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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   4 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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Disruptive Innovation - is it relevant?
Posted: 21 June 2014  
This us an important debate for anyone concerned about the future relevance of their business...and another example of how political academia can get!
Clayton Christensen Responds to Takedown of 'Disruptive Innovation'
21 June 2014
Harvard business guru accuses Harvard history professor of "criminal act of dishonesty"
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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A connected society - how connected are you?
Posted: 16 June 2014  
In an interesting move Marriott joins the race to connect people, create new experiences and replace old models with new thinking. To benefit from these new ideas however, one has to be connected and actively extend one's personal networks. The alternative is a lonely existence in empty hotel lobbies!
Marriott And MIT Reinvent The Hotel Lobby As A Social Hub
16 June 2014
A missed connection in the hotel lobby? With the new Six Degrees app, it could be easier to rendezvous with nearby strangers when you travel.
MindBullet logo IN-HOUSE SOCIAL NETWORKS NO LONGER THE OUTCASTS
Restricted no more - companies derive massive value
Dateline: 22 December 2009
There was a time when social networks were the outcasts on the corporate agenda. Alternate identities in MySpace were banned by some companies and access ...
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Get ready for change if you are a professional!
Posted: 16 June 2014  
Interesting research suggests that not only will labour be threatened by new technologies, but the professions will also experience disruption. We have been suggesting this for years! Change is the constant and it's going to happen to a professional near you soon.
Robot doctors, online lawyers and automated architects: the future of the professions?
16 June 2014
Tom Meltzer: Advances in technology have long been recognised as a threat to manual labour. Now highly skilled, knowledge-based jobs that were once ...
MindBullet logo RENT A ROBOT AND RETIRE
HSBC lets you earn while you snooze
Dateline: 11 September 2095
With 60% of the population of the US and EU now over the age of 65, economists have expressed astonishment at the continued strength of the world economy. ...
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China and India: New best friends?
Posted: 10 June 2014  
We've published a number of MindBullets that reflect on China's ability to outperform the rest of the world, and also a couple on the uneasy relationship between China and its comparable neighbour, India.

So will China become the greatest nation on earth? Will it stumble and lose focus and traction, and harmony within? Will India overtake China? Or will China and India join forces and together ...
Border Makes China and India Bristle, Even as They Seek Closer Ties in Trade
10 June 2014
China’s state news media has welcomed India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, as a pragmatic new partner on economic matters
MindBullet logo POUNCING TIGER, STUMBLING DRAGON
India takes on China in the new technology war
Dateline: 6 June 2021
The gloves are off. India and China are battling it out. No longer is India prepared to play second fiddle to China's economic might. In the last decade ...
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Robots get a heart!
Posted: 6 June 2014  
So it seems that robots will soon no longer be able to claim "I haven't got a heart"! These "emotional robots" go on sale shortly.
'Emotional robot' launches in Japan
6 June 2014
Japanese firm Softbank has unveiled a robot called Pepper, which it says can read human emotions.
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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The future is coming...are you ready?
Posted: 28 May 2014  
Its either scary or exciting, depending on how you look at it and how ready you are? Are you mentally agile enough, is your organisation capable of adapting quickly enough? Robotics, internet of things, smart self learning systems, AI, 4 and even 5 D printing, smart machines...it is all happening right now somewhere near you! Get ready for a really different and exciting tomorrow.
Forget Robots. We’ll Soon Be Fusing Technology With Living Matter | Business | WIRED
28 May 2014
WIRED sat down with Joi Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab, to discuss this phenomenon of convergence, where digital bits from the computer world are ...
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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Flying robots inspired by nature
Posted: 26 May 2014  
Biomimicry - emulating nature's amazingly efficient designs - is an emerging science, but an important one that deserves more attention than it is getting. Read how scientists are building flying robots inspired by nature.
Nature inspires flying robot design
26 May 2014
Dr Mirko Kovac from Imperial College explains how drones whose design is inspired by nature are set to become part of our everyday lives
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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Beyond zero marginal cost
Posted: 7 May 2014   2 Comments
“In this emerging world, much of what we thought we knew about the economy and the workplace and the principles of management is not just different. It is plain, flat, dead wrong.”
Steve Denning, Forbes, 2 May 2014

This is the final paragraph of his article on the Economy of Access, and a fitting quote for me to use in my upcoming panel discussion on the changing nature of the workplace and ...
Three Strategies For Managing The Economy Of Access
7 May 2014
The Internet has shredded vertical value chains, created vast new horizontal value chains, and spawned a generation that prefers access to ownership. To ...
MindBullet logo REVOLUTIONARY EVOLUTION IN THE UK WORKPLACE
10m small businesses but 5m have no employees
Dateline: 12 January 2019
The UK has developed into an increasingly polarized workplace. Unemployment has fallen and formal employment has grown, but conversely there has been an ...
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China's mega-cities and regions
Posted: 19 May 2014  
As we've noted before, China is intent on achieving first world levels of urbanization, and this means developing mega-cities and enormous municipal regions. Will their society adapt to this way of life, or will such intense urbanization lead to conflict and the kind of scenario we outlined in this MindBullet?
China’s mega-cities are combining into mega-regions, and they’re doing it all wrong
19 May 2014
You may never have heard of the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing, but by some measures it is one of the largest and fastest-growing cities in the ...
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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TECHNOLOGICAL UNEMPLOYMENT MEANS NO WORK BUT BASIC PAY
Published on: 15 May 2014  
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Redundant workers cashing in on robot jobs
Dateline: 3 February 2024
Up until now, we have managed to survive recessions and every economic slump, but experts believe we are finally reaching a plateau, as the majority of jobs are being automated away. Income inequality is reaching levels never seen before. The world is increasingly run and ruled by tech-heavy companies who employ only a handful of people. The ten biggest multinationals of the '90s employed 12 times more people than the ten biggest corporations today. The business behemoths of the current age rely ...
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Super spreaders build quantum relationships
Posted: 14 May 2014  
Companies need to understand how to connect more powerfully and authentically with their market place. its drives growth, loyalty and enables collaboration in ways yet to be understood fully. A new category of business drivers is emerging - so-called 'super-spreaders. These highly and widely connected people are out there - the question is how connected is your organisation and how do you ...
The Emerging Science of Superspreaders (And How to Tell If You're One Of Them) | MIT Technology Revi
14 May 2014
Nobody has figured out how to spot the most influential spreaders of information in a real-world network. Now that looks set to change with important ...
MindBullet logo YOUR TWEET IS SHAPING FUTURE GOVERNMENT
First fully electronic election shows up true power of social networks
Dateline: 9 April 2015
Pouring money into influencing the electorate to vote in a particular way has been endemic in all democratic societies. In the 2008 US presidential ...
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