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Exponential improvements will surprise even the optimists
Posted: 29 April 2016  
As AlphaGo demonstrated a few weeks ago, we are living in an age of exponential improvements when new techs are combined. Alt energy, new batteries and more efficient drive trains will really change the future of transport sooner than we think.
Next Big Future: By 2030 Electric Vehicles with a 200 mile range will be lower cost than the cheapes
29 April 2016
batteries, economic impact, electric cars, elon musk, future, technology
MindBullet logo USB SHOCKS THE POWER GRIDS
Low voltage power over computer cables reinvents the idea of electricity for consumers
Dateline: 21 March 2015
There's a new form of utility power, and it's taking the world by storm, from New York to Shanghai; from Cairo to Cape Town. The humble USB plug, so common ...
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PC's near the end and the replacement is scary for most!
Posted: 29 April 2016   1 Comment
As processing and computing power ramps up, we all imagine smaller but more powerful devices ahead. What if this is not so? What if processing and computing is 'everywhere', anytime, all the time, all around us and all it takes is a spoken question (or even a thought) to have your personal assistant answer? Already Amazon have an assistant, Alexa, you can ask for info, bookings etc and it ...
Google CEO Pichai sees the end of computers as physical devices
29 April 2016
“Over time, the computer itself -- whatever its form factor -- will be an intelligent assistant helping you through your day.”
MindBullet logo AIDROID, YOU READ MY MIND
Sony's new personal robot has one distinct advantage - it literally knows what you are thinking, all the time!
Dateline: 27 July 2020
It's the latest thing in personal service and home care in Japan. Especially for the growing senior class of citizens, who are increasingly relying on ...
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Black market brains
Posted: 26 April 2016  
As we speculated in this MindBullet from a year ago, it's only a matter of time before rich people will buy additional brain capacity in the form of electronic enhancements, making them super-intelligent compared to the average person. And if it's outlawed, they will go to the black market - the gains are just too tempting!
Biohackers are turning to the black market for BRAIN implants
26 April 2016
Presidential candidate, Zoltan Istvan, claims he knows two Americans who are travelling abroad to get the technology. He says it could become a widespread ...
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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Store robot takes stock and maps products
Posted: 19 April 2016  
Ever get frustrated wandering around the supermarket trying to find the product you want? Or driving to the store only to discover they're out of stock? The new stock-taking, store-mapping 4D Space Genius robot has the answer you've been waiting for!
Where's the sugar? Supermarket robot creates product maps as it takes stock
19 April 2016
In large supermarkets carrying thousands of goods, even employees can have trouble remembering where everything is. That's why Toronto's 4D Retail ...
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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New home robot does it all - well, almost
Posted: 17 April 2016  
The idea of a home robot that helps around the house, can be a teacher, work assistant and more, has been with us for a long time. Now, such robots are here. There's Jibo http://www.seriouswonder.com/jibo-familys-first-robotic-companion/ and now there's Aido.
Aido: Your Next Generation Home Robot Is Here - SERIOUS WONDER
17 April 2016
If you've ever dreamed of having your own personal family robot, wait no longer - Aido is here! - B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder
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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European parliament faces Blockchain
Posted: 15 April 2016  
Regulators and governments are finally starting to grasp the extent of the revolution taking place in financial services. Blockchain, the technology that underpins Bitcoin and other cyber currencies, has the capacity to disrupt the existing order.
European Parliament to host blockchain conference
15 April 2016
The European Parliament is set to host a four day conference on virtual currencies and blockchains as it seeks to educate MEPs about the fast-growing world ...
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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Facebook invades WiFi
Posted: 14 April 2016  
Just announced is Facebook's new antenna array that can beam broadband well beyond the city limits. And we all know that, once the cost of the infrastructure is covered, the cost of bandwidth is negligible. Which is why, with the expansion of 4G, Fibre and now Super-WiFi, we can expect broadband to be uncapped, all the time. Mobile operators who still base their business models on charging ...
Facebook’s Massive New Antennas Can Beam Internet for Miles
14 April 2016
Facebook says its new antenna array can beam the internet far beyond city limits; another can blanket urban centers in broadband.
