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Disruption from disease
Posted: 20 October 2014
Ebola is far less dangerous to global health, and trade, than something like bird flu. Bird flu can literally travel via bird migrations from one continent to another, and can be passed by sneezing and shaking hands. Ebola is only contagious by direct contact with body fluids, and doesn't mutate as easily as a flu virus. But Ebola is pretty deadly, difficult to treat, and creates panic, as ...
Fight to stop Ebola being lost, World Bank warns - Telegraph
20 October 2014
World Bank chief blames a lack of international solidarity in efforts to stem the epidemic
BIRD FLU PLAGUE CONTAINED AMID VAST TRADE DISRUPTIONS
Scenarios speed business and government response
Dateline: 7 April 2009
The Bird Flu pandemic has been contained - thanks largely to the efforts of futurists and scenario planners, and the leaders who believed in them. ...
Posted: 17 October 2014
Nuclear fusion is the holy grail of atomic power, theoretically producing limitless power from small quantities of fuel, and virtually no radioactive waste. The problem lies in making it work effectively. Experimental reactors using a doughnut shaped magnetic bubble to confine the high-temperature reaction have all required more power to maintain the reaction than they have produced in usable ...
Nuclear fusion: A big bet on small
17 October 2014
ONE of the clichés of nuclear-power research is that a commercial fusion reactor is only 30 years away, and always will be. Hence a flurry of ...
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 ...
Expanding space in space
Posted: 16 October 2014
NASA has ordered an add-a-room for the Space Station from Bigelow, to be delivered by SpaceX. This is exactly the kind of commercialization of space that we envisaged with our MindBullet from eight years ago!
Space will go fully commercial with 2015 launch from Bigelow, SpaceX
16 October 2014
The International Space Station will continue its home improvement project next year, this time by adding a large, inflatable workroom from Bigelow ...
SPACE OUTPOST ALL BLOWN UP
Bigelow pips Branson as leading space tourism pioneer
Dateline: 16 July 2015
The final module of the Bigelow 'Last Outpost' space entertainment center was successfully inflated and attached today. This brings the space station to a ...
Now playing in a home near you
Posted: 15 October 2014
It seems my predictive capabilities are greater than I give myself credit for. Right on cue, Google is starting to compete with Amazon deliveries and get onto your TV screen. First comes the Player, next perhaps the whole bundle?
Here comes the Nexus Player: Google and Asus release first Android TV device
15 October 2014
Google will make the very first Android TV-powered set-top box available for pre-order at the end of this week.
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 ...
Flying car of the future
Posted: 6 October 2014
Is this the flying car we've all been waiting for? It's not from DARPA, it's from Slovakia!
We'll have to wait and see...
Finally, the flying car may have landed
6 October 2014
Slovakian company AeroMobil to unveil prototype of ‘world’s most advanced flying car’ in at Vienna’s Pioneers Festival
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 ...
Virtual vacations, by teleporter
Posted: 30 September 2014
As we imagined in a scenario many years ago, once sensory data can be effectively 'teleported' around the world, if you are too busy to go on vacation, why not get the vacation to come to you?
The future is closer than you think! ...
The Future of Travel Has Arrived: Virtual-Reality Beach Vacations
30 September 2014
But part of the promise of VR has always been what it means outside of gaming and entertainment. Now, with the Teleporter, Marriott Hotels is trying to be ...
LONG DISTANCE LOVERS HOOK UP IN CYBERSPACE
Couple to wed after ‘teleporting’ to romantic Valentine date in Paris
Dateline: 15 February 2024
Justin and Britney are enjoying the afterglow of a wonderful night out in Paris. The evening started with a sunset cruise on a bateau mouche down the ...
Food crops and forests of the future
Posted: 26 September 2014
Seven years ago we published a MindBullet that suggested the use of fungi to dramatically encourage reforestation. We speculated that this might be achieved through open innovation on Facebook. In an uncannily similar real world event, young girls living in Ireland have won the Google Science Fair with the invention of a method to increase crop yields with beneficial bacteria. Imagine the ...
Three Girls Won The Google Science Fair With A Bacteria-Based Plan To Solve The Food Crisis
26 September 2014
An innovative idea and a lot of hard work.
VISIT THE SAHARA NOW - WHILE IT'S STILL THERE
Hydroscopic fungus turns deserts into bushland and forests
Dateline: 14 March 2017
The simple application of a fungal cocktail to arid soils in Southern Africa has enabled small shrubs and trees to take root where no plants have grown for ...
