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Russia cut to junk
Posted: 27 January 2015  
The scenario outlined in our recent MindBullet looks increasingly likely. Will China become Russia's strongest (and only significant) ally?
Russia downgraded to junk status for first time in decade
27 January 2015
S&P says downgrade caused by reduced flexibility to cut interest rates and weakening of financial system as oil price drops
MindBullet logo COLLAPSE OF RUBLE THWARTS RUSSIA’S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS
Putin blames oil price for Russia's cash crunch
Dateline: 5 January 2017
The oil price plunge could not have come at a worse time for Russia. Just as Putin was flexing his muscles, taking back Crimea and calling the shots over ...
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IBMers facing the chop
Posted: 27 January 2015  
The once-almighty tech firm IBM is looking to drastically cut their workforce. For me it's interesting that IBM is now being described as an Apple Partner. Perhaps the day when Apple considers IBM to be nothing more than their corporate consulting arm, as hinted at in this MindBullet, is not so far off!
IBM prepares for largest corporate layoff in history
27 January 2015
Things aren't going well for IBM. Six months into its Apple partnership, the company is preparing for the largest layoffs in history.
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 ...
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Are we ready for the autocars?
Posted: 26 January 2015  
Back in 2010, when we published this MndBullet, Uber didn't exist. But the concept of renting a ride rather than owning a car was well established. And when all the Uber cars are driverless, what will become of Avis and Hertz? Will they simply become depots for Uber autocars?
How Uber's Autonomous Cars Will Destroy 10 Million Jobs and Reshape the Economy by 2025
26 January 2015
I have spent quite a bit of time lately thinking about autonomous cars, and I wanted to summarize my current thoughts and predictions. Most people - ...
MindBullet logo RENT A FLYING CAR FROM AVIS
Computer piloted 'transformer' vehicles cleared for public use
Dateline: 8 May 2021
Ever since DARPA's 'Flying Hummer' known as the Transformer X made its debut, people have been champing at the bit to get a chance to use them for personal ...
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Printing buildings moves up a notch
Posted: 21 January 2015  
China is leading the world in rapid construction methods, and now they are embracing 3D printed components, which are assembled to make apartment blocks and villas. They also use recycled materials in their printing process.
World's first 3D-printed apartment building constructed in China
21 January 2015
A Chinese company has successfully 3D printed a five-storey apartment building and a 1,100 square metre villa from a special print material.
MindBullet logo SCRAPING THE SKY IN SHANGHAI
Tallest building in the world erected in record time
Dateline: 21 August 2014
China has done it again. After building a 15-storey hotel in six days, and a 30-storey block in 15 days, Chinese construction company BSB has built the ...
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Media tipping point
Posted: 21 January 2015  
Google's ad revenue is now bigger than all US newspapers and magazines combined.
Jim Harris on Twitter
21 January 2015
“Google is Bigger Than ALL US Newspapers & Magazine Combined! World Economic Forum #WEF15 #Davos #media”
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SpaceX internet getting Google support
Posted: 20 January 2015  
So Elon Musk's latest crazy ambitious plan is eclipsing Branson's by far and attracting serious money. It seems where OneWeb are talking about 728 satellites, Musk says plans are for over 4,000 microsatellites in medium earth orbit, so no delay as is typically the case with geostationary satellites.

Perhaps this is the beginning of the interplanetary internet we talked about in our MindBullet ...
Google's Finalizing a $1 Billion Investment in SpaceX Internet
20 January 2015
It looks like Google is going to throw a ten-figure sum into Elon Musk's space internet dream. Both The Information and The Wall Street Journal report that ...
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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One web for the whole wide world
Posted: 19 January 2015   1 Comment
Funded by Qualcomm and Virgin, OneWeb hopes to construct a giant constellation of microsatellites that will beam internet access to all corners of the globe. From O3B to Google Loon and Facebook drones, there are several initiatives aimed at getting increased internet access to under-served areas.

I'm all for increasing the options for a truly global wireless network, but the cynic in me says ...
World's largest satellite constellation to provide global internet access
19 January 2015
According to the International Telecommunications Union, over half of the world's population has no access to the internet. A new plan, however, could ...
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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The Xiaomi generation
Posted: 13 January 2015  
There's a new brand set to dominate the consumer tech space in China, and that's Xiaomi. They're becoming the trendiest smartphone maker and soon the internet of things for their adoring fans, and that's the secret to their success.

"There is a younger generation, though, the Xiaomi generation, that has grown up in a country that has been growing by near double digits every year they have been ...
Xiaomi's Ambition - stratechery by Ben Thompson
13 January 2015
Xiaomi is a hard company to understand if you only think of them as a smartphone maker. In fact, they want to own the entire house of their true fans.
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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40 predictions for the future
Posted: 11 January 2013  
Here's a guide to the next 150 years, courtesy of the BBC. Which of these predictions do you favour?

Source
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Food scanner
Posted: 12 May 2014   1 Comment
This scanner doesn't do DNA testing, yet, but it's certainly a step in the right direction.
SCiO Shows Off Its Molecular Food Scanner In TechCrunch Disrupt’s Hardware Alley | TechCrunch
12 May 2014
Dror Sharon, the CEO of ConsumerPhysics, was showing off a prototype of his handheld "food scanner" at TechCrunch Disrupt NY's Hardware Alley this week,..
MindBullet logo INSTANT DNA SCANNING NOW AS EASY AS PIE
Consumers simply refuse to stomach food companies' lies any longer
Dateline: 6 December 2016
Esther Rabinovitz is visiting her student brother in Boston. They have just entered an American diner where she has ordered a good old hamburger and fries. ...
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Clean water from sewerage
Posted: 12 January 2015  
Years ago we published a MindBullet that envisaged a bacterial fuel cell that could transform sewerage and dirty water into clean water and electricity. Bill Gates is backing a machine called the Janicki Omniprocessor which does that, although it's not a fuel cell, just a traditional furnace and steam turbine.

