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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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Access trumping ownership gains momentum
Posted: 27 October 2014  
American spending is shifting...and it may just be the start of a scary story for those companies that rely on people buying more and more stuff! As rampant consumerism seems to be reducing, the economics of a consumer driven society changes everything we know about economics
Apple and Amazon Have a Problem: People Don't Want to Buy Stuff Anymore | WIRED
27 October 2014
The failure of the Fire Phone has been widely cited as the reason for Amazon’s disastrous quarter, but a darker cloud has settled over the world’s biggest ...
MindBullet logo RENT A ROBOT AND RETIRE
HSBC lets you earn while you snooze
Dateline: 11 September 2095
With 60% of the population of the US and EU now over the age of 65, economists have expressed astonishment at the continued strength of the world economy. ...
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Good article on why banks are still here!
Posted: 27 October 2014  
Banks guarantee your money. They provide a promise, underwritten by that state-backed licence, that you will never lose your assets if you bank them. That promise does not exist anywhere else.

READ ON... ...
Watch your back door first, rather than the horizons
27 October 2014
The Finanser's Week: 20th October - 26th October 2014 »
MindBullet logo JUST DON'T MENTION THE WORD 'BANK'
If you're not safe then you're not a bank, says regulator
Dateline: 1 September 2011
EU regulators have followed US trends by putting a big wedge between retail and investment banking. Effective tomorrow, if you're not a pure commercial ...
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The perfect storm
Posted: 27 October 2014  
Are we headed for inevitable, irreversible global collapse? Although the attached article was published much earlier in the year, in March, it has recently been shared on Facebook as something to consider seriously.

I'm generally of the opinion that prophets of doom are usually wrong, and this study points to the increasing stratification of society into Elites and Masses as the root cause of ...
Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'?
27 October 2014
Nafeez Ahmed: Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system
MindBullet logo 'PERFECT STORM' OF SHORTAGES AVERTED
Predictions of a global lack of food, water and energy prove false
Dateline: 1 September 2029
Once again, Malthusian famine and thirst have been forecast - and failed to materialize. Twenty years ago, Professor John Beddington, the UK government's ...
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Who said regulatory compliance needs to be boring?
Posted: 23 October 2014  
Air New Zealand show how to make even the most inane and oft ignored safety rules seem interesting and FUN! Listen up banks!
Air New Zealand's Hobbit Safety Video Is the 'Most Epic Ever Made'
23 October 2014
The airline knows why people go to New Zealand.
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 ...
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Hero farming in the US
Posted: 21 October 2014  
They call it sustainable agriculture, I call it hero farming. There must be a better way to keep everyone fed without resorting to 'factory' food, and it seems it can be profitable too.
Investing in sustainable agriculture by converting farms to 'beyond organic'
21 October 2014
A San-Francisco based fund aims to target conventional farms and make them sustainable while providing high returns to investors. Can it work?
MindBullet logo FARMAGEDDON, FAMINE AND FOOD
The war between agribusiness and artisanal farming threatens food security for the poor
Dateline: 1 May 2024
It seems that voices in the pastoral wilderness have been shouting contradictory messages at each other for decades. Since the beginning of the 21st ...
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It's a hard life for entrepreneurs!
Posted: 21 October 2014  
This fascinating article reminds us that we need to look behind the headlines of the few entrepreneurs who DO make it!
Entrepreneurs anonymous
21 October 2014
SEVEN years ago Joe Jones (not his real name) left his job with a big NASDAQ-listed company to strike out on his own. He was sick of corporate life and he ...
MindBullet logo OLD JOBS DIE, NET WORK BOOMS
As traditional employment falls, entrepreneurship has never been stronger
Dateline: 17 September 2016
Isn't it interesting how often predictions about the future turn out to be completely wrong? Take the astonishing explosion of technology. The fear was ...
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Disruption from disease
Posted: 20 October 2014  
Ebola is far less dangerous to global health, and trade, than something like bird flu. Bird flu can literally travel via bird migrations from one continent to another, and can be passed by sneezing and shaking hands. Ebola is only contagious by direct contact with body fluids, and doesn't mutate as easily as a flu virus. But Ebola is pretty deadly, difficult to treat, and creates panic, as ...
Fight to stop Ebola being lost, World Bank warns - Telegraph
20 October 2014
World Bank chief blames a lack of international solidarity in efforts to stem the epidemic
MindBullet logo BIRD FLU PLAGUE CONTAINED AMID VAST TRADE DISRUPTIONS
Scenarios speed business and government response
Dateline: 7 April 2009
The Bird Flu pandemic has been contained - thanks largely to the efforts of futurists and scenario planners, and the leaders who believed in them. ...
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Is USA the next Japan?
Posted: 16 October 2014  
As global demographic shifts gradually play out, have we become lulled by sustained growth and will the world be caught off guard by fundamental shifts downward in global economic growth. Will a new reality dawn? What kids beyond the next step change?
What if the USA is the next Japan, and the S&P collapses?
16 October 2014
What if the last 40-odd years of strong S&P performance are an historical anomaly and the US is now headed into a period of sustained economic weakening?
MindBullet logo POPULAR PROTESTS SPREAD ACROSS THE USA
It's a revolution against democracy
Dateline: 1 December 2015
Thanksgiving Day will never have the same meaning again. Last week, across the United States, more than three million people joined in popular protests ...
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Facebook enters banking differently
Posted: 16 October 2014  
Interesting that a Dubai commercial bank talks about using Facebook to enter its clients lives more effectively!
Commercial Bank of Dubai opens 'Facebook branch'
16 October 2014
Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD) has introduced a 'Facebook branch', enabling customers to check their accounts and transfer funds from within the social ...
MindBullet logo JUST DON'T MENTION THE WORD 'BANK'
If you're not safe then you're not a bank, says regulator
Dateline: 1 September 2011
EU regulators have followed US trends by putting a big wedge between retail and investment banking. Effective tomorrow, if you're not a pure commercial ...
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JAPAN IMPORTS AFRICAN LABOUR
Published on: 16 October 2014  
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Thousands of 18-35 year olds are being integrated into society
Dateline: 14 November 2028
Ten years ago, William Okeke was an angry and unemployed youth in Kinshasa who survived on a measly US$2 a day. His wife, Meriam, was a vegetable seller who barely made more than that. Fast forward ten years and their lives cannot be more different. With Japanese population in decline and the odd newborn baby being treated as a gift from the gods, the Japanese government began a large scale immigration effort in 2018. Youths like Okeke and their wives were being recruited and trained in Africa ...
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Huge focus on energy efficiency
Posted: 15 October 2014   1 Comment
The article alongside, and the two links below, demonstrate just how much research is going into how we can better and more efficiently using energy. There are breakthroughs on the horizon, and the MindBullet we wrote in 2008 could just become a reality in the years ahead.

