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Computer virus transmitted by DNA
Posted: 15 August 2017

Years ago - 13 years to be specific, I wrote a MindBullet about a computer virus making the leap to a biological system, and infecting a human. Well, scientists have already demonstrated how one part of that loop could be accomplished. They edited a strand of DNA, coding it with malware that infected the machine designed to decode DNA!

DNA is just software, after all... ...

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Malicious code written into DNA infects the computer that reads it
15 August 2017
In a mind-boggling world first, a team of biologists and security researchers have successfully infected a computer with a strand of DNA. It sounds like..
MindBullet logo COMPUTER VIRUS INFECTS HUMANS
SARS-22 outbreak linked to software bug
Dateline: 13 February 2022
Panic erupted in Hong Kong's Silicon Alley when it was discovered that the latest outbreak of SARS came from a computer virus. Thousands of people demanded ...

WE'RE ALL CRIMINALS NOW!

Published on: 10 August 2017

The internet of everything exposes all our faults

Dateline: 9 August 2020

There's an old adage of mobsters everywhere: "You're only guilty if you get caught!" Now it seems that everyone is guilty. Who can say they've never, ever committed a crime? Perhaps you cheated on a tax expense, or told a little white lie that made you look good; maybe you embellished your resume - just a bit - or left out a part of your history when you told all to your spouse-to-be. Probably most of us have exceeded the speed limit on occasion, or perhaps smoked or drank something we legally ...

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3 D Manufacturing gets real and disruptive
Posted: 9 August 2017

When a brand like Mercedes uses the technology in production then its real and disruptive.

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Mercedes begins 3D printing of metal parts | IOL Motoring
9 August 2017
Need an out-of-date or specialised aluminium part for a Mercedes-Benz van or Unimog? Now they can print it for you.
MindBullet logo MANUFACTURING? WHAT'S THAT?
China no longer center of the manufacturing universe as the paradigm shifts
Dateline: 9 June 2025
Just as BT announces that it will no longer supply or support fixed-line phones, a report issued by the United Nations confirms two major paradigm shifts ...
Megabot in action
Posted: 9 August 2017

And here's the latest video of the Megabot in action.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePINYZK4p5Y ...

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MindBullet logo TRANSFORMERS SMACKDOWN WOWS THE WORLD!
Lessons from Battling Bots are shaping industry
Dateline: 16 August 2018
Who would have believed even three years ago that wrestling matches between giant robots would become the world's most popular TV entertainment - and would explosively advance the development of industrial and commercial robots? Transformers Smackdown, the weekly televised bot-battle, has entranced virtually every nation on the planet. The sight of giant metal beasts fighting to the death ...
Electric cars' economic problems
Posted: 8 August 2017

Electric cars are making quite a splash, and now several EU governments are moving to ban petrol and diesel cars in the future. But what are the economic ramifications of widespread electric car ownership? Where will all the charging capacity come from, and how will current fuel taxes be replaced? Here's an article that looks at the potential impact in the UK. Quite a daunting scenario!

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The economic black hole at the heart of the shift to electric vehicles
8 August 2017
One option to replace lost fuel duty might be a tax on electric vehicle charging
MindBullet logo ELECTRIC CARS CREATE GRIDLOCK
Power utilities caught by surprise as charging demand soars
Dateline: 18 July 2019
The sudden surge in the popularity of electric vehicles has taken everyone by surprise - and is causing unexpected problems. The late night hours, when ...
Mobile is not only about phones
Posted: 28 July 2017

Businesses are still behind the curve on creating truly great mobile experiences..... but mobile is about to expand beyond the phone! The potential is enormous!

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Your Mobile Strategy Can’t Just Be About Phones
28 July 2017
For one thing, 75% of cars will be connected by 2020.
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 ...
Cheap LIDAR not good enough for cars
Posted: 27 July 2017

This report from MIT says low-cost LIDAR isn't good enough for self-driving cars. But that may improve with time:
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608348/low-quality-lidar-will-keep-self-driving-cars-in-the-slow-lane/

On the other hand, they're plenty accurate enough for slow-moving robots in the warehouse or home. Expect them to become commonplace, as this MindBullet suggests. ...

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MindBullet logo WHAT BEAUTIFUL LASER EYES YOU HAVE, MR ROBOT!
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 ...
Never charge your phone
Posted: 4 July 2017 2 Comments

A dozen years ago, we wrote a MindBullet about developments with nano materials that would make charging your phone unnecessary. Well, here's a story about new material that could require your phone to be charged only every three months. And with wireless charging also improving - in the lab at least - you might never have to consciously 'charge' your phone in the future.

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New Material Could Lead to Devices That You Only Need to Charge Once Every Three Months
4 July 2017
Researchers developed a new magnetoelectric multiferroic material which allowed processors to work with 100 times less energy.
MindBullet logo NEVER CHARGE YOUR PHONE AGAIN
New nanotechnologies set to scramble battery makers
Dateline: 15 August 2011
From a consumer point of view Motorola's new technology announcements may just mean more convenience. For battery manufacturers this could be the ...
Quo Vadis for Mobile Operators?
Posted: 21 July 2017

We have been suggesting for a while that voice and data will soon be free...well in India it is upon us! Competitors of Jio, launched by the Ambani Group, saw share prices tumble today as the reality of free voice and very low cost data for life becomes a reality. Business models work until they don't...that moment has just arrived for Telco's.

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India's richest man launches R300 phone with unlimited data
21 July 2017
The Indian tycoon who started a carrier with free services took another swing at rivals, unveiling a cheap feature phone with access to unlimited data.
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 ...
Artificially intelligent art
Posted: 7 July 2017

Paintings created by an AI system have received the thumbs up from the public.

