Filtered by tag: Politics

No more helium shortage
Posted: 16 October 2017

You may not have been aware of it, but the world was facing a possible shortage of helium, which is used in space rockets and MRI medical devices. Helium, besides being lighter than air, and a safe way to inflate party balloons, is an inert, stable element that won't combust or explode under pressure, making it almost unique in some scientific applications. But it can't be made in a ...

Complete story...
Massive 'Life-Saving' Helium Field Just Turned Out to Be Far Bigger Than We'd Hoped
16 October 2017
New analysis of a gargantuan helium deposit discovered in Tanzania last year has revealed that there may be much more of the gas than initial surveys ...
MindBullet logo US BANS HELIUM EXPORTS IN ELEMENT TRADE WAR
China's medical and consumer electronics manufacturers in turmoil
Dateline: 15 August 2015
In a widely expected, but controversial, move the US has banned all helium exports to China and its major trade partners, following China's banning of all ...
Trust...in a world of broken trust...is a crucial asset or a massively scary challenge!
Posted: 24 September 2017

All of us in the "rest of the world" need to be very alert to the forces shaping our future...and the reality of a world experiencing and coping with myriad examples of broken trust is but one of our challenges!

Pres. Trump's current rhetoric is alarming and a warning for all of us as he is destroying one of the key vestiges of whatever remains of trust in the world - the reliability of a ...

Complete story...
Opinion | Mr. Trump Squanders the World’s Trust
24 September 2017
At a crucial moment, Donald Trump is forcing the world to confront core questions it really shouldn’t have to ask: Can he be trusted? And, more saliently, ...
MindBullet logo AI FOR PRESIDENT
The next Commander in Chief is an avatar
Dateline: 3 November 2020
When a Presidential decision can affect millions of people's lives, it's a weighty matter; one that must balance ethics, integrity and pragmatism with what ...
India's PostBank bring high-tech to rural areas
Posted: 23 September 2017

Modern day Postmen...armed with micro ATMS, pedal (literally) hight tech solutions to rural areas across India.

Complete story...
Your postman may soon become the point of contact for all your financial work. Read how
23 September 2017
India Post is targeting a dozen key bill payments, like school fees and utility bills, for those who arent familiar with operating an app on their own.
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 ...

CARIBBEAN DEPOPULATED AS FINAL HOLDOUTS LEAVE CUBA

Published on: 21 September 2017

Millions relocated to Latin America as superstorms wreak havoc

Dateline: 23 September 2023

Celia Estefan broke down and wept as she stepped onto the runway in Sucre, Bolivia. She is the last person evacuated from Cuba and marks the end of an appalling and heroic six-year migration of 44 million people from the Caribbean to new lives all across Latin America. "It is just in time," says Miriam Gomez of Mexico's National Hurricane Centre. "We've just upgraded Hurricane Franklin to Category 5, and we have Gert, Harvey and Irma right behind him. There is no way anyone will be able to live on ...

Complete story...

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 ...

Complete story...
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!

Complete story...
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 ...
Rent a robot and retire
Posted: 6 September 2017

More than a decade ago we speculated on the ability for robots and automation to enable people to retire earlier, and published a MindBullet along those lines. Now we see this looming concern with robots 'replacing' jobs for people, and the support for basic income for people made redundant by technology. I think I'm inclined to agree with Gerd Leonhard, we are on the cusp of a tipping point ...

Complete story...
The bright side of the AI and robot revolution: You might get to retire earlier | ZDNet
6 September 2017
Productivity gains should be used to make the quality of our working life better, and not just make corporations richer.
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. ...
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.

Complete story...
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 ...
Negativity towards Tourism
Posted: 25 August 2017

Unfortunately, this fictional article is becoming a reality in some parts of Europe. I can see it become even more of a reality in future, but I hope it doe not. Travelling and seeing the many wonders of the world is something I enjoy and have been privileged to do a lot in my career. That ahs made me a better person, with more exposure to different cultures and lifestyles, that I would never ...

Complete story...
MindBullet logo RUNAWAY TOURISM THREATENS EUROPE
Local activists stirring up resistance to the invasion
Dateline: 11 August 2019
"It's worse than migration," says an Arran spokesperson, "they are destroying our neighbourhoods and culture!" Arran is the radical anti-tourist movement in Spain. In Barcelona, Rome and Venice, protest marches have turned violent, and travel advisories have been issued by British and American authorities. Tensions between hordes of foreign tourists and nationalist locals have been ...
Migrants are good for business
Posted: 24 August 2017

We've pointed out before that migration is a natural human phenomenon and has been responsible for building some of the greatest nations on earth, like the United States. The current trend toward closing borders is bad for growth. Here the Economist shows, with data, that Europe needs more migrants to avoid shrinking populations, and by implication, shrinking economies.

Complete story...
Why Europe needs more migrants
24 August 2017
Without them the continent’s population will start to shrink
MindBullet logo WINNING THE MIGRANT LOTTERY
After running the gauntlet across North Africa and the Mediterranean, refugees face one more challenge: random chance
Dateline: 2 April 2017
Europe might have had its head in the sand, but we all know that problems do not go away on their own. Months and months of inaction in the Middle East, ...

