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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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Limiting population growth
Posted: 24 April 2015  
Will we be able to limit world population to about 9 billion by 2050? It can be done. As Hans Rosling points out in this TED Talk from 2010, the key is raising the living standards of the poorest 2 billion, who will become 4 billion by 2050. Only once their living standards increase, will they start family planning and join the rest of the world in low, sustainable birth rates.

Interesting for ...
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Energy reaches a tipping point...and the future will never be the same
Posted: 16 April 2015  
Quietly and without fanfare, the world's production of renewable energy now surpasses all the new energy brought online by gas, Coal and other fossil fuels in the past year. This is the moment we have long suggested cold happen but the carbon energy lobby always said would never happen as renewables could not offer big enough base load generation. With the increasing efficiencies of ...
Fossil fuels have lost the race against renewables
16 April 2015
The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point - the world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas and ...
MindBullet logo ENERGY GLUT TRIGGERS CRASH
Renewable energy supplies exceed traditional demand
Dateline: 18 May 2023
Investors are still shell-shocked after two days of panic selling that has wiped 27% off the Dow Jones, 32% off the London Stock Exchange and a terrifying ...
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Batteries for the energy internet
Posted: 14 April 2015  
We've talked many times about the approaching exponential innovations in energy technology, especially solar power. Solar is rapidly advancing to the point where, in some communities, there is more available during peak sunshine hours than can be consumed. And that's where energy storage becomes critical.

Tech investors and entrepreneurs like Bill Gates and Elon Musk are looking to accelerate ...
Bill Gates joins Elon Musk in search of renewable's holy grail
14 April 2015
The biggest single impediment to a global explosion in renewable energy is storage. Crack the challenge of expensive batteries and a future without ...
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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New hydrogen breakthrough
Posted: 13 April 2015  
A new method of converting plant waste into hydrogen that promises to be ten times more effective than electrolysis could, if commercialised, finally kick-start the hydrogen economy.

"Unlike other hydrogen fuel production methods that rely on highly processed sugars, the Virginia Tech team used dirty biomass—the husks and stalks of corn plants—to create their fuel. This not only reduces the ...
New discovery may be breakthrough for hydrogen cars
13 April 2015
A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to create hydrogen fuel using a biological method that greatly reduces the time and money it takes ...
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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Boosting the blockchain with artificial intelligence
Posted: 30 March 2015  
A new alternative coin with promised lower cost, more speed is due to be launched at the end of April. Though it's unclear how AI Coin is enhanced with artificial intelligence, it certainly shows how the blockchain technology is yet to mature.

"A.I. Coin is taking blockchain technology to a new level of performance and intelligence. The promising new currency features enhanced block-chain ...
Exclusive Interview with A.I. Coin Founders
30 March 2015
A.I. Coin combines Artificial Intelligence with cryptocurrency technology.
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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SySTEMic problems
Posted: 26 March 2015   1 Comment
Protecting any kind of career through artificial means is generally a bad idea. If a free economy indicates that an activity is no-longer valuable then that activity isn't valuable - shoring it up is just wasting money. It's natural for us to want to protect our heritage and legacy, to avoid any change, but it's also a type of sentimentality that creates more problems. Once you go down the ...
MindBullet logo STEM JOBS FUELLING INEQUALITY
SySTEMic problems necessitate policy expansion on basic wages
Dateline: 4 February 2021
The world has gotten so 'skewed' towards STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) as more and more of everyday life is ruled by these fields. Overall we're better off - STEM has helped to curb carbon emissions, we just saw the first drug-based therapies for reversing strokes and heart attacks and we're desalinating enough seawater to supply half of Australia. We rely on ...
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STEM JOBS FUELLING INEQUALITY
Published on: 26 March 2015   2 Comments
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SySTEMic problems necessitate policy expansion on basic wages
Dateline: 4 February 2021
The world has gotten so 'skewed' towards STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) as more and more of everyday life is ruled by these fields. Overall we're better off - STEM has helped to curb carbon emissions, we just saw the first drug-based therapies for reversing strokes and heart attacks and we're desalinating enough seawater to supply half of Australia. We rely on STEM and we want STEM, but as a result many other careers and people are falling by the wayside. STEM jobs and ...
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BLOCKCHAIN BUSINESSES THAT RUN THEMSELVES GO VIRAL
Published on: 19 March 2015   1 Comment
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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 cryptography that underpins BitCoin, the blockchain technology makes it possible for the value of these blockbuster businesses to be widely distributed over the internet. Unlike a listing on a stock exchange, there is no central registry, and the ledger of who owns what portion of the stock is self-contained in the blockchain itself. What's more, ...
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ENGINEERING THE PERFECT LIFE
Published on: 12 March 2015  
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Let happiness and contentment find you
Dateline: 5 May 2019
Remember the outcry a few years ago, when Facebook deliberately filtered its newsfeed to see how specific stories influenced your mood and emotions? Nowadays people are choosing to opt-in to this type of modification. With more than enough bad news going around, like terror attacks, resource shortages or natural disasters, some consumers are desperate to optimize their experiences and their life in general. Choosing to allow emotion measurement technology to track their facial expressions while ...
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Growing old and healthy
Posted: 11 March 2015  
OK, so no-one wants to live forever, but enjoying a long and healthy life is a great idea, and good for the economy too. These new drug combinations may be the start of combating old-age diseases and slowing the aging process.
Drugs that dramatically increase healthy lifespan discovered
11 March 2015
A research team from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Mayo Clinic and other institutions has identified a new class of drugs that in animal models ...
MindBullet logo UN: ETERNAL LIFE IS A MATTER OF CHOICE
But remember...that makes 'death' a personal choice too
Dateline: 12 March 2021
In a statement from the United Nations today, it was confirmed that the world's G18 nations had agreed to remove the idea of 'retirement' from their ...
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