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Intelligent things
Posted: 27 July 2015  
When the internet of things meets artificial intelligence, will the result be a bug-ridden mess, or the kind of useful ecosystem we wrote about in this MindBullet? The jury is out at this stage!
Connecting artificial intelligence with the internet of things
27 July 2015
With the two technologies set to meet, lines between sci-fi and a high-tech new reality continue to blur. Industry experts see no reason to be fearful
Sensors and gadgets clamour to be heard
Dateline: 13 May 2024
After all these years, we're still stuck with basic artificial intelligence. AI has not matured to the 'general' level, where machines are as smart as ...
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Welcome to the Robotel
Posted: 21 July 2015  
Most people like the human touch, but some go out of their way to avoid it. This hotel in Japan is run by robots, including a 'dinosaur' receptionist. Sounds like fun, though it might be a bit mechanical. At least you don't have to tip the staff!
Hotel 'staffed' entirely by robots unveiled in Japan
21 July 2015
Businessman insists hotel, with no human workers, is not a gimmick and will cut operating costs.
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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Driverless cars are safer
Posted: 20 July 2015  
Most car crashes are caused by human error. The first injury to a passenger in one of Google's driverless cars was caused by another driver that rear-ended them. According to Google, all the collisions involving their driverless cars during testing have been caused by careless, inattentive drivers of other cars.

But what happens when the computer makes a mistake and does hurt someone? Who will ...
Google's autonomous car injuries: Blame the human
20 July 2015
The first injury linked to Google's autonomous vehicle testing has been reported -- but what was to blame?
MindBullet logo CAR KILLS 20: WHO'S TO BLAME?
Court rules driver not responsible if car has on-board computer
Dateline: 12 September 2017
Yesterday's court ruling shows two things - just how far technology has gone and why we should fear our kids! The driver of the car that crashed into a ...
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Published on: 16 July 2015  
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A supercomputer that sits on your wrist and never needs recharging
Dateline: 18 February 2022
It's been seven years since IBM invented 7nm transistor chips, and five years since 3D Universal Memory was launched by Samsung. Since then we've seen personal computers disappear and be replaced by ever smaller, ever smarter mobile devices. Devices that understand you when you speak to them, are connected to the cloud, all the time, respond to your movements and gestures, and recharge themselves while you sleep. That's because the exponential growth of computing power and shrinking size has made ...
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Blockchain share register
Posted: 15 July 2015  
One of the ideas we suggested in this MindBullet seems to be happening already. Startups on Nasdaq are using the blockchain to keep track of shareholders and verify trades.
Recording Nasdaq Trades on Bitcoin Platform: How It Works
15 July 2015
In its highest-profile application yet, Bitcoin’s public transaction record will help startups keep track of shares and shareholders.
The rise of the distributed autonomous company has disrupted markets and nations
Dateline: 17 February 2027
CarCoin has ubered Uber. AppCoin has upstaged Apple. And Africoin has made African countries irrelevant; fiscally and economically at least. Based on the ...
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Jobless future
Posted: 15 July 2015  
There's a great debate raging. Will robots destroy jobs and create misery, or will we figure out how to live in 'luxury fully-automated communism' where the machines do the work and we humans follow more creative pursuits?

