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Millennials really ARE different
Posted: 18 September 2014  
Like it or not, the Millenial generation of customers is indeed different, from viewing their sm,art phone more tun 41 times per day to following recommendations form strangers. It all adds up to marketers in every industry having to think differently...and maybe ask a Millennial for advice! Now there's a scary prospect!
Here Is Everything You Need to Know About the Millennial Consumer
18 September 2014
No demographic is as appealing to marketers as millennials, those folks born between 1981 and 2000. Many articles and studies have focused on reaching this ...
MindBullet logo 'NET GENERATION' DECLARED A NEW SPECIES OF HOMO SAPIENS
You always knew your kids were different
Dateline: 21 August 2012
In 2009, Don Tapscott published an updated version of his best-selling 1997 book 'Growing up digital' which covered the emergence of what he called 'the ...
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Car or driver; who to sue?
Posted: 12 September 2014  
If a Google Car bashes into you, can you sue Google? Or the human inside the car? What if there was no driver, just a passenger. Or how about a delivery drone that crashes into your house? The legal questions around autonomous vehicles will get vexing. Here's a legal paper that looks at this problem, and our MindBullet published a year ago, asking this question.
Sue My Car Not Me: Products Liability and Accidents Involving Autonomous Vehicles
12 September 2014
Autonomous vehicles will revolutionize society in the near future. Computers, however, are not perfect, and accidents will occur while the vehicle is in ...
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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The Uber potential to transform cities is massive!
Posted: 11 September 2014  
A great read on what Uber could become...and it's almost limitless!
Uber — What's Fueling Uber's Growth Engine? - GrowthHackers
11 September 2014
[Growth Study] What began in 2009 as a luxury car service in San Francisco is now valued at $3.76 billion and operates in more than 35 cities worldwide. As ...
MindBullet logo HERTZ VOTED BEST AIRLINE
Boeing and Airbus in a tail-spin as the allure of personal planes hits air travel
Dateline: 16 July 2020
As the holiday season gets into full swing, some of the major air hubs in Europe and the USA are comfortably quiet. Chicago, Atlanta, Amsterdam and ...
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Robopocalypse now, soon or never?
Posted: 19 August 2014   2 Comments
Forget about the zombie apocalypse, the robots are going to be the real enemy. That's the message from trend watchers and futurists. Even technohero Elon Musk is warning of the nuclear winter that will result from Super AI. And there's a clue to the big issue, because the bots that will really make 2 billion jobs redundant, as suggested by Thomas Frey, are software agents and algorithms, not ...
Scary Smart Video Predicts Automation Will Make Human Work Obsolete
19 August 2014
If you've ever scoffed at the notion of robots one day taking your job, you probably shouldn't watch this very scary video.
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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Executives may soon be challenged by machines...are you ready for this?
Posted: 10 September 2014  
In the race between man and machine we should think about our personal relevance. do we simply act out the motions of leadership and succumb to process, governance, rules, admin and linear thinking...or are we truly ahead of the game, able to synthesise complex issues and often paradoxical market forces?
Artificial intelligence meets the C-suite
10 September 2014
Technology is getting smarter, faster. Are you? Experts including the authors of The Second Machine Age, Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, examine the ...
MindBullet logo AI AGENT WINS NOBEL PRIZE
Researcher makes physics breakthrough with artificial help
Dateline: 2 October 2010
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences shocked the scientific community yesterday by announcing that the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to an ...
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The impact of the Internet on Society
Posted: 9 September 2014  
This is a truly fascinating piece of research, worthy of deep consideration. The Internet has indeed become the technology that shapes our societies, in all corners of the earth. Many people surmise it is increasing isolation and making people more lonely than ever. But the research shows the opposite; that use of the Internet in fact increases sociability and builds stronger relationships. ...
The Impact of the Internet on Society: A Global Perspective - OpenMind
9 September 2014
Internet is the crucial technology of the information age. This global network of computer networks creates a multimodal and interactive communication.
MindBullet logo REVOLT AGAINST 'THE INTERNET BEAST'
Resistance to digital media spreads
Dateline: 3 November 2015
With every new interactive innovation, with each new communications device, so interconnectedness grows - leaving very little time for face-to-face ...
