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Britain and the World in 2030
Posted: 23 August 2014  
An interesting scenario exercise by historian Dominic Sandbrook - could you translate this into local impact in your region?
The coming apocalypse
23 August 2014
This is Britain in 2030: frightened, fractious and weary, its economy sunk in the longest depression in history, its people haunted by terrorism and war.
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Waiting in the wings
Posted: 21 August 2014  
There's a powerful, growing economy that is still under the radar in monetary terms. What happens when China uses digital Darwinism to leapfrog the old established reserve currencies? It could change everything, forever.
The Secret Life of the Renminbi
21 August 2014
The IMF chooses not to track the use of the renminbi as a reserve currency, which isn't stopping central banks from accepting it as such.
MindBullet logo CHINA LAUNCHES THE E-YUAN
US Dollar slides as gold-backed RMB becomes the online and offline currency of choice
Dateline: 15 March 2015
China's monetary authority has done it again. After surprising everyone but a small group of futurists by partially adopting a gold standard to back their ...
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Humans Need Not Apply
Posted: 21 August 2014  
If you missed my recent post about the robopocalypse, here's the video referenced in the Mashable story. It's well worth a look if you've got 15 minutes to spare, and makes an interesting counter argument to the optimism of Erik Brynjolfsson in The Second Machine Age.
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FLASHBRANDS DODGE THE TAXMAN
Published on: 21 August 2014  
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Pop-up companies the new breed of corporate entity for innovateurs
Dateline: 7 August 2018
It all started with flashmobs and food trucks. Flashmobs, self-organizing groups of people who congregated around a temporary idea, vanished into plain sight after accomplishing their mission. Food trucks had no premises, no fixed location, and could change their menu and branding overnight. Then came pop-up retail stores, bars and hotels; and entire software coding or micro-manufacturing operations around a specific event or project. Pop-up enterprises graduated from personalized T-shirts at a ...
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Will Amazon be Ubered?
Posted: 20 August 2014  
A fascinating play has emerged...once again from unlikely sources...Uber taking on Amazon! The question is 'why not collaborate?'
With New Delivery Service, Uber Declares War on Google and Amazon | Business | WIRED
20 August 2014
Uber is already an expert in getting you from door-to-door. Now, the company wants to figure out how to deliver stuff to your door as well.
MindBullet logo DHL FLYING ON WIRELESS POWER
No batteries needed for these delivery drones
Dateline: 7 March 2017
The biggest hurdle for electric aircraft has always been the weight of the batteries, and as nimble as they are, quadrotors and octocopters typically had ...
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Bitcoin Central
Posted: 20 August 2014  
Here's an alternate future for Bitcoin, and it reads a bit like a MindBullet, set in 2024. I love the way Thomas Frey has brought the internet of things and a futuristic gadget into his scenario, but on the more serious side, I think they would call it something other than a bank. Bitcoin Clearing Centre perhaps?

One thing is for sure, even if the bubble bursts, the idea of cryptocurrencies ...
Establishing the Central Bank of Bitcoin
20 August 2014
The year is 2024. It seemed like a piece of nostalgia to open a new bank account and get a free toaster, but this wasn’t any ordinary toaster, and it ...
MindBullet logo THE BITCOIN BUBBLE BURSTS
Controversial digital currency collapses as clones saturate the market
Dateline: 15 March 2015
In essence, Bitcoins are digital artifacts created by using computers to solve complex mathematical formulae, essentially cracking a code. The reward one ...
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Robopocalypse now, soon or never?
Posted: 19 August 2014  
Forget about the zombie apocalypse, the robots are going to be the real enemy. That's the message from trend watchers and futurists. Even technohero Elon Musk is warning of the nuclear winter that will result from Super AI. And there's a clue to the big issue, because the bots that will really make 2 billion jobs redundant, as suggested by Thomas Frey, are software agents and algorithms, not ...
Scary Smart Video Predicts Automation Will Make Human Work Obsolete
19 August 2014
If you've ever scoffed at the notion of robots one day taking your job, you probably shouldn't watch this very scary video.
MindBullet logo COGNITIVE SYSTEMS RULE, OK
Machines that think for themselves are taking over the world
Dateline: 22 February 2022
In our quest to develop smarter, more powerful, less power-hungry computers and devices, we have created artificial intelligence that rivals that of the ...
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Just add sunlight for pure water
Posted: 18 August 2014  
Years ago we published a MindBullet that sketched a scenario which included the invention of a 'water cell' - a fuel cell that runs on seawater, producing electric power and pure water. Could this teenager's invention be the first step towards that slightly fanciful idea?
Teenager Invents Water Purifier That Creates Electricity With No External Power Source
18 August 2014
Her invention is a water purification system that does not require an external power source, but actually creates electricity of its own.
MindBullet logo SAHARA SHRINKS AS PLANET COOLS
Technology makes water abundant and upturns economies
Dateline: 1 June 2033
Two of the world's greatest problems, global warming and water shortage have been solved in one fell swoop. A new UN report shows that the great deserts of ...
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Robot-enabled digital fabrication
Posted: 18 August 2014  
Jordan Brandt is another futurist who sees 3D-printing as a key driver of innovation in manufacturing:

