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Limits to growth exist in the mind
Posted: 2 September 2014  
"Expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon." I don't think so.

As we wrote in our MindBullet STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS, the hypothesis around global collapse usually extrapolates current trends into the future, and forgets to consider that in the future, everything will be different, VERY different.

Having read the accompanying article, I don't ...
Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse
2 September 2014
Graham Turner and Cathy Alexander: Four decades after the book was published, Limit to Growth’s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research. ...
MindBullet logo STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS
The West deflates, China stagnates, and the rest of the world watches and worries
Dateline: 1 May 2040
As the 21st Century approaches middle age, prices are falling alarmingly. In real terms, everything from coal to electronics is cheaper than it was four ...
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Are social networks good or bad?
Posted: 1 September 2014  
This is such an interesting and such a controversial debate! Are the social networks socially good - or do they damage our humanity? This study from Italy is certainly powerful. If you feel like an extreme view, David Eggers has authored a powerful novel called "The Circle" which is a gripping read about the logical consequence of pervasive social connections...well worth a read!
We created a ...
Evidence Grows That Online Social Networks Have Insidious Negative Effects | MIT Technology Review
1 September 2014
A study of 50,000 people in Italy concludes that online social networks have a significant negative impact on individual welfare.
MindBullet logo FACEBOOK TO CLOSE: GEN Z REJECTS DIGITAL LIFESTYLE
Flower children of the twenties look for analogue bullet
Dateline: 12 January 2021
In what might be considered a typical anti-establishment rebellion of youth, teenagers of the 2020s seem to be disenchanted by their parents' excessive ...
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Robopocalypse now, soon or never?
Posted: 19 August 2014   1 Comment
Forget about the zombie apocalypse, the robots are going to be the real enemy. That's the message from trend watchers and futurists. Even technohero Elon Musk is warning of the nuclear winter that will result from Super AI. And there's a clue to the big issue, because the bots that will really make 2 billion jobs redundant, as suggested by Thomas Frey, are software agents and algorithms, not ...
Scary Smart Video Predicts Automation Will Make Human Work Obsolete
19 August 2014
If you've ever scoffed at the notion of robots one day taking your job, you probably shouldn't watch this very scary video.
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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The rules will never be the same!
Posted: 29 August 2014  
The internet of everything will shift value and disrupt business models. Ubiquitous connectivity will drive new and exciting relationships between humans , objects and new networks of mutually interdependent and inter related nodes. The playing field is about to explode!
When our wearables talk with our doctors | ZDNet
29 August 2014
Soon, our wearables could change health care – but perhaps not in the way you expect.
MindBullet logo VIRTUAL HUMAN FOR DIGITAL DOC
Whole-body simulation lets the computer prescribe the best treatment
Dateline: 23 June 2023
A UK team has announced it has completed building a fully computer-simulated human physiology for personalised healthcare. The Insigneo Institute at the ...
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Virtual leadership training
Posted: 28 August 2014  
Leaders can be trained to be more effective, and we use exercises and role play in our Leader of the Future program to teach new skills. Could it also work with virtual interactions, with virtual humans? This HBR blog suggests it can.
How Virtual Humans Can Build Better Leaders
28 August 2014
Avatars are teaching social skills in simulations.
MindBullet logo VIRTUAL HUMAN FOR DIGITAL DOC
Whole-body simulation lets the computer prescribe the best treatment
Dateline: 23 June 2023
A UK team has announced it has completed building a fully computer-simulated human physiology for personalised healthcare. The Insigneo Institute at the ...
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Man vs. machines...where will it end?
Posted: 28 August 2014  
Interesting that it's OK for humans to die in war but not for machines to be used. The armaments industry is also facing disruption...who is actually voicing opposition to machine soldiers?
Killer robots a small step away and must be outlawed, says top UN official - Telegraph
28 August 2014
A senior UN official says battlefield robots that can kill without human control are a 'small step' away and should be banned
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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IRL computing
Posted: 28 August 2014  
A long time ago (late '90'sI read an article in SciAm about the dangers of machines being governed entirely by software. The gist of it was that wetware (i.e. human) errors are something that we've evolved to deal with and although a faulty person may be scary, it's generally on a very limited scale and - in the absence of, or equivalency of, weaponry - pretty solvable (notable exceptions ...
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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SMART HOME BUG TURNS DEADLY
Published on: 28 August 2014   2 Comments
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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. Irritating, but hardly lethal. Until now... It seems the whole world has watched the morbidly riveting ...
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Bitcoin Central
Posted: 20 August 2014  
Here's an alternate future for Bitcoin, and it reads a bit like a MindBullet, set in 2024. I love the way Thomas Frey has brought the internet of things and a futuristic gadget into his scenario, but on the more serious side, I think they would call it something other than a bank. Bitcoin Clearing Centre perhaps?

