FuturesForum
News, commentary, debate and access to FutureWorld's complete knowledge base
Share FutureWorld Futures Forum RSS feed Follow FutureWorld on Facebook
Dividing line
Filtered by tag: Resources
Next >>
Dividing line
 
Solar power in a box
Posted: 24 June 2016  
This is a pretty cool idea. A solar power mini-plant that fits in a shipping container, and can be unpacked and operational within hours. Great for off-grid villages who need basic power for light and phones.
IKEA of energy delivers clean, green solar power-plant in a box
24 June 2016
A start-up offering flat-packed solar generators is hoping to give a boost to poor villages off 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 ...
Dividing line
 
Space mining gets a boost
Posted: 13 June 2016  
When the idea of mining asteroids or other planets was first floated, I admit that I was sceptical and inclined to dismiss it as pure wishful thinking. But the possibilities - like a single asteroid containing more platinum than earth's entire reserves - make it worth thinking about. Now Luxembourg is seeking to entice a completely new industry to their territory, by offering a fund and laws ...
Luxembourg Establishes €220 Million Fund for Space Mining
13 June 2016
Luxembourg has just set up a $227 million fund to help develop space mining as a viable industry and entice companies to set up shop within its tiny little ...
MindBullet logo PLANETARY RESOURCES LOSE RELEVANCE
Earth-bound technology thwarts ambitious galactic venture
Dateline: 9 June 2020
Eric Anderson kick-started the space tourism industry at the age of 23. His company, Space Adventures, sent seven bold millionaires into space on Russian ...
Dividing line
 
Towards a circular economy in food
Posted: 6 June 2016  
Danone has not always been seen as the most environmentally-friendly company in the world - but this McKinsey interview with its CEO on a circular economy in food is impressive. Of course, we argue in Future World that 'sustainability' is a yesterday concept. Instead of being sustainable, we should strive to thrive!
Toward a circular economy in food
6 June 2016
The French food and water company Danone has a history of environmental awareness. In this interview with McKinsey partner Clarisse Magnin, CEO Emmanuel ...
MindBullet logo THE END OF HUNGER IN SIGHT
Moringa wonder-plant brings food security to Africa and Asia
Dateline: 5 April 2019
Global poverty has been in decline for 25 years, and now hunger and malnutrition are a thing of the past, world-wide. Although the wonder tree, Moringa ...
Dividing line
 
Beating nature at her own game
Posted: 6 June 2016  
Some of our old friends might remember the MindBullet alongside from 2009, when we postulated about science cloning photosynthesis to create energy. And...it's happening. Read on!
Latest bionic leaf now 10 times more efficient than natural photosynthesis
6 June 2016
Great strides have been made in artificial leaves that produce energy from water and sunlight. Now, scientists have developed the "bionic leaf 2.0," which ...
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 ...
Dividing line
 
Chinese banks top the world's biggest company list
Posted: 26 May 2016   1 Comment
So which are the biggest companies in the world? Forbes has just released its annual survey of the world's biggest public corporations in 2015. And the top three spots are all taken by Chinese banks. How the world has changed! Our MindBullet from 2014 may just be on the money!
Forbes' 14th Annual Global 2000: The World's Biggest Public Companies
26 May 2016
NEW YORK (May 25, 2016) — Forbes released today the 14th annual Global 2000 list, a ranking of the biggest, most powerful and most valuable companies in ...
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, ...
Dividing line
 
NOT FUSION'S FATAL FAILURE
Posted: 19 May 2016   1 Comment
I can’t let the sentiment of this article go unchallenged. One must be careful of using purely current short-term financial arguments to select technologies for investment, for matters that have a global scale. From a physics perspective, renewables and fossil fuels are very diffuse in energy density, and one must harvest vast amounts of material, or vast volumes of air, or vast areas of the ...
MindBullet logo FUSION'S FATAL FAILURE
Power from nuclear fusion is forever beyond our grasp
Dateline: 12 May 2026
The greatest nuclear fusion experiment, ITER, has been mothballed barely a year after being switched on. "It's unlikely we'll ever achieve ignition," said the project's acting chief scientist, "and without substantial budget increases, it's not worth doing anything else." The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project was begun in 2006, but took almost 20 years to reach ...
Dividing line
 
