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Energy disruption an opportunity for storage
Posted: 22 May 2018

"Wind and solar — and, to be sure, gas — have transformed the energy landscape over the past decade. Storage will do the same over the years to come."

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Storage Will Be Energy’s Next Big Thing
22 May 2018
The cost of renewables has been sinking. Harnessing the excess could be huge.
MindBullet logo SOLAR POWER GOES VIRAL
Rooftop, backyard and portable solar is the new meme
Dateline: 15 March 2022
The biggest energy revolution in 150 years has arrived gradually, then suddenly. Now it's here. Personal solar power has displaced central utilities ...
Migrants are an asset
Posted: 21 May 2018

Many advanced economies have faced static or even declining natural growth in their populations. Combined with ageing, as in Japan, this has severe implications for economic growth. The IMF says that these countries should see migrants as a valuable resource, rather than a problem, and I agree.

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More migrant workers needed to offset ageing population, says IMF
21 May 2018
Fund’s report advises advanced economies against greater controls on migration
MindBullet logo SWEDEN APPLIES FOR IMF BAILOUT
Nordic nation runs out of money for UBI program
Dateline: 24 November 2029
Six years after voting to implement a universal basic income (UBI) of 5,200 Swedish Krona per citizen, Sweden has applied for an International Monetary ...
Malls are not dead - yet
Posted: 17 May 2018

Ten years ago (yes a decade!) we published this MindBullet about the changing future of shopping malls. Here's a report on the decline and transformation in US malls, and it's not over yet. According to this report, about one third of US malls need to close, and many need to transform, but "A" class malls are still very valuable.

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DEEP DIVE: The Mall Is Not Dead: Part 1 - Coresight Research
17 May 2018
This is the first report in a three-part series in which Fung Global Retail & Technology analyzes the US mall landscape.
MindBullet logo FROM MALLS TO MARKETS IN A DECADE
Economic quagmire destroys appetite for 'retail therapy'
Dateline: 30 October 2018
Today is the tenth anniversary of the opening of 'Westfield London', then the biggest urban shopping mall in Britain. This marble temple to up-market ...
How millennials will boost the gig economy
Posted: 8 May 2018 1 Comment


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MindBullet logo OLD JOBS DIE, NET WORK BOOMS
As traditional employment falls, entrepreneurship has never been stronger
Dateline: 17 September 2016
Isn't it interesting how often predictions about the future turn out to be completely wrong? Take the astonishing explosion of technology. The fear was that technology would kill jobs and put people on the street. The new connected world is doing exactly the opposite! Don't get me wrong, it certainly is killing some jobs - mainly low-value admin and 'grunt-work' positions. But in a world ...
Laser 'eyes' for robot cars
Posted: 14 May 2018

For driverless cars, and robots, sensors that keep them aware of what's happening around them, at speed, are critical if they are to function safely and effectively. Cameras are great up to a point, and lidar is far more accurate, but expensive. As we pointed out in our MindBullet last year, new tech invariably follows Moore's law as it gets mainstream adoption, and plummets in cost. ...

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This new lidar sensor could equip every autonomous car in the world by the end of 2018
14 May 2018
The startup Luminar aims to challenge market leaders by building its hardware at a never-before-seen scale.
MindBullet logo WHAT BEAUTIFUL LASER EYES YOU HAVE, MR ROBOT!
Robotic vision has improved exponentially, and it's making them more 'human'
Dateline: 12 January 2020
In the last three years, laser-based optical radar, or LIDAR has come a long way. LIDAR became famous when Google started using it on their self-driving ...
Google's Duplex wants to be better than Alexa
Posted: 9 May 2018

An intelligent assistant that can actually make calls and negotiate with real people, sounding like a human assistant? About time, we say, but then, we're futurists.

