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Access trumping ownership gains momentum
Posted: 27 October 2014  
American spending is shifting...and it may just be the start of a scary story for those companies that rely on people buying more and more stuff! As rampant consumerism seems to be reducing, the economics of a consumer driven society changes everything we know about economics
Apple and Amazon Have a Problem: People Don't Want to Buy Stuff Anymore | WIRED
27 October 2014
The failure of the Fire Phone has been widely cited as the reason for Amazon’s disastrous quarter, but a darker cloud has settled over the world’s biggest ...
MindBullet logo RENT A ROBOT AND RETIRE
HSBC lets you earn while you snooze
Dateline: 11 September 2095
With 60% of the population of the US and EU now over the age of 65, economists have expressed astonishment at the continued strength of the world economy. ...
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It's a hard life for entrepreneurs!
Posted: 21 October 2014  
This fascinating article reminds us that we need to look behind the headlines of the few entrepreneurs who DO make it!
Entrepreneurs anonymous
21 October 2014
SEVEN years ago Joe Jones (not his real name) left his job with a big NASDAQ-listed company to strike out on his own. He was sick of corporate life and he ...
MindBullet logo OLD JOBS DIE, NET WORK BOOMS
As traditional employment falls, entrepreneurship has never been stronger
Dateline: 17 September 2016
Isn't it interesting how often predictions about the future turn out to be completely wrong? Take the astonishing explosion of technology. The fear was ...
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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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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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Humans need not apply...
Posted: 2 October 2014  
Watch this video to see some of the latest human replacing robots.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU&sns=tw ...
MindBullet logo THE ROBOTS AREN'T COMING, THEY'RE ALREADY HERE!
Millions of jobs have gone to the machines – and now at the top end too!
Dateline: 26 September 2020
It was way back in 2012 that we predicted that by 2022, your boss would be a machine. We were wrong. It's happened this year, 2020, a full two years earlier. And it's not some semi-smart robot taking over a drudge job on the factory line. That's old news. Instead, BeyondBlue, the world's latest neural supercomputer, has been made CEO of a major corporation! And it's the corporation that ...
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THE ROBOTS AREN'T COMING, THEY'RE ALREADY HERE!
Published on: 2 October 2014   1 Comment
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Millions of jobs have gone to the machines – and now at the top end too!
Dateline: 26 September 2020
It was way back in 2012 that we predicted that by 2022, your boss would be a machine. We were wrong. It's happened this year, 2020, a full two years earlier. And it's not some semi-smart robot taking over a drudge job on the factory line. That's old news. Instead, BeyondBlue, the world's latest neural supercomputer, has been made CEO of a major corporation! And it's the corporation that actually developed BeyondBlue; none other than Amabim, the massive technology and retail conglomerate created in ...
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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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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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Upgrading your body
Posted: 15 September 2014  
Most futurists agree that technology is developing to the point where we can make serious upgrades to our physical bodies, create transhumans, or even alter the path of evolution itself. Where there's significant disagreement is in the affordability of such upgrades. Will it only be for the wealthy? Yuval Noah Harari says the trend to 'improved humans' will marginalise the poor even more than ...
Body upgrades may be nearing reality, but only for the rich
15 September 2014
Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari says expensive human enhancements will lead to a society more unequal than ever
MindBullet logo SHOULD WE CREATE SUPERMAN - JUST BECAUSE WE CAN?
It may already be too late to ask
Dateline: 17 May 2025
New technologies to 'reinvent and upgrade' the human species are causing widespread alarm around the globe. Scientists have perfected a number of ways to ...
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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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The impact of the Internet on Society
Posted: 9 September 2014  
This is a truly fascinating piece of research, worthy of deep consideration. The Internet has indeed become the technology that shapes our societies, in all corners of the earth. Many people surmise it is increasing isolation and making people more lonely than ever. But the research shows the opposite; that use of the Internet in fact increases sociability and builds stronger relationships. ...
The Impact of the Internet on Society: A Global Perspective - OpenMind
9 September 2014
Internet is the crucial technology of the information age. This global network of computer networks creates a multimodal and interactive communication.
MindBullet logo REVOLT AGAINST 'THE INTERNET BEAST'
Resistance to digital media spreads
Dateline: 3 November 2015
With every new interactive innovation, with each new communications device, so interconnectedness grows - leaving very little time for face-to-face ...
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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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Big Data insights
Posted: 3 September 2014  
Everyone's talking about Big Data, even if only a few organisation are really using, or even understanding it. So here are some interesting perspectives on how much data we are actually generating, and whether it could, indeed, move "heaven and earth"!
Big Data: Creating the Power to Move Heaven and Earth | MIT Technology Review
3 September 2014
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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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Limits to growth exist in the mind
Posted: 2 September 2014  
"Expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon." I don't think so.

