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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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Directing a driverless car
Posted: 14 May 2015  
If you're a passenger in a driverless car, but you're telling the car where to go, what are you? Not the driver, but perhaps the 'director' of the journey. Then you should bear some responsibility for accidents. Tesla wants to introduce autopilot features that require some human decision making, like telling the car to turn by hitting the turn signal lever. Clever move.
Tesla resolves driverless car liability argument with one tweak
14 May 2015
Through a simple modification in its driverless vehicle technology, Tesla has answered the question of who is responsible when collisions involving these ...
MindBullet logo CAR KILLS 20: WHO'S TO BLAME?
Court rules driver not responsible if car has on-board computer
Dateline: 12 September 2017
Yesterday's court ruling shows two things - just how far technology has gone and why we should fear our kids! The driver of the car that crashed into a ...
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EMERGENT INTELLIGENCE IS A WEB OF DEMOCRATIC DEVICES
Published on: 14 May 2015  
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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 humans. Which may be a good thing. There's no dark lord that's going to turn us all into paperclips! But intelligence is now embedded in so many local devices, cameras, sensors and drones, that we are surrounded by a cloud of things that can debate the state of the world around us. And come up with some pretty useful conclusions. You walk into a ...
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Big Brother made of little things - privacy is an illusion, get used to it!
Posted: 8 April 2015   1 Comment
The Internet of Things...or the internet of everything, is happening at a pace many times faster than the growth of PC's or mobiles or tablets. Expect 50 billion connected small things by 2020. I loved the quote: 'The scariest thing is that we don't know what the scariest thing is!" and that about sums it all up. Privacy cannot possibly survive...it's an illusion that tries to comfort us but ...
How can privacy survive in the era of the internet of things?
8 April 2015
As more and more devices are connected, there are two futures when it comes to privacy. Which one will we pick?
MindBullet logo BIG BROTHER REALLY IS WATCHING YOU
Every screen you gaze at is looking back at you
Dateline: 4 August 2019
Ever since the innovation of integrating camera transistors with every pixel of an organic LED screen, it has become technically possible to make display ...
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Can Apple and Facebook fix IBM?
Posted: 6 May 2015  
First IBM did a deal with Apple, now they're hooking up with Facebook. All of which proves that IBM is not on a path to irrelevance, but is determined to re-invent itself. And big data, cloud and AI are IBM's strengths in this new era of collaboration.
IBM Announces Marketing Partnership With Facebook
6 May 2015
IBM said customers will now be able to buy Facebook ads with combined data from Facebook and IBM’s Marketing Cloud (the latter includes things like ...
MindBullet logo APPLE OVERTAKES OLD RIVAL IBM
The 'bring-your-own' boom has put Apple in the corporate driving seat
Dateline: 15 March 2017
In a bizarre change of fortunes, it looks like Apple is getting ready to swallow IBM. "You won't get fired for buying Apple," is the new mantra of ...
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Make way for AU 010, there's no-one at the wheel
Posted: 6 May 2015  
Daimler introduces the first fully automated semi-truck, in Nevada of course. For highway driving, it's safer than a human driver.

Our MindBullet on this subject was published exactly 11 years ago. Talk about foresight!

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The World's First Self-Driving Semi-Truck Hits the Road
6 May 2015
The truck in question is the Freightliner Inspiration, a teched-up version of the Daimler 18-wheeler sold around the world. And according to Daimler, which ...
MindBullet logo HUMAN DRIVERS BANNED FROM ALL HIGHWAYS
"We can save a million lives a year" says Automobile Association
Dateline: 2 November 2018
The British Government today passed legislation banning all human-driven motor vehicles from highways, effective one year from today. The move has been ...
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Control of the free web
Posted: 6 May 2015  
Provide a free service, which you can then control. Isn't that the free market at work? Or is it going against the very spirit of the internet, where access to servers and information was given freely, except for service provider costs? An interesting perspective!
Opinion: Facebook’s Internet.org Isn’t the Internet, It’s Facebooknet | WIRED
6 May 2015
Internet.org users could get stuck on a separate and unequal path to internet connectivity, which will serve to widen---not narrow---the digital divide.
MindBullet logo FACEBOOK ROLLS OUT FREE WEB
India gets free internet and messaging, non-video calls
Dateline: 20 December 2017
Following the successful blanketing of most of the African continent with Facebook's free internet service, Zuckerberg has announced the roll out of ...
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Block-chain being recognised as commercially powerful!
Posted: 3 May 2015  
Week by week, we read of initiatives to harness the inherent power of the block-chain, originally core to Bitcoin. But this is not only about crypto-currencies, but much more about a secure, virtual, asset register of the future! Goldman Sacks has also just announced a USD500m investment into Blockchain.
Overstock Files to Offer Stock That Works Like Bitcoin
3 May 2015
Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne wants to remake the stock market the same way bitcoin remade money.
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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Smart watches for the not-so-smart?
Posted: 5 May 2015  
The Guardian asks the question: "Who are smartwatches for?" and concludes that they are for the notification obsessed.

