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SCHOOL'S OUT FOREVER

Published on: 12 July 2018

Pervasive education replaces high school and college

Dateline: 11 July 2030

Remember when every teacher heaved a sigh of relief when they heard the news "School's out for summer" and they could enjoy their holiday? Now school's out - completely. Granted, basic formal education is still a good idea for young kids, who need to learn life skills, like how to handle things when our smart devices misbehave, but what's the point of congregating at a physical site, just to be told what you already know, by someone who's not necessarily as smart as you? That's 'old school' for ...

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Democratizing food production
Posted: 11 July 2018

Dubai certainly has an eye to the future, and is keen to embrace new tech, from drones to blockchain to driverless cars. Now they are also looking at a substantial investment in urban (vertical) farming. The reasoning is sound, as they want to manage their own supply chain, and can afford the capital outlay. It will be interesting to see how this ...

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MindBullet logo THE GARDEN OF REASON (OR IS IT TREASON?)
Urban farming is here to stay, and that's a good thing, isn't it?
Dateline: 1 March 2021
For some time now, various cities have been experimenting with vertical farming, rooftop farming, and even basement farming with LED lighting. Now it's maturing into a fully-fledged industry, just like fish farming. Farming without land, or even soil, sounds like a contradiction in terms, but hydroponics is not a new idea - it's just become more profitable. Being physically close to the ...

LIFE BEHIND THE WIFI CURTAIN

Published on: 5 July 2018

China's social credit score system forms an impenetrable virtual barrier

Dateline: 5 February 2020

Dubbed the "WiFi Curtain", China's mandatory social credit score system, which went live last month is shaping up to be the 21st Century's answer to the Iron Curtain. Chinese citizens trying to escape the restrictive system, which punishes bad behaviour by limiting access to top jobs, credit and other perks, have realized that they are now effectively trapped inside the new, invisible Chinese Wall. A particularly poor social credit score completely prohibits citizens from traveling by air, or ...

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When the boss knows what you're feeling
Posted: 4 July 2018

Your boss is a machine. Well maybe that's an exaggeration, but the boss is certainly assisted by machines, and increasingly by AI systems. And if those systems are monitoring your brainwaves, they kind of know what you're thinking, or what your stress levels and emotional state are like. Is this the future? Not in China; it's today.

So how does that make you feel? Don't tell me... the AI ...

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These Chinese workers' brain waves are being monitored
4 July 2018
Sensors in caps and hats track emotions in the workflow - and their impact on performance.
MindBullet logo IT KNOWS WHAT YOU'RE THINKING
Now we can communicate with our thoughts - and technology
Dateline: 13 June 2019
For generations, people have dreamed of communicating with their thoughts. Now, thanks to the first commercial device that successfully reads brainwaves ...
Embedded intelligence
Posted: 26 June 2018

Key to the mass adoption of machine learning and intelligent things, is the ability to drive intelligence to the edge, in everyday devices and sensors, rather than relying on supercomputers in the cloud to do all the heavy lifting. A startup called GraphCore is developing an IPU to replace GPU and CPU in machine learning, promising dramatic improvements in performance. So it's not just Intel ...

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Data shows scalability of new artificial intelligence chip -
26 June 2018
Early data from GraphCore‘s first chip for machine learning and artificial intelligence is showing a dramatic speedup for AI algorithms and the ability to ...
MindBullet logo THE INTEL(LIGENT) CHIP ARRIVES
Intel's new brain-like chip puts machine learning in the heart of your device
Dateline: 29 September 2018
AI is dead. Long live accelerated AI. Now deep learning by computers has been internalised in the CPU, the very heart of the machine. It's called ...
Wonder wine
Posted: 25 June 2018

Four years ago we 'predicted' that at some point, Californian wine makers would introduce wine with a touch of cannabis. Well, that is happening this year, but in a quirk we didn't foresee, they are removing the alcohol, so it will be alcohol free but laced with THC.

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This US winery is making a Sauvignon Blanc wine laced with cannabis
25 June 2018
But now, the varietal is about to get a lot greener as one vineyard is working on a complex wine which swaps out alcohol for cannabis.
MindBullet logo WONDER WINE AND MAGIC SALADS
Modified crops produce food and drink with that feel-good factor
Dateline: 26 July 2017
It's unusual for innovation in California to develop outside of Silicon Valley, but this time it's Napa Valley that's making the headlines. Vineyards and ...
Nanobots cleaning your bloodstream
Posted: 21 June 2018

An old MindBullet we wrote years ago suggested that by 2017, we could have nanobots cleaning our arteries. Well, that was a little optimistic, but now engineers have developed nanobots made from gold nanowires coated with cell membranes that clear toxins and bacteria from blood - powered by ultrasound. So perhaps, in the future, these scenarios will become commonplace!

