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Tesla ups the hype on self driving cars
Posted: 23 April 2019 1 Comment

Elon Musk has raised new expectations about full self driving cars, claiming to have the most powerful driving computer with Tesla-designed chips. He also re-announced the idea of a Tesla Network of robotaxis, saying owners could rent out their autonomous cars to earn income from the network. Buying any other car would be "financially insane" according to Musk.

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Elon Musk expects Tesla 'robotaxis' in 2020
23 April 2019
The electric carmaker entrepreneur makes a new promise on driverless vehicles.
MindBullet logo YOUR ROBOT CAR NEEDS A DRIVER UPDATE
Computers can also make mistakes
Dateline: 22 March 2022
Your driverless car does have a driver, but it's not human, it's a machine; or rather, a system, including bits of hardware and software, and things to ...
The coming glut of electric cars
Posted: 17 April 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 ...
Busting the fantasy of self-driving cars
Posted: 5 April 2019

"There’s nothing inevitable about autonomous vehicles. In fact, the fantasy of driverless cars has been failing for longer than you think. We’ve devoted plenty of time and money to the driverless delusion. In 50 years, we’ll likely regret spending so much on this futile, antisocial endeavor. It’s time to collectively say no to the fantasy of the driverless car and invest in making our ...

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MindBullet logo YOUR ROBOT CAR NEEDS A DRIVER UPDATE
Computers can also make mistakes
Dateline: 22 March 2022
Your driverless car does have a driver, but it's not human, it's a machine; or rather, a system, including bits of hardware and software, and things to make them operate independently and together. If it sounds pretty complicated, that's because modern automated systems are. In fact, if it wasn't for the sophistication of electronic components and their advanced programmability, we wouldn't ...

YOUR ROBOT CAR NEEDS A DRIVER UPDATE

Published on: 21 March 2019 3 Comments

Computers can also make mistakes

Dateline: 22 March 2022

Your driverless car does have a driver, but it's not human, it's a machine; or rather, a system, including bits of hardware and software, and things to make them operate independently and together. If it sounds pretty complicated, that's because modern automated systems are. In fact, if it wasn't for the sophistication of electronic components and their advanced programmability, we wouldn't have reusable space rockets or driverless cars at all. Assuming you've used a laptop computer for many years, ...

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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 ...
The formula for success
Posted: 28 January 2019

Last year we published a MindBullet that said innovation is not a good idea, meaning that you need more than just a great idea to be successful. This concept has now been 'vindicated' by scientists, physicists no less, who say that success (and by implication successful innovation) is a product of a good idea and a high-quality ability to execute on that idea. QED!

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Physicists Have Discovered a Formula for Success, and It Contains a Brutal Truth
28 January 2019
From Reese Witherspoon to Jeff Bezos, those who are super successful in their chosen domain accept this truth.
MindBullet logo INNOVATION IS NOT A GOOD IDEA
It's about working on a really great problem
Dateline: 5 April 2023
You might have a great idea, and be obsessed with it, to the extent that you can't sleep, can barely eat, and all your conscious hours are spent on ...
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 ...
Human pilots will be under more pressure at Heathrow
Posted: 8 January 2019


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MindBullet logo HEATHROW BANS ALL HUMAN PILOTS
Peak airspace capacity relies on fully autonomous aircraft for holiday season
Dateline: 26 July 2027
As we approach the UK summer holidays and air traffic rises to its seasonal peak over South East England, aviation authorities have announced that only autopiloted flights will be allowed at airports servicing London and surrounds. "Automated take-off and landing is just so much more efficient," says Juliet Kennedy, Ops chief for NATS. "Humans can't deal with the pressure of 14-second gaps ...
Have we reached peak ICE?
Posted: 31 December 2018

"In China, the world’s biggest car market, growth in the market for combustion engine cars has already stalled, while demand for electric cars is accelerating. In the first 10 months of this year, petrol car sales in China fell to less than 18m from 18.7m in the same period a year ago, according to Jato."

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MindBullet logo VINYL CARS MAKE A COMEBACK
Like vinyl records of old, retro automobiles are suddenly back in fashion
Dateline: 28 April 2029
It's been a while since manually driven, gasoline automobiles gave way to electric vehicles with autopilot. Just as horses and buggies gave way to motor cars, the transition wasn't easy, but it was inevitable. And, just as owning a horse became a costly luxury, an expensive hobby for those who truly enjoyed riding, so owning a car, one that you have to fill up with fuel, and drive yourself, ...
A glut of US oil in six years
Posted: 24 December 2018

It seems that our #MindBullet of six years ago is in danger of becoming reality in the next six years. The International Energy Agency thinks US oil output by then will surpass that of Russia and Saudi combined! That is bound to shake up markets dramatically, particularly if oil consumption in the US also declines.

