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SPAM BOTS FOR HATE SPEECH
Published on: 5 May 2016  
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Bigots and racists hide behind chatbots using online artificial intelligence
Dateline: 6 June 2018
The backlash to effectively censoring social media by outing bigots and haters has pushed them underground. Now tech-savvy racists and trolls have turned to anonymous chatbots and 'intelligent' software systems to spew their invective into the public domain. Ironically, they were handed the idea by Microsoft's own experiment with a naïve AI bot on Twitter called Tay, who was designed to learn from conversations with others. Very soon, it had been trained by cynical nerds to "love Hitler" and drop ...
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VINYL CARS MAKE A COMEBACK
Published on: 28 April 2016  
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Like vinyl records of old, retro automobiles are suddenly back in fashion
Dateline: 28 April 2029
It's been a while since manually driven, gasoline automobiles gave way to electric vehicles with autopilot. Just as horses and buggies gave way to motor cars, the transition wasn't easy, but it was inevitable. And, just as owning a horse became a costly luxury, an expensive hobby for those who truly enjoyed riding, so owning a car, one that you have to fill up with fuel, and drive yourself, has become an anachronistic occupation for those with time and money to spare. In Europe and the Americas, ...
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WHO IS WATCHING THE WATCHER WATCHERS?
Published on: 21 April 2016   1 Comment
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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 can aggregate and dissect everything happening online; mobile, financial, social - you name it. Nothing escapes the attention of the internet of things. In the age of transparency, artificial intelligence (AI) is being used to police the police. To avoid human failures and criminal sabotage of surveillance for society's benefit, we need impartial ...
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GOOGLE INVADES CUBA
Published on: 14 April 2016  
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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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UBER HAS BEEN UBERED
Published on: 7 April 2016  
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And Airbnb, iTunes and Netflix are next
Dateline: 5 April 2018
Uber has been taken out by an unexpected competitor - the crowd. It's ironic really, because Uber was the first company to leverage assets it didn't own and didn't control, yet created an eco-system that provided a platform for viral growth; a truly exponential organization. Now it's been ubered by a crowd-sourced, crowd-funded and crowd-managed system for ride-sharing and joint car ownership. Called Arcade City, it's an Uber-like app-based platform for riders and drivers - but it's owned by the ...
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CHINA TURNS ON FIRST PRE-CRIME DETECTION SYSTEM
Published on: 31 March 2016  
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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 PPSE. Integrating a complex network of surveillance apparatus that has been in use for some time, China has added artificial intelligence based algorithms and sophisticated machine learning programs to trigger advance warning of criminal activity and social unrest. This allows authorities to profile individual citizens not only on their online ...
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THE REAL JURASSIC PARK OPENS
Published on: 24 March 2016   1 Comment
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Genetic modification and bio-printing recreate the dinosaurs
Dateline: 9 June 2030
Exactly 37 years to the day since the movie Jurassic Park was released, the world's first real dinosaur park, with living, breathing dinosaurs, has opened in South America. After it emerged that trying to extract and reactivate dinosaur DNA from fossils was a dead end, scientists turned to genetically modifying birds, which we now know descended from various dinosaur species. Plenty of Virtual Reality experiences to enable mankind to 'meet' dinosaurs emerged over the last decade, but this is the ...
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PRESIDENT TRUMP WINS BALLOT SCRAPPING TERM LIMITS
Published on: 17 March 2016  
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Poll garners 95% turnout and universal support
Dateline: 14 October 2023
The counts are in and President Trump has an overwhelming vote of confidence in his continued leadership. With 95% of Americans voting for the motion, he will compete in his third presidential election in 2024. Mustapha Junar [ID21394230]*, representative of Citizens for Democracy, claims widespread ballot fraud, but President Trump scoffed at there being any impropriety under his reign. "Americans have never been happier, even if our economy is still shedding jobs. The results demonstrate that ...
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SOLAR POWER GOES VIRAL
Published on: 10 March 2016   2 Comments
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Rooftop, backyard and portable solar is the new meme
Dateline: 15 March 2022
The biggest energy revolution in 150 years has arrived gradually, then suddenly. Now it's here. Personal solar power has displaced central utilities completely for individuals, homes and small businesses. What's more, large businesses and corporate campuses are also contributing to the energy internet, sharing their excess power in slack times, and buying back from the smart grid when they need to. Utility-scale generation has shrunk to essential services only, heavily subsidized by the ...
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BANKCHAIN FUELS THE VALUEWEB
Published on: 3 March 2016  
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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, 'bank' was a four-letter word in more ways than one, and everyone was predicting their demise in the face of the FinTech revolution. Finance was being overtaken by technology, and pundits asked: "When will the banks be Ubered?" But the banks fought back, usurping Bitcoin and the blockchain with a better, more scalable and widely acceptable ...
