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REMEMBERING TO FORGET

Published on: 23 May 2019

The art of anticipating the future is forgetting the past

Dateline: 22 May 2024

If there's one thing we've learned over the past decade, it's that the future will be different to what we expected, and often surprisingly so. You've got to remember to forget. We're now used to moon landings from private companies, and space-age internet that blankets the planet and is virtually free. All this using technology that hadn't been invented in 2014. Well, some of it, like SpaceX reusable rockets, was being developed, but they were hardly mainstream back then. And ten years later ...

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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 ...
Hacking your own face
Posted: 23 April 2019 1 Comment

When airlines' computers can recognise you as quickly as government agencies, perhaps it's time to invest in digital disguise, as this MindBullet suggests!

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Facial recognition creeps up on a JetBlue passenger and she hates it
23 April 2019
Facial recognition systems don't want you to stop and think about them. This is what happens when someone does.
MindBullet logo DIGITAL DISGUISE IS THE HEIGHT OF FASHION
Wouldn't you like to be invisible, sometimes?
Dateline: 11 December 2025
Silicon Streetwear has launched a new range of fashion items for the privacy conscious. It's called Silicon Secrets, and keeps you safe from hackers and ...

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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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 ...

FROM INTERNET TO SPLINTERNET

Published on: 14 March 2019

It just ain't the global web anymore

Dateline: 4 May 2023

It started with certain sites being blocked to protect regimes and minimize dissent. But it wasn't long before we saw the blackout of the Internet in whole nations, for days. Now we're heading for the splintering of the Internet into multiple networks with so much bureaucracy involved, we'll likely run out of red tape. In 2016 there were 75 Internet shutdowns globally. Within a year it rose to 108 and in 2018 almost 200 disruptions took place. Governments wanted to safeguard themselves from their ...

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Entering the Mirrorworld
Posted: 5 March 2019

The easiest way to get an idea of the future potential of the Mirrorworld is look at the demonstrations of what is already possible with Microsoft HoloLens 2 - and that's already available today. The future for mixed reality is... anything you want it to be!

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Hands-on with Microsoft HoloLens 2: More comfortable, more intuitive and more potential | ZDNet
5 March 2019
Microsoft's mixed-reality headset feels like an improvement on the original - but can it make the jump to the mainstream?
MindBullet logo MIRRORWORLD IS THE ULTIMATE BUSINESS BACKUP PLAN
Now everything has a digital twin
Dateline: 27 February 2024
Who remembers disaster recovery plans and business continuity strategies? Big companies, especially banks and financial services, that owned and managed ...

MIRRORWORLD IS THE ULTIMATE BUSINESS BACKUP PLAN

Published on: 28 February 2019 1 Comment

Now everything has a digital twin

Dateline: 27 February 2024

Who remembers disaster recovery plans and business continuity strategies? Big companies, especially banks and financial services, that owned and managed their own servers and corporate networks, had to have a complete physical backup site from which they could operate, if their headquarters suffered a major disaster. Then came the cloud, virtual datacenters, and working from anywhere, as long as you were connected. The internet couldn't collapse, not with giants like Google and Microsoft and Amazon, ...

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India leads the way in digital financial future...where is Silicon Valley?
Posted: 23 September 2017

India talks of "Digital India"...and they mean business. With a population beyond 1 billion young people, remote villages with scrappy infrastructure they needed to focus on what will enable and empower a nation in the digital future. many threads have converged fast - from withdrawing 75% of all cash from society in a weekend to the Gov's AARDHAR program, to Jin's aggressive reduction of ...

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Why the world has much to learn from India's big digital leap
23 September 2017
Mobile Aadhaar-based technology and the upcoming privacy law will soon radically transform financial services industry in the country.
MindBullet logo GLOBAL POOR FLOCK TO THE SPOKEN WEB
Cellphone-based 'voiceweb' bridges digital divide
Dateline: 20 June 2012
Once we talked about the "digital divide", back in the dark days when the ability to read and write separated the wired from the unwired. Today, more than ...

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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Creating a vortex to speed communication
Posted: 25 October 2018

Researchers have succeeded in making a device that can decode twisted light, improving the throughput for fibre optic data transmissions dramatically. Years ago we speculated that something similar might be possible for radio frequency transmissions. Could it happen in the future?

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Tiny device speeds up the internet 100 times over by reading "twisted" light
25 October 2018
Fiber optics allows for ultra-fast communication systems, and more data can be crammed in by "twisting" the light. Now, Australian researchers have ...
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 ...
Reinventing wireless broadband
Posted: 1 August 2018


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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 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 ...
VodaFone becomes a payments provider
Posted: 5 May 2011 3 Comments

By allowing cusomers to have cab fares charged to their phone account, Vodafone is offering eCash, bypassing banks and credit cards with direct settlements between two parties. When will they start offering this service to you and me for personal payments? Providing the regulators let them, when will they be an alternative to banks?

