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3D printing itself faces exponential disruption
Posted: 14 June 2015   1 Comment
And so 3D printing moved to the mainstream, and became an exponential technology that is radicalizing manufacturing. Then the world of future shock reality strikes again....suddenly a new technique that can make 3D printing itself exponentially more efficient and fast emerges. Just watch this...
Continuous liquid interface production of 3D objects
14 June 2015
Although three-dimensional (3D) printing is now possible using relatively small and low-cost machines, it is still a fairly slow ...
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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WINNING THE MIGRANT LOTTERY
Published on: 2 July 2015  
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After running the gauntlet across North Africa and the Mediterranean, refugees face one more challenge: random chance
Dateline: 2 April 2017
Europe might have had its head in the sand, but we all know that problems do not go away on their own. Months and months of inaction in the Middle East, coupled with the ghosts of Scramble-for-Africa past and the ups-and-downs of developing nations have led to a surge of migrants knocking on Europe's door. Thousands have lost their lives either drowning, dying of pneumonia or being deceived and killed by human traffickers. Can we blame people for dreaming of a humane and prosperous life? If they ...
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The real future of Google Earth
Posted: 1 July 2015  
As we speculated in our MindBullets eight years ago, the real potential of Google Earth lies in the ability to access it via virtual reality interfaces. Then it becomes a digital representation of the real world, letting you visit real places from your desktop or lounge.

And once you're there, of course you'll want to buy some curios, or perhaps just shop for local specialities. That could be ...
Paired With AI and VR, Google Earth Will Change the Planet
1 July 2015
As Google Earth celebrates its 10th anniversary, it's evolving way beyond a way to find your house.
MindBullet logo GOOGLE EARTH WORLD'S SIXTH BIGGEST ECONOMY
Virtual world covers two-thirds of the 'real' world
Dateline: 7 June 2017
Google Earth's virtual online buildings, designed and built by the in-world residents, now cover most of the developed world and all major tourism ...
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ROLLING BACK THE MARCH OF TIME
Published on: 18 June 2015  
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When does a ripe old age become too much of a good thing?
Dateline: 31 May 2024
It has become easier and easier to disguise your real age. You can take away your wrinkles by visiting a plastic surgeon or appoint a personal trainer to keep your body in shape. You can play Sudoku all day long to keep the neurons engaged, and follow a healthy eating plan. But you couldn't roll back the clock. Until now. Scientists are currently in the final stages of testing a drug called Glycorapamycin during human trials. In mice and dogs, the drug proved its power by slowing - and even ...
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Death of the App economy
Posted: 15 June 2015  
In an ecosystem where your smart assistant is wired into all the apps and services you need or are subscribed to, then why would you need apps at all?

Two years ago we published a MindBullet that talked about the need for apps disappearing, now it's becoming reality! It's not just Google and Apple that are working in this direction. I'm sure Microsoft will also be in the game, with Cortana ...
Apple and Google Race to See Who Can Kill the App First
15 June 2015
In an app-free world, the platform battles between iOS and Android could become a tangible pain point for users.
MindBullet logo THE APP ECONOMY GOES BUST
Millions of apps, and they're all free
Dateline: 17 February 2021
Who remembers the Dotcom boom of 20 years ago? Which was followed by the 'Dotbomb' crash, as the bubble burst. Well, the 'App Economy' is proving to be a ...
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Will your business survive the next ten years?
Posted: 9 June 2015  
John Chambers of Cisco challenges business of today leaders to think about their survival prospects. Can his predictions be real? Well even if he is half right it means millions of businesses will not survive the next decade! Scary but possible prospect.
Retiring Cisco CEO delivers dire prediction: 40% of companies will be dead in 10 years
9 June 2015
His final visionary speech was filled with fire-and-brimstone predictions.
MindBullet logo WALL STREET HEARS THE CLOSING BELL – FOR THE VERY LAST TIME
NYSE shuts up shop as stock markets become irrelevant to new business and the economy
Dateline: 15 March 2016
It's become apparent to everyone that the stock market these days is just a giant online casino. As one commentator put it: "The stock market is becoming ...
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It's keeping Johann Rupert awake at night
Posted: 8 June 2015  
“We are destroying the middle classes at this stage and it will affect us."
http://www.fin24.com/Economy/What-keeps-Johann-Rupert-awake-at-night-20150608 ...
MindBullet logo THE MIDDLE CLASS IS DYING
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 ...
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The collapse of coal
Posted: 5 June 2015  
Is it happening? Is the scenario we put forward in our MindBullet seven years ago starting to play out? Or is this just a short term blip in the face of shifting patterns towards natural gas, which is cheaper and cleaner?
The American coal industry is collapsing - Fusion
5 June 2015
Just five years ago, the American coal industry was looking strong. But times have changed, and the market value of coal companies has collapsed.
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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Drone tourism
Posted: 2 June 2015  
This really seems to be the year of the drone. Now a new virtual reality travel company will let you see historic sights - by drone.

