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APPLE AIRPHONE REDEFINES ICT
Published on: 22 September 2016  
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Voice is the new mobile computer interface
Dateline: 21 September 2019
The company that brought us the world's first true smart phone has done it again. A dozen years after the launch of the iPhone, Apple has completely redefined the personal mobile computing device - you know, that thing we used to call a 'phone.' At the height of the smartphone revolution, Apple's iPhone 8 was being outsmarted by Samsung and other Android devices; cheaper, faster and more ubiquitous than Apple, the open platform ruled. But in its inimitable fashion, Apple had "just one more thing" to ...
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The future of AI
Posted: 19 September 2016  
We published a MindBullet some time ago which postulated that, in the future, AI would come to mean augmented intelligence rather than artificial intelligence. Elon Musk seems to agree. He thinks the future lies in closer connection between our brains and smart systems. This might involve us becoming symbiotes with an AI linked directly to our neural system. That is exactly the scenario ...
Elon Musk says the future of AI is in linking it to our brains
19 September 2016
Elon Musk has more thoughts on artificial intelligence, but this idea involves merging with computers instead of fighting them.
MindBullet logo AI IS AUGMENTED INTELLIGENCE
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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Robo-sumo is the new sport!
Posted: 14 September 2016  
Don't say we didn't warn you! See the MindBullet we published back in 2015.
Introducing Robo-Sumo: A Spectator Sport with Fighting Autonomous Robots
14 September 2016
Introducing Robo-Sumo. Just like the traditional Japanese sport, but with robots instead of people. The catch: they're completely autonomous.
MindBullet logo TRANSFORMERS SMACKDOWN WOWS THE WORLD!
Lessons from Battling Bots are shaping industry
Dateline: 16 August 2018
Who would have believed even three years ago that wrestling matches between giant robots would become the world's most popular TV entertainment - and would ...
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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.
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 ...
MindBullet logo A WHOLE NEW LOOK AT POWER DRESSING
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 ...
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Dark side of Internet of Things
Posted: 5 September 2016  
The internet of everything will be one of the main technologies driving the 4th Industrial Revolution, and it has already started. But smart devices also have their problems. Here are a few of the biggest challenges.
4 major IoT challenges that stand in the way of success
5 September 2016
Heralded for driving positive transformations in consumer products, retailing, healthcare, manufacturing and more, the Internet of Things (IoT) promises a ...
MindBullet logo THINGS HOLD HUMANS TO RANSOM
A rash of incidents floods the world's networks
Dateline: 11 June 2019
I still remember at the turn of the millennium when the 'Internet of Things' seemed to be such a benevolent business opportunity. There were going to be ...
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POWER TO THE PEOPLE
Published on: 1 September 2016  
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Chatbot lawyer is helping victims to take back control
Dateline: 4 February 2018
Back in the day, when faced with a bureaucratic 'irritation', such as a parking fine or (wrongful) accusation of some sort, people usually followed three options. The uninformed paid their dues without questioning; the resource-constrained simply kept dodging the authorities; and those with deep pockets took on the fight, because they had the means to prove their point. With legal fees out of reach for the majority of the global population, altruistic programmers have taken matters into their ...
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PLEASE LET ME HELP YOU
Published on: 25 August 2016  
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My drone knows just how you feel
Dateline: 24 August 2019
Knowing how someone is feeling, or reading the mood of a crowd at a political rally, just got a whole lot easier with SensUbot - a small drone that scans people with a multi-spectral camera. The intelligent agent controlling the drone provides a real-time evaluation of your mood, sentiment towards a situation or proposal, or even your neural state. Are you bored, frustrated, angry, joyful or content? SensUbot can tell. Now there's no excuse for a public speaker to lose the crowd. A surreptitious ...
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Watch your phone assemble itself
Posted: 23 August 2016  
We've talked about 3D and 4D printing, but what about self-assembly beyond the nano scale? Microbes, DNA and proteins can be cajoled into forming structures autonomously, but that's a far cry from a phone that builds itself. MIT have built a basic phone that can put itself together from main components. Check it out.
MIT built a self-assembling cell phone
23 August 2016
Researchers at MIT's Self-Assembly Lab have stepped up their game from an Ikea-like chair that can put itself together: the team built a working cell ...
MindBullet logo GROW YOUR OWN PHONE OR PLAYSTATION
New process enables home assembly of consumer products from organic materials and minerals
Dateline: 3 April 2021
Today, we are used to seeing biotech being used to grow replacement human organs and houses that grow themselves. Now, Chinese technology giant ...
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AI IS YOUR PERSONAL LIFE COACH
Published on: 18 August 2016  
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It guides you based on a real-time situational analysis of what's happening
Dateline: 14 July 2022
Google Glass was not massively successful when initially launched. The benefits were marginal at best and people preferred to rely on their phones, rather than don geeky eyewear. We had Siri and Google Now, that spoke to us. But these were only 'basic' artificial intelligence agents. Six years ago saw the launch of Nigel, touted as the first truly "Artificial General Intelligence" or AGI. A cloud-based algorithm that was more than smart; Nigel could learn from your actions and transactions, build ...
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Virtual economies get real
Posted: 11 August 2016  
Nine years ago, we wrote about an interface where you could fly around the world virtually, enter virtual copies of real-world stores, and buy goods. Well, it's finally happening. Alibaba is trialling a VR payment system. Who says we futurists can't think ahead of the game?
Alibaba trials virtual reality payments for VR malls
11 August 2016
The virtual world just got a new payments technology and it’s as easy as nodding your head Chinese web behemoth and Amazon stalking horse Alibaba is ...
