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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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A LAPTOP THAT FITS IN YOUR HAND
Published on: 9 June 2016  
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New meta-lens makes your phone screen the size of a laptop
Dateline: 7 June 2020
We'd all love to have a phone with a screen as big and clear as a laptop - but it must still fit in your pocket. There have been many attempts at roll-up, fold-up screens, and they've all been dismal disappointments. Now there's an entirely new approach that seems to break the rules of optical physics. Samsung's Galaxy 14 has a 4-inch screen; but when you turn it on, a 12-inch image of the screen appears above your hand; and it's crisp and square. This magic is performed by a new nanotech device ...
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Should we be paid for being born, and being human?
Posted: 6 June 2016  
With the inexorable rise of automation, how long before millions of people are put out of work by robots? A recent Oxford University study predicted that 40% of jobs in the US would be lost to automation in the next 10 years.
Thus the debate over a Universal Basic Income for people is gaining traction, even though Switzerland has just voted against it in a national referendum.
We believe the ...
Universal Basic Income Hits the U.S—Citizens Will Get Paid Just For Being Born
6 June 2016
Y Combinator, a seed accelerator and startup incubator, plans to inaugurate a short-term “universal basic income” experiment in Oakland, California; it’s a ...
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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Towards a circular economy in food
Posted: 6 June 2016  
Danone has not always been seen as the most environmentally-friendly company in the world - but this McKinsey interview with its CEO on a circular economy in food is impressive. Of course, we argue in Future World that 'sustainability' is a yesterday concept. Instead of being sustainable, we should strive to thrive!
Toward a circular economy in food
6 June 2016
The French food and water company Danone has a history of environmental awareness. In this interview with McKinsey partner Clarisse Magnin, CEO Emmanuel ...
MindBullet logo THE END OF HUNGER IN SIGHT
Moringa wonder-plant brings food security to Africa and Asia
Dateline: 5 April 2019
Global poverty has been in decline for 25 years, and now hunger and malnutrition are a thing of the past, world-wide. Although the wonder tree, Moringa ...
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Smart phones become gadget-central!
Posted: 30 May 2016  
We told you this back in 2014 - see the attached MindBullet!
Google's Most Physically Customizable Phone
30 May 2016
The parts attach like building blocks and they can be removed with voice commands.
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 ...
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The end of the UI?
Posted: 26 May 2016  
As AI merges with chat, bots and new technology tools, will we see the end of the user interface as we know it? Apples Siri was a slow and weal start but already there are new 'Siri's' on the block. Where will it all take us and how exciting could that new future be? I for one am looking forward to the end of all the difference interfaces, text blocks etc!
No UI Is The New UI
26 May 2016
A few months ago, I shared with my friends how I think apps like Magic and Operator are going to be the next big thing. What makes them special is that ...
MindBullet logo AI AGENT WINS NOBEL PRIZE
Researcher makes physics breakthrough with artificial help
Dateline: 2 October 2010
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences shocked the scientific community yesterday by announcing that the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to an ...
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Robot waiters start work in Asia
Posted: 26 May 2016  
Want to order your meal from a friendly robot? Head for Asia, where robot waiters are making their debut in a pizza chain.
Personable Pepper robot gets a job in a pizza joint
26 May 2016
Visitors to a Pizza Hut in Asia will soon be able to place an order, ask about nutritional info and pay for their meal without even speaking to a member of ...
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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MEET JOHN DOE 1.0
Published on: 26 May 2016  
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First fully-synthetic human genome completed
Dateline: 29 May 2026
It's taken a decade since the idea was first conceived, but a fully-specced, digitally defined genome of a human being without parents has been created. Not surprisingly, this human DNA blueprint has been christened John Doe 1.0 and lives in a supercomputer. It may be some time yet, before the genome is inserted into a cell and brought to life. You can however, see what John will look like, at various ages. The artificially intelligent system can render a perfectly clear 3D image of John, based on ...
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Beyond Moore's Law
Posted: 20 May 2016  
It's uncanny how exponential technologies continue to surprise, even when we think we've reached the limit of advancement along a particular path. Googles secretive Tensor chip claims to advance algorithmic computing by three doublings over current technologies. Just a month or two ago, NVidia unveiled their latest supercomputer for machine learning, claiming 12-times faster performance over ...
Google's Tensor Processing Unit could advance Moore's Law 7 years into the future
20 May 2016
Google unveils custom TPU chip, which it says advances computing performance by three generations.
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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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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Finding faces
Posted: 18 May 2016  
Ever spotted a stranger and been curious to know who they are? Findface, an app launched in Russia, will search through billions of faces in seconds to find a match. Perhaps our MindBullet on this subject - published three years ago - was on to something?
Face recognition app taking Russia by storm may bring end to public anonymity
18 May 2016
FindFace compares photos to profile pictures on social network Vkontakte and works out identities with 70% reliability
MindBullet logo I KNOW YOUR FACE...
Even though we've never met
Dateline: 12 January 2015
"I'm sure I recognize you from somewhere. Have we met before?" We've all heard or used this line before, to initiate a conversation with someone who looks ...
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Mind-controlled car unveiled
Posted: 14 May 2016  
Now here's a leap forward in the radically changing world of vehicles - a mind-controlled car for disabled drivers! But that's only the tip of the iceberg. Imagine a world full of machines controlled by thought. The mind boggles - literally!
Mind-controlled car unveiled in China
14 May 2016
Chinese researchers have developed a car that is controlled by your thoughts. Could it be the future of driving?
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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Blockchain buzz
Posted: 13 May 2016  
There's much hype, much truth and much confusion about blockchain and bitcoin. This article opens the debate with some powerful comments.
Commentary: Five myths about the Blockchain revolution
13 May 2016
Blockchain technology is the most important invention in computing in a generation because, for the first time in human history, we have at our disposal
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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Shifts, Jobs, Relevance...
Posted: 9 May 2016  
Combinatorial innovation is changing systems, models, markets, speed and many more elements of the future. One of these seismic shifts is autonomous vehicles and the impact on driver jobs, across all industries! The impacts will be huge and very few countries or companies are ready for this. Even fewer individuals even see the looming shifts about to crash i to their lives.
128 Things that will disappear in the driverless car era
9 May 2016
I started writing this column while I was in Manila, Philippines for a talk with UnionBank, one of the most innovative banks I’ve ever come across.Driving ...
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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Robots are the future
Posted: 2 May 2016  
Robots are coming to take jobs - but first they are going to take the dull and dangerous jobs. This article makes the case for why increased automation won't be doom and gloom for workers. Whatever happens, disruption to 'business as usual' is guaranteed!
Robots Are Coming for Dirty, Dangerous, and Dull Jobs - Inc
2 May 2016
Why automation won't result in massive layoffs everywhere--and will help companies and people stay more competitive.
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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