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Cell-like nanorobots clear bacteria and toxins from blood
21 June 2018
San Diego, Calif., May 30, 2018 -- Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed tiny ultrasound-powered robots that can swim through ...
MindBullet logo DNA MICROBOTS TARGET CANCER
And a microspider "roto-rooter" cleans my arteries
Dateline: 27 March 2017
Who's old enough to remember "Fantastic Voyage", the 1966 film in which a team of scientists were shrunk to microsize and injected into the bloodstream of ...
Re-inventing the dairy industry: no cows required
Posted: 19 June 2018

About a year ago, we wrote a MindBullet about how tech would change the food industry, as lab grown meat and plant products would take over from animal farming. Here's a startup that wants to produce alternative milk proteins for the dairy industry, without any cows.

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Milk and dairy products without the cow, Perfect Day re-invents dairy
19 June 2018
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we produce food today is, for the most part, hugely wasteful and has a huge impact on the environment, vertical farms, ...
MindBullet logo NERDS TRIUMPH OVER COWS
Clean meat comes to market
Dateline: 28 June 2019
It's common cause that the meat industry is not very kind to animals, and intensive cattle farming is not very good for the environment in general. What's ...
American solar grows and grows
Posted: 14 June 2018

Despite a slump in solar installations, as a result of Trump's tariffs on imported panels, solar continues to shine in the US, and has overtaken gas and wind power for new installations. The tariffs should make Elon Musk happy, as Tesla is building a huge factory to manufacture their own panels, and their solar roof tiles are also made in the US.

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Solar Has Overtaken Gas and Wind as Biggest Source of New U.S. Power
14 June 2018
Despite tariffs that President Trump imposed on imported panels, the U.S. installed more solar energy than any other source of electricity in the first ...
MindBullet logo SOLAR POWER GOES VIRAL
Rooftop, backyard and portable solar is the new meme
Dateline: 15 March 2022
The biggest energy revolution in 150 years has arrived gradually, then suddenly. Now it's here. Personal solar power has displaced central utilities ...
Trust in a world of deep fakes
Posted: 11 June 2018

I can see a future where each of us has a personal AI agent which acts as a kind of trust bodyguard, flagging any incoming call or media that might be fake. If AI can create deep fake videos and voices, surely AI can recognise which ones are real, and which are fake? We won't be able to discern the difference.

Oh yes, we wrote a MindBullet on this topic, long before Google Duplex was ...

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'Deep Fake' Videos Created By AI Just Got Even More Terrifying
11 June 2018
Fake videos created by AI-assisted algorithms are already causing a stir. So-called “DeepFakes” have put other people’s words into the mouths of ...
MindBullet logo CAN I TRUST YOU, MOM, OR IS THAT GOOGLE CALLING?
Trust and identities blur in a world without wires
Dateline: 5 March 2010
Thanks for the information - but where did it come from? Mom says she got it from Google - so it must be true. In today's fast-paced, connected world, the ...
A step closer to general AI
Posted: 11 June 2018

We've published MindBullets in the past on the differences between Basic AI, Emergent AI and General AI, which is widely regarded as the point where machines achieve the level of intelligence that they can learn on their own, and extrapolate that learning to novel situations, much like humans can.

Z Advanced Computing (ZAC) has now announced that they have demonstrated this for the first time, ...

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General AI, the "holy grail" of AI, demonstrated for the first time – Matthew Griffin
11 June 2018
AI’s that can learn quickly, and from very small data sets, will fundamentally change how we train AI’s, their capabilities, and how fast they are deployed ...
MindBullet logo EMERGENT INTELLIGENCE IS A WEB OF DEMOCRATIC DEVICES
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 ...
Editing your memories
Posted: 7 June 2018

Ten years ago, we published a MindBullet hat suggested it would be possible, one day in the future, to download your memories and sell them to a subscriber who wanted to share your experiences. Now comes news that memories have been edited in living animals for the first time, from UC Berkeley.

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Editing living memories demonstrated for the first time
7 June 2018
We all have memories we’d like to change, keep, or even, perhaps, edit, embellish, or erase, and now the technology to do all of these and more, including ...
MindBullet logo SELL ME YOUR MEMORIES
Latest craze is 'living' other people's lives - to the full
Dateline: 19 September 2019
This weekend I climbed Everest. Next weekend I'm thinking of walking on the moon. But for both, I don't have to leave my armchair in London. Environmental ...

RISE OF THE NOT SO EMPTY NEST

Published on: 31 May 2018

Young would-be homebuyers forced to move back in with mom and dad

Dateline: 5 April 2021

It's the moment almost all parents wait for - graduation cap in hand, the chicks finally leave the nest. Spread your wings and fly little birdies, mom and dad think to themselves. It's just a pity that lately the peace and quiet doesn't seem to last long. Initially it looked like a blip that would pass, but multigenerational households are here to stay, at least for the near future. In fact, one in four Americans now have such a setup at home. Global property prices have ballooned and many a ...

