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Bitcoin, Blockchain and now SCP...crypto currencies is where its all happening.
Posted: 17 April 2015  
The financial world is slowly, too slowly, getting used to the prospect of market acceptance of some form of crypto-currencies. Bitcoin and its security algorithms housed in its block-chain, offers solutions to may of the issues raised by the sceptics. Now a new rival is emerging...claiming to address some of Bit-coin's pitfalls. Who knows who will survive but we do know that someone will and ...
A Stanford Professor Says His Digital Currency Is Better than Bitcoin | MIT Technology Review
17 April 2015
A Stanford professor claims to have invented a Bitcoin-like system that can handle payments faster and with more security.
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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A swarm of LOCUST drones
Posted: 17 April 2015  
Here's an innovative use of small drones as an attack force - in a swarm!

It reminds me of that MindBullet we dreamed up some years ago... ...
US navy shows off cannon-launched 'swarming' drones
17 April 2015
The US navy develops cannon-launched drones that can "swarm" and carry out co-ordinated attacks.
MindBullet logo INSECT SOLDIER-BOTS DEFEAT HUMAN ARMY
Cyborg locusts open new frontier
Dateline: 28 April 2014
The first 'cyborg-war' has just been won after millions of wirelessly-controlled locusts swamped the North Korean army as it massed on the border with ...
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Nano bots, forward march!
Posted: 14 April 2015  
The military is increasingly investing in robot tech, primarily to reduce risk and casualty among human soldiers. While we haven't quite reached the scenario of an invasion force made entirely of robots, more applications for tiny, swarming robots are being developed.

"In other words, swarm robots, which are relatively inexpensive and, from the standpoint of force planners, essentially ...
Swarm robots poised to fly amid acquisitions and military investment
14 April 2015
The military is going miniature, and that means big investments in small flying machines that will eventually operate in swarms.
MindBullet logo ROBOT ARMY INVADES ZENUTIA
Big Dog leads the charge while Taranis provides air cover
Dateline: 7 April 2016
It’s an open secret that NATO has been planning an invasion, but the ‘troops’ sent in to ‘restore democracy’ are quite unusual. For the first time in a ...
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Old, Industrial age news company turns into modern day giant!
Posted: 13 April 2015  
Radical innovation and corporate change is indeed possible and when it works its huge! Naspers are now valued at ZAR840B and one of SA's most important companies...worth many times our gold and platinum companies. It's success offers large companies many lessons...and enforces our views that the Business of Today is very different from the Business of Tomorrow!
Naspers bursts through R2 000 mark
13 April 2015
The share price of media and internet company Naspers has surged through the R2000-mark in trade on Monday morning on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
MindBullet logo 'NEWSPAPER' IS AN OXYMORON
Paper it ain't and news has no value!
Dateline: 26 January 2011
In 2009, Nicholas Carlson, an editor at website Silicon Alley Insider, calculated that it cost the New York Times about twice as much to print and deliver ...
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Big Brother, Little Brother, who is the bigger tyrant?
Posted: 8 April 2015  
This intriguing long-form article claims that the notion of crowdsourcing as a liberating mechanism, enabled by technology, is a scam. The writer sees crowdsourcing as a means for businesses to exploit the crowd in a subtle way, creating a dystopian society of disconnected individuals ruled by algorithms.

But that ignores the reality of automation. Whether it's good or bad, it is happening, ...
The Crowdsourcing Scam - The Baffler
8 April 2015
In 1968 a Norwegian science fiction writer named Tor Åge Bringsværd published a peculiar short story called “Codemus.” The story has achieved the kind of ...
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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Big Brother made of little things - privacy is an illusion, get used to it!
Posted: 8 April 2015  
The Internet of Things...or the internet of everything, is happening at a pace many times faster than the growth of PC's or mobiles or tablets. Expect 50 billion connected small things by 2020. I loved the quote: 'The scariest thing is that we don't know what the scariest thing is!" and that about sums it all up. Privacy cannot possibly survive...it's an illusion that tries to comfort us but ...
How can privacy survive in the era of the internet of things?
8 April 2015
As more and more devices are connected, there are two futures when it comes to privacy. Which one will we pick?
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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Banking on Apple Watch
Posted: 7 April 2015  
Citibank is taking the digital revolution to heart, even partnering with Apple to be the first banking app on the Apple Watch.

