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Who said regulatory compliance needs to be boring?
Posted: 23 October 2014  
Air New Zealand show how to make even the most inane and oft ignored safety rules seem interesting and FUN! Listen up banks!
Air New Zealand's Hobbit Safety Video Is the 'Most Epic Ever Made'
23 October 2014
The airline knows why people go to New Zealand.
MindBullet logo HERTZ VOTED BEST AIRLINE
Boeing and Airbus in a tail-spin as the allure of personal planes hits air travel
Dateline: 16 July 2020
As the holiday season gets into full swing, some of the major air hubs in Europe and the USA are comfortably quiet. Chicago, Atlanta, Amsterdam and ...
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The key to being yourself
Posted: 23 October 2014  
Google wants to make it easier for us to be secure, with a physical key to verify our identity on a computer. It certainly could be more convenient than a password, and more secure than a fingerprint, which can't be changed if it's lost. But it puts the onus on the user to safeguard the key, and prevent it's use by others. Presumably it will also make it easier to 'lend' your identity to say ...
Google Dongle Is Latest Salvo in War on Passwords
23 October 2014
Google says using a small USB stick to vouch for your identity is more secure than either a password or conventional two-factor authentication.
MindBullet logo I WAS ALMOST ME - BUT NOT QUITE
The bid for a single digital identity fails
Dateline: 1 April 2017
We got so tantalizingly close to overcoming the world's digital schizophrenia! For a while, the vision of ditching all those dozens of passwords - for ...
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MARS MOTHERSHIP PRINTED IN 3D
Published on: 23 October 2014  
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3D printing in space solves problem of launching huge rockets
Dateline: 3 November 2025
A decade ago the first 3D printer to go to space was sent to the International Space Station. It proved to be so useful, more, bigger printers soon followed. Within a few years there was a veritable factory in space, churning out all manner of spare parts and items necessary for the maintenance of the ISS. Then came the realization that it was much more efficient to send up printing materials by SpaceX courier rockets, than to build giant spacecraft and space hotels here on earth, and expend ...
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Hero farming in the US
Posted: 21 October 2014  
They call it sustainable agriculture, I call it hero farming. There must be a better way to keep everyone fed without resorting to 'factory' food, and it seems it can be profitable too.
Investing in sustainable agriculture by converting farms to 'beyond organic'
21 October 2014
A San-Francisco based fund aims to target conventional farms and make them sustainable while providing high returns to investors. Can it work?
MindBullet logo FARMAGEDDON, FAMINE AND FOOD
The war between agribusiness and artisanal farming threatens food security for the poor
Dateline: 1 May 2024
It seems that voices in the pastoral wilderness have been shouting contradictory messages at each other for decades. Since the beginning of the 21st ...
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It's a hard life for entrepreneurs!
Posted: 21 October 2014  
This fascinating article reminds us that we need to look behind the headlines of the few entrepreneurs who DO make it!
Entrepreneurs anonymous
21 October 2014
SEVEN years ago Joe Jones (not his real name) left his job with a big NASDAQ-listed company to strike out on his own. He was sick of corporate life and he ...
MindBullet logo OLD JOBS DIE, NET WORK BOOMS
As traditional employment falls, entrepreneurship has never been stronger
Dateline: 17 September 2016
Isn't it interesting how often predictions about the future turn out to be completely wrong? Take the astonishing explosion of technology. The fear was ...
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Disruption from disease
Posted: 20 October 2014  
Ebola is far less dangerous to global health, and trade, than something like bird flu. Bird flu can literally travel via bird migrations from one continent to another, and can be passed by sneezing and shaking hands. Ebola is only contagious by direct contact with body fluids, and doesn't mutate as easily as a flu virus. But Ebola is pretty deadly, difficult to treat, and creates panic, as ...
Fight to stop Ebola being lost, World Bank warns - Telegraph
20 October 2014
World Bank chief blames a lack of international solidarity in efforts to stem the epidemic
MindBullet logo BIRD FLU PLAGUE CONTAINED AMID VAST TRADE DISRUPTIONS
Scenarios speed business and government response
Dateline: 7 April 2009
The Bird Flu pandemic has been contained - thanks largely to the efforts of futurists and scenario planners, and the leaders who believed in them. ...
