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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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What Millennials really want from your business
Posted: 23 September 2014   1 Comment
We are seeing increasing signs of the old drivers of the economy - mass consumerism - starting to tilt and shift. And some of this opens new opportunities to innovative thinkers. Ignore at your peril in developed economies and be aware of what this may mean in developing economies where we risk thinking they will all want the 'American Dream'.
A Millennial's Version of "The American Dream"
23 September 2014
Gen-Y hasn't bought into the dream of big houses and fancy cars. So how do you sell to their demographic? First things first, forget what you knew.
MindBullet logo FACEBOOK TO CLOSE: GEN Z REJECTS DIGITAL LIFESTYLE
Flower children of the twenties look for analogue bullet
Dateline: 12 January 2021
In what might be considered a typical anti-establishment rebellion of youth, teenagers of the 2020s seem to be disenchanted by their parents' excessive ...
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Solar breakthrough?
Posted: 20 September 2014  
Now we're talking! If solar power really becomes cheaper than other, carbon-derived forms of power, then the game will change. And isn't it interesting that the man driving this is South African-born maverick billionaire Elon Musk. There really are new and different players entering the field.
Perhaps our 2008 MindBullet will become a reality? ...
Elon Musk Promises Solar Power Cheaper Than Fracked Gas
20 September 2014
Elon Musk's SolarCity buys panel maker and promises to slash the cost of solar power
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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Millennials really ARE different
Posted: 18 September 2014  
Like it or not, the Millenial generation of customers is indeed different, from viewing their sm,art phone more tun 41 times per day to following recommendations form strangers. It all adds up to marketers in every industry having to think differently...and maybe ask a Millennial for advice! Now there's a scary prospect!
Here Is Everything You Need to Know About the Millennial Consumer
18 September 2014
No demographic is as appealing to marketers as millennials, those folks born between 1981 and 2000. Many articles and studies have focused on reaching this ...
MindBullet logo 'NET GENERATION' DECLARED A NEW SPECIES OF HOMO SAPIENS
You always knew your kids were different
Dateline: 21 August 2012
In 2009, Don Tapscott published an updated version of his best-selling 1997 book 'Growing up digital' which covered the emergence of what he called 'the ...
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Portable nuclear power
Posted: 17 September 2014  
No this invention is not cold fusion, or even warm fusion. Rather it is a nuclear power cell, described as a water-based battery. Perhaps it should be called a fuel cell, as the radioactive material presumably gets used up. It's also unclear whether this device can be recharged and discharged, or if it's a one-time use. My guess is that it would be fairly expensive to use in place of a ...
First water-based nuclear battery can be used to generate electrical energy
17 September 2014
For the first time using a water-based solution, researchers have created a long-lasting and more efficient nuclear battery that could be used for many ...
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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SpaceX gets passengers
Posted: 17 September 2014  
We offer our hearty congratulations to Elon Musk and SpaceX. The final frontier is in sight!
NASA taps SpaceX, Boeing to carry astronauts to space
17 September 2014
In the return of human space flight for the US, NASA awards both private aerospace companies a combined total of $6.8 billion.
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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The Uber potential to transform cities is massive!
Posted: 11 September 2014  
A great read on what Uber could become...and it's almost limitless!
Uber — What's Fueling Uber's Growth Engine? - GrowthHackers
11 September 2014
[Growth Study] What began in 2009 as a luxury car service in San Francisco is now valued at $3.76 billion and operates in more than 35 cities worldwide. As ...
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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The end of ownership
Posted: 9 September 2014  
In the networked economy, it's increasingly not necessary own assets, if you have access to the services those assets provide. This is well understood in the consumer market, but also applies in the commercial space.

This article contributes to that thinking and concludes:

"Within the next decade, businesses will need to become much more open and collaborative to survive in an increasingly zero ...
The End of Ownership: The Zero-Marginal-Cost Economy
9 September 2014
Within industries like hospitality and transportation, entrants are succeeding not by optimizing production but by eliminating production cost altogether.
MindBullet logo THE CURSE OF ABUNDANCE
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 ...
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Pricing your data
Posted: 8 September 2014  
Never mind governments and secret agencies, now startups want to buy your data; and then on-sell the aggregated analytics to companies. Would you swap your personal data for money? Perhaps Datacoup read our MindBullet on this topic?
Why This Startup Wants Your Personal Data
8 September 2014
Datacoup will pay you $10 a month for access to your credit card and Facebook data.
MindBullet logo CHINA SWAPS US DEBT FOR DATA
America's biggest creditor wipes out massive debt for quantum data
Dateline: 15 March 2024
China has long been thought as 'owning' the United States because of the huge amount of US debt on its books. But now China will 'own' us in the data wars, ...
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Openness and collaboration is the way to go
Posted: 5 September 2014  
Finally big pharma seems to be getting the message. The world has become more open and collaboration initiatives are creating new and exciting progress in solving old and complex challenges. The big pharma business model is creaking. This shift may just signal a better future for healthcare.
GlaxoSmithKline Leads a Surprising Push for Data Sharing | MIT Technology Review
5 September 2014
Normally super-secretive, pharmaceutical companies are opening up in the hopes of jump starting drug development.
MindBullet logo PHARMA STOCKS SLUMP ON INSULIN SHOCK
Diabetic treatment revolution sidelines the traditional
Dateline: 1 August 2016
Our bodies run on the glucose energy we get from food. The pancreas makes the hormone insulin which helps the body use or store glucose. In people with ...
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Japan shrinks and sinks
Posted: 5 September 2014  
On the current trajectory, Japan is set to become one huge retirement village. The only way to bring in new blood is to have a positive immigration policy. China is not a good source - they have demographic problems of their own. But what about Africa? That's getting younger and more skilled, and could be a good source of fresh talent for Japan.
Japan’s Population Shrinks for Third Year as Aging Increases
5 September 2014
Japan’s population slid for a third year with the proportion of people over the age of 65 at a global record, underscoring the challenge the world’s most- ...
MindBullet logo FAILURE TO LAUNCH SINKS JAPAN
No sex please, we're Japanese
Dateline: 8 August 2026
Celibacy syndrome in Japan is causing the population to plummet, and now it's going into free fall. Most young women of the marrying age would rather go ...
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