Is this just a gimmick, or will air travel suffer as a result? ...
First-person drone tourism will let you see the sights from home
2 June 2015
EVERY year, hundreds of thousands of tourists visit the Valley of the Temples, a large park of Greek ruins situated on the south-west coast of Sicily. But ...
MindBullet logo THIS IS THE END OF REALITY
What are the consequences of the 'virtual' becoming too attractive?
Dateline: 11 October 2025
I was having a late-night discussion with my father when he droned on about the "chore" of air travel two decades ago. Long queues, embarrassing security ...
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Food tech for hero farmers
Posted: 27 May 2015  
Who says technology only benefits big corporations? The future of a global, highly connected, highly urbanised and tech-enabled society lies in co-creation, co-production and collaborative consumption. For basic things like food and energy too. We envisage a future where micro producers of solar power and fresh vegetables are connected on platforms that let them operate more efficiently than ...
Technology Is Reshaping the Food Chain
27 May 2015
We may be heading toward a new food economy that’s more competitive and innovative; methods and products that are economical for small farms as well as ...
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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Moving to the Country
Posted: 21 May 2015  
Why not visit South Africa? We have been migrating back to the country for decades already. Looks like we are 30 years ahead of the trend. :)
MindBullet logo MOVING ON UP - TO THE COUNTRY
Upgrading from city life to the rustic rural
Dateline: 1 February 2027
The world is definitely urbanizing at a rapid rate and by 2030 about 60% of the world's population will be sipping (or serving) Martinis on skyscraper rooftop bars. With all this talk about metropolises, it's no wonder that some of us got a bit carried away, moving all our business to the concrete jungles. However, the wise ones know that you should never put all your eggs in one basket and ...
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MOVING ON UP - TO THE COUNTRY
Published on: 21 May 2015   1 Comment
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Upgrading from city life to the rustic rural
Dateline: 1 February 2027
The world is definitely urbanizing at a rapid rate and by 2030 about 60% of the world's population will be sipping (or serving) Martinis on skyscraper rooftop bars. With all this talk about metropolises, it's no wonder that some of us got a bit carried away, moving all our business to the concrete jungles. However, the wise ones know that you should never put all your eggs in one basket and once again this has proven to be true. Tired of renting and never settling, sick of smog, congestion and the ...
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Tesla Energy and innovation
Posted: 11 May 2015  
As the hype around Tesla's Powerwall begins to settle, and reality kicks in, let's not forget that this innovation is hardly revolutionary - it's just a battery, but a better one. Many people, myself included, have ventured the opinion that it's been over-hyped. On its own, the Powerwall is not going to take a house off-grid, and in many markets it's just too expensive.

But it could change the ...
Why Elon Musk might just change the world
11 May 2015
Tesla's Powerwall and products like it, when tied to solar panels, could have a real impact on minimising millions of people’s reliance on dirty energy ...
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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Energy from photosynthesis? - we told you so in 2009!
Posted: 11 May 2015  
As the science of nano technology advances we will discover whole new ways of solving vexed old problems. Energy emulating the process of photosynthesis is just one of these.
Nanoscale Semiconductors Offer a New Approach to Artificial Photosynthesis | MIT Technology Review
11 May 2015
Researchers say combining bacteria with nanoscale semiconductors opens a new path toward efficient artificial photosynthesis.
MindBullet logo SCIENCE CLONES NATURE FOR 'FREE' ENERGY PLAN
Nano-machines do photosynthesis better than leaves
Dateline: 12 June 2030
What started as a bold project at Imperial College London in 2009, has now reached its first stage of commercialization in the deserts of north ...
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Make way for AU 010, there's no-one at the wheel
Posted: 6 May 2015  
Daimler introduces the first fully automated semi-truck, in Nevada of course. For highway driving, it's safer than a human driver.

