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IT'S GOING TO BE A COLD, DARK CHRISTMAS

Published on: 14 December 2017

Climate change reversal catches almost everyone by surprise

Dateline: 21 December 2025

It's almost a decade since those 'hottest years on record' culminating with the 2016 El Nino. But no-one expected it to cool down this rapidly. In 2017, Parisians and other rich communities were still throwing money at the problem of 'global warming', convinced that the modern warm period was spiralling upwards. That was the year it snowed in Mexico and blizzards shut down major EU airports. On top of that, we all thought we'd reached peak electricity, and consumer power consumption would decline ...

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Printing bacterial batteries
Posted: 4 December 2017

Is it a battery? Is it a solar cell? Is it organic? Perhaps all three. Scientists have successfully created a cell that produces power from sunlight, and continues even in the dark. And it's made from printing bacterial 'ink' on conductive paper.

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Scientists Create A Solar Cell By Printing Bacteria
4 December 2017
By using the bacteria, they have overcome the primary issue with conventional solar cells, which need constant sunlight to generate electricity.
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 ...

PHYSICAL NEEDS, DIGITAL SOLUTIONS

Published on: 2 November 2017

Food, shelter and clothing - they're all IT

Dateline: 3 November 2022

We're all familiar with Maslow's hierarchy, and we know that basic needs like food, shelter and personal comfort come first. But it seems information technology, that enabling force for modern civilization, was focused far up the scale, at education, entertainment and research, and of course, finance. Now the world of smart robotics and nanotech production has turned basic businesses into digital technologies. Energy is solid state solar and batteries, and traded like information on the internet. ...

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SHORT TERM IS THE NEW LONG

Published on: 26 October 2017

Long term strategy requires short term agility

Dateline: 27 October 2020

It sounds like a contradiction in terms, but short is the new long, and long is the new short. Effective executives need to have a long-term perspective, to really think about the future opportunities, as well as the challenges, that exponential change brings to the surface. But execs equally need to be able to take decisive, short term action, in order to make those long term plans a reality. Once you understand the future, and you've designed your future, you need to create it, and that means ...

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Reinventing Waterfront Toronto
Posted: 24 October 2017

This neighbourhood needs a makeover, and who better than Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company. Just as was proposed in our recent MindBullet, the truck traffic would be underground, buildings would be multiuse, and streets would be pedestrian friendly, and devoid of private cars. And it would be filled with sensors and smart infrastructure, naturally.

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Sidewalk Labs to build the city of the future in Toronto
24 October 2017
What's not to love about a mix of 19th century planning and building mixed with 21st century technology?
MindBullet logo THE STREETS HAVE NO NAMES
In today’s modern cityscape, there are no streets or cars
Dateline: 19 October 2028
We live in a strange new world. Odourless aftershave. Wheat-free bread. Virtual assistants. Pointless pastries, devoid of sugar, made with boosted broccoli ...
Combining renewables into utility-scale energy facilities
Posted: 24 October 2017

Everyone, with the possible exception of corrupt politicians seeking to profit from old-world energy installations, knows that renewables are the future. We tend to separately track the different technologies such as hydro, solar, wind, etc. Which makes this Australian project, reportedly the world's first utility-scale combined renewable power facility, particularly interesting.

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Combined wind, solar and storage energy park to be built in Queensland
24 October 2017
Windlab has announced that construction will soon start on a combined wind, solar and battery storage facility in north Queensland, Australia. Kennedy ...
MindBullet logo THE NEXT BIG THING IS A MASHUP
Combinatorial tech evolves to constant mashups
Dateline: 21 May 2020
A few years ago, all the tech gurus talked about amazing new technologies that would disrupt businesses in all industries. One common theme was that these ...
Machines teaching themselves to learn
Posted: 23 October 2017

Than sounds a little convoluted, but it's exactly what the latest version of DeepMind's AI, AlphaGo Zero, has been built to do. Learn from simulations, rather than real world data, and figure it out all by itself. And it works, exponentially better than its predecessor!