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Pricing your data
Posted: 8 September 2014  
Never mind governments and secret agencies, now startups want to buy your data; and then on-sell the aggregated analytics to companies. Would you swap your personal data for money? Perhaps Datacoup read our MindBullet on this topic?
Why This Startup Wants Your Personal Data
8 September 2014
Datacoup will pay you $10 a month for access to your credit card and Facebook data.
MindBullet logo CHINA SWAPS US DEBT FOR DATA
America's biggest creditor wipes out massive debt for quantum data
Dateline: 15 March 2024
China has long been thought as 'owning' the United States because of the huge amount of US debt on its books. But now China will 'own' us in the data wars, ...
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Tools designed to be our friends
Posted: 8 September 2014  
As the internet of things becomes more entrenched in our lives, we will be faced with ethical questions about the behaviour of robots and connected devices. If a driverless car causes an accident, who is to blame? If your home security fails to recognise you, will you have a claim against the vendor? Here's a great quote from this article in the Guardian:

"The spam sending fridge from earlier ...
When fridges attack: the new ethics of the Internet of Things
8 September 2014
The presidential lecture of the Mathematical Sciences Section of the British Science Association, given by Peter McOwan at the 2014 British Science ...
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 ...
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Workaholics
Posted: 4 September 2014  
The worst thing you can do for a workaholic is prevent him from working. It creates far higher stress levels than you are trying to prevent. Other ways must be found around the problem.
MindBullet logo BIG DATA GETS AN ATTITUDE
"I'm sorry Jeff, I can't let you do that"
Dateline: 22 August 2017
Fine. I know it's a weekend and I'm not supposed to read my mail when I'm socializing with my family. But I really, really want to check if Larry has sent me that proposal. It's one thing to have a trainable algorithm that can protect you from your destructive self, and I know I've given it maximum authority over my work-life balance since that heart murmur I had last year; but why can't I ...
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So true...
Posted: 4 September 2014  
It so true... and its becoming a necessity and a challenge now to go back to the good old ways... Just know that the world will not end... Train your mind on that, and u will be a lot happier than you are now!
MindBullet logo BIG DATA GETS AN ATTITUDE
"I'm sorry Jeff, I can't let you do that"
Dateline: 22 August 2017
Fine. I know it's a weekend and I'm not supposed to read my mail when I'm socializing with my family. But I really, really want to check if Larry has sent me that proposal. It's one thing to have a trainable algorithm that can protect you from your destructive self, and I know I've given it maximum authority over my work-life balance since that heart murmur I had last year; but why can't I ...
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BIG DATA GETS AN ATTITUDE
Published on: 4 September 2014   2 Comments
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"I'm sorry Jeff, I can't let you do that"
Dateline: 22 August 2017
Fine. I know it's a weekend and I'm not supposed to read my mail when I'm socializing with my family. But I really, really want to check if Larry has sent me that proposal. It's one thing to have a trainable algorithm that can protect you from your destructive self, and I know I've given it maximum authority over my work-life balance since that heart murmur I had last year; but why can't I override it when it's important? It's not as if I'm at death's door or wanting to jump out of an airplane. All ...
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Gen Z starts to make an impact
Posted: 3 September 2014   1 Comment
Years ago, we speculated on what Generation Z would think and feel in the post digital world. One of our scenarios was that the next generation after Gen Y would rebel against the automation of everything and become new age 'hippies' who preferred face time with people and handwriting over instant messaging.

Well, guess what, this article suggests that some of those ideas were not so ...
MindBullet logo FACEBOOK TO CLOSE: GEN Z REJECTS DIGITAL LIFESTYLE
Flower children of the twenties look for analogue bullet
Dateline: 12 January 2021
In what might be considered a typical anti-establishment rebellion of youth, teenagers of the 2020s seem to be disenchanted by their parents' excessive pre-occupation with all manner of digital gadgets and lifestyles. Instead of iPods and smart phones, today's emerging adults prefer acoustic guitars and personal conversations. "I don't know what to do with him," says media blogger Lucinda ...
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Data, the disease
Posted: 3 September 2014   2 Comments
Yes, even retail is being shaped by data and algorithms. Is that a good thing? Yes and no. When data confines us to a grey world of ever-repeated relevance, self-fulfilling recommendations and predictable patterns of behaviour, then perhaps it has become a disease. For which we obviously need an 'analogue bullet'.
