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Artificially intelligent art
Posted: 7 July 2017

Paintings created by an AI system have received the thumbs up from the public.

"The idea is to make art that is “novel, but not too novel”, says Marian Mazzone, an art historian at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, who worked on the system.

Mazzone and her colleagues at Rutgers University in New Jersey and Facebook’s AI lab in California modified what’s known as a generative ...

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Artificially intelligent painters invent new styles of art
7 July 2017
Big stylistic shifts in art usually come from genius painters like Picasso – but an AI is being trained to create unconventional pictures of its own
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Machines that think for themselves are taking over the world
Dateline: 22 February 2022
In our quest to develop smarter, more powerful, less power-hungry computers and devices, we have created artificial intelligence that rivals that of the ...
Reusable rockets
Posted: 10 April 2017 2 Comments

SpaceX has successfully recovered eight of their first stage boosters, and has also reflown, and recovered again, the rocket known as Core 1021. Now Elon Musk says they want to be able to recover the second stage as well, and reuse almost 100% of the rocket. His vision for human space flight includes landing the crew capsule under power for reuse too!

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Elon Musk Wants To Reuse All Of SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket By 2018, Slashing Cost Of Space Travel
10 April 2017
As noted by Fortune, space entrepreneur Elon Musk now says he wants to achieve complete reuse of the entire SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in 2018.
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Welcome to the hotel at 'the edge of the world'
Dateline: 22 December 2017
The Stella Hilton officially opened for guests in time for the Christmas holidays. The glittering 'first night' featured Senator Charlize Theron and ...
Self-driving luggage
Posted: 30 March 2017 2 Comments

Hope the batteries don't catch fire.

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Self-driving luggage, for the truly 'last yards'
Dateline: 1 April 2019
Anyone who travels regularly on business knows what a schlep it is to drag your roll-aboard cabin bag around with you for what seems like - and probably is - miles and miles of airport concourses. And terminals seem to get bigger every year. Putting wheels on luggage was an innovative idea; one wonders why it took decades before that caught on in a big way. Then it was just a matter of time ...

GET ME TO THE GATE ON TIME

Published on: 30 March 2017 3 Comments

Self-driving luggage, for the truly 'last yards'

Dateline: 1 April 2019

Anyone who travels regularly on business knows what a schlep it is to drag your roll-aboard cabin bag around with you for what seems like - and probably is - miles and miles of airport concourses. And terminals seem to get bigger every year. Putting wheels on luggage was an innovative idea; one wonders why it took decades before that caught on in a big way. Then it was just a matter of time before someone added a laptop battery and a tiny electric motor, so your smart luggage could follow you ...

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Strategic narratives...do you have one?
Posted: 20 January 2017

The challenge of getting all employees, analysts, shareholders, customer s and everyone else in your ecosystem to understand and passionately buy into your game plan is crucial in a confusing world. Very few companies seems to have the strategic story nailed! It starts with your "Why" and explains the ambition, the journey's landmarks and the ideal outcome clearly to all and most ...

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Beyond Forecasting: Creating New Strategic Narratives
20 January 2017
In turbulent markets, managers can build momentum for innovative strategies by rethinking the past, reconsidering present concerns – and reimagining the ...
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Do Nassim Taleb's aphorisms tell the real story?
Dateline: 28 February 2018
Nassim Taleb's ground-breaking book was published exactly ten years ago today and we celebrate its anniversary amongst some of the most "improbable events" ...
Taxing food and water, and air
Posted: 8 November 2016

A few years ago, we published a MindBullet which suggested that the climate control freaks, I mean bureaucrats, would eventually tax us for the very air we breathe. While that was a bit tongue-in-cheek, the idea is not so far fetched. Water is already taxed in the form of VAT on your council bill, and bottled water is taxed three times over, which is probably a good thing.

Now comes an idea to ...

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Food Tax Could Tackle Climate Change and Save Half a Million Lives: Study - NDTV Food
8 November 2016
Taxing food on the basis of planet-warming emissions generated to produce it could boost the fight against climate change and save half a million lives, a ...
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European agency for air quality seeks to introduce oxygen tax
Dateline: 28 April 2023
The EU Climate Control Agency (CCA), known colloquially as the 'carbon police', has introduced proposals to tax the very air we breathe. Two decades of ...
Hacking toasters
Posted: 26 October 2016

Almost five years ago, we wrote a MindBullet with a slightly humorous twist, about a microwave oven that used the internet of things to hack a toaster, among other things. Well, truth is stranger than fiction! In 2016, that's more or less exactly what happened, with massive consequences. This article says the government must step in... to save the internet from hacked toasters!

