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Watch your phone assemble itself
Posted: 23 August 2016  
We've talked about 3D and 4D printing, but what about self-assembly beyond the nano scale? Microbes, DNA and proteins can be cajoled into forming structures autonomously, but that's a far cry from a phone that builds itself. MIT have built a basic phone that can put itself together from main components. Check it out.
MIT built a self-assembling cell phone
23 August 2016
Researchers at MIT's Self-Assembly Lab have stepped up their game from an Ikea-like chair that can put itself together: the team built a working cell ...
MindBullet logo GROW YOUR OWN PHONE OR PLAYSTATION
New process enables home assembly of consumer products from organic materials and minerals
Dateline: 3 April 2021
Today, we are used to seeing biotech being used to grow replacement human organs and houses that grow themselves. Now, Chinese technology giant ...
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AI IS YOUR PERSONAL LIFE COACH
Published on: 18 August 2016  
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It guides you based on a real-time situational analysis of what's happening
Dateline: 14 July 2022
Google Glass was not massively successful when initially launched. The benefits were marginal at best and people preferred to rely on their phones, rather than don geeky eyewear. We had Siri and Google Now, that spoke to us. But these were only 'basic' artificial intelligence agents. Six years ago saw the launch of Nigel, touted as the first truly "Artificial General Intelligence" or AGI. A cloud-based algorithm that was more than smart; Nigel could learn from your actions and transactions, build ...
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Virtual economies get real
Posted: 11 August 2016  
Nine years ago, we wrote about an interface where you could fly around the world virtually, enter virtual copies of real-world stores, and buy goods. Well, it's finally happening. Alibaba is trialling a VR payment system. Who says we futurists can't think ahead of the game?
Alibaba trials virtual reality payments for VR malls
11 August 2016
The virtual world just got a new payments technology and it’s as easy as nodding your head Chinese web behemoth and Amazon stalking horse Alibaba is ...
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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THE FUTURE SURE AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE
Published on: 11 August 2016  
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The future will always surprise us
Dateline: 11 August 2026
Back in the 1950s, seventy years ago, people made all sorts of predictions about what the future would be like. We'd have flying cars and robot maids, it was all so exciting. Well, it hasn't turned out quite like that. That's the point; the future is always different to what we expect. Sometimes things don't materialize, like fusion power and flying saucers. Other times they exceed our wildest Star Trek dreams, like smartphones and teslas. Take the Apple iPhone as a case in point. As leading edge ...
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Fascinating questions on where AI might take corporations!
Posted: 8 August 2016  
As AI developed and mutates, it will no doubt learn and self evolve. This might introduce really interesting questions around how it will take corporate decisions like allocation of resources and payment of profits!
The Perfect Profit Machine of a Corporate Artificial Intelligence
8 August 2016
Might a corporate AI, a "perfect profit machine," decide to stop distributing profits to human owners?
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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Computers that think like people
Posted: 4 August 2016  
A while ago we published this MindBullet about cognitive systems, computers that think, and behave, like people do. Now IBM has advanced the progress towards these systems with the first artificial neurons that operate like those in our brains.
IBM creates world’s first artificial phase-change neurons
4 August 2016
They behave like biological neurons, including low power usage and dense scaling.
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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Elon Musk training robots to do household chores
Posted: 27 July 2016  
Is there no end to Elon Musk's plans for the future? Latest news is that he and partners are secretly working on teaching warehouse robots to do household chores. This comes on top of Google-owned Boston Dynamics releasing video (see below) of their latest "Spot Mini" doglike robot packing a dishwasher, dumping a can in the trash...and falling on a banana skin. As we say in our keynotes: the ...
Elon Musk’s OpenAI is turning warehouse bots into home helpers
27 July 2016
OpenAI is teaching warehouse robots to do your household chores.
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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Moores Law on steroids?
Posted: 23 July 2016  
Many suggest that Moores Law may be nearing its end, and the rate of technological change and hence disruption is coming to a welcome end. However others believe the journey is just starting! Best one buckles up then as the ability to store, manipulate and work with data at atomic level suggests that the rate of tech advancement is a long way from slowing down!
