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SEE THE WORLD THROUGH MY EYES

Published on: 13 April 2017

Sharing your real-time view of life is bigger than Twitter or Instagram

Dateline: 26 April 2019

We had blogs, then vlogs, then Twitter and Periscope; everything becomes more immediate, as the news cycle and attention spans shorten. Remember when, a couple of years ago, a passenger was dragged off a United plane? The video of the poor guy went viral in hours. Now, the latest social media phenomenon is to share what you see - in real time, using Samsung's video contact lenses, called Viddyize. People who subscribe to your feed can see what you see - as you see it. With Viddyize, we could have ...

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Reusable rockets
Posted: 10 April 2017

SpaceX has successfully recovered eight of their first stage boosters, and has also reflown, and recovered again, the rocket known as Core 1021. Now Elon Musk says they want to be able to recover the second stage as well, and reuse almost 100% of the rocket. His vision for human space flight includes landing the crew capsule under power for reuse too!

Soon space tourism will be a regular ...

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Elon Musk Wants To Reuse All Of SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket By 2018, Slashing Cost Of Space Travel
10 April 2017
As noted by Fortune, space entrepreneur Elon Musk now says he wants to achieve complete reuse of the entire SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in 2018.
MindBullet logo PARIS HILTON OPENS THE STELLA FOR CHRISTMAS
Welcome to the hotel at 'the edge of the world'
Dateline: 22 December 2017
The Stella Hilton officially opened for guests in time for the Christmas holidays. The glittering 'first night' featured Senator Charlize Theron and ...
Self-driving luggage
Posted: 30 March 2017 2 Comments

Hope the batteries don't catch fire.

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Self-driving luggage, for the truly 'last yards'
Dateline: 1 April 2019
Anyone who travels regularly on business knows what a schlep it is to drag your roll-aboard cabin bag around with you for what seems like - and probably is - miles and miles of airport concourses. And terminals seem to get bigger every year. Putting wheels on luggage was an innovative idea; one wonders why it took decades before that caught on in a big way. Then it was just a matter of time ...

GET ME TO THE GATE ON TIME

Published on: 30 March 2017 3 Comments

Self-driving luggage, for the truly 'last yards'

Dateline: 1 April 2019

Anyone who travels regularly on business knows what a schlep it is to drag your roll-aboard cabin bag around with you for what seems like - and probably is - miles and miles of airport concourses. And terminals seem to get bigger every year. Putting wheels on luggage was an innovative idea; one wonders why it took decades before that caught on in a big way. Then it was just a matter of time before someone added a laptop battery and a tiny electric motor, so your smart luggage could follow you ...

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Flying taxis in Dubai soon!
Posted: 14 February 2017

So, we we spoke of in a MindBullet published years ago, will Hertz become the worlds largest airline, and starting in Dubai?

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Here’s the flying taxi that Dubai’s transportation authority says could be in the skies by summer
14 February 2017
Given that The Jetsons promised these things 50 years ago, we're skeptical that this will actually happen. Nevertheless,
MindBullet logo HERTZ VOTED BEST AIRLINE
Boeing and Airbus in a tail-spin as the allure of personal planes hits air travel
Dateline: 16 July 2020
As the holiday season gets into full swing, some of the major air hubs in Europe and the USA are comfortably quiet. Chicago, Atlanta, Amsterdam and ...
Flying driverless cars? You bet!
Posted: 10 February 2017

Best we enjoy driving our cars now as we won't be doing it for long!

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Uber hires Nasa engineer for flying car project | IOL
10 February 2017
The company envisions a future in which consumers can take a regular Uber ride to a ‘vertiport’.
MindBullet logo HERTZ VOTED BEST AIRLINE
Boeing and Airbus in a tail-spin as the allure of personal planes hits air travel
Dateline: 16 July 2020
As the holiday season gets into full swing, some of the major air hubs in Europe and the USA are comfortably quiet. Chicago, Atlanta, Amsterdam and ...
Failing tech
Posted: 12 October 2016 1 Comment

Here's a long form essay that almost precisely echoes the insight of our MindBullet from January 2015.

