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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 ...
Electric cars saving the city
Posted: 27 September 2018

As we suggested in this MindBullet from last year, electric cars won't make the slightest difference to climate change, but they make city air cleaner, and the streets much quieter. Here's proof.


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MindBullet logo ELECTRIC CARS CAN'T STEER THE CLIMATE
But they're driving the Energy Internet and saving the city
Dateline: 2 June 2030
It's official. It's now cheaper, on average, to buy a new electric car than one that burns gasoline, without subsidies. But it's not having any effect on climate change. It seems the global climate runs on its own largely unexplained clock, and nothing we do affects it much. Electric cars have become the vehicle of choice for two reasons; cheaper, more efficient batteries, and charging ...
Flying while charging
Posted: 18 September 2018 1 Comment

The biggest problem with electric drones is limited flying time on battery power, and batteries are heavy, so it's a catch 22 situation if you want to extend the range - you have to limit the payload. For surveillance drones, there is the option of a tethered power link, if the area to be covered is fairly static or narrowly defined, but for delivery drones or similar, it's a real ...

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In-flight charging gives drones unlimited autonomous range
18 September 2018
Global Energy Transmission (GET) has pioneered a mid-air inductive recharging system that can charge up several drones at once without requiring them to ...
MindBullet logo DHL FLYING ON WIRELESS POWER
No batteries needed for these delivery drones
Dateline: 7 March 2017
The biggest hurdle for electric aircraft has always been the weight of the batteries, and as nimble as they are, quadrotors and octocopters typically had ...
Automation is a helping hand
Posted: 12 September 2018

It's pretty obvious that people would prefer machines or robots to do the '3D' work - Dull, Dangerous and Dirty. That gives humans the chance to do more important, rewarding and cleaner things, creative stuff. But what about getting robots to help you do your tricky industrial work? Machines that assist humans, acting as co-workers or 'cobots' are the new fashion in industrial automation. ...

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25,000 robots and counting: Welcome to the fastest-growing segment of industrial automation
12 September 2018
The good times are rolling in automation, but milestones like this may be bellwethers for some very human challenges ahead
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 ...
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 ...
VW starts to reinvent itself
Posted: 27 August 2018

Volkswagen is one of the biggest, at times number one, automobile manufacturers in the world. As we head towards a future where millennials and the generations that follow them prefer access to ownership, and embrace services on digital platforms, rather than owning or leasing assets that provide those services, we will see more and more people choosing to rent accommodation and use mobility ...

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VW getting serious about tech acquisitions
27 August 2018
Volkswagen has mapped out details of its transformation from a mass manufacturer of cars to a provider of transportation services by unveiling a ...
MindBullet logo MOBILITY AS A SERVICE
Private cars banned in New York and London
Dateline: 17 August 2019
Four years ago, it was proposed that gasoline and diesel vehicles be banned from certain cities and states; but the new trend towards mobility as a service ...
Ubering Uber
Posted: 13 August 2018

An actual blockchain ride hailing service has launched in Singapore. It's called TADA which means Let's Ride and doesn't charge commission from drivers. One wonders where the monetisation model lies - perhaps it doesn't have one.

What do you think? Will this uber Uber? ...

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TADA
13 August 2018
TADA - fair & fast, the newest ride hailing service
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 ...
Un-recycled cycles
Posted: 16 July 2018

Last year we published a MindBullet highlighting the flood of 'dockless' share bikes in China, and wondering if it was sustainable. Now one of the big companies, with 430,000 bikes, most presumably abandoned or damaged, has gone bankrupt. Take a look at these images from bike graveyards in China.

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The unexpected beauty of China's bicycle graveyards – in pictures
16 July 2018
For the past 18 months many cities in China have been flooded by millions of dockless share bikes. Those that block pavements or apartment entrances have ...
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 ...
Democratizing food production
Posted: 11 July 2018

Dubai certainly has an eye to the future, and is keen to embrace new tech, from drones to blockchain to driverless cars. Now they are also looking at a substantial investment in urban (vertical) farming. The reasoning is sound, as they want to manage their own supply chain, and can afford the capital outlay. It will be interesting to see how this ...

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MindBullet logo THE GARDEN OF REASON (OR IS IT TREASON?)
Urban farming is here to stay, and that's a good thing, isn't it?
Dateline: 1 March 2021
For some time now, various cities have been experimenting with vertical farming, rooftop farming, and even basement farming with LED lighting. Now it's maturing into a fully-fledged industry, just like fish farming. Farming without land, or even soil, sounds like a contradiction in terms, but hydroponics is not a new idea - it's just become more profitable. Being physically close to the ...

FINTECH FALLS OUT OF FAVOUR

Published on: 28 June 2018

Tech is no longer regarded as a sector

Dateline: 23 June 2031

FinTech, MarTech, InsurTech, LegTech, AgTech, EnerTech - they're all dead. A decade ago, news feeds and timelines were swamped with the latest entrant into one of these sub-sectors. Thousands of startups proudly adopted an 'xTech' descriptor, as they tried to carve a superniche for themselves from the digital supercycle. But the fever of digital transformation of business has cooled; the era of digitalization of industry is all but over. The fact is, any business enterprise that has not incorporated ...

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Metal 3D printing goes supersonic and huge
Posted: 13 June 2018 2 Comments

A new method of metal 3D printing, which uses high speed jetting to fuse metal particles together, rather than sintering or melting them, makes it possible for very large objects to be manufactured in quick time. The "world's largest" metal 3D printer is being tested in Australia.

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'Aircraft wings and submarines': World's largest 3D printer launched in Melbourne
13 June 2018
The world's largest metal 3D printer is being put to the test for the first time at a mega-manufacturing warehouse in Melbourne.
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 ...
Cars: made in China
Posted: 25 April 2018

“China has made no secret of its ambition to have a really big and powerful auto industry,” said Michael Dunne, president of consulting firm Dunne Automotive Ltd. in Hong Kong. “China does intend to lead and dominate the electric-vehicle industry.”
The Chinese government sees EVs as its best chance to seize global leadership in an emerging powertrain technology. Cleaning the notoriously smoggy ...

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China’s Car Revolution Is Going Global
25 April 2018
China's rising automakers want to sell the future of driving all over the world.
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 ...

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