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The energy revolution in Africa
Posted: 10 February 2016  
It's happening already. Rural Africans are leapfrogging obsolete grid infrastructure and going straight to the new model of distributed generation and smart consumption.

Azuri Technologies CEO: “We’re putting together a product that’s got the latest LED lights, it’s got lithium ion phosphate batteries which are similar to the batteries you get in Tesla supercars, we’ve got adaptive smart ...
The world’s most cutting-edge renewable tech is powering rural Africa - QUARTZ
10 February 2016
Africa's lack of electricity is being tackled with innovation.
MindBullet logo ENERGY GLUT CREATES NEW TRADE CHAMPIONS
Rich nations on the back foot as energy floods emerging economies
Dateline: 7 March 2019
The end of the oil age has heralded a glut in energy worldwide; but surprisingly the developing nations have been the first to benefit. While solving the ...
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Amazon University of the future
Posted: 10 February 2016  
Here's a scenario that reads almost like a MindBullet - imagining a review of Amazon University in 2030.

A great story that adds depth to our MindBullet last week on the subject of higher education! ...
How Amazon could destroy college as we know it
10 February 2016
For years, pundits have speculated that online instruction could begin to overtake traditional higher education, but too often have offered few details ...
MindBullet logo HIGHER EDUCATION FINALLY MAKES THE GRADE
Getting graduates ready for the 4th industrial revolution
Dateline: 5 September 2027
Universities are having a hard time - and not just your small town college. Even Harvard classrooms are emptying out as bureaucratic institutions are ...
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Fusion facts and fantasy
Posted: 9 February 2016  
There's an old saying that fusion power is only a decade away. And in a decade it will still be only a decade away. It's always a decade away!

The fact remains that, despite many different designs and experimental reactors, nuclear fusion, although possible, has never produced more power that what is required to produce fusion in the first place. As this article says: "Smashing hydrogen nuclei ...
Experimental Fusion Reactor Switched On in Germany
9 February 2016
The Wendelstein 7-X reactor is latest in a global push to build a practical reactor that harnesses the power of the stars.
MindBullet logo NUCLEAR FUSION A REALITY AT LAST!
Hyper laser produces 'cool fusion' from plasma
Dateline: 15 March 2011
Researchers at the National Ignition Facility have announced that they have done the impossible - produced entirely controllable, sustained nuclear fusion ...
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Reversing aging
Posted: 26 January 2016  
A new method from Stanford researchers paves the way for preventing and reversing the effects of aging on human cells. Perhaps the elixir of youth is closer than we think?
Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds
26 January 2016
Researchers delivered a modified RNA that encodes a telomere-extending protein to cultured human cells. Cell proliferation capacity was dramatically ...
MindBullet logo TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N ROLL, BUT TOO YOUNG TO DIE
The agony of being in your 120s
Dateline: 20 December 2027
It's tough being 122. If you thought puberty or being a twenty-something was challenging, just wait until you get to 120-something! You've got the body of ...
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Snap-To-It
Posted: 25 January 2016  
Here's a great idea for connecting your phone to the internet of things. Just snap a picture of the device and the cloud service identifies the device, and connects you to it. Hence Snap-To-It.
Taking a Picture of a Printer Could Let You Use It to Print
25 January 2016
Researchers are exploring how the camera on your smartphone could make it quick and simple to connect to smart gadgets like printers and projectors.
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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Bitcoin in a death spiral
Posted: 15 January 2016  
And so Bitcoin enters a declining phase, for many reasons. We've said all along that we were wary of Bitcoin's future, but more recently we've been much more excited by the potential for blockchain technology to re-invent financial and contractual processes.

Perhaps our MindBullet from the past was pretty close to the mark? ...
The resolution of the Bitcoin experiment
15 January 2016
I’ve spent more than 5 years being a Bitcoin developer. The software I’ve written has been used by millions of users, hu…
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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Surplus or scarcity?
Posted: 11 January 2016  
This Reuters opinion piece predicts that oil will suddenly become in short supply as high-cost producers are taken out, leaving the market open to OPEC price manipulation. This is despite the IEA view that oil prices will remain low until 2018.

