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Facebook, listen to my thoughts
Posted: 21 April 2017

In one of those slightly bizarre coincidences, we wrote a MindBullet seven years ago, suggesting that in the future (still to come) you would have a small earbud that could read your brainwaves and send out a tweet, just by thinking about it. We've seen lots of research and some progress towards brain-computer interfaces, but the idea of simply thinking to type has not quite arrived yet. ...

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Facebook imagines tapping brain waves
21 April 2017
Facebook’s research unit, Building 8, is working to make it possible for people to type using signals from their brains, part of the lab’s broader effort ...
MindBullet logo TWITTER, LISTEN TO MY THOUGHTS
Brain computer interface works like a hearing aid
Dateline: 20 March 2022
Now you can update your Facebook status and search Google just by thinking about it. And you don't need fancy headgear or wires sticking out of your ...
Voice is the interface of the future
Posted: 20 April 2017

Harnessing the power of artificial intelligence, more big players are heading towards a voice-based computing platform, in the form of home assistants you can talk to, to get things done. Now, in Europe, there's a rival to Siri and Alexa; but will Djingo prove to offer anything more than a catchy name?

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There’s a New Rival to Siri and Alexa
20 April 2017
European mobile networks Orange SA and Deutsche Telekom AG are teaming up to build an artificial intelligence platform, in a bid to catch up with Alphabet ...
MindBullet logo APPLE AIRPHONE REDEFINES ICT
Voice is the new mobile computer interface
Dateline: 21 September 2019
The company that brought us the world's first true smart phone has done it again. A dozen years after the launch of the iPhone, Apple has completely ...
New world of banking driven by social media and mobile
Posted: 20 April 2017

China's Alipay and Tencent are showing the world the value and scale benefits of integrating social media, mobile and e-commerce ecosystems to deliver new payment systems at very low cost but resulting in massive scale benefits.

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Social Networks, e-Commerce Platforms, and the Growth of Digital Payment Ecosystems in China: What i
20 April 2017
Social Networks, e-Commerce Platforms, and the Growth of Digital Payment Ecosystems in China: What it Means for Other Countries
MindBullet logo "A DONKEY COULD DELIVER CHEQUES FASTER THAN BANKS CAN DEPOSIT MONEY INTO CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS"
In this high-tech age why does your money still travel at a snail’s pace?
Dateline: 12 February 2009
That May 2005 statement from Ed Mayo of the UK's National Consumer Council certainly started a revolution in banking practice and has speeded up money ...

THE BATTLE FOR A FREE INTERNET

Published on: 6 April 2017

Citizens vs. governments as the next generation of the internet unfolds

Dateline: 11 March 2020

It's 31 years since Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web; and he is the first to admit that many things have gone wrong since his original dream. Sir Tim envisaged, in his own words, "an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities, and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries." Certainly the internet has achieved that - but increasingly it is a place where trolls attack with crude, vicious posts; where governments and political ...

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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 ...
Fast cheap international money transfers a reality...for some banks!
Posted: 2 March 2017

I received USD12k into my account today. my banker has not yet called with an exchange rate and a credit to my account and hence it will be at least 24 to 48 hours before I derive any economic gain for the arrival of MY funds! Guess who will receive the value? In the meantime, Japan's banks can settle international money transfers in a second, and no doubt at a fraction of the usual cost!

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Forty Seven Japanese Banks Move Towards Commercial Phase Using Ripple | Ripple
2 March 2017
47 banks have successfully completed a pilot implementation of Ripple in Japan using a cloud-based payments platform.
MindBullet logo "A DONKEY COULD DELIVER CHEQUES FASTER THAN BANKS CAN DEPOSIT MONEY INTO CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS"
In this high-tech age why does your money still travel at a snail’s pace?
Dateline: 12 February 2009
That May 2005 statement from Ed Mayo of the UK's National Consumer Council certainly started a revolution in banking practice and has speeded up money ...

NOW THIS IS REAL PEOPLE POWER!

Published on: 2 February 2017

Under-skin solar powers mobile devices and saves lives

Dateline: 26 August 2023

Remember the days when batteries in mobile phones and other device ran flat every day? A major irritation to be sure, but for critical implanted devices like pacemakers, failing battery power was nothing short of life-threatening. That's what prompted the idea that under-skin solar power-packs could drive such medical devices. Researchers in Switzerland proved the theory after extensive testing, showing that even in low-sunlight areas, and regardless of the season. these power cells could generate ...