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The world’s smartest game-playing AI—DeepMind’s AlphaGo—just got way smarter
23 October 2017
An upgraded version of the game-playing AI teaches itself every trick in the Go book, using a new form of machine learning.
MindBullet logo THE INTEL(LIGENT) CHIP ARRIVES
Intel's new brain-like chip puts machine learning in the heart of your device
Dateline: 29 September 2018
AI is dead. Long live accelerated AI. Now deep learning by computers has been internalised in the CPU, the very heart of the machine. It's called ...
3D printing managed by robots
Posted: 20 October 2017

Just as we suggested might become the case, a small manufacturing plant using 3D printers has scaled up by adding a robot to do the work at night. See the attached MindBullet for further scenario options!

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This robot-run 3D printing farm is the future of light manufacturing
20 October 2017
Even small businesses are now running lights-out facilities using robots and automation
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 ...

THE STREETS HAVE NO NAMES

Published on: 19 October 2017 1 Comment

In today’s modern cityscape, there are no streets or cars

Dateline: 19 October 2028

We live in a strange new world. Odourless aftershave. Wheat-free bread. Virtual assistants. Pointless pastries, devoid of sugar, made with boosted broccoli from basement farms, yet deliciously popular. And cities without streets. China's latest planned urban extravaganza, a megalopolis known as Yuyuan or 'Harmony Garden', isn't built around roads and streets. The walkways and thoroughfares linking the multiuse 3D-printed buildings can accommodate pedestrians, ebikes and hoverboards. Jogging and ...

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INTERNET OF ORGANIC THINGS

Published on: 12 October 2017

Plants that tweet and pets that ping

Dateline: 13 October 2023

Does your prize rose bush send you an email when it needs specific nutrients, or tweet incessantly when it's thirsty? Does your Labrador retriever ping you on your smartphone, when he's restless and wants a walk? Only if you've got smart soil sensors, for the rose, and a smart dog-collar for the Lab. But all these things we've connected to the 'net, they all need power - battery power, and even enhanced with tiny solar cells, like all electronics, they eventually wear out and have to be replaced, or ...

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Shirts processing methane as you stroll down Central Ave?
Posted: 4 October 2017

As we enter an era of new materials sciences we cannot begin to imagine whats possible...and it will mostly be great for our greener, healthier future!

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The Shirt Of The Future Will Be Made By Methane-Eating Bacteria
4 October 2017
By using a greenhouse gas as the basis for a new material, Mango Materials wants to create a new model of garment production that cleans up the atmosphere ...
MindBullet logo NANOTECH BITES PLATINUM PRICE
New exotic materials threaten old resource stocks
Dateline: 11 October 2009
ZChing, the Chinese nanotech firm, has launched its first commercial product - and it's creating chaos in the platinum group market for catalysts worth ...
Truly intelligent machines will be able to plan
Posted: 4 October 2017

Harri Valpola, founder of The Curious AI Company, says all of the AI currently in use is second rate. He wants to change that. AI systems that are trained on lots of data can be better than humans at solving problems involving new data, like predictions, but they are incapable of the kind of abstract reasoning that humans and animals employ when they want to achieve something - planning. This ...

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Harri Valpola dreams of an internet of beautiful AI minds
4 October 2017
The Finnish computer scientist says he has solved AI's fundamental problem: how to make machines that plan
MindBullet logo THE INTEL(LIGENT) CHIP ARRIVES
Intel's new brain-like chip puts machine learning in the heart of your device
Dateline: 29 September 2018
AI is dead. Long live accelerated AI. Now deep learning by computers has been internalised in the CPU, the very heart of the machine. It's called ...

THE INTEL(LIGENT) CHIP ARRIVES

Published on: 28 September 2017 2 Comments

Intel's new brain-like chip puts machine learning in the heart of your device

Dateline: 29 September 2018

AI is dead. Long live accelerated AI. Now deep learning by computers has been internalised in the CPU, the very heart of the machine. It's called self-learning. Cognitive computing required deep neural networks that had to be trained on extensive datasets, but Intel's neuromorphic chip combines training and inference for on-chip learning on the fly. That sounds like a mouthful, and it is. Simply put, AI systems required supercomputers and advanced software to learn how to deal with different ...

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ELECTRIC CAR GLUT THREATENS WORLD TRADE

Published on: 14 September 2017

China accused of dumping as prices plummet

Dateline: 5 March 2029

China's success as the biggest producer of cars - mainly electric cars - the world has ever seen, has led to a problem of massive over capacity. There are not enough adults in the world, with driving skills, to drive all the cars produced every year. Admittedly many of the latest vehicles are self-driving, but at the budget end of the scale, devoid of radar and software, basic cars are just dumb machines, even if they run on batteries rather than gasoline. The shift to autonomous cars has also ...