“On the 3D printing side, the biggest impact is ... the way that it’s making existing manufacturing processes more efficient,” sometimes by up to 60 percent, Brandt said in an interview. In these cases, new-age devices aren’t replacing traditional technologies, they’re augmenting them.

Brandt ...
A tech futurist on how robot-enabled 3D printing can change the world
18 August 2014
What does a tech futurist who has created his own concept of Elon Musk's proposed Hyperloop, founded a cloud collaboration company and earned a PhD from ...
MindBullet logo THE CURSE OF ABUNDANCE
Free energy spawns hordes of wetbots and kills off big brands
Dateline: 13 July 2033
"We're closing up shop. Wetbots made us broke." The production chief of iRobot consumer products grins ruefully. "Luckily we've still got our military ...
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Robots arise
Posted: 18 August 2014   1 Comment
Some really interesting stats and graphics on the rise of robotics in the manufacturing workspace. And inevitably, human jobs are in decline. Will the militant trade unions ever get the message? As MIT's Professor Eric Brynjolffson has argued, it's not the race against the machine; it's the race with the machine. New skills, new jobs, moving up the value chain and leaving the drudge, ...
MindBullet logo LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
Google's robots do the heavy lifting, drive the dump trucks and haul the garbage
Dateline: 17 July 2018
Now that Google has become the leading developer of robots, including humanoid robots, we can leave them to do all the unpleasant, dangerous, and boring ...
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Fusion's future
Posted: 15 August 2014  
This nuclear fusion startup isn't trying to recreate cold fusion experiments. Instead they think that their reactor engine can create hot fusion in one-second cycles, generating a net gain of electric current. The problem with fusion energy, it's always a decade away, even in a decade. I think cheap solar will beat fusion power in the next decade, but who knows?

"At the scale they’re designing ...
Y Combinator And Mithril Invest In Helion, A Nuclear Fusion Startup | TechCrunch
15 August 2014
Building a nuclear fusion reactor that can generate more energy than is put in to make it work is one of the biggest challenges facing engineers today. ...
MindBullet logo COLD FUSION SIGNALS THE END OF BIG OIL AND NUCLEAR POWER
It’s the start of a new low energy nuclear revolution
Dateline: 5 June 2014
Every once in a while we see the introduction of a technology that is so radically innovative that it seems magical, or impossible. The old clichés get ...
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"China's Google" set to explore deep learning
Posted: 15 August 2014  
We know all about Google's plans to develop expertise in artificial intelligence, robotics, home automation and other fields. But less is known about China's "Google" - Baidu, one of the biggest Internet properties in Asia. Newly appointed computer scientist Andrew Ng is setting off on a course to explore and develop "deep learning" - understanding how the brain works. This is a place (and a ...
Chinese Search Giant Baidu Thinks AI Pioneer Andrew Ng Can Help It Challenge Google and Become a Glo
15 August 2014
Baidu is a fixture of online life in China, but it wants to become a global power. Can one of the world’s leading artificial- intelligence researchers help it challenge Silicon Valley’s biggest companies?
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New batteries double in efficiency
Posted: 15 August 2014  
Continued progress in developing significantly more efficient batteries holds important promise. While these batteries are for smaller devices and possibly cars, the issue of improved energy storage through batteries speaks to the spread of alternative clean energy such as solar.
Long-Lasting Solid-State Batteries Are Nearing Production | MIT Technology Review
15 August 2014
Applied Materials has started shipping equipment that could help double the energy storage of batteries.
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Resisting the digital revolution
Posted: 13 August 2014   2 Comments
Isn't it strange how, in this day and age, incumbent businesses that have relied on artificial barriers to competition, like regulation or access to markets, protest vainly against the digital upstarts? All around the world, Uber is changing the game, and if you can't compete, you should pack it in or join the platform.

