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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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HAPPY NEWS YEAR
Published on: 1 January 2015  
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Come on and let's get happy, we're going to chase those blues away
Dateline: 1 January 2019
Scientists have discovered the secret to happiness, and it's all in the genes. Buried in the sequence of 'junk' DNA that all humans possess in their genome, is a latent genetic trigger for joy. It just needs to be switched on. We've known for ages that people get turned on to happiness in different ways. Sometimes it's just great weather and sunshine; or laughter and good company. Your happiness gene can be triggered by endorphins from a workout, or stimulated by good food, fine wine, or something ...
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Back to the retro future
Posted: 31 December 2014  
David Boyle claims that technological change is not accelerating, and that we're going back to real things over digital products. He has a point, up to a point, but I believe digital technologies are radically changing the way the world works, especially in consumer lifestyles and business lifecycles.

Take space travel. Sure, we went to the moon in 1969. But the way SpaceX is changing the ...
The future? We’ve seen it all before
31 December 2014
David Boyle: It’s not true that technological change is accelerating. In fact we’re clinging more to reality as the virtual world encroaches
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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Thought-provoking writing...
Posted: 3 December 2014  
...that really gets those grey cells going. Highly recommend this online magazine!
Science - Aeon Magazine
3 December 2014
Some of our greatest cultural and technological achievements took place between 1945 and 1971. Why has progress stalled?
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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Is this the key to new super-drugs?
Posted: 25 November 2014  
What a fascinating story! There are some people walking the planet who have a different genetic structure (generally a missing gene) to the rest of us - no-one knows why, but it provides them extraordinary protection against certain diseases. Now drug companies to racing to build compounds that imitate the effect of that missing gene. Could this be the key to a new generation of super-drugs? ...
Regeneron Builds a Database of Human Knockouts in Search for Drug Clues | MIT Technology Review
25 November 2014
They walk among us. Natural experiments, living ordinary lives, unaware that their genes may hold the clue to the next superdrug.
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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SUMMER FASHION FAILS TO SHIP
Published on: 13 November 2014  
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Pandemic to blame for factory lockdown
Dateline: 20 September 2015
There's only one thing worse than showcasing an average line on the runway and that is not modelling anything at all. This faux pas has befallen several fashion houses and the fashion police are looking for answers. A leaked document which has gone viral on Twitter, informs Mango, J.Crew and others that their production orders for Summer 2016 will not be ready for the season: "With more than half of the workforce under quarantine, it simply won't be possible to complete the shipment in time." ...
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Robotic disruption
Posted: 6 November 2014   1 Comment
“You can’t wish away these things from happening, they are going to happen,” says Larry Page. “You’re going to have some very amazing capabilities in the economy. When we have computers that can do more and more jobs, it’s going to change how we think about work. There’s no way around that. You can’t wish it away.”

Larry Page makes an important point. Just because you don't like the idea of ...
Google's Larry Page shares his radical view of tomorrow
6 November 2014
After restructuring his own position, Google co-founder Larry Page is spending his time reshaping our future world - driverless cars are only the start.
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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Access trumping ownership gains momentum
Posted: 27 October 2014  
American spending is shifting...and it may just be the start of a scary story for those companies that rely on people buying more and more stuff! As rampant consumerism seems to be reducing, the economics of a consumer driven society changes everything we know about economics
Apple and Amazon Have a Problem: People Don't Want to Buy Stuff Anymore | WIRED
27 October 2014
The failure of the Fire Phone has been widely cited as the reason for Amazon’s disastrous quarter, but a darker cloud has settled over the world’s biggest ...
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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It's a hard life for entrepreneurs!
Posted: 21 October 2014  
This fascinating article reminds us that we need to look behind the headlines of the few entrepreneurs who DO make it!
Entrepreneurs anonymous
21 October 2014
SEVEN years ago Joe Jones (not his real name) left his job with a big NASDAQ-listed company to strike out on his own. He was sick of corporate life and he ...
MindBullet logo OLD JOBS DIE, NET WORK BOOMS
As traditional employment falls, entrepreneurship has never been stronger
Dateline: 17 September 2016
Isn't it interesting how often predictions about the future turn out to be completely wrong? Take the astonishing explosion of technology. The fear was ...
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Disruption from disease
Posted: 20 October 2014  
Ebola is far less dangerous to global health, and trade, than something like bird flu. Bird flu can literally travel via bird migrations from one continent to another, and can be passed by sneezing and shaking hands. Ebola is only contagious by direct contact with body fluids, and doesn't mutate as easily as a flu virus. But Ebola is pretty deadly, difficult to treat, and creates panic, as ...
Fight to stop Ebola being lost, World Bank warns - Telegraph
20 October 2014
World Bank chief blames a lack of international solidarity in efforts to stem the epidemic
MindBullet logo BIRD FLU PLAGUE CONTAINED AMID VAST TRADE DISRUPTIONS
Scenarios speed business and government response
Dateline: 7 April 2009
The Bird Flu pandemic has been contained - thanks largely to the efforts of futurists and scenario planners, and the leaders who believed in them. ...
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