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CATALYZER CAPTURES CARBON
Published on: 25 February 2016   1 Comment
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New process integrates solar power into the hydrocarbon economy
Dateline: 26 February 2026
A new process for capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turning it into usable liquid fuel has been commercialized and scaled up. Originally invented ten years ago, the process uses a unique catalyst to bond hydrogen in water with CO2 in the air to form methanol, a useful liquid chemical that can be burned in combustion engines or used to manufacture more complex chemical compounds. The key to making this a viable industry is the low cost of solar power, which is sufficient energy input ...
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DNA SAVES THE WELFARE STATE
Published on: 18 February 2016   1 Comment
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You can thank grandpa for those wonderful genes of yours
Dateline: 3 March 2019
Globalization and mostly-free movement of people has been all well and good so far, but when some localities are being inundated by masses looking for the Italian Dream or the life of plenty in Portugal, it's only a matter of time before a tipping point is reached. After the migrant influx of the 20/teens, EU bureaucrats are having a tough time; too many people, too few resources. Now, several governments have started to add a genetic component to their immigration programs in order to cope with ...
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MADMEN REPLACED BY ADBOTS AND ROBO-WRITERS
Published on: 11 February 2016  
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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 systems quickly evolved to handle ordinary, routine work like news and sports reports. Machine learning and deep ...
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HIGHER EDUCATION FINALLY MAKES THE GRADE
Published on: 4 February 2016   2 Comments
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Getting graduates ready for the 4th industrial revolution
Dateline: 5 September 2027
Universities are having a hard time - and not just your small town college. Even Harvard classrooms are emptying out as bureaucratic institutions are falling behind and losing credibility; by the time exams are written, the content is no longer relevant! Increasingly violent and brutal student protests worldwide about fees, loans and unemployment have left many governments desperate. With machine learning, AI, quantum computing and automation, the workers of tomorrow require drastically new ...
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PHI STREAMING REINVENTS MOBILE BROADBAND
Published on: 28 January 2016   1 Comment
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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 spiral and fractal designs we see everywhere in the natural world. That's because phi maximizes the return on stored energy and minimizes losses and friction. Whether it's growing a lily or building a nautilus shell, or even directing water down the plughole; the golden ratio makes it easiest to accomplish. What works for energy also works for ...
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SOLID HYDROGEN BREAKS THE RULES OF PHYSICS
Published on: 21 January 2016  
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Hydrogen compressed beyond a liquid into a metallic state is the ultimate super conductor
Dateline: 25 January 2035
Imagine a stable, solid metal that is made of pure hydrogen - the ultimate solid fuel and lightweight material. That is now within our grasp, as scientists perfect a new method of 'growing' hydrogen crystals and nano-wires. Twenty years ago, scientists saw the first signs that achieving metallic hydrogen was possible. By compressing microscopic amounts of hydrogen between two diamonds with massive force, the gas was observed to partially solidify, proving the theory that, with sufficient force, ...
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LOOK WHO'S TALKING NOW
Published on: 14 January 2016  
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When your dog talks back, you can understand him at last
Dateline: 15 January 2033
Since scientists first grew human vocal cord cells in dogs' throats, the science of communicating with man's best friend has advanced significantly. Now you can talk to your dog - he has always understood you - and when he responds, you can understand him! Implanting 3D-printed human vocal cords in dogs' throats was a great idea, but the voice-like sounds they produced were indecipherable except to trained animal behaviourists; kind of like how only a mother can understand the gurgles her baby ...
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OPEN SESAME TO THE GOOD LIFE
Published on: 7 January 2016  
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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 chose a Masters degree topic of 'Sustaining China's Resource Relationship with the African Continent'. She has ...
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[QUANTUM VALUE] NEW YEAR
Published on: 31 December 2015  
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This year will be both happy and unhappy - at the same time, in the same place
Dateline: 1 January 2019
Alphabet's announcement last week that its quantum computer breakthrough is both real and commercially practical is going to make a lot of people happy, and just as many unhappy, even the same people, at the same time. That's the inescapable duality of quantum phenomena; they are capable of being multiple things at once, like looking at a single thing from different perspectives. Which means you're never sure if you understand it; it all depends on your point of view. Quantum computers are not that ...
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YOUR CHRISTMAS PARCELS WILL HUNT YOU DOWN
Published on: 24 December 2015   1 Comment
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Fluid deliveries are winning the hearts of ecommerce consumers
Dateline: 18 December 2016
How many times have you waited for the FedEx guy to come - to your home or to your office? Do you recall that irritable chore of booking a delivery slot, only to be bound by that fixed block of time in your Google calendar? This Christmas, rejoice, because your e-shopping order will find you, wherever you are! After a roaring success of using digital keys to deliver parcels to individual Volvo passenger cars in Sweden, H&M has announced a roll-out of the initiative to all EU countries where it has ...
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