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MindBullet logo COFFEE IS THE NEW BLACK (GOLD)
Everyone wants a tastier caffeine fix - and an energy boost!
Dateline: 27 October 2028
Climate change, crop disease and deforestation - things were not looking good for the coffee bean in recent years. For some coffee connoisseurs, the panic reached crisis levels, and so they intervened, only to revolutionize the joe we all know. December 2018 saw the launch of Atomo molecular coffee - coffee made, well, without coffee! Through a process of reverse engineering, they also ...

COFFEE IS THE NEW BLACK (GOLD)

Published on: 11 July 2019 1 Comment

Everyone wants a tastier caffeine fix - and an energy boost!

Dateline: 27 October 2028

Climate change, crop disease and deforestation - things were not looking good for the coffee bean in recent years. For some coffee connoisseurs, the panic reached crisis levels, and so they intervened, only to revolutionize the joe we all know. December 2018 saw the launch of Atomo molecular coffee - coffee made, well, without coffee! Through a process of reverse engineering, they also managed to remove the traditionally bitter taste that coffee lovers have learned to accept. In fact, there ...

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Beyond meat, beyond belief
Posted: 6 May 2019

In a sensational stock exchange debut, new listing Beyond Meat surged 160% on the first day's trading. But is this whole idea sustainable? Company revenues are up, but so are losses. Investors obviously have a lot of faith in a vegan powered future. As we said in our MindBullet, nerds will eventually make cows obsolete; well, at least for steak and hamburgers. But I wonder if this isn't ...

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MindBullet logo NERDS TRIUMPH OVER COWS
Clean meat comes to market
Dateline: 28 June 2019
It's common cause that the meat industry is not very kind to animals, and intensive cattle farming is not very good for the environment in general. What's more, more than enough food is grown globally to adequately feed the world's growing population, but a large part of crop production goes to feeding cows, so that affluent people can enjoy nice juicy steaks. All this while the poor go ...

CALLS GROW TO GIVE ANIMALS HUMAN RIGHTS

Published on: 18 April 2019

Big tech scrambles to hire bio-ethicists as inter-species genetic engineering debate heats up

Dateline: 11 April 2028

It's 2019 all over again. Silicon Valley is on a hiring spree - for bio-ethicists. Advances in genetic engineering involving integrating animal DNA into human embryos, and human DNA into animals, using CRISPR technology, to enhance health and cognitive ability, have caused an ethical and legal conundrum. If some humans are technically partly animals, and some animals are part-human, who decided who qualifies for human rights? And who counts as a real person? Human rights groups are ...

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Greening the city office
Posted: 7 January 2019


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MindBullet logo THERE'S A NEW FOREST IN TOWN
Printed bio solar cells are greening the city
Dateline: 3 January 2028
We've had vertical gardens and basement farms for some time now, in our cities, but now landscaping has taken on a whole new dimension. With 3D printers and bio-engineered shrubs and trees, terraced gardens and leafy lanes can be laid out by the robots, straight from the architect's designs. What's more, genetically altered algae are used to construct bio solar cells that form part of the ...

THERE'S A NEW FOREST IN TOWN

Published on: 3 January 2019 1 Comment

Printed bio solar cells are greening the city

Dateline: 3 January 2028

We've had vertical gardens and basement farms for some time now, in our cities, but now landscaping has taken on a whole new dimension. With 3D printers and bio-engineered shrubs and trees, terraced gardens and leafy lanes can be laid out by the robots, straight from the architect's designs. What's more, genetically altered algae are used to construct bio solar cells that form part of the leaf structure, harvesting solar power from panels that look and act like, well, leaves - nature's very own ...

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ELECTRIC FEAST FROM THE EAST

Published on: 1 November 2018

China exports latest technology for organic food

Dateline: 9 January 2023

In dramatic style, China has surged ahead with the production of organic fruit and vegetables at affordable prices. Since the breakthrough achieved five years ago, China's 'ion farmers' have grown exponentially - and it's all thanks to electricity! If it sounds like science fiction, you're excused, but in fact electromagnetic pulses are beating pests and accelerating plant growth in millions of greenhouses across the country. Facing the daunting task of feeding a burgeoning population with ...

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Robots for the boring work
Posted: 22 October 2018

Ever heard of the 'physical cloud'? This article suggests that "Autonomous warehouses will merge with autonomous manufacturing and delivery to form a fully automated supply chain."