MindBullet logo FACEBOOK ROLLS OUT FREE WEB
India gets free internet and messaging, non-video calls
Dateline: 20 December 2017
Following the successful blanketing of most of the African continent with Facebook's free internet service, Zuckerberg has announced the roll out of ...
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GOOGLE INVADES CUBA
Published on: 14 April 2016  
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People rejoice as Castro's firewall goes up in smoke
Dateline: 26 May 2019
Google Networks has launched its balloon and drone infrastructure over Cuba, bringing wireless internet to everyone in the country, for free. It's great for Cubans, who have endured decades of poor connectivity and strong censorship, but it's even greater for Google, who now has millions of new users for its advertising and products. It's liberating. "Cubans have been cut off from the benefits of being online for far too long," said Larry Page. "It's about time they had the opportunity to freely ...
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From Apps to Bots...the race is on!
Posted: 12 April 2016  
Soon we will have forgotten the App world as we engage effortlessly with Bots. There will be new winners and new losers. It will change work and training forever. Some jobs will die and many new ones will emerge.
Why Apple and Google should be worried about Facebook’s new bots store
12 April 2016
A big announcement by Facebook could set off a massive bot war in Silicon Valley
MindBullet logo SAM DOESN'T KNOW SHE'S A BOT
Super Artificial Intelligence agent thinks it's a real person
Dateline: 7 January 2019
You may recall the movie 'Her' where the lead character falls hopelessly in love with his virtual girlfriend Samantha. She returns his love, even though ...
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Roborace
Posted: 12 April 2016  
In my keynote, Technology Megatrends from the Future, I talk about a future where Formula 1 racing is for driverless cars. The race is for computer programmers, not racing drivers. Well the first such race is already being planned; it's called Roborace and they've already designed the car. This article tells us more.

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Everything We Know About Roborace, the First Driverless Car Race
12 April 2016
Roborace, the first fully autonomous car race, recently released the design concept for its electric race car, and it looks just as futuristic and ...
MindBullet logo HUMAN DRIVERS BANNED FROM ALL HIGHWAYS
"We can save a million lives a year" says Automobile Association
Dateline: 2 November 2018
The British Government today passed legislation banning all human-driven motor vehicles from highways, effective one year from today. The move has been ...
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Broadband with a twist
Posted: 11 April 2016  
How do you cram more data into a fibre optic channel? By giving it a twist. Optic data protocols that use twisted light waves could boost speeds by four orders of magnitude - an exponential increase.
By a strange twist of fate, we recently published a MindBullet that suggested we could also increase the power and capacity of wireless signals by transmitting them in a spiral vortex. It seems ...
Twisted light could dramatically boost internet speeds
11 April 2016
The design of a new chip to detect the twisted nature of light waves could pave the way for next generation of optical communication technologies.
MindBullet logo PHI STREAMING REINVENTS MOBILE BROADBAND
Vortex based on the golden ratio boosts wireless signals exponentially
Dateline: 27 January 2020
Nature always chooses the path of least resistance. Nature always seeks to optimize available energy, and the golden ratio, phi, is at the heart of the ...
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Emergent AI needs a concierge
Posted: 8 April 2016  
I love it when our MindBullets scenarios start taking shape in present day events! Just look at this new technology for co-ordinating the many smart devices populating your life:

"Thington is a ‘concierge’ — a sort of domestic AI on your phone—that communicates with you in everyday language. It brings together all your devices in one place and helps you get the most out of them. And it does ...
We’d like to introduce you to Thington! — Welcome to Thington
8 April 2016
Today we want to show you a new product that we’ve been working on for the last year. It’s called Thington and it’s here…
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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Fashion sees its next challenge! 3D printing will change this industry too
Posted: 31 March 2016  
3D printing is growing and challenging industries in leaps and bounds.
3D-printed fashion hits SA
31 March 2016
Modeclix's 3D-printed clothes mimic traditional cloth. South Africa has been chosen as the first country to get the exclusive unveiling of a 3D-print..
MindBullet logo ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS MY SHOPPING DONE
The age of digital abundance is mired in old fashioned industrial business practices
Dateline: 26 December 2016
A few years ago it was easy to buy things on the internet. Remember the story of someone who ordered a curry online, from a London restaurant, and had it ...
