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A tax on robots
Posted: 17 February 2017   1 Comment
Back in February 2015 we wrote about a tax on robots. The European Parliament has just rejected this idea, while passing new regulations on AI and introducing an insurance scheme for driverless cars. But with robots, automation and AI set to wipe out billions of 'human' jobs, how long before the idea of a tax on robots is back before the legislators of the world?
EU move to bring in AI laws, but reject robot tax proposal
17 February 2017
The European Parliament has voted on a resolution to regulate the development of artificial intelligence and robotics. The proposed rules include ...
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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Wireless electric power
Posted: 21 February 2017   1 Comment
For many years we have been hoping for practical, economic wireless power for electronic devices, especially charging portable devices. Now it finally seems to be possible, with the latest paper from... Disney Research!

Forget 'witricity' and near-contact charging; now there is the technology to make your whole living room or office a charging cabinet for your devices, so they never have to ...
Quasistatic Cavity Resonance for Ubiquitous Wireless Power Transfer
21 February 2017
Wireless power delivery has the potential to seamlessly power our electrical devices as easily as data is transmitted through the air. However, existing ...
MindBullet logo NEW YORK WORKERS GET POWER OUT OF THIN AIR
This is the end of the power cord as we know it
Dateline: 12 November 2010
It doesn't matter if you're at the office or at home, take a look under your workstation. See the tangle of power cords, adapters and multi-plugs. What an ...
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Computers learning to deceive
Posted: 20 February 2017  
With software built on deep learning platforms, you can make someone say exactly what you want in a way that is nearly indistinguishable from reality - in a video. In essence, the computer learns how that person speaks, and how they move their face while speaking, from actual video footage. Then you instruct the software to re-enact something you've written and performed, and it will be ...
AI and the End of Truth
20 February 2017
Think the current fake news issue is bad? It won’t get any better with AI.
MindBullet logo NO MORE FAKE NEWS TO SWAY YOUR VIEWS
'Pants-on-fire' detector comes to the rescue
Dateline: 29 May 2021
The Internet and globalization brought hordes of information with it, but unfortunately no easy way of verifying the truth or validity of all those search ...
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Age of Abundance beckons but we will need to be up for it!
Posted: 18 February 2017  
Lab grown steaks are arriving...and taste as bad as a big Mac I guess but soon this will improve! Are we ready for a world of abundant food supply even as the population grows? Our minds are calibrated for scarcity. The future will be different.
When Will Our Meat-Filled Diets Go Post-Animal?
18 February 2017
We can't sustain the number of animals it takes to feed the planet. But soon we will be able to grow as much meat as we wantwithout the animals...
MindBullet logo FOOD IS NOTHING BUT I.P.
Billionaire digital chef creates the ultimate franchise
Dateline: 12 October 2023
When the first 3D ink-jet printers appeared, they were typically used for high-tech applications that could justify the cost. Leading-edge medicine was an ...
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And it's happening!
Posted: 17 February 2017  
We published the attached MindBullet only yesterday - and look at the news that has just been released in India.
https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/state-bank-india-announces-financial-blockchain-consortium-bankchain/ ...
MindBullet logo EMERGING MARKETS RACE FOR DIGITAL CURRENCY FIRST PLACE
Who will lead the global chaincash system?
Dateline: 13 March 2019
Several emerging economies are in a desperate tech race to be the first to establish a blockchain based fiat currency with global acceptance. The contenders, perhaps surprisingly, are the new giants, China and India, and little-known South Africa. Rich countries are too rigid in their financial structures and too protective of their established reserve currency status to risk a game changing ...
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Merging with machines
Posted: 15 February 2017   1 Comment
Just last week we published a MindBullet that suggested future interfaces will let us communicate brain-to-brain or brain-to-computer, just by thinking about it. Which means you can 'merge' with an artificial intelligence to upgrade your cognitive capabilities. Now Elon Musk (one of our techno-heroes) has come out saying that we MUST merge with machines, in order to stay relevant in the ...
Elon Musk: Humans must merge with machines or become irrelevant in AI age
15 February 2017
Billionaire Elon Musk's latest futuristic idea might be the key to saving humans from becoming useless when artificial intelligence grows.
