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Improbable but not impossible
Posted: 31 July 2014  
When we published this MindBullet several years ago, we didn't really expect this technology to emerge as more than improbable, but now it seems even NASA is giving it credulity!
Nasa validates 'impossible' space drive (Wired UK)
31 July 2014
Nasa is a major player in space science, so when a team from the agency this week presents evidence that "impossible" microwave thrusters seem to work, ...
MindBullet logo CHINA'S MAGNETIC SPACESHIP ENGINE SUPERCEDES REALITY
Revolutionary 'electric rocket' reaches Mars without fuel
Dateline: 1 April 2029
They said it was impossible, but China has done it. After decades of skeptical press in scientific circles, an engine has been built that actually delivers ...
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Disney and the magic data kingdom
Posted: 30 July 2014  
While we futurists and trend watchers are expounding on the joys of the Internet of Things, and how we can use data to create deeper and richer customer experiences, companies like Disney are doing just that. Here's a first hand account of Disney magic put to work:

For those who reserve a vacation at Disney’s website, the MagicBands are treated like precious tiaras. Upon booking, each member ...
Welcome to Dataland | re:form
30 July 2014
Design fiction at the most magical place on Earth
MindBullet logo TRACK ME ONCE, TRACK ME TWICE
New wearable tech is making (some of) us happier and healthier people
Dateline: 2 September 2015
Google Glass started it all, and now the viral spread of the Quantified Self meme is showing us the good, the bad and the ugly on the screens of our high ...
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Gazprom might have problems
Posted: 30 July 2014  
Gazprom might think Europe needs it more than it needs customers in the west, because it has plenty of demand in Asia. But it seems it's not only demand that's at issue.
Power failure
30 July 2014
GAZPROM is usually seen, especially by Europeans, as a powerful tool of Kremlin-led statecraft. But in Central Asia, a region that was once part of the ...
MindBullet logo GAZPROM THUMBS ITS NOSE AT EUROPE
China becomes Russia's biggest single customer as massive pipeline goes live
Dateline: 7 April 2018
Four years ago, Europe was Russia's largest energy importer, and the bulk of that business was pipeline gas from Gazprom. Then came the Crimea Crisis, and ...
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China's frozen food craze
Posted: 29 July 2014  
This article in the New York Times magazine gives great insight into the birth of Chinese innovation and entrepreneurship, what I like to call an "innovateur":

"His first patent covered a production process for the balls themselves; a second was for the packaging that would protect them from freezer burn. Soon enough, Chen realized that both innovations could be applied to pot stickers, too. ...
What Do Chinese Dumplings Have to Do With Global Warming?
29 July 2014
Chen, who is 72, never planned on being a dumpling mogul. Like almost everyone who came of age during the Cultural Revolution, he didn’t get to choose his ...
MindBullet logo FUEL AND FOOD CRISIS SPARKS NEW GLOBAL INFLATION SPIRAL
Millions of automobiles and western lifestyles push China's consumption beyond sustainable limits. It's another '70s style stagflation scenario.
Dateline: 25 August 2017
Even as computers and electronic devices become as cheap as the value of their waste components, prices are rocketing up for gasoline, diesel and food ...
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OK computer, improve yourself
Posted: 29 July 2014  
Here's a fascinating look at one of the seven digital megatrends - the rise of super artificial intelligence. What if you could tell your AI computer to "go read the internet" or watch every movie ever made, then improve itself from what it has learned?
How Artificial Superintelligence Will Give Birth To Itself
29 July 2014
There's a saying among futurists that a human-equivalent artificial intelligence will be our last invention. After that, AIs will be capable of designing ...
MindBullet logo SAM DOESN'T KNOW SHE'S A BOT
Super Artificial Intelligence agent thinks it's a real person
Dateline: 7 January 2019
You may recall the movie 'Her' where the lead character falls hopelessly in love with his virtual girlfriend Samantha. She returns his love, even though ...
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Fracking in the UK
Posted: 28 July 2014  
As the need for energy security increases, even environmentalists are in favour of fracking:

"This is because Britain will continue to use gas for heating and as a backup to capricious wind and solar electricity. If the industry can't get British gas it will import liquefied gas - and the energy needed to turn gas liquid makes it worse for the climate than home-produced gas."

And it would be ...
Limits on fracking in beauty spots
28 July 2014
The controversial process of fracking, could get the go ahead in Britain's top beauty spots, but only in "exceptional circumstances".
MindBullet logo GAZPROM THE BIGGEST CASUALTY IN CRIMEA CRISIS AFTERMATH
Merkel declares Germany free of Russian gas
Dateline: 5 April 2019
Yesterday, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany had achieved a new level of energy security and independence. "It has taken us five years to ...
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Printing electronics
Posted: 24 July 2014  
At this point, most desktop 3D printers let you make plastic objects from a computer design, but there are some others available or in development too. One startup is building an affordable metal 3D printer, while Squink lets you print circuit boards.

