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Will big data deliver on its promise or are we being seduced?
Posted: 3 July 2015  
How well will big data deliver on its promised dream of the ultimate customer intimacy and alignment? Big business has failed us so many times...can it do it well this time? I guess the answer lies somewhere close to the authenticity and commitment to an organisation's massively transformative purpose and whether this overrides short term greed and the tendency to be driven by short term ...
The shrinking of the big data promise
3 July 2015
Markets do not have much patience for a commitment to techniques that don’t deliver. Unfortunately, spy agencies aren’t subject to this discipline
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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3D printing humanoid robots!
Posted: 2 July 2015  
It's a scary combination of a few new disruptive technologies...and just add AI and its a really exciting and/or scary new prospect! And the innovation is coming from another developing economy...and will teach the West new tricks no doubt!
MANAV, India's first 3D printed humanoid robot, unveiled at IIT Mumbai TechFest 2015
2 July 2015
This two-feet tall MANAV, India's first 3D printed humanoid robot has just been unveiled at the Tech Fest 2015 convention at the ITT in Mumbai, and can ...
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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The real future of Google Earth
Posted: 1 July 2015  
As we speculated in our MindBullets eight years ago, the real potential of Google Earth lies in the ability to access it via virtual reality interfaces. Then it becomes a digital representation of the real world, letting you visit real places from your desktop or lounge.

And once you're there, of course you'll want to buy some curios, or perhaps just shop for local specialities. That could be ...
Paired With AI and VR, Google Earth Will Change the Planet
1 July 2015
As Google Earth celebrates its 10th anniversary, it's evolving way beyond a way to find your house.
MindBullet logo GOOGLE EARTH WORLD'S SIXTH BIGGEST ECONOMY
Virtual world covers two-thirds of the 'real' world
Dateline: 7 June 2017
Google Earth's virtual online buildings, designed and built by the in-world residents, now cover most of the developed world and all major tourism ...
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UBERIZE YOUR COGNITIVE SURPLUS
Published on: 25 June 2015  
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Wouldn't you like to get paid just for thinking?
Dateline: 22 June 2018
We're all part of a massive super computer. A global network of brains. No, we haven't been assimilated into the Matrix, but we may as well have been! We're all willing participants in a gigantic system that mines our attention, getting us to contribute some fraction of our spare cognitive capacity. We respond with comments, likes, votes, tweets, answers. Sometimes we create highly entertaining, original videos and stories, just because we can. There are billions of brains on the internet, and most ...
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Upgrading your brain
Posted: 22 June 2015  
It may be even easier, in the future, to augment your brain with electronics. Current methods of achieving deep brain stimulation with electronic probes have lots of limitations, but scientists have developed a nano interface that can be inserted by syringe.

Perhaps the day when you can buy more smarts is not too far away! ...
Flexible Electronics, Delivered to the Brain via Syringe
22 June 2015
A new type of flexible electronic device shows promise for long-term brain mapping and could be a more effective way to provide therapeutic stimulation.
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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What is the real future of jobs for humans?
Posted: 22 June 2015  
The debates are raging, economists are undecided and in conflict. New technologies ranging from AI to nano manufacturing, 3 D printing and robotics are just some of the advances that are impacting the debate. One thing is certain though - modern economies need new and very different skills, very different attitudes to personal relevance and new thinking around human usefulness.
Will Advances in Technology Create a Jobless Future? | MIT Technology Review
22 June 2015
We’re in the midst of a jobs crisis, and rapid advances in AI and other technologies may be one culprit. How can we get better at sharing the wealth that ...
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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Death of the App economy
Posted: 15 June 2015  
In an ecosystem where your smart assistant is wired into all the apps and services you need or are subscribed to, then why would you need apps at all?

Two years ago we published a MindBullet that talked about the need for apps disappearing, now it's becoming reality! It's not just Google and Apple that are working in this direction. I'm sure Microsoft will also be in the game, with Cortana ...
