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The bionic antbots are coming
Posted: 30 March 2015  
Almost ten years after we published this scenario in MindBullets, automation company Festo has produced a small swarm of giant robotic ants that are networked to co-ordinate group tasks.

"Like their natural role models, the BionicANTs work together under clear rules," the company added. "They communicate with each other and coordinate their actions and movements among each other. The ...
These 3D-Printed Ants Could Be the Factory Workers of the Future
30 March 2015
These 3D-printed ants scuttle around much like the real thing. But loaded with sensors and wireless communication systems, they're an experiment in ...
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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Boosting the blockchain with artificial intelligence
Posted: 30 March 2015  
A new alternative coin with promised lower cost, more speed is due to be launched at the end of April. Though it's unclear how AI Coin is enhanced with artificial intelligence, it certainly shows how the blockchain technology is yet to mature.

"A.I. Coin is taking blockchain technology to a new level of performance and intelligence. The promising new currency features enhanced block-chain ...
Exclusive Interview with A.I. Coin Founders
30 March 2015
A.I. Coin combines Artificial Intelligence with cryptocurrency technology.
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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Doctor Google on your wrist
Posted: 19 March 2015  
Could a smart device on your wrist detect diseases, even help to prevent cancer? Google seems to think it's an idea worth pursuing.

Our MindBullet scenario on this subject wasn't ambitious enough! ...
Can Google block cancer?
19 March 2015
Google has filed a patent application with the World Intellectual Property Organisation for a wrist-worn device that could destroy cancer cells in the ...
MindBullet logo TAKE TWO ASPIRIN AND WE'LL GOOGLE YOU IN THE MORNING
Another blow for traditional health care as virtual doctors rule
Dateline: 26 May 2012
It all started way back in 2008 with consolidating patient records. Next came online medical consultations. And now the latest revolution in health ...
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BLOCKCHAIN BUSINESSES THAT RUN THEMSELVES GO VIRAL
Published on: 19 March 2015   1 Comment
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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 cryptography that underpins BitCoin, the blockchain technology makes it possible for the value of these blockbuster businesses to be widely distributed over the internet. Unlike a listing on a stock exchange, there is no central registry, and the ledger of who owns what portion of the stock is self-contained in the blockchain itself. What's more, ...
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ENGINEERING THE PERFECT LIFE
Published on: 12 March 2015  
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Let happiness and contentment find you
Dateline: 5 May 2019
Remember the outcry a few years ago, when Facebook deliberately filtered its newsfeed to see how specific stories influenced your mood and emotions? Nowadays people are choosing to opt-in to this type of modification. With more than enough bad news going around, like terror attacks, resource shortages or natural disasters, some consumers are desperate to optimize their experiences and their life in general. Choosing to allow emotion measurement technology to track their facial expressions while ...
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Google calling
Posted: 6 March 2015  
Many of us already use Skype, WhatsApp and Facetime to avoid calling each other over a cellular network. But somewhere, in the background, a Telco is getting the revenue for the data carried by those services. Google's new project, combined with their efforts to bring broadband to under-serviced areas, could make that old model of relying on a carrier completely irrelevant.

I'm not suggesting ...
How Google’s Project Nova could upend the wireless industry
6 March 2015
What if a telecommunications provider didn't have to rely on decades-old infrastructure? Google's entry makes for a compelling proposition.
MindBullet logo VODAFONE GIVES AWAY THE CROWN JEWELS
World's largest operator gives the business back to its customers
Dateline: 8 October 2008
Vodafone stunned the world with its bold announcement yesterday - its new strategy will in effect put the proceeds of the business back into the hands of ...
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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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IT'S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS
Published on: 5 March 2015  
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Neuro-implants to control our devices become the gift of the year
Dateline: 26 March 2018
It's my birthday soon, and I know just what I am going to buy myself this year. The brand-new iThink, Apple's brain sensor that enables me to control all my electronic devices by thought alone! Sure, there's a little bit of surgery involved. The tiny transmitter sits just below the skin at the base of my skull, connected to electrodes implanted into my brain. But it's safe technology now; pioneered in hundreds of thousands of experiments and procedures, first aimed at helping disabled people to ...
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Internet of dumb things
Posted: 4 March 2015  
In an echo of the scenario we published last year, here's the real-life tale of a burned out light-bulb that wouldn't stop asking for help - until the whole network froze up.
This guy's light bulb performed a DoS attack on his entire smart house
4 March 2015
The challenge of being a futurist pioneer is being Patient Zero for the future's headaches.
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 ...
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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   4 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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