MindBullet logo MERGED REALITY IS THE REAL DEAL
Direct to brain video brings virtual reality to life
Dateline: 17 February 2027
Now that we are able to stream data, images and live action video directly into the neocortex, it's becoming difficult to tell what's really real, and ...
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EMERGING MARKETS RACE FOR DIGITAL CURRENCY FIRST PLACE
Published on: 16 February 2017   1 Comment
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Who will lead the global chaincash system?
Dateline: 13 March 2019
Several emerging economies are in a desperate tech race to be the first to establish a blockchain based fiat currency with global acceptance. The contenders, perhaps surprisingly, are the new giants, China and India, and little-known South Africa. Rich countries are too rigid in their financial structures and too protective of their established reserve currency status to risk a game changing innovation like this. An upsurge in nationalism and rejection of globalisation by America, Britain and Europe ...
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Flying taxis in Dubai soon!
Posted: 14 February 2017  
So, we we spoke of in a MindBullet published years ago, will Hertz become the worlds largest airline, and starting in Dubai?
Here’s the flying taxi that Dubai’s transportation authority says could be in the skies by summer
14 February 2017
Given that The Jetsons promised these things 50 years ago, we're skeptical that this will actually happen. Nevertheless,
MindBullet logo HERTZ VOTED BEST AIRLINE
Boeing and Airbus in a tail-spin as the allure of personal planes hits air travel
Dateline: 16 July 2020
As the holiday season gets into full swing, some of the major air hubs in Europe and the USA are comfortably quiet. Chicago, Atlanta, Amsterdam and ...
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Google's AlphaGo gets better!
Posted: 13 February 2017  
Last year AlphaGo beat Lee Sedol, one of the worlds best Go players. Now, Google's secret online AI has beaten the world champ and dozens of others in online Go games!
Google reveals secret test of AI bot to beat top Go players
13 February 2017
Updated version of DeepMind's AlphaGo program behind mystery online competitor.
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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Flying driverless cars? You bet!
Posted: 10 February 2017  
Best we enjoy driving our cars now as we won't be doing it for long!
Uber hires Nasa engineer for flying car project | IOL
10 February 2017
The company envisions a future in which consumers can take a regular Uber ride to a ‘vertiport’.
MindBullet logo HERTZ VOTED BEST AIRLINE
Boeing and Airbus in a tail-spin as the allure of personal planes hits air travel
Dateline: 16 July 2020
As the holiday season gets into full swing, some of the major air hubs in Europe and the USA are comfortably quiet. Chicago, Atlanta, Amsterdam and ...
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MERGED REALITY IS THE REAL DEAL
Published on: 9 February 2017   2 Comments
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Direct to brain video brings virtual reality to life
Dateline: 17 February 2027
Now that we are able to stream data, images and live action video directly into the neocortex, it's becoming difficult to tell what's really real, and what's just our current reality. The line between the two is becoming increasingly blurry, and we're not sure on which side of that line we are standing. It's like the Matrix, reloaded and recharged. But without the wires. You can hook into someone else's consciousness, thoughts and experiences, or merge with an AI for a while. Now sharing your ...
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NOW THIS IS REAL PEOPLE POWER!
Published on: 2 February 2017  
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Under-skin solar powers mobile devices and saves lives
Dateline: 26 August 2023
Remember the days when batteries in mobile phones and other device ran flat every day? A major irritation to be sure, but for critical implanted devices like pacemakers, failing battery power was nothing short of life-threatening. That's what prompted the idea that under-skin solar power-packs could drive such medical devices. Researchers in Switzerland proved the theory after extensive testing, showing that even in low-sunlight areas, and regardless of the season. these power cells could generate ...
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Setting exponential goals - Alibaba shows incumbents how to dream and execute!
Posted: 20 January 2017  
With almost 500m clients Ant Financial, the financial services arm of Alibaba, its already a huge business, bigger than most global banks. Yet is seeks to quadruple its base in next 10 years to 2 billion customers! Most of the incumbents cannot even think at that scale and their systems simply cannot ever cope with that scale...Check mate ?
Alibaba payments arm aims for 2 billion users in 10 years
20 January 2017
Ant Financial eyes sharp expansion in coming decade
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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Fourth Industrial Revolution powered by 5G...will mobile operators shift their game?
