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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 ...
MindBullet logo PHI STREAMING REINVENTS MOBILE BROADBAND
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 ...
VodaFone becomes a payments provider
Posted: 5 May 2011 3 Comments

By allowing cusomers to have cab fares charged to their phone account, Vodafone is offering eCash, bypassing banks and credit cards with direct settlements between two parties. When will they start offering this service to you and me for personal payments? Providing the regulators let them, when will they be an alternative to banks?

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No money for a cab? No problem as phone giant launches 'pay by text message' service
5 May 2011
It's something that can happen to anyone. Taking a cab for the late ride home, you suddenly realise that the crisp 20 pound note you thought was tucked ...
MindBullet logo SECRET PAPERS EXPOSE EBAY, GOOGLE & VODAFONE MOVE INTO FINANCIAL SERVICES
Ban on gambling payments creates new financial utility for one billion customers
Dateline: 20 April 2009
Yesterday's exposé in the New York Times has put the cat among the pigeons of the financial services industry. The report claims that the NYT investigation ...
Amazon's magic mirror
Posted: 2 October 2018


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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 cluttered shelf, you would use augmented reality to add visual cues, and data. This is the new world of Digital Reality, a blend of VR, AR and well, just normal 'reality'. And whether it's through a smartphone, digital glasses or an ...
Middle class or middle aged?
Posted: 1 October 2018


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MindBullet logo STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS
The West deflates, China stagnates, and the rest of the world watches and worries
Dateline: 1 May 2040
As the 21st Century approaches middle age, prices are falling alarmingly. In real terms, everything from coal to electronics is cheaper than it was four decades ago, and steel is at its lowest price in 100 years. Deflation is the norm in the Old World, and the so-called Dynamic Markets are no longer so dynamic. Over the past century, we have seen global growth on an unprecedented scale, and ...
iPhone starts to talk sense
Posted: 5 October 2011

It's uncanny how close the new features on the iPhone 4S are to the scenario for speech controlled computing we envisioned in this MindBullet, which was published in 2004.

Long before the iPhone was even invented, it was an obvious application, and now many of these features are available on both Google and Apple phones. The timing is pretty close too - we suggested 2012. Perhaps these speech ...

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Apple's New iPhone Would Like to Talk
5 October 2011
An AI personal assistant called Siri is the biggest new feature of the iPhone 4S.
MindBullet logo FREE COMPUTERS FOR ALL
Spoogle puts the global brain in the palm of your hand
Dateline: 14 June 2012
No, this is not another ad for some internet computer service. Unless you are a mega-corp, your personal computing budget has gone to zero with the launch ...
3D printing goes BIG!
Posted: 12 September 2018

3D printing is now pretty much mainstream - and it's going BIG! The US military has just built a 46 sq m barracks hut in just 40 hours, on what they're calling the world's biggest 3D printer. Check it out here.

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US military builds barracks using "world's largest" 3D printer
12 September 2018
3D-printed construction is portable and inexpensive, and could help build a safe barracks in a shorter time. With this in mind, the US Marine Corps Systems ...
MindBullet logo PRINTING - THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING
No more paper or ink, but everything else goes
Dateline: 17 June 2012
I spent a frustrating few days at the World Printing Industry Showcase in Beijing this weekend. As an old-timer of the printing industry, I simply didn't ...
Beating big brother's AI facial recognition cameras
Posted: 6 September 2018


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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 scanners. Your body has a natural aura; your heartbeat, skin temperature, the blood coursing through your veins; all combine to create a unique biometric signature, that identifies you as you. But you also have a digital aura; your wearables ...
Robot surgeon
Posted: 4 September 2018


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MindBullet logo TAKE TWO ASPIRIN AND WE'LL GOOGLE YOU IN THE MORNING
Another blow for traditional health care as virtual doctors rule
Dateline: 26 May 2012
It all started way back in 2008 with consolidating patient records. Next came online medical consultations. And now the latest revolution in health is...Google Surgery! Thousands of Google Health members are having cut-price minor surgery in low-cost neighborhood clinics. Highly-qualified surgeons are wielding the virtual scalpel - often from thousands of kilometers away! In fact, it's a ...
Amazon chasing Apple for biggest market cap
Posted: 30 August 2018

I'm confident that Amazon will overtake Apple, depending on how the market reacts to the next iPhone range soon to be announced. In our MindBullet published last year, we were looking to Amazon being the first to $1 trillion as Apple faltered on the brink. Well, Apple made it first, and Amazon looks like it's zooming up to pass. And it's happening before our expected timeline!