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Setting exponential goals - Alibaba shows incumbents how to dream and execute!
Posted: 20 January 2017

With almost 500m clients Ant Financial, the financial services arm of Alibaba, its already a huge business, bigger than most global banks. Yet is seeks to quadruple its base in next 10 years to 2 billion customers! Most of the incumbents cannot even think at that scale and their systems simply cannot ever cope with that scale...Check mate ?

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Alibaba payments arm aims for 2 billion users in 10 years
20 January 2017
Ant Financial eyes sharp expansion in coming decade
MindBullet logo "A DONKEY COULD DELIVER CHEQUES FASTER THAN BANKS CAN DEPOSIT MONEY INTO CUSTOMER ACCOUNTS"
In this high-tech age why does your money still travel at a snail’s pace?
Dateline: 12 February 2009
That May 2005 statement from Ed Mayo of the UK's National Consumer Council certainly started a revolution in banking practice and has speeded up money ...
The voice will rule
Posted: 11 January 2017

Last year we published this MindBullet, suggesting that computing as we've come to know it was about to be transformed by voice technology, combined with AI and mobile of course. Now the Economist agrees, in this article.

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How voice technology is transforming computing
11 January 2017
Like casting a magic spell, it lets people control the world through words alone
MindBullet logo APPLE AIRPHONE REDEFINES ICT
Voice is the new mobile computer interface
Dateline: 21 September 2019
The company that brought us the world's first true smart phone has done it again. A dozen years after the launch of the iPhone, Apple has completely ...
Google's home invasion begins
Posted: 6 October 2016

Three years and one month ago, we published this MindBullet about Google 'invading' peoples homes with a smart TV. Well, now they are doing it, but with a speaker instead of a screen. Or you can use the phone to summon Google's Assistant. Yes, we 'predicted' that, way back in 2004, in a MindBullet too:
http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/MindBullets/MindBulletsDetails.aspx?MindBulletID=93. ...

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All That New Google Hardware? It's a Trojan Horse for AI
6 October 2016
Five years ago, experts thought the phone would be the interface to everything. That's not the case anymore.
MindBullet logo GOOGLE STAGES A HOME INVASION
With Google Screen you get more than just television, broadband and games
Dateline: 26 August 2015
Google has launched its pay TV service, with regular television channels on a broadband connection. But unlike 'on demand' services, this is an entirely ...

APPLE AIRPHONE REDEFINES ICT

Published on: 22 September 2016 2 Comments

Voice is the new mobile computer interface

Dateline: 21 September 2019

The company that brought us the world's first true smart phone has done it again. A dozen years after the launch of the iPhone, Apple has completely redefined the personal mobile computing device - you know, that thing we used to call a 'phone.' At the height of the smartphone revolution, Apple's iPhone 8 was being outsmarted by Samsung and other Android devices; cheaper, faster and more ubiquitous than Apple, the open platform ruled. But in its inimitable fashion, Apple had "just one more thing" to ...

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Dronesurfing is a thing
Posted: 12 September 2016

It seems like every day brings a new application for drones. First there was drone video, then drone racing, drone fishing and now dronesurfing, which doesn't appear in the dictionary as one word - yet!

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Is dronesurfing the next wave in watersports? | New Atlas
12 September 2016
As a farewell to the summer, Seattle-based Freefly Systems has enlisted one of its drones for dronesurfing, a new take on kitesurfing where the kite ...
MindBullet logo ATTACK OF THE DRONES
The drone apocalypse starts out of someone's garage
Dateline: 8 June 2021
You might be forgiven for thinking that they were filming a new episode of that old movie series, Star Wars. But the drone attack in Los Angeles yesterday ...

ATTACK OF THE DRONES

Published on: 2 June 2016 1 Comment

The drone apocalypse starts out of someone's garage

Dateline: 8 June 2021

You might be forgiven for thinking that they were filming a new episode of that old movie series, Star Wars. But the drone attack in Los Angeles yesterday wasn't staged by movie moguls. It was a local attempt at urban terror. Police and FBI are still investigating, but it appears to have been the work of a lone wolf, possibly an ordinary embittered citizen who has gone 'dronal'. The attack was launched with 76 home-printed quadcopter drones fitted with improvised explosive and chemical weapons. ...

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Smart phones become gadget-central!
Posted: 30 May 2016

We told you this back in 2014 - see the attached MindBullet!

