2014  
The robots are coming:

"South Korea deploys jellyfish-terminating robots, while a robot with artificial intelligence able to analyse market trends has become a company director in Hong Kong."

We've published a number of MindBullets about our robotic future. The one attached to this post is the most recent. Just search MindBullets for 'Robot' to find the others! ...
Getting closer to Blade Runner future
21 July 2014
Tokyo - A future in which it is difficult to tell man and machine apart could soon become reality, scientists say, after recent robotic breakthroughs in ...
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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ARTIFICIAL BURNING OF MIDNIGHT OIL TAINTS GLOBAL EXPO
Published on: 17 July 2014  
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Winner disqualified after evidence of cognitive enhancement revealed
Dateline: 14 March 2029
Tired, but healthy, students and professionals have been buying Ritalin and the brain enhancing drug Modafinil illegally for more than a decade, but this type of doping or cheating is going up a notch. Just ask Jack McCloskey. McCloskey, a 32-year-old male from Manhattan, has been disqualified from winning the Global Medical Science Expo, hosted by the World Health Organization every year. It has been established that he was making use of an implanted memory chip that gave him immediate access to ...
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Dangers also abundant in future
Posted: 10 July 2014  
Futurist Thomas Frey supports our thinking that abundance comes with turbulent consequences, technological unemployment being one of them:

"Even though we are headed toward a world of abundance, having a significant loss of jobs due to robots and automation has the potential of causing a near term backlash." ...
The Growing Dangers of Technological Unemployment and the Re-Skilling of America
10 July 2014
Futurist Thomas Frey: In March, when Facebook announced the $2 billion acquisition of Oculus Rift, they not only put a giant stamp of approval on the ...
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 ...
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Towards an abundocracy
Posted: 10 July 2014   2 Comments
The inevitable paradigm shift as we move towards an age of abundance is an interesting one. From this side of the revolution it is very difficult to think about how it will happen. Our recent history with digital products, opensource and zero distribution costs may be an applicable model, but even in that micro world the story is far from over - capitalism and large-scale businesses still ...
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 contracts!" Since open source, peer production of printed solar panels has made electric power almost zero cost, robots have taken over agriculture, mining and most manufacturing. With no jobs but plenty of creative spirit, the 'maker' ...
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THE CURSE OF ABUNDANCE
Published on: 10 July 2014   6 Comments
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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 contracts!" Since open source, peer production of printed solar panels has made electric power almost zero cost, robots have taken over agriculture, mining and most manufacturing. With no jobs but plenty of creative spirit, the 'maker' movement has spawned millions of backyard factories, churning out low volume, low cost 3D printed products for ...
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Long live longevity
Posted: 8 July 2014   1 Comment
The possibility for humans to extend their lives by hundreds of years is becoming less of a fantasy and more like a future reality. According to this article, a new enzyme and a hormone offer the chance of preventing aging and extending life in mammals. Will our scenario published nine years ago become a hot topic in the near future?

The implications of technology like this becoming affordable ...
This is thrilling life-extension news – for dictators and the ultra-rich
8 July 2014
George Monbiot: Longevity science may divide us into treated and untreated: the first living ever longer, the second dying even younger than now
MindBullet logo WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE FOREVER?
You'd better check how many years you can afford
Dateline: 13 September 2025
Two decades ago, Ray Kurzweil and Aubrey de Grey were often considered the lunatic fringe of science. Living forever? What nonsense! Then, ever so slowly, ...
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Morals for Robots - it's time to think about this!
Posted: 8 July 2014  
With advances in smart robots, self learning systems, the internet of everything and other supporting disruptive technologies, the debate on what robots should be allowed to do, develop etc is rapidly becoming important. Where will this lead society and human kind? The upside is truly spectacular but so is the downside! And there is, as always, no one right answer!
It's Time to Start Talking About Robot Morals
8 July 2014
We're at a moment in time where computer programmers are injecting machines with consciousness and the power of thought. It's time we stop and ask: What ...
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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Customer service by robot collaborating with data!
Posted: 3 July 2014  
Great innovation and service by robots and yet more human jobs lost. Interfaced with airport and passenger data systems it knows when you arrive and will have your car waiting!
A Robot Valet Will Park Your Car at This German Airport
3 July 2014
The first robot valets have started work at an airport in Germany.
MindBullet logo NETWORKED ROBOTS ALL OVER MY HOUSE & GARDEN
Is this my worst nightmare, or perfect Utopia?
Dateline: 12 November 2015
Ever since Karel Capek coined the term 'robot' in his 1920 play Rossum's Universal Robots, we have associated these 'working machines' with the human form. ...
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Life in the smart home of the future
Posted: 2 July 2014  
Living in the smart home of the future will be a breeze, right? Smart machines will anticipate our every mope, and life will be easy. Or will it? There's a way to go, and we may find that a great deal more human intervention is required before we achieve digital utopia. Read on.....
How Welcoming Will the Smart Home of the Future Be? | MIT Technology Review
2 July 2014
Imagine a dishwasher that requires a username and password. Smart homes will require unprecedented effort to ensure not just security but also usability.
MindBullet logo NETWORKED ROBOTS ALL OVER MY HOUSE & GARDEN
Is this my worst nightmare, or perfect Utopia?
Dateline: 12 November 2015
Ever since Karel Capek coined the term 'robot' in his 1920 play Rossum's Universal Robots, we have associated these 'working machines' with the human form. ...
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