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SCREENS ARE SO NINETIES

Published on: 30 May 2019

Now the rich are outsourcing their aching neck muscles

Dateline: 9 May 2023

Back when mobile phones just arrived on the market, it was all the rage to walk around with the Nokia brick in your hand. As the years went by, the more screens you had, the higher your status; laptop, tablet, phone, smart watch - the more you had, the better. Time and again though, what happens after ubiquity? Yes, you guessed it, the exact inverse. It's the poor who are living, learning, and dying by screens because the rich are opting for real people. A single mom in the Bronx can't afford a ...

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Custom chips for AI on the edge
Posted: 3 May 2019

Over a year ago, we published this MindBullet about new chip architectures, designed to run deep learning algorithms on devices, rather than supercomputers. What's known as AI on the edge. More chip makers like Nvidia and Samsung are collaborating with companies like Tesla and Amazon to create these super efficient chips. Think cars, drones and smartphones that have powerful AI capabilities, ...

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This chip was demoed at Jeff Bezos’s secretive tech conference. It could be key to the future of AI.
3 May 2019
The chip on show at Amazon’s MARS event—alongside karate-chopping robots and Martian bases—is many times more efficient than conventional silicon chips.
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 ...
Microsoft's new peak: $1Tn
Posted: 25 April 2019

Sometimes our MindBullets scenarios are predictive of future reality!


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MindBullet logo MICROSOFT SURGES TO NEW PEAK
Apple in decline as consumers, and businesses, vote with their wallets
Dateline: 7 November 2016
The votes are in, and there's a new winner in the global race to be the biggest and best tech company. And the winner is Microsoft! Just four years ago, Apple was king of the heap, selling millions of (Chinese made) devices a month, and being rated as the world's most valuable company, and tech brand. Now it's Microsoft's turn to shine, as Apple stumbles. Surprisingly, tech upstarts who ...
Hacking your own face
Posted: 23 April 2019 1 Comment

When airlines' computers can recognise you as quickly as government agencies, perhaps it's time to invest in digital disguise, as this MindBullet suggests!

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Facial recognition creeps up on a JetBlue passenger and she hates it
23 April 2019
Facial recognition systems don't want you to stop and think about them. This is what happens when someone does.
MindBullet logo DIGITAL DISGUISE IS THE HEIGHT OF FASHION
Wouldn't you like to be invisible, sometimes?
Dateline: 11 December 2025
Silicon Streetwear has launched a new range of fashion items for the privacy conscious. It's called Silicon Secrets, and keeps you safe from hackers and ...

TERAHERTZ CHIP ACCELERATES EVERYTHING

Published on: 11 April 2019

It's like an actual superpower for devices

Dateline: 11 May 2025

See through clothing, analyze chemicals without touching them, and communicate in nanoseconds - these are just some of the new things our smart devices can do, thanks to terahertz frequency waves, or t-wavez as they are known in the industry. It's astounding to think that, only six years ago, t-wavez were new, and although promising, not very powerful; just like lasers and LEDs, when they were first invented. Now, technology for producing the ultra high speed chips has also accelerated beyond ...

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SOCIAL ISOLATION REACHES EPIC PROPORTIONS

Published on: 28 March 2019

Japan calls digital timeout to save society

Dateline: 17 April 2025

The Internet will bring us closer, they said. It will improve social connection, they said. Yeah, about that... In the early days of the web and social media, we all thought that it's simply an add-on to actual, face-to-face, relationships. However, with time it became all too easy to create the facade of a perfect life on Instagram. Real-life conversations gradually morphed into superficiality, devoid of any vulnerability (Brené Brown regularly cried herself to sleep at night). The explosion of ...

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We'll settle for air taxis
Posted: 12 March 2019

As much as we wanted flying cars, they were never going to take off. Why? Well, because a vehicle that's robust enough for modern motoring doesn't make a very good plane, and a high-tech lightweight, passenger quadcopter could never cut it as a car, let alone fit in a single garage. But air taxis will soon be a reality, despite the issues that need to be sorted out; I'm sure they will be. So ...