And, I guess, for the health obsessed, or just obsessive people with FOMO! ...
Who are smartwatches like the Apple Watch really for?
5 May 2015
Is the smartwatch the next big thing after the MP3 player, smartphone, tablet and phablet, or is it the 21st-century equivalent of the electric can opener?
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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THE SECRET LIFE OF PAPER
Published on: 30 April 2015  
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Still here to haunt and help us
Dateline: 25 April 2025
Decades ago, we used to joke that the paperless office would arrive about the same time as the paperless toilet. And to be sure, we're still using paper centuries after it was invented in ancient China. For hundreds of years, paper has been used to communicate, to record information, to store it for the future, and to convey secrets. Paper was the earliest conveniently portable technology to become information-enabled, and one of the most versatile. Right from the start, paper was used for secure ...
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Bitcoin, Blockchain and now SCP...crypto currencies is where it's all happening.
Posted: 17 April 2015  
The financial world is slowly, too slowly, getting used to the prospect of market acceptance of some form of crypto-currencies. Bitcoin and its security algorithms housed in its block-chain, offers solutions to many of the issues raised by the sceptics. Now a new rival is emerging...claiming to address some of Bitcoin's pitfalls. Who knows who will survive but we do know that someone will and ...
A Stanford Professor Says His Digital Currency Is Better than Bitcoin | MIT Technology Review
17 April 2015
A Stanford professor claims to have invented a Bitcoin-like system that can handle payments faster and with more security.
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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A swarm of LOCUST drones
Posted: 17 April 2015  
Here's an innovative use of small drones as an attack force - in a swarm!

It reminds me of that MindBullet we dreamed up some years ago... ...
US navy shows off cannon-launched 'swarming' drones
17 April 2015
The US navy develops cannon-launched drones that can "swarm" and carry out co-ordinated attacks.
MindBullet logo INSECT SOLDIER-BOTS DEFEAT HUMAN ARMY
Cyborg locusts open new frontier
Dateline: 28 April 2014
The first 'cyborg-war' has just been won after millions of wirelessly-controlled locusts swamped the North Korean army as it massed on the border with ...
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Nano bots, forward march!
Posted: 14 April 2015  
The military is increasingly investing in robot tech, primarily to reduce risk and casualty among human soldiers. While we haven't quite reached the scenario of an invasion force made entirely of robots, more applications for tiny, swarming robots are being developed.

"In other words, swarm robots, which are relatively inexpensive and, from the standpoint of force planners, essentially ...
Swarm robots poised to fly amid acquisitions and military investment
14 April 2015
The military is going miniature, and that means big investments in small flying machines that will eventually operate in swarms.
MindBullet logo ROBOT ARMY INVADES ZENUTIA
Big Dog leads the charge while Taranis provides air cover
Dateline: 7 April 2016
It’s an open secret that NATO has been planning an invasion, but the ‘troops’ sent in to ‘restore democracy’ are quite unusual. For the first time in a ...
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Old, Industrial age news company turns into modern day giant!
Posted: 13 April 2015  
Radical innovation and corporate change is indeed possible and when it works its huge! Naspers are now valued at ZAR840B and one of SA's most important companies...worth many times our gold and platinum companies. It's success offers large companies many lessons...and enforces our views that the Business of Today is very different from the Business of Tomorrow!
Naspers bursts through R2 000 mark
13 April 2015
The share price of media and internet company Naspers has surged through the R2000-mark in trade on Monday morning on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
MindBullet logo 'NEWSPAPER' IS AN OXYMORON
Paper it ain't and news has no value!
Dateline: 26 January 2011
In 2009, Nicholas Carlson, an editor at website Silicon Alley Insider, calculated that it cost the New York Times about twice as much to print and deliver ...
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Big Brother, Little Brother, who is the bigger tyrant?
Posted: 8 April 2015  
This intriguing long-form article claims that the notion of crowdsourcing as a liberating mechanism, enabled by technology, is a scam. The writer sees crowdsourcing as a means for businesses to exploit the crowd in a subtle way, creating a dystopian society of disconnected individuals ruled by algorithms.

But that ignores the reality of automation. Whether it's good or bad, it is happening, ...
The Crowdsourcing Scam - The Baffler
8 April 2015
In 1968 a Norwegian science fiction writer named Tor Åge Bringsværd published a peculiar short story called “Codemus.” The story has achieved the kind of ...
MindBullet logo WE'RE ALL SLAVES TO BIG DATA
Information overload and too much choice lead to anxiety and depression
Dateline: 22 April 2016
Three years ago, in 2013, the world was trying to estimate what the true size and impact of 'Big Data' would be. It seems like we got much more than we ...
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