Printing up a new industry
Posted: 23 September 2014
3D printing is becoming big business. In fact it's building an entirely new industry. There are still many challenges and obstacles to be overcome, but think back on the original personal computer industry, and how that stumbling infant grew to be the giant commodity industry it is today. There are several niche industries being spun out of the development of 3D printing, and new metal ...
How 3D Printing Will Impact Your Future
23 September 2014
Approximately 40 manufacturers sell the 3D-printers most commonly used in businesses, and over 200 startups are developing consumer-oriented machines.
NEW DIMENSION FOR METAL MINING
3-D printing creates unusual alliances
Dateline: 26 August 2016
Five years ago, it would have seemed an unlikely partnership. But the alliance announced today between BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining group, and ...
Portable nuclear power
Posted: 17 September 2014
No this invention is not cold fusion, or even warm fusion. Rather it is a nuclear power cell, described as a water-based battery. Perhaps it should be called a fuel cell, as the radioactive material presumably gets used up. It's also unclear whether this device can be recharged and discharged, or if it's a one-time use. My guess is that it would be fairly expensive to use in place of a ...
First water-based nuclear battery can be used to generate electrical energy
17 September 2014
For the first time using a water-based solution, researchers have created a long-lasting and more efficient nuclear battery that could be used for many ...
COLD FUSION SIGNALS THE END OF BIG OIL AND NUCLEAR POWER
It’s the start of a new low energy nuclear revolution
Dateline: 5 June 2014
Every once in a while we see the introduction of a technology that is so radically innovative that it seems magical, or impossible. The old clichés get ...
SpaceX gets passengers
Posted: 17 September 2014
We offer our hearty congratulations to Elon Musk and SpaceX. The final frontier is in sight!
NASA taps SpaceX, Boeing to carry astronauts to space
17 September 2014
In the return of human space flight for the US, NASA awards both private aerospace companies a combined total of $6.8 billion.
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 ...
Could the energy industry be ubered?
Posted: 15 September 2014
In this short video clip Jim Carroll asks whether the energy industry is prepared for disruption, in the same way that the recording industry was blindsided by MP3s. He asks: Could the energy industry be MP3'd? I prefer to ask if the energy industry could be ubered. Because the Uber model of creating a platform, connecting suppliers with customers, often prosumers sharing resources, is bound ...
Upgrading your body
Posted: 15 September 2014
Most futurists agree that technology is developing to the point where we can make serious upgrades to our physical bodies, create transhumans, or even alter the path of evolution itself. Where there's significant disagreement is in the affordability of such upgrades. Will it only be for the wealthy? Yuval Noah Harari says the trend to 'improved humans' will marginalise the poor even more than ...
Body upgrades may be nearing reality, but only for the rich
15 September 2014
Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari says expensive human enhancements will lead to a society more unequal than ever
SHOULD WE CREATE SUPERMAN - JUST BECAUSE WE CAN?
It may already be too late to ask
Dateline: 17 May 2025
New technologies to 'reinvent and upgrade' the human species are causing widespread alarm around the globe. Scientists have perfected a number of ways to ...
Car or driver; who to sue?
Posted: 12 September 2014
If a Google Car bashes into you, can you sue Google? Or the human inside the car? What if there was no driver, just a passenger. Or how about a delivery drone that crashes into your house? The legal questions around autonomous vehicles will get vexing. Here's a legal paper that looks at this problem, and our MindBullet published a year ago, asking this question.
Sue My Car Not Me: Products Liability and Accidents Involving Autonomous Vehicles
12 September 2014
Autonomous vehicles will revolutionize society in the near future. Computers, however, are not perfect, and accidents will occur while the vehicle is in ...
CAR KILLS 20: WHO'S TO BLAME?
Court rules driver not responsible if car has on-board computer
Dateline: 12 September 2017
Yesterday's court ruling shows two things - just how far technology has gone and why we should fear our kids! The driver of the car that crashed into a ...
Robopocalypse now, soon or never?
Posted: 19 August 2014
Forget about the zombie apocalypse, the robots are going to be the real enemy. That's the message from trend watchers and futurists. Even technohero
Elon Musk is warning
of the nuclear winter that will result from Super AI. And there's a clue to the big issue, because the bots that will really make 2 billion jobs redundant, as suggested by
, are software agents and algorithms, not ...
