Published on: 17 August 2017

Local activists stirring up resistance to the invasion

Dateline: 11 August 2019

"It's worse than migration," says an Arran spokesperson, "they are destroying our neighbourhoods and culture!" Arran is the radical anti-tourist movement in Spain. In Barcelona, Rome and Venice, protest marches have turned violent, and travel advisories have been issued by British and American authorities. Tensions between hordes of foreign tourists and nationalist locals have been escalating for the past two years, and are now boiling over. Share bikes and Uber cars have had their tyres slashed, ...

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The future death of Big Oil
Posted: 16 August 2017

This excellent analysis of how exponential technologies can flip an industry is well worth a read. The end of internal combustion engines spells the end of demand for gasoline. What isn't discussed in this article is that the sudden change will reverse the declining demand for electricity, but as we've discussed elsewhere, solar power is well positioned to take up the slack. Perhaps the best ...

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This is how Big Oil will die – NewCo Shift
16 August 2017
Self-driving cars will be electric because of cost. And the cost will be so low, oil will not survive.
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 ...
Computer virus transmitted by DNA
Posted: 15 August 2017

Years ago - 13 years to be specific, I wrote a MindBullet about a computer virus making the leap to a biological system, and infecting a human. Well, scientists have already demonstrated how one part of that loop could be accomplished. They edited a strand of DNA, coding it with malware that infected the machine designed to decode DNA!

DNA is just software, after all... ...

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Malicious code written into DNA infects the computer that reads it
15 August 2017
In a mind-boggling world first, a team of biologists and security researchers have successfully infected a computer with a strand of DNA. It sounds like..
SARS-22 outbreak linked to software bug
Dateline: 13 February 2022
Panic erupted in Hong Kong's Silicon Alley when it was discovered that the latest outbreak of SARS came from a computer virus. Thousands of people demanded ...
Making it in Space
Posted: 15 August 2017

Made In Space just took another step toward its goal of building telescopes and other large structures off Earth.
A 3D printer built by the California-based company churned out multiple polymer-alloy objects — the largest of which was a 33.5-inch-long (85 centimeters) beam — during a 24-day test inside a thermal vacuum chamber (TVAC) here in Silicon Valley at NASA's Ames Research Center in ...

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Space-Based 3-D Printing Reaches Milestone
15 August 2017
Successful test suggests “Archinaut” system could soon assemble huge structures in orbit
3D printing in space solves problem of launching huge rockets
Dateline: 3 November 2025
A decade ago the first 3D printer to go to space was sent to the International Space Station. It proved to be so useful, more, bigger printers soon ...
The infernal combustion engine's days are numbered
Posted: 11 August 2017

The Economist weighs in with an analysis of the future impact of the shift to electric cars, and says the death of the internal combustion engine will have many ramifications for industry and government in the future. As batteries become more efficient and cheaper, the advantages of electric propulsion accelerate, and cities will enjoy cleaner, healthier air.

But there are downsides, including ...

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The death of the internal combustion engine
11 August 2017
It had a good run. But the end is in sight for the machine that changed the world.
But they're driving the Energy Internet and saving the city
Dateline: 2 June 2030
It's official. It's now cheaper, on average, to buy a new electric car than one that burns gasoline, without subsidies. But it's not having any effect on ...


Published on: 10 August 2017

The internet of everything exposes all our faults

Dateline: 9 August 2020

There's an old adage of mobsters everywhere: "You're only guilty if you get caught!" Now it seems that everyone is guilty. Who can say they've never, ever committed a crime? Perhaps you cheated on a tax expense, or told a little white lie that made you look good; maybe you embellished your resume - just a bit - or left out a part of your history when you told all to your spouse-to-be. Probably most of us have exceeded the speed limit on occasion, or perhaps smoked or drank something we legally ...

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3 D Manufacturing gets real and disruptive
Posted: 9 August 2017

When a brand like Mercedes uses the technology in production then its real and disruptive.

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Mercedes begins 3D printing of metal parts | IOL Motoring
9 August 2017
Need an out-of-date or specialised aluminium part for a Mercedes-Benz van or Unimog? Now they can print it for you.
China no longer center of the manufacturing universe as the paradigm shifts
Dateline: 9 June 2025
Just as BT announces that it will no longer supply or support fixed-line phones, a report issued by the United Nations confirms two major paradigm shifts ...
Astonishing robots
Posted: 9 August 2017

The field of robotics is fascinating - and undergoing astonishing growth, Here;s an amazing video of 10 of the most advanced robots around, from robo-snakes and spiders to a robot cheetah.

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Megabot in action
Posted: 9 August 2017

And here's the latest video of the Megabot in action. ...

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Lessons from Battling Bots are shaping industry
Dateline: 16 August 2018
Who would have believed even three years ago that wrestling matches between giant robots would become the world's most popular TV entertainment - and would explosively advance the development of industrial and commercial robots? Transformers Smackdown, the weekly televised bot-battle, has entranced virtually every nation on the planet. The sight of giant metal beasts fighting to the death ...
Are we over-selling technology?
Posted: 9 August 2017

It's very easy to get caught up in the hype of the technology tsunami. So, for a cooling shower (if not a cold one!) read this HBR article on whether consumers actually want all the tech that is being offered to them. Good, solid advice from someone who has walked the talk.

