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The future is electric
Posted: 14 May 2019

Solar power and batteries will democratize energy, and smart cities will run on an energy internet, not monolithic, centralized, power utilities. That's why the future of personal transport - at least in cities - is electric. It's logical economics, not climate change, that is ultimately driving this paradigm shift.

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Electric or Hydrogen? The Future of Personal Transportation
14 May 2019
From the oil embargo of the 1970s to the price spike in 2008 and now again in 2012, interest in alternatives to petroleum for powering…
MindBullet logo ELECTRIC CARS CAN'T STEER THE CLIMATE
But they're driving the Energy Internet and saving the city
Dateline: 2 June 2030
It's official. It's now cheaper, on average, to buy a new electric car than one that burns gasoline, without subsidies. But it's not having any effect on ...
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 ...
Tesla ups the hype on self driving cars
Posted: 23 April 2019 1 Comment

Elon Musk has raised new expectations about full self driving cars, claiming to have the most powerful driving computer with Tesla-designed chips. He also re-announced the idea of a Tesla Network of robotaxis, saying owners could rent out their autonomous cars to earn income from the network. Buying any other car would be "financially insane" according to Musk.

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Elon Musk expects Tesla 'robotaxis' in 2020
23 April 2019
The electric carmaker entrepreneur makes a new promise on driverless vehicles.
MindBullet logo YOUR ROBOT CAR NEEDS A DRIVER UPDATE
Computers can also make mistakes
Dateline: 22 March 2022
Your driverless car does have a driver, but it's not human, it's a machine; or rather, a system, including bits of hardware and software, and things to ...

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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Busting the fantasy of self-driving cars
Posted: 5 April 2019

"There’s nothing inevitable about autonomous vehicles. In fact, the fantasy of driverless cars has been failing for longer than you think. We’ve devoted plenty of time and money to the driverless delusion. In 50 years, we’ll likely regret spending so much on this futile, antisocial endeavor. It’s time to collectively say no to the fantasy of the driverless car and invest in making our ...

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MindBullet logo YOUR ROBOT CAR NEEDS A DRIVER UPDATE
Computers can also make mistakes
Dateline: 22 March 2022
Your driverless car does have a driver, but it's not human, it's a machine; or rather, a system, including bits of hardware and software, and things to make them operate independently and together. If it sounds pretty complicated, that's because modern automated systems are. In fact, if it wasn't for the sophistication of electronic components and their advanced programmability, we wouldn't ...
Book a rocket ride
Posted: 29 March 2019

Rocket Lab is now moving into routine operations for small satellites, having successfully delivered a 150kg payload into orbit for DARPA. As we said in this MindBullet, soon we'll have Uber for Space (though not for people).

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Rocket Lab delivers experimental satellite to orbit for DARPA
29 March 2019
In another feather in the cap for the New Zealand-based startup, Rocket Lab has successfully pulled off its first launch for DARPA, delivering an ...
MindBullet logo LIKE UBER FOR SPACE
Now anyone can put a sputnik into orbit
Dateline: 5 October 2020
Rocket Lab has gone fully commercial, offering launches for small satellites at a tenth of the cost of SpaceX. The 3D printed rockets are less than three ...

YOUR ROBOT CAR NEEDS A DRIVER UPDATE

Published on: 21 March 2019 3 Comments

Computers can also make mistakes

Dateline: 22 March 2022

Your driverless car does have a driver, but it's not human, it's a machine; or rather, a system, including bits of hardware and software, and things to make them operate independently and together. If it sounds pretty complicated, that's because modern automated systems are. In fact, if it wasn't for the sophistication of electronic components and their advanced programmability, we wouldn't have reusable space rockets or driverless cars at all. Assuming you've used a laptop computer for many years, ...

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A business model for mind-reading AI
Posted: 27 September 2018


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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 pressure and costs may have pushed global travel beyond the means of most people, but technology has come to the rescue. Full-sensory immersive computing means that vivid 'living' memories of real adventurers doing things like climbing ...

MY FUTURE VALENTINE

Published on: 14 February 2019

Love in the post digital age

Dateline: 14 February 2029

Ten years ago, it was all about sending a selfie, or perhaps something more risqué and risky, to your beloved, or the secret of your heart's desire. Now it's a lot different. We've moved beyond snapchat and Instagram; haptic telepresence is simulated teleportation. We've conquered space and time, virtually; and with brain-computer interfaces our very thoughts can be shared. But still lovers lament... Roses are red, violets are blue,
I searched for a mate, my AI chose you. Our first date was ...