Apple and Google Race to See Who Can Kill the App First
15 June 2015
In an app-free world, the platform battles between iOS and Android could become a tangible pain point for users.
MindBullet logo THE APP ECONOMY GOES BUST
Millions of apps, and they're all free
Dateline: 17 February 2021
Who remembers the Dotcom boom of 20 years ago? Which was followed by the 'Dotbomb' crash, as the bubble burst. Well, the 'App Economy' is proving to be a ...
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CHINA'S CENSORS HUMILIATED AS CITIZEN ARMY WINS CYBERWAR
Published on: 11 June 2015  
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Great Firewall falls following week-long Github attack
Dateline: 26 November 2016
For the first time in over a decade, China's citizens are able to browse the internet freely. Politburo spokesmen have tried putting a positive spin on recent events, but Guo Shengkun - the Minister of Public Security - has not been seen in days and is assumed to be under house arrest. Fifteen days ago, Github - a web repository which hosts much of the world's open-source software projects - came under sustained distributed denial-of-service attacks. While the company is often subject to such ...
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AI and machine workers of the future
Posted: 9 June 2015   1 Comment
Robots are not coming, they are here! Best we get used to really smart machines doing many of the tasks that humans used to do. So many I talk to hate the idea and just cat get their heads around the fact that this IS going to happen!
How the machines will take over
9 June 2015
With our complete and blissful cooperation. At least that’s how I would do it, if I were them.
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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Drone tourism
Posted: 2 June 2015  
This really seems to be the year of the drone. Now a new virtual reality travel company will let you see historic sights - by drone.

Is this just a gimmick, or will air travel suffer as a result? ...
First-person drone tourism will let you see the sights from home
2 June 2015
EVERY year, hundreds of thousands of tourists visit the Valley of the Temples, a large park of Greek ruins situated on the south-west coast of Sicily. But ...
MindBullet logo THIS IS THE END OF REALITY
What are the consequences of the 'virtual' becoming too attractive?
Dateline: 11 October 2025
I was having a late-night discussion with my father when he droned on about the "chore" of air travel two decades ago. Long queues, embarrassing security ...
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AI IS AUGMENTED INTELLIGENCE
Published on: 28 May 2015   1 Comment
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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 augmented with bioelectronics wizardry. The average human brain has a working memory of seven items, plus or minus two. That means we can, on average, remember seven things at once; the more gifted can handle about nine. Thinking about an upgrade? Now you can install the latest neuroprosthetic from CognitionUP and get a working memory of 20. That ...
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Robots are coming...no...they're here already!
Posted: 27 May 2015  
The future of many professions, jobs and activities is under threat from new, smart and intelligent robots. Does this spell doom for the future of work...yes! Unless you are adept, agile, and willing to un-learn you had better be worried, whether as a general practitioner, architect, auditor or factory worker...and many in-between. If however you are ahead of the curve the future will be ...
Yes, Robots Really Are Going To Take Your Job And End The American Dream
27 May 2015
Now that machines can diagnose cancer, trade stocks, and write symphonies, they're not just going to make humans more efficient as they have in the...
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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Paying for the intelligent web
Posted: 25 May 2015  
When everything is connected, and the drones, sensors, cameras and other devices are talking to one another, intelligently, and providing useful real-time feedback to a number of people, communities and businesses, who pays for the computing power, bandwidth and ultimately electric power that these things need to keep functioning?
If there's central control determining the allocation of ...
Meet Ether, The Bitcoin-Like Cryptocurrency That Could Power The Internet Of Things
25 May 2015
At CES this past January, IBM researcher Veena Pureswaran described the company's joint plan with Samsung to get home appliances to exchange cryptocurrency ...
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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A World with smarter decisions
Posted: 23 May 2015  
As the promise of AI and cognitive systems grows we can look forward to smarter decisions all round. Will intelligence become ubiquitous and what does that do to competitive advantage?
