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Published on: 2 November 2017

Food, shelter and clothing - they're all IT

Dateline: 3 November 2022

We're all familiar with Maslow's hierarchy, and we know that basic needs like food, shelter and personal comfort come first. But it seems information technology, that enabling force for modern civilization, was focused far up the scale, at education, entertainment and research, and of course, finance. Now the world of smart robotics and nanotech production has turned basic businesses into digital technologies. Energy is solid state solar and batteries, and traded like information on the internet. ...

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3D printing managed by robots
Posted: 20 October 2017

Just as we suggested might become the case, a small manufacturing plant using 3D printers has scaled up by adding a robot to do the work at night. See the attached MindBullet for further scenario options!

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This robot-run 3D printing farm is the future of light manufacturing
20 October 2017
Even small businesses are now running lights-out facilities using robots and automation
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 ...


Published on: 14 September 2017

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 not enough adults in the world, with driving skills, to drive all the cars produced every year. Admittedly many of the latest vehicles are self-driving, but at the budget end of the scale, devoid of radar and software, basic cars are just dumb machines, even if they run on batteries rather than gasoline. The shift to autonomous cars has also ...

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3 D Manufacturing gets real and disruptive
Posted: 9 August 2017

When a brand like Mercedes uses the technology in production then its real and disruptive.

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Mercedes begins 3D printing of metal parts | IOL Motoring
9 August 2017
Need an out-of-date or specialised aluminium part for a Mercedes-Benz van or Unimog? Now they can print it for you.
China no longer center of the manufacturing universe as the paradigm shifts
Dateline: 9 June 2025
Just as BT announces that it will no longer supply or support fixed-line phones, a report issued by the United Nations confirms two major paradigm shifts ...
Mobile is not only about phones
Posted: 28 July 2017

Businesses are still behind the curve on creating truly great mobile experiences..... but mobile is about to expand beyond the phone! The potential is enormous!

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Your Mobile Strategy Can’t Just Be About Phones
28 July 2017
For one thing, 75% of cars will be connected by 2020.
Human-to-human transmission wins the day for mobile broadband
Dateline: 14 September 2019
First we tied the world in a tangle of copper cables. Next came miles of fiber optics. And all the time, the ultimate communications conduit was right ...


Published on: 18 May 2017

China leads the push for Globalization 2.0

Dateline: 4 July 2035

It's taken two decades, but the demise of the United States as top nation was predicted way back in 2015. Now China is firmly #1 in economic terms, and the west looks decidedly lower-middle class. The global power shift to the east has been driven partly by demographics, but also by China's determination to expand its sphere of economic influence, and to co-opt key nations en route. Central to this ambition was the 'One Belt, One Road' initiative, which links up dozens of nodes from Guangzhou to ...

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Can we forecast the future?
Posted: 1 May 2017

We have never believed in forecasting or predicting. The speed and nature of the change around the world, affecting everyone and all industries, suggests that all one can do is understand the forces shaping our future and develop an intuitive feel for the options and opportunities that these may create. And then ensure that one's business is capable, in every way, to respond fast and with ...

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We're moving fast. But nobody knows where we're going
1 May 2017
The telegraph, the internet, and the smartphone reshaped the world for every generation that witnessed them. What if similar inventions show up twice a ...
MindBullet logo 2010-2020: A DECADE OF STEP-CHANGE THINKING
A review of the past decade’s most important trends – PART 2
Dateline: 1 January 2020
Boeing Buys Bombardier as Air Travel Goes SmallBoeing last month outlined their view of the future: pilotless small planes that can land at any local ...
Drones getting a bad reputation
Posted: 5 April 2017

Drones are becoming a pest, and complaints are soaring in the UK over non-military drones invading privacy and abetting criminals. How long before we see 'drone hunting' becoming a popular sport, as suggested in this MindBullet?

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Drone complaints soar as concerns grow over snooping
5 April 2017
Complaints to police include claims of burglary ‘scoping’, mid-air near-misses and the smuggling of contraband into prisons
Bullet-proof paint creates need for cyber weapons
Dateline: 27 August 2017
Since the development of bullet-proof paint two years ago, drone manufacturers were quick to protect their products from the 'drone hunters' who typically ...
Age of Abundance beckons but we will need to be up for it!
Posted: 18 February 2017

Lab grown steaks are arriving...and taste as bad as a big Mac I guess but soon this will improve! Are we ready for a world of abundant food supply even as the population grows? Our minds are calibrated for scarcity. The future will be different.

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When Will Our Meat-Filled Diets Go Post-Animal?
18 February 2017
We can't sustain the number of animals it takes to feed the planet. But soon we will be able to grow as much meat as we wantwithout the animals...
MindBullet logo FOOD IS NOTHING BUT I.P.
Billionaire digital chef creates the ultimate franchise
Dateline: 12 October 2023
When the first 3D ink-jet printers appeared, they were typically used for high-tech applications that could justify the cost. Leading-edge medicine was an ...
No checkout required at Amazon Go
Posted: 6 December 2016

Amazon's grocery store in Seattle is so convenient, you just take the goods and walk out. It's automatically scanned and charged to your account!

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Amazon wants you to feel like you’re shoplifting from its new grocery store
6 December 2016
You can simply scan your phone, pick your food up off the shelf, and walk out.
MindBullet logo AMAZON OPENS 100th CITY STORE
Amazon eStore Hong Kong joins the high street line-up
Dateline: 22 October 2013
Amazon opened its one-hundredth city store yesterday, with queues of eager shoppers waiting to snatch up the opening specials on offer. And no, it's not ...
Hacking toasters
Posted: 26 October 2016

Almost five years ago, we wrote a MindBullet with a slightly humorous twist, about a microwave oven that used the internet of things to hack a toaster, among other things. Well, truth is stranger than fiction! In 2016, that's more or less exactly what happened, with massive consequences. This article says the government must step in... to save the internet from hacked toasters!

