Quo Vadis for Mobile Operators?
Posted: 21 July 2017

We have been suggesting for a while that voice and data will soon be free...well in India it is upon us! Competitors of Jio, launched by the Ambani Group, saw share prices tumble today as the reality of free voice and very low cost data for life becomes a reality. Business models work until they don't...that moment has just arrived for Telco's.

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India's richest man launches R300 phone with unlimited data
21 July 2017
The Indian tycoon who started a carrier with free services took another swing at rivals, unveiling a cheap feature phone with access to unlimited data.
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India gets free internet and messaging, non-video calls
Dateline: 20 December 2017
Following the successful blanketing of most of the African continent with Facebook's free internet service, Zuckerberg has announced the roll out of ...
Fibre reinforced hydrogel
Posted: 21 July 2017

From Japan comes this discovery of a new soft, flexible but extremely strong material. It's made from hydrogel and glass fibres, and could be useful for repairing damaged joints and for protective gear like bullet-proof vests. I wonder if they could try reinforcing hydrogel with carbon fibres - that should be even stronger, but might be too stiff.

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Revolutionary gel is five times stronger than steel
21 July 2017
Researchers have developed a new gel they say is as durable as metal, has the flexibility of jello, and could revolutionize how our bodies heal and age.
A flock of space doves
Posted: 20 July 2017

Here's a fascinating look at Planet Labs' mission to establish a constellation of hundreds of nanosatellites that scan the planet on a daily basis. The largest constellation of satellites in history - now operating since February of this year. That's the promise of UBER FOR SPACE, and it's just beginning!

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The Tiny Satellites Ushering in the New Space Revolution
20 July 2017
Planet Labs and other companies are sending hundreds of low-cost satellites into orbit.
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Now anyone can put a sputnik into orbit
Dateline: 5 October 2020
Rocket Lab has gone fully commercial, offering launches for small satellites at a tenth of the cost of SpaceX. The 3D printed rockets are less than three ...
Electricity demand peaks
Posted: 20 July 2017

American demand for electricity has peaked, and continues to decline on a per capita basis. Futurist Thomas Frey takes an in-depth look at this phenomenon and how it might play out in the future. While the future remains uncertain, and emerging economies are still rapidly growing their power requirements, exponential technologies will shake up the energy sector in all regions of the world.

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Peak electricity and 17 seismic forces of change that will make you want to shift careers
20 July 2017
It happened in 2007. Ten years ago the trajectory for electrical use in America peaked and started down a different course, declining for reasons we don’t ...
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Stocks crash as executive orders bite
Dateline: 5 February 2021
US President Bernie Sanders has signed a series of Executive Orders designed as emergency measures to combat climate change. The net effect is to make ...

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Stocks crash as executive orders bite

Dateline: 5 February 2021

US President Bernie Sanders has signed a series of Executive Orders designed as emergency measures to combat climate change. The net effect is to make fossil fuels way too costly to produce and consume, forcing emissions lower and a massive swing to nuclear and renewable power. On top of that, the plummeting cost of solar has convinced many consumers, even those skeptical about global warming, to switch to a system of distributed power generation and consumption. These micro-grids and rooftop panels ...

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Can sterile mosquitoes end the scourge of disease?
Posted: 18 July 2017

This is a really interesting experiment by Verily, one of the Google offshoots. The goal is to combat malaria and other mosquito-born diseases by releasing sterile males and thus ultimately reduce the mosquito population.The world is watching with great interest.

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20 million sterile mosquitoes to be released in California
18 July 2017
Twenty million sterile male mosquitoes are set to be released across two neighborhoods in Fresno Country, California. This will be the largest mosquito field study ever conducted in the US with an aim of curbing the population of the disease-carrying insect.
Windows that harvest solar power
Posted: 17 July 2017

Windows that harvest solar energy to create electricity? What an obvious idea! Yet it has taken until now for the first installation, in a bank building in the Netherlands...not exactly a country known for copious sunshine!
Imagine the impact in high-sunshine countries.
Then there are Elon Musk's solar-generating roof tiles - and the advent of solar paint is not far off, as our MindBullet ...

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These Transparent, Solar Power-Generating Windows Are the World's First
17 July 2017
Trying to make large buildings energy-neutral, companies are taking advantage of building windows' surface area to harvest solar energy.
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Just paint that wall for instant solar fuel
Dateline: 23 June 2022
It's taken five years to come to fruition, but the magic of solar paint is finally something every building owner can benefit from. Why pay for costly 3D ...
The future of wearables
Posted: 17 July 2017

Interested in where the future of wearable technology is going? Follow this fascinating infographic from Futurism.

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Wearable Technology
17 July 2017
Technology enriches the human experience. With every new device, it becomes even more ingrained into who we are- our phones, our clothes, our bodies.
British police form a drone unit
Posted: 17 July 2017

Police departments have been experimenting with drones for some time now. But this is a step forward; three British police departments creating a formal drone unit.
Says a spokesman: 'Drones will aid officers as part of missing person searches; crime scene photography; responding to major road traffic collisions; coastal and woodland searches and to combat wildlife crime.'
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Police drone unit joins the beat in the UK
17 July 2017
Three police forces – Devon, Cornwall and Dorset? – have teamed up to create the UK's first dedicated drone unit that will provide 24/7 support to ...
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Swarms of quadrotors overwhelm law enforcement with tons of cocaine worth billions of dollars
Dateline: 27 April 2017
More than 150 fast and high-flying aerial drones flew over the border from Mexico and crossed the Atlantic and Pacific coasts in the last 24 hours. Each ...
Solar leapfrogging the grid
Posted: 17 July 2017

If you want a closer look at how solar power is going viral in Africa, bringing lighting to off-grid communities in innovative ways, read this article in the New Yorker. Just like cellphones leapfrogged landlines in Africa, solar power is leapfrogging the grid. Power to the people!

