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Jobless growth threatens jobs
Posted: 5 December 2016  
We believe that jobless growth - driven by robotics and AI - may be the single greatest social problem facing the world, This latest report underscores our concerns. This is an issue that we need to grapple with today.
3 of the world's 10 largest employers are now replacing their workers with robots
5 December 2016
CLSA, WEF, and Citi have all been mulling what to work as robotics and automation advance. Will we have more leisure time or more poverty and inequality?
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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LEARNING TO UNLEARN
Published on: 24 November 2016  
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New college teaches thinking, learning and unlearning skills
Dateline: 21 September 2018
You've probably heard the old cliché: "By the time you've finished your business course or degree, everything you've learned will be out of date!" Well it's true; even more so, today. Now there's a new college to tackle this problem: The UnVarsity College. It's got nothing to do with the UN; rather it focuses on a new qualification, the MBL, or Master of Business Learning. It's the business school of tomorrow. "The problem isn't learning, it's unlearning. In every aspect of business, we are ...
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LONDON WANTS TO SHANGHAI YOU
Published on: 17 November 2016  
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Now various city 'passports' are vying for your attention
Dateline: 4 March 2029
People used to compare and evaluate national passports in terms of what they offered and how many doors such a document would open for them. Now it's not so much about countries competing against one another; instead megacities are trying to appeal to skilled workers by throwing numerous benefits into the mix. The first signs of this revolution appeared in 2019 when, after Brexit, trade and financial services in London were allowed to attract foreign workers to their industries in exchange for ...
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Robowars for real
Posted: 7 November 2016   1 Comment
Six years ago we wrote about a future where armies would send in robotic vehicles and drones, rather than risk human casualties. Iraq is now taking this approach against ISIS. The ultimate victory will be achieved by the one with the most money for robots!
Iraq's War Robot Makes Battlefield Debut At Mosul
7 November 2016
Robots don’t experience fear. They don’t experience any emotions at all, really, but on the battlefield, it’s the lack of fear that stands out. When ISIS ...
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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Social credit rating by government
Posted: 24 October 2016  
At the beginning of the year we published this MindBullet about having a social credit rating in China, which could unlock privileges. But China also seeks to impose penalties for those who don't perform well on its big data score. Is this grand social engineering, and the very opposite of an open democratic society?
China’s plan to organize its society relies on ‘big data’ to rate everyone
24 October 2016
The Communist Party wants to harness vast troves of online data to score people and companies on their behavior.
MindBullet logo OPEN SESAME TO THE GOOD LIFE
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 ...
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How to train your robot
Posted: 6 October 2016  
In a previous MindBullet we talked about the Robot Internet, where unskilled robots could download all the information they needed to perform a skill or carry out a new function. There's a name for that now, and it's 'cloud robotics'. Using connected artificial intelligence, let robots learn from each other. That's what Google is doing.
Google's next big step for AI: Getting robots to teach each other new skills
6 October 2016
Robots haven't reached human intelligence yet, but Google's researchers are showing how they're closing the gap using downloadable intelligence.
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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CHINA TRUMPS TRUMP, RUSSIA LOOMS LARGE
Published on: 6 October 2016  
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Brexit looks benign in the face of new shocks
Dateline: 14 October 2017
Disruption and turbulence are the new normal, as Black and 'Grey' Swans hatch repeatedly. When the British voted to leave the EU, it was a great shock to the global system, and markets reacted in both predictable, and unpredictable ways. While everyone was 'waiting and seeing' which way the wind would blow, Donald Trump became POTUS, sending another shockwave through the world. Within a year, France and Germany saw populism and reactionary forces replace their governing parties, and the EU is ...
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The urban future
Posted: 26 September 2016  
We have published MindBullets before about the inexorable shift to an urban demographic. Key in this trend is China's stated intention to reach 75% urbanization, and Africa will catch up eventually. So, will cities, both economically powerful and housing many voters and tax payers, become the center of influence in the future?
Why The Future Will Be Dictated By Cities, Not Nations
26 September 2016
Cities encourage forward-thinking attitudes that will transcend the rise, fall, and enacting of bad policies by their parent countries.
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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The future of AI
Posted: 19 September 2016  
We published a MindBullet some time ago which postulated that, in the future, AI would come to mean augmented intelligence rather than artificial intelligence. Elon Musk seems to agree. He thinks the future lies in closer connection between our brains and smart systems. This might involve us becoming symbiotes with an AI linked directly to our neural system. That is exactly the scenario ...
Elon Musk says the future of AI is in linking it to our brains
19 September 2016
Elon Musk has more thoughts on artificial intelligence, but this idea involves merging with computers instead of fighting them.
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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FIRST COMPANY TO BAN SMART DRUGS DESPITE PROFIT RISK
Published on: 15 September 2016  
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Global firm says "No thanks, we're good" in a new world of ethical dilemmas
Dateline: 4 May 2026
To boost the brain, or not to boost the brain? That's the latest differentiating factor that is dividing clients and determining their choice of service providers. No one is sure exactly how the nut should be cracked, but in the most progressive markets some executives are already taking a stand. The German engineering firm AUB has implemented pioneering policies relating to the (non)-use of brain enhancing drugs at work. Their belief? Increased productivity and innovation is necessary and very ...