Discovery Is Dying And Data Is The Disease
3 September 2014
I, like you, don’t actually see everything my friends are posting on Facebook.  Instead, I see only what Facebook’s newsfeed algorithm deems should be most ...
MindBullet logo THE FUTURE IS ALGORITHM SHAPED
Cloud-based algorithms determine our daily routine and schedule - and our love lives
Dateline: 27 April 2017
We can't predict the future, but the clues are all around us. We're all connected, to each other, to everything, in so many ways. Our daily lives are part ...
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Limits to growth exist in the mind
Posted: 2 September 2014  
"Expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon." I don't think so.

As we wrote in our MindBullet STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS, the hypothesis around global collapse usually extrapolates current trends into the future, and forgets to consider that in the future, everything will be different, VERY different.

Having read the accompanying article, I don't ...
Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse
2 September 2014
Graham Turner and Cathy Alexander: Four decades after the book was published, Limit to Growth’s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research. ...
MindBullet logo STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS
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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Are social networks good or bad?
Posted: 1 September 2014  
This is such an interesting and such a controversial debate! Are the social networks socially good - or do they damage our humanity? This study from Italy is certainly powerful. If you feel like an extreme view, David Eggers has authored a powerful novel called "The Circle" which is a gripping read about the logical consequence of pervasive social connections...well worth a read!
We created a ...
Evidence Grows That Online Social Networks Have Insidious Negative Effects | MIT Technology Review
1 September 2014
A study of 50,000 people in Italy concludes that online social networks have a significant negative impact on individual welfare.
MindBullet logo FACEBOOK TO CLOSE: GEN Z REJECTS DIGITAL LIFESTYLE
Flower children of the twenties look for analogue bullet
Dateline: 12 January 2021
In what might be considered a typical anti-establishment rebellion of youth, teenagers of the 2020s seem to be disenchanted by their parents' excessive ...
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The rules will never be the same!
Posted: 29 August 2014  
The internet of everything will shift value and disrupt business models. Ubiquitous connectivity will drive new and exciting relationships between humans , objects and new networks of mutually interdependent and inter related nodes. The playing field is about to explode!
When our wearables talk with our doctors | ZDNet
29 August 2014
Soon, our wearables could change health care – but perhaps not in the way you expect.
MindBullet logo VIRTUAL HUMAN FOR DIGITAL DOC
Whole-body simulation lets the computer prescribe the best treatment
Dateline: 23 June 2023
A UK team has announced it has completed building a fully computer-simulated human physiology for personalised healthcare. The Insigneo Institute at the ...
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Virtual leadership training
Posted: 28 August 2014  
Leaders can be trained to be more effective, and we use exercises and role play in our Leader of the Future program to teach new skills. Could it also work with virtual interactions, with virtual humans? This HBR blog suggests it can.
How Virtual Humans Can Build Better Leaders
28 August 2014
Avatars are teaching social skills in simulations.
MindBullet logo VIRTUAL HUMAN FOR DIGITAL DOC
Whole-body simulation lets the computer prescribe the best treatment
Dateline: 23 June 2023
A UK team has announced it has completed building a fully computer-simulated human physiology for personalised healthcare. The Insigneo Institute at the ...
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Man vs. machines...where will it end?
Posted: 28 August 2014  
Interesting that it's OK for humans to die in war but not for machines to be used. The armaments industry is also facing disruption...who is actually voicing opposition to machine soldiers?
Killer robots a small step away and must be outlawed, says top UN official - Telegraph
28 August 2014
A senior UN official says battlefield robots that can kill without human control are a 'small step' away and should be banned
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 ...
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IRL computing
Posted: 28 August 2014  
A long time ago (late '90'sI read an article in SciAm about the dangers of machines being governed entirely by software. The gist of it was that wetware (i.e. human) errors are something that we've evolved to deal with and although a faulty person may be scary, it's generally on a very limited scale and - in the absence of, or equivalency of, weaponry - pretty solvable (notable exceptions ...
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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SMART HOME BUG TURNS DEADLY
Published on: 28 August 2014   3 Comments
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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. Irritating, but hardly lethal. Until now... It seems the whole world has watched the morbidly riveting ...
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