Personally I am of the view that alternatives like solar will make an increasing impact, leading to lower demand, making the chance of price hikes ...
Oil will blow past $80 a barrel in 2016
11 January 2016
Low-cost OPEC producers will win the hydrocarbon price war because they can fight harder for longer. For now, OPEC is flooding the market with cheap crude. ...
MindBullet logo SUMMER OF SUPER SURPLUS
Commodity prices hit 60-year lows as oil halves
Dateline: 4 July 2016
The world is awash with basic commodities, and for many people, prices have not been so low in living memory. It's back to the 1950's in real terms for ...
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Let the drone wars begin
Posted: 19 December 2015  
It had to happen. Police attacking illegal drones with... drones!
Japanese Police Combat Illegal Drone Operations - Using More Drones - SERIOUS WONDER
19 December 2015
Japanese government prepares for cyberpunk future of bad guys using drones. - B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder
MindBullet logo DRONE HUNTING GOES VIRAL
Bullet-proof paint creates need for cyber weapons
Dateline: 27 August 2017
Since the development of bullet-proof paint two years ago, drone manufacturers were quick to protect their products from the 'drone hunters' who typically ...
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Hacking your body
Posted: 17 December 2015  
It's a sobering thought to consider what exponential advances in biotech could bring in the coming decades. Ray Kurzweil says that genetic manipulation will be a million times more powerful in twenty years - that's 20 exponential steps.

So if you're in your 50s today, by the time you are in your 70s, the ability to prolong average life will be vastly increased, and by the time you're 100, it ...
How to Hack Your Body to Live Past 120
17 December 2015
A high-profile group of futurists is exploring the possibility of extending human life. How will they do it? Treat the body like a computer.
MindBullet logo TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N ROLL, BUT TOO YOUNG TO DIE
The agony of being in your 120s
Dateline: 20 December 2027
It's tough being 122. If you thought puberty or being a twenty-something was challenging, just wait until you get to 120-something! You've got the body of ...
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Perhaps the pill is here already
Posted: 10 December 2015  
An American association for aging research has managed to get approval for trials of an existing drug to see if it helps not to 'cure' aging, but improve 'healthspan' which in turn can increase lifespan.
http://singularityhub.com/2015/12/06/longer-life-in-a-pill-may-already-be-available-at-your-local-drug-store/
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MindBullet logo TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N ROLL, BUT TOO YOUNG TO DIE
The agony of being in your 120s
Dateline: 20 December 2027
It's tough being 122. If you thought puberty or being a twenty-something was challenging, just wait until you get to 120-something! You've got the body of a 90-year-old; so what? It's still an effort to get out of bed, and those neuroprosthetic implants keep your mind sharp, but the constant software updates are literally giving you headaches. Slowing and reversing physical aging has become ...
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Car wars
Posted: 8 December 2015  
Now that everyone is accepting that, at some point in the future, we will have fully automated, driverless cars, the big question will be who dominates that industry. Will it be Uber, Apple, Tesla or some combination of Audi/BMW/Mercedes?

Here's an interesting article that explores the possibilities. ...
Driverless car wars
8 December 2015
When it comes to the glorious new future of self-driving cars, I'm something of a bear. Not a radical sceptic, mind you: I think self-driving cars are ...
MindBullet logo COMMUTING IS SO COOL IN THE iCAR
Road rage and accidents are a thing of the past now that we've got Apps-for-Cars to keep the traffic moving along
Dateline: 15 March 2017
It all started before I even got out of bed! A message on my bedroom smart-wall warned me that a burst water main was slowing traffic, and suggested I ...
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Cut out the aging genes
Posted: 3 December 2015  
Here's another article on CRISPR and the potential it holds for reversing aging in humans.

The author again asks the inevitable question: Once we are able to do it, should we? Perhaps in the future the real revolutionaries will the ones that opt out of the search for perfection, and endure and enjoy life as nature intended! ...
A Harvard professor says he can cure aging, but is that a good idea?
3 December 2015
Is the fountain of youth lurking somewhere in the code of life?
MindBullet logo WILL WE MOVE FROM SUPER-PETS TO SUPER-HUMANS?
Row as scientists suggest using animal DNA editing for humans
Dateline: 27 March 2018
A furious ethical row has reignited after Chinese and North Korean scientists proposed applying gene-editing techniques used to create 'super-pets' to ...
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Take an exercise pill
Posted: 3 December 2015  
Too busy or unable to exercise regularly. Now that researchers have fully mapped the molecular reactions to exercise, it should be possible to develop drugs that give all the benefits of exercise - without moving a muscle.

