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A tax on robots
Posted: 17 February 2017   1 Comment
Back in February 2015 we wrote about a tax on robots. The European Parliament has just rejected this idea, while passing new regulations on AI and introducing an insurance scheme for driverless cars. But with robots, automation and AI set to wipe out billions of 'human' jobs, how long before the idea of a tax on robots is back before the legislators of the world?
EU move to bring in AI laws, but reject robot tax proposal
17 February 2017
The European Parliament has voted on a resolution to regulate the development of artificial intelligence and robotics. The proposed rules include ...
MindBullet logo ROBOEARTH TAXES THE MACHINES
With robots paying labour tax, the 99% can be as idle and as comfortable as the elites
Dateline: 4 July 2025
We're living in the age of abundance. The age of the algorithm. The age of... well, automated utopia. Who would have thought that this soon, with machines ...
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And it's happening!
Posted: 17 February 2017  
We published the attached MindBullet only yesterday - and look at the news that has just been released in India.
https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/state-bank-india-announces-financial-blockchain-consortium-bankchain/ ...
MindBullet logo EMERGING MARKETS RACE FOR DIGITAL CURRENCY FIRST PLACE
Who will lead the global chaincash system?
Dateline: 13 March 2019
Several emerging economies are in a desperate tech race to be the first to establish a blockchain based fiat currency with global acceptance. The contenders, perhaps surprisingly, are the new giants, China and India, and little-known South Africa. Rich countries are too rigid in their financial structures and too protective of their established reserve currency status to risk a game changing ...
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EMERGING MARKETS RACE FOR DIGITAL CURRENCY FIRST PLACE
Published on: 16 February 2017   1 Comment
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Who will lead the global chaincash system?
Dateline: 13 March 2019
Several emerging economies are in a desperate tech race to be the first to establish a blockchain based fiat currency with global acceptance. The contenders, perhaps surprisingly, are the new giants, China and India, and little-known South Africa. Rich countries are too rigid in their financial structures and too protective of their established reserve currency status to risk a game changing innovation like this. An upsurge in nationalism and rejection of globalisation by America, Britain and Europe ...
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Flying taxis in Dubai soon!
Posted: 14 February 2017  
So, we we spoke of in a MindBullet published years ago, will Hertz become the worlds largest airline, and starting in Dubai?
Here’s the flying taxi that Dubai’s transportation authority says could be in the skies by summer
14 February 2017
Given that The Jetsons promised these things 50 years ago, we're skeptical that this will actually happen. Nevertheless,
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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Flying driverless cars? You bet!
Posted: 10 February 2017  
Best we enjoy driving our cars now as we won't be doing it for long!
Uber hires Nasa engineer for flying car project | IOL
10 February 2017
The company envisions a future in which consumers can take a regular Uber ride to a ‘vertiport’.
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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Here comes the e-yuan.
Posted: 26 January 2017  
We started writing about this back in 2012 - that China would come out with the e-yuan - see the MindBullet alongside. And now it looks like its going to happen.
And meanwhile in India, the country's biggest banks are forming a consortium to develop a Blockchain interbank platform - see the link below. The financial service industry will never be the same ...
Chinese central bank tests digital currency system
26 January 2017
The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has completed a successful trial run of a digital bank acceptance exchange, moving it closer to becoming the first ...
MindBullet logo CHINA LAUNCHES THE E-YUAN
US Dollar slides as gold-backed RMB becomes the online and offline currency of choice
Dateline: 15 March 2015
China's monetary authority has done it again. After surprising everyone but a small group of futurists by partially adopting a gold standard to back their ...
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SUMMER'S SUN WILL KEEP YOU WARM IN WINTER
Published on: 26 January 2017  
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New energy storage system saves summer's heat for winter's chill
Dateline: 25 January 2021
We humans like our comforts, and temperature is one of the most important. In summer, we want our homes and offices to be pleasantly cool, and warm and cozy in winter. We run air conditioners to beat the summer sweat, and light roaring fires to warm our homes in winter. What a waste! What if we could save summer's heat, and release it in winter? Swiss scientists began playing with technology to do just that, back in 2017, and now it's being commercialized. The SunBank system uses summer's sun and ...
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Strategic narratives...do you have one?
