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Four days a week is enough
Posted: 25 April 2019

Most employees can do their jobs in less time, if they are fully engaged, according to this report. Will we one day see a work ethic called '543' where you work five hours a day for four days, and get three days off? Perhaps!

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The Case for a 4-day Workweek? Nearly Half of Employees Worldwide Could Do Their Jobs in 5 Hours or
25 April 2019
LOWELL, Mass., Sept. 4, 2018 — According to a global survey of nearly 3,000 employees across eight nations conducted by The Workforce Institute at Kronos ...
MindBullet logo TAKING THE WORK OUT OF JOBS
And the busyness out of business
Dateline: 1 May 2029
It's almost amusing to think that, just over a decade ago, people were worried that automation would kill off jobs, and leave workers destitute. At the ...

TAKING THE WORK OUT OF JOBS

Published on: 25 April 2019 1 Comment

And the busyness out of business

Dateline: 1 May 2029

It's almost amusing to think that, just over a decade ago, people were worried that automation would kill off jobs, and leave workers destitute. At the same time, tycoons like Jack Ma were supporting the '996' work ethic of ambitious young Chinese workers; that's where you work from 9am to 9pm, 6 days a week. But then it dawned on management and staff alike, that you can get more out of your talented employees with goal-directed work, with more time to reflect and refresh, than an exhausting ...

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The coming glut of electric cars
Posted: 17 April 2019

You saw it on MindBullets first!


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MindBullet logo ELECTRIC CAR GLUT THREATENS WORLD TRADE
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 ...
Book a rocket ride
Posted: 29 March 2019

Rocket Lab is now moving into routine operations for small satellites, having successfully delivered a 150kg payload into orbit for DARPA. As we said in this MindBullet, soon we'll have Uber for Space (though not for people).

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Rocket Lab delivers experimental satellite to orbit for DARPA
29 March 2019
In another feather in the cap for the New Zealand-based startup, Rocket Lab has successfully pulled off its first launch for DARPA, delivering an ...
MindBullet logo LIKE UBER FOR SPACE
Now anyone can put a sputnik into orbit
Dateline: 5 October 2020
Rocket Lab has gone fully commercial, offering launches for small satellites at a tenth of the cost of SpaceX. The 3D printed rockets are less than three ...
Printing in space for the future
Posted: 23 February 2019

As we described in our MindBullet some years ago, there a huge advantages to being able to do large scale printing in space. In the future, one could even build structures too large to be launched from earth economically, like parts of a space hotel.

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Project Imperial Consortium to Create Large Scale 3D Printer for Zero Gravity
23 February 2019
Under contract with the European Space Agency, the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) will be creating a new, large-scale 3D printer capable of ...
MindBullet logo MARS MOTHERSHIP PRINTED IN 3D
3D printing in space solves problem of launching huge rockets
Dateline: 3 November 2025
A decade ago the first 3D printer to go to space was sent to the International Space Station. It proved to be so useful, more, bigger printers soon ...
The beginning of the end for internal combustion engines
Posted: 19 February 2019


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MindBullet logo ELECTRIC CAR GLUT THREATENS WORLD TRADE
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 ...
China's (re)cycling problem
Posted: 15 January 2019


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MindBullet logo CYCLING ON A RECYCLED CYCLE
There are 29 million bicycles in Beijing - and that's a problem
Dateline: 29 October 2019
The craze for 'dockless' share bikes in China and elsewhere soon led to a massive problem; piles of discarded bikes all over big cities, clogging up sidewalks and alleyways, malls and stations. The boom in bike manufacture, almost exclusively in China, accelerated, as bicycles essentially became disposable items. With large, automated production runs, producing a standardized bike every 10 ...
The coming glut of electric cars
Posted: 12 December 2018

Over the years, several of our MindBullets have set out scenarios involving China, fossil fuels, new energy and electric cars. So much so, that it's difficult to choose one with which to highlight this new analysis about China and the accelerating pace of electric vehicle adoption and manufacture.

Here's a MindBullet that says this might all backfire (sorry) by 2029... ...