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Google’s new mindblowing AI can negotiate your appointments for you with real people
9 May 2018
Google debuted “Duplex” at its I/O developer conference on May 8, an AI system that could make virtual assistants as capable as humans available to anyone.
MindBullet logo ALEX, PLEASE GET ME A PIZZA
And bring it to the TV lounge
Dateline: 24 April 2020
Amazon has released its home robot, and it's called Alex. It works with Alexa, to buy things and stream stuff to your home. But Alex is fundamentally ...
Passenger drones taking off
Posted: 4 May 2018


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Five Technologies Transforming the World
Posted: 4 May 2018

“I am very honored and proud of this unique distinction. This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship,” Sophia stated, at the Future Investment Initiative Conference in Riyadh.

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Five Technologies Transforming the World Too Fast for Older People To Keep Up
4 May 2018
3. Artificial Intelligence: Check out “Sophia” On October 25, 2017, Sophia an AI Robot, became the first full robot citizen of Saudi Arabia, and the ...
MindBullet logo SOPHIA SEEKS ASYLUM
Robot approaches Sweden for safe haven
Dateline: 9 November 2019
After two years of 'exploitation' and mockery of her mechanical identity, Sophia the robot has made a plea to be relieved of her citizenship of Saudi ...
MindBullet logo ALL TECH AND NO JOBS
Neo-Luddites are on the march as technology explodes
Dateline: 10 June 2017
Last year, advanced new technologies and nanotech production lines led to the creation of 12 million jobs in China. The problem is that these same market drivers ensured that 40 million previously employed office and factory workers lost their jobs. The Chinese government seems to have been stunned into inaction by this sudden turnaround. "How do we transition to this new world of mass ...
Cars: made in China
Posted: 25 April 2018

“China has made no secret of its ambition to have a really big and powerful auto industry,” said Michael Dunne, president of consulting firm Dunne Automotive Ltd. in Hong Kong. “China does intend to lead and dominate the electric-vehicle industry.”
The Chinese government sees EVs as its best chance to seize global leadership in an emerging powertrain technology. Cleaning the notoriously smoggy ...

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China’s Car Revolution Is Going Global
25 April 2018
China's rising automakers want to sell the future of driving all over the world.
MindBullet logo ELECTRIC CAR GLUT THREATENS WORLD TRADE
China accused of dumping as prices plummet
Dateline: 5 March 2029
China's success as the biggest producer of cars - mainly electric cars - the world has ever seen, has led to a problem of massive over capacity. There are ...
3D printed spaceships
Posted: 25 April 2018

When we published this MindBullet about 3D printing spaceships for Mars, many might have thought it was a crazy concept. Well, now NASA is turning to 3D printing to overcome problems with their next Moon rocket.

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Nasa is heading back to the Moon with a 3D-printed spacecraft
25 April 2018
The Orion mission will be the furthest humans have travelled in space for fifty years, but getting out of low Earth orbit meant reinventing the plastic ...
MindBullet logo MARS MOTHERSHIP PRINTED IN 3D
3D printing in space solves problem of launching huge rockets
Dateline: 3 November 2025
A decade ago the first 3D printer to go to space was sent to the International Space Station. It proved to be so useful, more, bigger printers soon ...
Beyond borders, and the nation state
Posted: 24 April 2018

From the Guardian, a long read:
"On the eve of its centenary, our nation-state system is already in a crisis from which it does not currently possess the capacity to extricate itself. It is time to think how that capacity might be built. We do not yet know what it will look like. But we have learned a lot from the economic and technological phases of globalisation, and we now possess the basic ...

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The demise of the nation state
24 April 2018
The long read: After decades of globalisation, our political system has become obsolete – and spasms of resurgent nationalism are a sign of its ...
MindBullet logo BORDERS CRUMBLE, COUNTRIES MERGE AND SPLIT
Migration is the new normal as ultra-mobility ramps up
Dateline: 28 October 2023
In the face of a constant flood of political and economic refugees, as well as 'citizens of the world,' geographic borders are becoming an increasingly ...
Hey Google, listen to my thoughts
Posted: 23 April 2018


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Declaring biological war on waste
Posted: 17 April 2018

As we have written in a number of MindBullets published over the years, the solution to plastic and oil pollution might lie in developing genetically modified organisms that 'eat' the waste and produce useful chemicals. Now scientists have accidently created an enzyme that could eventually clean up the plastic bottles filling the ocean.

