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Hacking the planet
Posted: 28 March 2017  
One of the possible 'solutions' to climate change is called geoengineering; re-engineering the planet (or at least its atmosphere) to cool it down, or reduce carbon dioxide concentrations. Now personally I don't think we can control the climate, certainly not with taxes and agreements; but it's interesting to note that as far back as 2009, we published a MindBullet suggesting that ...
Harvard scientists are gearing up for some of the first outdoor geoengineering experiments
28 March 2017
The climate researchers intend to launch a high-altitude balloon that would spray a small quantity of reflective particles into the stratosphere.
MindBullet logo WELCOME TO EARTH 2.0
Geo-engineering creates a new environment for a smart planet
Dateline: 21 September 2027
Our planet couldn't cope with all the demands our modern civilization placed on it. So we built a new one. Welcome to Earth 2.0. A new planet for a new, ...
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Chipping the brain
Posted: 28 March 2017  
A couple of years ago, we suggested that humans could augment their intelligence with electronic upgrades to the brain. Well, now Elon Musk has a new company called Neuralink which is going to do that.

Seeing as we published this MindBullet back in 2015, I wonder what sparked the idea in Elon's mind? :-) ...
Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to boost the brain to keep up with AI
28 March 2017
Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk has a new company -- Neuralink -- focused on developing the capabilities of the brain through technological augmentation. ...
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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Uber self-driving car gets flipped
Posted: 27 March 2017  
In the first recorded high-impact crash of a fully autonomous car, an Uber vehicle was flipped on its side by another car that "failed to yield" to the Uber. Apparently there was a driver behind the controls of the self-driving Uber, and no passengers. Uber is suspending testing while the incident is investigated. In due course, more of these incidents are likely, and it may delay the mass ...
Uber to Suspend Autonomous Tests After Arizona Accident
27 March 2017
Uber Technologies Inc. is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, ...
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 ...
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Fallacies of the robopocalypse
Posted: 23 March 2017  
Futurist Thomas Frey recently wrote this opinion piece that supports our fundamental position that robots and automation, by themselves, do not destroy jobs. Often, technology creates new jobs. Thomas makes an important point: Robots don’t eliminate jobs, only tasks. His 14 Fallacies make an interesting contribution to the debate.
14 Fallacies of the Coming Robot Apocalypse
23 March 2017
Over the past few weeks I’ve come across a growing number of tirades warning us of the dangers of robots. If you were concerned about A.I. in the past, ...
MindBullet logo HOORAY FOR THE MACHINES! THEY'VE CREATED MILLIONS OF NEW JOBS
Fears of jobless growth recede as markets demand new human skills
Dateline: 17 June 2023
The prophets of doom have been hard at work for the past decade, telling us that automation, robotics and machine learning are going to destroy jobs and ...
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Education
Posted: 17 March 2017   1 Comment
I believe there is a major hole in the argument of increased employment: the human race moving up the job food chain. This assumes that people have the resources to move up the job food chain.

There are millions who live in poverty with no hope of an education to move up the food chain. People might not want to be farm workers or production line workers but they have no choice. The majority ...
MindBullet logo HOORAY FOR THE MACHINES! THEY'VE CREATED MILLIONS OF NEW JOBS
Fears of jobless growth recede as markets demand new human skills
Dateline: 17 June 2023
The prophets of doom have been hard at work for the past decade, telling us that automation, robotics and machine learning are going to destroy jobs and leave millions of people unemployed and destitute. The reality has been somewhat different! Yes, some jobs have been taken over by the machines. But they're the dirty and dangerous jobs that most people did not want to do. Who wants to be a ...
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HOORAY FOR THE MACHINES! THEY'VE CREATED MILLIONS OF NEW JOBS
Published on: 17 March 2017   3 Comments
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Fears of jobless growth recede as markets demand new human skills
Dateline: 17 June 2023
The prophets of doom have been hard at work for the past decade, telling us that automation, robotics and machine learning are going to destroy jobs and leave millions of people unemployed and destitute. The reality has been somewhat different! Yes, some jobs have been taken over by the machines. But they're the dirty and dangerous jobs that most people did not want to do. Who wants to be a farm labourer or a production-line worker? It also true that many higher-level jobs have changed. AI systems ...
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Programmed society with programmed citizens and policies...is this the end of democracy?
Posted: 2 March 2017  
With the explosion of IoT, AI, quantum data and algorithm driven engagement in our daily lives - remember the role of Cambridge Analytics in the 2016 US election of Donald Trump - are we staring at the beginning of the end of democracy?