Is Citibank aiming to be as ubiquitous as that imaginary 'bank' we wrote about, called simply "U"? ...
How Citibank Is Transforming Itself By Partnering With Apple Watch
7 April 2015
Of the nine initial apps announced by the new Apple Watch, only one of them was for a bank, Citigroup.
MindBullet logo NO ONE UNDERSTANDS ME LIKE U
The new connection platform that makes the business of living a pleasure
Dateline: 30 October 2024
I've got a new friend, a virtual friend. A friend that really gets me, and my daily routine. A friend that takes care of all my needs, from keeping the ...
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CHRONOCONDRIA OVERWHELMS HEALTH SERVICES
Published on: 2 April 2015  
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Apple Watch sales fill doctors' surgeries with the worried-well
Dateline: 1 April 2017
There's a new disease plaguing the technoscenti, and it's overloading the doctors. It's called "smart-watch sickness" or even "Chronocondria." Over 200 million people now wear smart-watches packed with sensors measuring everything from pulse-rate, to blood-pressure, to body-temperature. Never in the course of human events have so many people had so much information about themselves. And they're responding as people do. In a blind panic. "It's madness out there," says one MD who prefers to ...
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The bionic antbots are coming
Posted: 30 March 2015  
Almost ten years after we published this scenario in MindBullets, automation company Festo has produced a small swarm of giant robotic ants that are networked to co-ordinate group tasks.

"Like their natural role models, the BionicANTs work together under clear rules," the company added. "They communicate with each other and coordinate their actions and movements among each other. The ...
These 3D-Printed Ants Could Be the Factory Workers of the Future
30 March 2015
These 3D-printed ants scuttle around much like the real thing. But loaded with sensors and wireless communication systems, they're an experiment in ...
MindBullet logo NETWORKED ROBOTS ALL OVER MY HOUSE & GARDEN
Is this my worst nightmare, or perfect Utopia?
Dateline: 12 November 2015
Ever since Karel Capek coined the term 'robot' in his 1920 play Rossum's Universal Robots, we have associated these 'working machines' with the human form. ...
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Boosting the blockchain with artificial intelligence
Posted: 30 March 2015  
A new alternative coin with promised lower cost, more speed is due to be launched at the end of April. Though it's unclear how AI Coin is enhanced with artificial intelligence, it certainly shows how the blockchain technology is yet to mature.

"A.I. Coin is taking blockchain technology to a new level of performance and intelligence. The promising new currency features enhanced block-chain ...
Exclusive Interview with A.I. Coin Founders
30 March 2015
A.I. Coin combines Artificial Intelligence with cryptocurrency technology.
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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Doctor Google on your wrist
Posted: 19 March 2015  
Could a smart device on your wrist detect diseases, even help to prevent cancer? Google seems to think it's an idea worth pursuing.

Our MindBullet scenario on this subject wasn't ambitious enough! ...
Can Google block cancer?
19 March 2015
Google has filed a patent application with the World Intellectual Property Organisation for a wrist-worn device that could destroy cancer cells in the ...
MindBullet logo TAKE TWO ASPIRIN AND WE'LL GOOGLE YOU IN THE MORNING
Another blow for traditional health care as virtual doctors rule
Dateline: 26 May 2012
It all started way back in 2008 with consolidating patient records. Next came online medical consultations. And now the latest revolution in health ...
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BLOCKCHAIN BUSINESSES THAT RUN THEMSELVES GO VIRAL
Published on: 19 March 2015   1 Comment
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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 cryptography that underpins BitCoin, the blockchain technology makes it possible for the value of these blockbuster businesses to be widely distributed over the internet. Unlike a listing on a stock exchange, there is no central registry, and the ledger of who owns what portion of the stock is self-contained in the blockchain itself. What's more, ...
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ENGINEERING THE PERFECT LIFE
Published on: 12 March 2015  
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Let happiness and contentment find you
Dateline: 5 May 2019
Remember the outcry a few years ago, when Facebook deliberately filtered its newsfeed to see how specific stories influenced your mood and emotions? Nowadays people are choosing to opt-in to this type of modification. With more than enough bad news going around, like terror attacks, resource shortages or natural disasters, some consumers are desperate to optimize their experiences and their life in general. Choosing to allow emotion measurement technology to track their facial expressions while ...
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Google calling
Posted: 6 March 2015  
Many of us already use Skype, WhatsApp and Facetime to avoid calling each other over a cellular network. But somewhere, in the background, a Telco is getting the revenue for the data carried by those services. Google's new project, combined with their efforts to bring broadband to under-serviced areas, could make that old model of relying on a carrier completely irrelevant.