It's just a matter of time before we'll be able to print a whole smartphone, including the battery and screen! ...
Squink Lets You Print A Circuit Board For The Price Of A Cup Of Coffee
24 July 2014
3D printing has changed the way engineers test products, allowing them to cut down on time and costs. But what about 3D printing the components that go ...
MindBullet logo YOUR LATEST GADGET HAS ARRIVED - BY EMAIL
Apple's Nanofax creates digital consumer products at home
Dateline: 5 January 2012
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, Apple's designers unveiled their latest strategic innovation. Dubbed the nanofax, this device is ...
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Spaceflight becomes routine business
Posted: 24 July 2014  
It was 45 years ago that Apollo 11 landed on the moon, an incredible feat of engineering. The Saturn V launch vehicle remains the most powerful rocket ever launched.

Ten days ago, SpaceX launched six satellites into orbit on Flight 12 of the Falcon 9 rocket, and it hardly got any press. Because it was routine, humdrum, maybe slightly boring. Nothing went wrong. But an interesting feature was a ...
Moonwalkers: Stunning Photos from Apollo 11 : DNews
24 July 2014
45 years after the Apollo 11 launched to the moon, Discovery News relives the adventure of Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins' lunar mission through some ...
MindBullet logo THE FINAL (BUSINESS) FRONTIER
Space tourism and satellite launches compete for profits
Dateline: 27 September 2015
The race to launch a successful private space business has been won - and the victor, surprisingly, is not Virgin's Sir Richard Branson, but a 40-year-old ...
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Clash of the Tech Titans
Posted: 23 July 2014  
In this struggle, the corporate market is the prize. Who will win the battle, Microsoft or Apple? Or will it be Google, or possibly Amazon? Are the old giants like IBM going to survive? It could be a fight to the death, for some.
Game On: The Struggle for the Enterprise Begins
23 July 2014
Landmark announcements rocked the Enterprise IT market in last week. First Apple and IBM announced an historic partnership to bring iOS devices to the ...
MindBullet logo SILICON VALLEY'S GOLDEN YEARS DRAW TO A CLOSE
It's the end of the Boomer era in Silicon Valley - and the start of something much bigger
Dateline: 16 June 2016
Bill Gates has said his last goodbye. Announcing his decision to retire from his position as Chairman of Microsoft, Gates wished the company well and said ...
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Robots reading the news
Posted: 21 July 2014  
The robots are coming:

"South Korea deploys jellyfish-terminating robots, while a robot with artificial intelligence able to analyse market trends has become a company director in Hong Kong."

We've published a number of MindBullets about our robotic future. The one attached to this post is the most recent. Just search MindBullets for 'Robot' to find the others! ...
Getting closer to Blade Runner future
21 July 2014
Tokyo - A future in which it is difficult to tell man and machine apart could soon become reality, scientists say, after recent robotic breakthroughs in ...
MindBullet logo LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
Google's robots do the heavy lifting, drive the dump trucks and haul the garbage
Dateline: 17 July 2018
Now that Google has become the leading developer of robots, including humanoid robots, we can leave them to do all the unpleasant, dangerous, and boring ...
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No internet, no problem
Posted: 18 July 2014  
In a world where we depend on wireless signals to be connected, it's good to know that there are personal alternatives emerging to the monopolistic mobile operators and internet providers. There are apps like FireChat and OpenGarden that allow smartphones to connect to each other by WiFi and Bluetooth, but they have limited range and only really work in an urban environment.

GoTenna is a long ...
No signal? GoTenna has a messaging gadget that will work in the middle of nowhere
18 July 2014
Using extremely low-band frequencies, goTenna’s little baton can connect your iPhone or Android smartphone into any other goTenna-enabled smartphone even ...
MindBullet logo IT'S AN ONLINE WORLD AS 'PEOPLENET' TAKES OFF!
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 ...
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Flying robot farmers
Posted: 14 July 2014  
There's a new role for drones: Collecting big data for farmers to help them move to the next big step in farming, precision agriculture.
Will drones become the future of farming?
14 July 2014
Pilotless drones have had a big impact on the battlefield, serving as eyes in the sky and attack aircraft. But could they find another role on our farms?
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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Dangers also abundant in future
Posted: 10 July 2014  
Futurist Thomas Frey supports our thinking that abundance comes with turbulent consequences, technological unemployment being one of them:

"Even though we are headed toward a world of abundance, having a significant loss of jobs due to robots and automation has the potential of causing a near term backlash." ...
The Growing Dangers of Technological Unemployment and the Re-Skilling of America
10 July 2014
Futurist Thomas Frey: In March, when Facebook announced the $2 billion acquisition of Oculus Rift, they not only put a giant stamp of approval on the ...
MindBullet logo THE CURSE OF ABUNDANCE
Free energy spawns hordes of wetbots and kills off big brands
Dateline: 13 July 2033
"We're closing up shop. Wetbots made us broke." The production chief of iRobot consumer products grins ruefully. "Luckily we've still got our military ...
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Long live longevity
Posted: 8 July 2014   1 Comment
The possibility for humans to extend their lives by hundreds of years is becoming less of a fantasy and more like a future reality. According to this article, a new enzyme and a hormone offer the chance of preventing aging and extending life in mammals. Will our scenario published nine years ago become a hot topic in the near future?