New solar efficiency record
Posted: 18 May 2016  
Advances in solar technology continue to astonish. Coupled with developments in battery storage, the energy marketplace is being reinvented. Many, many incumbents are facing tough times ahead.
New world record set for converting sunlight to electricity
18 May 2016
An Australian team has set a new record for squeezing as much electricity as possible out of direct, unfocused sunlight via a new solar cell configuration. ...
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. ...
Dividing line
 
Gas power in Africa
Posted: 17 May 2016  
In Rwanda they are finally getting electric power from gas, and they don't even have to go to the trouble of fracking. The gas is simply extracted from the deep waters of Lake Kivu, where it occurs naturally. Although this is a relatively small scale plant, it's the first of its type in the world, and could be expanded to provide significant power in a region that is critically under-served. ...
Rwanda Inaugurates Groundbreaking Methane Power Project
17 May 2016
First-of-its-kind project to extract gas—and avert catastrophe—comes online on Central Africa’s Lake Kivu.
MindBullet logo AMERICA THE OIL EXPORTER
Unconventional oil and gas alters the geopolitical balance
Dateline: 4 July 2025
Over the last 20 years, North American oil and gas reserves have been boosted by the large scale exploitation of so-called unconventionals - mainly shale ...
Dividing line
 
FUSION'S FATAL FAILURE
Published on: 12 May 2016   2 Comments
MindBullet picture
Power from nuclear fusion is forever beyond our grasp
Dateline: 12 May 2026
The greatest nuclear fusion experiment, ITER, has been mothballed barely a year after being switched on. "It's unlikely we'll ever achieve ignition," said the project's acting chief scientist, "and without substantial budget increases, it's not worth doing anything else." The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project was begun in 2006, but took almost 20 years to reach completion, to the point where it could be activated. After decades of delays and cost overruns, there was ...
Dividing line
 
The energy internet goes live
Posted: 9 May 2016  
The Brooklyn micro-grid uses the blockchain to create a solar power sharing mechanism for neighbors, and it has now made its first sale of excess electricity. This is the start of what we refer to as the Energy Internet, where energy can be shared as easily as information, directly peer-to-peer, without the need for a central authority or power utility. And everyone benefits!
Brooklyn’s ‘Microgrid’ Did Its First Solar Energy Sale
9 May 2016
Brooklyn Microgrid is trying to build a neighbor-to-neighbor green energy market using the Ethereum blockchain.
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 ...
Dividing line
 
Robots are the future
Posted: 2 May 2016  
Robots are coming to take jobs - but first they are going to take the dull and dangerous jobs. This article makes the case for why increased automation won't be doom and gloom for workers. Whatever happens, disruption to 'business as usual' is guaranteed!
Robots Are Coming for Dirty, Dangerous, and Dull Jobs - Inc
2 May 2016
Why automation won't result in massive layoffs everywhere--and will help companies and people stay more competitive.
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 ...
Dividing line
 
New home robot does it all - well, almost
Posted: 17 April 2016  
The idea of a home robot that helps around the house, can be a teacher, work assistant and more, has been with us for a long time. Now, such robots are here. There's Jibo http://www.seriouswonder.com/jibo-familys-first-robotic-companion/ and now there's Aido.
Aido: Your Next Generation Home Robot Is Here - SERIOUS WONDER
17 April 2016
If you've ever dreamed of having your own personal family robot, wait no longer - Aido is here! - B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder
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 ...
Dividing line
 
Natural hydrogen
Posted: 12 April 2016  
As we've mentioned before, hydrogen is not found in abundance in nature, and has to be manufactured, usually by splitting water with electrolysis, which can be done with excess solar power, but is not very efficient.
But what if you could use nature to do the job? Earlier this year, scientists produced a nano-particle consisting of an enzyme modified by a virus, which produces hydrogen from ...
A 'Nano-Reactor' May Soon Be Producing Hydrogen Biofuel
12 April 2016
Scientists have modified a virus to catalyze the formation of hydrogen from water.
MindBullet logo THE HYDROGEN ECONOMY IS HERE
Hydrogen will be the dominant fuel of the future
Dateline: 15 July 2017
After two decades of disappointment, hydrogen is finally becoming a viable fuel and source of energy for the world economy. The breakthroughs in innovation ...
Dividing line
 
Google still on the droid track
Posted: 29 March 2016  
Google is selling off the maker of it's scariest robots, Boston Dynamics, but is still heavily invested and interested in other robotic developments. The Atlas humanoid robot, which can walk on mud and snow is amazing, but probably doesn't have enough commercial value in the short term for Google, so they're looking at industrial systems and automation that can leverage machine learning.