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Google's Most Physically Customizable Phone
30 May 2016
The parts attach like building blocks and they can be removed with voice commands.
MindBullet logo YOUR PHONE IS NOW THE HEART OF A 'GADGET ECO-SYSTEM'
Modular devices open horizons to a new 'mofone' world
Dateline: 27 April 2017
How 'phones' have changed! Even the smart handsets of a few years ago look like toys by today's standards. Our mobile communicators are now completely ...
Facebook invades WiFi
Posted: 14 April 2016

Just announced is Facebook's new antenna array that can beam broadband well beyond the city limits. And we all know that, once the cost of the infrastructure is covered, the cost of bandwidth is negligible. Which is why, with the expansion of 4G, Fibre and now Super-WiFi, we can expect broadband to be uncapped, all the time. Mobile operators who still base their business models on charging ...

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Facebook’s Massive New Antennas Can Beam Internet for Miles
14 April 2016
Facebook says its new antenna array can beam the internet far beyond city limits; another can blanket urban centers in broadband.
MindBullet logo FACEBOOK ROLLS OUT FREE WEB
India gets free internet and messaging, non-video calls
Dateline: 20 December 2017
Following the successful blanketing of most of the African continent with Facebook's free internet service, Zuckerberg has announced the roll out of ...

GOOGLE INVADES CUBA

Published on: 14 April 2016

People rejoice as Castro's firewall goes up in smoke

Dateline: 26 May 2019

Google Networks has launched its balloon and drone infrastructure over Cuba, bringing wireless internet to everyone in the country, for free. It's great for Cubans, who have endured decades of poor connectivity and strong censorship, but it's even greater for Google, who now has millions of new users for its advertising and products. It's liberating. "Cubans have been cut off from the benefits of being online for far too long," said Larry Page. "It's about time they had the opportunity to freely ...

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Broadband with a twist
Posted: 11 April 2016

How do you cram more data into a fibre optic channel? By giving it a twist. Optic data protocols that use twisted light waves could boost speeds by four orders of magnitude - an exponential increase.
By a strange twist of fate, we recently published a MindBullet that suggested we could also increase the power and capacity of wireless signals by transmitting them in a spiral vortex. It seems ...

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Twisted light could dramatically boost internet speeds
11 April 2016
The design of a new chip to detect the twisted nature of light waves could pave the way for next generation of optical communication technologies.
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 ...
Go big and go slow
Posted: 22 September 2015

Slow food and leisurely travel, that's the promise of giant air cruisers. Aeros wants to build the first one within five years.



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Production is underway on the world’s largest aircraft - Science Alert
22 September 2015
California-based airship maker Aeros has announced that production has commenced on the Aeroscraft ML866, the world’s largest aircraft. The blimp has ...
MindBullet logo IT'S SUPER-SLOW AIR TRAVEL AS FLIGHT 2.0 CHANGES THE RULES
End of high-speed flying changes business and leisure travel
Dateline: 26 July 2052
Ah yes, I can still remember the days of dashing from New York to Paris in a few hours. Even a round-the-world trip from London to Australia took less than ...
Hauling airfrieght cheaply
Posted: 31 March 2016

When you need to take lots of heavy equipment into inaccessible areas, then it might be feasible to use an airship rather than build roads and runways. That's the latest model behind Lockheed's new cargo airship, which finally has a customer.

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Lockheed Finally Inks $480 Million Deal for its Cargo-Hauling Hybrid Airship
31 March 2016
U.K.-based Straightline Aviation (SLA) has agreed to purchase up to 12 of the vehicles for a collective $480 million, enabling the buyer to deliver cargo ...
MindBullet logo IT'S SUPER-SLOW AIR TRAVEL AS FLIGHT 2.0 CHANGES THE RULES
End of high-speed flying changes business and leisure travel
Dateline: 26 July 2052
Ah yes, I can still remember the days of dashing from New York to Paris in a few hours. Even a round-the-world trip from London to Australia took less than ...
Just like a seventh sense
Posted: 23 March 2016

Seven years ago we wrote a MindBullet about "Seventh Sense" - augmented reality wearable tech that connects you to the real world and gives you "superpowers". In February of this year, Meron Gribetz demonstrated what that would be like.

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A glimpse of the future through an augmented reality headset
23 March 2016
What if technology could connect us more deeply with our surroundings instead of distracting us from the real world? With the Meta 2, an augmented reality ...
MindBullet logo IS SEVENTH SENSE HEAVEN ON EARTH?
Augmented reality makes the real world really useful
Dateline: 16 June 2018
Remember when five senses were enough to understand what was going on around you? Then MIT introduced 'Sixth Sense' technology, and you could get ...

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