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Google gets its drone on
Posted: 16 April 2014  
Perhaps upstaging Facebook, Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the maker of those solar powered drones that can fly high enough to act as comms satellites. Guess that means we'll be seeing the Googlenet come alive sooner rather than later.
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
16 April 2014
Web giant Google is buying Titan Aerospace, presumably to help it blanket the world in internet connectivity beamed from drones and balloons.
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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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Are you a servant or driver?
Posted: 15 April 2014  
"Gourley said that there are two types of relationships we are already used to, where we are the product or the owner. We are the product on sites like Facebook, where algorithms match us with ads. We are the owner when we subscribe to a service that serves up content we would like or automatically does a task for us.

Then there are two emerging categories: servant and driver. Humans may soon ...
Algorithms will do more and more of the thinking in the world
15 April 2014
“This is a world where the speed of light has to be factored into the equations for buying and selling,” Quid founder and CTO Sean Gourley said at the ...
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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Can the virtual office become a reality?
Posted: 1 August 2011   1 Comment
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.
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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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See how your region fits into the Internet Tube Map
Posted: 7 April 2014  
A fun exercise that reveals just how we all fit into the big mosaic!
How the world's internet would look if it was a TUBE map
7 April 2014
The map uses data taken from Cablemap.info and was created by the Oxford Internet Institute. Many short links have been left out to make the visualisation ...
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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Free Windows for phones
Posted: 3 April 2014  
Almost four years ago, we suggested in a MindBullet that Microsoft and Facebook should team up and produce a mobile device with free operating software and internet access. We called it the Flexipad and explained how this business model could work for them.

Well, buried in the reporting from Microsoft's latest Build conference was this little gem: "Also for devices of less than 9 inches, ...
Microsoft Execs Wow Developers With New Phones, 'Cortana' And A Vision For Microsoft's Future
3 April 2014
Microsoft announced a lot of new features for Windows Phone 8.1 including Cortana, its competitor to Siri and three new Nokia Lumia phones.
MindBullet logo FREE WINDOWS FOR FLEXIPADS
Microsoft and Facebook go 'beyond zero' with free software and access for tablet computers
Dateline: 17 October 2012
Microsoft has stunned the tech world with the announcement that they are giving away Windows software for free. But to be fair, there is a catch. Windows ...
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Synthetic life
Posted: 2 April 2014  
When we published this MindBullet in 2007, we thought that it would be decades before people started churning out artificial life forms from computer designs. But this report of a computer-designed chromosome surviving replication in a yeast cell makes it look like a scenario that has come a whole lot closer.

Of course, it's going to be some time before we can manufacture dragons and orcs, but ...
Designer genes take a leap forward after scientists make new chromosome
2 April 2014
Look miles into the future and imagine a day, when geneticists can design a flawless set of human genes in a laboratory.
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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Chat on your smartphone without the Internet
Posted: 1 April 2014  
The desire to communicate is fundamental, and people will find ways to do it. And the cost will go down and down until its free, and even beyond free! This is an unstoppable trend!
It's not quite what we wrote in our 2010 MindBullet, but the principle is the same. ...
FireChat Could Be the First in a Wave of Mesh Networking Apps | MIT Technology Review
1 April 2014
A startup’s software will let iPhone apps connect phones without the Internet.
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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You are where you Tweet
Posted: 24 March 2014  
As we speculated in this MindBullet, the future is algorithm shaped. Now IBM has an algorithm that predicts where you live, using your tweets as input.
How Your Tweets Reveal Your Home Location
24 March 2014
IBM researchers have developed an algorithm that predicts your home location using your last 200 tweets.
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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Connected cars with built-in apps arrive.
Posted: 24 March 2014  
It sure is a long way from Henry Ford and his "any colour so long as it's black!" The motor car, as we know it, is set to go through a series of radical changes, and they are upon us. The future is here! But it won't stop there. Our MindBullet of May 2012 is rapidly becoming a reality.
Audi, GM, Other Carmakers Gear Up to Provide Wireless Connectivity and Apps | MIT Technology Review
24 March 2014
New cars will soon come with high-bandwidth connections and app stores.
MindBullet logo COMMUTING IS SO COOL IN THE iCAR
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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NASA says we're doomed
Posted: 20 March 2014  
Will our technology-based civilization collapse in the coming decades? A new study funded by NASA seems to suggest it's likely. Certainly many advocates of "Limits to Growth" and projections of global population exceeding 10 billion would agree. But here's the thing. The future doesn't necessarily reflect past cycles, and globalisation makes comparisons with previous advanced civilizations ...
According to NASA’s model based study, we are headed to Civilization Collapse
20 March 2014
A model based study is full of gloom and doom:  Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for ‘irreversible collapse’?  It makes our book Global ...
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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Drinking on the Moon
Posted: 19 March 2014  
What could be more exotic than having a drink on the Moon? A drink of water, that is, manufactured water, manufactured on the Moon! I guess that is a crazy scenario, but far enough into the future, anything might be possible.