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Flying Cars Are Closer to Reality Than You Think - Medium
12 March 2019
The future — our present — is not what we were promised.
MindBullet logo THE FUTURE SURE AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE
The future will always surprise us
Dateline: 11 August 2026
Back in the 1950s, seventy years ago, people made all sorts of predictions about what the future would be like. We'd have flying cars and robot maids, it ...
Augmented reality selling for cars
Posted: 25 February 2019

Imagine if you had X-ray vision, and could see inside things that you wanted to buy. That would help you to make a 'good' decision, or at least reassure you that you had made an informed decision, right? Toyota thinks so. Their smart showrooms let you look inside the car.

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MindBullet logo MAGIC MIRRORS MAKE MARKETING FUN
Augmented reality selling seals the deal
Dateline: 26 January 2023
How do you let someone test a product or article of clothing without using samples? A virtual reality demo, that's how. And to highlight your product on a ...
India leads the way in digital financial future...where is Silicon Valley?
Posted: 23 September 2017

India talks of "Digital India"...and they mean business. With a population beyond 1 billion young people, remote villages with scrappy infrastructure they needed to focus on what will enable and empower a nation in the digital future. many threads have converged fast - from withdrawing 75% of all cash from society in a weekend to the Gov's AARDHAR program, to Jin's aggressive reduction of ...

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Why the world has much to learn from India's big digital leap
23 September 2017
Mobile Aadhaar-based technology and the upcoming privacy law will soon radically transform financial services industry in the country.
MindBullet logo GLOBAL POOR FLOCK TO THE SPOKEN WEB
Cellphone-based 'voiceweb' bridges digital divide
Dateline: 20 June 2012
Once we talked about the "digital divide", back in the dark days when the ability to read and write separated the wired from the unwired. Today, more than ...
The formula for success
Posted: 28 January 2019

Last year we published a MindBullet that said innovation is not a good idea, meaning that you need more than just a great idea to be successful. This concept has now been 'vindicated' by scientists, physicists no less, who say that success (and by implication successful innovation) is a product of a good idea and a high-quality ability to execute on that idea. QED!

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Physicists Have Discovered a Formula for Success, and It Contains a Brutal Truth
28 January 2019
From Reese Witherspoon to Jeff Bezos, those who are super successful in their chosen domain accept this truth.
MindBullet logo INNOVATION IS NOT A GOOD IDEA
It's about working on a really great problem
Dateline: 5 April 2023
You might have a great idea, and be obsessed with it, to the extent that you can't sleep, can barely eat, and all your conscious hours are spent on ...
Retail robots to the rescue
Posted: 27 January 2019

Need a quick scan and update of what you've got on the shelves? Call in the flying retail robots!
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Quickdraw: Flying robot scans shelves faster than clerks, ground robots
27 January 2019
Brick-and-mortar retailers are using autonomous mobile robots to keep track of inventory and fight back against ecommerce.
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 ...
Business implications are profound
Posted: 17 January 2019

Don't ignore the business implications; companies, brands and governments on the periphery either have to align themselves with the digital giants or be left out in the cold. And the chances of becoming the next WeChat or Google are increasingly small in the future!

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Digital swamp monsters are taking control of our lives, and we are happy to let them
Dateline: 2 January 2022
We've just begun a new year in the early 'twenties, and looking back with perfect hindsight over the past 20 years, we might be shocked at how deeply digital transformation has changed our businesses, and our lives. It's no longer about the 4th Industrial Revolution, it's the fourth age of humanity, of society, of the world - we've become Digital Humans. It's all very well to blame it on ...

ONE APP TO RULE THEM ALL

Published on: 17 January 2019 1 Comment

Digital swamp monsters are taking control of our lives, and we are happy to let them

Dateline: 2 January 2022

We've just begun a new year in the early 'twenties, and looking back with perfect hindsight over the past 20 years, we might be shocked at how deeply digital transformation has changed our businesses, and our lives. It's no longer about the 4th Industrial Revolution, it's the fourth age of humanity, of society, of the world - we've become Digital Humans. It's all very well to blame it on smartphones, even though, back in 2002, all we had were BlackBerrys and Nokia Communicators - remember them? In ...

