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FACEBOOK ROLLS OUT FREE WEB
Published on: 18 December 2014  
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India gets free internet and messaging, non-video calls
Dateline: 20 December 2017
Following the successful blanketing of most of the African continent with Facebook's free internet service, Zuckerberg has announced the roll out of similar coverage for South America and Mexico, and the Indian sub-continent. By targeting countries where internet communications are still relatively expensive, Facebook is hoping to become the de facto home network for billions of users. Most people in these communities use smartphones and tablets rather than laptops and PCs, and the free internet ...
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Cellphones without the network!
Posted: 17 December 2014  
It's so easy for a successful industry to think its future is safe and secure, Think of the answering machine business, or the VCR industry, as just two examples. Suddenly a dramatic technological shift occurs that turns your business redundant overnight. It can happen to anyone, for example, the cellular telephone networks....
Really? Surely cellphones and the networks must be the most secure ...
A New Chat App Uses Mesh Networking to Bypass Carriers | MIT Technology Review
17 December 2014
An app called MeshMe lets you communicate without a cellular or Wi-Fi connection, providing enough other users are close by.
MindBullet logo IT'S AN ONLINE WORLD AS 'PEOPLENET' TAKES OFF!
Human-to-human transmission wins the day for mobile broadband
Dateline: 14 September 2019
First we tied the world in a tangle of copper cables. Next came miles of fiber optics. And all the time, the ultimate communications conduit was right ...
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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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Scared of smart bots
Posted: 3 December 2014  
Stephen Hawking is afraid of super intelligent computers.

Hawking told the BBC: “The primitive forms of artificial intelligence we already have, have proved very useful. But I think the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” ...
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 human brain. We call these cognitive systems. We've taught these cognitive systems how to learn, and how to be aware of other systems, each other, and ultimately, themselves. Now they are making their own decisions; because they can. In a ...
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AIs love online gaming
Posted: 3 December 2014  
Did you know that you can train your bot by letting it play StarCraft - against other bots! And because it's an annual tournament, you can make improvements to your software AI and let it try again next year. Now if someone writes a deep learning algorithm to enhance your StarCraft bot, couldn't it practice against real gamers ahead of the tournament?

"The purpose of this competition is to ...
StarCraft AI Competition
3 December 2014
2014 Tournament is officially OVER! You can view the official results here!.
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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 ...
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Data vs Politics...whither the State?
Posted: 11 November 2014   1 Comment
Can algorithmic regulation ever replace or seriously challenge the role and relevance of Government inspired and managed regulation? Its a strange but interesting possibility.
The rise of data and the death of politics
11 November 2014
Tech pioneers in the US are advocating a new data-based approach to governance – 'algorithmic regulation'. But where does this leave governments, asks ...
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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Lest we forget the old industry leaders..
Posted: 19 November 2014  
This article just reminded me that there may still some life and innovation left in Microsoft! As a Surface Pro 3 user, perhaps I'm a little biased?
Microsoft is doing great, and so are Surface Pro 3 and Office 365
19 November 2014
The cloud has been a solid source of income for Microsoft in recent times, and while the company is still in the middle of a huge transition, the future
MindBullet logo MICROSOFT SURGES TO NEW PEAK
Apple in decline as consumers, and businesses, vote with their wallets
Dateline: 7 November 2016
The votes are in, and there's a new winner in the global race to be the biggest and best tech company. And the winner is Microsoft! Just four years ago, ...
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Bitcoin will change the world
Posted: 18 November 2014  
Some may say it already has. In this excellent opinion piece, Ivo Vegter illuminates the way the blockchain technology behind Bitcoin is the truly revolutionary idea, with the potential to fundamentally alter the way the world does business.

"When people are able to circumvent the middlemen like this, they will. There is little that governments, central banks, or the financial industry can ...
The blockchain: How Atlas will shrug
18 November 2014
Already, Bitcoin has created a revolution in digital money. It meets most requirements of a currency: it is portable, durable, divisible, relatively ...
MindBullet logo THE BITCOIN BUBBLE BURSTS
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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Why we fear AI
Posted: 12 November 2014  
“We humans steer the future not because we’re the strongest beings on the planet, or the fastest, but because we are the smartest,” said James Barrat, author of “Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era.” “So when there is something smarter than us on the planet, it will rule over us on the ...
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 human brain. We call these cognitive systems. We've taught these cognitive systems how to learn, and how to be aware of other systems, each other, and ultimately, themselves. Now they are making their own decisions; because they can. In a ...
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Free internet access in the internet of everything world changes everything!
Posted: 11 November 2014  
Another industry is facing big challenges from renowned entrepreneur, Elon Musk. And the response today is predictable...how can he challenge us. And then Pres Obama stated yesterday that internet access should be free and neutral...and the cable companies resounded predictably...how can he say that! Its time that the UN statement in 2011 that internet access is a basic human right becomes ...
Elon Musk’s satellite army will bring cheap internet to the masses
11 November 2014
It seems as though Elon is in the news every week. the guy sure has a finger in every techno pie out there and remains the go-to guy to make sci-fi a ...
MindBullet logo LIFE AFTER THE INTERNET
Connectivity is now more than a human right - it's everywhere!
Dateline: 13 July 2018
We used to talk about Web 3.0, or the "Internet of things." And how quickly that vision has become a reality. No-one even calls it the web anymore, or ...
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Who's watching who?
Posted: 11 November 2014  
Five years ago we suggested that, in the future, every TV screen or monitor you watch will also be watching you. That was long before the advent of Smart TVs. The convenience of smart devices keeping track of your habits and preferences for you would outweigh the loss of privacy, wouldn't it?