Finding our way in this complex and scary future will be a challenge, but it's not going to go away. We can't afford to just ignore it! ...
It's No Myth: Robots and Artificial Intelligence Will Erase Jobs in Nearly Every Industry
15 July 2015
Though robots and artificial intelligence will erase jobs and bring social challenges, they may also provide an opportunity for humanity to uplift itself.
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Neo-Luddites are on the march as technology explodes
Dateline: 10 June 2017
Last year, advanced new technologies and nanotech production lines led to the creation of 12 million jobs in China. The problem is that these same market ...
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IBM's new super-chip
Posted: 10 July 2015  
The announcement of working samples of 7-nanometre processor chips is important for several reasons. Firstly they show that Moore's law is not over yet, and they reached this point sooner than expected. So the exponential growth of computer power is still on track. This also marks a fundamental change in the way these developments are done, as it is a collaboration between members of a global ...
IBM announces computer chips more powerful than any in existence
10 July 2015
IBM discloses working version of much higher capacity chip
High performance computing is embedded everywhere and virtually free
Dateline: 22 September 2022
Moore's Law says, in essence, that computer processors become twice as powerful, and half the price, approximately every two years. Over time that sort of ...
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Brick laying bot
Posted: 9 July 2015  
Every day seems to bring news of robots that can do things cheaper and quicker than humans, and with less safety concerns. Here's another example of a robot that can exponentially increase productivity, but also might displace jobs. Hadrian can build the brick walls for a basic house in just two days!
A robot called Hadrian wants to build you a house in two days
9 July 2015
A West Australian company has a robot they say can lay 1,000 bricks a second and build the frame of an average house in under two days.
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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Published on: 9 July 2015  
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Criminal act foiled by smart body camera
Dateline: 4 July 2018
When Amanda Reed disappeared on campus, safety officers were quick to start a search. Friends reported seeing her getting into a light coloured sedan at the west entrance. They were sure it was Amanda, but a review of security camera video yielded nothing. The police were at a dead-end. Pictures of Amanda were circulated on social media, and people were encouraged to call in with any information, but to no avail. Then a bright young student in the media lab thought of 'Asking the Magic Eye'. Using ...
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Humans versus artificials
Posted: 8 July 2015  
In this Backchannel article, the author considers three 'forces of the future' and comes up with three possible scenarios for 2050. Of the three forces, the impact of AI and robotics, or 'artificials' as Stowe Boyd refers to non-human workers and actors, seems to have the most influence.

In our MindBullet published two years ago, we looked at six forces shaping the future, and presented a ...
What Will a Corporation Look Like in 2050?
8 July 2015
A futurist imagines how companies will react to inequality, climate change and Artificial Intelligence
The West deflates, China stagnates, and the rest of the world watches and worries
Dateline: 1 May 2040
As the 21st Century approaches middle age, prices are falling alarmingly. In real terms, everything from coal to electronics is cheaper than it was four ...
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Google and Apple compete for the space behind the wheel!
Posted: 7 July 2015  
We all know that Google is the leading player in the development of driverless vehicles. But did you know that both Google and Apple have already developed sophisticated driver-assist services that can be used in today's vehicles?
Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto are competing for that valuable real estate behind the wheel. Read about their efforts alongside.
Perhaps our MindBullet of ...
With CarPlay and Android Auto, Apple and Google Are Ready to Drive the Future of Cars—If Only the Au
7 July 2015
Automakers and tech companies are racing to bring safer and more useful smartphone-style interfaces to cars. Can any of them go further and reprogram ...
Road rage and accidents are a thing of the past now that we've got Apps-for-Cars to keep the traffic moving along
Dateline: 15 March 2017
It all started before I even got out of bed! A message on my bedroom smart-wall warned me that a burst water main was slowing traffic, and suggested I ...
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Digital currency deluge
Posted: 7 July 2015  
Today we read that Citibank is developing its own digital currency. We still don't know how Bitcoin will pan out, if it will be a bubble or something lasting. But blockchain technology is definitely here to stay. As we've pointed out before, it can be used for many things, beyond crypto currencies.