One thing is for sure, even if the bubble bursts, the idea of cryptocurrencies ...
Establishing the Central Bank of Bitcoin
20 August 2014
The year is 2024. It seemed like a piece of nostalgia to open a new bank account and get a free toaster, but this wasn’t any ordinary toaster, and it ...
MindBullet logo THE BITCOIN BUBBLE BURSTS
Controversial digital currency collapses as clones saturate the market
Dateline: 15 March 2015
In essence, Bitcoins are digital artifacts created by using computers to solve complex mathematical formulae, essentially cracking a code. The reward one ...
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Robots arise
Posted: 18 August 2014   1 Comment
Some really interesting stats and graphics on the rise of robotics in the manufacturing workspace. And inevitably, human jobs are in decline. Will the militant trade unions ever get the message? As MIT's Professor Eric Brynjolffson has argued, it's not the race against the machine; it's the race with the machine. New skills, new jobs, moving up the value chain and leaving the drudge, ...
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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The internet of flying things
Posted: 14 August 2014  
Now there's a flight recorder for your personal drone. Not only does it record and send telemetry about the flight, but it's also connected to the internet. So your friends can see where you're flying.

"'Both Amit and I have been flying quadcopters for recreational purposes for a long time now, and we always wondered why can’t we see and play with one another and with other drone hobbyists. It ...
Flytrex Live Is An Internet-Connected ‘Black Box’ For Your Personal Drone | TechCrunch
14 August 2014
Personal drone enthusiasts -- specifically, those who like flying quadcopters -- have a new way to make the experience a lot more social. Meet the ...
MindBullet logo MY WIDGET WILL TALK TO YOUR GADGET
And then we'll do lunch, or dinner, or something similar
Dateline: 20 April 2020
But first my app will check my office calendar, the car's servicing schedule, the fridge reminders, my medication schedule, your healthy dietary ...
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Lenovo shows multi-nationals how it can be done
Posted: 12 August 2014  
A great success story is the Chinese acquisition of IBM's PC manufacturing business years ago. They have grown the business globally and have successfully built a global brand and business. Its not been easy but many multi nationals still grapple with issues that Lenovo seems to have overcome.
Lenovo Goes Global
12 August 2014
China’s most recognizable brand has plans to overtake Apple and Samsung.
MindBullet logo THE NOTEBOOK PC IS DEAD - LONG LIVE THE SMARTPHONE
Mobile phones become the new portable computer
Dateline: 5 June 2011
Have you noticed how no-one buys a new laptop these days? Just like VCRs and PDAs, the laptop is so last century. Some say that the iPhone was the ...
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Digitization of financial services
Posted: 12 August 2014  
The opportunities of financial services transformation to full engage with the fully digitised world demands fundamental change and redesign. can the big players get there fast enough?
The Digitization of Financial Services
12 August 2014
If it expects to keep growing, the industry must adopt a digital mind-set.
MindBullet logo "A DONKEY COULD DELIVER CHEQUES FASTER THAN BANKS CAN DEPOSIT MONEY INTO CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS"
In this high-tech age why does your money still travel at a snail’s pace?
Dateline: 12 February 2009
That May 2005 statement from Ed Mayo of the UK's National Consumer Council certainly started a revolution in banking practice and has speeded up money ...
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Fly robot, fly
Posted: 7 August 2014  
It's a bird, it's a drone, no it's Robobird!