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IEA Chief: U.S. Oil Output To Near Saudi+Russian Production By 2025 | OilPrice.com
24 December 2018
IEA director Fatih Birol has made quite a claim by saying that U.S. total oil production might near the combined production of Russia and Saudi Arabia by ...
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 ...
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 ...
America's new oil for export
Posted: 10 December 2018

Six years ago we speculated that new technology, principally fracking, would enable the United States to become a net exporter of oil. This has now become a reality, as for the first time in 75 years the US exports more petro products than it imports. Plus a further announcement of the "largest ever continuous resource" puts America on a firm footing to expand its oil and gas exports.

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Largest ever continuous oil and gas resource found in the United States
10 December 2018
The US Department of the Interior has announced the discovery of the largest continuous oil and gas field ever found, estimated to contain 46.3 billion ...
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 ...
The cats won't win against beer
Posted: 29 October 2018

In the inevitable future situation, where a computer has to decide who lives and who dies, the bias will already be programmed in. According to this study, cats are on the bottom of the list. Hat tip to @bronwynwilliams for flagging this tweet.

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MindBullet logo WILL YOU SURVIVE A BEER TRUCK MOMENT?
It all depends on your digital life value
Dateline: 30 October 2024
Last week's unfortunate multiple vehicle collision was unique in several respects. Not only was it the first time the OTTO beer truck was involved in a major collision, it was also the first 'test' of the Survivability Option System (SOS). Put simply, SOS allows participating entities, when alerted to an impending collision, to bid in real time to increase their survivability. Naturally this ...
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. ...
Robots for the boring work
Posted: 22 October 2018

Ever heard of the 'physical cloud'? This article suggests that "Autonomous warehouses will merge with autonomous manufacturing and delivery to form a fully automated supply chain."

How far into the future do we have to go to see the conclusion of this Megatrend? Will we be ready, as business and society? ...

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How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever
22 October 2018
What if you could store and deliver goods as easily as data? Amazon, Walmart and others are using AI and robotics to transform everything from appliance ...
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 ...
Accelerating the take off
Posted: 18 October 2018

What most people don't realise is that air traffic is growing exponentially, at an accelerating rate, globally. This is driven partly by increased efficiency due to tech, as well as increased affluence, especially in places like India and China, the biggest markets for future travel. It's one of the paradoxes of efficiency, called Jevson's paradox, I think, that as things become more ...

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MindBullet logo CRUISING THE CROWDED SKIES
Everybody who's anybody is a frequent flyer
Dateline: 20 March 2038
In the last couple of decades, air traffic has rocketed. Annual air passenger numbers have shot up from less than 8 billion in 2018 to over 20 billion today. That's almost three times the world population, every year! Bearing in mind that hardly any flights exceed 24 hours, that means that, on average, 60 million people are boarding flights, somewhere, every day. And that doesn't include ...

CRUISING THE CROWDED SKIES

Published on: 18 October 2018 1 Comment

Everybody who's anybody is a frequent flyer

Dateline: 20 March 2038

In the last couple of decades, air traffic has rocketed. Annual air passenger numbers have shot up from less than 8 billion in 2018 to over 20 billion today. That's almost three times the world population, every year! Bearing in mind that hardly any flights exceed 24 hours, that means that, on average, 60 million people are boarding flights, somewhere, every day. And that doesn't include drone taxis and private planes. The only way major air terminals can cope with the hordes is increased reliance ...

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Robotic airports are a thing
Posted: 9 October 2018


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MindBullet logo HEATHROW BANS ALL HUMAN PILOTS
Peak airspace capacity relies on fully autonomous aircraft for holiday season
Dateline: 26 July 2027
As we approach the UK summer holidays and air traffic rises to its seasonal peak over South East England, aviation authorities have announced that only autopiloted flights will be allowed at airports servicing London and surrounds. "Automated take-off and landing is just so much more efficient," says Juliet Kennedy, Ops chief for NATS. "Humans can't deal with the pressure of 14-second gaps ...
Is this the Uber-killer?
Posted: 30 May 2016

Uber is the poster-child of the exponential economy; building a massive global business on the principle that access is more important than ownership. But, in this exponential economy, nothing stands still. Will this be the Uber-killer? But keep in mind that Uber itself is exploring transport services using autonomous vehicles, and has a huge head-start on the market. One thing is for certain ...

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A New Uber Competitor Just Raised $16 million in Funding For Complete Autonomous Taxis
30 May 2016
Autonomous taxi startup nuTonomy has just raised $16 million in Series A funding, hoping to use the money to bring autonomous cars into reality by its ...
MindBullet logo UBER HAS BEEN UBERED
And Airbnb, iTunes and Netflix are next
Dateline: 5 April 2018
Uber has been taken out by an unexpected competitor - the crowd. It's ironic really, because Uber was the first company to leverage assets it didn't own ...

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