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PLEASE LET ME HELP YOU
Published on: 25 August 2016  
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My drone knows just how you feel
Dateline: 24 August 2019
Knowing how someone is feeling, or reading the mood of a crowd at a political rally, just got a whole lot easier with SensUbot - a small drone that scans people with a multi-spectral camera. The intelligent agent controlling the drone provides a real-time evaluation of your mood, sentiment towards a situation or proposal, or even your neural state. Are you bored, frustrated, angry, joyful or content? SensUbot can tell. Now there's no excuse for a public speaker to lose the crowd. A surreptitious ...
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AI IS YOUR PERSONAL LIFE COACH
Published on: 18 August 2016  
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It guides you based on a real-time situational analysis of what's happening
Dateline: 14 July 2022
Google Glass was not massively successful when initially launched. The benefits were marginal at best and people preferred to rely on their phones, rather than don geeky eyewear. We had Siri and Google Now, that spoke to us. But these were only 'basic' artificial intelligence agents. Six years ago saw the launch of Nigel, touted as the first truly "Artificial General Intelligence" or AGI. A cloud-based algorithm that was more than smart; Nigel could learn from your actions and transactions, build ...
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Elon Musk training robots to do household chores
Posted: 27 July 2016  
Is there no end to Elon Musk's plans for the future? Latest news is that he and partners are secretly working on teaching warehouse robots to do household chores. This comes on top of Google-owned Boston Dynamics releasing video (see below) of their latest "Spot Mini" doglike robot packing a dishwasher, dumping a can in the trash...and falling on a banana skin. As we say in our keynotes: the ...
Elon Musk’s OpenAI is turning warehouse bots into home helpers
27 July 2016
OpenAI is teaching warehouse robots to do your household chores.
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 momentum is growing
Posted: 1 July 2016  
Rob Advisors are not new. Yet many still assume this new tech will never displace their personal wealth management roles and relationships. Well, think again...the momentum is building and change is afoot. One HAS to ask the question 'How will I avoid being displaced by a really smart rob advisor?'...and do NOT think the answer is 'my relationships'. remember, Amazon won customer service of ...
Nearly half of North Americans open to robo-advice
1 July 2016
Nearly half of North American bank customers are open to ditching human expertise for automated, computer-generated advice and services, according to a ...
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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Taxing the robots
Posted: 26 June 2016  
Now here's a great debate, and one that has been readily explored in movies and novels...should robots be recognised as 'human' personalities?
The EU might even go further, if current legal [proposals are adopted. They;re considering taxing the robots, just as our MindBullet of 2015 suggested. Truth is frequently becoming stranger than fiction! ...
Robots in Europe May Become "Electronic Persons"
26 June 2016
The European parliament's committee on legal affairs submitted a draft proposing the taxation of robot employees, asking companies employing them to pay ...
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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Doing away with borders
Posted: 20 June 2016  
As the New Scientist says in this article, nation states are an increasingly poor way to organise and run a planet. The current migration crises prove that here and now, in 2016, borders are a problem that can't easily be solved. Are they morally and philosophically defensible? In a future where national currencies are replaced by blockchains and tax regimes compete for residents, will ...
End of nations: Is there an alternative to countries? - New Scientist
20 June 2016
Nation states cause some of our biggest problems, from civil war to climate inaction. Science suggests there are better ways to run a planet
MindBullet logo BORDERS CRUMBLE, COUNTRIES MERGE AND SPLIT
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 ...
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Should we be paid for being born, and being human?
Posted: 6 June 2016  
With the inexorable rise of automation, how long before millions of people are put out of work by robots? A recent Oxford University study predicted that 40% of jobs in the US would be lost to automation in the next 10 years.
Thus the debate over a Universal Basic Income for people is gaining traction, even though Switzerland has just voted against it in a national referendum.
We believe the ...
Universal Basic Income Hits the U.S—Citizens Will Get Paid Just For Being Born
6 June 2016
Y Combinator, a seed accelerator and startup incubator, plans to inaugurate a short-term “universal basic income” experiment in Oakland, California; it’s a ...
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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Chinese banks top the world's biggest company list
Posted: 26 May 2016   1 Comment
So which are the biggest companies in the world? Forbes has just released its annual survey of the world's biggest public corporations in 2015. And the top three spots are all taken by Chinese banks. How the world has changed! Our MindBullet from 2014 may just be on the money!
Forbes' 14th Annual Global 2000: The World's Biggest Public Companies
26 May 2016
NEW YORK (May 25, 2016) — Forbes released today the 14th annual Global 2000 list, a ranking of the biggest, most powerful and most valuable companies in ...
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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Robot waiters start work in Asia
Posted: 26 May 2016  
Want to order your meal from a friendly robot? Head for Asia, where robot waiters are making their debut in a pizza chain.
Personable Pepper robot gets a job in a pizza joint
26 May 2016
Visitors to a Pizza Hut in Asia will soon be able to place an order, ask about nutritional info and pay for their meal without even speaking to a member of ...
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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Black market brains
Posted: 26 April 2016  
As we speculated in this MindBullet from a year ago, it's only a matter of time before rich people will buy additional brain capacity in the form of electronic enhancements, making them super-intelligent compared to the average person. And if it's outlawed, they will go to the black market - the gains are just too tempting!
Biohackers are turning to the black market for BRAIN implants
26 April 2016
Presidential candidate, Zoltan Istvan, claims he knows two Americans who are travelling abroad to get the technology. He says it could become a widespread ...
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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