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Will cities rule society?
Posted: 20 April 2016  
Eight years ago we published a MindBullet highlighting the increasing importance of the city as a business and economic entity in its own right. Here's an interesting column by futurist Thomas Frey on the Rise of City Power:

"Today there are roughly 498 metro areas in the world with over 1 million residents. According to the Martin Prosperity Institute, the world's top 100 cities alone ...
MindBullet logo THE NEW ECONOMIC WAR: CITY VS CITY
Ugly battles for differentiation: Kuwait wins
Dateline: 14 January 2015
Hong Kong's New Year celebrations were dampened by the news that Kuwait's Silk City had topped the financial services league to become "The #1 Global Financial Center". The mood in New York and London was as glum as the weather. Over the past five years the banking and financial sector in Kuwait has evolved to global standards at a pace that would have been unthinkable in the early 2000s. ...
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European parliament faces Blockchain
Posted: 15 April 2016  
Regulators and governments are finally starting to grasp the extent of the revolution taking place in financial services. Blockchain, the technology that underpins Bitcoin and other cyber currencies, has the capacity to disrupt the existing order.
European Parliament to host blockchain conference
15 April 2016
The European Parliament is set to host a four day conference on virtual currencies and blockchains as it seeks to educate MEPs about the fast-growing world ...
MindBullet logo BLOCKCHAIN BUSINESSES THAT RUN THEMSELVES GO VIRAL
The rise of the distributed autonomous company has disrupted markets and nations
Dateline: 17 February 2027
CarCoin has ubered Uber. AppCoin has upstaged Apple. And Africoin has made African countries irrelevant; fiscally and economically at least. Based on the ...
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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.
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 ...
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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 ...
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Natural hydrogen
Posted: 12 April 2016  
As we've mentioned before, hydrogen is not found in abundance in nature, and has to be manufactured, usually by splitting water with electrolysis, which can be done with excess solar power, but is not very efficient.
But what if you could use nature to do the job? Earlier this year, scientists produced a nano-particle consisting of an enzyme modified by a virus, which produces hydrogen from ...
A 'Nano-Reactor' May Soon Be Producing Hydrogen Biofuel
12 April 2016
Scientists have modified a virus to catalyze the formation of hydrogen from water.
MindBullet logo THE HYDROGEN ECONOMY IS HERE
Hydrogen will be the dominant fuel of the future
Dateline: 15 July 2017
After two decades of disappointment, hydrogen is finally becoming a viable fuel and source of energy for the world economy. The breakthroughs in innovation ...
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3D printing on a massive scale
Posted: 2 April 2016  
The trajectory of 3D printing as a definer of future manufacturing seems unstoppable. And this new software breakthrough, which harnesses un unlimited number of print heads into a single 'machine' for large-scale projects, is a game-changed.
Autodesk's Project Escher Uses Multiple 3D Print Heads for Massive Jobs | Make:
2 April 2016
Autodesk's Project Escher is an assembly line of independent 3D printers to make printing faster and more efficient.
MindBullet logo PRINTING - THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING
No more paper or ink, but everything else goes
Dateline: 17 June 2012
I spent a frustrating few days at the World Printing Industry Showcase in Beijing this weekend. As an old-timer of the printing industry, I simply didn't ...
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Fake food gets real
Posted: 22 March 2016  
Of course we can make synthetic food, and increasingly we can make synthetic food that tastes like the real thing. But is it affordable, and when it becomes cheap enough, should we do it on a mass scale?

There's a big debate brewing over the future of lab meat; an interesting aspect though, is that it's pretty natural - real organic cells that are cultured with nutrients. What's your stand on ...
Laboratory Burgers: Let the Meat Wars Begin
22 March 2016
There will be extreme positions for and against lab-grown meats. Here is what lab grown meat means for our future.
MindBullet logo FAKE FOOD FENDS OFF FAMINE
Synthetic proteins and carbohydrates essential to safely feed burgeoning world population
Dateline: 1 May 2017
Manufactured and processed food is the healthy alternative these days. It's also more economically viable, and the only way to feed a global population ...
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Mass-scale storage of solar power
Posted: 20 March 2016  
We're told by the fossil fuel moguls that solar energy is all very well, but what do you do when the sun don't shine? How can you rely on solar when its dark, or cloudy? How do you store the energy it can create?