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The government needs to step in and save the internet from hacked toasters
26 October 2016
The internet of things revolution is coming, whether you want it or not And it poses a terrifying risk to the future of the web.
MindBullet logo THE MICROWAVE GAVE MY TOASTER A VIRUS FOR CHRISTMAS
And the washing machine has gone crazy
Dateline: 1 January 2013
The internet of things has its drawbacks. Now that everything is connected, all the time, they don't always play nice. It's annoying, when you're sitting ...
Anything but Clump?
Posted: 21 October 2016

With the increasing disenchantment with both candidates in the digital media, one wonders if our recent MindBullet, suggesting an AI system would be the best POTUS, isn't right on the mark.

After publishing this MindBullet, we came across this article from earlier in the year that asks the same question: Could a robot run for President? ...

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Could a robot run for U.S. president in 2020?
21 October 2016
Advances in artificial intelligence have raised the question of a supercomputer running for office.
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The next Commander in Chief is an avatar
Dateline: 3 November 2020
When a Presidential decision can affect millions of people's lives, it's a weighty matter; one that must balance ethics, integrity and pragmatism with what ...

AI FOR PRESIDENT

Published on: 20 October 2016 1 Comment

The next Commander in Chief is an avatar

Dateline: 3 November 2020

When a Presidential decision can affect millions of people's lives, it's a weighty matter; one that must balance ethics, integrity and pragmatism with what is best for the majority of the people. It's not easy to arrive at the best decision, even with a host of expert advisors. That's why it is best left to the dispassionate rationality of Artificial Intelligence. Since Watson learned to diagnose cancer quicker and more accurately than the most experienced oncologist, the IBM AI platform has also ...

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How to steal an AI
Posted: 4 October 2016

How do you steal someone else's deep learning algorithm that has been built up from thousands, perhaps millions of data inputs? Apparently all you need to do is build a machine learning system that quizzes the target AI often enough and voila! you can replicate it.

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How to Steal an AI
4 October 2016
Researchers show how they can reverse engineer and reconstruct someone else's machine learning engine---using machine learning.
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Machines that think for themselves are taking over the world
Dateline: 22 February 2022
In our quest to develop smarter, more powerful, less power-hungry computers and devices, we have created artificial intelligence that rivals that of the ...
Generating power from your clothes
Posted: 14 September 2016

We've talked for some time about emerging smart fabrics - and here's a breakthrough that will enable you to generate power from sunlight and movement directly from the fabrics you wear on your body.

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Power-generating fabric harvests energy from sunlight and movement
14 September 2016
We’re wearing electronic devices, and soon we could be wearing clothing that powers those devices. Now a team at Georgia Tech has developed a fabric that ...
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Smart clothing pushes the boundaries of fashion and technology
Dateline: 12 February 2012
Did the phrase "hot" ever spring to mind as you eyed that curvaceous bikini-babe, or that handsome muscular hunk, depending on your preferences? Well, now ...
CRISPR cabbage
Posted: 12 September 2016

"If you thought the pseudo-scientific anti-GMO movement was annoying now, just you wait and hear what they have to say about this! Located in a garden just outside of Umeå, Sweden, there is a special kind of cabbage plant. So special that, despite guaranteed push back by certain neo-luddite activists, we could very well be witnessing the future of food production as we know it."

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Order Up! First CRISPR Gene Edited Meal Is Here - SERIOUS WONDER
12 September 2016
The first meal created using CRISPR-Cas9 is finally here and it's set to change the food production industry forever! - B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder
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Modified crops produce food and drink with that feel-good factor
Dateline: 26 July 2017
It's unusual for innovation in California to develop outside of Silicon Valley, but this time it's Napa Valley that's making the headlines. Vineyards and ...
Computers that think like people
Posted: 4 August 2016

A while ago we published this MindBullet about cognitive systems, computers that think, and behave, like people do. Now IBM has advanced the progress towards these systems with the first artificial neurons that operate like those in our brains.

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IBM creates world’s first artificial phase-change neurons
4 August 2016
They behave like biological neurons, including low power usage and dense scaling.
MindBullet logo COGNITIVE SYSTEMS RULE, OK
Machines that think for themselves are taking over the world
Dateline: 22 February 2022
In our quest to develop smarter, more powerful, less power-hungry computers and devices, we have created artificial intelligence that rivals that of the ...
When is a robot an animal?
Posted: 13 July 2016

When you make a gadget that moves, and you can control it, then it's a machine, right? Like a robot. But if the things that make it move are muscle tissue, bits of living organisms, then it's an animal, not so? Neither - it's a biohybrid. Expect to see more of these short-lived 'creatures' emerging from the lab. I wonder if they will ever perfect the dragon we wrote about ten years ago?