The implications of technology like this becoming affordable ...
This is thrilling life-extension news – for dictators and the ultra-rich
8 July 2014
George Monbiot: Longevity science may divide us into treated and untreated: the first living ever longer, the second dying even younger than now
MindBullet logo WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE FOREVER?
You'd better check how many years you can afford
Dateline: 13 September 2025
Two decades ago, Ray Kurzweil and Aubrey de Grey were often considered the lunatic fringe of science. Living forever? What nonsense! Then, ever so slowly, ...
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Solar beats coal
Posted: 8 July 2014  
In Australia, rooftop solar is disrupting the power business:

"Coal, of course, will never be free. And the rapid uptake of rooftop solar – dubbed the democratisation of energy – is raising the biggest challenge to the centralised model of generation since electricity systems were established more than a century ago."

We've been talking for years about how energy technologies were going to ...
Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete
8 July 2014
Giles Parkinson: As early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. By 2040 over half of all electricity may be generated in the ...
MindBullet logo COAL HITS US$10 PER TON AS SOLAR POWER SHINES
Nano solar films bring cheap energy to sunshine states
Dateline: 5 May 2018
It's hard to believe that a mere decade ago fossil fuels were at a premium, and everyone talked of 'peak oil' and the high prices of natural gas and coal. ...
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A blanket to keep you happy
Posted: 3 July 2014  
British Airways likes to keep its first class customers happy, so they're trying out a high-tech blanket that shows your mood, even when you're asleep, by changing colour.

This is a great example of how technology can be used to create non-invasive feedback to improve customer service. As long as the crew take notice and do something about it, that is! ...
British Airways Creates a 'Happiness Blanket' to Help First-Class Fliers Sleep Better
3 July 2014
The blanket can read a passenger's mental state, helping the airline tweak its service
MindBullet logo THE COMING FACE OF AIR TRAVEL
There isn't one: No pilots and no air traffic controllers
Dateline: 10 July 2019
When NATS, the UK National Air Traffic Control Service, was partially privatized in 2001, with the state retaining a 49% share, it started a long-running ...
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Monetising your personal data
Posted: 1 July 2014  
Jennifer Lyn Morone wants to own her personal data and use it as an asset, so she has decided to become a company. The Economist explores this attempt to "establish the value of an individual in a data-driven economy."

Is this a future business model for people who are seen by the data giants as a source of profit? Or is it merely an academic exercise, an art project? Will we see banks ...
The incorporated woman
1 July 2014
FACEBOOK, Amazon, Twitter and a host of other big companies in today’s “data-driven economy” share one thing in common: they make a living from ...
MindBullet logo WE'RE ALL SLAVES TO BIG DATA
Information overload and too much choice lead to anxiety and depression
Dateline: 22 April 2016
Three years ago, in 2013, the world was trying to estimate what the true size and impact of 'Big Data' would be. It seems like we got much more than we ...
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Exporting US oil
Posted: 25 June 2014  
The first steps towards America becoming an oil exporter have been taken. Will US companies eventually have enough shale oil to export crude? Will they be allowed to?

Our MindBullet published two years ago raised this scenario. ...
U.S. rules to loosen four-decade ban on oil exports
25 June 2014
The Obama administration quietly cleared the way for the first exports of unrefined American oil in four decades.
MindBullet logo AMERICA THE OIL EXPORTER
Unconventional oil and gas alters the geopolitical balance
Dateline: 4 July 2025
Over the last 20 years, North American oil and gas reserves have been boosted by the large scale exploitation of so-called unconventionals - mainly shale ...
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The demise of ownership
Posted: 25 June 2014  
Here's another example of platform economics shaking up the status quo. When access trumps ownership. The Guardian calls it the "demise" of ownership.
How Girl Meets Dress is capitalising on the demise of ownership
25 June 2014
Anna Bance of Girl Meets Dress explains how her service taps into a growing preference for experience over ownership
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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Hypersonic airliners
Posted: 24 June 2014  
Richard Branson's idea for hypersonic travel in the future is certainly audacious:

"We will be producing supersonic planes which will go far, far faster than Concordes," he said of the British Airways Concorde aircraft, which was able to go from London to New York in three hours but was retired in 2003 because it was no longer profitable.

When asked what his aircraft could potentially do, ...
MindBullet logo TAKE THE TUBE TO NEW YORK
Vacuum tube transport gets you there in double-quick time
Dateline: 15 May 2022
It's been a decade in the building, but yesterday the super high speed tube line was officially opened. Four times faster than a jet plane, the SpaceTube ...
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