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Diesel's future
Posted: 17 April 2014   1 Comment
Personally I am much more optimistic about the future of diesel, and don't think this scenario of diesel being banned will materialize. Diesel is a very efficient store of energy, and is the backbone of heavy trucking globally. While it might be feasible to convert some trucks to natural gas, converting them to petrol is not a proposition.

New technology is winning the day for diesel. In ...
New Generation of Clean Diesel Technology Is Fueling U.S. Economic Growth
17 April 2014
In The Past 10 Years, Emissions From Diesel Trucks And Buses Have Been Reduced By 99% For NOx And 98% For Particulate Emissions
MindBullet logo DEADLY DIESEL'S CENTURY ENDS ABRUPTLY
Germany first to put health before economy
Dateline: 12 July 2017
Germany's Berliner Zeitung put it succinctly: Diesel Backfires - Decades of government support can't hide the ugly truth. It was only three years ago ...
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Google gets its drone on
Posted: 16 April 2014  
Perhaps upstaging Facebook, Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the maker of those solar powered drones that can fly high enough to act as comms satellites. Guess that means we'll be seeing the Googlenet come alive sooner rather than later.
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
16 April 2014
Web giant Google is buying Titan Aerospace, presumably to help it blanket the world in internet connectivity beamed from drones and balloons.
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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Are you a servant or driver?
Posted: 15 April 2014  
"Gourley said that there are two types of relationships we are already used to, where we are the product or the owner. We are the product on sites like Facebook, where algorithms match us with ads. We are the owner when we subscribe to a service that serves up content we would like or automatically does a task for us.

Then there are two emerging categories: servant and driver. Humans may soon ...
Algorithms will do more and more of the thinking in the world
15 April 2014
“This is a world where the speed of light has to be factored into the equations for buying and selling,” Quid founder and CTO Sean Gourley said at the ...
MindBullet logo THE FUTURE IS ALGORITHM SHAPED
Cloud-based algorithms determine our daily routine and schedule - and our love lives
Dateline: 27 April 2017
We can't predict the future, but the clues are all around us. We're all connected, to each other, to everything, in so many ways. Our daily lives are part ...
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Nigeria moves into the lead
Posted: 8 April 2014  
As we accurately foretold some years ago, Nigeria has surpassed South Africa to be come the continent's biggest economy. The sudden leap into the lead is the result of rebasing the 'real' GDP estimates, which might be construed by some as statistical trickery, but an earlier rebasing might have put Nigeria in the lead years ago.

Be that as it may, South Africa is still poised to be the ...
Base jumping
8 April 2014
Nigeria has become Africa's largest economy. FIGURES published on April 6th put Nigeria's GDP at 80.2 trillion naira ($509 billion) in 2013, taking it ...
MindBullet logo NIGERIA LEADS THE AFRICAN REVOLUTION
As the African Decade draws to a close, there is a very clear new regional economic leader, and it's not South Africa
Dateline: 16 December 2019
Africa, the dark continent of the past, has enjoyed a decade of growth and prosperity, due in no small part to the resource-hungry giants of the East. ...
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Europe's gas guzzling problem
Posted: 4 April 2014  
The Crimean crisis brings into sharp focus the vast consumption by the EU of Russian gas. This lengthy article by the Economist reveals the complexity of the situation, but ultimately sums it up in one paragraph:

"Though making a real dent in Europe’s reliance on Russian gas will take political will, money and the best part of a decade, merely moving in that direction will shift the balance of ...
Conscious uncoupling
4 April 2014
WHEN Vladimir Putin was bribing Viktor Yanukovych, then the president of Ukraine, to turn down a trade deal with the European Union last year, one of the ...
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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Free Windows for phones
Posted: 3 April 2014  
Almost four years ago, we suggested in a MindBullet that Microsoft and Facebook should team up and produce a mobile device with free operating software and internet access. We called it the Flexipad and explained how this business model could work for them.

Well, buried in the reporting from Microsoft's latest Build conference was this little gem: "Also for devices of less than 9 inches, ...
Microsoft Execs Wow Developers With New Phones, 'Cortana' And A Vision For Microsoft's Future
3 April 2014
Microsoft announced a lot of new features for Windows Phone 8.1 including Cortana, its competitor to Siri and three new Nokia Lumia phones.
MindBullet logo FREE WINDOWS FOR FLEXIPADS
Microsoft and Facebook go 'beyond zero' with free software and access for tablet computers
Dateline: 17 October 2012
Microsoft has stunned the tech world with the announcement that they are giving away Windows software for free. But to be fair, there is a catch. Windows ...
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Synthetic life
Posted: 2 April 2014  
When we published this MindBullet in 2007, we thought that it would be decades before people started churning out artificial life forms from computer designs. But this report of a computer-designed chromosome surviving replication in a yeast cell makes it look like a scenario that has come a whole lot closer.