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How China raised the stakes for electric vehicles
12 December 2018
With confidence in future demand from the vast Chinese market, carmakers’ ambitions took off.
MindBullet logo ELECTRIC CAR GLUT THREATENS WORLD TRADE
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 ...
2019 Predictions About Artificial Intelligence That Will Make Your Head Spin - Forbes
Posted: 7 December 2018

"While the hip, ubiquitous business buzzwords are cryptocurrency and blockchain, the truly formidable factor of what is being called the fourth industrial revolution is Artificial Intelligence. Whether praised as a panacea for greater business efficiency or feared as the demise of humanity, Artificial Intelligence is upon us and will impact business and society at large in ways that we can ...

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MindBullet logo INTELLIGENT MACHINES CREATE THE NEW HEGEMONY
China and America reap the AI dividend
Dateline: 3 December 2030
In the last 15 years, we have witnessed the stunning rise of an exponential technology - machine learning and artificial intelligence. Like Moore's Law on steroids, smart machines and computer systems have created entirely new global industries, turbo-boosted productivity, and destroyed old, industrial age business sectors. The Economist, now a purely digital research and analysis house, ...
China on a buying spree
Posted: 30 October 2018


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MindBullet logo CHINA GOBBLES UP EUROPE
EU shareholders are selling out - to China
Dateline: 23 April 2023
If you want to exit from a large, EU-based, multinational concern, just sell it to the Chinese. They're buying. Everything. In the last five years, Chinese acquisitions and investments in Europe have tripled, compared to the previous decade. China's 'economic imperialism' in Africa and Latin America is widely recognized and well documented, but its forays into Europe have been more ...
Energy future will challenge the big utilities
Posted: 25 October 2018

As renewables and new grid management systems evolve exponentially, the previously certain future of many large utilities will be challenged. Many pension funds invested in the certain future cash flows from these will also be caught in the downward spiral that these slow to change utilities will experience.

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Why blockchain will power the new energy network
25 October 2018
Other than power trading, there are three major use cases for blockchain to impact the grid — grid security and generation balancing, infrastructure ...
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 ...
Tesla shooting for the stars
Posted: 25 October 2018

It seems that we didn't need Google to save the electric car, Tesla has done it all on its own, with a little bit of that unpredictable Elon Musk magic. With plenty of pent-up demand for Tesla cars, as long as they can keep up the delivery rate, it looks like Tesla might be able to do what no other automaker has done - make a sustainable business out of producing electric vehicles. And soon ...

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Tesla stocks soar after posting profit, defying Elon Musk’s critics
25 October 2018
Analysts had been universally sceptical of Elon Musk’s promise of a third-quarter profit, but he delivered on the back of strong Model 3 sales
MindBullet logo GOOGLE SAVES THE ELECTRIC CAR
Google acquires Tesla to produce electric robocars
Dateline: 3 November 2017
Looking to expand into seriously big markets and build on its experience with robots and driverless cars, Google has announced that it is acquiring Tesla. ...
AI hegemony
Posted: 5 October 2018

Earlier this year Ian Hogarth published a long essay about AI Nationalism, which examines in detail how machine learning and artificial intelligence are becoming key strategic resources for countries, especially China and America. A fascinating analysis which you can read in full here:

https://www.ianhogarth.com/blog/2018/6/13/ai-nationalism ...

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MindBullet logo INTELLIGENT MACHINES CREATE THE NEW HEGEMONY
China and America reap the AI dividend
Dateline: 3 December 2030
In the last 15 years, we have witnessed the stunning rise of an exponential technology - machine learning and artificial intelligence. Like Moore's Law on steroids, smart machines and computer systems have created entirely new global industries, turbo-boosted productivity, and destroyed old, industrial age business sectors. The Economist, now a purely digital research and analysis house, ...
Middle class or middle aged?
Posted: 1 October 2018


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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 decades ago, and steel is at its lowest price in 100 years. Deflation is the norm in the Old World, and the so-called Dynamic Markets are no longer so dynamic. Over the past century, we have seen global growth on an unprecedented scale, and ...
Memory like a human for AI hegemony
Posted: 21 September 2018


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MindBullet logo INTELLIGENT MACHINES CREATE THE NEW HEGEMONY
China and America reap the AI dividend
Dateline: 3 December 2030
In the last 15 years, we have witnessed the stunning rise of an exponential technology - machine learning and artificial intelligence. Like Moore's Law on steroids, smart machines and computer systems have created entirely new global industries, turbo-boosted productivity, and destroyed old, industrial age business sectors. The Economist, now a purely digital research and analysis house, ...