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The Race to Solar-Power Africa
17 July 2017
American startups are competing to bring electricity to communities that remain off the grid.
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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 ...
Uber for Space, Impact on Manufacturing
Posted: 13 July 2017 1 Comment

With this uber for space and 3-d printing at disposal even to print rockets in such a small lead time - what will be the competitive advantage of large manufacturing players? Do they even exist? What will be their value proposition?

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Now anyone can put a sputnik into orbit
Dateline: 5 October 2020
Rocket Lab has gone fully commercial, offering launches for small satellites at a tenth of the cost of SpaceX. The 3D printed rockets are less than three stories tall, but they still make it to orbit, in just a few minutes. It's like Uber for space launches. You book your slot on the app, and get a real-time quote on your phone, which varies with the size and weight of your satellite. Most ...
Asking "What if?"
Posted: 14 July 2017

At FutureWorld we spend most of our time considering the question "What if?" In fact all our MindBullets scenarios are precisely designed to stretch people's thinking, and get them to ask the question of their own businesses and personal goals.

What if one of these crazy scenarios actually transpired? How would that affect my industry and business success? What if we did something today to ...

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The joy of hypotheticals
14 July 2017
An introduction to The Economist’s latest collection of essays that ask: “What if?”
Creating a 'biological hard drive'
Posted: 13 July 2017

The idea of a 'biological hard drive' - using DNA to store data, seeing as though DNA already holds a staggering amount of data - has been around for a while. Now, thanks to the revolutionary CRISPR gene-editing tool, scientists have created the first one.
Just think of the disruption potential! Could we be about to completely reinvent computing? ...

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CRISPR used to build a biological hard drive out of live bacteria
13 July 2017
There’s a mind-boggling amount of data naturally stored in the genome of every organism, with far better density and durability. Now a Harvard team has created a biological hard drive, using the CRISPR gene-editing tool to record information to (and retrieve it from) the genome of living bacteria.
Space mining moves a step closer
Posted: 13 July 2017

Space mining is just a dream, right? Well, this company plans to begin harvesting moon rocks by 2020 - just two-and-a-half years away. And they're not alone.

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Moon Express to begin commercially harvesting lunar rocks in 2020
13 July 2017
The private race to the moon just kicked up a notch with Moon Express revealing in detail its plan to begin commercially harvesting moon rocks by 2020. The company is set to become the first commercial presence on the moon sending back lunar samples & establishing a permanent lunar outpost.
Hyperloop becoming a reality
Posted: 13 July 2017

The concept of the Hyperloop - a transportation system that would float humans and cargo through special vacuum tubes is juts one of Elon Musk's crazy ideas.
Crazy, right? Perhaps not. One of the several teams working on the idea has just notched up what they call their "Kittyhawk moment".
To quote Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Hyperloop One. "By achieving full vacuum, ...

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Hyperloop One floats vehicle above track in first full-scale test
13 July 2017
Hyperloop One, just one of several startups trying to build Elon Musk's Hyperloop, has notched up an important milestone, today announcing it has successfully tested its full-scale system for the first time, which including levitating a test vehicle over a track for 5.3 seconds.

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Now anyone can put a sputnik into orbit

Dateline: 5 October 2020

Rocket Lab has gone fully commercial, offering launches for small satellites at a tenth of the cost of SpaceX. The 3D printed rockets are less than three stories tall, but they still make it to orbit, in just a few minutes. It's like Uber for space launches. You book your slot on the app, and get a real-time quote on your phone, which varies with the size and weight of your satellite. Most popular are cubesats, only slightly larger than a smartphone, and controlled by users on the ground. The ...

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World's most valuable companies
Posted: 12 July 2017

Which are the 2017 most valuable companies in the world? Here's the list.

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Here are the 20 largest companies in the world by market cap
12 July 2017
Apple is still the world’s most valuable company, pulling ahead of Alphabet – ex-Google – in 2017, having temporarily been dethroned in early 2016.
Planting trees in the desert
Posted: 12 July 2017 1 Comment

Seven years ago, we published a MindBullet about how low-tech solutions to reforestation could alter the size of deserts. Now a Dutch engineer is putting that idea into practice.

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How to Plant a Tree in the Desert
12 July 2017
A Dutch engineer has developed a cheap and easy way to restore vegetation to barren landscapes, and a for-profit business to go with it.
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Hydroscopic fungus turns deserts into bushland and forests
Dateline: 14 March 2017
The simple application of a fungal cocktail to arid soils in Southern Africa has enabled small shrubs and trees to take root where no plants have grown for ...
Linking the human brain to the digital network
Posted: 12 July 2017

Elon Musk is not alone in wanting to link the human brain into the global digital network. DARPA, the US defence research institute, is backing no fewer than six projects into neural links. Watch this space!

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DARPA backs 6 brain-computer interface projects
12 July 2017
No longer a fringe sci-fi concept, we’re seeing big money being committed to the development of brain-computer interfaces. DARPA has now announced an investment of up to US$65 million across six projects as part of its new Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program.
Building a wearable MRI
Posted: 11 July 2017

What if we could see into another person's brain? Would the age of telepathy be upon us?
Perhaps that a little far-fetched, but this idea, of a wearable device that effectively acts as an MRI machine, could enable huge forward leaps in medical treatments. ...

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This Wearable MRI Device Could Help Us Read Minds
11 July 2017
A startup called Openwater that hopes "to create a wearable to enable us to see the inner workings of the body and brain at high resolution."