Rest ...
Google Hasn’t Given Up on Robots
29 March 2016
Google is selling off a company working on the most advanced problems in robotics, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have robot dreams.
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 ...
Dividing line
 
Fake food gets real
Posted: 22 March 2016  
Of course we can make synthetic food, and increasingly we can make synthetic food that tastes like the real thing. But is it affordable, and when it becomes cheap enough, should we do it on a mass scale?

There's a big debate brewing over the future of lab meat; an interesting aspect though, is that it's pretty natural - real organic cells that are cultured with nutrients. What's your stand on ...
Laboratory Burgers: Let the Meat Wars Begin
22 March 2016
There will be extreme positions for and against lab-grown meats. Here is what lab grown meat means for our future.
MindBullet logo FAKE FOOD FENDS OFF FAMINE
Synthetic proteins and carbohydrates essential to safely feed burgeoning world population
Dateline: 1 May 2017
Manufactured and processed food is the healthy alternative these days. It's also more economically viable, and the only way to feed a global population ...
Dividing line
 
Mass-scale storage of solar power
Posted: 20 March 2016  
We're told by the fossil fuel moguls that solar energy is all very well, but what do you do when the sun don't shine? How can you rely on solar when its dark, or cloudy? How do you store the energy it can create?
Apart from dramatic breakthroughs in battery technology, scientists are seeking other ways for large-scale storage of solar energy. This team at Stanford may well be onto a solution. ...
Can large-scale solar power storage become a reality?
20 March 2016
The recent crash in oil prices notwithstanding, an economy based on fossil fuels seems unsustainable. Supplies of oil, coal and similar fuels are finite, ...
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 ...
Dividing line
 
Farming inside the box!
Posted: 20 March 2016  
Time to think inside the box? It was back in 2007 that we raised the concept of indoor, urban farming as a possible future for food supplies. Now small container hydroponic farms are becoming a reality thanks to this Boston-based startup.
Think of some of the implications: food supplies right on our doorstep, minimising transport costs and C02 pollution. No pesticides. Minimal water required. ...
The Future of Farming May Live Inside This Box | Fox Business
20 March 2016
A Boston-based startup is transforming shipping containers into high-tech hydroponic farms
MindBullet logo SKYSCRAPER FARMS SOLVE URBAN FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
Indoor farming produces fresh food where it's needed - in the store
Dateline: 1 May 2030
New thinking in urban design, plus new technologies, are turning city blocks into self-contained 'country villages'. Hydrogen fuel cells and community ...
Dividing line
 
Comment to Solar Power Goes Viral
Posted: 10 March 2016  
The tipping point for me will be when costs give a return of 5 years or less. At present, the cost of panels/Kwh is still too far high and batteries make the Return on Investment even longer-term. There is also the peak power draw side to consider as most solar installations need to use the grid for major appliances. Hopefully, this will be resolved in the next few years so that the 2022 ...
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 completely for individuals, homes and small businesses. What's more, large businesses and corporate campuses are also contributing to the energy internet, sharing their excess power in slack times, and buying back from the smart grid when they ...
Dividing line
 
SOLAR POWER GOES VIRAL
Published on: 10 March 2016   4 Comments
MindBullet picture
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 completely for individuals, homes and small businesses. What's more, large businesses and corporate campuses are also contributing to the energy internet, sharing their excess power in slack times, and buying back from the smart grid when they need to. Utility-scale generation has shrunk to essential services only, heavily subsidized by the ...
Dividing line
 
AI seeks long term but powerful solutions
Posted: 8 March 2016  
AI will see many iterations and short term applications but the long term capability is also interesting and compelling...if managed properly. Imagine a world where humans never have to do dirty or dangerous things - will it make humans soft and risk averse and what might the long term consequences of that be?
The ghost in the machine: Vicarious and the search for AI that can rival the human brain | ZDNet
8 March 2016
Startup Vicarious is aiming to build the first general artificial intelligence system -- just don't expect it any time soon.
MindBullet logo POST NEW-AGE SURVIVORS ADOPT AGE-OLD LIFESTYLE
Last 12 million humans live the Early Age way to survive
Dateline: 8 August 0001 NA (New Age)
As the Mayans had predicted, the world as we knew it did end sometime after 2012. The first planetary shock was the gigantic solar flare which knocked out ...
Dividing line
Filtered by tag: Resources
Next >>
Dividing line
Everything you always wanted to know MindBullets logo Twitter