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Limits to growth exist in the mind
Posted: 2 September 2014  
"Expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon." I don't think so.

As we wrote in our MindBullet STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS, the hypothesis around global collapse usually extrapolates current trends into the future, and forgets to consider that in the future, everything will be different, VERY different.

Having read the accompanying article, I don't ...
Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse
2 September 2014
Graham Turner and Cathy Alexander: Four decades after the book was published, Limit to Growth’s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research. ...
MindBullet logo STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS
The West deflates, China stagnates, and the rest of the world watches and worries
Dateline: 1 May 2040
As the 21st Century approaches middle age, prices are falling alarmingly. In real terms, everything from coal to electronics is cheaper than it was four ...
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Could Uber be ubered?
Posted: 2 September 2014  
This article from Quartz is subtitled "A platform for your platforms" and that makes the point that, in the new world of social and platform economics, even the leaders can be upstaged by... another disruptor!

So once again I ask the question, even of Uber: Will you be ubered?

Maybe the next Uber will use autocars, autonomous automobiles, that don't need any phones, just a connection. ...
A picture that should keep Uber’s investors up at night - Quartz
2 September 2014
Look at all those phones! It's unlikely that every single one is running a different car-service app, but there are enough operating in San Francisco that ...
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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Augmented ice cream
Posted: 2 September 2014  
Can you make ice cream more entertaining? What if you could bring it to life, using augmented reality?

Let's hope this animated graphic displays correctly:



via themetapicture.com ...
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Design fiction
Posted: 2 September 2014  
Here's a fascinating look at the products and services of the future, when they are commonplace and no longer brilliant innovations. There are some intriguing items like child-minding and dog-walking drones, and some more obscure ones like artisanal APIs and 'dataflage' (which is camouflaged data).

It's a different view of the world, and makes for interesting reading. Who knows, some of these ...
The catalog of the near future’s normal ordinary everyday
2 September 2014
Imagine a print distribution network with cloud-connected street vending/printer boxes. Overnight, algorithms API-shazam content for those boxes to print. Printed stuff piles up every night in those boxes, including cheap copies of a location-specific, regionally tuned catalog selling stuff for your normal, ordinary everyday life. This is TBD Catalog.
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Are social networks good or bad?
Posted: 1 September 2014  
This is such an interesting and such a controversial debate! Are the social networks socially good - or do they damage our humanity? This study from Italy is certainly powerful. If you feel like an extreme view, David Eggers has authored a powerful novel called "The Circle" which is a gripping read about the logical consequence of pervasive social connections...well worth a read!
We created a ...
Evidence Grows That Online Social Networks Have Insidious Negative Effects | MIT Technology Review
1 September 2014
A study of 50,000 people in Italy concludes that online social networks have a significant negative impact on individual welfare.
MindBullet logo FACEBOOK TO CLOSE: GEN Z REJECTS DIGITAL LIFESTYLE
Flower children of the twenties look for analogue bullet
Dateline: 12 January 2021
In what might be considered a typical anti-establishment rebellion of youth, teenagers of the 2020s seem to be disenchanted by their parents' excessive ...
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Rockets are tricky
Posted: 1 September 2014  
A week ago, a SpaceX Falcon 9 reusable rocket self-destructed 38 seconds after launch. That's not as bad as it sounds - it was a test prototype and no one was injured, no satellites lost. Elon Musk tweeted: "Rockets are tricky."