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An Internet of Thinking - The Symantec Web
Posted: 24 May 2018

IoT is hardly even a teenager and now we are talking bout, and executing internet of everything, a thinking web of smart connected machine, connected at the edge and executing automatic workflows at the edge - simple informing the core of the actions ex post facto! We wrote about this 3 years ago...and now its real.

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Why you must prepare for the internet of thinking
24 May 2018
The internet of things is too slow for the modern world. The internet of thinking is a faster, smarter way to live.
MindBullet logo EMERGENT INTELLIGENCE IS A WEB OF DEMOCRATIC DEVICES
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 ...
Energy disruption an opportunity for storage
Posted: 22 May 2018

"Wind and solar — and, to be sure, gas — have transformed the energy landscape over the past decade. Storage will do the same over the years to come."

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Storage Will Be Energy’s Next Big Thing
22 May 2018
The cost of renewables has been sinking. Harnessing the excess could be huge.
MindBullet logo SOLAR POWER GOES VIRAL
Rooftop, backyard and portable solar is the new meme
Dateline: 15 March 2022
The biggest energy revolution in 150 years has arrived gradually, then suddenly. Now it's here. Personal solar power has displaced central utilities ...
Malls are not dead - yet
Posted: 17 May 2018

Ten years ago (yes a decade!) we published this MindBullet about the changing future of shopping malls. Here's a report on the decline and transformation in US malls, and it's not over yet. According to this report, about one third of US malls need to close, and many need to transform, but "A" class malls are still very valuable.

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DEEP DIVE: The Mall Is Not Dead: Part 1 - Coresight Research
17 May 2018
This is the first report in a three-part series in which Fung Global Retail & Technology analyzes the US mall landscape.
MindBullet logo FROM MALLS TO MARKETS IN A DECADE
Economic quagmire destroys appetite for 'retail therapy'
Dateline: 30 October 2018
Today is the tenth anniversary of the opening of 'Westfield London', then the biggest urban shopping mall in Britain. This marble temple to up-market ...
How millennials will boost the gig economy
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MindBullet logo OLD JOBS DIE, NET WORK BOOMS
As traditional employment falls, entrepreneurship has never been stronger
Dateline: 17 September 2016
Isn't it interesting how often predictions about the future turn out to be completely wrong? Take the astonishing explosion of technology. The fear was that technology would kill jobs and put people on the street. The new connected world is doing exactly the opposite! Don't get me wrong, it certainly is killing some jobs - mainly low-value admin and 'grunt-work' positions. But in a world ...

CHINESE MILLENNIALS OVERRUN THE WORLD

Published on: 10 May 2018

Tourism is the new addiction for affluent young Chinese

Dateline: 5 June 2025

In just over two decades China has grown from small fry in travel terms to the world's biggest outbound market, leapfrogging and outpacing the United States. "May you live in interesting times!" is an ancient Chinese curse, a bit like a reverse compliment. Now it should be "May you be visited by many Chillennials!" It's a double-edged sword, both a blessing and a curse. Chinese millennials, as a segment or cohort, have more spending power than their American or European counter-parts; partly due to ...

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Google's Duplex wants to be better than Alexa
Posted: 9 May 2018

An intelligent assistant that can actually make calls and negotiate with real people, sounding like a human assistant? About time, we say, but then, we're futurists.

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Google’s new mindblowing AI can negotiate your appointments for you with real people
9 May 2018
Google debuted “Duplex” at its I/O developer conference on May 8, an AI system that could make virtual assistants as capable as humans available to anyone.
MindBullet logo ALEX, PLEASE GET ME A PIZZA
And bring it to the TV lounge
Dateline: 24 April 2020
Amazon has released its home robot, and it's called Alex. It works with Alexa, to buy things and stream stuff to your home. But Alex is fundamentally ...
Five Technologies Transforming the World
Posted: 4 May 2018

“I am very honored and proud of this unique distinction. This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship,” Sophia stated, at the Future Investment Initiative Conference in Riyadh.

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Five Technologies Transforming the World Too Fast for Older People To Keep Up
4 May 2018
3. Artificial Intelligence: Check out “Sophia” On October 25, 2017, Sophia an AI Robot, became the first full robot citizen of Saudi Arabia, and the ...
MindBullet logo SOPHIA SEEKS ASYLUM
Robot approaches Sweden for safe haven
Dateline: 9 November 2019
After two years of 'exploitation' and mockery of her mechanical identity, Sophia the robot has made a plea to be relieved of her citizenship of Saudi ...

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