How far into the future do we have to go to see the conclusion of this Megatrend? Will we be ready, as business and society? ...

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How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever
22 October 2018
What if you could store and deliver goods as easily as data? Amazon, Walmart and others are using AI and robotics to transform everything from appliance ...
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 ...
Cows that tweet
Posted: 15 October 2018

A little while ago we wrote about connecting organic things like plants and animals to the internet. Well, here you go, courtesy of MIT Technology Review.

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Subcutaneous Fitbits? These cows are modeling the tracking technology of the future
15 October 2018
Livestock Labs is getting bio-monitors under cows’ skin in hopes of helping farmers spot disease earlier, and it wants to bring its tech to people, too.
MindBullet logo INTERNET OF ORGANIC THINGS
Plants that tweet and pets that ping
Dateline: 13 October 2023
Does your prize rose bush send you an email when it needs specific nutrients, or tweet incessantly when it's thirsty? Does your Labrador retriever ping you ...
Driving extinction with genes
Posted: 25 September 2018


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MindBullet logo ISLAND CROP DECIMATED BY GENE DRIVE FLIES
Scientists say no other theory seems to hold
Dateline: 15 October 2026
After watching Border Security Australia, passengers always got off the plane feeling an extra bit anxious and jittery. Thoughts like 'What if they say the dirt on my hiking boots smells funny? Or they confiscate my grandma's old dusty portrait?' often ran through peoples' heads. Quarantine officers checking for foreign organic matter and unwelcome species used to have an irritating, but ...
Automation is a helping hand
Posted: 12 September 2018

It's pretty obvious that people would prefer machines or robots to do the '3D' work - Dull, Dangerous and Dirty. That gives humans the chance to do more important, rewarding and cleaner things, creative stuff. But what about getting robots to help you do your tricky industrial work? Machines that assist humans, acting as co-workers or 'cobots' are the new fashion in industrial automation. ...

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25,000 robots and counting: Welcome to the fastest-growing segment of industrial automation
12 September 2018
The good times are rolling in automation, but milestones like this may be bellwethers for some very human challenges ahead
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 ...
Stoner beer
Posted: 13 August 2018

Four years ago, we speculated that the rise of cannabis culture in California would spawn a whole new genre of food and drinks, like wine infused with cannabis. Well, a Heineken subsidiary has just launched a non-alcoholic beer, that will get you high, rather than drunk. MindBullets for the win!

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Heineken is betting on a brew made with marijuana instead of alcohol, and it could help give a boost
13 August 2018
Heineken's new brew, from California beer brand Lagunitas, is made with marijuana instead of alcohol.Hi-Fi Hops is currently only available in a select ...
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 ...
America last
Posted: 26 June 2018 1 Comment

As our MindBullet suggested last year, the one who starts a trade war, often shoots himself in the foot. Now Harley-Davidson (how American can you get?) is moving out. More will follow; people who are stuck in the old industrial era mindset just don't get that the paradigm has changed. Capital, skills and jobs have never been more mobile. The only way to reverse globalization, is to reverse ...

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‘American success story’ Harley-Davidson to shift production out of U.S. to avoid Trump’s trade war
26 June 2018
The EU’s tariffs retaliating against Trump’s steel and aluminum levies will cost Harley about $2,200 per bike shipped to Europe
MindBullet logo WALLS GO UP, TRADE COMES DOWN
Global downturn follows isolationist resurgence
Dateline: 7 March 2021
Brexit, Trump and now Le Pen. As the old, established economies turn inward and nationalist, global trade and co-operation suffer. It's been left to the ...
Democratizing food production
Posted: 11 July 2018

Dubai certainly has an eye to the future, and is keen to embrace new tech, from drones to blockchain to driverless cars. Now they are also looking at a substantial investment in urban (vertical) farming. The reasoning is sound, as they want to manage their own supply chain, and can afford the capital outlay. It will be interesting to see how this ...

