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Simply become immortal
Posted: 29 January 2015  
There's certainly demand for a service that preserves your memories. Someday we may be able to upload our brains to an avatar, but right now you can subscribe to Eterni.me and start saving your memories.

"It works like this: while you’re alive you grant the service access to your Facebook, Twitter and email accounts, upload photos, geo-location history and even Google Glass recordings of ...
Back-up brains: The era of digital immortality
29 January 2015
How do you want to be remembered? As Simon Parkin discovers, we may eventually be able to preserve our entire minds for generations to come – would you?
MindBullet logo AVATAR WARS: CLONE vs ROBOT
You can't live forever, but your avatar can - with your brain
Dateline: 23 June 2025
There's a battle brewing in the avatar industry. The battle for your mind. Your brain. Or to be more specific, the backup of your brain. The contenders ...
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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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IBMers facing the chop
Posted: 27 January 2015  
The once-almighty tech firm IBM is looking to drastically cut their workforce. For me it's interesting that IBM is now being described as an Apple Partner. Perhaps the day when Apple considers IBM to be nothing more than their corporate consulting arm, as hinted at in this MindBullet, is not so far off!
IBM prepares for largest corporate layoff in history
27 January 2015
Things aren't going well for IBM. Six months into its Apple partnership, the company is preparing for the largest layoffs in history.
MindBullet logo APPLE OVERTAKES OLD RIVAL IBM
The 'bring-your-own' boom has put Apple in the corporate driving seat
Dateline: 15 March 2017
In a bizarre change of fortunes, it looks like Apple is getting ready to swallow IBM. "You won't get fired for buying Apple," is the new mantra of ...
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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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SpaceX internet getting Google support
Posted: 20 January 2015  
So Elon Musk's latest crazy ambitious plan is eclipsing Branson's by far and attracting serious money. It seems where OneWeb are talking about 728 satellites, Musk says plans are for over 4,000 microsatellites in medium earth orbit, so no delay as is typically the case with geostationary satellites.

Perhaps this is the beginning of the interplanetary internet we talked about in our MindBullet ...
Google's Finalizing a $1 Billion Investment in SpaceX Internet
20 January 2015
It looks like Google is going to throw a ten-figure sum into Elon Musk's space internet dream. Both The Information and The Wall Street Journal report that ...
MindBullet logo BE MY MARTIAN VALENTINE
And we'll connect on the interplanetary internet
Dateline: 14 February 2028
Ten years ago we witnessed the first private, robotic mission to Mars, which also led to the start of an internet network linking all the rovers and probes ...
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MindBullet logo YOUR PHONE IS NOW THE HEART OF A 'GADGET ECO-SYSTEM'
Modular devices open horizons to a new 'mofone' world
Dateline: 27 April 2017
How 'phones' have changed! Even the smart handsets of a few years ago look like toys by today's standards. Our mobile communicators are now completely modular, which enables us to customize them and turn them into an endless array of useful, interesting and often just plain bizarre mega-devices. Some people are jokingly calling it the "Legofone", or the "mofone" and that's exactly the idea. ...
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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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Smart Home
Posted: 15 January 2015   2 Comments
While turning your own home into a smart one, there are some keypoints that we need to consider. I can tell for example, my friend who is going to transfer to her new place at marina bay residences is also planning to install devices that will make her unit smarter is now thinking twice after I shared this one I tried to study the floor plan http://www.serenechua.com/marina-bay-residences/ ...
MindBullet logo SMART HOME BUG TURNS DEADLY
Homeowner dies as home automation system goes haywire
Dateline: 14 August 2018
It's a dream gone horribly wrong. The automated, connected world was supposed to make our lives and our homes better, easier and safer. But now it's turned into a dreadful nightmare. Sure, there were plenty of minor glitches with early smart home systems. The vacuum cleaner switching on in the middle of the night. Electronic locks that wouldn't open. Heating and air-conditioning playing up. ...
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What price online privacy?
Posted: 14 January 2015  
This is one of the great debates of our time - to what extent should online privacy be ensured? Is it reasonable that government agencies scour the net for signs of illegal activities? Or - as has already been demonstrated in various leaks - does this constitute an unconstitutional invasion of individual privacy?
This article from Aeon Magazine provides good insights into the ongoing ...
Will online anonymity win out? – Jamie Bartlett – Aeon
14 January 2015
The cypherpunks are winning the second crypto-war against government spies. What will happen when everyone is anonymous?
MindBullet logo OPEN DATA BRINGS FREEDOM BUT TRANSPARENCY BREEDS FEAR
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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A few gems from CES
Posted: 8 January 2015  
With over 3,500 exhibitors and tens of thousands of products at the International Consumer Electronics Show, it's quite a job to choose the most exciting ideas. Fast Company has picked out 9 interesting ideas, that they rate best.