Lighting sheets better than lightbulbs: ...
Generator Produces 25,000 Watts without Consuming Fuel | MIT Technology Review
15 October 2014
Startup Alphabet Energy has its first product: what it says is the world’s largest thermoelectric generator.
MindBullet logo COAL HITS US$10 PER TON AS SOLAR POWER SHINES
Nano solar films bring cheap energy to sunshine states
Dateline: 5 May 2018
It's hard to believe that a mere decade ago fossil fuels were at a premium, and everyone talked of 'peak oil' and the high prices of natural gas and coal. ...
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The Internet of Money - now there's a thought!
Posted: 8 October 2014  
Where will the current wave of financial innovation or fin tech as it is being called, take us? Who will understand the opportunities first?
Here Comes the Internet of Money
8 October 2014
Financial innovation has widened access to capital, improved its allocation across the economy and made the world more prosperous.
MindBullet logo NEW LIFE FOR BANKING
There's no money in this bank at all!
Dateline: 21 June, 2007
If forecasts prove correct this could turn out to be the world’s most valuable bank. DNAture World Inc was launched yesterday as the world’s most ambitious ...
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What is the future of capitalism as we know it?
Posted: 2 October 2014  
A growing body of serious and recognised business leaders and luminaries are raising the debate on this big question. Raj Sisodia challenged capitalism powerfully in his book 'Firms of endearment'. The debate is growing...for me the real question is 'how brave are we?' Are we prepared to recalibrate our expectations?...and that includes our own aspirations on our investment growth, living ...
Has Capitalism Reached A Turning Point?
2 October 2014
Pro-business thought leaders are calling for a Reformation of capitalism: will they be able to agree on a common cause at the Drucker Forum in November ...
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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Food crops and forests of the future
Posted: 26 September 2014  
Seven years ago we published a MindBullet that suggested the use of fungi to dramatically encourage reforestation. We speculated that this might be achieved through open innovation on Facebook. In an uncannily similar real world event, young girls living in Ireland have won the Google Science Fair with the invention of a method to increase crop yields with beneficial bacteria. Imagine the ...
MindBullet logo VISIT THE SAHARA NOW - WHILE IT'S STILL THERE
Hydroscopic fungus turns deserts into bushland and forests
Dateline: 14 March 2017
The simple application of a fungal cocktail to arid soils in Southern Africa has enabled small shrubs and trees to take root where no plants have grown for ...
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Is strategy dead? The future is not what it used to be!
Posted: 25 September 2014  
It's more valuable to learn from the future that the past - given what's happening in our world and its markets today! Think about how you think about the future! It is not what it used to be...
Is Strategy Dead? 7 Reasons The Answer May Be Yes
25 September 2014
I am an ex-strategy consultant. I have an MBA. And I am increasingly convinced the relevancy of both has been permanently diminished.  Is strategy dead? ...
MindBullet logo RETAILERS SET TO LEAVE SHOPPING CENTERS
Will mega-malls become the ghost towns of the future?
Dateline: 11 February 2010
Since the iPod made digital music fashionable, digital options have eroded the markets of music, movie and computer games retailers. Those in large malls, ...
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Gamification in the serious investments business
Posted: 23 September 2014  
Another example of the impact and success of gamification in the new generations.
Sun Life Financial sees positive returns from gamification programme
23 September 2014
Canada's Sun Life Financial is hailing the success of an online gamification programme in motivating participants to increase their investments in ...
MindBullet logo RETIREMENT? FORGET IT!
Furore as the EU scraps the mandatory retirement age as anachronistic and unaffordable
Dateline: 7 December 2010
The European Union debate over Europe's pension deficit and the mandatory retirement age has been one of the fiercest in its history. Last night, ...
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