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How millennials will boost the gig economy
Posted: 8 May 2018 1 Comment

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As traditional employment falls, entrepreneurship has never been stronger
Dateline: 17 September 2016
Isn't it interesting how often predictions about the future turn out to be completely wrong? Take the astonishing explosion of technology. The fear was that technology would kill jobs and put people on the street. The new connected world is doing exactly the opposite! Don't get me wrong, it certainly is killing some jobs - mainly low-value admin and 'grunt-work' positions. But in a world ...
Laser 'eyes' for robot cars
Posted: 14 May 2018

For driverless cars, and robots, sensors that keep them aware of what's happening around them, at speed, are critical if they are to function safely and effectively. Cameras are great up to a point, and lidar is far more accurate, but expensive. As we pointed out in our MindBullet last year, new tech invariably follows Moore's law as it gets mainstream adoption, and plummets in cost. ...

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This new lidar sensor could equip every autonomous car in the world by the end of 2018
14 May 2018
The startup Luminar aims to challenge market leaders by building its hardware at a never-before-seen scale.
Robotic vision has improved exponentially, and it's making them more 'human'
Dateline: 12 January 2020
In the last three years, laser-based optical radar, or LIDAR has come a long way. LIDAR became famous when Google started using it on their self-driving ...
Google's Duplex wants to be better than Alexa
Posted: 9 May 2018

An intelligent assistant that can actually make calls and negotiate with real people, sounding like a human assistant? About time, we say, but then, we're futurists.

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Google’s new mindblowing AI can negotiate your appointments for you with real people
9 May 2018
Google debuted “Duplex” at its I/O developer conference on May 8, an AI system that could make virtual assistants as capable as humans available to anyone.
And bring it to the TV lounge
Dateline: 24 April 2020
Amazon has released its home robot, and it's called Alex. It works with Alexa, to buy things and stream stuff to your home. But Alex is fundamentally ...


Published on: 26 April 2018 1 Comment

And bring it to the TV lounge

Dateline: 24 April 2020

Amazon has released its home robot, and it's called Alex. It works with Alexa, to buy things and stream stuff to your home. But Alex is fundamentally different; it can move around the house and help you with domestic chores. Just like the robot butler featured in sci-fi movies. Alex has been quietly, almost secretly, developed by Amazon over the last three years, and now it's ready for Prime Time. There's already a waiting list from Amazon Prime customers, who have been given first dibs on the new ...

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Published on: 19 April 2018

The market for non-male tech gadgets and apps is exploding

Dateline: 1 May 2023

It's official. If you want to be the next tech giant, make sure you're aiming at the Femtech market. And it's even better if your company is run by women too! For years, actually decades, the personal computing and IT sectors were dominated by products and services created by men for men. About the only application where women were heavily involved was word processing, and later, desktop publishing. That's all changed, but the big names in tech startups are still heavily biased to the male gender, ...

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Bitcoin eating Quebec's hydro power
Posted: 16 April 2018

When you've got a surplus of green electricity, it makes sense to invite customers to use it. Bitcoin mining operations are now so intensive, the cost of power is critical, and the market value of the coins has to justify the cost of power, or they might be suspended. How will this scenario we explored in our MindBullet alongside play out?

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Bitcoin is eating Quebec
16 April 2018
A Canadian hydropower operation put out the welcome mat for bitcoin miners. Shortly thereafter, it was overrun.
Climate change reversal catches almost everyone by surprise
Dateline: 21 December 2025
It's almost a decade since those 'hottest years on record' culminating with the 2016 El Nino. But no-one expected it to cool down this rapidly. In 2017, ...
Building the next gen network
Posted: 13 April 2018

At last some telcos are waking up to the idea that it's supremely inefficient to build separate networks alongside each other! South Korea's top carriers have decided to collaborate on a single nationwide 5G network. If only all mobile operators allowed domestic roaming... And then, let's talk international as well. Data should be more or less the same price, no matter which side of the ...

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South Korean carriers agree to build single 5G network, saving money and time
13 April 2018
Faced with the prospect of developing several separate 5G networks with patchwork coverage, South Korea’s top cellular carriers have instead decided to ...
5G is more than just a speed upgrade - it's mission critical
Dateline: 4 April 2020
It's finally here, and 5G mobile broadband isn't just a quicker internet - it's going to save us from the future! You'll forgive me for being a bit ...
Virtual and augmented reality
Posted: 4 April 2018 2 Comments

Thanks a lot for sharing, artificial intelligence is a very powerful thing. It is used in different industries. For example, it can be used for a virtual reality project: This is one of the most interesting modern technologies because it actually makes us closer to building an actual robot that can ...

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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 augmented with bioelectronics wizardry. The average human brain has a working memory of seven items, plus or minus two. That means we can, on average, remember seven things at once; the more gifted can handle about nine. Thinking about an ...


Published on: 12 April 2018 1 Comment

5G is more than just a speed upgrade - it's mission critical

Dateline: 4 April 2020

It's finally here, and 5G mobile broadband isn't just a quicker internet - it's going to save us from the future! You'll forgive me for being a bit cynical, but we all remember the hype surrounding 4G wireless broadband, how it would solve all our congestion problems, and allow us to watch live-streamed video on our phones. Then finally the LTE (Long Term Evolution) demos began, and it looked so cool. And then another wait, while the handset makers caught up, until Bingo! you could get an iPhone ...

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Tech failure needs a plan that works
Posted: 4 April 2018

"We have never had anything like this before," a Eurocontrol spokesman told the AFP news agency.

It was only the second failure in 20 years. Luckily, or perhaps by design, the failover worked, and although there were disruptions, no catastrophes. That's the problem with something that never fails - when it does, can your systems handle it? ...