My favourite from their selection is the Voxel8 Gadget Printer. Finally we have a 3D printer that can print circuits embedded in plastic components, all at the same ...
The 9 Best Ideas From CES 2015
8 January 2015
The Consumer Electronics Show brings tens of thousands of new products to our shelves. Here are the nine you actually need to know about.
MindBullet logo YOUR LATEST GADGET HAS ARRIVED - BY EMAIL
Apple's Nanofax creates digital consumer products at home
Dateline: 5 January 2012
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, Apple's designers unveiled their latest strategic innovation. Dubbed the nanofax, this device is ...
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When technology Fails to Fail
Posted: 8 January 2015   1 Comment
In the example above, the failsafe failing is a catastrophic general failure. Up until that point, the technology outperforms a human on practically every measure. Then the catastrophic failure happens and we get pretty judgmental about the tech. But what about with a human? If a pilot suffers a catastrophic failure, which would probably be a heart-attack or stroke, we accept it and see it ...
MindBullet logo WHEN TECHNOLOGY FAILS TO FAIL
Critical system failures that don't trigger corrective action cause disasters
Dateline: 21 March 2016
Yet another airliner has fallen out of the sky without warning. And the reason is fail-safe systems that fail to alert the pilots to the real problem when they fail. If that sounds a little confusing, that's exactly what human operators experience, when autonomous systems default to manual control - the ultimate fallback when there are critical failures. Even double-redundant systems can be ...
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WHEN TECHNOLOGY FAILS TO FAIL
Posted: 8 January 2015  
I cant agree more to the write-up. in view of the lethal nature of significant system failure, it is necessary to schedule regular recovery reheresal for critical components and that should be pursued much more frequent than the annual BCP drill.

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MindBullet logo WHEN TECHNOLOGY FAILS TO FAIL
Critical system failures that don't trigger corrective action cause disasters
Dateline: 21 March 2016
Yet another airliner has fallen out of the sky without warning. And the reason is fail-safe systems that fail to alert the pilots to the real problem when they fail. If that sounds a little confusing, that's exactly what human operators experience, when autonomous systems default to manual control - the ultimate fallback when there are critical failures. Even double-redundant systems can be ...
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WHEN TECHNOLOGY FAILS TO FAIL
Published on: 8 January 2015   3 Comments
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Critical system failures that don't trigger corrective action cause disasters
Dateline: 21 March 2016
Yet another airliner has fallen out of the sky without warning. And the reason is fail-safe systems that fail to alert the pilots to the real problem when they fail. If that sounds a little confusing, that's exactly what human operators experience, when autonomous systems default to manual control - the ultimate fallback when there are critical failures. Even double-redundant systems can be completely taken out by say, a solar flare, or a massive electromagnetic pulse; something as simple as a ...
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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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It's all about the things
Posted: 6 January 2015  
Every year, at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, new gadgets and gizmos are unveiled alongside a plethora of upgrades and innovations from consumer electronics giants. Not all of these survive and become mainstream, but sometimes they point to the future of technology.

This year the focus seems to be on connected things, and yes, cars are also things. Everything from ...
CES 2015: Big Data A Quiet Star - InformationWeek
6 January 2015
Big data is the underlying big story at CES 2015, as we see a flood of Internet-connected devices loaded with data sensors.
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 ...
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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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Smart homes of America
Posted: 5 January 2015  
Here's a very interesting article about a DIY job of turning an old house into a smart, connected home.

I wonder how long before the smart closets we imagined in our MindBullet join the lineup of devices? ...
A 100-year-old house plugs in to the internet
5 January 2015
On a damp winter day in Portland, Ore., a pale mint house from the turn of the century blinks awake in an instant. A black glass orb affixed to the wall ...
MindBullet logo SMART CLOSETS KEEP YOU COOL
Thinking Cupboards™ organize your stuff, and your life
Dateline: 24 September 2024
You'll never have to look for anything again. Now that everything's connected in the internet of things, the wardrobe knows which clothes are your ...
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Emerging technology the focus for 2015
Posted: 5 January 2015  
Even the World Economic Forum is taking a hard look at the impact of emerging technologies on the future, and particularly the internet of everything. This quote sums it up for me:

"Connecting one object to every other object will not necessarily transform the way we live or do things. It is by connecting things to processes, and then using the resulting data to change the way we behave – that ...
WEF report presents emerging technologies and the future of the internet
5 January 2015
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has just published its Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015. The report presents trends and technologies such as synthetic ...
MindBullet logo MY WIDGET WILL TALK TO YOUR GADGET
And then we'll do lunch, or dinner, or something similar
Dateline: 20 April 2020
But first my app will check my office calendar, the car's servicing schedule, the fridge reminders, my medication schedule, your healthy dietary ...
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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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