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Tapping the sun in space
Posted: 12 February 2016  
Two years ago we wrote this MindBullet about beaming solar power down from orbit. Personally I don't think it would make financial sense, especially for countries in Africa that are blessed with abundant sunshine. But for gloomy grey cities it might work - and it can work all night too!

Now it seems this idea is getting some headlines and financial interest. ...
Space solar: The global race to tap the sun’s energy from orbit
12 February 2016
Solar panels in orbit could generate round-the-clock green energy and beam it down to Earth. Has the time for this epic feat of engineering come round at ...
Space based solar station lights up New York City's New Year party
Dateline: 1 January 2024
A decade ago, people were fighting wars over energy; peak oil was a major concern; and shale gas was a short-term solution to the growing global demand for ...
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Brain enhancement becoming a reality
Posted: 12 February 2016  
The number of startups seeking to enhance the human brain is growing. We now talk about neural prosthetics and AI...where will it all end! Work, innovation, competition, differentiation, GMAT etc are all going to be very different.
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Tesla lays it on the line
Posted: 11 February 2016  
We're full of admiration for Elon Musk, for all his exploits with SpaceX and Tesla. The latest commercial for Teslas is thought provoking and superbly produced. Well worth watching.

But let's not forget that Tesla Motors, with it's highest revenue yet, continues to make straight losses. Will it need someone like Google to save it financially, or will Elon eventually win through? ...
Amazing New Tesla Motors Commercial, Narrated by Nikola Tesla - SERIOUS WONDER
11 February 2016
Tesla Motors' latest commercial gives honor to the revolutionary mind that is Nikola Tesla!
Google acquires Tesla to produce electric robocars
Dateline: 3 November 2017
Looking to expand into seriously big markets and build on its experience with robots and driverless cars, Google has announced that it is acquiring Tesla. ...
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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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The energy revolution in Africa
Posted: 10 February 2016  
It's happening already. Rural Africans are leapfrogging obsolete grid infrastructure and going straight to the new model of distributed generation and smart consumption.

Azuri Technologies CEO: “We’re putting together a product that’s got the latest LED lights, it’s got lithium ion phosphate batteries which are similar to the batteries you get in Tesla supercars, we’ve got adaptive smart ...
The world’s most cutting-edge renewable tech is powering rural Africa - QUARTZ
10 February 2016
Africa's lack of electricity is being tackled with innovation.
Rich nations on the back foot as energy floods emerging economies
Dateline: 7 March 2019
The end of the oil age has heralded a glut in energy worldwide; but surprisingly the developing nations have been the first to benefit. While solving the ...
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Amazon University of the future
Posted: 10 February 2016  
Here's a scenario that reads almost like a MindBullet - imagining a review of Amazon University in 2030.

A great story that adds depth to our MindBullet last week on the subject of higher education! ...
How Amazon could destroy college as we know it
10 February 2016
For years, pundits have speculated that online instruction could begin to overtake traditional higher education, but too often have offered few details ...
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 ...
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Feel like being rescued by a cockroach?
Posted: 10 February 2016  
Cockroaches are one of the most resilient species on the planet, so this idea, of a rescue-roach, makes sense. Yet another example of how we learn from nature. Biomimicry - taking lessons from the natural world in how we design for our world - is becoming a mainstream science.
This Uncrushable Robot Cockroach Just Wants to Rescue You
10 February 2016
Inspired by roaches’ ability to squeeze into tiny spaces, this new critter is part of a rising trend of building robots that are soft and malleable.
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African set to shine as a solar powerhouse
Posted: 10 February 2016  
So, could our MindBullet from way back in 2009 become a reality? Read on!
Morocco’s Massive Desert Solar Project Starts Up
10 February 2016
Africa is becoming a test bed for solar power, on scales both large and small.
Solar energy at the centre of an economic storm
Dateline: 11 May 2020
It's been just a year since the Afro-European solar energy initiative was launched to harness the deserts of North Africa to supply European countries with ...
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Fusion facts and fantasy
Posted: 9 February 2016  
There's an old saying that fusion power is only a decade away. And in a decade it will still be only a decade away. It's always a decade away!

