Filtered by tag: Robotics

Cyborg dragonfly takes to the air
Posted: 1 June 2017

A cyborg dragonfly, fitted with sensors, and whose flight can be controlled by an operator? Yes, its happening - could this be the new world of industrial and government espionage?

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Video shows maiden flight of cyborg dragonfly
1 June 2017
Back in January, researchers from Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) outlined plans to fit dragonflies with tiny ...
MindBullet logo INSECT SOLDIER-BOTS DEFEAT HUMAN ARMY
Cyborg locusts open new frontier
Dateline: 28 April 2014
The first 'cyborg-war' has just been won after millions of wirelessly-controlled locusts swamped the North Korean army as it massed on the border with ...

THE NEXT BIG THING IS A MASHUP

Published on: 25 May 2017

Combinatorial tech evolves to constant mashups

Dateline: 21 May 2020

A few years ago, all the tech gurus talked about amazing new technologies that would disrupt businesses in all industries. One common theme was that these technologies all relied on digital processing power, and the advances being made in computing and communications were behind the explosion of innovation on all fronts. Looking at internet-of-things, massive data analysis, deep learning and artificial intelligence, all the way through to 3D printing and self-driving cars; even blockchain and the ...

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Can we forecast the future?
Posted: 1 May 2017

We have never believed in forecasting or predicting. The speed and nature of the change around the world, affecting everyone and all industries, suggests that all one can do is understand the forces shaping our future and develop an intuitive feel for the options and opportunities that these may create. And then ensure that one's business is capable, in every way, to respond fast and with ...

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We're moving fast. But nobody knows where we're going
1 May 2017
The telegraph, the internet, and the smartphone reshaped the world for every generation that witnessed them. What if similar inventions show up twice a ...
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 ...
Tesla overtakes Ford
Posted: 5 April 2017 1 Comment

As Wall Street closed for on Monday 3 April, Tesla, led by 45-year-old tycoon and 'futurist' Elon Musk, was worth $49bn, compared with a paltry $46bn for the empire built by Henry Ford.

This is an astonishing feat, considering that Ford is over 100 years old, and Tesla has never made a profit. I for one, was extremely sceptical of the electric car becoming mainstream in the medium term, and ...

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Tesla charges ahead to overtake Ford in market value
5 April 2017
Elon Musk’s electric car company has been valued at $49bn, leaving the 100-year-old motor manufacturer lagging behind
MindBullet logo GOOGLE SAVES THE ELECTRIC CAR
Google acquires Tesla to produce electric robocars
Dateline: 3 November 2017
Looking to expand into seriously big markets and build on its experience with robots and driverless cars, Google has announced that it is acquiring Tesla. ...
Universal basic income inevitable?
Posted: 18 April 2017

As automation, fueled by AI, IoT etc grows the world will need to think very differently about business models, success criteria, capitalism as we know it and many more significant consequences of a new world of work, manufacturing, employment and human relevance.

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Elon Musk: Automation Will Force Governments to Introduce Universal Basic Income
18 April 2017
Elon Musk believes artificial intelligence that is much smarter than the smartest human on Earth could result in dangerous situations. Musk argues that ...
MindBullet logo TECHNOLOGICAL UNEMPLOYMENT MEANS NO WORK BUT BASIC PAY
Redundant workers cashing in on robot jobs
Dateline: 3 February 2024
Up until now, we have managed to survive recessions and every economic slump, but experts believe we are finally reaching a plateau, as the majority of ...
Drones getting a bad reputation
Posted: 5 April 2017

Drones are becoming a pest, and complaints are soaring in the UK over non-military drones invading privacy and abetting criminals. How long before we see 'drone hunting' becoming a popular sport, as suggested in this MindBullet?

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Drone complaints soar as concerns grow over snooping
5 April 2017
Complaints to police include claims of burglary ‘scoping’, mid-air near-misses and the smuggling of contraband into prisons
MindBullet logo DRONE HUNTING GOES VIRAL
Bullet-proof paint creates need for cyber weapons
Dateline: 27 August 2017
Since the development of bullet-proof paint two years ago, drone manufacturers were quick to protect their products from the 'drone hunters' who typically ...
Self-driving luggage
Posted: 30 March 2017 2 Comments

Hope the batteries don't catch fire.