Of course, it's going to be some time before we can manufacture dragons and orcs, but ...
Designer genes take a leap forward after scientists make new chromosome
2 April 2014
Look miles into the future and imagine a day, when geneticists can design a flawless set of human genes in a laboratory.
MindBullet logo SYNTHETIC LIFE MAKES THE JUMP FROM VIRTUAL WORLDS
Artificial DNA used to make live replicas of game characters
Dateline: 8 August 2028
Now that scientists have perfected the technique of synthesizing DNA, it is possible to take computer-generated characters from virtual world environments ...
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China's grand plan for cities
Posted: 27 March 2014  
China's latest urbanization policy has strong environmental overtones.

According to Xinhua, the plan says China should strive to push for "harmonious and pleasant living conditions in cities by making basic public services accessible to all permanent urbanites and pursuing better ecology, more clean air and safe drinking water."

China's ultimate ambition is to have a population that mirrors ...
Beijing unveils landmark national urbanization plan
27 March 2014
China on Sunday unveiled an urbanization plan for the 2014-2020 period in an effort to steer the country's urbanization onto a human-centered and ...
MindBullet logo MIDDLE KINGDOM REIGNS SUPREME
China beats the odds and the analysts and doubles its economy in a decade
Dateline: 8 August 2025
China has proven all its detractors wrong - again. Despite predictions of economic collapse by global doomsayers, China has doubled its GDP in ten years, ...
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Why bother with a phone?
Posted: 24 March 2014  
You could send your old phone into space, to act as a personal spy satellite. But why bother with something that big, when there's the KickSat nano satellite available?

One thing that bothers me, if they are going to release 250 of these tiny gadgets into orbit, won't they just become a cloud of space debris after a while? It's already crowded up there. Do we really want to make it more ...
MindBullet logo SEND YOUR PHONE INTO SPACE
Home-made spy satellites are all the rage
Dateline: 10 October 2015
More and more people are 'going' into space on a shoestring - and controlling their very own spy satellites from their iPads. Like 3D printing, the idea of building your own pico satellite began with science students and hobbyists, but now consumers are getting into the act. At a fraction of the price of a ticket on Virgin Galactic, you can order a tiny satellite online, or just download ...
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You are where you Tweet
Posted: 24 March 2014  
As we speculated in this MindBullet, the future is algorithm shaped. Now IBM has an algorithm that predicts where you live, using your tweets as input.
How Your Tweets Reveal Your Home Location
24 March 2014
IBM researchers have developed an algorithm that predicts your home location using your last 200 tweets.
MindBullet logo THE FUTURE IS ALGORITHM SHAPED
Cloud-based algorithms determine our daily routine and schedule - and our love lives
Dateline: 27 April 2017
We can't predict the future, but the clues are all around us. We're all connected, to each other, to everything, in so many ways. Our daily lives are part ...
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NASA says we're doomed
Posted: 20 March 2014  
Will our technology-based civilization collapse in the coming decades? A new study funded by NASA seems to suggest it's likely. Certainly many advocates of "Limits to Growth" and projections of global population exceeding 10 billion would agree. But here's the thing. The future doesn't necessarily reflect past cycles, and globalisation makes comparisons with previous advanced civilizations ...
According to NASA’s model based study, we are headed to Civilization Collapse
20 March 2014
A model based study is full of gloom and doom:  Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for ‘irreversible collapse’?  It makes our book Global ...
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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Drinking on the Moon
Posted: 19 March 2014  
What could be more exotic than having a drink on the Moon? A drink of water, that is, manufactured water, manufactured on the Moon! I guess that is a crazy scenario, but far enough into the future, anything might be possible.

As long as they've got the interplanetary ubernet working by then, maybe we can just teleport the water up there... ...
NASA is planning to make water and oxygen on the Moon and Mars by 2020 | ExtremeTech
19 March 2014
NASA is forging ahead with plans to make water, oxygen, and hydrogen on the surface of the Moon and Mars. If we ever want to colonize other planets, it is ...
MindBullet logo BE MY MARTIAN VALENTINE
And we'll connect on the interplanetary internet
Dateline: 14 February 2028
Ten years ago we witnessed the first private, robotic mission to Mars, which also led to the start of an internet network linking all the rovers and probes ...
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Bring on the bionic broccoli
Posted: 18 March 2014  
We've suggested before that we might copy nature and create synthetic leaves, that harness energy from the sun better than solar panels, and more like, well, plants. But how about using plants enhanced with nano-particles? Are they super-plants, bionic plants, or smart plants? Broccoli for a brighter future!
Supercharged bionic plants to detect pollutants, explosives
18 March 2014
MIT researchers have found a way to enhance photosynthesis, and the same method can be used to bolster plants with superpowers like detecting TNT and ...
MindBullet logo SCIENCE CLONES NATURE FOR 'FREE' ENERGY PLAN
Nano-machines do photosynthesis better than leaves
Dateline: 12 June 2030
What started as a bold project at Imperial College London in 2009, has now reached its first stage of commercialization in the deserts of north ...
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The second machine age
Posted: 14 March 2014  
"The first machine age not only boosted human living standards, but was also complementary to human labor. In the second machine age, we expect another boost in living standards but it’s unclear whether the new technologies are going to be complements or substitutes to human labor."
Andrew McAfee & Erik Brynjolfsson, co-authors of The Second Machine Age
14 March 2014
The Industrial Revolution produced machines that required human input. But is the digital revolution rendering labor obsolete?
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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What do you offer the customer who has access to everything?
Posted: 13 March 2014   1 Comment
That's the challenge facing the global player in the digital age. And algorithms are the answer.