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Up to half of European flights delayed
4 April 2018
Eurocontrol fixes its system failure, which it warned could affect almost 15,000 European flights.
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 ...
The mobile phone turns 45
Posted: 3 April 2018

Yes, indeed, the mobile phone is middle aged. Many people think the first mobile phone was launched in the late 1980s, but that was the first GSM cellular phone, using digital technology. The first mobile, analogue phone was invented by Martin Cooper at Motorola in 1973. Now the smartphone has become the basic standard for billions of people worldwide. You've come a long way, baby!

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Happy 45th birthday mobile phone: 10 key milestones in its history | Gadgets Now
3 April 2018
The first mobile phone call was made today 45 years ago
Mobile phones become the new portable computer
Dateline: 5 June 2011
Have you noticed how no-one buys a new laptop these days? Just like VCRs and PDAs, the laptop is so last century. Some say that the iPhone was the ...
Car kills pedestrian - who's to blame?
Posted: 20 March 2018

We asked this question in our MindBullet published five years ago. Now it has happened. What will the answer be?

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Self-driving Uber kills Arizona woman in first fatal crash involving pedestrian
20 March 2018
Tempe police said car was in autonomous mode at the time of the crash and that the vehicle hit a woman who later died at a hospital
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 ...
A computer the size of a salt flake
Posted: 19 March 2018

IBM has announced a system that includes a processor, memory, optic communications and a photo-power cell, all on a tiny silicon package 1mm square. It's so small, 64 of them can fit on the tip of your finger! Great for self-powered sensors and embedded devices that can provide data to systems like, shall we say, blockchain controlled logistics?

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IBM has created a computer smaller than a grain of salt
19 March 2018
This thing is really tiny.
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 ...
Bitcoin getting the boot from Google
Posted: 14 March 2018

Online advertising is being self-regulated, probably to avoid it being regulated by government. Google sees to be taking the step to prevent risky (ad)ventures like spread betting, and is including cryptocurrencies and forex trading in that group.

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Google is banning all bitcoin, ICO, and cryptocurrency ads from June
14 March 2018
Google plans to ban all cryptocurrencies and binary options adverts, and is cracking down on ads for other speculative financial instruments.
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 ...


Published on: 8 March 2018

When your intelligent assistant is a digital you

Dateline: 11 March 2035

There are two types of cloning; biological clones of a plant or animal, and digital copies of data, programs, or even an entire system. Microsoft has just announced a breakthrough - digitally cloning your brain. But the vision for this new service goes far beyond just making a backup of your memories, in case you become forgetful. They want to energize your personal robotic assistant with a digital copy of you. Think of it as a full-size Mini Me. A humanoid robot with artificial intelligence, that ...

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Quantum supremacy coming soon
Posted: 7 March 2018

Once quantum computers operate with sufficiently low error rates, they should be able to tackle traditional computing tasks exponentially faster than super computers, making quantum computers the 'supreme' solution.

When that happens, existing crypto could be vulnerable to instant cracking, which could spell the end for cryptocurrencies that require heavy mining. ...

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Google Unveils 72-Qubit Quantum Computer With Low Error Rates
7 March 2018
Google unveiled that it's working on a 72-qubit quantum computer with error rates below 1%, which is what the company said it's required to have minimally ...
This year will be both happy and unhappy - at the same time, in the same place
Dateline: 1 January 2019
Alphabet's announcement last week that its quantum computer breakthrough is both real and commercially practical is going to make a lot of people happy, ...


Published on: 1 March 2018

We got VR glasses instead

Dateline: 7 May 2024

We wanted flying cars. All we got were passenger drones, eventually. We were hoping for limitless fusion energy; instead we got solar panels. Everybody did. The future doesn't always deliver on our hopes and dreams. We dreamed about cheating death, an elixir from the fountain of youth, that would keep us forever young. Instead we have developed CRISPR and stem cells that keep us healthier in old age, but we still get old. That's the thing about the future. Our sci-fi fantasies and high tech ...

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Published on: 22 February 2018

It's finally happened, according to my smartphone app

Dateline: 8 March 2021

That's the thing about our phones, they listen to everything we have to say. That fact alone might drive you nuts, but even if it keeps your conversations private, your phone can learn a lot about you, just by listening to how you speak. It's called metadata and there's a lot of it; who you called and how often, when you called and for how long, your location when you called, and so on. Phone companies and law enforcement have been making use of metadata for a long time; even without recording your ...

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First trillion-dollar company
Posted: 10 February 2018

Here's an "outrageous prediction" from Saxo Bank for 2018:

Tencent will outstrip Apple and become the world’s largest company
Saxo’s head of equity strategy Peter Garnry writes that China is opening up its capital markets and the country’s enormous size and surging living standards are attracting investors from across the globe. Given this, it’s no surprise that tech-sector leader Tencent is ...

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The first company to reach a value of US$1 trillion is...
Dateline: 3 March 2025
Chinese. No, wait, American. Actually, it's a global company, with tech from the United States, and manufacturing in several countries, but mainly China. You would be forgiven for surmising that Apple Inc would be the first company to cross the US$ 1 trillion threshold. A couple of years ago, Apple came close, with a market capitalization of US$ 947 billion, but has subsequently seen its ...
When driverless cars can't cut it
Posted: 8 January 2018 1 Comment

I spent Christmas in Canada, and besides being an awesome White Christmas experience, it was unusually cold, with heaps of snow. After driving from Montreal to Toronto in what was at times a light blizzard, it struck me that driverless cars and trucks are absolutely useless in those conditions. Yet human drivers cope quite well.

On a busy highway, crammed with trucks and cars, and patrolled by ...

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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 ...

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