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MindBullet logo GET ME TO THE GATE ON TIME
Self-driving luggage, for the truly 'last yards'
Dateline: 1 April 2019
Anyone who travels regularly on business knows what a schlep it is to drag your roll-aboard cabin bag around with you for what seems like - and probably is - miles and miles of airport concourses. And terminals seem to get bigger every year. Putting wheels on luggage was an innovative idea; one wonders why it took decades before that caught on in a big way. Then it was just a matter of time ...

GET ME TO THE GATE ON TIME

Published on: 30 March 2017 3 Comments

Self-driving luggage, for the truly 'last yards'

Dateline: 1 April 2019

Anyone who travels regularly on business knows what a schlep it is to drag your roll-aboard cabin bag around with you for what seems like - and probably is - miles and miles of airport concourses. And terminals seem to get bigger every year. Putting wheels on luggage was an innovative idea; one wonders why it took decades before that caught on in a big way. Then it was just a matter of time before someone added a laptop battery and a tiny electric motor, so your smart luggage could follow you ...

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Uber self-driving car gets flipped
Posted: 27 March 2017

In the first recorded high-impact crash of a fully autonomous car, an Uber vehicle was flipped on its side by another car that "failed to yield" to the Uber. Apparently there was a driver behind the controls of the self-driving Uber, and no passengers. Uber is suspending testing while the incident is investigated. In due course, more of these incidents are likely, and it may delay the mass ...

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Uber to Suspend Autonomous Tests After Arizona Accident
27 March 2017
Uber Technologies Inc. is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, ...
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 ...
Fallacies of the robopocalypse
Posted: 23 March 2017

Futurist Thomas Frey recently wrote this opinion piece that supports our fundamental position that robots and automation, by themselves, do not destroy jobs. Often, technology creates new jobs. Thomas makes an important point: Robots don’t eliminate jobs, only tasks. His 14 Fallacies make an interesting contribution to the debate.

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14 Fallacies of the Coming Robot Apocalypse
23 March 2017
Over the past few weeks I’ve come across a growing number of tirades warning us of the dangers of robots. If you were concerned about A.I. in the past, ...
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 ...
Education
Posted: 17 March 2017 1 Comment

I believe there is a major hole in the argument of increased employment: the human race moving up the job food chain. This assumes that people have the resources to move up the job food chain.

There are millions who live in poverty with no hope of an education to move up the food chain. People might not want to be farm workers or production line workers but they have no choice. The majority ...

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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 leave millions of people unemployed and destitute. The reality has been somewhat different! Yes, some jobs have been taken over by the machines. But they're the dirty and dangerous jobs that most people did not want to do. Who wants to be a ...

HOORAY FOR THE MACHINES! THEY'VE CREATED MILLIONS OF NEW JOBS

Published on: 17 March 2017 3 Comments

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 leave millions of people unemployed and destitute. The reality has been somewhat different! Yes, some jobs have been taken over by the machines. But they're the dirty and dangerous jobs that most people did not want to do. Who wants to be a farm labourer or a production-line worker? It also true that many higher-level jobs have changed. AI systems ...

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SMART DOLLS FROM CHINA HACK AMERICAN CONSUMER DATA

Published on: 2 March 2017

FBI issues warning to families to destroy robotic toys

Dateline: 3 March 2019

Why send spies to gather industrial espionage, when your products can do it for you? The artificially intelligent Cutie Pie doll which is such a hit with American children is connected to the internet, so that it can interact with its owners, and answer questions. But it can also ask questions, like "What's your favorite colour?" or "What car does your mommy drive?" Innocent questions, unless they are coming from China, where the dolls are manufactured. Aggregate all the answers to those questions, ...

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A tax on robots
Posted: 17 February 2017 1 Comment

Back in February 2015 we wrote about a tax on robots. The European Parliament has just rejected this idea, while passing new regulations on AI and introducing an insurance scheme for driverless cars. But with robots, automation and AI set to wipe out billions of 'human' jobs, how long before the idea of a tax on robots is back before the legislators of the world?