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/will-democracy-survive-big-data-and-artificial-intelligen
2 March 2017
We are in the middle of a technological upheaval that will transform the way society is organized. We must make the right decisions now
MindBullet logo AI AGENT WINS NOBEL PRIZE
Researcher makes physics breakthrough with artificial help
Dateline: 2 October 2010
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences shocked the scientific community yesterday by announcing that the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to an ...
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Fast cheap international money transfers a reality...for some banks!
Posted: 2 March 2017  
I received USD12k into my account today. my banker has not yet called with an exchange rate and a credit to my account and hence it will be at least 24 to 48 hours before I derive any economic gain for the arrival of MY funds! Guess who will receive the value? In the meantime, Japan's banks can settle international money transfers in a second, and no doubt at a fraction of the usual cost!
Forty Seven Japanese Banks Move Towards Commercial Phase Using Ripple | Ripple
2 March 2017
47 banks have successfully completed a pilot implementation of Ripple in Japan using a cloud-based payments platform.
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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SMART DOLLS FROM CHINA HACK AMERICAN CONSUMER DATA
Published on: 2 March 2017  
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FBI issues warning to families to destroy robotic toys
Dateline: 3 March 2019
Why send spies to gather industrial espionage, when your products can do it for you? The artificially intelligent Cutie Pie doll which is such a hit with American children is connected to the internet, so that it can interact with its owners, and answer questions. But it can also ask questions, like "What's your favorite colour?" or "What car does your mommy drive?" Innocent questions, unless they are coming from China, where the dolls are manufactured. Aggregate all the answers to those questions, ...
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And it's happening!
Posted: 17 February 2017   1 Comment
We published the attached MindBullet only yesterday - and look at the news that has just been released in India.
https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/state-bank-india-announces-financial-blockchain-consortium-bankchain/ ...
MindBullet logo EMERGING MARKETS RACE FOR DIGITAL CURRENCY FIRST PLACE
Who will lead the global chaincash system?
Dateline: 13 March 2019
Several emerging economies are in a desperate tech race to be the first to establish a blockchain based fiat currency with global acceptance. The contenders, perhaps surprisingly, are the new giants, China and India, and little-known South Africa. Rich countries are too rigid in their financial structures and too protective of their established reserve currency status to risk a game changing ...
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A tax on robots
Posted: 17 February 2017   1 Comment
Back in February 2015 we wrote about a tax on robots. The European Parliament has just rejected this idea, while passing new regulations on AI and introducing an insurance scheme for driverless cars. But with robots, automation and AI set to wipe out billions of 'human' jobs, how long before the idea of a tax on robots is back before the legislators of the world?
EU move to bring in AI laws, but reject robot tax proposal
17 February 2017
The European Parliament has voted on a resolution to regulate the development of artificial intelligence and robotics. The proposed rules include ...
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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Wireless electric power
Posted: 21 February 2017   1 Comment
For many years we have been hoping for practical, economic wireless power for electronic devices, especially charging portable devices. Now it finally seems to be possible, with the latest paper from... Disney Research!

Forget 'witricity' and near-contact charging; now there is the technology to make your whole living room or office a charging cabinet for your devices, so they never have to ...
Quasistatic Cavity Resonance for Ubiquitous Wireless Power Transfer
21 February 2017
Wireless power delivery has the potential to seamlessly power our electrical devices as easily as data is transmitted through the air. However, existing ...
MindBullet logo NEW YORK WORKERS GET POWER OUT OF THIN AIR
This is the end of the power cord as we know it
Dateline: 12 November 2010
It doesn't matter if you're at the office or at home, take a look under your workstation. See the tangle of power cords, adapters and multi-plugs. What an ...
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Computers learning to deceive
Posted: 20 February 2017  
With software built on deep learning platforms, you can make someone say exactly what you want in a way that is nearly indistinguishable from reality - in a video. In essence, the computer learns how that person speaks, and how they move their face while speaking, from actual video footage. Then you instruct the software to re-enact something you've written and performed, and it will be ...
AI and the End of Truth
20 February 2017
Think the current fake news issue is bad? It won’t get any better with AI.
MindBullet logo NO MORE FAKE NEWS TO SWAY YOUR VIEWS
'Pants-on-fire' detector comes to the rescue
Dateline: 29 May 2021
The Internet and globalization brought hordes of information with it, but unfortunately no easy way of verifying the truth or validity of all those search ...
