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In the USA, Google-owned Boston Dynamics released a video this week of their latest Atlas robot. Atlas is 175 centimetres tall and weighs 81 kilograms. In the video, he takes a walk in the woods over uneven and snowy ground. He picks up boxes. He gets to his feet after being knocked over. He follows a box being dragged in front of him. These simple things alone represent a considerable advancement in robotics technology. How long before your local shelf stacker at the supermarket looks something like a friendly Terminator? The wave of technological innovation keeps getting bigger and bigger. […]
The community of McMurdo Station on the West Antarctica ice shelf has a resident population of around 200 people. This number grows to over 1,000 when conditions are favourable for scientific research. Almost three miles of ice buries most of Antarctica, cloaking a continent half again as large as the United States. But when an Antarctic ice shelf the size of Manhattan collapsed in less than a month in 2002, it shocked scientists and raised the alarming possibility that Antarctica may be headed for a meltdown. Even a 10 percent loss of Antarctica’s ice would cause catastrophic flooding of coastal […]
• How to profit from the coming cyber wars • Gold’s down. What’s up with that? • European PIGS Start to Fly In today’s Money Morning…Hillary Clinton decides private industry is safer than government…the knights of the digital round table do it for love, not just money…shooting fish in a barrel…and more… Hillary Clinton is the leading US Democratic Party candidate. That means if US primaries were on tomorrow, Clinton would win. And she would be running for President next year. But things might be about to change… As a former US Secretary of State it’s fair to say she […]
What a lot of people fail to realize today is that the well being of local businesses affects everyone economically. The main reason why people shop in chain stores within their own localities, rather than at the local business outlets is twofold. 1] People mistakenly think that the chain store in their locality is a local business. 2] Local businesses can’t compete with the monopolistic advertising of the super stores. Above is today’s Woolworth’s online catalogue – For area 4221. When I see this type of advertisement I ask: ½ prices, compared to what norm? Is this ½ the […]
There is a new, easy way for bad guys to steal your ATM pin code using an iPhone without you even noticing. What’s even more important to note is how the technology being used could be used to also break into homes and cars that use pin codes for entry. Not to worry! Mark Rober shares a really simple way to prevent this from happening. Spread the word about how to thwart others from becoming victims!
What does the future look like – Welcoming in 2014 People often ask me how we can be so positive about the future when the headlines are full of depressing news. You only have to look at the front page of the Bloomberg News website on any given day to get a good dose of depression. More often than not the top story involves the latest mess involving central banks or governments. Most of the time it’s a story about how they’re trying to head off the next disaster. What a sad state of affairs. And yet if you strip […]