This year it's taxis, next it will be banks or power utilities. ...
Taxi drivers’ latest gambit against Uber is to accuse it of illegal currency trading
13 August 2014
Cabbies around the world have protested the rise of Uber, an app that helps people find taxis, by staging noisy protests, blocking the streets and creating ...
MindBullet logo WE'VE BEEN UBERED
Barclays Plc to close retail bank in the face of persistent decline and customer flight
Dateline: 11 June 2019
It was just five years ago that Uber upset the applecart in London's taxicab industry. Unable to compete with the smart app and its ride-sharing, car ...
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Latest Internet stats show 2,8-billion users
Posted: 15 August 2014  
The global and regional Internet usage stats for 2013 are out, from the excellent website www.internetworldstats.com. Across the world, Internet penetration is now at 39%, with 2,8-billion users. Asia leads, with 1,2-billion users, and Europe is second with 566-million.
Here's a snapshot of the key findings. You can explore full details at www.internetworldstats.com.
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The internet of flying things
Posted: 14 August 2014  
Now there's a flight recorder for your personal drone. Not only does it record and send telemetry about the flight, but it's also connected to the internet. So your friends can see where you're flying.

"'Both Amit and I have been flying quadcopters for recreational purposes for a long time now, and we always wondered why can’t we see and play with one another and with other drone hobbyists. It ...
Flytrex Live Is An Internet-Connected ‘Black Box’ For Your Personal Drone | TechCrunch
14 August 2014
Personal drone enthusiasts -- specifically, those who like flying quadcopters -- have a new way to make the experience a lot more social. Meet the ...
MindBullet logo MY WIDGET WILL TALK TO YOUR GADGET
And then we'll do lunch, or dinner, or something similar
Dateline: 20 April 2020
But first my app will check my office calendar, the car's servicing schedule, the fridge reminders, my medication schedule, your healthy dietary ...
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Wearables expanding relevance
Posted: 14 August 2014  
Wearables are new on the scene in terms of gadgets and utility. Already their potential is massive, provide people actually wear them. The potential to change behavioural patterns, seek patterns of behaviour etc are massive. Will these become the next wave of tech adoption inn society or will it be an underwhelming idea in reality?
Barclaycard takes bPay wristbands beyond payments
14 August 2014
Barclaycard is bidding to increase the reach of its bPay contactless wristbands beyond payments by offering businesses customer behavioural data gleaned ...
MindBullet logo NSA SELLS OUR PERSONAL DATA IN BILLION-DOLLAR AD DEAL
Security agency announces exclusive licensing contract with 'secret' advertising consortium to balance the budget
Dateline: 23 September 2016
The US government has, famously, been unable to agree critical budget amendments since 2013. Even the NSA has proven susceptible to these budget ...
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WONDER WINE AND MAGIC SALADS
Published on: 14 August 2014  
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Modified crops produce food and drink with that feel-good factor
Dateline: 26 July 2017
It's unusual for innovation in California to develop outside of Silicon Valley, but this time it's Napa Valley that's making the headlines. Vineyards and farms in the area are causing a storm among foodies with their products that give you a 'natural' high. Since marijuana was legalized across half the United States, it's easy enough to add some weed to your muffins and brownies. But Napa vintners have taken it a step further, grafting vines to both traditional rootstock and cannabis plants. The ...
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This Guy Tracks Everything About Himself And Puts It Up Online For Everyone To See
Posted: 13 August 2014  
For now, this guy seems happy doing what he his doing...

“Knowing that my activity is being tracked and published to the world has been a really great motivator to do interesting things or try harder. If no one else was watching I might cut corners, but now I feel like I’m being held accountable, like I’d be letting down my visitors and friends otherwise. I also found myself going out a bit ...
MindBullet logo TRACK ME ONCE, TRACK ME TWICE
New wearable tech is making (some of) us happier and healthier people
Dateline: 2 September 2015
Google Glass started it all, and now the viral spread of the Quantified Self meme is showing us the good, the bad and the ugly on the screens of our high tech bracelets and necklaces. With the demand for wearable technology far outstripping supply, there's no denying it; no one likes average - everyone wants to be awesome. And how do you become an A-list version of yourself? You ...
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Telling great stories
Posted: 13 August 2014  
How do you tell a great story? Some wonderful lessons and insights from the storyteller who created tales such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Wall-E. For the faint-hearted, beware - there's a rude word near the beginning!!
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