Filtered by tag: Robotics

Laser 'eyes' for robot cars
Posted: 14 May 2018

For driverless cars, and robots, sensors that keep them aware of what's happening around them, at speed, are critical if they are to function safely and effectively. Cameras are great up to a point, and lidar is far more accurate, but expensive. As we pointed out in our MindBullet last year, new tech invariably follows Moore's law as it gets mainstream adoption, and plummets in cost. ...

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This new lidar sensor could equip every autonomous car in the world by the end of 2018
14 May 2018
The startup Luminar aims to challenge market leaders by building its hardware at a never-before-seen scale.
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 ...
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 ...

ALEX, PLEASE GET ME A PIZZA

Published on: 26 April 2018 1 Comment

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 different; it can move around the house and help you with domestic chores. Just like the robot butler featured in sci-fi movies. Alex has been quietly, almost secretly, developed by Amazon over the last three years, and now it's ready for Prime Time. There's already a waiting list from Amazon Prime customers, who have been given first dibs on the new ...

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Cars: made in China
Posted: 25 April 2018

“China has made no secret of its ambition to have a really big and powerful auto industry,” said Michael Dunne, president of consulting firm Dunne Automotive Ltd. in Hong Kong. “China does intend to lead and dominate the electric-vehicle industry.”
The Chinese government sees EVs as its best chance to seize global leadership in an emerging powertrain technology. Cleaning the notoriously smoggy ...

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China’s Car Revolution Is Going Global
25 April 2018
China's rising automakers want to sell the future of driving all over the world.
MindBullet logo ELECTRIC CAR GLUT THREATENS WORLD TRADE
China accused of dumping as prices plummet
Dateline: 5 March 2029
China's success as the biggest producer of cars - mainly electric cars - the world has ever seen, has led to a problem of massive over capacity. There are ...

FEMTECH: IS IT A BUBBLE?

Published on: 19 April 2018

The market for non-male tech gadgets and apps is exploding

Dateline: 1 May 2023

It's official. If you want to be the next tech giant, make sure you're aiming at the Femtech market. And it's even better if your company is run by women too! For years, actually decades, the personal computing and IT sectors were dominated by products and services created by men for men. About the only application where women were heavily involved was word processing, and later, desktop publishing. That's all changed, but the big names in tech startups are still heavily biased to the male gender, ...

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Bitcoin eating Quebec's hydro power
Posted: 16 April 2018

When you've got a surplus of green electricity, it makes sense to invite customers to use it. Bitcoin mining operations are now so intensive, the cost of power is critical, and the market value of the coins has to justify the cost of power, or they might be suspended. How will this scenario we explored in our MindBullet alongside play out?

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Bitcoin is eating Quebec
16 April 2018
A Canadian hydropower operation put out the welcome mat for bitcoin miners. Shortly thereafter, it was overrun.
MindBullet logo IT'S GOING TO BE A COLD, DARK CHRISTMAS
Climate change reversal catches almost everyone by surprise
Dateline: 21 December 2025
It's almost a decade since those 'hottest years on record' culminating with the 2016 El Nino. But no-one expected it to cool down this rapidly. In 2017, ...
Building the next gen network
Posted: 13 April 2018

At last some telcos are waking up to the idea that it's supremely inefficient to build separate networks alongside each other! South Korea's top carriers have decided to collaborate on a single nationwide 5G network. If only all mobile operators allowed domestic roaming... And then, let's talk international as well. Data should be more or less the same price, no matter which side of the ...

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South Korean carriers agree to build single 5G network, saving money and time
13 April 2018
Faced with the prospect of developing several separate 5G networks with patchwork coverage, South Korea’s top cellular carriers have instead decided to ...
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 ...

WIRELESS INTERNET REINVENTED

Published on: 12 April 2018 1 Comment

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 looked so cool. And then another wait, while the handset makers caught up, until Bingo! you could get an iPhone ...

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Tech failure needs a plan that works
Posted: 4 April 2018

"We have never had anything like this before," a Eurocontrol spokesman told the AFP news agency.

It was only the second failure in 20 years. Luckily, or perhaps by design, the failover worked, and although there were disruptions, no catastrophes. That's the problem with something that never fails - when it does, can your systems handle it? ...

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Up to half of European flights delayed
4 April 2018
Eurocontrol fixes its system failure, which it warned could affect almost 15,000 European flights.
MindBullet logo WHEN TECHNOLOGY FAILS TO FAIL
Critical system failures that don't trigger corrective action cause disasters
Dateline: 21 March 2016
Yet another airliner has fallen out of the sky without warning. And the reason is fail-safe systems that fail to alert the pilots to the real problem when ...
Car kills pedestrian - who's to blame?
Posted: 20 March 2018

We asked this question in our MindBullet published five years ago. Now it has happened. What will the answer be?

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Self-driving Uber kills Arizona woman in first fatal crash involving pedestrian
20 March 2018
Tempe police said car was in autonomous mode at the time of the crash and that the vehicle hit a woman who later died at a hospital
MindBullet logo CAR KILLS 20: WHO'S TO BLAME?
Court rules driver not responsible if car has on-board computer
Dateline: 12 September 2017
Yesterday's court ruling shows two things - just how far technology has gone and why we should fear our kids! The driver of the car that crashed into a ...