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Fascinating insights into Amazon and Bezos thinking
Posted: 17 October 2014  
Some really unconventional ideas, thoughts and decisions - many work - profit still to reflect the wisdom in the long term but you cant ignore the leadership courage!
The Best-Performing CEOs in the World
17 October 2014
Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in ...
MindBullet logo AMAZON OPENS 100th CITY STORE
Amazon eStore Hong Kong joins the high street line-up
Dateline: 22 October 2013
Amazon opened its one-hundredth city store yesterday, with queues of eager shoppers waiting to snatch up the opening specials on offer. And no, it's not ...
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Fusion furore
Posted: 17 October 2014  
Nuclear fusion is the holy grail of atomic power, theoretically producing limitless power from small quantities of fuel, and virtually no radioactive waste. The problem lies in making it work effectively. Experimental reactors using a doughnut shaped magnetic bubble to confine the high-temperature reaction have all required more power to maintain the reaction than they have produced in usable ...
Nuclear fusion: A big bet on small
17 October 2014
ONE of the clichés of nuclear-power research is that a commercial fusion reactor is only 30 years away, and always will be. Hence a flurry of ...
MindBullet logo NUCLEAR FUSION A REALITY AT LAST!
Hyper laser produces 'cool fusion' from plasma
Dateline: 15 March 2011
Researchers at the National Ignition Facility have announced that they have done the impossible - produced entirely controllable, sustained nuclear fusion ...
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Nasal cells repair damaged knees
Posted: 16 October 2014  
Nothing to sneeze at in this medical breakthrough. Advances in medical technology are amazing.
Engineered Cartilage Regenerates Joints
16 October 2014
Cells taken from the nasal septum adapt to the environment of the knee joint and can thus repair articular cartilage defects.
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Is USA the next Japan?
Posted: 16 October 2014  
As global demographic shifts gradually play out, have we become lulled by sustained growth and will the world be caught off guard by fundamental shifts downward in global economic growth. Will a new reality dawn? What kids beyond the next step change?
What if the USA is the next Japan, and the S&P collapses?
16 October 2014
What if the last 40-odd years of strong S&P performance are an historical anomaly and the US is now headed into a period of sustained economic weakening?
MindBullet logo POPULAR PROTESTS SPREAD ACROSS THE USA
It's a revolution against democracy
Dateline: 1 December 2015
Thanksgiving Day will never have the same meaning again. Last week, across the United States, more than three million people joined in popular protests ...
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Facebook enters banking differently
Posted: 16 October 2014  
Interesting that a Dubai commercial bank talks about using Facebook to enter its clients lives more effectively!
Commercial Bank of Dubai opens 'Facebook branch'
16 October 2014
Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD) has introduced a 'Facebook branch', enabling customers to check their accounts and transfer funds from within the social ...
MindBullet logo JUST DON'T MENTION THE WORD 'BANK'
If you're not safe then you're not a bank, says regulator
Dateline: 1 September 2011
EU regulators have followed US trends by putting a big wedge between retail and investment banking. Effective tomorrow, if you're not a pure commercial ...
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Expanding space in space
Posted: 16 October 2014  
NASA has ordered an add-a-room for the Space Station from Bigelow, to be delivered by SpaceX. This is exactly the kind of commercialization of space that we envisaged with our MindBullet from eight years ago!
Space will go fully commercial with 2015 launch from Bigelow, SpaceX
16 October 2014
The International Space Station will continue its home improvement project next year, this time by adding a large, inflatable workroom from Bigelow ...
MindBullet logo SPACE OUTPOST ALL BLOWN UP
Bigelow pips Branson as leading space tourism pioneer
Dateline: 16 July 2015
The final module of the Bigelow 'Last Outpost' space entertainment center was successfully inflated and attached today. This brings the space station to a ...
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JAPAN IMPORTS AFRICAN LABOUR
Published on: 16 October 2014  
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Thousands of 18-35 year olds are being integrated into society
Dateline: 14 November 2028
Ten years ago, William Okeke was an angry and unemployed youth in Kinshasa who survived on a measly US$2 a day. His wife, Meriam, was a vegetable seller who barely made more than that. Fast forward ten years and their lives cannot be more different. With Japanese population in decline and the odd newborn baby being treated as a gift from the gods, the Japanese government began a large scale immigration effort in 2018. Youths like Okeke and their wives were being recruited and trained in Africa ...
