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Future Jobs
Posted: 26 April 2015  
As machines get smarter, we get more connected and life as we knew it changes forever, what will the new jobs be? This article will get you thinking!
8 New Jobs People Will Have In 2025
26 April 2015
New technologies will change the kinds of jobs people have in the coming years. Don't be surprised if one day you've taken on the position of...
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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Nano bots, forward march!
Posted: 14 April 2015  
The military is increasingly investing in robot tech, primarily to reduce risk and casualty among human soldiers. While we haven't quite reached the scenario of an invasion force made entirely of robots, more applications for tiny, swarming robots are being developed.

"In other words, swarm robots, which are relatively inexpensive and, from the standpoint of force planners, essentially ...
Swarm robots poised to fly amid acquisitions and military investment
14 April 2015
The military is going miniature, and that means big investments in small flying machines that will eventually operate in swarms.
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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Night vision eye drops
Posted: 2 April 2015  
This sounds like an April Fool's prank, but it's apparently real.

A specialised solution was found to significantly increase vision in dim light, and with no adverse effects. The effect did wear off overnight though. ...
California biohackers create night vision eye drops
2 April 2015
Only the most hardcore luddites object to the very idea of using technology, like night vision goggles, to improve human performance. It’s the only way we ...
MindBullet logo SHOULD WE CREATE SUPERMAN - JUST BECAUSE WE CAN?
It may already be too late to ask
Dateline: 17 May 2025
New technologies to 'reinvent and upgrade' the human species are causing widespread alarm around the globe. Scientists have perfected a number of ways to ...
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The bionic antbots are coming
Posted: 30 March 2015  
Almost ten years after we published this scenario in MindBullets, automation company Festo has produced a small swarm of giant robotic ants that are networked to co-ordinate group tasks.

"Like their natural role models, the BionicANTs work together under clear rules," the company added. "They communicate with each other and coordinate their actions and movements among each other. The ...
These 3D-Printed Ants Could Be the Factory Workers of the Future
30 March 2015
These 3D-printed ants scuttle around much like the real thing. But loaded with sensors and wireless communication systems, they're an experiment in ...
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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SySTEMic problems
Posted: 26 March 2015   1 Comment
Protecting any kind of career through artificial means is generally a bad idea. If a free economy indicates that an activity is no-longer valuable then that activity isn't valuable - shoring it up is just wasting money. It's natural for us to want to protect our heritage and legacy, to avoid any change, but it's also a type of sentimentality that creates more problems. Once you go down the ...
MindBullet logo STEM JOBS FUELLING INEQUALITY
SySTEMic problems necessitate policy expansion on basic wages
Dateline: 4 February 2021
The world has gotten so 'skewed' towards STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) as more and more of everyday life is ruled by these fields. Overall we're better off - STEM has helped to curb carbon emissions, we just saw the first drug-based therapies for reversing strokes and heart attacks and we're desalinating enough seawater to supply half of Australia. We rely on ...
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STEM JOBS FUELLING INEQUALITY
Published on: 26 March 2015   2 Comments
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SySTEMic problems necessitate policy expansion on basic wages
Dateline: 4 February 2021
The world has gotten so 'skewed' towards STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) as more and more of everyday life is ruled by these fields. Overall we're better off - STEM has helped to curb carbon emissions, we just saw the first drug-based therapies for reversing strokes and heart attacks and we're desalinating enough seawater to supply half of Australia. We rely on STEM and we want STEM, but as a result many other careers and people are falling by the wayside. STEM jobs and ...
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Sleep-hacking mice
Posted: 12 March 2015  
New Scientist reports that mice have been given new memories while sleeping. Seems like traumatic memories in human brains could be removed in the future after all!
MindBullet logo TAKE A LOAD OFF YOUR BRAIN
Now everyone can be like Dumbledore
Dateline: 12 February 2045
Harry Potter (and every other person on the planet) envied Professor Albus Dumbledore because of the pensieve that stood in his study. Dumbledore deposited memories in the pensieve, where they were kept intact until they were needed. Up to now this has been fiction, but soon it will become fact. Neuroscientists have discovered where and how memories exist, which means that we are now able ...
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Growing old and healthy
Posted: 11 March 2015  
OK, so no-one wants to live forever, but enjoying a long and healthy life is a great idea, and good for the economy too. These new drug combinations may be the start of combating old-age diseases and slowing the aging process.
Drugs that dramatically increase healthy lifespan discovered
11 March 2015
A research team from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Mayo Clinic and other institutions has identified a new class of drugs that in animal models ...
MindBullet logo UN: ETERNAL LIFE IS A MATTER OF CHOICE
But remember...that makes 'death' a personal choice too
Dateline: 12 March 2021
In a statement from the United Nations today, it was confirmed that the world's G18 nations had agreed to remove the idea of 'retirement' from their ...
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CRISPR babies, superior people
Posted: 6 March 2015  
A few years ago we published this MindBullet about creating super people. Now the development of CRISPR makes it not only possible, but increasingly likely that we will have the ability to genetically engineer children before they are born. Should we do it?