When we've come to rely on technology, that never fails, we are often unprepared to deal with the unusual circumstance, when it DOES fail. Over time, computers can diminish our skills! ...

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Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster | Tim Harford
12 October 2016
The Long Read: We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks. Driverless cars are next. But is our reliance on automation ...
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 ...
Electric planes
Posted: 20 July 2016

I used to scoff at the idea of electric cars becoming mainstream. While that's still not likely in Africa in the near future, the popularity of the BMW i3 and the Tesla Model 3 have changed that scenario. But electric aircraft? Surely not anything bigger than a drone? Siemens have showcased a new electric motor for a small conventional aircraft, and it flies. One thing they don't say in the ...

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Siemens Showcases Brand-New Electric Motor That's Super Light, Super Powerful, And Perfect For Elect
20 July 2016
The German parts supplier completed a successful test flight of an electric airplane fitted with a brand-new electric motor that boasts unprecedented power ...
MindBullet logo THE COMING FACE OF AIR TRAVEL
There isn't one: No pilots and no air traffic controllers
Dateline: 10 July 2019
When NATS, the UK National Air Traffic Control Service, was partially privatized in 2001, with the state retaining a 49% share, it started a long-running ...
Jet pack flies in New York
Posted: 27 June 2016

It's 2016, and we're still waiting for those jetpacks promised 50 years ago. But one of the prototypes has recently made a flight in public. The JB-9 jetpack has two jet engines and runs on liquid fuel, which means you get about five minutes of usable flight. Not enough to be a commercial success in my opinion, but it might get a cult following, involving a race series, which is planned.

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JB-9 jetpack makes spectacular debut flying around Statue of Liberty
27 June 2016
The dream of personal flight took a great leap forward last week as Jetpack Aviation unveiled its high speed, high altitude, high endurance JB-9 jetpack in ...
MindBullet logo JET PACK TAKES OFF
Talk about being upwardly mobile!
Dateline: 25 June 2016
After more than 35 years in development, the world's first commercially available jetpack is now on sale. The sticker price is a mere US$ 150,000. Made ...
Flying car fantasies and factories
Posted: 23 June 2016

Despite several failures like the Skycar, there seems to be an abiding fascination with flying cars, and some people, like Larry Page, are willing to put big money behind their development. Perhaps it's a burning desire to see a childhood dream come true. My personal opinion is that a flying car is the wrong concept. A personal drone seems like a better idea, one that flies itself, and takes ...

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Welcome to Larry Page’s Secret Flying-Car Factories
23 June 2016
With Zee.Aero and Kitty Hawk, the Google co-founder looks to the skies.
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 ...
Amazon founder joins the space race
Posted: 17 June 2016

Richard Branson is into space. Elon Musk is into space. And this weekend, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos joins them when his rocket blasts off. Space is truly being privatised.

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Blue Origin to live broadcast rocket launch for the first time
17 June 2016
You can't accuse Blue Origin of being entirely secretive. But when Jeff Bezos' New Shepard vehicle is fired into the air on Sunday he'll be giving space ...
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 ...
Rent a flying car
Posted: 9 June 2016

Six years ago we published this MindBullet suggesting that the flying robot taxi of the future would be rented on demand, and you wouldn't need a pilot's skills to fly it. That was some time before drones became so commonplace! Now here's an article suggesting that our scenario wasn't so far fetched after all. Las Vegas has given the go ahead for the Ehang taxi drone to start trials later ...

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Flying robot taxi to start trials in Las Vegas
9 June 2016
A drone that can transport humans has been given the go ahead to carry out trials in the US.
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 ...

AIRLINES SLUMP AS TRAVELERS CHOOSE THE EASY ROUTE

Published on: 19 May 2016

Taking the hyperloop or a fast bus is so much quicker

Dateline: 3 June 2018

There's a simple problem with air travel these days, which has proved impossible to solve. The more people that fly, the longer it takes; not just the flight, the queues through security, complex boarding procedures; the inevitable delay before push back; and then queuing for a take-off slot! It's becoming increasingly quicker to take an Uber, if it's not too far, or a train or FastBus. California will have soon have the Hyperloop, with pods that dash through a vacuum tube at aircraft speeds. At ...