The fact remains that, despite many different designs and experimental reactors, nuclear fusion, although possible, has never produced more power that what is required to produce fusion in the first place. As this article says: "Smashing hydrogen nuclei ...
Experimental Fusion Reactor Switched On in Germany
9 February 2016
The Wendelstein 7-X reactor is latest in a global push to build a practical reactor that harnesses the power of the stars.
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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Unstoppable solar
Posted: 25 January 2016  
Renewable energy, in particular solar, is an unstoppable force. And even as the price of fossil fuels, particularly oil, plummets, there's no slow down in the rollout of renewables. What's your company doing? Its not about climate change, it's about intelligent use of resources, and managing costs.
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/545516/why-renewable-energy-is-defying-gravity/ ...
Why Renewable Energy Is Defying Gravity - MIT Technology Review
25 January 2016
Growth in renewable energy shows no signs of slowing, even though fossil fuel prices have plummeted. Here’s why.
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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Is oil really beyond its peak?
Posted: 3 February 2016   1 Comment
The stories are stacking up...the agony growing...the bets either way are increasing! Wither the future of oil? Here is another perspective. Whatever unfolds is not the story, the real story is that anyone involved at any level, in any dimension, with the oil industry needs to be paying attention (just dumb if they're not already) and needs to be clear on what the drivers of the future are ...
The Death Throes of Oil
3 February 2016
The price of oil, often used as a sort of thermometer to measure the health of the world economy, is also a barometer, warning of approaching geopolitical ...
Cameroon emerges as top bio-diesel producer
Dateline: 25 August 2020
A decade of intensive investment in bio-diesel plant has paid off for Cameroon. The central African state now challenges neighboring Nigeria in terms of ...
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Viva la revolución!
Posted: 5 February 2016  
Love the idea of "school-of-life" combined with real world contextualised learning. The relevance and therefore direct application of learning would sky rocket and graduates would receive a more flexible tool kit of skills, enabling them to adapt to the changing environment beyond education. When I was at Uni I only went to the library to Google white papers, as the books on ...
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 ...
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The art of common sense
Posted: 5 February 2016  
This is a really fine balance to strike, and a scary thing to tackle in our immediate future. We should embrace technology for making our lives easier and more enjoyable, but be wary of it eroding the 'art' of intuition and our ability to make common sense decisions. It's not uncommon to be staring at the Uber app to see the car is a minute away... and miss the free black cab driving past (or ...
Why bother to think when the machines will do it for you?
Dateline: 9 September 2018
The Appleization of society has reached an all-time high. As consumers and users of technology, we want instant gratification, intuitive interfaces and gadgets that 'get' us - as individuals. Which means that we've lost the ability to think and act for ourselves. When the chips are down, the power's out and there's no network or signal, how will we cope? Just as city dwellers have lost the ...
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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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Can the elephant dance again? I love the question? Are you an elephant?
Posted: 3 February 2016  
How does one get large successful giants to be startups again? The pace of change in the world offers them many such opportunities. The question is wether they can grab them as if they are starting out all over again...but with a balance sheet, talent, momentum, clients etc. So much easier the second or third time you would think and yet is never as easy as the first time!
The 5 Things IBM Needs to Do to Win at AI
3 February 2016
It has the technology — now it needs a startup mindset.
Profitable copy-cat entrepreneur buys failing real thing
Dateline: 26 December 2012
Vietnam's Chinese-owned CanDo has been brazenly copying Canon's consumer products for the past five years, initially targeting the Chinese market but more ...
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Plastics, oil...connected industries with connected futures - and it's going to be painful!
Posted: 3 February 2016  
The obvious consequences of the changing drivers of oil futures impact on many industries - plastics is just one. Some fascinating insights into this industry. How well do YOU understand the second and third order implications of a changed oil future?
New Plastics Economy report offers blueprint to design a circular future for plastics
3 February 2016
Applying circular economy principles to global plastic packaging flows could transform the plastics economy and drastically reduce negative externalities ...
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Plastic from food scraps - increased profits for Princess Cruises
Dateline: 14 November 2007
Who would have thought that a cruise liner could function as a ‘green’ factory? The luxury cruise ships that sail the world’s oceans carry a lot of waste. ...
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Raising their game and disrupting the market!
Posted: 3 February 2016  
In a tough market, Hyundai have shown why their brand has grown so strongly in recent years. They have just raised the bar for everyone and have sent a strong signal to the market that they're serious about quality...with a new 7 year warranty on major engine parts with other areas still backed by a 5 year warranty! What if one of your competitors made a similar move in your industry...are ...
Hyundai 7yr warranty: the real story | IOL
3 February 2016
Hyundai wants to shake industry with 200 000km warranty. Let's see what's covered and what's not.
The young crave flashy phones - not cars!
Dateline: 11 May 2014
Oblivion is a sure thing when economists stop counting the things you produce. Now that 'New Car Sales' have lost their relevance as a key economic ...
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Sport in 25 years from now
Posted: 30 January 2016  
We spend plenty of time talking about the future of business. But sport is a big business too - and what does the future hold for sport? Here's a provocative and fascinating report on sport in 25 years time - from AI-controlled stadiums to genetically enhanced athletes. Perhaps our MindBullet published way back in 2009 is on the money...
What could the world of sports look like in 25 years?
30 January 2016
The Future of Sports is a 50-page document that imagines what's ahead in the industry over the next 25 years.
Prosthetic limbs are the latest teen craze
Dateline: 20 December 2020
"I'm getting them upgraded for the New Year," beams a happy Deon Pretorious, aged 15. Pretorious is one of thousands of teenagers around the world ...
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Turning deserts into farmland
Posted: 30 January 2016  
It's 2025, and the deserts of Africa have become fertile, rich farmland....impossible? A crazy dream? Read on,...,.
The Engineer
30 January 2016
Line in the sand: New technology could transform poor-quality sandy soils into high-yield agricultural land.
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The beginning of the end for mankind?
Posted: 28 January 2016  
As computer power, machine learning and artificial intelligence continue to grow in power exponentially, we ask...what is the future of humans? Given how we are destroying the planet, why should we even survive?
Computer says Go
28 January 2016
Beating a Go champion with machine learning
It may already be too late to ask
Dateline: 17 May 2025
New technologies to 'reinvent and upgrade' the human species are causing widespread alarm around the globe. Scientists have perfected a number of ways to ...
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