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THE MIDDLE CLASS IS DYING
Published on: 27 November 2014  
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There's a growing gap between the have-lots and have-very-littles
Dateline: 3 July 2024
In 2014 the richest one percent owned 48% of the world's wealth (US$ 127 trillion). It's ten years later and they just keep on getting richer while the middle class is shrinking at an alarming rate. Because affluence has been growing, you need a much higher living standard than before in order to be classified as 'middle class' today. Emerging economy populations, who made the middle class cut a few years ago, are falling behind again and businesses who cater for the average person on the street ...
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Smart luggage arrives
Posted: 26 November 2014  
Almost a decade ago we published this MindBullet about smart suitcases, and now the real products have arrived. Most of them allow tracking from your smartphone and can include a power bank to charge your devices on the move. They also weigh themselves. But they still don't press or clean your clothes.

I like the one that follows you around like a personal drone, though I suspect it's pretty ...
The world's coolest suitcase?
26 November 2014
A new high-tech, zipless suitcase offers travellers a sleek and 'sexy' way to travel, its designers claim
MindBullet logo SMART LUGGAGE IS 21ST CENTURY JEEVES
When a suitcase is not just a suitcase
Dateline: 14 October 2008
"It's completely unfair," said Molly Abernathy. "We've been waiting here for two hours before departure and that man arrives ten minutes before and gets ...
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Data vs Politics...whither the State?
Posted: 11 November 2014   1 Comment
Can algorithmic regulation ever replace or seriously challenge the role and relevance of Government inspired and managed regulation? Its a strange but interesting possibility.
The rise of data and the death of politics
11 November 2014
Tech pioneers in the US are advocating a new data-based approach to governance – 'algorithmic regulation'. But where does this leave governments, asks ...
MindBullet logo OPEN DATA BRINGS FREEDOM BUT TRANSPARENCY BREEDS FEAR
Privacy out the window as Big Data goes naked
Dateline: 1 November 2020
There has been a big push from private enterprise as well as government in the last decade to unshackle data in all its forms and make it easily ...
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Is this the key to new super-drugs?
Posted: 25 November 2014  
What a fascinating story! There are some people walking the planet who have a different genetic structure (generally a missing gene) to the rest of us - no-one knows why, but it provides them extraordinary protection against certain diseases. Now drug companies to racing to build compounds that imitate the effect of that missing gene. Could this be the key to a new generation of super-drugs? ...
Regeneron Builds a Database of Human Knockouts in Search for Drug Clues | MIT Technology Review
25 November 2014
They walk among us. Natural experiments, living ordinary lives, unaware that their genes may hold the clue to the next superdrug.
MindBullet logo SHOULD WE CREATE SUPERMAN - JUST BECAUSE WE CAN?
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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The future of cities is smart
Posted: 25 November 2014  
The concept of smart cities, connected by a network of inexpensive sensors and managed efficiently by analysis of Big Data, is very much an idea whose time has come. Here's a good analysis of the state of play. And, as we said in our 2011 MindBullet (alongside), business is at the heart of meeting these challenges.
Cities Look to Technology for Answers to Growing Challenges | MIT Technology Review
25 November 2014
Mobile apps, sensors, and other technologies help cities handle growing challenges.
MindBullet logo BUSINESS - THE ENGINE FOR SMART CITIES OF THE FUTURE
Partnerships drive great service and green cities
Dateline: 3 December 2021
Remember the days when towns and cities were 'owned' and poorly managed by municipalities and local governments? Days of indifferent service, disinterested ...
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OPEC to the rescue
Posted: 24 November 2014  
Could OPEC inadvertently rescue the global economy by pushing energy prices down quicker than market forces? This article tends to suggest that oil could drop well before our MindBullet timeline!
Brent Plunge To $60 If OPEC Fails To Cut
24 November 2014
While OPEC has been mostly irrelevant in the past 5 years as a result of Saudi Arabia's recurring cartel-busting moves,
MindBullet logo GOLD AT $800, OIL AT $64
The mini-boom is on
Dateline: 6 November 2016
Two years ago we saw the first faltering of the oil price, as Brent crude dipped below US$80 per barrel. Gold was also weak, at about US$1100 per ounce. ...
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GOLD AT $800, OIL AT $64
Published on: 20 November 2014   1 Comment
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The mini-boom is on
Dateline: 6 November 2016
Two years ago we saw the first faltering of the oil price, as Brent crude dipped below US$80 per barrel. Gold was also weak, at about US$1100 per ounce. This despite the ongoing crises in the Middle East and Ukraine. What was happening? Some put it down to weak demand and plentiful supply. Although the global economy had stabilized, there was no great appetite for oil at these prices. The United States was also producing more of its own oil and gas, becoming less dependent on the Gulf for ...