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China goes electric
Posted: 11 September 2017 1 Comment

We 'predicted' that China would de-commit from all fossil fuels by 2020. That's what our MindBullet said 12 years ago. Well, China is not going fossil free that soon, but they are on a declared strategy to dominate electric vehicles!

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China Fossil Fuel Deadline Shifts Focus to Electric Car Race
11 September 2017
China will set a deadline for automakers to end sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, becoming the biggest market to do so in a move that will accelerate ...
MindBullet logo WORLD MARKETS IN TURMOIL AS CHINA DECOMMITS FROM ALL FOSSIL FUELS
Bold energy strategy targets pollution and leadership in world automotive industry
Dateline: 1 July 2008
Just four weeks before the start of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China has played a trump card in global politics. China has taken the pollution bull by ...
Nuclear on the wane in Europe
Posted: 30 August 2017 1 Comment

Despite the new nukes being planned or built in the UK and Finland, it seems that the general appetite for nuclear power in Europe is declining. Germany has long had a plan to phase out nuclear, to appease the Greens, and now France - a big proponent of nuclear power - has publicly committed to closing down several nukes in the next few years.

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France will need to close nuclear reactors-minister
30 August 2017
French Environment MinisterNicolas Hulot reiterated on Wednesday that France will need toclose several nuclear reactors in order to meet a target to cutthe ...
MindBullet logo GERMANY POWERS DOWN ITS LAST NUCLEAR PLANT
New Energy replaces nukes, saves money
Dateline: 6 June 2020
Germany has shut down its last remaining nuclear power plant, two years ahead of schedule. Supporters of the Greens and the Pirate Party staged a peaceful ...
Second order consequences of auto electric cars
Posted: 29 August 2017

Benedict Evans shares his thoughts on the second order consequences of autonomous vehicles and says they will have an impact on all sorts of things, from cigarettes to cities!
http://ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2017/3/20/cars-and-second-order-consequences ...

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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 has caused a major re-think. It's not enough to insist on electric vehicles; privately owned cars are just so wasteful. Now it's becoming illegal to own your own car. It takes up too much of the city's resources, parking and charging; and ...
Exponential battery power
Posted: 21 August 2017

This battery breakthrough from Ionic Materials could be the black swan that brings in a new energy paradigm. We've seen an exponentially declining cost for solar power, but the bottleneck has been costly and heavy batteries. This new battery technology uses a solid rather than liquid electrolyte, making new, denser, safer designs possible, using more efficient and cheaper materials. If a ...

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This Battery Breakthrough Could Change Everything
21 August 2017
Bill Joy, the green-tech guru who co-founded Sun Microsystems, is backing an energy storage breakthrough that could power the future.
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 ...
The future death of Big Oil
Posted: 16 August 2017

This excellent analysis of how exponential technologies can flip an industry is well worth a read. The end of internal combustion engines spells the end of demand for gasoline. What isn't discussed in this article is that the sudden change will reverse the declining demand for electricity, but as we've discussed elsewhere, solar power is well positioned to take up the slack. Perhaps the best ...

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This is how Big Oil will die – NewCo Shift
16 August 2017
Self-driving cars will be electric because of cost. And the cost will be so low, oil will not survive.
MindBullet logo THE CARBON BUBBLE BURSTS
Stocks crash as executive orders bite
Dateline: 5 February 2021
US President Bernie Sanders has signed a series of Executive Orders designed as emergency measures to combat climate change. The net effect is to make ...
The infernal combustion engine's days are numbered
Posted: 11 August 2017

The Economist weighs in with an analysis of the future impact of the shift to electric cars, and says the death of the internal combustion engine will have many ramifications for industry and government in the future. As batteries become more efficient and cheaper, the advantages of electric propulsion accelerate, and cities will enjoy cleaner, healthier air.

But there are downsides, including ...

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The death of the internal combustion engine
11 August 2017
It had a good run. But the end is in sight for the machine that changed the world.
MindBullet logo ELECTRIC CARS CAN'T STEER THE CLIMATE
But they're driving the Energy Internet and saving the city
Dateline: 2 June 2030
It's official. It's now cheaper, on average, to buy a new electric car than one that burns gasoline, without subsidies. But it's not having any effect on ...

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