Apart from dramatic breakthroughs in battery technology, scientists are seeking other ways for large-scale storage of solar energy. This team at Stanford may well be onto a solution. ...
Can large-scale solar power storage become a reality?
20 March 2016
The recent crash in oil prices notwithstanding, an economy based on fossil fuels seems unsustainable. Supplies of oil, coal and similar fuels are finite, ...
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 ...
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Farming inside the box!
Posted: 20 March 2016  
Time to think inside the box? It was back in 2007 that we raised the concept of indoor, urban farming as a possible future for food supplies. Now small container hydroponic farms are becoming a reality thanks to this Boston-based startup.
Think of some of the implications: food supplies right on our doorstep, minimising transport costs and C02 pollution. No pesticides. Minimal water required. ...
The Future of Farming May Live Inside This Box | Fox Business
20 March 2016
A Boston-based startup is transforming shipping containers into high-tech hydroponic farms
MindBullet logo SKYSCRAPER FARMS SOLVE URBAN FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
Indoor farming produces fresh food where it's needed - in the store
Dateline: 1 May 2030
New thinking in urban design, plus new technologies, are turning city blocks into self-contained 'country villages'. Hydrogen fuel cells and community ...
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PRESIDENT TRUMP WINS BALLOT SCRAPPING TERM LIMITS
Published on: 17 March 2016  
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Poll garners 95% turnout and universal support
Dateline: 14 October 2023
The counts are in and President Trump has an overwhelming vote of confidence in his continued leadership. With 95% of Americans voting for the motion, he will compete in his third presidential election in 2024. Mustapha Junar [ID21394230]*, representative of Citizens for Democracy, claims widespread ballot fraud, but President Trump scoffed at there being any impropriety under his reign. "Americans have never been happier, even if our economy is still shedding jobs. The results demonstrate that ...
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Comment to Solar Power Goes Viral
Posted: 10 March 2016  
The tipping point for me will be when costs give a return of 5 years or less. At present, the cost of panels/Kwh is still too far high and batteries make the Return on Investment even longer-term. There is also the peak power draw side to consider as most solar installations need to use the grid for major appliances. Hopefully, this will be resolved in the next few years so that the 2022 ...
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 completely for individuals, homes and small businesses. What's more, large businesses and corporate campuses are also contributing to the energy internet, sharing their excess power in slack times, and buying back from the smart grid when they ...
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SOLAR POWER GOES VIRAL
Published on: 10 March 2016   2 Comments
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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 completely for individuals, homes and small businesses. What's more, large businesses and corporate campuses are also contributing to the energy internet, sharing their excess power in slack times, and buying back from the smart grid when they need to. Utility-scale generation has shrunk to essential services only, heavily subsidized by the ...
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AI seeks long term but powerful solutions
Posted: 8 March 2016  
AI will see many iterations and short term applications but the long term capability is also interesting and compelling...if managed properly. Imagine a world where humans never have to do dirty or dangerous things - will it make humans soft and risk averse and what might the long term consequences of that be?
The ghost in the machine: Vicarious and the search for AI that can rival the human brain | ZDNet
8 March 2016
Startup Vicarious is aiming to build the first general artificial intelligence system -- just don't expect it any time soon.
MindBullet logo POST NEW-AGE SURVIVORS ADOPT AGE-OLD LIFESTYLE
Last 12 million humans live the Early Age way to survive
Dateline: 8 August 0001 NA (New Age)
As the Mayans had predicted, the world as we knew it did end sometime after 2012. The first planetary shock was the gigantic solar flare which knocked out ...
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Battery storage improves exponentially
Posted: 4 March 2016  
We now read of daily improvements to some of the core bottlenecks preventing mass scale changes in clean and renewable energy replacing the old dirty energy industries of the world. Exponential, combinatorial improvements are driving rapid changes. Cynics and vested interests still don't get it. Its just a matter of time.
US government: We've found 'holy grail' of grid-scale battery tech | ZDNet
4 March 2016
US Department of Energy's research arm is upbeat about the prospects of new battery technology ushering in clean and cheap energy.
MindBullet logo LIQUID BATTERIES KEEP THE BIG APPLE SHINING
New York City runs all night on a single charge
Dateline: 21 April 2015
In the city that never sleeps, the lights burn all night. But don't worry, they're not consuming precious fuel or polluting the environment, because the ...