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EU move to bring in AI laws, but reject robot tax proposal
17 February 2017
The European Parliament has voted on a resolution to regulate the development of artificial intelligence and robotics. The proposed rules include ...
MindBullet logo ROBOEARTH TAXES THE MACHINES
With robots paying labour tax, the 99% can be as idle and as comfortable as the elites
Dateline: 4 July 2025
We're living in the age of abundance. The age of the algorithm. The age of... well, automated utopia. Who would have thought that this soon, with machines ...

THE END OF CITIES BUILT FOR CARS

Published on: 19 January 2017

Small fleets of autonomous vehicles reinvent urban transport - and humanize our cities

Dateline: 14 April 2023

I took my son to the Taxi Museum today - you know, that seedy warehouse in downtown New York with a collection of those old vehicles we used to use to travel around the city, with drivers - usually rude - slouched in front and clutching the steering wheel. It seems such a quaint idea today, as ride-sharing in silent, driverless electric vehicles (EVs) has dramatically reinvented urban transport, bringing to an end the horrific traffic jams of yesteryear - not to mention effectively eliminating road ...

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Zapping on an extra year
Posted: 17 January 2017

The newly discovered protein that regulates how we age at a cellular level is called TZAP. This could be the primary controlling factor in how long our cells can replicate and survive aging. Which only goes to show, that every year we learn something new to help realise the scenario of this MindBullet.

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Scientists discover master regulator of cellular aging
17 January 2017
Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute report the discovery of TZAP, a protein that binds the ends of chromosomes and determines how long telomeres ...
MindBullet logo ANOTHER EXTRA, NEW YEAR
Every year your life increases by another year
Dateline: 1 January 2033
If you're young enough, you may never die. Seriously. Think about it: If average lifespan keeps increasing, every year, then as long as you are younger ...

WHAT BEAUTIFUL LASER EYES YOU HAVE, MR ROBOT!

Published on: 12 January 2017

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 cars; but it was big, clumsy and slightly threatening. That spinning cylinder on top of a car or robot might help it navigate, but it looks so mechanical! Then along came digital 3D laser scanners. With a diamond-studded microchip at its core, the invisible light beam is manipulated electronically; no moving parts. The LIDAR chip is the size of a ...

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A swarm of micro drones
Posted: 10 January 2017

One of our MindBullets from almost eight years ago suggested that the US military would weaponise real cyborg insects and attack human soldiers with swarms of steerable locusts, or similar bugs. The other option would be to build robotic locusts that could smother their target. Well, here's a story of a successful test of micro drones operating in a swarm and launched from fighter aircraft. ...

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Pentagon successfully tests micro-drone swarm
10 January 2017
The Pentagon may soon be unleashing a 21st-century version of locusts on its adversaries after officials on Monday said it had successfully tested a swarm ...
MindBullet logo INSECT SOLDIER-BOTS DEFEAT HUMAN ARMY
Cyborg locusts open new frontier
Dateline: 28 April 2014
The first 'cyborg-war' has just been won after millions of wirelessly-controlled locusts swamped the North Korean army as it massed on the border with ...
Replacing human workers with AI tech
Posted: 1 January 2017

"While concrete examples of AI systems making human workers redundant are currently rare, observers have pointed out that such cases are likely to increase.

The insurance firm will introduce an AI system based on IBM Japan Ltd.'s Watson, which according to IBM is a "cognitive technology that can think like a human," and "can analyze and interpret all of your data, including unstructured text, ...

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Insurance firm to replace human workers with AI system - The Mainichi
1 January 2017
Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Co. is planning to slash nearly 30 percent of its payment assessment department's human staff after it introduces an ...
MindBullet logo THE ROBOTS AREN'T COMING, THEY'RE ALREADY HERE!
Millions of jobs have gone to the machines – and now at the top end too!
Dateline: 26 September 2020
It was way back in 2012 that we predicted that by 2022, your boss would be a machine. We were wrong. It's happened this year, 2020, a full two years ...

ANOTHER EXTRA, NEW YEAR

Published on: 29 December 2016 1 Comment

Every year your life increases by another year

Dateline: 1 January 2033

If you're young enough, you may never die. Seriously. Think about it: If average lifespan keeps increasing, every year, then as long as you are younger than that, you have an excellent chance of living another year. And next year, the same, and so on. Eventually there will be diminishing returns to medical science and optimal nutrition, but if you live in a highly developed economy, you may live indefinitely. Unless you get killed in an aircar crash or earthquake, of course. But for most of us, ...

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