INTELLIGENT MACHINES CREATE THE NEW HEGEMONY

Published on: 20 September 2018 3 Comments

China and America reap the AI dividend

Dateline: 3 December 2030

In the last 15 years, we have witnessed the stunning rise of an exponential technology - machine learning and artificial intelligence. Like Moore's Law on steroids, smart machines and computer systems have created entirely new global industries, turbo-boosted productivity, and destroyed old, industrial age business sectors. The Economist, now a purely digital research and analysis house, estimates the 'new value' created by this phenomenon at over US$ 19 trillion globally. But a full 70% of this ...

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VW's plans for 3D printed parts
Posted: 14 September 2018

Aircraft manufacturers like Boeing have been using metal printers for some time, to produce specialised parts for aircraft from titanium powder. Even jet engines have adopted 3D printing for complex components like fuel nozzles. Auto companies like Volkswagen have also used them for rare parts and concept models, but now VW plans to use HP metal printers for mass production. Perhaps our ...

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Volkswagen Plans to Use 3D Printing for Mass Production
14 September 2018
The world's largest car manufacture revealed plans to start using HP metal printing technology to manufacture select parts including gear knobs and custom ...
MindBullet logo NEW DIMENSION FOR METAL MINING
3-D printing creates unusual alliances
Dateline: 26 August 2016
Five years ago, it would have seemed an unlikely partnership. But the alliance announced today between BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining group, and ...
Exponential electric vehicles
Posted: 4 September 2018

As China comes to the party in a big way, electric car sales are soaring into the millions. By next year, Bloomberg NEF estimates we'll hit the 5m global cumulative sales total.

With that sort of trajectory, perhaps our MindBullet 'predicting' a global glut of electric cars in the future might be pretty close to reality!

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Cumulative Global EV Sales Hit 4 Million
4 September 2018
The time needed to reach each consecutive million EVs sold has shrunk from 17 months for the second million to 6 months for the fourth million.
MindBullet logo ELECTRIC CAR GLUT THREATENS WORLD TRADE
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 ...
Amazon chasing Apple for biggest market cap
Posted: 30 August 2018

I'm confident that Amazon will overtake Apple, depending on how the market reacts to the next iPhone range soon to be announced. In our MindBullet published last year, we were looking to Amazon being the first to $1 trillion as Apple faltered on the brink. Well, Apple made it first, and Amazon looks like it's zooming up to pass. And it's happening before our expected timeline!

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Now Amazon closes in on $1-trillion market cap
30 August 2018
Amazon.com headed for its biggest gain in four months, pulling within US$26-billion of becoming America’s second trillion-dollar company, after Morgan ...
MindBullet logo FIRST TRILLION DOLLAR CORP
The first company to reach a value of US$1 trillion is...
Dateline: 3 March 2025
Chinese. No, wait, American. Actually, it's a global company, with tech from the United States, and manufacturing in several countries, but mainly ...
The future of work and investment
Posted: 13 August 2018 1 Comment

"Demographics, automation and inequality have the potential to dramatically reshape our world in the 2020s and beyond. Our analysis shows that the collision of these forces could trigger economic disruption far greater than we have experienced over the past 60 years. The aim of this report by Bain's Macro Trends Group is to detail how the impact of aging populations, the adoption of new ...

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Labor 2030: The Collision of Demographics, Automation and Inequality
13 August 2018
The business environment of the 2020s will be more volatile and economic swings more extreme.
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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