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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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News from the "Future"?
Posted: 19 February 2015  
Surely this is old news? I'm waiting to find out what my "real" life is like when my time runs out on the VR version I'm plugged into currently.
I just hope I remember the few "bugs" I've found so far, so they can be fixed before my next session! ...
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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1973
Posted: 19 February 2015  
Watch Soylent Green
1973 Film. It's all there......., ...
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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VIRTUAL REALITY IS THE REAL DEAL
Published on: 19 February 2015   3 Comments
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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 so realistic, that a new generation of designers, engineers, doctors, mechanics and virtually all ...
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Age of the algorithm
Posted: 13 February 2015  
We've been discussing the coming age of the algorithm in client sessions this week, and it's certainly a hot topic. Here's an article in New Scientist that points out the pitfalls and problems when no one is in control, except the machines.
No one in control: The algorithms that run our lives
13 February 2015
Software is deciding who gets a loan, who counts as a citizen and what prices you pay online. Who will step in when the machines get out of hand?
MindBullet logo THE FUTURE IS ALGORITHM SHAPED
Cloud-based algorithms determine our daily routine and schedule - and our love lives
Dateline: 27 April 2017
We can't predict the future, but the clues are all around us. We're all connected, to each other, to everything, in so many ways. Our daily lives are part ...
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When the robot decides
Posted: 12 February 2015  
In a recent client session we spent some time debating what will happen when artificial intelligence agents in the form of virtual assistants start making decision for us. But in a way, it's already happening. Our decisions are being influenced by algorithms, we are getting recommendations and search results based on our big data and online behaviour, our digital footprints.

This article on ...
The Future of Humanless Decision Making
12 February 2015
Imagine a world where machines are building companies and finding trends in data undetectable by humans. There was a recent post on Medium, “How our ...
MindBullet logo BIG DATA GETS AN ATTITUDE
"I'm sorry Jeff, I can't let you do that"
Dateline: 22 August 2017
Fine. I know it's a weekend and I'm not supposed to read my mail when I'm socializing with my family. But I really, really want to check if Larry has sent ...
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Getting chipped
Posted: 12 February 2015  
We're all used to having our pets, and other valuable animals, chipped so that they can be identified if they get lost. At FutureWorld we have for more than a decade pointed out that some people are prepared to put RFID chips into their bodies for a suitable reward, like access to the VIP lounges at a nightclub.

But here is a recent story where a BBC writer volunteers to get chipped, as part ...
Office puts chips under staff's skin
12 February 2015
The chip allows employees to open doors and use the photocopier without a traditional pass card
MindBullet logo SONY/IBM LAUNCH FIRST ACTIVE UNDER-SKIN CHIP
The convergence of in-body and in-home networking is here
Dateline: 15 September 2010
The chip business hasn’t exactly set the world on fire the last few years but today two consumer giants Sony and IBM got together to launch their entry ...
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Robot avatar
Posted: 9 February 2015  
I recently posted about the idea of achieving immortality by 'uploading' your mind to a computer service that would then attempt to continue your social interactions online. Well, here's another 'mind clone' idea with a physical avatar, a robotic head which can replicate you and be your mouthpiece.

It seems like our MindBullet on this subject is getting ever closer. Would you want a robot or a ...
Living forever as robot? Prototype lets humans upload their mind into mechanized ‘heads’
9 February 2015
An Artificial Intelligence pioneer is embracing the controversial idea of uploading the memories, thoughts and feelings of a living person into a computer ...
MindBullet logo AVATAR WARS: CLONE vs ROBOT
You can't live forever, but your avatar can - with your brain
Dateline: 23 June 2025
There's a battle brewing in the avatar industry. The battle for your mind. Your brain. Or to be more specific, the backup of your brain. The contenders ...
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Microsoft gets its cool on
Posted: 30 January 2015  
Yes, we can't ignore Microsoft and Windows. Many millions of people use Windows, me included, and it's time Microsoft made it work like an innovative, leading product. It sure looks like they're planning to do that with Windows 10, which should be a major step up from 8.1. It will make integration between devices via the cloud pretty seamless. And it's a free upgrade.

But beyond that, ...
Microsoft’s in danger of becoming cool again
30 January 2015
This week's Windows 10 event was arguably the most exciting technology industry keynote address since Steve Jobs took to a stage in 2007 to introduce the ...
MindBullet logo MICROSOFT SURGES TO NEW PEAK
Apple in decline as consumers, and businesses, vote with their wallets
Dateline: 7 November 2016
The votes are in, and there's a new winner in the global race to be the biggest and best tech company. And the winner is Microsoft! Just four years ago, ...
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Simply become immortal
Posted: 29 January 2015  
There's certainly demand for a service that preserves your memories. Someday we may be able to upload our brains to an avatar, but right now you can subscribe to Eterni.me and start saving your memories.

