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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 ...
Robo-writers are here, courtesy Alibaba
Posted: 4 July 2018


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MindBullet logo MADMEN REPLACED BY ADBOTS AND ROBO-WRITERS
Saatchi & Saatchi hire creative robots, not people
Dateline: 12 February 2020
I remember clearly when artificial intelligence expert Vivienne Ming told us: "No job or industry is safe from robotics and AI." That was five years ago. As a freelance copywriter, I was smug in my assumption that her assertion didn't apply to us, to creative skills. We were the exception to the rule; machines, no matter how smart, can't be truly creative, can they? Software bots and AI ...
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 ...
The future of debating
Posted: 3 July 2018

Could you hone your debating skills by arguing with a computer? Yes, if it's IBM's new AI that's been taught to argue with humans about specific topics. And there's the rub, the machine can only debate topics it's been programmed to specialize in, and not impromptu discussions. Also, it has trouble with jokes.

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IBM’s new AI can argue with humans
3 July 2018
A machine developed by IBM is challenging humans to debates about the future of medicine and the value of physical education.
MindBullet logo SAM DOESN'T KNOW SHE'S A BOT
Super Artificial Intelligence agent thinks it's a real person
Dateline: 7 January 2019
You may recall the movie 'Her' where the lead character falls hopelessly in love with his virtual girlfriend Samantha. She returns his love, even though ...
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 ...
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 ...
Which - as yet uninvented - jobs will we be doing in the next 10 years?
Posted: 14 June 2018

Ten years ago jobs like Social Media Manager and App Developer were practically non-existent. Now almost everyone knows someone who works in one of those roles.
Although there will be losers, who are unable or unwilling to re-skill themselves for the future, AI and robotics will probably not lead to a "job cliff"; instead, the "machines" will open up doors to as yet uninvented professions. ...

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America is unprepared for the "jobs apocalypse" automation will bring
14 June 2018
Millions of low-skilled workers who are already being pushed out will need to adapt to the new economy
MindBullet logo HOORAY FOR THE MACHINES! THEY'VE CREATED MILLIONS OF NEW JOBS
Fears of jobless growth recede as markets demand new human skills
Dateline: 17 June 2023
The prophets of doom have been hard at work for the past decade, telling us that automation, robotics and machine learning are going to destroy jobs and ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...

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