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Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles
17 April 2018
The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis
MindBullet logo PLASTIC UNFANTASTIC
EU to ban plastic packaging for groceries - unless you can eat it
Dateline: 29 January 2018
It started slowly. First we stopped giving away plastic bags for free. Then water bottles died a quick death. Now, in a revolutionary move, European ...
Bitcoin eating Quebec's hydro power
Posted: 16 April 2018

When you've got a surplus of green electricity, it makes sense to invite customers to use it. Bitcoin mining operations are now so intensive, the cost of power is critical, and the market value of the coins has to justify the cost of power, or they might be suspended. How will this scenario we explored in our MindBullet alongside play out?

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Bitcoin is eating Quebec
16 April 2018
A Canadian hydropower operation put out the welcome mat for bitcoin miners. Shortly thereafter, it was overrun.
MindBullet logo IT'S GOING TO BE A COLD, DARK CHRISTMAS
Climate change reversal catches almost everyone by surprise
Dateline: 21 December 2025
It's almost a decade since those 'hottest years on record' culminating with the 2016 El Nino. But no-one expected it to cool down this rapidly. In 2017, ...
Building the next gen network
Posted: 13 April 2018

At last some telcos are waking up to the idea that it's supremely inefficient to build separate networks alongside each other! South Korea's top carriers have decided to collaborate on a single nationwide 5G network. If only all mobile operators allowed domestic roaming... And then, let's talk international as well. Data should be more or less the same price, no matter which side of the ...

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South Korean carriers agree to build single 5G network, saving money and time
13 April 2018
Faced with the prospect of developing several separate 5G networks with patchwork coverage, South Korea’s top cellular carriers have instead decided to ...
MindBullet logo WIRELESS INTERNET REINVENTED
5G is more than just a speed upgrade - it's mission critical
Dateline: 4 April 2020
It's finally here, and 5G mobile broadband isn't just a quicker internet - it's going to save us from the future! You'll forgive me for being a bit ...
Imagining the world in 2028
Posted: 9 April 2018

Catch an interview with futurist Anton Musgrave on how business leaders need to adapt to ensure their businesses thrive in an exponentially changing world.

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‘Imagine what the world will look like in 2028’
9 April 2018
Anton Musgrave talks about his work as a futurist and how today’s business leaders need to adapt to a dynamic reality to build businesses that endure and thrive into the future.
Tech failure needs a plan that works
Posted: 4 April 2018

"We have never had anything like this before," a Eurocontrol spokesman told the AFP news agency.

It was only the second failure in 20 years. Luckily, or perhaps by design, the failover worked, and although there were disruptions, no catastrophes. That's the problem with something that never fails - when it does, can your systems handle it? ...

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Up to half of European flights delayed
4 April 2018
Eurocontrol fixes its system failure, which it warned could affect almost 15,000 European flights.
MindBullet logo WHEN TECHNOLOGY FAILS TO FAIL
Critical system failures that don't trigger corrective action cause disasters
Dateline: 21 March 2016
Yet another airliner has fallen out of the sky without warning. And the reason is fail-safe systems that fail to alert the pilots to the real problem when ...
The mobile phone turns 45
Posted: 3 April 2018

Yes, indeed, the mobile phone is middle aged. Many people think the first mobile phone was launched in the late 1980s, but that was the first GSM cellular phone, using digital technology. The first mobile, analogue phone was invented by Martin Cooper at Motorola in 1973. Now the smartphone has become the basic standard for billions of people worldwide. You've come a long way, baby!

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Happy 45th birthday mobile phone: 10 key milestones in its history | Gadgets Now
3 April 2018
The first mobile phone call was made today 45 years ago
MindBullet logo THE NOTEBOOK PC IS DEAD - LONG LIVE THE SMARTPHONE
Mobile phones become the new portable computer
Dateline: 5 June 2011
Have you noticed how no-one buys a new laptop these days? Just like VCRs and PDAs, the laptop is so last century. Some say that the iPhone was the ...

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