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Electric cars' economic problems
Posted: 8 August 2017

Electric cars are making quite a splash, and now several EU governments are moving to ban petrol and diesel cars in the future. But what are the economic ramifications of widespread electric car ownership? Where will all the charging capacity come from, and how will current fuel taxes be replaced? Here's an article that looks at the potential impact in the UK. Quite a daunting scenario!

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The economic black hole at the heart of the shift to electric vehicles
8 August 2017
One option to replace lost fuel duty might be a tax on electric vehicle charging
Power utilities caught by surprise as charging demand soars
Dateline: 18 July 2019
The sudden surge in the popularity of electric vehicles has taken everyone by surprise - and is causing unexpected problems. The late night hours, when ...


Published on: 3 August 2017

Sending life to Mars in minutes

Dateline: 5 August 2024

I know we were promised the first humans on Mars by now, but it turns out, making the seven-month journey is pretty rough on people, and we're not ready to risk it yet. Our robots and rovers have been busy on Mars, building landing zones and habitats, and preparing the soil for the first plants. Now we're ready to send a small organism to be cultivated on Mars, to see if it will survive. Sending a mothership all that way, just for a microbe, would be a costly waste, if the experiment fails. But ...

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Mobile is not only about phones
Posted: 28 July 2017

Businesses are still behind the curve on creating truly great mobile experiences..... but mobile is about to expand beyond the phone! The potential is enormous!

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Your Mobile Strategy Can’t Just Be About Phones
28 July 2017
For one thing, 75% of cars will be connected by 2020.
Human-to-human transmission wins the day for mobile broadband
Dateline: 14 September 2019
First we tied the world in a tangle of copper cables. Next came miles of fiber optics. And all the time, the ultimate communications conduit was right ...
Cheap LIDAR not good enough for cars
Posted: 27 July 2017

This report from MIT says low-cost LIDAR isn't good enough for self-driving cars. But that may improve with time:

On the other hand, they're plenty accurate enough for slow-moving robots in the warehouse or home. Expect them to become commonplace, as this MindBullet suggests. ...

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Robotic vision has improved exponentially, and it's making them more 'human'
Dateline: 12 January 2020
In the last three years, laser-based optical radar, or LIDAR has come a long way. LIDAR became famous when Google started using it on their self-driving cars; but it was big, clumsy and slightly threatening. That spinning cylinder on top of a car or robot might help it navigate, but it looks so mechanical! Then along came digital 3D laser scanners. With a diamond-studded microchip at its ...


Published on: 27 July 2017

Peak airspace capacity relies on fully autonomous aircraft for holiday season

Dateline: 26 July 2027

As we approach the UK summer holidays and air traffic rises to its seasonal peak over South East England, aviation authorities have announced that only autopiloted flights will be allowed at airports servicing London and surrounds. "Automated take-off and landing is just so much more efficient," says Juliet Kennedy, Ops chief for NATS. "Humans can't deal with the pressure of 14-second gaps between planes!" Without this blanket ban on human-piloted craft and reliance on digital systems, the area ...

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Fake food from solar power
Posted: 25 July 2017 1 Comment

Yes, creating edible protein from electricity just became a reality. Although this was done in the lab, it could be scaled up to produce food for livestock or say, refugees from a shipping container sized 'factory'.

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Food From Electricity project bears its first protein-rich "fruit"
25 July 2017
A Finnish research project has created a batch of protein using electricity, water, carbon dioxide and microbes, in a small portable lab. The stuff is ...
Synthetic proteins and carbohydrates essential to safely feed burgeoning world population
Dateline: 1 May 2017
Manufactured and processed food is the healthy alternative these days. It's also more economically viable, and the only way to feed a global population ...
China's nuclear future
Posted: 25 July 2017

In China, everything is done at huge scale. They've got three big reactor units coming online soon, and a bunch more under construction and planned. And more and more home-grown tech like the digital control systems are being integrated into these power units. Eventually China intends to have almost 23% of their power from nuclear and a sizeable portion from renewables. Coal is still a big ...

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Three 1000 MWe nuclear reactors are nearing completion |
25 July 2017
Three 1000 MWe nuclear reactors are nearing completion in China
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 ...
Never charge your phone
Posted: 4 July 2017 2 Comments

A dozen years ago, we wrote a MindBullet about developments with nano materials that would make charging your phone unnecessary. Well, here's a story about new material that could require your phone to be charged only every three months. And with wireless charging also improving - in the lab at least - you might never have to consciously 'charge' your phone in the future.

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New Material Could Lead to Devices That You Only Need to Charge Once Every Three Months
4 July 2017
Researchers developed a new magnetoelectric multiferroic material which allowed processors to work with 100 times less energy.
New nanotechnologies set to scramble battery makers
Dateline: 15 August 2011
From a consumer point of view Motorola's new technology announcements may just mean more convenience. For battery manufacturers this could be the ...
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.
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.