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At home on the city farm
Posted: 18 December 2014  
A while ago, seven years to be exact, we published this MindBullet about farms in city skyscrapers. Now it's an actual proposal for a retirement complex in Singapore. Could it work?
HOMEFARM VERTICAL FARMING RETIREMENT HOUSING - SERIOUS WONDER
18 December 2014
HOMEFARM VERTICAL FARMING RETIREMENT HOUSING could be the future of elderly care. Futurist GRAY SCOTT for SERIOUS WONDER.
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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Gasoline, electric or hybrid?
Posted: 15 December 2014  
Electric cars are doing pretty well in some urban markets, with the BMW i3 claiming to have sold 12,000 units in the last year. The market is still very fragmented, and now hydrogen fuel cell cars are making their way onto the scene. Personally I think these are the least likely to get mass adoption, but then, with the oil price dropping, perhaps a return to gasoline-electric hybrids will ...
Fuel Cell Vehicles Aren’t Yet Greener than Hybrids
15 December 2014
Hybrids are a much more cost-effective way to reduce carbon emissions than newly released hydrogen fuel cell cars.
MindBullet logo FUEL CELLS TO THE RESCUE OF PLUG-IN ELECTRIC CARS
There's a resurgence in EVs, thanks to cheap fuel-cell technology and hydrogen
Dateline: 9 August 2016
Once the darling of the US administration, fuel-cell vehicles were the future of clean, green motoring. Fuel cells running on hydrogen produce only water ...
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What is the 'bottom' level for the oil price?
Posted: 14 December 2014  
A few years ago $40 a barrel seemed 'impossible'. But what would happen if the oil price dropped way below that? Take a look at this scenario from more than a decade ago.
Opec willing to push oil price to $40 says Gulf oil minister
14 December 2014
Senior Opec ministers says cartel has no fear of oil prices falling to levels as low as $40 per barrel amid price war with Russia and US shale
MindBullet logo OIL $5 A BARREL!
THE PRICE OF CRUDE OIL PLUMMETS AS THE USA SHUTS THE DOOR
Dateline: 3 February 2009
Global markets reeled today as America announced a total embargo on oil imports from the Middle East. The move effectively smashes the stranglehold of ...
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Oil heading for a wild ride
Posted: 11 December 2014  
When we published this MindBullet not even a month ago, we were pretty sure that oil would drop, but we didn't expect it to be this fast or this far. Perhaps our scenario wasn't crazy enough!

Bank of America forecasts deep structural shifts that will have profound consequences:
"The free market will now set the global cost of oil, leading to a new era of wild price swings and disorderly trading ...
Bank of America sees $50 oil as Opec dies - Telegraph
11 December 2014
The Opec oil cartel no longer exists in any meaningful sense and crude prices will slump to $50 a barrel over the coming months as market forces shake out ...
MindBullet logo GOLD AT $800, OIL AT $64
The mini-boom is on
Dateline: 6 November 2016
Two years ago we saw the first faltering of the oil price, as Brent crude dipped below US$80 per barrel. Gold was also weak, at about US$1100 per ounce. ...
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THE NEW COLD WAR INTENSIFIES
Published on: 11 December 2014  
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Business in the firing line as governments spar
Dateline: 2 April 2015
Forget about McDonald's trying to outperform KFC or Coca-Cola aiming to increase sales over Pepsi. Those were the days, my friend! Lately, businesses are primarily competing against governments' geopolitical agendas - and then against each other. Let's refer to the best case in point: Russia. Following the Crimean crisis, the 2014 sanctions against Russia and Donetsk have been ratcheted up, but Russia has decided that the party is not nearly merry enough yet. After banning several G20 nations ...
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PEAK OIL IS HORSE MANURE
Published on: 4 December 2014  
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The stone age didn't end because we ran out of stones
Dateline: 20 January 2021
Back in the day, when horse drawn carriages and buggies were the preferred mode of transport for anyone, there was a big fear in Paris, London and New York that there wouldn't be enough stabling for all the horses required in the future, to say nothing of all the manure that was piling up in the streets. Then we invented motor cars, and the problem of peak horse manure disappeared. That's a salutary tale to bear in mind when we talk of peak oil. There will be a time when our consumption of oil ...
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Thought-provoking writing...
Posted: 3 December 2014  
...that really gets those grey cells going. Highly recommend this online magazine!
Science - Aeon Magazine
3 December 2014
Some of our greatest cultural and technological achievements took place between 1945 and 1971. Why has progress stalled?
MindBullet logo IS THIS THE END OF INNOVATION?
The pace of technology advances slows as all invention is outsourced to computers
Dateline: 3 March 2033
We are in trouble. We've reached the end of the road. Like the mythical serpent devouring itself from the tail, we have progressed in ever decreasing ...