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Now Amazon closes in on $1-trillion market cap
30 August 2018
Amazon.com headed for its biggest gain in four months, pulling within US$26-billion of becoming America’s second trillion-dollar company, after Morgan ...
MindBullet logo FIRST TRILLION DOLLAR CORP
The first company to reach a value of US$1 trillion is...
Dateline: 3 March 2025
Chinese. No, wait, American. Actually, it's a global company, with tech from the United States, and manufacturing in several countries, but mainly ...
Social media is dead - for some
Posted: 29 August 2018 1 Comment


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MindBullet logo FACEBOOK TO CLOSE: GEN Z REJECTS DIGITAL LIFESTYLE
Flower children of the twenties look for analogue bullet
Dateline: 12 January 2021
In what might be considered a typical anti-establishment rebellion of youth, teenagers of the 2020s seem to be disenchanted by their parents' excessive pre-occupation with all manner of digital gadgets and lifestyles. Instead of iPods and smart phones, today's emerging adults prefer acoustic guitars and personal conversations. "I don't know what to do with him," says media blogger Lucinda ...
The future of work and investment
Posted: 13 August 2018 1 Comment

"Demographics, automation and inequality have the potential to dramatically reshape our world in the 2020s and beyond. Our analysis shows that the collision of these forces could trigger economic disruption far greater than we have experienced over the past 60 years. The aim of this report by Bain's Macro Trends Group is to detail how the impact of aging populations, the adoption of new ...

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Labor 2030: The Collision of Demographics, Automation and Inequality
13 August 2018
The business environment of the 2020s will be more volatile and economic swings more extreme.
MindBullet logo STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS
The West deflates, China stagnates, and the rest of the world watches and worries
Dateline: 1 May 2040
As the 21st Century approaches middle age, prices are falling alarmingly. In real terms, everything from coal to electronics is cheaper than it was four ...
When AI makes mistakes, the stakes can be high
Posted: 1 August 2018

Recently Amazon's facial recognition system mistakenly identified members of congress as wanted criminals, but they weren't arrested. When we put too much reliance on technology, we leave ourselves vulnerable to errors of method, like mistakes in an Excel spreadsheet could cause you to make bad decisions. It's important to always keep a bit of scepticism handy, and ask yourself: "Do you trust ...

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Amazon robot mistakes Congress members for criminals
1 August 2018
Identifying a criminal can be tricky for law enforcement when they’re on the hunt for a wanted person, which is why many agencies have begun to lean on ...
MindBullet logo I KNOW YOUR FACE...
Even though we've never met
Dateline: 12 January 2015
"I'm sure I recognize you from somewhere. Have we met before?" We've all heard or used this line before, to initiate a conversation with someone who looks ...
Another chip for intelligence at the edge
Posted: 26 July 2018


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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 self-learning. Cognitive computing required deep neural networks that had to be trained on extensive datasets, but Intel's neuromorphic chip combines training and inference for on-chip learning on the fly. That sounds like a mouthful, and it ...
Magic mirrors and AI for fashion
Posted: 23 July 2018

If you've attended any of our keynotes recently, you've probably heard us say that Amazon is an AI company, and so is Alibaba. They simply can't manage their ecommerce operations, with millions of customers and many millions of SKUs, without machine learning and AI. But both companies are taking their application of AI to another level, and Alibaba's recent foray into fashion retailing is a ...

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AI-enabled Guess store helps you create an ensemble
23 July 2018
Guess and Alibaba have teamed up on a concept store that use AI to help you create a coordinated outfit.
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 ...

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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