"It works like this: while you’re alive you grant the service access to your Facebook, Twitter and email accounts, upload photos, geo-location history and even Google Glass recordings of ...
Back-up brains: The era of digital immortality
29 January 2015
How do you want to be remembered? As Simon Parkin discovers, we may eventually be able to preserve our entire minds for generations to come – would you?
MindBullet logo AVATAR WARS: CLONE vs ROBOT
You can't live forever, but your avatar can - with your brain
Dateline: 23 June 2025
There's a battle brewing in the avatar industry. The battle for your mind. Your brain. Or to be more specific, the backup of your brain. The contenders ...
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Robot farm workers
Posted: 28 January 2015  
You may have heard us expound on the concept of precision agriculture, where drones do aerial surveys of the fields, and robots precisely manage the crop production. This trend is advancing faster than we thought. Here's a slideshow of 27 agricultural robots who have recently joined the workforce, from the enormous, specialized LettuceBot to the utility BoniRob, a lightweight field robot ...
Top Robots for Farmers for 2014
28 January 2015
Over 60 agricultural robots are in-the-field today, either commercially or in testing for release in 2015-2016. Here are 27 of the top contenders for 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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IBMers facing the chop
Posted: 27 January 2015  
The once-almighty tech firm IBM is looking to drastically cut their workforce. For me it's interesting that IBM is now being described as an Apple Partner. Perhaps the day when Apple considers IBM to be nothing more than their corporate consulting arm, as hinted at in this MindBullet, is not so far off!
IBM prepares for largest corporate layoff in history
27 January 2015
Things aren't going well for IBM. Six months into its Apple partnership, the company is preparing for the largest layoffs in history.
MindBullet logo APPLE OVERTAKES OLD RIVAL IBM
The 'bring-your-own' boom has put Apple in the corporate driving seat
Dateline: 15 March 2017
In a bizarre change of fortunes, it looks like Apple is getting ready to swallow IBM. "You won't get fired for buying Apple," is the new mantra of ...
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Welcome to robo-corps....companies that run themselves
Posted: 26 January 2015  
What's the logical conclusion of the Internet of things? In a world of connected devices, surely it is a marketplace of robo-corps...companies operated entirely by machines, without any human intervention. Science fiction? That's exactly where we're heading. And what does it mean for mankind, for work, for jobs and for society? No-one knows yet, but we really need to start thinking about ...
Are we ready for companies that run themselves? – David Morris – Aeon
26 January 2015
Get ready for companies that run themselves. But will the autonomous economy set us all free, or just make the rich richer?
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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SpaceX internet getting Google support
Posted: 20 January 2015  
So Elon Musk's latest crazy ambitious plan is eclipsing Branson's by far and attracting serious money. It seems where OneWeb are talking about 728 satellites, Musk says plans are for over 4,000 microsatellites in medium earth orbit, so no delay as is typically the case with geostationary satellites.

Perhaps this is the beginning of the interplanetary internet we talked about in our MindBullet ...
Google's Finalizing a $1 Billion Investment in SpaceX Internet
20 January 2015
It looks like Google is going to throw a ten-figure sum into Elon Musk's space internet dream. Both The Information and The Wall Street Journal report that ...
MindBullet logo BE MY MARTIAN VALENTINE
And we'll connect on the interplanetary internet
Dateline: 14 February 2028
Ten years ago we witnessed the first private, robotic mission to Mars, which also led to the start of an internet network linking all the rovers and probes ...
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MindBullet logo YOUR PHONE IS NOW THE HEART OF A 'GADGET ECO-SYSTEM'
Modular devices open horizons to a new 'mofone' world
Dateline: 27 April 2017
How 'phones' have changed! Even the smart handsets of a few years ago look like toys by today's standards. Our mobile communicators are now completely modular, which enables us to customize them and turn them into an endless array of useful, interesting and often just plain bizarre mega-devices. Some people are jokingly calling it the "Legofone", or the "mofone" and that's exactly the idea. ...
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Bank employs robot workers
Posted: 15 January 2015  
We've told you that the robots are coming (see MindBullet alongside) - and here they are. Customers of this Japanese bank will be met by robot greeters when they enter the branch. It's a crazy world!
Japanese bank employs robot branch workers
15 January 2015
Already facing competition from online and mobile channels, bank branch staff in Japan are about to come up against a new threat: mini humanoid robots.
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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Smart Home
Posted: 15 January 2015   2 Comments
While turning your own home into a smart one, there are some keypoints that we need to consider. I can tell for example, my friend who is going to transfer to her new place at marina bay residences is also planning to install devices that will make her unit smarter is now thinking twice after I shared this one I tried to study the floor plan http://www.serenechua.com/marina-bay-residences/ ...
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 into a dreadful nightmare. Sure, there were plenty of minor glitches with early smart home systems. The vacuum cleaner switching on in the middle of the night. Electronic locks that wouldn't open. Heating and air-conditioning playing up. ...
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What price online privacy?
Posted: 14 January 2015  
This is one of the great debates of our time - to what extent should online privacy be ensured? Is it reasonable that government agencies scour the net for signs of illegal activities? Or - as has already been demonstrated in various leaks - does this constitute an unconstitutional invasion of individual privacy?
This article from Aeon Magazine provides good insights into the ongoing ...
Will online anonymity win out? – Jamie Bartlett – Aeon
14 January 2015
The cypherpunks are winning the second crypto-war against government spies. What will happen when everyone is anonymous?
MindBullet logo OPEN DATA BRINGS FREEDOM BUT TRANSPARENCY BREEDS FEAR
Privacy out the window as Big Data goes naked
Dateline: 1 November 2020
There has been a big push from private enterprise as well as government in the last decade to unshackle data in all its forms and make it easily ...
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