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Blowing up a space room
Posted: 18 April 2016

Six years ago, when we published this MindBullet about blow-up space modules, possibly the building blocks for the first space hotel, I thought it sounded a little far-fetched. Now the first experimental module from Bigelow has been attached to the International Space Station and will be expanded next month.

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Space Station
18 April 2016
Following extraction from Dragon, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was installed to the International Space Station at 5:36 a.m. EDT. At the ...
MindBullet logo 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 ...
Privatising outer space
Posted: 15 April 2016

Space is increasingly becoming the playground of the private sector, leaving governments behind. This opens all sorts of interesting questions about the real role of government versus the private sector.

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Inflatable Spacecraft Launches, Falcon 9 Successfully Returns to Earth
15 April 2016
It looks like the outer space equivalent of a bounce house, but Bigelow’s BEAM could make space travel cheaper and safer.
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 ...
Roborace
Posted: 12 April 2016

In my keynote, Technology Megatrends from the Future, I talk about a future where Formula 1 racing is for driverless cars. The race is for computer programmers, not racing drivers. Well the first such race is already being planned; it's called Roborace and they've already designed the car. This article tells us more.

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Everything We Know About Roborace, the First Driverless Car Race
12 April 2016
Roborace, the first fully autonomous car race, recently released the design concept for its electric race car, and it looks just as futuristic and ...
MindBullet logo HUMAN DRIVERS BANNED FROM ALL HIGHWAYS
"We can save a million lives a year" says Automobile Association
Dateline: 2 November 2018
The British Government today passed legislation banning all human-driven motor vehicles from highways, effective one year from today. The move has been ...
Go big and go slow
Posted: 22 September 2015

Slow food and leisurely travel, that's the promise of giant air cruisers. Aeros wants to build the first one within five years.



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Production is underway on the world’s largest aircraft - Science Alert
22 September 2015
California-based airship maker Aeros has announced that production has commenced on the Aeroscraft ML866, the world’s largest aircraft. The blimp has ...
MindBullet logo IT'S SUPER-SLOW AIR TRAVEL AS FLIGHT 2.0 CHANGES THE RULES
End of high-speed flying changes business and leisure travel
Dateline: 26 July 2052
Ah yes, I can still remember the days of dashing from New York to Paris in a few hours. Even a round-the-world trip from London to Australia took less than ...
Hauling airfrieght cheaply
Posted: 31 March 2016

When you need to take lots of heavy equipment into inaccessible areas, then it might be feasible to use an airship rather than build roads and runways. That's the latest model behind Lockheed's new cargo airship, which finally has a customer.

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Lockheed Finally Inks $480 Million Deal for its Cargo-Hauling Hybrid Airship
31 March 2016
U.K.-based Straightline Aviation (SLA) has agreed to purchase up to 12 of the vehicles for a collective $480 million, enabling the buyer to deliver cargo ...
MindBullet logo IT'S SUPER-SLOW AIR TRAVEL AS FLIGHT 2.0 CHANGES THE RULES
End of high-speed flying changes business and leisure travel
Dateline: 26 July 2052
Ah yes, I can still remember the days of dashing from New York to Paris in a few hours. Even a round-the-world trip from London to Australia took less than ...

WELCOME TO MY MOBILE CRIB

Published on: 10 December 2015

Travelling 'apartments' are leaving planes and hotels empty

Dateline: 1 March 2028

Driverless cars were supposed to disrupt only the automotive sector and the insurance industry, right? Wrong. The latest victims are airlines and hotel chains - and they never even saw it coming. With green car technology sorted, it's no longer necessary to get vehicles off the road. In fact, the good old road trip is back - but this time with a twist. Travellers are now renting self-driving, customized cars and vans to chauffeur them from point A to point B in luxury. Passengers can sleep or ...

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Any bets that Hyperloop be a real project soon?
Posted: 20 August 2015

One thing we have learnt from Elon Musk it that whilst he may not be a nice guy he is a seriously driven individual, with massive dreams, that he seems to make real!

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So Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Is Actually Getting Kinda Serious
20 August 2015
New partnerships with two major companies validate one effort to make Elon Musk's dream happen for real.
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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