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Oil, gas and the Russian winter
Posted: 2 December 2014  
When Russia strolled into Crimea and simply 'took it back' it seemed that Putin was holding all the cards. What could the West really do about it? Gazprom was an energy giant that most of Europe was at least partially dependent on, and Russian oil was needed everywhere, including China.

Or was it? With oil prices plunging, Russia's house no longer looks so cosy, and Putin's deck looks weak. ...
Russia intervenes as crumbling ruble echoes 1998 debt crisis
2 December 2014
Collapse in Russian currency, which has been badly buffeted by a plunge of almost 40% in oil prices, prompts central bank action
MindBullet logo GAZPROM THE BIGGEST CASUALTY IN CRIMEA CRISIS AFTERMATH
Merkel declares Germany free of Russian gas
Dateline: 5 April 2019
Yesterday, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany had achieved a new level of energy security and independence. "It has taken us five years to ...
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THE MIDDLE CLASS IS DYING
Published on: 27 November 2014  
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There's a growing gap between the have-lots and have-very-littles
Dateline: 3 July 2024
In 2014 the richest one percent owned 48% of the world's wealth (US$ 127 trillion). It's ten years later and they just keep on getting richer while the middle class is shrinking at an alarming rate. Because affluence has been growing, you need a much higher living standard than before in order to be classified as 'middle class' today. Emerging economy populations, who made the middle class cut a few years ago, are falling behind again and businesses who cater for the average person on the street ...
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The future of cities is smart
Posted: 25 November 2014  
The concept of smart cities, connected by a network of inexpensive sensors and managed efficiently by analysis of Big Data, is very much an idea whose time has come. Here's a good analysis of the state of play. And, as we said in our 2011 MindBullet (alongside), business is at the heart of meeting these challenges.
Cities Look to Technology for Answers to Growing Challenges | MIT Technology Review
25 November 2014
Mobile apps, sensors, and other technologies help cities handle growing challenges.
MindBullet logo BUSINESS - THE ENGINE FOR SMART CITIES OF THE FUTURE
Partnerships drive great service and green cities
Dateline: 3 December 2021
Remember the days when towns and cities were 'owned' and poorly managed by municipalities and local governments? Days of indifferent service, disinterested ...
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OPEC to the rescue
Posted: 24 November 2014  
Could OPEC inadvertently rescue the global economy by pushing energy prices down quicker than market forces? This article tends to suggest that oil could drop well before our MindBullet timeline!
Brent Plunge To $60 If OPEC Fails To Cut
24 November 2014
While OPEC has been mostly irrelevant in the past 5 years as a result of Saudi Arabia's recurring cartel-busting moves,
MindBullet logo GOLD AT $800, OIL AT $64
The mini-boom is on
Dateline: 6 November 2016
Two years ago we saw the first faltering of the oil price, as Brent crude dipped below US$80 per barrel. Gold was also weak, at about US$1100 per ounce. ...
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GOLD AT $800, OIL AT $64
Published on: 20 November 2014   2 Comments
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The mini-boom is on
Dateline: 6 November 2016
Two years ago we saw the first faltering of the oil price, as Brent crude dipped below US$80 per barrel. Gold was also weak, at about US$1100 per ounce. This despite the ongoing crises in the Middle East and Ukraine. What was happening? Some put it down to weak demand and plentiful supply. Although the global economy had stabilized, there was no great appetite for oil at these prices. The United States was also producing more of its own oil and gas, becoming less dependent on the Gulf for ...
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Toyota's Mirai is not the future of motoring
Posted: 19 November 2014  
Although 'mirai' means 'future' in Japanese, I don't think this car will be a mass market winner, not even in the 2020s. It's just too expensive, at around US$ 60,000 (in Japan) and entirely dependent on the ability to refuel it at hydrogen stations, which makes it a niche product in the extreme. I think a far better concept would be a plug-in electric car like Tesla with a small fuel cell to ...
Toyota Tackles Chicken And Egg With Rollout Plan for Hydrogen-Powered Mirai
19 November 2014
Carmaker will subsidize hydrogen infrastructure to jump-start acceptance of its new fuel cell vehicle
MindBullet logo FUEL CELLS TO THE RESCUE OF PLUG-IN ELECTRIC CARS
There's a resurgence in EVs, thanks to cheap fuel-cell technology and hydrogen
Dateline: 9 August 2016
Once the darling of the US administration, fuel-cell vehicles were the future of clean, green motoring. Fuel cells running on hydrogen produce only water ...
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Bitcoin will change the world
Posted: 18 November 2014  
Some may say it already has. In this excellent opinion piece, Ivo Vegter illuminates the way the blockchain technology behind Bitcoin is the truly revolutionary idea, with the potential to fundamentally alter the way the world does business.

"When people are able to circumvent the middlemen like this, they will. There is little that governments, central banks, or the financial industry can ...