They sure are. Ariane Space, with lots of experience, had a worse result recently, when two Galileo satellites failed to reach the intended orbit. That's a pretty ...
Space X rocket explodes after launch; Musk Tweets rockets are 'tricky' - Dallas Business Journal
1 September 2014
Space X issued a statement saying there was an anomaly detected after launch and that the rocket self destructed, as it was supposed to do. No injuries were reported but falling debris did start a few grass fires.
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Robopocalypse now, soon or never?
Posted: 19 August 2014   1 Comment
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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The shift to the East is real
Posted: 30 August 2014  
With global demographics starting to underpin the economic shift to the East, the future landscape for global business is changing. Market power will shift, focus and skills will need to adapt and agility will become core to sustainability and success. This implies speed...and it is not something large companies are good at! I am constantly surprised on the downside by how slow and rules ...
The World's Largest Companies: China Takes Over The Top Three Spots
30 August 2014
For the first time, China is home to the world’s three biggest companies; it also lands five of the top 10 spots.
MindBullet logo THE DRAGON ROARS EAST
‘One China’ is the response as Taiwan formally declares independence
Dateline: 10 July 2008
The world held its breath today as a superpower conflict erupted in East Asia. In response to Taiwan's formal declaration of independence, China is ...
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The rules will never be the same!
Posted: 29 August 2014  
The internet of everything will shift value and disrupt business models. Ubiquitous connectivity will drive new and exciting relationships between humans , objects and new networks of mutually interdependent and inter related nodes. The playing field is about to explode!
When our wearables talk with our doctors | ZDNet
29 August 2014
Soon, our wearables could change health care – but perhaps not in the way you expect.
MindBullet logo VIRTUAL HUMAN FOR DIGITAL DOC
Whole-body simulation lets the computer prescribe the best treatment
Dateline: 23 June 2023
A UK team has announced it has completed building a fully computer-simulated human physiology for personalised healthcare. The Insigneo Institute at the ...
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Winging it
Posted: 29 August 2014  
It seems that Google might beat Amazon and DHL to the punch when it comes to delivery drones. Look at this concept just made public!
Project Wing: Google's Secret Delivery Drone Program
29 August 2014
The Atlantic reports that Google's skunkworks Google X team has spent the last two years working on a secret program. More than a loosely sketched concept ...
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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Virtual leadership training
Posted: 28 August 2014  
Leaders can be trained to be more effective, and we use exercises and role play in our Leader of the Future program to teach new skills. Could it also work with virtual interactions, with virtual humans? This HBR blog suggests it can.
How Virtual Humans Can Build Better Leaders
28 August 2014
Avatars are teaching social skills in simulations.
MindBullet logo VIRTUAL HUMAN FOR DIGITAL DOC
Whole-body simulation lets the computer prescribe the best treatment
Dateline: 23 June 2023
A UK team has announced it has completed building a fully computer-simulated human physiology for personalised healthcare. The Insigneo Institute at the ...
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Man vs. machines...where will it end?
Posted: 28 August 2014  
Interesting that it's OK for humans to die in war but not for machines to be used. The armaments industry is also facing disruption...who is actually voicing opposition to machine soldiers?
Killer robots a small step away and must be outlawed, says top UN official - Telegraph
28 August 2014
A senior UN official says battlefield robots that can kill without human control are a 'small step' away and should be banned
MindBullet logo SMART HOME BUG TURNS DEADLY
Homeowner dies as home automation system goes haywire
Dateline: 14 August 2018
It's a dream gone horribly wrong. The automated, connected world was supposed to make our lives and our homes better, easier and safer. But now it's turned ...
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IRL computing
Posted: 28 August 2014  
A long time ago (late '90'sI read an article in SciAm about the dangers of machines being governed entirely by software. The gist of it was that wetware (i.e. human) errors are something that we've evolved to deal with and although a faulty person may be scary, it's generally on a very limited scale and - in the absence of, or equivalency of, weaponry - pretty solvable (notable exceptions ...
MindBullet logo SMART HOME BUG TURNS DEADLY
Homeowner dies as home automation system goes haywire
Dateline: 14 August 2018
It's a dream gone horribly wrong. The automated, connected world was supposed to make our lives and our homes better, easier and safer. But now it's turned into a dreadful nightmare. Sure, there were plenty of minor glitches with early smart home systems. The vacuum cleaner switching on in the middle of the night. Electronic locks that wouldn't open. Heating and air-conditioning playing up. ...
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SMART HOME BUG TURNS DEADLY
Published on: 28 August 2014   2 Comments
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Homeowner dies as home automation system goes haywire
Dateline: 14 August 2018
It's a dream gone horribly wrong. The automated, connected world was supposed to make our lives and our homes better, easier and safer. But now it's turned into a dreadful nightmare. Sure, there were plenty of minor glitches with early smart home systems. The vacuum cleaner switching on in the middle of the night. Electronic locks that wouldn't open. Heating and air-conditioning playing up. Irritating, but hardly lethal. Until now... It seems the whole world has watched the morbidly riveting ...
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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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