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MindBullet logo THE GARDEN OF REASON (OR IS IT TREASON?)
Urban farming is here to stay, and that's a good thing, isn't it?
Dateline: 1 March 2021
For some time now, various cities have been experimenting with vertical farming, rooftop farming, and even basement farming with LED lighting. Now it's maturing into a fully-fledged industry, just like fish farming. Farming without land, or even soil, sounds like a contradiction in terms, but hydroponics is not a new idea - it's just become more profitable. Being physically close to the ...
Wonder wine
Posted: 25 June 2018

Four years ago we 'predicted' that at some point, Californian wine makers would introduce wine with a touch of cannabis. Well, that is happening this year, but in a quirk we didn't foresee, they are removing the alcohol, so it will be alcohol free but laced with THC.

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This US winery is making a Sauvignon Blanc wine laced with cannabis
25 June 2018
But now, the varietal is about to get a lot greener as one vineyard is working on a complex wine which swaps out alcohol for cannabis.
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 ...
Re-inventing the dairy industry: no cows required
Posted: 19 June 2018

About a year ago, we wrote a MindBullet about how tech would change the food industry, as lab grown meat and plant products would take over from animal farming. Here's a startup that wants to produce alternative milk proteins for the dairy industry, without any cows.

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Milk and dairy products without the cow, Perfect Day re-invents dairy
19 June 2018
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we produce food today is, for the most part, hugely wasteful and has a huge impact on the environment, vertical farms, ...
MindBullet logo NERDS TRIUMPH OVER COWS
Clean meat comes to market
Dateline: 28 June 2019
It's common cause that the meat industry is not very kind to animals, and intensive cattle farming is not very good for the environment in general. What's ...
Which - as yet uninvented - jobs will we be doing in the next 10 years?
Posted: 14 June 2018

Ten years ago jobs like Social Media Manager and App Developer were practically non-existent. Now almost everyone knows someone who works in one of those roles.
Although there will be losers, who are unable or unwilling to re-skill themselves for the future, AI and robotics will probably not lead to a "job cliff"; instead, the "machines" will open up doors to as yet uninvented professions. ...

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America is unprepared for the "jobs apocalypse" automation will bring
14 June 2018
Millions of low-skilled workers who are already being pushed out will need to adapt to the new economy
MindBullet logo HOORAY FOR THE MACHINES! THEY'VE CREATED MILLIONS OF NEW JOBS
Fears of jobless growth recede as markets demand new human skills
Dateline: 17 June 2023
The prophets of doom have been hard at work for the past decade, telling us that automation, robotics and machine learning are going to destroy jobs and ...
Trade wars are bad for trade, and everyone
Posted: 6 June 2018

In our MindBullet published over a year ago, we suggested that when walls go up, trade comes down, and when trade comes down, we all suffer, economically at least, and also in the sense of freedom of choice. And now here it starts...

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This means war: Canada and Mexico retaliate against Trump’s tariffs
6 June 2018
Canada responded to the US tariffs on steel and aluminium by imposing billions worth of countermeasures, while Mexico put duties on food and steel and the ...
MindBullet logo WALLS GO UP, TRADE COMES DOWN
Global downturn follows isolationist resurgence
Dateline: 7 March 2021
Brexit, Trump and now Le Pen. As the old, established economies turn inward and nationalist, global trade and co-operation suffer. It's been left to the ...

SPICE TRADE TAKES ON A NEW FLAVOUR

Published on: 15 March 2018

Reverse direction is the new normal as Silicon Valley dominates

Dateline: 21 March 2025

Do you remember the tea clippers plying the oceans or the camel trains bringing exotic spices from the east? Probably not, but those were important trade routes in their day. Flavours and fragrances have always had global appeal. Since then, coffee and tea cultivation has migrated all over the world, and artificial flavouring has dominated commercial food production. There's still a demand for the real thing, like organic vanilla from tropical islands, but it commands a hefty premium. Flavours and ...

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Plenty vertical farms in China
Posted: 1 March 2018

A startup company is planning to build 300 urban farms in China. Sounds like our MindBullet on this subject is spot on.

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US startup secures $200m in funding to build 300 vertical farms across China
1 March 2018
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s population will grow by another 2 billion by 2050 and many think today’s agricultural systems won’t cope, as a ...
MindBullet logo THE GARDEN OF REASON (OR IS IT TREASON?)
Urban farming is here to stay, and that's a good thing, isn't it?
Dateline: 1 March 2021
For some time now, various cities have been experimenting with vertical farming, rooftop farming, and even basement farming with LED lighting. Now it's ...

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