The blockchain: How Atlas will shrug
18 November 2014
Already, Bitcoin has created a revolution in digital money. It meets most requirements of a currency: it is portable, durable, divisible, relatively ...
MindBullet logo THE BITCOIN BUBBLE BURSTS
Controversial digital currency collapses as clones saturate the market
Dateline: 15 March 2015
In essence, Bitcoins are digital artifacts created by using computers to solve complex mathematical formulae, essentially cracking a code. The reward one ...
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SUMMER FASHION FAILS TO SHIP
Published on: 13 November 2014  
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Pandemic to blame for factory lockdown
Dateline: 20 September 2015
There's only one thing worse than showcasing an average line on the runway and that is not modelling anything at all. This faux pas has befallen several fashion houses and the fashion police are looking for answers. A leaked document which has gone viral on Twitter, informs Mango, J.Crew and others that their production orders for Summer 2016 will not be ready for the season: "With more than half of the workforce under quarantine, it simply won't be possible to complete the shipment in time." ...
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Disruption insights - what can we learn?
Posted: 10 November 2014  
The music industry has and still is experiencing disruptions to its core business model and web of commercial and market relationships. It seems not to have learnt anything. What can we learn from this? You can't defy change. You can't defy disintermediation and you should not ignore new business and value creation models!
Taylor Swift and the Economics of Music as a Service
10 November 2014
How ubiquitous connectivity is changing an industry.
MindBullet logo WHO NEEDS AN AGENT AND A RECORD LABEL?
The self-promoting artist makes music on the 'net
Dateline: 1 December 2009
More than 70% of all recording artists say no to industry bosses. This is the reality says Groundswell.com, who has been tracking this space for the last ...
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3D scanning with your phone
Posted: 30 October 2014  
With an app that lets you scan objects in 3D with your smartphone camera, how long before we can also print directly from our phones to a MakerBot 3D printer?

Instant cloning of physical objects was the subject of this MindBullet from a few years back. It seemed unlikely then, but now it's approaching reality. ...
Dacuda's 3D camera app turns your phone into a 3D scanner - Tech Gen
30 October 2014
Dacuda's downloadable app lets you use your smartphone to capture a 3D image you can later view and spin around in its full 360 degree glory.
MindBullet logo POINT, SHOOT AND PRINT - IN 3D
From camera phone to plastic clone in three clicks
Dateline: 5 July 2015
It's now a simple matter to create a bust of the company president or a replica of your favorite pet - just point, shoot a couple of times from different ...
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The true cost of different forms of energy
Posted: 30 October 2014  
A really interesting read - what's the true cost of various forms of energy, including alternative? And why is solar so expensive?
Environmental Cost Makes Wind Cheaper Than Coal in Europe | MIT Technology Review
30 October 2014
A new report from the E.U. estimates the true economic cost of different forms of energy production.
MindBullet logo EUROPE HELD TO RANSOM BY SUNNY AFRICAN STATES
Solar energy at the centre of an economic storm
Dateline: 11 May 2020
It's been just a year since the Afro-European solar energy initiative was launched to harness the deserts of North Africa to supply European countries with ...
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Nuclear fusion a reality?
Posted: 30 October 2014  
We've written a lot on these pages over the years about the dream of nuclear fusion - clean, fast nuclear energy. Could it actually be happening? The sceptics remain, but it seems unlikely that a company of the stature of Lockheed Martin would make lose claims. The energy market just got more exciting!
Lockheed Martin’s Claims on Fusion Energy Meet with Skepticism | MIT Technology Review
30 October 2014
Lockheed Martin says it will have a small fusion reactor prototype in five years but offers no data.
MindBullet logo COLD FUSION SIGNALS THE END OF BIG OIL AND NUCLEAR POWER
It’s the start of a new low energy nuclear revolution
Dateline: 5 June 2014
Every once in a while we see the introduction of a technology that is so radically innovative that it seems magical, or impossible. The old clichés get ...
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Capitalism in crisis...have you noticed?
Posted: 30 October 2014  
With widening wealth gaps, increasing genie coefficients and restless populations, the world needs to wake up to what at least one of the driving forces is...capitalism does not fairly reward all the players in the system. And unless the leaders of the worlds businesses do something dramatic, the risks to the world will only grow.
The Zombie System: How Capitalism Has Gone Off the Rails - SPIEGEL ONLINE
30 October 2014
Six years after the Lehman disaster, the industrialized world is suffering from Japan Syndrome. Growth is minimal, another crash may be brewing and the ...
MindBullet logo DEMISE OF CAPITALISM AND FREE ENTERPRISE
Is there a new model arising out of the ashes?
Dateline: 21 May 2015
Ongoing violent protests in major cities around the world are crippling developed economies. What started with an overt war against business in India by ...
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