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Age of Abundance beckons but we will need to be up for it!
Posted: 18 February 2017  
Lab grown steaks are arriving...and taste as bad as a big Mac I guess but soon this will improve! Are we ready for a world of abundant food supply even as the population grows? Our minds are calibrated for scarcity. The future will be different.
When Will Our Meat-Filled Diets Go Post-Animal?
18 February 2017
We can't sustain the number of animals it takes to feed the planet. But soon we will be able to grow as much meat as we wantwithout the animals...
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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Merging with machines
Posted: 15 February 2017   1 Comment
Just last week we published a MindBullet that suggested future interfaces will let us communicate brain-to-brain or brain-to-computer, just by thinking about it. Which means you can 'merge' with an artificial intelligence to upgrade your cognitive capabilities. Now Elon Musk (one of our techno-heroes) has come out saying that we MUST merge with machines, in order to stay relevant in the ...
Elon Musk: Humans must merge with machines or become irrelevant in AI age
15 February 2017
Billionaire Elon Musk's latest futuristic idea might be the key to saving humans from becoming useless when artificial intelligence grows.
MindBullet logo MERGED REALITY IS THE REAL DEAL
Direct to brain video brings virtual reality to life
Dateline: 17 February 2027
Now that we are able to stream data, images and live action video directly into the neocortex, it's becoming difficult to tell what's really real, and ...
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EMERGING MARKETS RACE FOR DIGITAL CURRENCY FIRST PLACE
Published on: 16 February 2017   2 Comments
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Who will lead the global chaincash system?
Dateline: 13 March 2019
Several emerging economies are in a desperate tech race to be the first to establish a blockchain based fiat currency with global acceptance. The contenders, perhaps surprisingly, are the new giants, China and India, and little-known South Africa. Rich countries are too rigid in their financial structures and too protective of their established reserve currency status to risk a game changing innovation like this. An upsurge in nationalism and rejection of globalisation by America, Britain and Europe ...
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Flying taxis in Dubai soon!
Posted: 14 February 2017  
So, we we spoke of in a MindBullet published years ago, will Hertz become the worlds largest airline, and starting in Dubai?
Here’s the flying taxi that Dubai’s transportation authority says could be in the skies by summer
14 February 2017
Given that The Jetsons promised these things 50 years ago, we're skeptical that this will actually happen. Nevertheless,
MindBullet logo HERTZ VOTED BEST AIRLINE
Boeing and Airbus in a tail-spin as the allure of personal planes hits air travel
Dateline: 16 July 2020
As the holiday season gets into full swing, some of the major air hubs in Europe and the USA are comfortably quiet. Chicago, Atlanta, Amsterdam and ...
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Google's AlphaGo gets better!
Posted: 13 February 2017  
Last year AlphaGo beat Lee Sedol, one of the worlds best Go players. Now, Google's secret online AI has beaten the world champ and dozens of others in online Go games!
Google reveals secret test of AI bot to beat top Go players
13 February 2017
Updated version of DeepMind's AlphaGo program behind mystery online competitor.
MindBullet logo AI AGENT WINS NOBEL PRIZE
Researcher makes physics breakthrough with artificial help
Dateline: 2 October 2010
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences shocked the scientific community yesterday by announcing that the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to an ...
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Flying driverless cars? You bet!
Posted: 10 February 2017  
Best we enjoy driving our cars now as we won't be doing it for long!
Uber hires Nasa engineer for flying car project | IOL
10 February 2017
The company envisions a future in which consumers can take a regular Uber ride to a ‘vertiport’.
MindBullet logo HERTZ VOTED BEST AIRLINE
Boeing and Airbus in a tail-spin as the allure of personal planes hits air travel
Dateline: 16 July 2020
As the holiday season gets into full swing, some of the major air hubs in Europe and the USA are comfortably quiet. Chicago, Atlanta, Amsterdam and ...
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MERGED REALITY IS THE REAL DEAL
Published on: 9 February 2017   2 Comments
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Direct to brain video brings virtual reality to life
Dateline: 17 February 2027
Now that we are able to stream data, images and live action video directly into the neocortex, it's becoming difficult to tell what's really real, and what's just our current reality. The line between the two is becoming increasingly blurry, and we're not sure on which side of that line we are standing. It's like the Matrix, reloaded and recharged. But without the wires. You can hook into someone else's consciousness, thoughts and experiences, or merge with an AI for a while. Now sharing your ...
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