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Turning a warehouse into a farmhouse
Posted: 1 March 2016   1 Comment
Almost nine years ago we 'predicted' this development in vertical farming. Why import everything into cities when you can grow it fresh in the basement, using LEDs? And of course, high tech urban farming results in less waste and better upcycling, so it aids the environment, and the circular economy too! 'Farmhouse' now has a new meaning.
Aerofarm has built the world's largest vertical farm
1 March 2016
AeroFarms' New Jersey HQ grows crops up to the ceiling using aeroponic mists and LEDs, Marc Oshima explains
MindBullet logo SKYSCRAPER FARMS SOLVE URBAN FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
Indoor farming produces fresh food where it's needed - in the store
Dateline: 1 May 2030
New thinking in urban design, plus new technologies, are turning city blocks into self-contained 'country villages'. Hydrogen fuel cells and community ...
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The robot internet
Posted: 29 February 2016  
We have already developed robots (or cobots) that can learn to do simple jobs by imitating humans. You can teach the Baxter robot how to pack a box, and it will continue on its own.

But what if intelligent robots can use machine learning and problem solving to figure things out for themselves, and then teach other robots the new tricks? That could be the start of a scenario we published a year ...
Robots That Teach Each Other
29 February 2016
What if robots could figure out more things on their own and share that knowledge among themselves?
MindBullet logo ROBOEARTH TAXES THE MACHINES
With robots paying labour tax, the 99% can be as idle and as comfortable as the elites
Dateline: 4 July 2025
We're living in the age of abundance. The age of the algorithm. The age of... well, automated utopia. Who would have thought that this soon, with machines ...
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Graphene's powerful attributes still to be discovered fully
Posted: 28 February 2016  
New materials, new properties of new materials, new manufacturing using 3D printing and more will all combine to create entirely new solutions to energy, industry and economic opportunity - to those open and later to the coming shifts.
'Smart wallpaper' which absorbs light could help power home
28 February 2016
Homes of the future could have 'smart wallpaper' which harvests ambient light, even in dim conditions
MindBullet logo HOMES SWITCH OFF BIG ENERGY
Home users embrace cheap bacterial fuel cells, leaving the utilities dependent on business customers. Is it too little, too late?
Dateline: 29 February 2016
After reporting a massive loss in sales to the domestic sector, Electricité de France, the world's largest utility, announced today that its survival would ...
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Future of jobs is a challenge
Posted: 27 February 2016  
As digitization, automation and smart systems evolve rapidly, we need to bet quick and smart to ensure humans have a relevant role in future....al humans! Education needs a radical wake up call.
Is this the future of work? Scientists predict which jobs will still be open to humans in 2035
27 February 2016
Australian science agency CSIRO says workplaces will be increasingly digitally focused and automated. Who wants to be an ‘online chaperone’?
MindBullet logo TECHNOLOGICAL UNEMPLOYMENT MEANS NO WORK BUT BASIC PAY
Redundant workers cashing in on robot jobs
Dateline: 3 February 2024
Up until now, we have managed to survive recessions and every economic slump, but experts believe we are finally reaching a plateau, as the majority of ...
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Another catalyst
Posted: 26 February 2016  
A startup called Liquid Light is also working to develop efficient catalysts to capture carbon dioxide and convert it into useful chemicals. The key word here is 'efficiently' because it can be done if cost is no object, but it needs to become economically viable.
http://money.cnn.com/2016/02/12/technology/recycling-carbon-dioxide-liquid-light/
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MindBullet logo CATALYZER CAPTURES CARBON
New process integrates solar power into the hydrocarbon economy
Dateline: 26 February 2026
A new process for capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turning it into usable liquid fuel has been commercialized and scaled up. Originally invented ten years ago, the process uses a unique catalyst to bond hydrogen in water with CO2 in the air to form methanol, a useful liquid chemical that can be burned in combustion engines or used to manufacture more complex chemical ...
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CATALYZER CAPTURES CARBON
Published on: 25 February 2016   1 Comment
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New process integrates solar power into the hydrocarbon economy
Dateline: 26 February 2026
A new process for capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turning it into usable liquid fuel has been commercialized and scaled up. Originally invented ten years ago, the process uses a unique catalyst to bond hydrogen in water with CO2 in the air to form methanol, a useful liquid chemical that can be burned in combustion engines or used to manufacture more complex chemical compounds. The key to making this a viable industry is the low cost of solar power, which is sufficient energy input ...
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