Filtered by tag: Transparency

NO LAWYERS REQUIRED

Published on: 8 February 2018

Smart contracts threaten legal industry

Dateline: 23 January 2020

Now that the open source blockchain known as Hyperledger Sawtooth has gone commercial, there's no need for lawyers and attorneys to draw up legal agreements and contracts. Your PA or AI assistant can do it for you, online and for free. Hyperledger is a platform which can run your customized Smart Contract app. Once installed, a smart contract automatically performs routine tasks, like paying the rent, and validating that it's been received. Using technology similar to bitcoin, the smart contract ...

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MindBullet logo OPEN SESAME TO THE GOOD LIFE
China's new social credit score for citizens starts paying dividends
Dateline: 15 April 2021
Yesterday was a good day for Mei-Hua Li. Her offer on her dream apartment was accepted, her internet speed got bumped up three notches (for free) and she was offered a paid internship in the Chinese president's office. Sure sounds like she hit the trifecta! Li has clearly mastered the gamified social security system that is Sesame Credit. She has stopped buying non-Chinese products and ...
Don't look now, but everybody is watching
Posted: 30 January 2018

Privacy is dead. Even if you're not aware of it, somebody or some system somewhere is watching or tracking you. That may not be true in darkest Africa, unless you are a person of interest to the drone operators, but in major cities like London and Beijing, it's certainly true. An increasingly it's Big AI that's watching you.

So who is watching the watcher watchers? I guess we all are! ...

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They Are Watching You—and Everything Else on the Planet
30 January 2018
Technology and our increasing demand for security have put us all under surveillance. Is privacy becoming just a memory?
MindBullet logo WHO IS WATCHING THE WATCHER WATCHERS?
Mass surveillance has come full circle
Dateline: 19 April 2019
We're all connected, and most of our smart devices have cameras and sensors which can detect and analyze peoples' behaviour. What's more, our smart systems ...
Mugabe joins the BB Club
Posted: 22 November 2017

In 2011, we 'predicted' that social media would empower individuals and generate transparency to see off dictators and despots like Gaddafi and Mugabe. We called this fictional club of exiles the BB Club, and speculated that they gathered for breakfast on the riviera in Montreux.
We were spot on with Gaddafi, although he didn't survive to join the club, but Robert Mugabe somehow seemed immune ...

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Newsflash: Robert Mugabe resigns, Zimbabweans celebrate
22 November 2017
Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe, has officially resigned, 37 years after getting into office. By MAYNARD MANYOWA and AFP.
MindBullet logo BREAKFAST WITH THE BB CLUB
Ex-presidents and previous potentates lament their fate at the hands of the internet
Dateline: 14 July 2012
It's a beautiful summer's day as I stroll into the lobby of the Montreux Suisse Majestic Hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva. The group of famous, perhaps ...
Everything is discoverable
Posted: 25 August 2017

Whether we like it or not, we are all traceable through our electronic on-line footprint. Our phones, credit cards, open table restaurant booking apps confirm where we are and when we were there. If you use twitter, facebook and instagram, your already sharing your life in some small or even large way. Embrace it, but don't be an over sharer of every minute of every waking day of your ...

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MindBullet logo WE'RE ALL CRIMINALS NOW!
The internet of everything exposes all our faults
Dateline: 9 August 2020
There's an old adage of mobsters everywhere: "You're only guilty if you get caught!" Now it seems that everyone is guilty. Who can say they've never, ever committed a crime? Perhaps you cheated on a tax expense, or told a little white lie that made you look good; maybe you embellished your resume - just a bit - or left out a part of your history when you told all to your ...

WE'RE ALL CRIMINALS NOW!

Published on: 10 August 2017 1 Comment

The internet of everything exposes all our faults

Dateline: 9 August 2020

There's an old adage of mobsters everywhere: "You're only guilty if you get caught!" Now it seems that everyone is guilty. Who can say they've never, ever committed a crime? Perhaps you cheated on a tax expense, or told a little white lie that made you look good; maybe you embellished your resume - just a bit - or left out a part of your history when you told all to your spouse-to-be. Probably most of us have exceeded the speed limit on occasion, or perhaps smoked or drank something we legally ...