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No money for a cab? No problem as phone giant launches 'pay by text message' service
5 May 2011
It's something that can happen to anyone. Taking a cab for the late ride home, you suddenly realise that the crisp 20 pound note you thought was tucked ...
MindBullet logo SECRET PAPERS EXPOSE EBAY, GOOGLE & VODAFONE MOVE INTO FINANCIAL SERVICES
Ban on gambling payments creates new financial utility for one billion customers
Dateline: 20 April 2009
Yesterday's exposé in the New York Times has put the cat among the pigeons of the financial services industry. The report claims that the NYT investigation ...
Middle class or middle aged?
Posted: 1 October 2018


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MindBullet logo STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS
The West deflates, China stagnates, and the rest of the world watches and worries
Dateline: 1 May 2040
As the 21st Century approaches middle age, prices are falling alarmingly. In real terms, everything from coal to electronics is cheaper than it was four decades ago, and steel is at its lowest price in 100 years. Deflation is the norm in the Old World, and the so-called Dynamic Markets are no longer so dynamic. Over the past century, we have seen global growth on an unprecedented scale, and ...
iPhone starts to talk sense
Posted: 5 October 2011

It's uncanny how close the new features on the iPhone 4S are to the scenario for speech controlled computing we envisioned in this MindBullet, which was published in 2004.

Long before the iPhone was even invented, it was an obvious application, and now many of these features are available on both Google and Apple phones. The timing is pretty close too - we suggested 2012. Perhaps these speech ...

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Apple's New iPhone Would Like to Talk
5 October 2011
An AI personal assistant called Siri is the biggest new feature of the iPhone 4S.
MindBullet logo FREE COMPUTERS FOR ALL
Spoogle puts the global brain in the palm of your hand
Dateline: 14 June 2012
No, this is not another ad for some internet computer service. Unless you are a mega-corp, your personal computing budget has gone to zero with the launch ...
Beating big brother's AI facial recognition cameras
Posted: 6 September 2018


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MindBullet logo DIGITAL DISGUISE IS THE HEIGHT OF FASHION
Wouldn't you like to be invisible, sometimes?
Dateline: 11 December 2025
Silicon Streetwear has launched a new range of fashion items for the privacy conscious. It's called Silicon Secrets, and keeps you safe from hackers and scanners. Your body has a natural aura; your heartbeat, skin temperature, the blood coursing through your veins; all combine to create a unique biometric signature, that identifies you as you. But you also have a digital aura; your wearables ...
Robot surgeon
Posted: 4 September 2018


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MindBullet logo TAKE TWO ASPIRIN AND WE'LL GOOGLE YOU IN THE MORNING
Another blow for traditional health care as virtual doctors rule
Dateline: 26 May 2012
It all started way back in 2008 with consolidating patient records. Next came online medical consultations. And now the latest revolution in health is...Google Surgery! Thousands of Google Health members are having cut-price minor surgery in low-cost neighborhood clinics. Highly-qualified surgeons are wielding the virtual scalpel - often from thousands of kilometers away! In fact, it's a ...
Social media is dead - for some
Posted: 29 August 2018 1 Comment


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MindBullet logo FACEBOOK TO CLOSE: GEN Z REJECTS DIGITAL LIFESTYLE
Flower children of the twenties look for analogue bullet
Dateline: 12 January 2021
In what might be considered a typical anti-establishment rebellion of youth, teenagers of the 2020s seem to be disenchanted by their parents' excessive pre-occupation with all manner of digital gadgets and lifestyles. Instead of iPods and smart phones, today's emerging adults prefer acoustic guitars and personal conversations. "I don't know what to do with him," says media blogger Lucinda ...
The future of work and investment
Posted: 13 August 2018 1 Comment

"Demographics, automation and inequality have the potential to dramatically reshape our world in the 2020s and beyond. Our analysis shows that the collision of these forces could trigger economic disruption far greater than we have experienced over the past 60 years. The aim of this report by Bain's Macro Trends Group is to detail how the impact of aging populations, the adoption of new ...

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Labor 2030: The Collision of Demographics, Automation and Inequality
13 August 2018
The business environment of the 2020s will be more volatile and economic swings more extreme.
MindBullet logo STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS
The West deflates, China stagnates, and the rest of the world watches and worries
Dateline: 1 May 2040
As the 21st Century approaches middle age, prices are falling alarmingly. In real terms, everything from coal to electronics is cheaper than it was four ...
Is this Apple's 'Perfect Storm'?
Posted: 19 January 2011 7 Comments

These spectacular results seem to engender a little sense of Deja vu - reminding me of the time in the early 1990s when IBM's results went from the biggest profit in business history to its biggest loss in just one year.
Just think of these forces acting around Apple's success: Job's health (even a genius does not live forever), the success of Android smart phones (outselling iPhone for the ...

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Apple announces record profits of $6bn as Steve Jobs hails 'phenomenal' sales
19 January 2011
Shares increase after Apple reports 7m iPads sold during Christmas quarter, as chief executive prepares to go on leave
MindBullet logo APPLE OPENS UP ITS OPERATING SYSTEMS AS iPHONE DOMINATES
Step-change thinking moves Apple to an old/new business paradigm
Dateline: 23 October 2012
Apple has not previously been known to favor opening up its software to other hardware platforms. This control obsession has seen it lose out to Microsoft ...

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