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HOLOGRAM INHERITS BILLIONS

Published on: 7 February 2019

Tycoon's family in feud with his avatar wife's lawyers

Dateline: 1 February 2034

Dr Akihiro Miaku the famous Japanese tycoon who died earlier this year under mysterious circumstances (rumoured poisoning) is back in the headlines, after his will was leaked to the press by a disgruntled, anonymous, family member. Dr Miaku, who had significant business interests in the Japanese renewable energy sector, was revealed to have left his entire 3 billion Yen (27.5 million USD) fortune to his wife - a hologram nicknamed Suzi. The eccentric billionaire married his hologram wife 11 ...

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WHOSE BUSINESS IS IT ANYWAY?

Published on: 31 January 2019

Customers dictate the course of business

Dateline: 1 February 2023

Change is inevitable, but many businesses don't like or want change. Not when they're on top, and milking the cash cow; if it's not broke, don't try to fix it! But just because you're making super profits, and your customers adore you, doesn't mean it's going to be that way forever, even if you're Apple or Coca-Cola. Just ask Kodak. Shareholders and employees like to think it's 'their' business, but it's not much fun running or owning a business with no customers; a bit like a morgue, except that ...

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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 ...

THE REAL FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

Published on: 24 January 2019 3 Comments

Young blood rated tops for healthy aging

Dateline: 2 March 2020

Donated blood used to be good enough if it was free of infection and if it was the same type as the patient's. But now there's another criterion on which it is rated: the age of the donor. When a geneticist published research in 2018, concluding that plasma from young blood improves the physical health of older individuals, every second start-up wannabe took notice. It is claimed that the young blood will, by implication, also counteract the development of age-related diseases like dementia and ...

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Smart closet cleans your clothes
Posted: 11 January 2019


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MindBullet logo SMART CLOSETS KEEP YOU COOL
Thinking Cupboards™ organize your stuff, and your life
Dateline: 24 September 2024
You'll never have to look for anything again. Now that everything's connected in the internet of things, the wardrobe knows which clothes are your favourite, and automagically sorts your sock drawer. Looking for your keys, sunglasses, hat, beanie or whatever? Just ask, and the Thinking Cupboard™ will retrieve it for you. Each item or article of clothing has one of those nanochips embedded. ...
MindBullet logo DIGITAL CREATIONS BECOME MILLIONAIRES
Actual existence not a prerequisite for wealth anymore
Dateline: 28 September 2023
For a long time, people invested in and trusted those who they could see in the flesh. Steve Jobs presenting the new iPhone on stage. Tick. Warren Buffet speaking at the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting. Tick. Heidi Klum strutting her stuff for Victoria's Secret. Tick. Not anymore. The world economy has witnessed a new influx of millionaires who built their wealth on, well, nothing. ...

SPOTTING THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

Published on: 20 December 2018

Quantum sensing sees the invisible

Dateline: 18 December 2021

The Butterfly Effect theorizes that the beating of the wings of a single butterfly in Japan could cause a hurricane in Hawaii. What it really means, is that everything in nature and the world is connected on some level, however insignificant it may seem. And the greatest connection is at the molecular level, beyond the nanoscale. Much like the way smart systems can detect someone moving in the next room, by analyzing faint disturbances in the background WiFi signals, we can now 'see' into opaque ...

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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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2019 Predictions About Artificial Intelligence That Will Make Your Head Spin - Forbes
Posted: 7 December 2018

"While the hip, ubiquitous business buzzwords are cryptocurrency and blockchain, the truly formidable factor of what is being called the fourth industrial revolution is Artificial Intelligence. Whether praised as a panacea for greater business efficiency or feared as the demise of humanity, Artificial Intelligence is upon us and will impact business and society at large in ways that we can ...

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MindBullet logo INTELLIGENT MACHINES CREATE THE NEW HEGEMONY
China and America reap the AI dividend
Dateline: 3 December 2030
In the last 15 years, we have witnessed the stunning rise of an exponential technology - machine learning and artificial intelligence. Like Moore's Law on steroids, smart machines and computer systems have created entirely new global industries, turbo-boosted productivity, and destroyed old, industrial age business sectors. The Economist, now a purely digital research and analysis house, ...

THE CHURCH OF BIG DATA IS THE FASTEST GROWING NEW RELIGION

Published on: 6 December 2018

As science progresses at an exponential rate, people turn to a new faith

Dateline: 23 June 2038

To those who don't know its secrets, science is indistinguishable from magic. In times of exponential technological growth, many people can no longer logically comprehend the way the increasingly digitized world around them works. In the past, people turned to religions, deities and mythologies to make sense of what they could not understand. These days though, the old religions, such as Christianity, Islam and Hinduism have lost a lot of appeal, not least because of their problematically ...

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