As we wrote in our MindBullet STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS, the hypothesis around global collapse usually extrapolates current trends into the future, and forgets to consider that in the future, everything will be different, VERY different.

Having read the accompanying article, I don't ...
Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse
2 September 2014
Graham Turner and Cathy Alexander: Four decades after the book was published, Limit to Growth’s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research. ...
MindBullet logo STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS
The West deflates, China stagnates, and the rest of the world watches and worries
Dateline: 1 May 2040
As the 21st Century approaches middle age, prices are falling alarmingly. In real terms, everything from coal to electronics is cheaper than it was four ...
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Robot-enabled digital fabrication
Posted: 18 August 2014  
Jordan Brandt is another futurist who sees 3D-printing as a key driver of innovation in manufacturing:

“On the 3D printing side, the biggest impact is ... the way that it’s making existing manufacturing processes more efficient,” sometimes by up to 60 percent, Brandt said in an interview. In these cases, new-age devices aren’t replacing traditional technologies, they’re augmenting them.

Brandt ...
A tech futurist on how robot-enabled 3D printing can change the world
18 August 2014
What does a tech futurist who has created his own concept of Elon Musk's proposed Hyperloop, founded a cloud collaboration company and earned a PhD from ...
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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Robots arise
Posted: 18 August 2014   1 Comment
Some really interesting stats and graphics on the rise of robotics in the manufacturing workspace. And inevitably, human jobs are in decline. Will the militant trade unions ever get the message? As MIT's Professor Eric Brynjolffson has argued, it's not the race against the machine; it's the race with the machine. New skills, new jobs, moving up the value chain and leaving the drudge, ...
MindBullet logo LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
Google's robots do the heavy lifting, drive the dump trucks and haul the garbage
Dateline: 17 July 2018
Now that Google has become the leading developer of robots, including humanoid robots, we can leave them to do all the unpleasant, dangerous, and boring ...
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Good bot, bad bot
Posted: 7 August 2014  
This is a hot topic at the moment. Will the automation of everything create or destroy jobs? Silicon Valley is split on this issue, with technologists and analysts alike fairly evenly divided as to how intelligent machines and the internet of things will affect the economy. One thing we can predict with confidence, it will be massively disruptive, and we'll all have to unlearn the old way of ...
AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs - PewResearch
7 August 2014
Experts envision automation and intelligent digital agents permeating vast areas of our work and personal lives by 2025, but they are divided on whether ...
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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Fly robot, fly
Posted: 7 August 2014  
It's a bird, it's a drone, no it's Robobird!

We all know how badly bird strikes can affect airliners, and farmers are often victims of marauding flocks of birds when trying to plant seeds. Here's a humane way to keep birds away - a robot falcon. 3D-printed of course. ...
Robotic Raptors to the Rescue
7 August 2014
3-D printed robotic replicas of the eagles and falcons may actually save flocks of smaller birds from harm. Here's how.
MindBullet logo NETWORKED ROBOTS ALL OVER MY HOUSE & GARDEN
Is this my worst nightmare, or perfect Utopia?
Dateline: 12 November 2015
Ever since Karel Capek coined the term 'robot' in his 1920 play Rossum's Universal Robots, we have associated these 'working machines' with the human form. ...
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