This article from the Atlantic takes a look at the Algorithm Economy, and how it's shaping our lives as consumers. ...
The Algorithm Economy: Inside the Formulas of Facebook and Amazon
13 March 2014
Today we rely on digital monopolies to organize and personalize our reading and shopping experiences. Is that so bad?
MindBullet logo THE FUTURE IS ALGORITHM SHAPED
Cloud-based algorithms determine our daily routine and schedule - and our love lives
Dateline: 27 April 2017
We can't predict the future, but the clues are all around us. We're all connected, to each other, to everything, in so many ways. Our daily lives are part ...
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Bitcoin, what are you?
Posted: 12 March 2014  
Bitcoin's wild ride isn't over yet. But as we said before, it won't be a currency unless it changes in radical ways. Goldman Sachs seems to agree.

On the other hand, maybe Bitcoin is one of those things we don't understand enough yet. Perhaps it's the precursor to a new digital financial model that breaks the bonds with the established paradigm and ushers in a new era of 'money' as a concept ...
Goldman Sachs: Bitcoin Is Not A Currency | TechCrunch
12 March 2014
Goldman Sachs thinks that bitcoin believers need to take a cold shower, drink some coffee, and sober up. In the wake of Mt. Gox's collapse, the supposed..
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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Data for your algorithm
Posted: 12 March 2014  
That's why Google, the king of the algorithm, is getting into home automation, robots, driverless cars and maybe drones. The internet of things, or as we prefer to call it the 'Internet of Everything' will drive the next data tsunami, with billions and then trillions of connected devices and 'enchanted objects'. And we all know that any good algorithm needs good data, and lots of it.
For Google, it’s all about the data
12 March 2014
The company’s recent US$3,2bn Nest acquisition is about tracking what you do not only on the Internet but offline, in the comfort of your home, too. By ...
MindBullet logo THE FUTURE IS ALGORITHM SHAPED
Cloud-based algorithms determine our daily routine and schedule - and our love lives
Dateline: 27 April 2017
We can't predict the future, but the clues are all around us. We're all connected, to each other, to everything, in so many ways. Our daily lives are part ...
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Cognitive cooking
Posted: 10 March 2014  
I've heard of cognitive computing, but how about cognitive cooking? The IBM Food Truck uses big data, cognitive systems and social media input (plus a few top chefs) to create dishes that have never been tried before - and they're great!
Cognitive Cooking
10 March 2014
A food truck powered by your tweets and a cognitive computer
MindBullet logo FOOD IS NOTHING BUT I.P.
Billionaire digital chef creates the ultimate franchise
Dateline: 12 October 2023
When the first 3D ink-jet printers appeared, they were typically used for high-tech applications that could justify the cost. Leading-edge medicine was an ...
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Ukranian confusion
Posted: 5 March 2014   1 Comment
It's fascinating to watch the crisis in Ukraine play out on mainstream and social media. Flipping between the channels presents so many different perspectives. Western media take the line that Putin has invaded, and Obama wants to support the populist uprising and overthrow of an authoritarian regime, and quickly head to elections.
Russian media denies that they have invaded, saying that they ...
MindBullet logo WE'RE ALL NAKED NOW
Business and government leaders adopt Naked Leadership as the benchmark for transparency and trust
Dateline: 9 September 2017
Five years ago Naked Leadership was an alien concept, but now leaders in all walks of life are preaching the benefits of a leadership paradigm that includes far-flung collaborators and widely divergent ideas. The concept of a single, charismatic leader, with perfect vision and inspiration seems quite obsolete in a world made impossibly complex by global telecoms and instant feedback. The ...
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Screening for damaged genes in a big way
Posted: 5 March 2014  
Craig Venter has launched Human Longevity, which will undertake mass genomic sequencing of patients, and cross reference the data with their medical records. With this project they hope to identify genes linked to specific medical conditions, and ultimately determine stem cell therapies to repair the "errors."

One of the first targets is cancer, and other life-shortening conditions will come ...
For his next act, genome whiz Craig Venter takes on aging
5 March 2014
Craig Venter, the U.S. scientist who raced the U.S. government to map the human genome over a decade ago and created synthetic life in 2010, is now on a ...
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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