This could be an excellent sanitation system for developing communities, especially ...
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A few gems from CES
Posted: 8 January 2015  
With over 3,500 exhibitors and tens of thousands of products at the International Consumer Electronics Show, it's quite a job to choose the most exciting ideas. Fast Company has picked out 9 interesting ideas, that they rate best.

My favourite from their selection is the Voxel8 Gadget Printer. Finally we have a 3D printer that can print circuits embedded in plastic components, all at the same ...
The 9 Best Ideas From CES 2015
8 January 2015
The Consumer Electronics Show brings tens of thousands of new products to our shelves. Here are the nine you actually need to know about.
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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Bio-hacking the future
Posted: 7 January 2015  
Should we make glow-in-the-dark pets and hornless rhinos? There are arguments for and against this idea. What about eradicating malaria mosquitoes using synthetic genetics? Most Africans would be in favour, but some greenies would oppose it as interfering with nature. There could be unintended consequences to deleting a species.

Whatever your view on the ethics or wisdom of synthetic organisms ...
Design your own genetically modified freak show
7 January 2015
In 1951, John Wyndham wrote a novel which Arthur C. Clarke would hail as an “immortal story”. As any great work of science fiction does, Wyndham’s book ...
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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It's all about the things
Posted: 6 January 2015  
Every year, at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, new gadgets and gizmos are unveiled alongside a plethora of upgrades and innovations from consumer electronics giants. Not all of these survive and become mainstream, but sometimes they point to the future of technology.

This year the focus seems to be on connected things, and yes, cars are also things. Everything from ...
CES 2015: Big Data A Quiet Star - InformationWeek
6 January 2015
Big data is the underlying big story at CES 2015, as we see a flood of Internet-connected devices loaded with data sensors.
MindBullet logo THE MICROWAVE GAVE MY TOASTER A VIRUS FOR CHRISTMAS
And the washing machine has gone crazy
Dateline: 1 January 2013
The internet of things has its drawbacks. Now that everything is connected, all the time, they don't always play nice. It's annoying, when you're sitting ...
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Smart homes of America
Posted: 5 January 2015  
Here's a very interesting article about a DIY job of turning an old house into a smart, connected home.

I wonder how long before the smart closets we imagined in our MindBullet join the lineup of devices? ...
A 100-year-old house plugs in to the internet
5 January 2015
On a damp winter day in Portland, Ore., a pale mint house from the turn of the century blinks awake in an instant. A black glass orb affixed to the wall ...
MindBullet logo SMART CLOSETS KEEP YOU COOL
Thinking Cupboards™ organize your stuff, and your life
Dateline: 24 September 2024
You'll never have to look for anything again. Now that everything's connected in the internet of things, the wardrobe knows which clothes are your ...
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Emerging technology the focus for 2015
Posted: 5 January 2015  
Even the World Economic Forum is taking a hard look at the impact of emerging technologies on the future, and particularly the internet of everything. This quote sums it up for me:

"Connecting one object to every other object will not necessarily transform the way we live or do things. It is by connecting things to processes, and then using the resulting data to change the way we behave – that ...
WEF report presents emerging technologies and the future of the internet
5 January 2015
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has just published its Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015. The report presents trends and technologies such as synthetic ...
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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This time is different
Posted: 2 January 2015  
Bloomberg is picking up on something we hinted at in our MindBullet on the subject of falling oil prices. It's not just a blip in the market. There are fundamental changes underway. The longer term scenario is a shift of power and economic prosperity that was unthinkable, until now.
This Era of Low-Cost Oil Is Different
2 January 2015
The world is experiencing much more than a temporary dip in oil prices.
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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Back to the retro future
Posted: 31 December 2014  
David Boyle claims that technological change is not accelerating, and that we're going back to real things over digital products. He has a point, up to a point, but I believe digital technologies are radically changing the way the world works, especially in consumer lifestyles and business lifecycles.

Take space travel. Sure, we went to the moon in 1969. But the way SpaceX is changing the ...
The future? We’ve seen it all before
31 December 2014
David Boyle: It’s not true that technological change is accelerating. In fact we’re clinging more to reality as the virtual world encroaches
MindBullet logo IS THIS THE END OF INNOVATION?
The pace of technology advances slows as all invention is outsourced to computers
Dateline: 3 March 2033
We are in trouble. We've reached the end of the road. Like the mythical serpent devouring itself from the tail, we have progressed in ever decreasing ...
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Chefs start to experiment with cannabis
Posted: 30 December 2014  
"In Colorado skilled cooks are infusing cannabis into food and drinks."

Sounds like our MindBullet on the subject was right on the money! ...
Pot Pie, Redefined (Paywall)
30 December 2014
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/29/us/pot-pie-redefined-chefs-start-to-experiment-with-cannabis.html?
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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The Internet's Third Wave
Posted: 30 December 2014   1 Comment
This excellent long article, actually a review of four books, about how the next wave of connected things on the internet is going to affect our private and professional lives is worth a thorough read.

Next week I'm doing a TV interview about emerging tech trends in the consumer space, and it strikes me that it's the nexus of the big megatrends like internet of things, big data, AI and ...
The Creepy New Wave of the Internet by Sue Halpern
30 December 2014
As human behavior is tracked and merchandized on a massive scale, the Internet of Things creates the perfect conditions to bolster and expand the ...
MindBullet logo GOOGLE STAGES A HOME INVASION
With Google Screen you get more than just television, broadband and games
Dateline: 26 August 2015
Google has launched its pay TV service, with regular television channels on a broadband connection. But unlike 'on demand' services, this is an entirely ...
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