MindBullet logo GOOGLE EARTH WORLD'S SIXTH BIGGEST ECONOMY
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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THE FUTURE SURE AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE
Published on: 11 August 2016  
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The future will always surprise us
Dateline: 11 August 2026
Back in the 1950s, seventy years ago, people made all sorts of predictions about what the future would be like. We'd have flying cars and robot maids, it was all so exciting. Well, it hasn't turned out quite like that. That's the point; the future is always different to what we expect. Sometimes things don't materialize, like fusion power and flying saucers. Other times they exceed our wildest Star Trek dreams, like smartphones and teslas. Take the Apple iPhone as a case in point. As leading edge ...
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Fascinating questions on where AI might take corporations!
Posted: 8 August 2016  
As AI developed and mutates, it will no doubt learn and self evolve. This might introduce really interesting questions around how it will take corporate decisions like allocation of resources and payment of profits!
The Perfect Profit Machine of a Corporate Artificial Intelligence
8 August 2016
Might a corporate AI, a "perfect profit machine," decide to stop distributing profits to human owners?
MindBullet logo EMERGENT INTELLIGENCE IS A WEB OF DEMOCRATIC DEVICES
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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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.
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 ...
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Elon Musk training robots to do household chores
Posted: 27 July 2016  
Is there no end to Elon Musk's plans for the future? Latest news is that he and partners are secretly working on teaching warehouse robots to do household chores. This comes on top of Google-owned Boston Dynamics releasing video (see below) of their latest "Spot Mini" doglike robot packing a dishwasher, dumping a can in the trash...and falling on a banana skin. As we say in our keynotes: the ...
Elon Musk’s OpenAI is turning warehouse bots into home helpers
27 July 2016
OpenAI is teaching warehouse robots to do your household chores.
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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Moores Law on steroids?
Posted: 23 July 2016  
Many suggest that Moores Law may be nearing its end, and the rate of technological change and hence disruption is coming to a welcome end. However others believe the journey is just starting! Best one buckles up then as the ability to store, manipulate and work with data at atomic level suggests that the rate of tech advancement is a long way from slowing down!
World's Smallest Hard Drive Writes Data Atom-By-Atom
23 July 2016
Using this breakthrough technology, all the books in the world could be stored on a device the size of a postage stamp.
MindBullet logo DATA CENTERS DISAPPEAR, WEB SERVERS GO VIRTUAL
Amazon, Google and eBay dominate internet hardware
Dateline: 5 September 2009
Why buy cows when all you need is milk? Have you noticed how no-one buys any server hardware anymore? In fact, I can't remember the last time a company ...
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Electric planes
Posted: 20 July 2016  
I used to scoff at the idea of electric cars becoming mainstream. While that's still not likely in Africa in the near future, the popularity of the BMW i3 and the Tesla Model 3 have changed that scenario. But electric aircraft? Surely not anything bigger than a drone? Siemens have showcased a new electric motor for a small conventional aircraft, and it flies. One thing they don't say in the ...
Siemens Showcases Brand-New Electric Motor That's Super Light, Super Powerful, And Perfect For Elect
20 July 2016
The German parts supplier completed a successful test flight of an electric airplane fitted with a brand-new electric motor that boasts unprecedented power ...
MindBullet logo THE COMING FACE OF AIR TRAVEL
There isn't one: No pilots and no air traffic controllers
Dateline: 10 July 2019
When NATS, the UK National Air Traffic Control Service, was partially privatized in 2001, with the state retaining a 49% share, it started a long-running ...
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Atomic data
Posted: 19 July 2016  
We've written before of using DNA to store data. Now comes a nanotech method of storing data with individual atoms, the densest memory system yet.
Densest-ever memory system uses individual atoms to store data
19 July 2016
Scientists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology (TUDelft) have developed a memory technology that achieves the ...
MindBullet logo MOORE'S LAW COMES TO AN END
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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Blockchain beyond Bitcoin
Posted: 15 July 2016  
Combinatorial innovation is the next opportunity for the world. New applications in old industries! Blockchain application in the energy world is just one such example.
How Blockchain Technology Can Reinvent The Power Grid
15 July 2016
The Internet of Things is challenging regulated utilities.
MindBullet logo BLOCKCHAIN BUSINESSES THAT RUN THEMSELVES GO VIRAL
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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Blockchain no longer a 'secret'...even banks are talking about it!
Posted: 8 July 2016  
Only two years ago I recall audiences being astounded by stories of what blockchain might be able to deliver and the disruption it may cause. Now even central bankers are accepting its disruptive potential and are talking about it publicly! Speed of acceptance, adoption and disruption is abundant!
MindBullet logo BLOCKCHAIN BUSINESSES THAT RUN THEMSELVES GO VIRAL
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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Holland's things get connected, nationwide
Posted: 30 June 2016  
"As from today the KPN LoRa network is available throughout The Netherlands," KPN said in a statement. "This makes The Netherlands the first country in the world to have a nationwide LoRa network for Internet of Things (IoT) application."

In the initial phase, the network was rolled out in Rotterdam and The Hague in November. But it was stepped up across the country due to "substantial ...
Netherlands gets first nationwide 'Internet of Things'
30 June 2016
Dutch telecoms group KPN said Thursday that The Netherlands had become the first country in the world to implement a nationwide long range (LoRa) network ...
MindBullet logo EMERGENT INTELLIGENCE IS A WEB OF DEMOCRATIC DEVICES
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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