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Lest we forget the old industry leaders..
Posted: 19 November 2014  
This article just reminded me that there may still some life and innovation left in Microsoft! As a Surface Pro 3 user, perhaps I'm a little biased?
Microsoft is doing great, and so are Surface Pro 3 and Office 365
19 November 2014
The cloud has been a solid source of income for Microsoft in recent times, and while the company is still in the middle of a huge transition, the future
MindBullet logo MICROSOFT SURGES TO NEW PEAK
Apple in decline as consumers, and businesses, vote with their wallets
Dateline: 7 November 2016
The votes are in, and there's a new winner in the global race to be the biggest and best tech company. And the winner is Microsoft! Just four years ago, ...
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Toyota's Mirai is not the future of motoring
Posted: 19 November 2014  
Although 'mirai' means 'future' in Japanese, I don't think this car will be a mass market winner, not even in the 2020s. It's just too expensive, at around US$ 60,000 (in Japan) and entirely dependent on the ability to refuel it at hydrogen stations, which makes it a niche product in the extreme. I think a far better concept would be a plug-in electric car like Tesla with a small fuel cell to ...
Toyota Tackles Chicken And Egg With Rollout Plan for Hydrogen-Powered Mirai
19 November 2014
Carmaker will subsidize hydrogen infrastructure to jump-start acceptance of its new fuel cell vehicle
MindBullet logo FUEL CELLS TO THE RESCUE OF PLUG-IN ELECTRIC CARS
There's a resurgence in EVs, thanks to cheap fuel-cell technology and hydrogen
Dateline: 9 August 2016
Once the darling of the US administration, fuel-cell vehicles were the future of clean, green motoring. Fuel cells running on hydrogen produce only water ...
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Bitcoin will change the world
Posted: 18 November 2014  
Some may say it already has. In this excellent opinion piece, Ivo Vegter illuminates the way the blockchain technology behind Bitcoin is the truly revolutionary idea, with the potential to fundamentally alter the way the world does business.

"When people are able to circumvent the middlemen like this, they will. There is little that governments, central banks, or the financial industry can ...
The blockchain: How Atlas will shrug
18 November 2014
Already, Bitcoin has created a revolution in digital money. It meets most requirements of a currency: it is portable, durable, divisible, relatively ...
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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SUMMER FASHION FAILS TO SHIP
Published on: 13 November 2014  
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Pandemic to blame for factory lockdown
Dateline: 20 September 2015
There's only one thing worse than showcasing an average line on the runway and that is not modelling anything at all. This faux pas has befallen several fashion houses and the fashion police are looking for answers. A leaked document which has gone viral on Twitter, informs Mango, J.Crew and others that their production orders for Summer 2016 will not be ready for the season: "With more than half of the workforce under quarantine, it simply won't be possible to complete the shipment in time." ...
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Why we fear AI
Posted: 12 November 2014  
“We humans steer the future not because we’re the strongest beings on the planet, or the fastest, but because we are the smartest,” said James Barrat, author of “Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era.” “So when there is something smarter than us on the planet, it will rule over us on the ...
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 human brain. We call these cognitive systems. We've taught these cognitive systems how to learn, and how to be aware of other systems, each other, and ultimately, themselves. Now they are making their own decisions; because they can. In a ...
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Meet genomic Google!
Posted: 12 November 2014  
I am constantly fascinated by Google's approach to business: tremendous focus not only on what Google does today, but on what it can be in the future. What a lessons for leadership.
And how long before our MindBullet scenario alongside becomes a reality? ...
Now Google Wants Your Genome, Too | MIT Technology Review
12 November 2014
For $25 a year, Google will keep a copy of any genome in the cloud.
MindBullet logo MAIL US YOUR DAMAGED GENES
And we'll mend them and send them right back - by email
Dateline: 15 August 2022
Now that the bio-replicator is a reality, it is easy to transfer biological fragments from place to place - electronically! In fact, you can send the code ...
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Free internet access in the internet of everything world changes everything!
Posted: 11 November 2014  
Another industry is facing big challenges from renowned entrepreneur, Elon Musk. And the response today is predictable...how can he challenge us. And then Pres Obama stated yesterday that internet access should be free and neutral...and the cable companies resounded predictably...how can he say that! Its time that the UN statement in 2011 that internet access is a basic human right becomes ...