RUNAWAY TOURISM THREATENS EUROPE

Published on: 17 August 2017 1 Comment

Local activists stirring up resistance to the invasion

Dateline: 11 August 2019

"It's worse than migration," says an Arran spokesperson, "they are destroying our neighbourhoods and culture!" Arran is the radical anti-tourist movement in Spain. In Barcelona, Rome and Venice, protest marches have turned violent, and travel advisories have been issued by British and American authorities. Tensions between hordes of foreign tourists and nationalist locals have been escalating for the past two years, and are now boiling over. Share bikes and Uber cars have had their tyres slashed, ...

Complete story...
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 ...

Complete story...
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 ...
3 D Manufacturing gets real and disruptive
Posted: 9 August 2017

When a brand like Mercedes uses the technology in production then its real and disruptive.

Complete story...
Mercedes begins 3D printing of metal parts | IOL Motoring
9 August 2017
Need an out-of-date or specialised aluminium part for a Mercedes-Benz van or Unimog? Now they can print it for you.
MindBullet logo MANUFACTURING? WHAT'S THAT?
China no longer center of the manufacturing universe as the paradigm shifts
Dateline: 9 June 2025
Just as BT announces that it will no longer supply or support fixed-line phones, a report issued by the United Nations confirms two major paradigm shifts ...
China's nuclear future
Posted: 25 July 2017

In China, everything is done at huge scale. They've got three big reactor units coming online soon, and a bunch more under construction and planned. And more and more home-grown tech like the digital control systems are being integrated into these power units. Eventually China intends to have almost 23% of their power from nuclear and a sizeable portion from renewables. Coal is still a big ...

Complete story...
Three 1000 MWe nuclear reactors are nearing completion | NextBigFuture.com
25 July 2017
Three 1000 MWe nuclear reactors are nearing completion in China
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 ...
Electricity demand peaks
Posted: 20 July 2017

American demand for electricity has peaked, and continues to decline on a per capita basis. Futurist Thomas Frey takes an in-depth look at this phenomenon and how it might play out in the future. While the future remains uncertain, and emerging economies are still rapidly growing their power requirements, exponential technologies will shake up the energy sector in all regions of the world.

If ...

Complete story...
Peak electricity and 17 seismic forces of change that will make you want to shift careers
20 July 2017
It happened in 2007. Ten years ago the trajectory for electrical use in America peaked and started down a different course, declining for reasons we don’t ...
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 CARBON BUBBLE BURSTS

Published on: 20 July 2017 3 Comments

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 fossil fuels way too costly to produce and consume, forcing emissions lower and a massive swing to nuclear and renewable power. On top of that, the plummeting cost of solar has convinced many consumers, even those skeptical about global warming, to switch to a system of distributed power generation and consumption. These micro-grids and rooftop panels ...

Complete story...
British police form a drone unit
Posted: 17 July 2017

Police departments have been experimenting with drones for some time now. But this is a step forward; three British police departments creating a formal drone unit.
Says a spokesman: 'Drones will aid officers as part of missing person searches; crime scene photography; responding to major road traffic collisions; coastal and woodland searches and to combat wildlife crime.'
Of course, all ...

Complete story...
Police drone unit joins the beat in the UK
17 July 2017
Three police forces – Devon, Cornwall and Dorset? – have teamed up to create the UK's first dedicated drone unit that will provide 24/7 support to ...
MindBullet logo DRUG DRONES SWAMP BORDERS
Swarms of quadrotors overwhelm law enforcement with tons of cocaine worth billions of dollars
Dateline: 27 April 2017
More than 150 fast and high-flying aerial drones flew over the border from Mexico and crossed the Atlantic and Pacific coasts in the last 24 hours. Each ...
Are Governments relevant in a new world?
Posted: 10 July 2017

Technology and global virtual communities might be challenging the traditional role of Governments...dont tell Trump!

Complete story...
Futurist Ray Kurzweil Predicts That Technology Will End Nation States
10 July 2017
It's the end of the nation as we know it.
MindBullet logo IS OPENNESS THE END OF DIPLOMACY?
WikiLeaks anniversary challenges a transparent future
Dateline: 12 May 2019
On the tenth anniversary of WikiLeaks opening its electronic doors, it's perhaps appropriate to consider the impact that the crusade for increased openness ...
Global population implosion possible by 2076
Posted: 6 July 2017

From New Scientist:
"Could the population bomb be about to go off in the most unexpected way? Rather than a Malthusian meltdown, could we instead be on the verge of a demographic implosion?

To find out how and why, go to Japan, where a recent survey found that people are giving up on sex. Despite a life expectancy of 85 and rising, the number of Japanese is falling thanks to a fertility rate of ...

Complete story...
The world in 2076: The population bomb has imploded
6 July 2017
Fears of massive overpopulation proved unfounded but now we live in a world where children are rare and most people are old
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 ...
Computers learning to deceive
Posted: 20 February 2017 1 Comment

With software built on deep learning platforms, you can make someone say exactly what you want in a way that is nearly indistinguishable from reality - in a video. In essence, the computer learns how that person speaks, and how they move their face while speaking, from actual video footage. Then you instruct the software to re-enact something you've written and performed, and it will be ...

Complete story...
AI and the End of Truth
20 February 2017
Think the current fake news issue is bad? It won’t get any better with AI.
MindBullet logo NO MORE FAKE NEWS TO SWAY YOUR VIEWS
'Pants-on-fire' detector comes to the rescue
Dateline: 29 May 2021
The Internet and globalization brought hordes of information with it, but unfortunately no easy way of verifying the truth or validity of all those search ...

Filtered by tag: Politics