"The fear is that germ line engineering is a path toward a dystopia of super people and designer babies for those who can afford it." ...
Germ Line Engineering with CRISPR Leads to Designer Human Embryos
6 March 2015
Scientists are developing ways to edit the DNA of tomorrow’s children. Should they stop before it’s too late?
MindBullet logo SHOULD WE CREATE SUPERMAN - JUST BECAUSE WE CAN?
It may already be too late to ask
Dateline: 17 May 2025
New technologies to 'reinvent and upgrade' the human species are causing widespread alarm around the globe. Scientists have perfected a number of ways to ...
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Head transplant? Might just be possible!
Posted: 1 March 2015  
Imagine the unimaginable? The prospect of infinite human life is already being debated in some scientific circles. Every year steps towards this prospect happen all over the world of science. Suddenly, an Italian scientist says he will transplant a head in a few years...where could this lead humankind to? Is it even possible? The answer is yes it is possible and yes it might well happen! The ...
Surgeon Plans First Human Head Transplant
1 March 2015
Sergio Canavero claims recipients would be able to speak using the same voice and could be walking within a year.
MindBullet logo UN: ETERNAL LIFE IS A MATTER OF CHOICE
But remember...that makes 'death' a personal choice too
Dateline: 12 March 2021
In a statement from the United Nations today, it was confirmed that the world's G18 nations had agreed to remove the idea of 'retirement' from their ...
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The robots are definitely coming!
Posted: 26 February 2015  
More interesting discussion on the rapidly emerging world of intelligent robots - and the implications for humanity, and the jobs we currently hold today.
What clever robots mean for jobs
26 February 2015
Recent advances have pushed experts to look anew at changes automation will bring to labour force as robots wiggle their way into higher reaches of ...
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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ROBOEARTH TAXES THE MACHINES
Published on: 26 February 2015   1 Comment
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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 doing all the work, we would also have found the solution to technological unemployment? The point is, just as horses became unemployable with the invention of engines, so humans became unemployable in the age of seriously smart machines. We call it "Roboearth." When a robot arrives from the factory, it's essentially lifeless; it can't do ...
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UN DECLARES POVERTY ILLEGAL
Published on: 29 January 2015  
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Inequality next in the firing line
Dateline: 12 January 2021
The first resolution to come out of the United Nations for the new year is somewhat startling. Poverty has been declared 'illegal'. "A minimum living standard should be regarded as a basic human right," said the secretary general. "In this day and age, governments must ensure that for all their citizens, or step aside and let more competent people govern!" Another item on the agenda is to reduce global inequality, not only within nation states, an increasingly archaic concept, but also between top ...
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Robot farm workers
Posted: 28 January 2015  
You may have heard us expound on the concept of precision agriculture, where drones do aerial surveys of the fields, and robots precisely manage the crop production. This trend is advancing faster than we thought. Here's a slideshow of 27 agricultural robots who have recently joined the workforce, from the enormous, specialized LettuceBot to the utility BoniRob, a lightweight field robot ...
Top Robots for Farmers for 2014
28 January 2015
Over 60 agricultural robots are in-the-field today, either commercially or in testing for release in 2015-2016. Here are 27 of the top contenders for the ...
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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Welcome to robo-corps....companies that run themselves
Posted: 26 January 2015  
What's the logical conclusion of the Internet of things? In a world of connected devices, surely it is a marketplace of robo-corps...companies operated entirely by machines, without any human intervention. Science fiction? That's exactly where we're heading. And what does it mean for mankind, for work, for jobs and for society? No-one knows yet, but we really need to start thinking about ...
Are we ready for companies that run themselves? – David Morris – Aeon
26 January 2015
Get ready for companies that run themselves. But will the autonomous economy set us all free, or just make the rich richer?
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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Bank employs robot workers
Posted: 15 January 2015  
We've told you that the robots are coming (see MindBullet alongside) - and here they are. Customers of this Japanese bank will be met by robot greeters when they enter the branch. It's a crazy world!
Japanese bank employs robot branch workers
15 January 2015
Already facing competition from online and mobile channels, bank branch staff in Japan are about to come up against a new threat: mini humanoid robots.
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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The Xiaomi generation
Posted: 13 January 2015  
There's a new brand set to dominate the consumer tech space in China, and that's Xiaomi. They're becoming the trendiest smartphone maker and soon the internet of things for their adoring fans, and that's the secret to their success.

"There is a younger generation, though, the Xiaomi generation, that has grown up in a country that has been growing by near double digits every year they have been ...
Xiaomi's Ambition - stratechery by Ben Thompson
13 January 2015
Xiaomi is a hard company to understand if you only think of them as a smartphone maker. In fact, they want to own the entire house of their true fans.
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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Bio-hacking the future
Posted: 7 January 2015  
Should we make glow-in-the-dark pets and hornless rhinos? There are arguments for and against this idea. What about eradicating malaria mosquitoes using synthetic genetics? Most Africans would be in favour, but some greenies would oppose it as interfering with nature. There could be unintended consequences to deleting a species.

Whatever your view on the ethics or wisdom of synthetic organisms ...
Design your own genetically modified freak show
7 January 2015
In 1951, John Wyndham wrote a novel which Arthur C. Clarke would hail as an “immortal story”. As any great work of science fiction does, Wyndham’s book ...
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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Can the virtual office become a reality?
Posted: 1 August 2011   2 Comments
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.
MindBullet logo iPA, YOU KNOW MY EVERY MOVE
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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Virtual and co working office
Posted: 6 January 2015  
Nowadays a lot of guys are resorting to work as a virtual assistant. Yeah there are are certain perks of having a virtual assistant and being one but I think there are also some risk factors about it. The way I see it I think it is much better to work on an co working of better a permanent office. We are currently conducting some research about how to improve the open office experience and as ...
MindBullet logo iPA, YOU KNOW MY EVERY MOVE
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 stiff competition from fellow virtual assistants entered by Apple's iAssist, Microsoft's Mania and Google's Gurus. It's notable that of the fifty finalists, only two were real people. Jane Slack, CEO of the world's largest virtual placement ...
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