"The idea is to make art that is “novel, but not too novel”, says Marian Mazzone, an art historian at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, who worked on the system.

Mazzone and her colleagues at Rutgers University in New Jersey and Facebook’s AI lab in California modified what’s known as a generative ...

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Artificially intelligent painters invent new styles of art
7 July 2017
Big stylistic shifts in art usually come from genius painters like Picasso – but an AI is being trained to create unconventional pictures of its own
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 ...

MAKING SCIENCE FICTION A DAILY REALITY

Published on: 6 July 2017

The 'Youth-Tech' factor is reinventing our world!

Dateline: 30 July 2019

FutureWorld started talking about the impact of the 'Youth-Tech' factor many years ago - that fearless, entrepreneurial and smart young people, empowered by easy access to radical technologies, were working to reinvent the world. In so many ways, the science fiction of our past is becoming a daily reality. Just a few weeks ago the first 'Willy Wonka' elevators were installed in a Dubai high-rise (much of which, incidentally, was 3D printed). Remember the movie based on the Roald Dahl story 'Charlie ...

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Computers learning to deceive
Posted: 20 February 2017 1 Comment

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 ...

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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 ...
Your phone won't be a phone
Posted: 27 June 2017

Expect your phone to evolve into a voice controlled set of wearables. Just as we suggested in our MindBullet.

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In 10 Years, Your iPhone Won’t Be a Phone Anymore
27 June 2017
Apple Inc. will still sell an iPhone, but expect the device to morph into a suite of apps and services, enhanced with AI and AR, part of a ‘body area ...
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 ...
Which CEO's will survive?
Posted: 26 June 2017

The attributes and skills of CEO's and senior executives, actually all leaders, will shift fundamentally in a world of AI, machine learning, quantum computing etc. What makes humans relevant today will not guarantee long term relevance. Are we preparing ourselves fast enough for tomorrow's world?

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Jack Ma: In 30 years, the best CEO could be a robot
26 June 2017
Billionaire Alibaba founder Jack Ma says he sees decades of pain ahead as the internet continues to disrupt the traditional economy. Even CEO's could be ...
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 ...

FAREWELL BANKS, HELLO BANKING

Published on: 15 June 2017

New players dominate financial services

Dateline: 26 August 2022

It was Microsoft founder Bill Gates who famously said in 1994 that we need banking, but we don't need banks. It's taken nearly 30 years, but he was dead right. Worldwide, financial services have moved out of the hands of traditional banks and into an array of mobile, FinTech and data companies. Some forward-thinking banks grasped the new world of collaboration and entered into early partnerships and have survived, albeit in a different form. Others have failed or, at best, become simply the ...

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Hacking the grid
Posted: 13 June 2017

We have published a number of MindBullets over the years, that examine the potential for cyber criminals or hackers to damage or destroy physical infrastructure, like the power grid. It seems the Russians or someone may have tested this capability against the Ukraine last year, with powerful malware known as 'Crash override' or 'Industroyer'. Remember Stuxnet? This is a lot scarier!

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Meet Industroyer - malware that can bring down a city's power grid - htxt.africa
13 June 2017
Researchers at ESET believe that Industroyer may have been responsible for shutting down power in the Ukraine last year.
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It's the most dangerous malware ever developed, and it's available free to anyone
Dateline: 2 January 2013
During 2011 the Stuxnet worm targeted Iran's Natanz nuclear facility, specifically the Siemens components in it, and several other key industrial ...
Cyborg dragonfly takes to the air
Posted: 1 June 2017

A cyborg dragonfly, fitted with sensors, and whose flight can be controlled by an operator? Yes, its happening - could this be the new world of industrial and government espionage?

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Video shows maiden flight of cyborg dragonfly
1 June 2017
Back in January, researchers from Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) outlined plans to fit dragonflies with tiny ...
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 ...
Will financial services die as slow a death as media did?
Posted: 26 May 2017 1 Comment

With the increasing focus and investment into crypto-currencies and enabling technologies like block-chain, the future of traditional financial services looks challenging! We all remember the death of old media...and traditional financial services may be on the same path. Banks still spend vast sums maintaining systems almost as old as I am! Are banks capable of seeing and using the new tech? ...

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The Blockchain Will Do to the Financial System What the Internet Did to Media
26 May 2017
What we can learn from the evolution of another groundbreaking technology.
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, ...

THE NEXT BIG THING IS A MASHUP

Published on: 25 May 2017

Combinatorial tech evolves to constant mashups

Dateline: 21 May 2020

A few years ago, all the tech gurus talked about amazing new technologies that would disrupt businesses in all industries. One common theme was that these technologies all relied on digital processing power, and the advances being made in computing and communications were behind the explosion of innovation on all fronts. Looking at internet-of-things, massive data analysis, deep learning and artificial intelligence, all the way through to 3D printing and self-driving cars; even blockchain and the ...

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Google Lens is AI for cameras
Posted: 22 May 2017

Google's new app for cameras, Lens, is designed to let a connected camera, like the one in your smartphone, to understand the image and find related information about it. It's like Shazam for pictures. And although the demos were for identifying flowers and reading signs, you can be sure that it will also work for identifying people you meet. I can just imagine the scenarios that might ...

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Google Lens will let smartphone cameras understand what they see and take action
22 May 2017
At Google's I/O developer conference, CEO Sundar Pichai announced a new technology called Google Lens. The idea with the product is to leverage Google's..
MindBullet logo GOOGLE STAGES A HOME INVASION
With Google Screen you get more than just television, broadband and games
Dateline: 26 August 2015
Google has launched its pay TV service, with regular television channels on a broadband connection. But unlike 'on demand' services, this is an entirely ...

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