Posted: 20 January 2017  
The challenge of getting all employees, analysts, shareholders, customer s and everyone else in your ecosystem to understand and passionately buy into your game plan is crucial in a confusing world. Very few companies seems to have the strategic story nailed! It starts with your "Why" and explains the ambition, the journey's landmarks and the ideal outcome clearly to all and most ...
Beyond Forecasting: Creating New Strategic Narratives
20 January 2017
In turbulent markets, managers can build momentum for innovative strategies by rethinking the past, reconsidering present concerns – and reimagining the ...
MindBullet logo THE BLACK SWAN TURNS TEN
Do Nassim Taleb's aphorisms tell the real story?
Dateline: 28 February 2018
Nassim Taleb's ground-breaking book was published exactly ten years ago today and we celebrate its anniversary amongst some of the most "improbable events" ...
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THE END OF CITIES BUILT FOR CARS
Published on: 19 January 2017  
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Small fleets of autonomous vehicles reinvent urban transport - and humanize our cities
Dateline: 14 April 2023
I took my son to the Taxi Museum today - you know, that seedy warehouse in downtown New York with a collection of those old vehicles we used to use to travel around the city, with drivers - usually rude - slouched in front and clutching the steering wheel. It seems such a quaint idea today, as ride-sharing in silent, driverless electric vehicles (EVs) has dramatically reinvented urban transport, bringing to an end the horrific traffic jams of yesteryear - not to mention effectively eliminating road ...
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Zapping on an extra year
Posted: 17 January 2017  
The newly discovered protein that regulates how we age at a cellular level is called TZAP. This could be the primary controlling factor in how long our cells can replicate and survive aging. Which only goes to show, that every year we learn something new to help realise the scenario of this MindBullet.
Scientists discover master regulator of cellular aging
17 January 2017
Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute report the discovery of TZAP, a protein that binds the ends of chromosomes and determines how long telomeres ...
MindBullet logo ANOTHER EXTRA, NEW YEAR
Every year your life increases by another year
Dateline: 1 January 2033
If you're young enough, you may never die. Seriously. Think about it: If average lifespan keeps increasing, every year, then as long as you are younger ...
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And so the universal income debate grows...
Posted: 15 January 2017  
As the world begins to grapple with tech driven unemployment, we will see a rise in the debate on how to fund humans into the future! This leads to a debate on the future of capitalism, wealth and reward as we knew it. How will we measure success in the future...and it cannot be the way we measure it now.
EU proposes giving all citizens a universal basic income
15 January 2017
MEPs have warned European countries must “seriously” consider introducing a general basic income to prepare for wide scale unemployment that could come as ...
MindBullet logo 'NEW SOCIALISM': IS IT THE NEW CAPITALISM?
Individuals demand more predictability - nations get unexpected growth
Dateline: 9 March 2013
The stark economic reality has even sidelined the annual Davos jamboree: US$ 8 trillion has been pumped into world financial systems; banks and a large ...
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Making malaria extinct
Posted: 1 January 2017  
We published a MindBullet that explores the unintended consequences of a gene drive that has the potential to make an entire species different - or even extinct. Now researchers are working on developing a genetically modified mosquito to eradicate malaria. And the work is advancing rapidly, with help from the Gates Foundation.
Bill Gates sees CRISPR gene drive eradicating mosquitoes in Africa by 2029
1 January 2017
A genetic technology that can kill off mosquito species could eradicate malaria. But is it too risky to ever use?
MindBullet logo ISLAND CROP DECIMATED BY GENE DRIVE FLIES
Scientists say no other theory seems to hold
Dateline: 15 October 2026
After watching Border Security Australia, passengers always got off the plane feeling an extra bit anxious and jittery. Thoughts like 'What if they say the ...
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Mobile 3D concrete printer set to reinvent construction
Posted: 1 January 2017  
Printing building components with a 3D concrete printer is hardly new - but the problem has been that these massive printers are static. Now a group of Dutch inventors have taken the science to a new level with a 3D concrete printer that moves around on caterpillar tracks. Their goal is simple: to reinvent the construction industry.
Meet the CyBe RC 3Dp, a concrete 3D printer that moves around on caterpillar tracks
1 January 2017
CyBe Construction, a construction technology company from the Netherlands, has unveiled the CyBe RC 3Dp, a mobile concrete 3D printer that moves on ...
