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MADMEN REPLACED BY ADBOTS AND ROBO-WRITERS
Published on: 11 February 2016  
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Saatchi & Saatchi hire creative robots, not people
Dateline: 12 February 2020
I remember clearly when artificial intelligence expert Vivienne Ming told us: "No job or industry is safe from robotics and AI." That was five years ago. As a freelance copywriter, I was smug in my assumption that her assertion didn't apply to us, to creative skills. We were the exception to the rule; machines, no matter how smart, can't be truly creative, can they? Software bots and AI systems quickly evolved to handle ordinary, routine work like news and sports reports. Machine learning and deep ...
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Amazon University of the future
Posted: 10 February 2016  
Here's a scenario that reads almost like a MindBullet - imagining a review of Amazon University in 2030.

A great story that adds depth to our MindBullet last week on the subject of higher education! ...
How Amazon could destroy college as we know it
10 February 2016
For years, pundits have speculated that online instruction could begin to overtake traditional higher education, but too often have offered few details ...
MindBullet logo HIGHER EDUCATION FINALLY MAKES THE GRADE
Getting graduates ready for the 4th industrial revolution
Dateline: 5 September 2027
Universities are having a hard time - and not just your small town college. Even Harvard classrooms are emptying out as bureaucratic institutions are ...
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Viva la revolución!
Posted: 5 February 2016  
Love the idea of "school-of-life" combined with real world contextualised learning. The relevance and therefore direct application of learning would sky rocket and graduates would receive a more flexible tool kit of skills, enabling them to adapt to the changing environment beyond education. When I was at Uni I only went to the library to Google white papers, as the books on ...
MindBullet logo HIGHER EDUCATION FINALLY MAKES THE GRADE
Getting graduates ready for the 4th industrial revolution
Dateline: 5 September 2027
Universities are having a hard time - and not just your small town college. Even Harvard classrooms are emptying out as bureaucratic institutions are falling behind and losing credibility; by the time exams are written, the content is no longer relevant! Increasingly violent and brutal student protests worldwide about fees, loans and unemployment have left many governments desperate. With ...
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HIGHER EDUCATION FINALLY MAKES THE GRADE
Published on: 4 February 2016   2 Comments
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Getting graduates ready for the 4th industrial revolution
Dateline: 5 September 2027
Universities are having a hard time - and not just your small town college. Even Harvard classrooms are emptying out as bureaucratic institutions are falling behind and losing credibility; by the time exams are written, the content is no longer relevant! Increasingly violent and brutal student protests worldwide about fees, loans and unemployment have left many governments desperate. With machine learning, AI, quantum computing and automation, the workers of tomorrow require drastically new ...
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The beginning of the end for mankind?
Posted: 28 January 2016  
As computer power, machine learning and artificial intelligence continue to grow in power exponentially, we ask...what is the future of humans? Given how we are destroying the planet, why should we even survive?
Computer says Go
28 January 2016
Beating a Go champion with machine learning
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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Reversing aging
Posted: 26 January 2016  
A new method from Stanford researchers paves the way for preventing and reversing the effects of aging on human cells. Perhaps the elixir of youth is closer than we think?
Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds
26 January 2016
Researchers delivered a modified RNA that encodes a telomere-extending protein to cultured human cells. Cell proliferation capacity was dramatically ...
MindBullet logo TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N ROLL, BUT TOO YOUNG TO DIE
The agony of being in your 120s
Dateline: 20 December 2027
It's tough being 122. If you thought puberty or being a twenty-something was challenging, just wait until you get to 120-something! You've got the body of ...
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OPEN SESAME TO THE GOOD LIFE
Published on: 7 January 2016  
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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 was offered a paid internship in the Chinese president's office. Sure sounds like she hit the trifecta! Li has clearly mastered the gamified social security system that is Sesame Credit. She has stopped buying non-Chinese products and chose a Masters degree topic of 'Sustaining China's Resource Relationship with the African Continent'. She has ...
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The year of biotech breakthroughs
Posted: 30 December 2015  
The year 2015 was packed with breakthroughs in biotechnology. This roundup by MIT Technology Review provides fascinating reading.
The Best Biomedicine Stories of 2015 | MIT Technology Review
30 December 2015
During 2015, the combination of potent biotechnologies solved problems and created new ones.
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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Hacking your body
Posted: 17 December 2015  
It's a sobering thought to consider what exponential advances in biotech could bring in the coming decades. Ray Kurzweil says that genetic manipulation will be a million times more powerful in twenty years - that's 20 exponential steps.