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Computers learning to deceive
Posted: 20 February 2017 1 Comment

With software built on deep learning platforms, you can make someone say exactly what you want in a way that is nearly indistinguishable from reality - in a video. In essence, the computer learns how that person speaks, and how they move their face while speaking, from actual video footage. Then you instruct the software to re-enact something you've written and performed, and it will be ...

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AI and the End of Truth
20 February 2017
Think the current fake news issue is bad? It won’t get any better with AI.
MindBullet logo NO MORE FAKE NEWS TO SWAY YOUR VIEWS
'Pants-on-fire' detector comes to the rescue
Dateline: 29 May 2021
The Internet and globalization brought hordes of information with it, but unfortunately no easy way of verifying the truth or validity of all those search ...
Will financial services die as slow a death as media did?
Posted: 26 May 2017 1 Comment

With the increasing focus and investment into crypto-currencies and enabling technologies like block-chain, the future of traditional financial services looks challenging! We all remember the death of old media...and traditional financial services may be on the same path. Banks still spend vast sums maintaining systems almost as old as I am! Are banks capable of seeing and using the new tech? ...

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The Blockchain Will Do to the Financial System What the Internet Did to Media
26 May 2017
What we can learn from the evolution of another groundbreaking technology.
MindBullet logo BANKCHAIN FUELS THE VALUEWEB
The new digital network of business has a universal currency at last
Dateline: 9 March 2024
They've been around for hundreds of years, and they weren't just going to give up the ghost and disappear. Yes, I'm talking about the banks. A decade ago, ...
Saying goodbye to fake news
Posted: 26 April 2017

Is this the end of fake news, or is it the beginning or something much worse: sanitized news, approved by those who want to control what we see, hear and consume, perhaps even think?

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Google Rewrites Its Powerful Search Rankings to Bury Fake News
26 April 2017
Google isn’t planning to rid fake news from its search results -- but it’s trying to purge it from the top.
MindBullet logo NO MORE FAKE NEWS TO SWAY YOUR VIEWS
'Pants-on-fire' detector comes to the rescue
Dateline: 29 May 2021
The Internet and globalization brought hordes of information with it, but unfortunately no easy way of verifying the truth or validity of all those search ...

SEE THE WORLD THROUGH MY EYES

Published on: 13 April 2017

Sharing your real-time view of life is bigger than Twitter or Instagram

Dateline: 26 April 2019

We had blogs, then vlogs, then Twitter and Periscope; everything becomes more immediate, as the news cycle and attention spans shorten. Remember when, a couple of years ago, a passenger was dragged off a United plane? The video of the poor guy went viral in hours. Now, the latest social media phenomenon is to share what you see - in real time, using Samsung's video contact lenses, called Viddyize. People who subscribe to your feed can see what you see - as you see it. With Viddyize, we could have ...

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The naked truth about United
Posted: 12 April 2017

The truth is United Airlines still hasn't learned the lesson of Naked Leadership - you can't hide from the market, and certainly not in this hyper-connected world of personal media. As Stephen Moore points out in this linked article, the entire United debacle could have been avoided, by simply having an intelligent, empowered and empathetic approach to dealing with a situation. A situation ...

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United Airlines overbooking fiasco should never have happened - CNN
12 April 2017
Stephen Moore says an economist decades ago came up with a simple solution to avoiding the kind of spectacle we saw on an overbooked United Airlines plane
MindBullet logo WE'RE ALL NAKED NOW
Business and government leaders adopt Naked Leadership as the benchmark for transparency and trust
Dateline: 9 September 2017
Five years ago Naked Leadership was an alien concept, but now leaders in all walks of life are preaching the benefits of a leadership paradigm that ...

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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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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NO MORE FAKE NEWS TO SWAY YOUR VIEWS

Published on: 5 January 2017 3 Comments

'Pants-on-fire' detector comes to the rescue

Dateline: 29 May 2021

The Internet and globalization brought hordes of information with it, but unfortunately no easy way of verifying the truth or validity of all those search pages. How clearly did we see the consequences in 2016, when the US election results baffled, well, basically everyone! In a world where 'Reality Hacking' is now a thing, we need all the help we can get. Fake news and targeted propaganda are altering peoples' perception of reality. Now, the latest innovation in real-time speech processing ...