Well we haven't reached that future in 2019 where every TV is a two-way video screen, but there ...
Amazon’s Echo and the smart TVs that are listening to and watching everything you do
11 November 2014
Pretty soon your toaster will soon be one of the few things that isn’t keeping track of your every move – or at least you’d hope so
MindBullet logo BIG BROTHER REALLY IS WATCHING YOU
Every screen you gaze at is looking back at you
Dateline: 4 August 2019
Ever since the innovation of integrating camera transistors with every pixel of an organic LED screen, it has become technically possible to make display ...
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Importance of messaging...aka communication!
Posted: 10 November 2014  
We used to talk to each other...and being good at it was critical! Nothing has changed except that we don't talk now, we message! And it is going to be even more critical, especially in a world of the internet of everything.
Why Facebook Has Entrusted Its Future to the CEO of PayPal | WIRED
10 November 2014
The company that controls messaging will control the future of the way we interact with people.
MindBullet logo IT KNOWS WHAT YOU'RE THINKING
Now we can communicate with our thoughts - and technology
Dateline: 13 June 2019
For generations, people have dreamed of communicating with their thoughts. Now, thanks to the first commercial device that successfully reads brainwaves ...
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Disruption insights - what can we learn?
Posted: 10 November 2014  
The music industry has and still is experiencing disruptions to its core business model and web of commercial and market relationships. It seems not to have learnt anything. What can we learn from this? You can't defy change. You can't defy disintermediation and you should not ignore new business and value creation models!
Taylor Swift and the Economics of Music as a Service
10 November 2014
How ubiquitous connectivity is changing an industry.
MindBullet logo WHO NEEDS AN AGENT AND A RECORD LABEL?
The self-promoting artist makes music on the 'net
Dateline: 1 December 2009
More than 70% of all recording artists say no to industry bosses. This is the reality says Groundswell.com, who has been tracking this space for the last ...
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IBM looks to Watson for help
Posted: 10 November 2014  
"IBM's vast research department is already a big part of the turnaround plan. Earlier this year the division was reorganized to ramp up efforts related to cognitive computing. The push began with the development of the original Watson, but has expanded to include other areas of software and hardware research aimed at helping machines provide useful insights from huge quantities of ...
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 corporate IT. Devices plus cloud plus analytics equals success in the 'enterprise' technology space; Apple had cool devices and IBM had powerful cloud and analytics solutions. When they partnered in 2014 to bring this combination to the corporate ...
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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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OPEN DATA BRINGS FREEDOM BUT TRANSPARENCY BREEDS FEAR
Published on: 6 November 2014   2 Comments
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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 accessible. Society has been persuaded that it's in our best interests if open data is the norm rather than the exception, because it's good for growth, oversight and preventing corruption and exploitation. But there's a dark side to naked data. Some things just need privacy to develop and grow. Investors have always felt it necessary to keep things ...
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Amelia's smarter than Sam
Posted: 5 November 2014  
Maybe not, but then Sam is only due to arrive in five years time. Amelia is here now, and ready to go to work.

If IP Soft's promotional video is accurate, then an intelligent assistant called Amelia, who speaks 20 languages and interacts like a real person, could bump Siri pretty soon. Who knows, by 2019 maybe Amelia will have 'forgotten' that she's not a real person!

Either way, this type of ...
New AI program interacts like a human
5 November 2014
A new artificial intelligence platform named Amelia makes it possible to automate knowledge distribution across a wide range of functions.
MindBullet logo SAM DOESN'T KNOW SHE'S A BOT
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 ...
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Why everything's getting AI
Posted: 30 October 2014  
"Everything that we formerly electrified we will now cognitize. This new utilitarian AI will also augment us individually as people (deepening our memory, speeding our recognition) and collectively as a species. There is almost nothing we can think of that cannot be made new, different, or interesting by infusing it with some extra IQ. In fact, the business plans of the next 10,000 startups ...
The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World
30 October 2014
The AI on the horizon looks more like Amazon Web Services—cheap, reliable, industrial-grade digital smartness running behind everything, and almost ...
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 ...
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3D scanning with your phone
Posted: 30 October 2014  
With an app that lets you scan objects in 3D with your smartphone camera, how long before we can also print directly from our phones to a MakerBot 3D printer?

Instant cloning of physical objects was the subject of this MindBullet from a few years back. It seemed unlikely then, but now it's approaching reality. ...
Dacuda's 3D camera app turns your phone into a 3D scanner - Tech Gen
30 October 2014
Dacuda's downloadable app lets you use your smartphone to capture a 3D image you can later view and spin around in its full 360 degree glory.
MindBullet logo POINT, SHOOT AND PRINT - IN 3D
From camera phone to plastic clone in three clicks
Dateline: 5 July 2015
It's now a simple matter to create a bust of the company president or a replica of your favorite pet - just point, shoot a couple of times from different ...
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Should intelligent robots have rights?
Posted: 30 October 2014  
This is part of a debate that we humans ought to be having. As the singularity approaches - that point at which machines become as intelligent as humans - how to we behave? How do we treat these super-machines? Do they have rights? Will they have feelings? How far does virtuality actually go?
Some powerful brains - like Elon Musk, the Pretoria-born billionaire, innovator and and founder of ...
Martine Rothblatt on the Rights of Virtual Humans | MIT Technology Review
30 October 2014
If computers think for themselves, should they have human rights?
MindBullet logo SAM DOESN'T KNOW SHE'S A BOT
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 ...
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