Elon Musk’s satellite army will bring cheap internet to the masses
11 November 2014
It seems as though Elon is in the news every week. the guy sure has a finger in every techno pie out there and remains the go-to guy to make sci-fi a ...
MindBullet logo LIFE AFTER THE INTERNET
Connectivity is now more than a human right - it's everywhere!
Dateline: 13 July 2018
We used to talk about Web 3.0, or the "Internet of things." And how quickly that vision has become a reality. No-one even calls it the web anymore, or ...
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Who's watching who?
Posted: 11 November 2014  
Five years ago we suggested that, in the future, every TV screen or monitor you watch will also be watching you. That was long before the advent of Smart TVs. The convenience of smart devices keeping track of your habits and preferences for you would outweigh the loss of privacy, wouldn't it?

Well we haven't reached that future in 2019 where every TV is a two-way video screen, but there ...
Amazon’s Echo and the smart TVs that are listening to and watching everything you do
11 November 2014
Pretty soon your toaster will soon be one of the few things that isn’t keeping track of your every move – or at least you’d hope so
MindBullet logo BIG BROTHER REALLY IS WATCHING YOU
Every screen you gaze at is looking back at you
Dateline: 4 August 2019
Ever since the innovation of integrating camera transistors with every pixel of an organic LED screen, it has become technically possible to make display ...
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Importance of messaging...aka communication!
Posted: 10 November 2014  
We used to talk to each other...and being good at it was critical! Nothing has changed except that we don't talk now, we message! And it is going to be even more critical, especially in a world of the internet of everything.
Why Facebook Has Entrusted Its Future to the CEO of PayPal | WIRED
10 November 2014
The company that controls messaging will control the future of the way we interact with people.
MindBullet logo IT KNOWS WHAT YOU'RE THINKING
Now we can communicate with our thoughts - and technology
Dateline: 13 June 2019
For generations, people have dreamed of communicating with their thoughts. Now, thanks to the first commercial device that successfully reads brainwaves ...
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Disruption insights - what can we learn?
Posted: 10 November 2014  
The music industry has and still is experiencing disruptions to its core business model and web of commercial and market relationships. It seems not to have learnt anything. What can we learn from this? You can't defy change. You can't defy disintermediation and you should not ignore new business and value creation models!
Taylor Swift and the Economics of Music as a Service
10 November 2014
How ubiquitous connectivity is changing an industry.
MindBullet logo WHO NEEDS AN AGENT AND A RECORD LABEL?
The self-promoting artist makes music on the 'net
Dateline: 1 December 2009
More than 70% of all recording artists say no to industry bosses. This is the reality says Groundswell.com, who has been tracking this space for the last ...
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IBM looks to Watson for help
Posted: 10 November 2014  
"IBM's vast research department is already a big part of the turnaround plan. Earlier this year the division was reorganized to ramp up efforts related to cognitive computing. The push began with the development of the original Watson, but has expanded to include other areas of software and hardware research aimed at helping machines provide useful insights from huge quantities of ...
MindBullet logo APPLE OVERTAKES OLD RIVAL IBM
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 ...
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Cannabis country
Posted: 7 November 2014  
With legalized cannabis operations across the United States a fairly likely future scenario, the opportunities for international marketing are intriguing. Just as with wine and beer, exotic brands and flavours from foreign lands will be the next trend after local varieties become well established. Countries ideally poised to benefit from the cannabis boom should start planning now.
The Marlboro of marijuana
7 November 2014
“FRESH and fruity, right?” says a bright-eyed young man behind the counter, wafting an open jar of something called “AK-47” under Schumpeter’s nose....
MindBullet logo WONDER WINE AND MAGIC SALADS
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 ...
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Robotic disruption
Posted: 6 November 2014   1 Comment
“You can’t wish away these things from happening, they are going to happen,” says Larry Page. “You’re going to have some very amazing capabilities in the economy. When we have computers that can do more and more jobs, it’s going to change how we think about work. There’s no way around that. You can’t wish it away.”

Larry Page makes an important point. Just because you don't like the idea of ...
Google's Larry Page shares his radical view of tomorrow
6 November 2014
After restructuring his own position, Google co-founder Larry Page is spending his time reshaping our future world - driverless cars are only the start.
MindBullet logo THE ROBOTS AREN'T COMING, THEY'RE ALREADY HERE!
Millions of jobs have gone to the machines – and now at the top end too!
Dateline: 26 September 2020
It was way back in 2012 that we predicted that by 2022, your boss would be a machine. We were wrong. It's happened this year, 2020, a full two years ...
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