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CHINA TURNS ON FIRST PRE-CRIME DETECTION SYSTEM
Published on: 31 March 2016  
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Using online behaviour and social activity, government looks to catch terrorists and criminals in advance
Dateline: 1 April 2019
Reports from the Dark Web are filtering through: China has activated its 'predictive policing' platform known as the Peoples' Public Security Evaluation or PPSE. Integrating a complex network of surveillance apparatus that has been in use for some time, China has added artificial intelligence based algorithms and sophisticated machine learning programs to trigger advance warning of criminal activity and social unrest. This allows authorities to profile individual citizens not only on their online ...
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Google still on the droid track
Posted: 29 March 2016  
Google is selling off the maker of it's scariest robots, Boston Dynamics, but is still heavily invested and interested in other robotic developments. The Atlas humanoid robot, which can walk on mud and snow is amazing, but probably doesn't have enough commercial value in the short term for Google, so they're looking at industrial systems and automation that can leverage machine learning.

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Google Hasn’t Given Up on Robots
29 March 2016
Google is selling off a company working on the most advanced problems in robotics, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have robot dreams.
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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Inexorable rise of smart machines and the threat to human relevance
Posted: 25 March 2016  
We've been saying for some years that humans need to build resilient relevance into their personal armouries! The machines are taking over many knowledge based roles and so we will need to develop new capabilities - from childhood to be good at what machines might not be good at! Its not only about replacing low skilled manual labour type jobs but everyone, from bankers, lawyers, architects, ...
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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Can the old device companies 'eat themselves' and create their own worst nightmare...and own it?
Posted: 24 March 2016  
History is littered with examples of companies too scared to cannibalise their existing products or services for fear of slowing revenues but in the end result become totally irrelevant. Will Apple, Google and Microsoft fall to a similar fate as hand held devices die as services embedded in objects (fuelled by the Internet of Things, take over?
The next big thing in phones may not be a phone
24 March 2016
Whatever does replace them will have to have more battery life and a flexible screen which can work in different lighting conditions
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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“CRISPR has democratized gene editing”
Posted: 24 March 2016  
With the strides being made in the field of CRISPR gene editing, perhaps this MindBullet about recreating dinosaurs is set too far into the future!
CRISPR Pioneer Feng Zhang Talks About What's Next for Gene Editing
24 March 2016
When Feng Zhang was a kid growing up in Iowa, he saw Jurassic Park, like just about everybody else. He was struck by the idea that biology might be ...
MindBullet logo THE REAL JURASSIC PARK OPENS
Genetic modification and bio-printing recreate the dinosaurs
Dateline: 9 June 2030
Exactly 37 years to the day since the movie Jurassic Park was released, the world's first real dinosaur park, with living, breathing dinosaurs, has opened ...
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THE REAL JURASSIC PARK OPENS
Published on: 24 March 2016   1 Comment
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Genetic modification and bio-printing recreate the dinosaurs
Dateline: 9 June 2030
Exactly 37 years to the day since the movie Jurassic Park was released, the world's first real dinosaur park, with living, breathing dinosaurs, has opened in South America. After it emerged that trying to extract and reactivate dinosaur DNA from fossils was a dead end, scientists turned to genetically modifying birds, which we now know descended from various dinosaur species. Plenty of Virtual Reality experiences to enable mankind to 'meet' dinosaurs emerged over the last decade, but this is the ...
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Just like a seventh sense
Posted: 23 March 2016  
Seven years ago we wrote a MindBullet about "Seventh Sense" - augmented reality wearable tech that connects you to the real world and gives you "superpowers". In February of this year, Meron Gribetz demonstrated what that would be like.
A glimpse of the future through an augmented reality headset
23 March 2016
What if technology could connect us more deeply with our surroundings instead of distracting us from the real world? With the Meta 2, an augmented reality ...
MindBullet logo IS SEVENTH SENSE HEAVEN ON EARTH?
Augmented reality makes the real world really useful
Dateline: 16 June 2018
Remember when five senses were enough to understand what was going on around you? Then MIT introduced 'Sixth Sense' technology, and you could get ...
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