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Clash of the Tech Titans
Posted: 23 July 2014  
In this struggle, the corporate market is the prize. Who will win the battle, Microsoft or Apple? Or will it be Google, or possibly Amazon? Are the old giants like IBM going to survive? It could be a fight to the death, for some.
Game On: The Struggle for the Enterprise Begins
23 July 2014
Landmark announcements rocked the Enterprise IT market in last week. First Apple and IBM announced an historic partnership to bring iOS devices to the ...
MindBullet logo SILICON VALLEY'S GOLDEN YEARS DRAW TO A CLOSE
It's the end of the Boomer era in Silicon Valley - and the start of something much bigger
Dateline: 16 June 2016
Bill Gates has said his last goodbye. Announcing his decision to retire from his position as Chairman of Microsoft, Gates wished the company well and said ...
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Amazon's first 20 years
Posted: 22 July 2014  
Definitely worth another look - their story contains leadership lessons on so many dimensions.
Amazon at 20: billions, bestsellers and legal battles
22 July 2014
Mark Hooper: It's 20 years since an ambitious entrepreneur named Jeff Bezos registered the company that would become Amazon. How did it get so big so fast?
MindBullet logo APPLE AND AMAZON IN RETAIL WAR
Consumers no longer choosing devices but platforms
Dateline: 10 December 2012
The Christmas sales in New York and London have exposed what is being called "a war to the death" for digital adversaries Apple and Amazon. The opposing ...
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Robots reading the news
Posted: 21 July 2014  
The robots are coming:

"South Korea deploys jellyfish-terminating robots, while a robot with artificial intelligence able to analyse market trends has become a company director in Hong Kong."

We've published a number of MindBullets about our robotic future. The one attached to this post is the most recent. Just search MindBullets for 'Robot' to find the others! ...
Getting closer to Blade Runner future
21 July 2014
Tokyo - A future in which it is difficult to tell man and machine apart could soon become reality, scientists say, after recent robotic breakthroughs in ...
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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No internet, no problem
Posted: 18 July 2014  
In a world where we depend on wireless signals to be connected, it's good to know that there are personal alternatives emerging to the monopolistic mobile operators and internet providers. There are apps like FireChat and OpenGarden that allow smartphones to connect to each other by WiFi and Bluetooth, but they have limited range and only really work in an urban environment.

GoTenna is a long ...
No signal? GoTenna has a messaging gadget that will work in the middle of nowhere
18 July 2014
Using extremely low-band frequencies, goTenna’s little baton can connect your iPhone or Android smartphone into any other goTenna-enabled smartphone even ...
MindBullet logo IT'S AN ONLINE WORLD AS 'PEOPLENET' TAKES OFF!
Human-to-human transmission wins the day for mobile broadband
Dateline: 14 September 2019
First we tied the world in a tangle of copper cables. Next came miles of fiber optics. And all the time, the ultimate communications conduit was right ...
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Social media networks are more powerful than many admit or know!
Posted: 8 July 2014  
The connected world, fuelled by social media networks can liberate people, open new opportunities, enable remote entrepreneurs to compete globally...or bring large businesses to their knees. How well do you engage with this world? How well do you understand and leverage this world? Do you still refer to 'connections' or 'page impressions' rather than 'connected real people'?
Gowex chief resigns after Spanish Wifi provider admits false accounting
8 July 2014
Mysterious US bear raider Gotham City Research has forced one of Spain’s leading technology companies - wifi provider Gowex - into declaring bankruptcy, ...
MindBullet logo SOCIAL MEDIA BECOMES THE NEW 'BOBBY ON THE BLOCK'
Governments drop plans to block social media as PeoplePower takes to the streets
Dateline: 27 January 2014
Two years ago the threat that governments as ideologically diverse as Britain and China would seek to control and even shut down social media during times ...
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Morals for Robots - it's time to think about this!
Posted: 8 July 2014  
With advances in smart robots, self learning systems, the internet of everything and other supporting disruptive technologies, the debate on what robots should be allowed to do, develop etc is rapidly becoming important. Where will this lead society and human kind? The upside is truly spectacular but so is the downside! And there is, as always, no one right answer!
It's Time to Start Talking About Robot Morals
8 July 2014
We're at a moment in time where computer programmers are injecting machines with consciousness and the power of thought. It's time we stop and ask: What ...
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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Customer service by robot collaborating with data!
Posted: 3 July 2014  
Great innovation and service by robots and yet more human jobs lost. Interfaced with airport and passenger data systems it knows when you arrive and will have your car waiting!
A Robot Valet Will Park Your Car at This German Airport
3 July 2014
The first robot valets have started work at an airport in Germany.
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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A blanket to keep you happy
Posted: 3 July 2014  
British Airways likes to keep its first class customers happy, so they're trying out a high-tech blanket that shows your mood, even when you're asleep, by changing colour.