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Tracking schoolkids
Posted: 26 December 2018


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MindBullet logo TRACK ME ONCE, TRACK ME TWICE
New wearable tech is making (some of) us happier and healthier people
Dateline: 2 September 2015
Google Glass started it all, and now the viral spread of the Quantified Self meme is showing us the good, the bad and the ugly on the screens of our high tech bracelets and necklaces. With the demand for wearable technology far outstripping supply, there's no denying it; no one likes average - everyone wants to be awesome. And how do you become an A-list version of yourself? You ...

BEATING THE AI BLUES

Published on: 13 December 2018

Machines don't have a heart

Dateline: 12 January 2022

That's the problem with artificial intelligence - it's pretty cold and mechanical; and it lacks emotional intelligence. Companies like Google and Amazon have worked hard over the last five years to inject some warmth and 'humanity' into their voice assistants, but it's an uphill battle. "Not very witty, and no sense of humor either," was how one reviewer described the latest incarnation of Siri on Apple's iPhones. Which is why more and more people are starting to rebuff smart assistants and work ...

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We (your apps) know where you are!
Posted: 11 December 2018


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MindBullet logo TRACK ME ONCE, TRACK ME TWICE
New wearable tech is making (some of) us happier and healthier people
Dateline: 2 September 2015
Google Glass started it all, and now the viral spread of the Quantified Self meme is showing us the good, the bad and the ugly on the screens of our high tech bracelets and necklaces. With the demand for wearable technology far outstripping supply, there's no denying it; no one likes average - everyone wants to be awesome. And how do you become an A-list version of yourself? You ...
Smart machines directing your future
Posted: 5 December 2018

Increasingly, artificial intelligence and smart systems are dictating which choices we are offered, and modifying our behaviour through subtle nudging; this is happening more often than we realise, and could be the start of a digital global consensus.

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Why artificial intelligence is shaping our world
5 December 2018
Welcome to Machine Minds: a new season on BBC Future about all the ways that artificial intelligence is changing our lives.
MindBullet logo THE FUTURE IS ALGORITHM SHAPED
Cloud-based algorithms determine our daily routine and schedule - and our love lives
Dateline: 27 April 2017
We can't predict the future, but the clues are all around us. We're all connected, to each other, to everything, in so many ways. Our daily lives are part ...
Creating a vortex to speed communication
Posted: 25 October 2018

Researchers have succeeded in making a device that can decode twisted light, improving the throughput for fibre optic data transmissions dramatically. Years ago we speculated that something similar might be possible for radio frequency transmissions. Could it happen in the future?

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Tiny device speeds up the internet 100 times over by reading "twisted" light
25 October 2018
Fiber optics allows for ultra-fast communication systems, and more data can be crammed in by "twisting" the light. Now, Australian researchers have ...
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Vortex based on the golden ratio boosts wireless signals exponentially
Dateline: 27 January 2020
Nature always chooses the path of least resistance. Nature always seeks to optimize available energy, and the golden ratio, phi, is at the heart of the ...
Reinventing wireless broadband
Posted: 1 August 2018


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MindBullet logo WIRELESS INTERNET REINVENTED
5G is more than just a speed upgrade - it's mission critical
Dateline: 4 April 2020
It's finally here, and 5G mobile broadband isn't just a quicker internet - it's going to save us from the future! You'll forgive me for being a bit cynical, but we all remember the hype surrounding 4G wireless broadband, how it would solve all our congestion problems, and allow us to watch live-streamed video on our phones. Then finally the LTE (Long Term Evolution) demos began, and it ...
Cows that tweet
Posted: 15 October 2018

A little while ago we wrote about connecting organic things like plants and animals to the internet. Well, here you go, courtesy of MIT Technology Review.

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Subcutaneous Fitbits? These cows are modeling the tracking technology of the future
15 October 2018
Livestock Labs is getting bio-monitors under cows’ skin in hopes of helping farmers spot disease earlier, and it wants to bring its tech to people, too.
MindBullet logo INTERNET OF ORGANIC THINGS
Plants that tweet and pets that ping
Dateline: 13 October 2023
Does your prize rose bush send you an email when it needs specific nutrients, or tweet incessantly when it's thirsty? Does your Labrador retriever ping you ...

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