The CEO of IBM just made a bold prediction about the future of artificial intelligence
23 May 2015
Watson is doing much more than Jeopardy! these days.
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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Wealthy healthy
Posted: 22 May 2015  
More wealthy people can generally afford better healthcare. Wearables will democratize personal health information, but will they bring better health to ordinary people, or just provide more revenue for big corporations?
Amid the flood of wearable devices, a movement to quantify lifestyles is evolving into big business
22 May 2015
Spearheaded by the flood of wearable devices, a movement to quantify consumers’ lifestyles is evolving into big business with immense health and privacy ...
MindBullet logo CHRONOCONDRIA OVERWHELMS HEALTH SERVICES
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 ...
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Moving to the Country
Posted: 21 May 2015  
Why not visit South Africa? We have been migrating back to the country for decades already. Looks like we are 30 years ahead of the trend. :)
MindBullet logo MOVING ON UP - TO THE COUNTRY
Upgrading from city life to the rustic rural
Dateline: 1 February 2027
The world is definitely urbanizing at a rapid rate and by 2030 about 60% of the world's population will be sipping (or serving) Martinis on skyscraper rooftop bars. With all this talk about metropolises, it's no wonder that some of us got a bit carried away, moving all our business to the concrete jungles. However, the wise ones know that you should never put all your eggs in one basket and ...
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MOVING ON UP - TO THE COUNTRY
Published on: 21 May 2015   1 Comment
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Upgrading from city life to the rustic rural
Dateline: 1 February 2027
The world is definitely urbanizing at a rapid rate and by 2030 about 60% of the world's population will be sipping (or serving) Martinis on skyscraper rooftop bars. With all this talk about metropolises, it's no wonder that some of us got a bit carried away, moving all our business to the concrete jungles. However, the wise ones know that you should never put all your eggs in one basket and once again this has proven to be true. Tired of renting and never settling, sick of smog, congestion and the ...
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Competing with robots
Posted: 20 May 2015  
Harvard Business Review provides us with an in-depth article on strategies to remain gainfully employed in the future. They arrive at the conclusion that it's better to work with the machines than against them.
"The strategy that will work in the long term, for employers and the employed, is to view smart machines as our partners and collaborators." ...
Beyond Automation
20 May 2015
People in all walks of life are rightly concerned about advancing automation: Unless we find as many tasks to give humans as we find to take away from ...
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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Hacking a plane
Posted: 18 May 2015  
Could a hacker get control of an airliner through its wireless interfaces? That was the scenario posed by our MindBullet of 2010. Now there's evidence that this has already happened.
FBI says this hacker took over a plane through its in-flight entertainment system
18 May 2015
Security researcher Chris Roberts got kicked off a United flight last month for tweeting a joke about hacking into its electronic control systems. Now the ...
MindBullet logo AIRLINER 'CRASHES' AS HACKER GETS CONTROL
Computer virus used to take over plane's autopilot
Dateline: 9 November 2013
For the first time, an aircraft has been taken over by a hacker rather than a hijacker. In a bizarre incident over Eastern Europe yesterday, the captain of ...
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Listen to my thoughts, if you dare
Posted: 18 May 2015  
With greater understanding of how our brains work, and improved non-invasive methods of reading our neural activity, we could see the development of interfaces that literally stream our thoughts onto the internet. Our MindBullet published five years ago suggested this would become commonplace in the future. The implications for privacy and augmented intelligence are staggering!
The Ultimate Interface Is Your Brain
18 May 2015
The final frontier of the digital technology is integrating into your own brain. DARPA wants to go there. Scientists want to go there. Entrepreneurs want ...
MindBullet logo TWITTER, LISTEN TO MY THOUGHTS
Brain computer interface works like a hearing aid
Dateline: 20 March 2022
Now you can update your Facebook status and search Google just by thinking about it. And you don't need fancy headgear or wires sticking out of your ...
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