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Banking challenges from China - even after Black Monday!
Posted: 26 August 2015  
Developments and innovation in banking is gaining speed and impact and much of the exciting new innovation is emanating form China. Will this be a clarion call to the the big banks of the West or will it fizzle and die? I would not bet on that!
Will bank developments in China lead to a global banking revolution? [Part One]
26 August 2015
I recently found some exceptional insights into how China is leading the world of banking, as we saw the opening of digital banks WeBank and MYBank.  If ...
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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More news on AI and its all adding up to be exciting
Posted: 26 August 2015  
Where will all these developments lead to in the next few years? More than likely it will enable utility greater than you ever imagined!
Top 10 Machine Learning APIs: AT&T Speech, IBM Watson, Google Prediction
26 August 2015
Article highlighting the top 10 machine learning APIs on ProgrammableWeb. API capabilities include image tagging, speech recognition and predictive ...
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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The AI war is hotting up!
Posted: 26 August 2015  
As a former business executive with an amazing PA (the only thing I miss from my former corporate life), I sure could do with a really smart AI enabled assistant! The speed with which these capabilities are developing is interesting...maybe I will soon be blessed with an 'Annette' or 'Sophia' on my phone?
Facebook Is Adding A Personal Assistant Called “M” To Your Messenger App
26 August 2015
We've been hearing rumblings that Facebook was working on an "assistant" within Messenger (along with others), but today we've gotten the details that pull ...
MindBullet logo iPA, YOU KNOW MY EVERY MOVE
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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Hacking a fridge
Posted: 26 August 2015  
It had to happen. First they hacked a Jeep via WiFi and now they're doing to your fridge! Don't say we didn't warn you, haha.
Samsung smart fridge exposes Gmail login details to attackers
26 August 2015
Hackers have successfully extracted login details for Google's Gmail email service from a Samsung smart fridge. The details were unveiled at the recent ...
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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Nuclear proof robots clean up
Posted: 26 August 2015  
When it's too dangerous for human workers to clean up toxic spills, or radiation leaks like Fukushima, then it's time to send in the robots. Now the British are finally getting to grips with Sellafield, which was the site of the world's first nuclear disaster, the Windscale fire more than 50 years ago. Much of remains of that blowup have not been touched because of the high radiation levels. ...
How Sellafield's radiation-proof robots do our dirty work - BBC News
26 August 2015
Cleaning up Sellafield's nuclear waste is a difficult and dangerous job for humans, so robots of different shapes and sizes are being recruited to do the ...
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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Teaching robots
Posted: 25 August 2015  
In this MindBullet we talked about robots that were essentially dumb when you got them, but they could download whatever they needed to know from the 'Robot Internet.' That is in the future, but already today, robots can learn tasks by reading about them on the web!
Robots Learn from the Web
25 August 2015
Researchers at a European project are teaching robots to use written text to learn how to perform tasks.
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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THINGS HOLD HUMANS TO RANSOM
Posted: 13 August 2015   1 Comment
was the smoke Illusion or real?
Did you “the culprit” managed to open the car doors?
i need to get to the end of this story so that we know what was pluged into your house to release that smoke. is it only hackeng or Blackmail of some sort.

the only way to avoid the coercion is to know how they do it so that we avoid it as it will obviosly not stop ...
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 1000 times more 'things' connected to the internet than humans, and that was going to be great for business. Well, the 'Internet of Things' is truly here. Almost every physical object has some sort of digital content embedded in it. Some are ...
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Google moving in
Posted: 19 August 2015  
Google clearly wants to control, or at least dominate, the internet of things in your home. The Nest thermostat was the thin edge of the wedge, now Google is launching a super cool Wi-Fi router - a hub by name and design, for future connections.