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The government needs to step in and save the internet from hacked toasters
26 October 2016
The internet of things revolution is coming, whether you want it or not And it poses a terrifying risk to the future of the web.
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 ...
Generating power from your clothes
Posted: 14 September 2016

We've talked for some time about emerging smart fabrics - and here's a breakthrough that will enable you to generate power from sunlight and movement directly from the fabrics you wear on your body.

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Power-generating fabric harvests energy from sunlight and movement
14 September 2016
We’re wearing electronic devices, and soon we could be wearing clothing that powers those devices. Now a team at Georgia Tech has developed a fabric that ...
Smart clothing pushes the boundaries of fashion and technology
Dateline: 12 February 2012
Did the phrase "hot" ever spring to mind as you eyed that curvaceous bikini-babe, or that handsome muscular hunk, depending on your preferences? Well, now ...
Replacing plastic
Posted: 22 August 2016

As a scuba diver, I am often horrified at the extent of plastic waste sloshing about our oceans and washing up on shorelines...not to mention the waste in cities and landfills. So how about packaging for food that is not only degradable, but also edible - and better and protecting food than plastic? Read on.

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Edible milk-based packaging reduces food spoilage and plastic waste
22 August 2016
Wrapping food in plastic can reduce spoilage, but the packaging itself creates waste that can clog up landfills for years. Natural alternatives have been ...
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 ...
Drone delivery coming to your home soon - in the UK anyway
Posted: 27 July 2016

Lots of people laughed when the idea of doing household deliveries by drone emerged. Well, Amazon is about to start testing exactly this in the UK, with the support of the British Government.

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Amazon and U.K. partner to get delivery drones flying
27 July 2016
The British government has agreed to let Amazon test delivery drones, while U.S. regulations still forbid it.
No batteries needed for these delivery drones
Dateline: 7 March 2017
The biggest hurdle for electric aircraft has always been the weight of the batteries, and as nimble as they are, quadrotors and octocopters typically had ...
Turning plastic into fuel
Posted: 26 June 2016

Plastic is a massive source of pollution on our planet, and in our seas. It;s heartbreaking to visit some of the most remote Indonesian islands, for example, and find the surf churning with plastic bottles, and the beach a wasteland of plastic.
Some cities have now banned plastic bottles, but throughout history, banning things has seldom solved the root problem. So this might be a much better ...

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New technique turns common plastic waste into fuel
26 June 2016
Used to make most of our disposable food and beverage containers, polyethylene is produced at a staggering volume of over 100 million metric tons each ...
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 ...
Printing anything you want from atoms
Posted: 26 June 2016

Ads I said in a previous post - fact is increasingly becoming stranger than fiction! Read the MindBullet alongside, written by FutureWorld founder Wolfgang Grulke way back in 2003 - and then read the attached article...

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Star Trek Replicators Become Reality With NASA's New 3D Printer/Recycler - SERIOUS WONDER
26 June 2016
NASA aims for a Star Trek future by transforming replicators into a real-world technology using a 3D printer/recycler! - B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder
Dinner from Sony – made atom by atom, molecule by molecule
Dateline: 9 February 2010
Pushing the trolley around the supermarket looks soon to become a thing of the past. You can now make almost anything you want, custom-built, right in your ...
Disaster relief drones to the fore
Posted: 24 June 2016

The potential uses of drones seem limitless. These tests by the UN and Red Cross point to great opportunities in disaster relief, using drones.

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Ship-to-shore delivery shows real-world potential of disaster relief drones
24 June 2016
Drones are shaping as hugely promising tools in disaster relief and a ship-to-shore medical delivery carried out this week with UN and American Red Cross ...
No batteries needed for these delivery drones
Dateline: 7 March 2017
The biggest hurdle for electric aircraft has always been the weight of the batteries, and as nimble as they are, quadrotors and octocopters typically had ...
Doing away with borders
Posted: 20 June 2016

As the New Scientist says in this article, nation states are an increasingly poor way to organise and run a planet. The current migration crises prove that here and now, in 2016, borders are a problem that can't easily be solved. Are they morally and philosophically defensible? In a future where national currencies are replaced by blockchains and tax regimes compete for residents, will ...

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End of nations: Is there an alternative to countries? - New Scientist
20 June 2016
Nation states cause some of our biggest problems, from civil war to climate inaction. Science suggests there are better ways to run a planet
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 ...
Towards a circular economy in food
Posted: 6 June 2016

Danone has not always been seen as the most environmentally-friendly company in the world - but this McKinsey interview with its CEO on a circular economy in food is impressive. Of course, we argue in Future World that 'sustainability' is a yesterday concept. Instead of being sustainable, we should strive to thrive!

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Toward a circular economy in food
6 June 2016
The French food and water company Danone has a history of environmental awareness. In this interview with McKinsey partner Clarisse Magnin, CEO Emmanuel ...
Moringa wonder-plant brings food security to Africa and Asia
Dateline: 5 April 2019
Global poverty has been in decline for 25 years, and now hunger and malnutrition are a thing of the past, world-wide. Although the wonder tree, Moringa ...
Robots are the future
Posted: 2 May 2016

Robots are coming to take jobs - but first they are going to take the dull and dangerous jobs. This article makes the case for why increased automation won't be doom and gloom for workers. Whatever happens, disruption to 'business as usual' is guaranteed!

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Robots Are Coming for Dirty, Dangerous, and Dull Jobs - Inc
2 May 2016
Why automation won't result in massive layoffs everywhere--and will help companies and people stay more competitive.
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 ...

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