This is a great example of how technology can be used to create non-invasive feedback to improve customer service. As long as the crew take notice and do something about it, that is! ...
British Airways Creates a 'Happiness Blanket' to Help First-Class Fliers Sleep Better
3 July 2014
The blanket can read a passenger's mental state, helping the airline tweak its service
MindBullet logo THE COMING FACE OF AIR TRAVEL
There isn't one: No pilots and no air traffic controllers
Dateline: 10 July 2019
When NATS, the UK National Air Traffic Control Service, was partially privatized in 2001, with the state retaining a 49% share, it started a long-running ...
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Life in the smart home of the future
Posted: 2 July 2014  
Living in the smart home of the future will be a breeze, right? Smart machines will anticipate our every mope, and life will be easy. Or will it? There's a way to go, and we may find that a great deal more human intervention is required before we achieve digital utopia. Read on.....
How Welcoming Will the Smart Home of the Future Be? | MIT Technology Review
2 July 2014
Imagine a dishwasher that requires a username and password. Smart homes will require unprecedented effort to ensure not just security but also usability.
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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Monetising your personal data
Posted: 1 July 2014  
Jennifer Lyn Morone wants to own her personal data and use it as an asset, so she has decided to become a company. The Economist explores this attempt to "establish the value of an individual in a data-driven economy."

Is this a future business model for people who are seen by the data giants as a source of profit? Or is it merely an academic exercise, an art project? Will we see banks ...
The incorporated woman
1 July 2014
FACEBOOK, Amazon, Twitter and a host of other big companies in today’s “data-driven economy” share one thing in common: they make a living from ...
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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Can IBM come back?
Posted: 1 July 2014  
In a fascinating battle, IBM and Amazon fight it out to win a massive CIA 'big data' contract...and Amazon wins hands down. Has IBM simply miscalculated in one bid or does this suggest something far more serious is unfolding? Can the elephant still dance in the supper fast world of cloud, big data, new services and changing value propositions? IBM's positioning as the leader of our smart ...
Amazon CIA cloud row: US judge slaps down IBM as 'manipulative', inferior
1 July 2014
Big Blue thwacked for attempts to game the $600m bidding process
MindBullet logo SERVER FARMS IN THE CLOUDS
A whole new understanding of business computing
Dateline: 1 February 2013
Almost all of IBM's server business now comes from just four customers - Google, Microsoft, Tata and Amazon - these are the companies that dominate ...
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DRUG INDUSTRY DISRUPTED BY ELECTRONICS
Published on: 26 June 2014  
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Nervous system delivers virtual drugs to combat arthritis
Dateline: 21 September 2020
Inflammatory afflictions like rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease used to be treated with drugs - painkillers, steroids or genetically engineered proteins - expensive, hard to administer and with sometimes lethal side effects. Yesterday the US Federal Drug Administration approved a new procedure that sees chip-controlled electricity delivered to the vagus nerve to reproduce the drugs' anti-inflammatory reactions. Since late in the 1990s researchers at the Feinstein Institute for Medical ...
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Disruptive Innovation - is it relevant?
Posted: 21 June 2014  
This us an important debate for anyone concerned about the future relevance of their business...and another example of how political academia can get!
Clayton Christensen Responds to Takedown of 'Disruptive Innovation'
21 June 2014
Harvard business guru accuses Harvard history professor of "criminal act of dishonesty"
MindBullet logo IS THIS THE END OF INNOVATION?
The pace of technology advances slows as all invention is outsourced to computers
Dateline: 3 March 2033
We are in trouble. We've reached the end of the road. Like the mythical serpent devouring itself from the tail, we have progressed in ever decreasing ...
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A connected society - how connected are you?
Posted: 16 June 2014  
In an interesting move Marriott joins the race to connect people, create new experiences and replace old models with new thinking. To benefit from these new ideas however, one has to be connected and actively extend one's personal networks. The alternative is a lonely existence in empty hotel lobbies!
Marriott And MIT Reinvent The Hotel Lobby As A Social Hub
16 June 2014
A missed connection in the hotel lobby? With the new Six Degrees app, it could be easier to rendezvous with nearby strangers when you travel.
MindBullet logo IN-HOUSE SOCIAL NETWORKS NO LONGER THE OUTCASTS
Restricted no more - companies derive massive value
Dateline: 22 December 2009
There was a time when social networks were the outcasts on the corporate agenda. Alternate identities in MySpace were banned by some companies and access ...
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Tesla disrupts again
Posted: 14 June 2014   2 Comments
Tesla has challenged the giant car industry in many ways and Elon Musk again showed he is not afraid of thinking and acting radically! His attitude to openness and its impact on innovation is refreshing...some will no doubt say 'foolhardy'. Time will tell but the patent hoarders, including many in the mobile industry will take note and have many late night debates on this. As Don Tapscott ...
Tesla considers opening Superchargers to other EV makers
14 June 2014
Can Tesla help with the adoption of electric vehicles by opening up its Superchargers?
MindBullet logo US DUMPS COPYRIGHT LAWS
This year there will be more authors than readers
Dateline: 12 June 2015
In an increasingly open world it seems that the idea of traditional copyright protection has just become an anachronism. The internet, the cell phone and ...
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Doctor Data
Posted: 16 June 2014  
Doctors have always been reliant on some data to treat a patient, but with digital technologies, that data stream becomes a flood. This article highlights the possibilities for personalised treatment:

"We now have a chance to figure out the right medicines, diet, and therapy for each individual." ...
Data And Your Doctor Are Coming Together To Revolutionize Health Care
16 June 2014
What data can tell us about how to treat patients is about to explode. Combine that revolution with the human intuition of doctors, and treatment is...
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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Internet of stuff
Posted: 14 June 2014  
While enjoying the benefits of everything being connected and automated, remember that there's always a possibility that something can go wrong, with comic results!
The Nightmare on Connected Home Street | Gadget Lab | WIRED
14 June 2014
I woke up at 4 am to old-timey dubstep spewing from my pillows as the lights flashed on throughout the house.
MindBullet logo THE MICROWAVE GAVE MY TOASTER A VIRUS FOR CHRISTMAS
And the washing machine has gone crazy
Dateline: 1 January 2013
The internet of things has its drawbacks. Now that everything is connected, all the time, they don't always play nice. It's annoying, when you're sitting ...
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VIRTUAL HUMAN FOR DIGITAL DOC
Published on: 12 June 2014   1 Comment
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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 University of Sheffield managed to engineer a simulation of the human body so true to life, that it can be used to test and optimize medical therapy. The Virtual Physiological Human dubbed "SimPhy" acts as a software defined virtual patient on which doctors and researchers can experiment with impunity. By entering the parameters of your medical ...
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China and India: New best friends?
Posted: 10 June 2014  
We've published a number of MindBullets that reflect on China's ability to outperform the rest of the world, and also a couple on the uneasy relationship between China and its comparable neighbour, India.

So will China become the greatest nation on earth? Will it stumble and lose focus and traction, and harmony within? Will India overtake China? Or will China and India join forces and together ...
Border Makes China and India Bristle, Even as They Seek Closer Ties in Trade
10 June 2014
China’s state news media has welcomed India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, as a pragmatic new partner on economic matters
MindBullet logo POUNCING TIGER, STUMBLING DRAGON
India takes on China in the new technology war
Dateline: 6 June 2021
The gloves are off. India and China are battling it out. No longer is India prepared to play second fiddle to China's economic might. In the last decade ...
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Robots get a heart!
Posted: 6 June 2014  
So it seems that robots will soon no longer be able to claim "I haven't got a heart"! These "emotional robots" go on sale shortly.
'Emotional robot' launches in Japan
6 June 2014
Japanese firm Softbank has unveiled a robot called Pepper, which it says can read human emotions.
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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