World's Smallest Hard Drive Writes Data Atom-By-Atom
23 July 2016
Using this breakthrough technology, all the books in the world could be stored on a device the size of a postage stamp.
MindBullet logo DATA CENTERS DISAPPEAR, WEB SERVERS GO VIRTUAL
Amazon, Google and eBay dominate internet hardware
Dateline: 5 September 2009
Why buy cows when all you need is milk? Have you noticed how no-one buys any server hardware anymore? In fact, I can't remember the last time a company ...
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Electric planes
Posted: 20 July 2016  
I used to scoff at the idea of electric cars becoming mainstream. While that's still not likely in Africa in the near future, the popularity of the BMW i3 and the Tesla Model 3 have changed that scenario. But electric aircraft? Surely not anything bigger than a drone? Siemens have showcased a new electric motor for a small conventional aircraft, and it flies. One thing they don't say in the ...
Siemens Showcases Brand-New Electric Motor That's Super Light, Super Powerful, And Perfect For Elect
20 July 2016
The German parts supplier completed a successful test flight of an electric airplane fitted with a brand-new electric motor that boasts unprecedented power ...
MindBullet logo THE COMING FACE OF AIR TRAVEL
There isn't one: No pilots and no air traffic controllers
Dateline: 10 July 2019
When NATS, the UK National Air Traffic Control Service, was partially privatized in 2001, with the state retaining a 49% share, it started a long-running ...
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Atomic data
Posted: 19 July 2016  
We've written before of using DNA to store data. Now comes a nanotech method of storing data with individual atoms, the densest memory system yet.
Densest-ever memory system uses individual atoms to store data
19 July 2016
Scientists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology (TUDelft) have developed a memory technology that achieves the ...
MindBullet logo MOORE'S LAW COMES TO AN END
High performance computing is embedded everywhere and virtually free
Dateline: 22 September 2022
Moore's Law says, in essence, that computer processors become twice as powerful, and half the price, approximately every two years. Over time that sort of ...
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Blockchain beyond Bitcoin
Posted: 15 July 2016  
Combinatorial innovation is the next opportunity for the world. New applications in old industries! Blockchain application in the energy world is just one such example.
How Blockchain Technology Can Reinvent The Power Grid
15 July 2016
The Internet of Things is challenging regulated utilities.
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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Blockchain no longer a 'secret'...even banks are talking about it!
Posted: 8 July 2016  
Only two years ago I recall audiences being astounded by stories of what blockchain might be able to deliver and the disruption it may cause. Now even central bankers are accepting its disruptive potential and are talking about it publicly! Speed of acceptance, adoption and disruption is abundant!
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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Holland's things get connected, nationwide
Posted: 30 June 2016  
"As from today the KPN LoRa network is available throughout The Netherlands," KPN said in a statement. "This makes The Netherlands the first country in the world to have a nationwide LoRa network for Internet of Things (IoT) application."

In the initial phase, the network was rolled out in Rotterdam and The Hague in November. But it was stepped up across the country due to "substantial ...
Netherlands gets first nationwide 'Internet of Things'
30 June 2016
Dutch telecoms group KPN said Thursday that The Netherlands had become the first country in the world to implement a nationwide long range (LoRa) network ...
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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Americans' view of the world in 2036
Posted: 30 June 2016  
Survey results show that many Americans expect the future to be filled with tech. Some are obvious, like driverless cars and robots, even drone deliveries. But a significant portion are also 'predicting' that we'll have cloned humans and avatars as romantic companions. Which just goes to show, as Gerd Leonhard likes to say, that "Humanity is increasingly being defined by Technology." Probably ...
Here's what Americans think the world will be like in 2036
30 June 2016
The year is 2036. Cloned humans walk the earth, artificial intelligence machines sit on the board of major corporations, and pizza is delivered by ...
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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Printing anything you want from atoms
Posted: 26 June 2016  
Ads I said in a previous post - fact is increasingly becoming stranger than fiction! Read the MindBullet alongside, written by FutureWorld founder Wolfgang Grulke way back in 2003 - and then read the attached article...