Posted: 20 January 2017  
Long spoilt by billions in profits from selling airtime and data packages, the mobile operators of the world might be blind to the next massive opportunity. This is the advent of IoT and its global cross industry potential, enabled by 5G. However, selling 5G capacity is not the real proposition - its all about data enablement and data value. This demands that incumbents reinvent their value ...
5G internet is ‘beginning of the fourth industrial revolution’, CEO of US$23 billion telecoms firm s
20 January 2017
Turkey’s top telecoms CEO says the tech could link billions of devices together
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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Leadership thinking needs a reboot
Posted: 19 January 2017  
Many traditional leadership disciplines need a hard reboot to ensure that leaders are able to cope with the new world and leverage off these exponential times. One of these is the fall back demand for "research' to validate all decisions! We increasingly fall foul of analysis paralysis seeking proof of new and untried concepts and answers...instead of building a sensible risk framework, ...
Beyond Forecasting: Creating New Strategic Narratives
19 January 2017
In turbulent markets, managers can build momentum for innovative strategies by rethinking the past, reconsidering present concerns – and reimagining the ...
MindBullet logo AI IS YOUR PERSONAL LIFE COACH
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 ...
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WHAT BEAUTIFUL LASER EYES YOU HAVE, MR ROBOT!
Published on: 12 January 2017  
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Robotic vision has improved exponentially, and it's making them more 'human'
Dateline: 12 January 2020
In the last three years, laser-based optical radar, or LIDAR has come a long way. LIDAR became famous when Google started using it on their self-driving cars; but it was big, clumsy and slightly threatening. That spinning cylinder on top of a car or robot might help it navigate, but it looks so mechanical! Then along came digital 3D laser scanners. With a diamond-studded microchip at its core, the invisible light beam is manipulated electronically; no moving parts. The LIDAR chip is the size of a ...
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The voice will rule
Posted: 11 January 2017  
Last year we published this MindBullet, suggesting that computing as we've come to know it was about to be transformed by voice technology, combined with AI and mobile of course. Now the Economist agrees, in this article.
How voice technology is transforming computing
11 January 2017
Like casting a magic spell, it lets people control the world through words alone
MindBullet logo APPLE AIRPHONE REDEFINES ICT
Voice is the new mobile computer interface
Dateline: 21 September 2019
The company that brought us the world's first true smart phone has done it again. A dozen years after the launch of the iPhone, Apple has completely ...
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A swarm of micro drones
Posted: 10 January 2017  
One of our MindBullets from almost eight years ago suggested that the US military would weaponise real cyborg insects and attack human soldiers with swarms of steerable locusts, or similar bugs. The other option would be to build robotic locusts that could smother their target. Well, here's a story of a successful test of micro drones operating in a swarm and launched from fighter aircraft. ...
Pentagon successfully tests micro-drone swarm
10 January 2017
The Pentagon may soon be unleashing a 21st-century version of locusts on its adversaries after officials on Monday said it had successfully tested a swarm ...
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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NO MORE FAKE NEWS TO SWAY YOUR VIEWS
Published on: 5 January 2017   1 Comment
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'Pants-on-fire' detector comes to the rescue
Dateline: 29 May 2021
The Internet and globalization brought hordes of information with it, but unfortunately no easy way of verifying the truth or validity of all those search pages. How clearly did we see the consequences in 2016, when the US election results baffled, well, basically everyone! In a world where 'Reality Hacking' is now a thing, we need all the help we can get. Fake news and targeted propaganda are altering peoples' perception of reality. Now, the latest innovation in real-time speech processing ...
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Replacing human workers with AI tech
Posted: 1 January 2017  
"While concrete examples of AI systems making human workers redundant are currently rare, observers have pointed out that such cases are likely to increase.

The insurance firm will introduce an AI system based on IBM Japan Ltd.'s Watson, which according to IBM is a "cognitive technology that can think like a human," and "can analyze and interpret all of your data, including unstructured text, ...
Insurance firm to replace human workers with AI system - The Mainichi
1 January 2017
Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Co. is planning to slash nearly 30 percent of its payment assessment department's human staff after it introduces an ...
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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