YOU'RE NEVER ALONE WITH A CLONE

Published on: 8 March 2018

When your intelligent assistant is a digital you

Dateline: 11 March 2035

There are two types of cloning; biological clones of a plant or animal, and digital copies of data, programs, or even an entire system. Microsoft has just announced a breakthrough - digitally cloning your brain. But the vision for this new service goes far beyond just making a backup of your memories, in case you become forgetful. They want to energize your personal robotic assistant with a digital copy of you. Think of it as a full-size Mini Me. A humanoid robot with artificial intelligence, that ...

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Plenty vertical farms in China
Posted: 1 March 2018

A startup company is planning to build 300 urban farms in China. Sounds like our MindBullet on this subject is spot on.

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US startup secures $200m in funding to build 300 vertical farms across China
1 March 2018
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s population will grow by another 2 billion by 2050 and many think today’s agricultural systems won’t cope, as a ...
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 ...

WE WANTED TELEPORTATION

Published on: 1 March 2018

We got VR glasses instead

Dateline: 7 May 2024

We wanted flying cars. All we got were passenger drones, eventually. We were hoping for limitless fusion energy; instead we got solar panels. Everybody did. The future doesn't always deliver on our hopes and dreams. We dreamed about cheating death, an elixir from the fountain of youth, that would keep us forever young. Instead we have developed CRISPR and stem cells that keep us healthier in old age, but we still get old. That's the thing about the future. Our sci-fi fantasies and high tech ...

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THE GARDEN OF REASON (OR IS IT TREASON?)

Published on: 15 February 2018 1 Comment

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 consumers is the ultimate competitive advantage. Beyond the need for land, traditional farming has to contend ...

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DNA nanorobots are almost here
Posted: 13 February 2018

In 2012 we published a MindBullet about tiny robots constructed from DNA fragments to target cancer at the cellular level. At the time it seemed like real science fiction, but not impossible in the future. Now it's actually happening in the labs, and human trials are likely. Read more at TechCrunch...

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New DNA nanorobots successfully target and kill off cancerous tumors
13 February 2018
Science fiction no more -- in an article out today in Nature Biotechnology, scientists were able to show tiny autonomous bots have the potential to ...
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 ...
First trillion-dollar company
Posted: 10 February 2018

Here's an "outrageous prediction" from Saxo Bank for 2018:

Tencent will outstrip Apple and become the world’s largest company
Saxo’s head of equity strategy Peter Garnry writes that China is opening up its capital markets and the country’s enormous size and surging living standards are attracting investors from across the globe. Given this, it’s no surprise that tech-sector leader Tencent is ...

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MindBullet logo FIRST TRILLION DOLLAR CORP
The first company to reach a value of US$1 trillion is...
Dateline: 3 March 2025
Chinese. No, wait, American. Actually, it's a global company, with tech from the United States, and manufacturing in several countries, but mainly China. You would be forgiven for surmising that Apple Inc would be the first company to cross the US$ 1 trillion threshold. A couple of years ago, Apple came close, with a market capitalization of US$ 947 billion, but has subsequently seen its ...
When driverless cars can't cut it
Posted: 8 January 2018 1 Comment

I spent Christmas in Canada, and besides being an awesome White Christmas experience, it was unusually cold, with heaps of snow. After driving from Montreal to Toronto in what was at times a light blizzard, it struck me that driverless cars and trucks are absolutely useless in those conditions. Yet human drivers cope quite well.

On a busy highway, crammed with trucks and cars, and patrolled by ...

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MindBullet logo WHEN TECHNOLOGY FAILS TO FAIL
Critical system failures that don't trigger corrective action cause disasters
Dateline: 21 March 2016
Yet another airliner has fallen out of the sky without warning. And the reason is fail-safe systems that fail to alert the pilots to the real problem when they fail. If that sounds a little confusing, that's exactly what human operators experience, when autonomous systems default to manual control - the ultimate fallback when there are critical failures. Even double-redundant systems can be ...
Robots and cobots
Posted: 9 February 2018

One of the areas where robots are making big strides is in warehousing and logistics. Companies like Amazon and Ocado are reaping big rewards from advanced automation, as this article from the Guardian shows. But what is also interesting is the benefit of robotic systems that directly help human workers to be more efficient - robotic coworkers or cobots. Could this be the magic formula which ...

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Meet your new cobot: is a machine coming for your job?
9 February 2018
As robots slash the time it takes to complete an order at companies like Amazon and Ocado, what does that mean for their human colleagues?
MindBullet logo WAIT A SEC, I'VE ONLY GOT THREE HANDS
Third arms are a blessing and a curse
Dateline: 1 September 2023
Since scientists and doctors collaborated almost a decade ago to fit amputees with robotic arms controlled by their brains, bionic limbs have come a long ...
Scary futures for 2018? Maybe not...and so what does a future filled with change in many spheres all mean for you?
Posted: 7 February 2018

As unexpected events continue to surprise we need to be ready for constant volatility, not only in investment markets but also in global events, geo-politics, finance, human behaviour and so on...

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Outrageous predictions for 2018
7 February 2018
A look at Saxo Bank's annual list.
MindBullet logo 2010-2020: A DECADE OF STEP-CHANGE THINKING
A review of the past decade’s most important trends – PART 2
Dateline: 1 January 2020
Boeing Buys Bombardier as Air Travel Goes SmallBoeing last month outlined their view of the future: pilotless small planes that can land at any local ...

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