So if you're in your 50s today, by the time you are in your 70s, the ability to prolong average life will be vastly increased, and by the time you're 100, it ...
How to Hack Your Body to Live Past 120
17 December 2015
A high-profile group of futurists is exploring the possibility of extending human life. How will they do it? Treat the body like a computer.
MindBullet logo TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N ROLL, BUT TOO YOUNG TO DIE
The agony of being in your 120s
Dateline: 20 December 2027
It's tough being 122. If you thought puberty or being a twenty-something was challenging, just wait until you get to 120-something! You've got the body of ...
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Perhaps the pill is here already
Posted: 10 December 2015  
An American association for aging research has managed to get approval for trials of an existing drug to see if it helps not to 'cure' aging, but improve 'healthspan' which in turn can increase lifespan.
http://singularityhub.com/2015/12/06/longer-life-in-a-pill-may-already-be-available-at-your-local-drug-store/
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MindBullet logo TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N ROLL, BUT TOO YOUNG TO DIE
The agony of being in your 120s
Dateline: 20 December 2027
It's tough being 122. If you thought puberty or being a twenty-something was challenging, just wait until you get to 120-something! You've got the body of a 90-year-old; so what? It's still an effort to get out of bed, and those neuroprosthetic implants keep your mind sharp, but the constant software updates are literally giving you headaches. Slowing and reversing physical aging has become ...
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TAKE A PILL TO LEARN CHINESE
Published on: 3 December 2015  
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Attend a workshop, swallow some tablets and go home with all the knowledge
Dateline: 17 November 2030
One of Ray Kurzweil's 'craziest' predictions from fifteen years ago just came true! Just like predictions of driverless cars and wireless brain interfaces were considered crazy in 2005, the idea that you could learn something other than by reading and listening was thought impossible. But the nanobots that we use to augment our natural intelligence have also become more user friendly. Now we can ingest them, and they will find their way into our brains and upload the information. The first ...
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You always have a choice...
Posted: 26 November 2015  
...and there's always Dignitas!
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MindBullet logo TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N ROLL, BUT TOO YOUNG TO DIE
The agony of being in your 120s
Dateline: 20 December 2027
It's tough being 122. If you thought puberty or being a twenty-something was challenging, just wait until you get to 120-something! You've got the body of a 90-year-old; so what? It's still an effort to get out of bed, and those neuroprosthetic implants keep your mind sharp, but the constant software updates are literally giving you headaches. Slowing and reversing physical aging has become ...
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TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N ROLL, BUT TOO YOUNG TO DIE
Published on: 26 November 2015   4 Comments
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The agony of being in your 120s
Dateline: 20 December 2027
It's tough being 122. If you thought puberty or being a twenty-something was challenging, just wait until you get to 120-something! You've got the body of a 90-year-old; so what? It's still an effort to get out of bed, and those neuroprosthetic implants keep your mind sharp, but the constant software updates are literally giving you headaches. Slowing and reversing physical aging has become more than a science - now it's an industry, and once you're on that bandwagon, you're hooked for (the rest of ...
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Add some RAM to your brain
Posted: 25 November 2015  
Boost your brain with some extra memory - that's the promise of a chip in the head, and the subject of this MindBullet we published earlier this year. How long before it's commercially available?
First Human Tests of Memory Boosting Brain Implant—a Big Leap Forward
25 November 2015
“You have to begin to lose your memory, if only bits and pieces, to realize that memory is what makes our lives. Life without memory is no life at all.”... ...
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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AI, Smart machines and human relevance
Posted: 18 November 2015  
These and many more BIG questions will be debated in the halls of power, business and society in the years ahead. In the end, humans will have to redefine their relevance! Machines are already faster and better than many of us at many tasks. Unions...get ready and wake up!
Machines are better than humans at hiring the best employees
18 November 2015
When an algorithm picks the candidate, they stay longer and perform better, new research finds.
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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Robotic futures
Posted: 11 November 2015  
We've talked for years about 'the robots are coming'....it's no longer true. They're here, even in supermarkets, as this report alongside explains.
Last week we hosted Artificial Intelligence expert Dr. Vivienne Ming at a series of client events. She said many things that riveted our attention, but perhaps the most striking was that 'there is no human skill that robots or AI cannot do.'
The ...
Store Robot, Tally, Knows When the Supermarket Shelves Need Restocking | MIT Technology Review
11 November 2015
A shelf-scanning bot called Tally will help make sure everything is in its place in supermarkets and other retail outlets.
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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Electricity - a basic human right
Posted: 9 November 2015  
I have a theory that, because our modern lifestyle above the poverty line depends on access to affordable energy, eventually many communities will expect affordable electricity as a basic right.

If Moore's law works the marginal price of solar power down to nothing, and the 'energy internet' becomes a reality, then we may well see electricity joining broadband as a basic necessity of life.

In ...
A Texas Utility Offers a Nighttime Special: Free Electricity
9 November 2015
In Texas, wind farms are generating so much energy that some utilities are giving power away.
MindBullet logo COMMUNICATIONS AND BANKING DEFINED AS BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS
Swedish and South African governments unleash human and economic potential
Dateline: 12 November 2009
Personal communications and basic financial services have joined shelter, education and health care as basic human rights. Within weeks of each other, the ...
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WHO IS REALLY CASHING IN ON THE DEMOGRAPHIC DIVIDEND?
Published on: 5 November 2015  
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Burgeoning youth creates opportunities and challenges
Dateline: 15 December 2023
Many businesses and organizations have been so focused on catering to the aging Baby Boomers and the grey markets of Europe and China that they almost missed one of the biggest opportunities of this century: the boom of youngsters in sub-Saharan Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa is seeing an unprecedented increase in its youth numbers and fertility has started to fall. By 2035, they will have more people joining the labour force than the rest of the world combined. The region is poised to benefit from ...
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BORDERS CRUMBLE, COUNTRIES MERGE AND SPLIT
Published on: 29 October 2015  
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Migration is the new normal as ultra-mobility ramps up
Dateline: 28 October 2023
In the face of a constant flood of political and economic refugees, as well as 'citizens of the world,' geographic borders are becoming an increasingly archaic concept. People who have a home in Africa and an apartment in France, or Spain, are so tired of being quizzed by banks and online markets for 'Country of residence' and then treated like that's their only language or national identity. We are global citizens, and spend as much time, if not more, in 'foreign' lands as we do 'at home.' And why ...
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Robots learning from each other
Posted: 28 October 2015  
Should we be scared? Is this the start of the Robot Internet? Or is RoboBrain the next big leap forward in technology that will enrich our lives?
Robot Culture: Research Bots Share What They’ve Learned
28 October 2015
A robot at Brown University learned how to perform a task from a very different robot at Cornell University.
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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