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Now playing in a home near you
Posted: 15 October 2014  
It seems my predictive capabilities are greater than I give myself credit for. Right on cue, Google is starting to compete with Amazon deliveries and get onto your TV screen. First comes the Player, next perhaps the whole bundle?
Here comes the Nexus Player: Google and Asus release first Android TV device
15 October 2014
Google will make the very first Android TV-powered set-top box available for pre-order at the end of this week.
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 ...
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China and innovation: Control vs Creativity
Posted: 15 October 2014  
This has always been an issue but now it appears the Chinese government is trying to do something about it. But, can one drive innovation from the top? This BBC report tries to get to the bottom of the dilemma.
Can China become a leading global innovator?
15 October 2014
Assembled in China but designed in California, Japan, or Europe. That's been the story of China's economic rise for the past 30 years.
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Huge focus on energy efficiency
Posted: 15 October 2014   1 Comment
The article alongside, and the two links below, demonstrate just how much research is going into how we can better and more efficiently using energy. There are breakthroughs on the horizon, and the MindBullet we wrote in 2008 could just become a reality in the years ahead.

Lighting sheets better than lightbulbs: ...
Generator Produces 25,000 Watts without Consuming Fuel | MIT Technology Review
15 October 2014
Startup Alphabet Energy has its first product: what it says is the world’s largest thermoelectric generator.
MindBullet logo COAL HITS US$10 PER TON AS SOLAR POWER SHINES
Nano solar films bring cheap energy to sunshine states
Dateline: 5 May 2018
It's hard to believe that a mere decade ago fossil fuels were at a premium, and everyone talked of 'peak oil' and the high prices of natural gas and coal. ...
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APPLE OVERTAKES OLD RIVAL IBM
Published on: 9 October 2014  
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The 'bring-your-own' boom has put Apple in the corporate driving seat
Dateline: 15 March 2017
In a bizarre change of fortunes, it looks like Apple is getting ready to swallow IBM. "You won't get fired for buying Apple," is the new mantra of corporate IT. Devices plus cloud plus analytics equals success in the 'enterprise' technology space; Apple had cool devices and IBM had powerful cloud and analytics solutions. When they partnered in 2014 to bring this combination to the corporate market, many eyebrows were raised, but both companies have benefited from this alliance. Together they have ...
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The Internet of Money - now there's a thought!
Posted: 8 October 2014  
Where will the current wave of financial innovation or fin tech as it is being called, take us? Who will understand the opportunities first?
Here Comes the Internet of Money
8 October 2014
Financial innovation has widened access to capital, improved its allocation across the economy and made the world more prosperous.
MindBullet logo NEW LIFE FOR BANKING
There's no money in this bank at all!
Dateline: 21 June, 2007
If forecasts prove correct this could turn out to be the world’s most valuable bank. DNAture World Inc was launched yesterday as the world’s most ambitious ...
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Flying car of the future
Posted: 6 October 2014  
Is this the flying car we've all been waiting for? It's not from DARPA, it's from Slovakia!

We'll have to wait and see...

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Finally, the flying car may have landed
6 October 2014
Slovakian company AeroMobil to unveil prototype of ‘world’s most advanced flying car’ in at Vienna’s Pioneers Festival
MindBullet logo RENT A FLYING CAR FROM AVIS
Computer piloted 'transformer' vehicles cleared for public use
Dateline: 8 May 2021
Ever since DARPA's 'Flying Hummer' known as the Transformer X made its debut, people have been champing at the bit to get a chance to use them for personal ...
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China and Hong Kong...it's never as simple as it seems!
Posted: 4 October 2014  
Thousands are taking a stand...where will it end? What is best to create a flourishing future for all? The issues are not as simple or clear as many would like.
China is Hong Kong’s future – not its enemy
4 October 2014
Martin Jacques: Protesters cry democracy but most are driven by dislocation and resentment at mainlanders’ success
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