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SMART CAR INCRIMINATES VODKA-LOVING OWNER

Published on: 1 December 2016

Should your own things be able to rat you out?

Dateline: 10 January 2018

Gone are the days when a highway surveillance system or patrol cop were the only triggers for your traffic infringements. Welcome to a brand-new world. Gregor Kashniv from Moscow had a few too many vodkas last Friday and when he eventually surfaced late Saturday afternoon, he found himself in a cold, dark jail cell in the inner city. He vaguely recalled being arrested within 300 metres of his home. Apparently he protested heavily, saying that he was definitely under the limit and that he has no ...

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Machines that spot criminals before the crime
Posted: 24 November 2016

Can a computer identify a criminal just by looking at their face, without comparing it to a database? Apparently yes:

"The worry, of course, is how humans might use these machines. It’s not hard to imagine how this process could be applied to data sets of, say, passport or driving license photos for an entire country. It would then be possible to pick out those people identified as ...

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A deep-learning machine was trained to spot criminals by looking at mugshots
24 November 2016
The effort aimed at identifying criminals from their mugshots raises serious ethical issues about how we should use artificial intelligence.
MindBullet logo CHINA TURNS ON FIRST PRE-CRIME DETECTION SYSTEM
Using online behaviour and social activity, government looks to catch terrorists and criminals in advance
Dateline: 1 April 2019
Reports from the Dark Web are filtering through: China has activated its 'predictive policing' platform known as the Peoples' Public Security Evaluation or ...

GOODBYE TRUMP, HELLO MADAM PRESIDENT

Published on: 10 November 2016

After one term in office, America has had enough of the Orange POTUS

Dateline: 10 November 2020

At long last, the United States has a female head of state. Hillary Clinton's big mistake was one of timing. She couldn't beat Obama, and when up against Trump, she failed to inspire or engender trust. Many voters saw her as a has-been. But now the tables have been turned. Trump, like Jimmy Carter, has failed to secure a second term. And his ouster is a woman. To some extent, Trump was his own worst enemy. Having exposed himself, his thinking and biases, the kind of person he was deep down, ...

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Social credit rating by government
Posted: 24 October 2016

At the beginning of the year we published this MindBullet about having a social credit rating in China, which could unlock privileges. But China also seeks to impose penalties for those who don't perform well on its big data score. Is this grand social engineering, and the very opposite of an open democratic society?

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China’s plan to organize its society relies on ‘big data’ to rate everyone
24 October 2016
The Communist Party wants to harness vast troves of online data to score people and companies on their behavior.
MindBullet logo OPEN SESAME TO THE GOOD LIFE
China's new social credit score for citizens starts paying dividends
Dateline: 15 April 2021
Yesterday was a good day for Mei-Hua Li. Her offer on her dream apartment was accepted, her internet speed got bumped up three notches (for free) and she ...

FIRST COMPANY TO BAN SMART DRUGS DESPITE PROFIT RISK

Published on: 15 September 2016

Global firm says "No thanks, we're good" in a new world of ethical dilemmas

Dateline: 4 May 2026

To boost the brain, or not to boost the brain? That's the latest differentiating factor that is dividing clients and determining their choice of service providers. No one is sure exactly how the nut should be cracked, but in the most progressive markets some executives are already taking a stand. The German engineering firm AUB has implemented pioneering policies relating to the (non)-use of brain enhancing drugs at work. Their belief? Increased productivity and innovation is necessary and very ...

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PLEASE LET ME HELP YOU

Published on: 25 August 2016

My drone knows just how you feel

Dateline: 24 August 2019

Knowing how someone is feeling, or reading the mood of a crowd at a political rally, just got a whole lot easier with SensUbot - a small drone that scans people with a multi-spectral camera. The intelligent agent controlling the drone provides a real-time evaluation of your mood, sentiment towards a situation or proposal, or even your neural state. Are you bored, frustrated, angry, joyful or content? SensUbot can tell. Now there's no excuse for a public speaker to lose the crowd. A surreptitious ...

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