Seven years ago we suggested that might happen, with this MindBullet. ...
Exercise Drug
3 December 2015
Researchers have found that exercise triggers about 1,000 different molecular reactions, and they have now documented these reactions to create a ...
MindBullet logo FORGET THE FLAB, TAKE THE FAT-JAB
Anti-obesity drug set to radicalize new age health
Dateline: 24 November 2013
"Another slice of cream cake? Or another beer? And then when we've eaten, we'll go out and party all night! Oh, and do take a handful of chocolates with ...
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Getting ready for the eYuan
Posted: 30 November 2015  
Once the China yuan becomes an IMF reserve currency, how soon before it becomes an online favourite?
Next Big Future: China's yuan set for IMF reserve currency status
30 November 2015
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is expected to announce on Monday that China's currency, the yuan, will join the fund's group of international ...
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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Add some RAM to your brain
Posted: 25 November 2015  
Boost your brain with some extra memory - that's the promise of a chip in the head, and the subject of this MindBullet we published earlier this year. How long before it's commercially available?
First Human Tests of Memory Boosting Brain Implant—a Big Leap Forward
25 November 2015
“You have to begin to lose your memory, if only bits and pieces, to realize that memory is what makes our lives. Life without memory is no life at all.”... ...
MindBullet logo AI IS AUGMENTED INTELLIGENCE
That wunderkind has got a chip in her head
Dateline: 12 June 2029
We used to think of AI as artificial intelligence, but that's an old concept. Now we use it to mean augmented intelligence; natural human intelligence ...
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Old media tech mystifies new experts
Posted: 23 November 2015  
Just as we suggested in last week's MindBullet, we are losing the cultural memory and the ability to replay history using old media tech. Even if it works, we may have forgotten how to work it in the future!
Watch two kids hilariously try to figure out how a Walkman works
23 November 2015
When one mom found an old Walkman and tapes from the 80s, she decided to see if her kids could make any sense of them.
MindBullet logo YOU CAN'T PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM
We are losing history as sound and video recordings die at an alarming rate
Dateline: 3 November 2030
Technological obsolescence is killing human history. All those decades of music and audio recordings in the archives have only been partially digitized, ...
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Electricity - a basic human right
Posted: 9 November 2015  
I have a theory that, because our modern lifestyle above the poverty line depends on access to affordable energy, eventually many communities will expect affordable electricity as a basic right.

If Moore's law works the marginal price of solar power down to nothing, and the 'energy internet' becomes a reality, then we may well see electricity joining broadband as a basic necessity of life.

In ...
A Texas Utility Offers a Nighttime Special: Free Electricity
9 November 2015
In Texas, wind farms are generating so much energy that some utilities are giving power away.
MindBullet logo COMMUNICATIONS AND BANKING DEFINED AS BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS
Swedish and South African governments unleash human and economic potential
Dateline: 12 November 2009
Personal communications and basic financial services have joined shelter, education and health care as basic human rights. Within weeks of each other, the ...
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Man and Machine
Posted: 6 November 2015  
In this 28-minute video, futurist Gerd Leonhard presents an audio-visual reading of his book chapter, Redefining the relationship of Man and Machine.

Well worth watching if you want to explore the future impact of automation on society in depth. ...
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Breakthrough wireless disruption
Posted: 3 March 2014   1 Comment
Steve Perlman of Artemis Networks is going beyond the limits of the wireless spectrum - but he's sticking to radio to do it. Rather than turning to LEDs to distribute high speed broadband to mobile devices, he has created a unique software-defined network that uses the interference of overlapping signals to provide a 'personal cell' for every device, no matter how many are active in the ...
Artemis’s pCell Promises a Revolutionary Cure for Slow Wireless Data | TIME.com
3 March 2014
A veteran tech entrepreneur says that he's about to deliver uncompromised bandwidth to every phone.
MindBullet logo GO BEYOND THE LIMITS OF THE WIRELESS SPECTRUM
For free energy and communication at light speed, take a walk on the bright side
Dateline: 15 August 2020
It's amazing how a few bright ideas can shift the world! Two breakthroughs have crept up on us and swept the globe - and cut the cost of connectivity and ...
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Robots learning from each other
Posted: 28 October 2015  
Should we be scared? Is this the start of the Robot Internet? Or is RoboBrain the next big leap forward in technology that will enrich our lives?
Robot Culture: Research Bots Share What They’ve Learned
28 October 2015
A robot at Brown University learned how to perform a task from a very different robot at Cornell University.
MindBullet logo ROBOEARTH TAXES THE MACHINES
With robots paying labour tax, the 99% can be as idle and as comfortable as the elites
Dateline: 4 July 2025
We're living in the age of abundance. The age of the algorithm. The age of... well, automated utopia. Who would have thought that this soon, with machines ...
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