Scary Smart Video Predicts Automation Will Make Human Work Obsolete
19 August 2014
If you've ever scoffed at the notion of robots one day taking your job, you probably shouldn't watch this very scary video.
COGNITIVE SYSTEMS RULE, OK
Machines that think for themselves are taking over the world
Dateline: 22 February 2022
In our quest to develop smarter, more powerful, less power-hungry computers and devices, we have created artificial intelligence that rivals that of the ...
Connecting enchanted objects
Posted: 11 September 2014
As futurists, we confidently talk about the time when every device, every product, and even packaging components are all connected on the web of things. And when that future arrives, there will be trillions of items, sensors and objects with wireless connectivity. The problem is, how do we make a chip small enough and cheap enough to enable these connections? And how will we make these chips ...
The end of ownership
Posted: 9 September 2014
In the networked economy, it's increasingly not necessary own assets, if you have access to the services those assets provide. This is well understood in the consumer market, but also applies in the commercial space.
This article contributes to that thinking and concludes:
"Within the next decade, businesses will need to become much more open and collaborative to survive in an increasingly zero ...
The End of Ownership: The Zero-Marginal-Cost Economy
9 September 2014
Within industries like hospitality and transportation, entrants are succeeding not by optimizing production but by eliminating production cost altogether.
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 ...
Pricing your data
Posted: 8 September 2014
Never mind governments and secret agencies, now startups want to buy your data; and then on-sell the aggregated analytics to companies. Would you swap your personal data for money? Perhaps Datacoup read our MindBullet on this topic?
Why This Startup Wants Your Personal Data
8 September 2014
Datacoup will pay you $10 a month for access to your credit card and Facebook data.
CHINA SWAPS US DEBT FOR DATA
America's biggest creditor wipes out massive debt for quantum data
Dateline: 15 March 2024
China has long been thought as 'owning' the United States because of the huge amount of US debt on its books. But now China will 'own' us in the data wars, ...
Tools designed to be our friends
Posted: 8 September 2014
As the internet of things becomes more entrenched in our lives, we will be faced with ethical questions about the behaviour of robots and connected devices. If a driverless car causes an accident, who is to blame? If your home security fails to recognise you, will you have a claim against the vendor? Here's a great quote from this article in the Guardian:
"The spam sending fridge from earlier ...
When fridges attack: the new ethics of the Internet of Things
8 September 2014
The presidential lecture of the Mathematical Sciences Section of the British Science Association, given by Peter McOwan at the 2014 British Science ...
SMART HOME BUG TURNS DEADLY
Homeowner dies as home automation system goes haywire
Dateline: 14 August 2018
It's a dream gone horribly wrong. The automated, connected world was supposed to make our lives and our homes better, easier and safer. But now it's turned ...
Japan shrinks and sinks
Posted: 5 September 2014
On the current trajectory, Japan is set to become one huge retirement village. The only way to bring in new blood is to have a positive immigration policy. China is not a good source - they have demographic problems of their own. But what about Africa? That's getting younger and more skilled, and could be a good source of fresh talent for Japan.
Japan’s Population Shrinks for Third Year as Aging Increases
5 September 2014
Japan’s population slid for a third year with the proportion of people over the age of 65 at a global record, underscoring the challenge the world’s most- ...
FAILURE TO LAUNCH SINKS JAPAN
No sex please, we're Japanese
Dateline: 8 August 2026
Celibacy syndrome in Japan is causing the population to plummet, and now it's going into free fall. Most young women of the marrying age would rather go ...
China to abandon fossil fuels
Posted: 4 September 2014
Beijing city is planning to dump coal as a fuel for electricity by 2020. That sounds uncannily like the MindBullet we published nine years ago!
Imagine if that scenario came to pass. It would certainly change the world in more ways than one. Personally I was never convinced that it was a workable scenario; after all, even natural gas is a fossil fuel. But if the gains from ever increasing ...
Beijing's coal ban may herald the end of the fuel
4 September 2014
It sounds unlikely, given that demand for the black stuff has surged in the past decade. But Beijing is planning to ban coal burning in its six central ...
WORLD MARKETS IN TURMOIL AS CHINA DECOMMITS FROM ALL FOSSIL FUELS
Bold energy strategy targets pollution and leadership in world automotive industry
Dateline: 1 July 2008
Just four weeks before the start of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China has played a trump card in global politics. China has taken the pollution bull by ...
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