I still think there's an opportunity for a government, perhaps China, to launch a global digital ...
Citibank Is Working On Its Own Digital Currency, Citicoin
7 July 2015
In a move that should be of no surprise to anyone familiar with the space, Citibank has admitted to running a test platform for digital currencies and is..
Controversial digital currency collapses as clones saturate the market
Dateline: 15 March 2015
In essence, Bitcoins are digital artifacts created by using computers to solve complex mathematical formulae, essentially cracking a code. The reward one ...
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Machines that kill
Posted: 6 July 2015  
Technology means 'the use of tools' and tools can be used for good purposes and bad. When a machine malfunctions or is operated incorrectly, the results can be tragic. When the machine in question is an industrial robot and kills a man working on it, the headline is quite chilling: "Robot kills man." But of course, the robot had no intention, and the man's death was the result of an ...
Robot Kills Man at Volkswagen Plant - Time
6 July 2015
The machine grabbed and crushed the technician
Japanese family annihilated by cyber-companion
Dateline: 11 June 2021
"It seems to have been a systematic and deliberate process, well thought-through and planned, and conducted over a period of four days or so", said police ...
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Will big data deliver on its promise or are we being seduced?
Posted: 3 July 2015  
How well will big data deliver on its promised dream of the ultimate customer intimacy and alignment? Big business has failed us so many times...can it do it well this time? I guess the answer lies somewhere close to the authenticity and commitment to an organisation's massively transformative purpose and whether this overrides short term greed and the tendency to be driven by short term ...
The shrinking of the big data promise
3 July 2015
Markets do not have much patience for a commitment to techniques that don’t deliver. Unfortunately, spy agencies aren’t subject to this discipline
Privacy out the window as Big Data goes naked
Dateline: 1 November 2020
There has been a big push from private enterprise as well as government in the last decade to unshackle data in all its forms and make it easily ...
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3D printing humanoid robots!
Posted: 2 July 2015  
It's a scary combination of a few new disruptive technologies...and just add AI and its a really exciting and/or scary new prospect! And the innovation is coming from another developing economy...and will teach the West new tricks no doubt!
MANAV, India's first 3D printed humanoid robot, unveiled at IIT Mumbai TechFest 2015
2 July 2015
This two-feet tall MANAV, India's first 3D printed humanoid robot has just been unveiled at the Tech Fest 2015 convention at the ITT in Mumbai, and can ...
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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The real future of Google Earth
Posted: 1 July 2015  
As we speculated in our MindBullets eight years ago, the real potential of Google Earth lies in the ability to access it via virtual reality interfaces. Then it becomes a digital representation of the real world, letting you visit real places from your desktop or lounge.

And once you're there, of course you'll want to buy some curios, or perhaps just shop for local specialities. That could be ...
Paired With AI and VR, Google Earth Will Change the Planet
1 July 2015
As Google Earth celebrates its 10th anniversary, it's evolving way beyond a way to find your house.
Virtual world covers two-thirds of the 'real' world
Dateline: 7 June 2017
Google Earth's virtual online buildings, designed and built by the in-world residents, now cover most of the developed world and all major tourism ...
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Published on: 25 June 2015  
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Wouldn't you like to get paid just for thinking?
Dateline: 22 June 2018
We're all part of a massive super computer. A global network of brains. No, we haven't been assimilated into the Matrix, but we may as well have been! We're all willing participants in a gigantic system that mines our attention, getting us to contribute some fraction of our spare cognitive capacity. We respond with comments, likes, votes, tweets, answers. Sometimes we create highly entertaining, original videos and stories, just because we can. There are billions of brains on the internet, and most ...
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Upgrading your brain
Posted: 22 June 2015  
It may be even easier, in the future, to augment your brain with electronics. Current methods of achieving deep brain stimulation with electronic probes have lots of limitations, but scientists have developed a nano interface that can be inserted by syringe.

Perhaps the day when you can buy more smarts is not too far away! ...
Flexible Electronics, Delivered to the Brain via Syringe
22 June 2015
A new type of flexible electronic device shows promise for long-term brain mapping and could be a more effective way to provide therapeutic stimulation.
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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What is the real future of jobs for humans?
Posted: 22 June 2015  
The debates are raging, economists are undecided and in conflict. New technologies ranging from AI to nano manufacturing, 3 D printing and robotics are just some of the advances that are impacting the debate. One thing is certain though - modern economies need new and very different skills, very different attitudes to personal relevance and new thinking around human usefulness.
Will Advances in Technology Create a Jobless Future? | MIT Technology Review
22 June 2015
We’re in the midst of a jobs crisis, and rapid advances in AI and other technologies may be one culprit. How can we get better at sharing the wealth that ...
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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Death of the App economy
Posted: 15 June 2015  
In an ecosystem where your smart assistant is wired into all the apps and services you need or are subscribed to, then why would you need apps at all?

Two years ago we published a MindBullet that talked about the need for apps disappearing, now it's becoming reality! It's not just Google and Apple that are working in this direction. I'm sure Microsoft will also be in the game, with Cortana ...
Apple and Google Race to See Who Can Kill the App First
15 June 2015
In an app-free world, the platform battles between iOS and Android could become a tangible pain point for users.
Millions of apps, and they're all free
Dateline: 17 February 2021
Who remembers the Dotcom boom of 20 years ago? Which was followed by the 'Dotbomb' crash, as the bubble burst. Well, the 'App Economy' is proving to be a ...
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