Star Trek Replicators Become Reality With NASA's New 3D Printer/Recycler - SERIOUS WONDER
26 June 2016
NASA aims for a Star Trek future by transforming replicators into a real-world technology using a 3D printer/recycler! - B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder
MindBullet logo BEAM ME UP A BURGER, SCOTTY!
Dinner from Sony – made atom by atom, molecule by molecule
Dateline: 9 February 2010
Pushing the trolley around the supermarket looks soon to become a thing of the past. You can now make almost anything you want, custom-built, right in your ...
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Taxing the robots
Posted: 26 June 2016  
Now here's a great debate, and one that has been readily explored in movies and novels...should robots be recognised as 'human' personalities?
The EU might even go further, if current legal [proposals are adopted. They;re considering taxing the robots, just as our MindBullet of 2015 suggested. Truth is frequently becoming stranger than fiction! ...
Robots in Europe May Become "Electronic Persons"
26 June 2016
The European parliament's committee on legal affairs submitted a draft proposing the taxation of robot employees, asking companies employing them to pay ...
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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Who should your driverless car kill - you or someone else?
Posted: 24 June 2016  
This has become one of the new-age philosophical debates as the age of autonomous vehicles approaches: who takes the fall? Interesting to see the human survival instinct is as strong as ever.
Would you buy a car programmed to kill you for the greater good?
24 June 2016
In a series of online surveys, nearly 2,000 US residents have indicated that they would buy an autonomous car that would try to preserve their lives at any ...
MindBullet logo COMMUTING IS SO COOL IN THE iCAR
Road rage and accidents are a thing of the past now that we've got Apps-for-Cars to keep the traffic moving along
Dateline: 15 March 2017
It all started before I even got out of bed! A message on my bedroom smart-wall warned me that a burst water main was slowing traffic, and suggested I ...
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China is top of the flops, for now
Posted: 21 June 2016  
China's new supercomputer 'Sunway TaihuLight' is the new No. 1 system with 93 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the LINPACK benchmark.
New Chinese Supercomputer Named World’s Fastest System on Latest TOP500 List
21 June 2016
FRANKFURT, Germany; BERKELEY, Calif.; and KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—China maintained its No. 1 ranking on the 47th edition of the TOP500 list of the world’s top ...
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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Canada working on a blockchain-based digital dollar
Posted: 17 June 2016   1 Comment
Anyone who has attended a FutureWorld presentation in the past year or two will have heard us proclaiming that the blockchain is a fundamental advance in finance, and could herald a new era of cyber-currencies, as well as other transactions, from property to art, based on the public, distributed ledger system.
In fact, it was back in 2005 that we wrote the MindBullet alongside, about the US ...
Bank of Canada trials blockchain-based digital dollar
17 June 2016
The Bank of Canada has been working with the country's biggest banks and the R3 consortium on a blockchain proof of concept that uses a digital fiat ...
MindBullet logo US TREASURY LAUNCHES eDOLLAR
Credit cards & PayPal threatened by electronic cash
Dateline: 9 November 2009
The retail banking industry stands on the edge of a crisis today after the US Treasury announced it would start issuing digital cash. The new eDollars ...
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Its time for the banking revolution...are you listening Banks?
Posted: 12 June 2016  
Banks are always saying they're innovating yet customers seldom experience step change benefits. The advent of blockchain, ignored or decried by banks for a awhile, will hopefully change this from a security perspective. Now Banks just need to redesign their service experience!
How Banks Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Blockchain, Bitcoin's Underlying Tech
12 June 2016
Bitcoin was going to disrupt the world's big banks. Instead, its technology is poised to save them billions of dollars.
MindBullet logo BANKCHAIN FUELS THE VALUEWEB
The new digital network of business has a universal currency at last
Dateline: 9 March 2024
They've been around for hundreds of years, and they weren't just going to give up the ghost and disappear. Yes, I'm talking about the banks. A decade ago, ...
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