As long as they've got the interplanetary ubernet working by then, maybe we can just teleport the water up there... ...
NASA is planning to make water and oxygen on the Moon and Mars by 2020 | ExtremeTech
19 March 2014
NASA is forging ahead with plans to make water, oxygen, and hydrogen on the surface of the Moon and Mars. If we ever want to colonize other planets, it is ...
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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The problem with big data - more means more, not necessarily better
Posted: 18 March 2014  
This comment piece made me reflect on the idea of 'Big Data'. We must realise that data has no value, just like knowledge, until you DO something with it - and therein lies the challenge, and the opportunity for radical innovation.
MH370 story is the new anti-journalism – all data, no real facts, endless theories
18 March 2014
Michael Wolff: Free conspiracies are for sale, with cautious restraint that propels the absence of truth. But you’re still obsessed, aren’t you?
MindBullet logo WE'RE ALL SLAVES TO BIG DATA
Information overload and too much choice lead to anxiety and depression
Dateline: 22 April 2016
Three years ago, in 2013, the world was trying to estimate what the true size and impact of 'Big Data' would be. It seems like we got much more than we ...
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The second machine age
Posted: 14 March 2014  
"The first machine age not only boosted human living standards, but was also complementary to human labor. In the second machine age, we expect another boost in living standards but it’s unclear whether the new technologies are going to be complements or substitutes to human labor."
Andrew McAfee & Erik Brynjolfsson, co-authors of The Second Machine Age
14 March 2014
The Industrial Revolution produced machines that required human input. But is the digital revolution rendering labor obsolete?
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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Goodbye Wallet...
Posted: 13 March 2014  
I have never liked a fat wallet in my back pocket...its also orthopaedically very bad for ones alignment. Soon we won't have this problem unless you keep your mobile phone in your back pocket! As we explore new and disruptive payment systems the world as banks knew it will change. Faster, better, easier and also fraught with new risks. Risks have always been around though, even with chip and ...
How your mobile is about to replace your wallet - Telegraph
13 March 2014
The days of reaching for your credit or debit card could soon be over
MindBullet logo "A DONKEY COULD DELIVER CHEQUES FASTER THAN BANKS CAN DEPOSIT MONEY INTO CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS"
In this high-tech age why does your money still travel at a snail’s pace?
Dateline: 12 February 2009
That May 2005 statement from Ed Mayo of the UK's National Consumer Council certainly started a revolution in banking practice and has speeded up money ...
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Now 3D printing is mainstream
Posted: 13 March 2014  
Does anybody still doubt that 3D printing has moved from the test-lab and the hobbyists' garage to mainstream? And we're just at the beginning of the manufacturing revolution. Its now being used in industrial manufacturing, health, retail;, design and man more places. But...watch this space - 4D printing is yet to come! You can read about this in the MindBullet alongside.
Patient has pioneering 3D face op
13 March 2014
A survivor of a serious motorbike accident has had pioneering surgery to reconstruct his face using a series of 3D printed parts.
MindBullet logo THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING IS ABUNDANTLY CLEAR
Dancing atoms will end the age of resource scarcity
Dateline: 18 September 2023
Technology has always driven the progress of manufacturing, from the first time one of our ancestors carved a flint tool, to the Industrial Revolution and ...
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What do you offer the customer who has access to everything?
Posted: 13 March 2014   1 Comment
That's the challenge facing the global player in the digital age. And algorithms are the answer.

This article from the Atlantic takes a look at the Algorithm Economy, and how it's shaping our lives as consumers. ...
The Algorithm Economy: Inside the Formulas of Facebook and Amazon
13 March 2014
Today we rely on digital monopolies to organize and personalize our reading and shopping experiences. Is that so bad?
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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Bitcoin, what are you?
Posted: 12 March 2014  
Bitcoin's wild ride isn't over yet. But as we said before, it won't be a currency unless it changes in radical ways. Goldman Sachs seems to agree.

On the other hand, maybe Bitcoin is one of those things we don't understand enough yet. Perhaps it's the precursor to a new digital financial model that breaks the bonds with the established paradigm and ushers in a new era of 'money' as a concept ...
Goldman Sachs: Bitcoin Is Not A Currency | TechCrunch
12 March 2014
Goldman Sachs thinks that bitcoin believers need to take a cold shower, drink some coffee, and sober up. In the wake of Mt. Gox's collapse, the supposed..
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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Data for your algorithm
Posted: 12 March 2014  
That's why Google, the king of the algorithm, is getting into home automation, robots, driverless cars and maybe drones. The internet of things, or as we prefer to call it the 'Internet of Everything' will drive the next data tsunami, with billions and then trillions of connected devices and 'enchanted objects'. And we all know that any good algorithm needs good data, and lots of it.
For Google, it’s all about the data
12 March 2014
The company’s recent US$3,2bn Nest acquisition is about tracking what you do not only on the Internet but offline, in the comfort of your home, too. By ...
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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Cognitive cooking
Posted: 10 March 2014  
I've heard of cognitive computing, but how about cognitive cooking? The IBM Food Truck uses big data, cognitive systems and social media input (plus a few top chefs) to create dishes that have never been tried before - and they're great!
Cognitive Cooking
10 March 2014
A food truck powered by your tweets and a cognitive computer
MindBullet logo FOOD IS NOTHING BUT I.P.
Billionaire digital chef creates the ultimate franchise
Dateline: 12 October 2023
When the first 3D ink-jet printers appeared, they were typically used for high-tech applications that could justify the cost. Leading-edge medicine was an ...
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THE FUTURE IS ALGORITHM SHAPED
Published on: 6 March 2014   5 Comments
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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 planned, part accident, but always recorded. Most of us like to let a bit of randomness enter our lives - it's often how the best things are discovered, how the best experiences happen. Serendipitous joy is a treasure. But if we're honest, there's a lot less spontaneity driving our actions and transactions, our travels and connections. And ...
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