This is not quite the scenario portrayed by the MindBullet we published a couple of years ago, but definitely a step in that direction! ...
Google launches OnHub, a simple, expensive Wi-Fi router
19 August 2015
Hate your finicky Wi-Fi router? Google does too, apparently.
MindBullet logo GOOGLE STAGES A HOME INVASION
With Google Screen you get more than just television, broadband and games
Dateline: 26 August 2015
Google has launched its pay TV service, with regular television channels on a broadband connection. But unlike 'on demand' services, this is an entirely ...
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Ransomware for Windows 10
Posted: 18 August 2015  
Just a week before we published our MindBullet on ransomware and the Internet of Things, some enterprising criminals spoofed an early upgrade to Windows 10 to extort money from impatient users. A cautionary tale indeed, and a good reason to take the time and do a full system backup before installing any major upgrade - just in case!
New Windows 10 scam will encrypt your files for ransom
18 August 2015
A cautionary tale in being patient, and not skipping the line.
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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Deep Learning coming from Facebook?
Posted: 13 August 2015  
Facebook is the social media network where you can see plenty of pictures and videos of cats, plus things you don't want to know about people you don't know, right?
Well, yes, Facebook is that. But it is also in a race with Google and other companies to develop "deep learning" - intelligent computer systems that can read our voices and faces, and that we can communicate with through language ...
Inside Facebook’s Quest for Software That Understands You | MIT Technology Review
13 August 2015
A reincarnation of one of the oldest ideas in artificial intelligence could finally make it possible to truly converse with our computers. And Facebook has ...
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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Hacking cars
Posted: 13 August 2015  
Now there's an even easier way to hack into connected cars - via the telemetry box that insurers use to monitor your driving and reward you with reduced premiums if you drive safely. How long before hackers turn to extortion?
Hackers Cut a Corvette’s Brakes Via a Common Car Gadget
13 August 2015
The free dongles that insurance companies ask customers to plug into their dashes could expose your car to hackers.
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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THINGS HOLD HUMANS TO RANSOM
Published on: 13 August 2015   5 Comments
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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 1000 times more 'things' connected to the internet than humans, and that was going to be great for business. Well, the 'Internet of Things' is truly here. Almost every physical object has some sort of digital content embedded in it. Some are passive pea-brained objects (such as a can of Coke or a bottle of ketchup), others (such as watches and home ...
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You've been diagnosed by a super-computer!
Posted: 12 August 2015  
Imagine if your doctor had access to - and had read and absorbed - every medical text book, and every medical case history in human history, before he diagnosed you. Who wouldn't want that?
The scenario is not so far-fetched, as medical science., Big Data and super-computing collide. That;'s why IBM is spending $1-billion to buy a huge database of medical images - so that Watson, its (now in ...
IBM Plans to Teach Watson How to Sift Through Medical Images and Diagnose Diseases | MIT Technology
12 August 2015
IBM seeks to transform image-based diagnostics by combining its cognitive computing technology with a massive collection of medical images.
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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Exponential neural network
Posted: 7 August 2015  
Does Moore's Law govern neural networks too? If so, we might reach general super machine intelligence faster than we thought!
Neural network is 10 times bigger than previous world record
7 August 2015
Digital Reasoning, a developer of cognitive computing, recently announced that it has trained the largest neural network in the world to date with a ...
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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China's robotic factory
Posted: 7 August 2015  
China, the world's cheapest manufacturer, is finding a better source of labour - machines!
Chinese factory replaces 90% of humans with robots, production soars
7 August 2015
Changying Precision Technology Company in Dongguan city has set up an unmanned factory run almost entirely by robots. The factory has since seen fewer ...
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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I AM THE WIND WRANGLER
Published on: 6 August 2015  
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Listen to my song
Dateline: 24 July 2027
With flaring nostrils I test the air, funneling every subtle hint and nuance to my core. Greedily I drink the torrent that floods towards me; every celebrated triumph, every self-important selfie, every illicit interaction, every murky rumour and credible confession. I grok the details and minutiae from a thousand million voices. I listen to them trumpeting from the moral high-ground. I hear offensive opinions, frivolous factoids, and scary scenarios spewing from the pens of prophets. Half-truths ...
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Google instant translate
Posted: 4 August 2015  
I don't often rave about apps for the smartphone, but this one is great! Google Translate now uses augmented reality to instantly translate signs and words in a foreign language, without having to link to a server. Yesterday I happened to be buying some Port with a Portuguese-only label, and Google Translate let me confirm what I thought it was saying. Brilliant!

This is one of those apps that ...
Google Translate’s App Now Instantly Translates Printed Text In 27 Languages
4 August 2015
One of the most intense experiences you'll ever have is visiting a country that speaks a language different than yours. There's a host of tools you can ...
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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In search of the exaflop
Posted: 31 July 2015  
At the moment China has the world's fastest computer. That's not good for American egos, so the US is going to create the first computer capable of an exaflop.
US sets goal for faster supercomputer
31 July 2015
President Obama has announced an ambitious plan to build the world's fastest computer.
MindBullet logo CHINA IS TOP OF THE FLOPS
Supercomputer breaks the exaflop barrier
Dateline: 27 January 2019
China's Tianhe-9B has trumped America's Oak Ridge Labs in the race to exascale computing, with a full 1,000 petaflop record. Despite all their tweaking, ...
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3D Universal Memory
Posted: 29 July 2015  
One of the key ingredients in this scenario for super-powerful energy-sipping mobile devices is the development of high capacity non-volatile memory, also known as Universal Memory chips that can replace flash and DRAM. Intel and Micron have announced theirs.
Intel’s New Memory Chips Are Faster, Store Way More Data
29 July 2015
Intel and Micron just announced 3D XPoint, a new class of non-volatile memory chips that could radically improve the performance of smartphones, desktops, ...
MindBullet logo SMARTWATCH RUNS ON SUNSHINE
A supercomputer that sits on your wrist and never needs recharging
Dateline: 18 February 2022
It's been seven years since IBM invented 7nm transistor chips, and five years since 3D Universal Memory was launched by Samsung. Since then we've seen ...
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Let robots do the work
Posted: 29 July 2015  
Don't worry if a robot takes your job. You can do something else. That's the new message from economists and analysts:

"There will be a displacement and there will be a repositioning of people into jobs that we don’t even have today that we will have in the future. If you look back in history, you’ll see that this disruption has been going on for some time. Not as fast as what we’re currently ...
Robots Might Take Your Job, But Here's Why You Shouldn't Worry
29 July 2015
Robot staff may already outnumber humans at some companies, but increased automation doesn't mean everyone will be out of work.
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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