I'm not suggesting ...
How Google’s Project Nova could upend the wireless industry
6 March 2015
What if a telecommunications provider didn't have to rely on decades-old infrastructure? Google's entry makes for a compelling proposition.
MindBullet logo VODAFONE GIVES AWAY THE CROWN JEWELS
World's largest operator gives the business back to its customers
Dateline: 8 October 2008
Vodafone stunned the world with its bold announcement yesterday - its new strategy will in effect put the proceeds of the business back into the hands of ...
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MindBullet logo VIRTUAL REALITY IS THE REAL DEAL
Augmented reality builds business - but creates a new global addiction
Dateline: 18 October 2018
It seems that there's good and bad in everything. Dramatic improvements in virtual reality systems have led to massive productivity improvements - but have spawned a new addiction afflicting millions around the world. The last few years have seen VR (virtual reality) and augmented reality move into the mainstream. Systems like Oculus Rift and Microsoft Hololens have become so immersive, and ...
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IT'S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS
Published on: 5 March 2015  
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Neuro-implants to control our devices become the gift of the year
Dateline: 26 March 2018
It's my birthday soon, and I know just what I am going to buy myself this year. The brand-new iThink, Apple's brain sensor that enables me to control all my electronic devices by thought alone! Sure, there's a little bit of surgery involved. The tiny transmitter sits just below the skin at the base of my skull, connected to electrodes implanted into my brain. But it's safe technology now; pioneered in hundreds of thousands of experiments and procedures, first aimed at helping disabled people to ...
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Internet of dumb things
Posted: 4 March 2015  
In an echo of the scenario we published last year, here's the real-life tale of a burned out light-bulb that wouldn't stop asking for help - until the whole network froze up.
This guy's light bulb performed a DoS attack on his entire smart house
4 March 2015
The challenge of being a futurist pioneer is being Patient Zero for the future's headaches.
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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The robots are definitely coming!
Posted: 26 February 2015  
More interesting discussion on the rapidly emerging world of intelligent robots - and the implications for humanity, and the jobs we currently hold today.
What clever robots mean for jobs
26 February 2015
Recent advances have pushed experts to look anew at changes automation will bring to labour force as robots wiggle their way into higher reaches of ...
MindBullet logo ROBOEARTH TAXES THE MACHINES
With robots paying labour tax, the 99% can be as idle and as comfortable as the elites
Dateline: 4 July 2025
We're living in the age of abundance. The age of the algorithm. The age of... well, automated utopia. Who would have thought that this soon, with machines ...
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ROBOEARTH TAXES THE MACHINES
Published on: 26 February 2015   1 Comment
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With robots paying labour tax, the 99% can be as idle and as comfortable as the elites
Dateline: 4 July 2025
We're living in the age of abundance. The age of the algorithm. The age of... well, automated utopia. Who would have thought that this soon, with machines doing all the work, we would also have found the solution to technological unemployment? The point is, just as horses became unemployable with the invention of engines, so humans became unemployable in the age of seriously smart machines. We call it "Roboearth." When a robot arrives from the factory, it's essentially lifeless; it can't do ...
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Augmented reality taking a magic leap
Posted: 20 February 2015  
One of MIT Technology Review's breakthrough technologies for 2015 is a new approach to augmenting the physical world around us with realistic virtual imagery. This differs substantially from approaches like Oculus Rift, which takes you into a completely virtual environment, essentially inside a computer game.

Whether Microsoft with its Hololens or Magic Leap with their system will be the ...
What It’s Like to Try Magic Leap’s Take on Virtual Reality
20 February 2015
A startup is betting more than half a billion dollars that it will dazzle you with its approach to creating 3-D imagery.Availability: 1-3 years
MindBullet logo VIRTUAL REALITY IS THE REAL DEAL
Augmented reality builds business - but creates a new global addiction
Dateline: 18 October 2018
It seems that there's good and bad in everything. Dramatic improvements in virtual reality systems have led to massive productivity improvements - but have ...
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