Our MindBullet on this subject was published exactly 11 years ago. Talk about foresight!

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The World's First Self-Driving Semi-Truck Hits the Road
6 May 2015
The truck in question is the Freightliner Inspiration, a teched-up version of the Daimler 18-wheeler sold around the world. And according to Daimler, which ...
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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Block-chain being recognised as commercially powerful!
Posted: 3 May 2015  
Week by week, we read of initiatives to harness the inherent power of the block-chain, originally core to Bitcoin. But this is not only about crypto-currencies, but much more about a secure, virtual, asset register of the future! Goldman Sacks has also just announced a USD500m investment into Blockchain.
Overstock Files to Offer Stock That Works Like Bitcoin
3 May 2015
Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne wants to remake the stock market the same way bitcoin remade money.
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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Staggering numbers...another bubble or just part of the exponential economy?
Posted: 5 May 2015   1 Comment
Now its India's turn...to attract investments, create tech billionaires but maybe, just maybe, to add to the exponential wave of new business growth and business model shifts in the global economy.
With Big Names and Money Flowing In, Tech Start-Ups in India Heat Up
5 May 2015
Intense interest from prominent investors is helping to drive eye-popping valuations among Indian tech start-ups.
MindBullet logo INDIA & CHINA FORM POWER BLOC
Nuclear energy central to plans for world domination
Dateline: 5 May 2014
India and China may be the unlikeliest of partners, but the continued demand for clean energy has brought the world's most populous nations into an ...
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The World, She is a changing'...can China and India reshape our future?
Posted: 4 May 2015  
As the numbers will reveal there is a massive opportunity for a new global future, dominated by China and India. The implications for a major shift will be huge...in terms of opportunity and threat - depending on your perspective. Are you ready for a new world order? Have you understood the implications?
Policy Watch: Can Modi and Xi reshape Eurasia? | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis
4 May 2015
Policy Watch: Can Modi and Xi reshape Eurasia? - The bilateral summit in China next fortnight could change geopolitics
MindBullet logo INDIA & CHINA FORM POWER BLOC
Nuclear energy central to plans for world domination
Dateline: 5 May 2014
India and China may be the unlikeliest of partners, but the continued demand for clean energy has brought the world's most populous nations into an ...
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The collapse approaches
Posted: 29 April 2015  
Could our MindBullet from 2009 prove prophetic? Or is this just scare-mongering?

This is one occasion where I don't want to be able to say "We told you so!" ...
Negative interest rates put world on course for biggest mass default in history
29 April 2015
More than euro 2 trillion-worth of eurozone government bonds trade on a negative interest rate. It's a bubble that is bound to end badly.
MindBullet logo LONG BOND COLLAPSE TRIGGERS US$13 TRILLION TRADING LOSSES
It's 2008 all over again as markets disintegrate
Dateline: 19 August 2019
Markets were left reeling today as US long-bonds continued their downward spiral. "We've seen $13 trillion wiped off bond-markets around the world," says ...
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Future Jobs
Posted: 26 April 2015  
As machines get smarter, we get more connected and life as we knew it changes forever, what will the new jobs be? This article will get you thinking!
8 New Jobs People Will Have In 2025
26 April 2015
New technologies will change the kinds of jobs people have in the coming years. Don't be surprised if one day you've taken on the position of...
MindBullet logo WHERE ARE THE NEW JOBS?
Venture capital is frozen by fear of failure
Dateline: 15 March 2007
Disappointing employment growth numbers out of the United States highlights the deepening employment crisis. Growth is positive, profits are up but there ...
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