We all know how badly bird strikes can affect airliners, and farmers are often victims of marauding flocks of birds when trying to plant seeds. Here's a humane way to keep birds away - a robot falcon. 3D-printed of course. ...
Robotic Raptors to the Rescue
7 August 2014
3-D printed robotic replicas of the eagles and falcons may actually save flocks of smaller birds from harm. Here's how.
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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USERS DESERT TWITTER FOR TWIST
Published on: 7 August 2014  
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Exciting new ad choices start avalanche
Dateline: 12 June 2017
The launch of the new Samsung Twist 'foldable tablet' last year has proved to be a watershed in social connectivity, and the biggest loser turns out to be Twitter. Samsung's hardware was a paper-thin tablet that could be used like a large graphic screen when space allowed, or folded four ways to the size of a smart phone. Integrated in the operating system was a highly graphic voice-driven version of WhatsApp that created what analysts called "an Apple-like software design revolution" among users ...
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Cybernetic ship builders
Posted: 6 August 2014  
Every day seems to bring more news on the robotics front. Here's a test of robotic limbs to assist people with heavy work.

Doesn't this look just like something out of a sci-fi movie?



Picture:Daewoo ...
Korean Shipbuilder Testing Industrial Exoskeletons for Future Cybernetic Workforce
6 August 2014
Robots are stronger than humans. In situations where strength matters a lot, this often makes robots better than humans, at least for some specific tasks. ...
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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Human vs Machine
Posted: 4 August 2014  
On top of IBM's Watson cognitive system being tested as an advisor to executives comes the news that Elon Musk is hyping super AI as "dangerous." Any advanced technology can be dangerous in the wrong hands, but is it the cynic in me thinking he may just be generating publicity for his recent investment in Vicarious?
Elon Musk Says Artificial Intelligence Could Be 'More Dangerous Than Nukes'
4 August 2014
In an inspired weekend Twitter mini-rant, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk called artificial intelligence potentially more dangerous than nuclear ...
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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Precursor to a virtual CEO?
Posted: 4 August 2014  
As artificial intelligence gets smarter, more intuitive, more human like, will we ever see a virtual CEO? I must say that it cant be worse than a few CEO's that I have come across!
IBM’s Watson Groomed as C-Suite Advisor | MIT Technology Review
4 August 2014
Researchers at IBM are testing a version of Watson designed to listen and contribute to business meetings.
MindBullet logo COCA-COLA CEO CANDIDATE GETS THUMBS-DOWN FROM HI-TECH SIMULATION
CEO selection at the company has never been stranger
Dateline: 19 June 2009
The two-man race for the top job at Coca-Cola finally came to an end today, with the unexpected appointment of Dave Delargo, over popular first choice ...
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Are we ready to take on the Robots?
Posted: 30 July 2014  
The future of humans will depend on our future relevance, in a world where automated, smart, self learning, agile robots are about to enter the mainstream. Are we ready for this world and how do we educate and develop people to stay ahead of a fast changing relevance curve? Many industries already seek to reduce dependance on human labour...where will it end? New opportunities and new careers ...
When Robots Come for Our Jobs, Will We Be Ready to Outsmart Them? | Opinion | WIRED
30 July 2014
To survive in this new environment, we human beings must foster high-level cognitive or emotional skills, and find jobs that require 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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Internet of Things changes everything!
Posted: 30 July 2014  
A fully connected world is different to anything we know today, and every business will need to think of the impacts and opportunities. New ideas and opportunities will abound and big social, moral, legal and other questions will arise and create space for the slow movers to get with the program. Maybe!
How-the-internet-of-things-changes-business-models
30 July 2014
Value creation is no longer one-and-done.
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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