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Scientists Create Successful Biohybrid Being Using 3-D Printing and Genetic Engineering
13 July 2016
Scientists genetically engineered and 3-D-printed a biohybrid being, opening the door further for lifelike robots and artificial intelligence.
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GeneTech's new fantasy pets set the world on fire
Dateline: 8 July 2025
It was a scene out of some fantasy epic that greeted Reginald Dobbs as he arrived home last night. His house was on fire and a dragon was perched on the ...
Dubai plans to become 3D biomedical global leader
Posted: 18 June 2016

In the past few weeks, we say Dubai announcing the launch of the world's first fully-functional 3D printed office building. Now Dubai's Health authority reveals ambitious plans to become a world leader in 3D printed biomedical devices, from tissue to limbs. Amazing what visionary leadership can do.

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Dubai Health Authority reveals initiative for $100 3D printed artificial limbs
18 June 2016
The Dubai Health Authority has just revealed plans for a huge (bio)medical 3D printing initiative that is expected to be worth $350 million by 2025 and ...
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Prosthetic limbs are the latest teen craze
Dateline: 20 December 2020
"I'm getting them upgraded for the New Year," beams a happy Deon Pretorious, aged 15. Pretorious is one of thousands of teenagers around the world ...
Finding faces
Posted: 18 May 2016

Ever spotted a stranger and been curious to know who they are? Findface, an app launched in Russia, will search through billions of faces in seconds to find a match. Perhaps our MindBullet on this subject - published three years ago - was on to something?

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Face recognition app taking Russia by storm may bring end to public anonymity
18 May 2016
FindFace compares photos to profile pictures on social network Vkontakte and works out identities with 70% reliability
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Even though we've never met
Dateline: 12 January 2015
"I'm sure I recognize you from somewhere. Have we met before?" We've all heard or used this line before, to initiate a conversation with someone who looks ...

SPAM BOTS FOR HATE SPEECH

Published on: 5 May 2016

Bigots and racists hide behind chatbots using online artificial intelligence

Dateline: 6 June 2018

The backlash to effectively censoring social media by outing bigots and haters has pushed them underground. Now tech-savvy racists and trolls have turned to anonymous chatbots and 'intelligent' software systems to spew their invective into the public domain. Ironically, they were handed the idea by Microsoft's own experiment with a naïve AI bot on Twitter called Tay, who was designed to learn from conversations with others. Very soon, it had been trained by cynical nerds to "love Hitler" and drop ...

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From Apps to Bots...the race is on!
Posted: 12 April 2016

Soon we will have forgotten the App world as we engage effortlessly with Bots. There will be new winners and new losers. It will change work and training forever. Some jobs will die and many new ones will emerge.

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Why Apple and Google should be worried about Facebook’s new bots store
12 April 2016
A big announcement by Facebook could set off a massive bot war in Silicon Valley
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Super Artificial Intelligence agent thinks it's a real person
Dateline: 7 January 2019
You may recall the movie 'Her' where the lead character falls hopelessly in love with his virtual girlfriend Samantha. She returns his love, even though ...
Fashion sees its next challenge! 3D printing will change this industry too
Posted: 31 March 2016

3D printing is growing and challenging industries in leaps and bounds.

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3D-printed fashion hits SA
31 March 2016
Modeclix's 3D-printed clothes mimic traditional cloth. South Africa has been chosen as the first country to get the exclusive unveiling of a 3D-print..
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The age of digital abundance is mired in old fashioned industrial business practices
Dateline: 26 December 2016
A few years ago it was easy to buy things on the internet. Remember the story of someone who ordered a curry online, from a London restaurant, and had it ...
Busting the myths of AI
Posted: 16 March 2016

Here's a long but interesting read - how much of what we think we know about AI is based on myth, movies and make-believe?

Decide for yourself. And then ask Watson if you're right! ...

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Everything You Know About Artificial Intelligence is Wrong
16 March 2016
It was hailed as the most significant test of machine intelligence since Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov in chess nearly 20 years ago. Google’s AlphaGo ...
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Machines that think for themselves are taking over the world
Dateline: 22 February 2022
In our quest to develop smarter, more powerful, less power-hungry computers and devices, we have created artificial intelligence that rivals that of the ...

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