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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Solar energy now cheaper than fossil fuels
Posted: 1 January 2017  
There you have it1 The year 2016 was historic in that solar-panel energy finally became cheaper than fossil fuels in more than 30 countries, according to the World Economic Forum. In other words, its cheaper to install solar panels than invest in "old" energy technology. And we've by no means reached the end - solar panels will continue to get cheaper and more efficient. Just watch this ...
In 2016, solar-panel energy finally became cheaper than fossil fuels. Just wait for 2017.
1 January 2017
In 2016, the industry's best year ever, a new solar project was installed every 84 seconds.
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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China the come-back kid
Posted: 29 December 2016  
Over the years, we have published many MindBullets on China's rise, and possible fall. We don't predict the future, merely highlight various scenarios. In China's case, it can go both ways; China could reign supreme, despite its many challenges, or it could succumb to a number of drivers, like commodity bubbles, property bubbles, worker discontent, inflation, population ageing, global ...
The world’s top economy: the US vs China in five charts
29 December 2016
For more than a century, the United States has been the world’s top economy. These charts show how this is changing.
MindBullet logo MIDDLE KINGDOM REIGNS SUPREME
China beats the odds and the analysts and doubles its economy in a decade
Dateline: 8 August 2025
China has proven all its detractors wrong - again. Despite predictions of economic collapse by global doomsayers, China has doubled its GDP in ten years, ...
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ANOTHER EXTRA, NEW YEAR
Published on: 29 December 2016   1 Comment
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Every year your life increases by another year
Dateline: 1 January 2033
If you're young enough, you may never die. Seriously. Think about it: If average lifespan keeps increasing, every year, then as long as you are younger than that, you have an excellent chance of living another year. And next year, the same, and so on. Eventually there will be diminishing returns to medical science and optimal nutrition, but if you live in a highly developed economy, you may live indefinitely. Unless you get killed in an aircar crash or earthquake, of course. But for most of us, ...
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Mercedes launches car-sharing
Posted: 19 December 2016  
So which auto company is NOT in the car-sharing business? Ever since Uber and other car-sharing services hit the market, auto manufacturers have scrambled to reconfigure themselves as "mobility" companies - not that all of them have yet unravelled quite what that means.
And latest to the party is none other than Mercedes-Benz, who have just announced their own car-sharing network. It's tough ...
Mercedes-Benz debuts Croove, its own car-sharing network
19 December 2016
It's become a well-trod refrain, but carmakers are looking at what comes after ownership, and car-sharing between individual owners and renters is one of..
MindBullet logo MOBILITY AS A SERVICE
Private cars banned in New York and London
Dateline: 17 August 2019
Four years ago, it was proposed that gasoline and diesel vehicles be banned from certain cities and states; but the new trend towards mobility as a service ...
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ENGLAND AND WALES KEPT OUT OF EUROPE FOR A SECOND TIME
Published on: 15 December 2016  
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Scotland's veto ensures their old British colleagues are refused
Dateline: 18 January 2044
In a blow for the aspirations of citizens of England and Wales, the island nation's hopes of joining the EEU (Extended EU) have once again been crushed. "It's a tragedy. Why can't the Scottish recognize that we have changed. The old generation that hated membership and never understood its benefits have died out. We're the generation that were stripped of a future," says Denis Franks, International Secretary in the Liberal government. "Nothing has changed," says Humphrey Dalfries, the Scottish ...
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To hell with work!
Posted: 11 December 2016  
What is the future of work in a world where we are NOT creating net new jobs and it's going to be much worse! Maybe jobs are the problem not the solution!
What if jobs are not the solution but the problem? – James Livingston | Aeon Essays
11 December 2016
Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?
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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Can't stop viral power
Posted: 6 December 2016  
Earlier this year, we published a MindBullet about micro generation and consumption of solar power, particularly in under developed areas like Africa. Now people who have abundant sunshine are leapfrogging the industrial-age model of a centralised power utility, straight into the future of basic electric power at almost zero cost!

Not even Trump can reverse this trend. ...
Off the grid solar is increasingly solving power problems in parts of rural Africa
6 December 2016
Pay-as-you-go solar systems have begun to light up homes in underserved parts of the continent, but will need to pack more punch to leapfrog the grid.
MindBullet logo SOLAR POWER GOES VIRAL
Rooftop, backyard and portable solar is the new meme
Dateline: 15 March 2022
The biggest energy revolution in 150 years has arrived gradually, then suddenly. Now it's here. Personal solar power has displaced central utilities ...
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