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Can we forecast the future?
Posted: 1 May 2017

We have never believed in forecasting or predicting. The speed and nature of the change around the world, affecting everyone and all industries, suggests that all one can do is understand the forces shaping our future and develop an intuitive feel for the options and opportunities that these may create. And then ensure that one's business is capable, in every way, to respond fast and with ...

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We're moving fast. But nobody knows where we're going
1 May 2017
The telegraph, the internet, and the smartphone reshaped the world for every generation that witnessed them. What if similar inventions show up twice a ...
MindBullet logo 2010-2020: A DECADE OF STEP-CHANGE THINKING
A review of the past decade’s most important trends – PART 2
Dateline: 1 January 2020
Boeing Buys Bombardier as Air Travel Goes SmallBoeing last month outlined their view of the future: pilotless small planes that can land at any local ...
Reusable rockets
Posted: 10 April 2017

SpaceX has successfully recovered eight of their first stage boosters, and has also reflown, and recovered again, the rocket known as Core 1021. Now Elon Musk says they want to be able to recover the second stage as well, and reuse almost 100% of the rocket. His vision for human space flight includes landing the crew capsule under power for reuse too!

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Elon Musk Wants To Reuse All Of SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket By 2018, Slashing Cost Of Space Travel
10 April 2017
As noted by Fortune, space entrepreneur Elon Musk now says he wants to achieve complete reuse of the entire SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in 2018.
MindBullet logo PARIS HILTON OPENS THE STELLA FOR CHRISTMAS
Welcome to the hotel at 'the edge of the world'
Dateline: 22 December 2017
The Stella Hilton officially opened for guests in time for the Christmas holidays. The glittering 'first night' featured Senator Charlize Theron and ...
Self-driving luggage
Posted: 30 March 2017 2 Comments

Hope the batteries don't catch fire.

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Self-driving luggage, for the truly 'last yards'
Dateline: 1 April 2019
Anyone who travels regularly on business knows what a schlep it is to drag your roll-aboard cabin bag around with you for what seems like - and probably is - miles and miles of airport concourses. And terminals seem to get bigger every year. Putting wheels on luggage was an innovative idea; one wonders why it took decades before that caught on in a big way. Then it was just a matter of time ...

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Published on: 30 March 2017 3 Comments

Self-driving luggage, for the truly 'last yards'

Dateline: 1 April 2019

Anyone who travels regularly on business knows what a schlep it is to drag your roll-aboard cabin bag around with you for what seems like - and probably is - miles and miles of airport concourses. And terminals seem to get bigger every year. Putting wheels on luggage was an innovative idea; one wonders why it took decades before that caught on in a big way. Then it was just a matter of time before someone added a laptop battery and a tiny electric motor, so your smart luggage could follow you ...

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Uber self-driving car gets flipped
Posted: 27 March 2017

In the first recorded high-impact crash of a fully autonomous car, an Uber vehicle was flipped on its side by another car that "failed to yield" to the Uber. Apparently there was a driver behind the controls of the self-driving Uber, and no passengers. Uber is suspending testing while the incident is investigated. In due course, more of these incidents are likely, and it may delay the mass ...

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Uber to Suspend Autonomous Tests After Arizona Accident
27 March 2017
Uber Technologies Inc. is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, ...
MindBullet logo CAR KILLS 20: WHO'S TO BLAME?
Court rules driver not responsible if car has on-board computer
Dateline: 12 September 2017
Yesterday's court ruling shows two things - just how far technology has gone and why we should fear our kids! The driver of the car that crashed into a ...
Moon taxi announced
Posted: 28 February 2017

We've long thought that SpaceX would win the space tourism race. In fact we published this MindBullet on that subject a couple of years ago. Now it's happening.

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SpaceX to Send Privately Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Beyond the Moon Next Year
28 February 2017
We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a ...
MindBullet logo SPACEX LAUNCHES MOON TAXI
Fancy a walk on the dark side?
Dateline: 15 June 2029
It's fun to go away for a summer holiday, and what better, more exotic place than the moon? That's assuming you can afford the fare, of course. For the ...
Flying taxis in Dubai soon!
Posted: 14 February 2017

So, we we spoke of in a MindBullet published years ago, will Hertz become the worlds largest airline, and starting in Dubai?

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Here’s the flying taxi that Dubai’s transportation authority says could be in the skies by summer
14 February 2017
Given that The Jetsons promised these things 50 years ago, we're skeptical that this will actually happen. Nevertheless,
MindBullet logo HERTZ VOTED BEST AIRLINE
Boeing and Airbus in a tail-spin as the allure of personal planes hits air travel
Dateline: 16 July 2020
As the holiday season gets into full swing, some of the major air hubs in Europe and the USA are comfortably quiet. Chicago, Atlanta, Amsterdam and ...
Flying driverless cars? You bet!
Posted: 10 February 2017

Best we enjoy driving our cars now as we won't be doing it for long!

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Uber hires Nasa engineer for flying car project | IOL
10 February 2017
The company envisions a future in which consumers can take a regular Uber ride to a ‘vertiport’.
MindBullet logo HERTZ VOTED BEST AIRLINE
Boeing and Airbus in a tail-spin as the allure of personal planes hits air travel
Dateline: 16 July 2020
As the holiday season gets into full swing, some of the major air hubs in Europe and the USA are comfortably quiet. Chicago, Atlanta, Amsterdam and ...
Strategic narratives...do you have one?
Posted: 20 January 2017

The challenge of getting all employees, analysts, shareholders, customer s and everyone else in your ecosystem to understand and passionately buy into your game plan is crucial in a confusing world. Very few companies seems to have the strategic story nailed! It starts with your "Why" and explains the ambition, the journey's landmarks and the ideal outcome clearly to all and most ...

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Beyond Forecasting: Creating New Strategic Narratives
20 January 2017
In turbulent markets, managers can build momentum for innovative strategies by rethinking the past, reconsidering present concerns – and reimagining the ...
MindBullet logo THE BLACK SWAN TURNS TEN
Do Nassim Taleb's aphorisms tell the real story?
Dateline: 28 February 2018
Nassim Taleb's ground-breaking book was published exactly ten years ago today and we celebrate its anniversary amongst some of the most "improbable events" ...
Driverless beer delivery happens
Posted: 25 October 2016

The advance of autonomous cars and now trucks is unstoppable. Please think about how this might impact your industry and then change the word 'might' to 'will'!

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Driverless truck from Uber's Otto makes Colorado beer delivery
25 October 2016
A self-driving truck built by Uber's unit Otto made a pioneering delivery of beer in Colorado last week, Otto announced Tuesday.
MindBullet logo DRIVERLESS CARS HURT INSURERS
Collision claims have fallen to a record low
Dateline: 2 February 2027
The roads have never been safer - 12 years ago, more than one million people died in car accidents worldwide, every year. This number has shrunk to an ...
Failing tech
Posted: 12 October 2016 1 Comment

Here's a long form essay that almost precisely echoes the insight of our MindBullet from January 2015.

When we've come to rely on technology, that never fails, we are often unprepared to deal with the unusual circumstance, when it DOES fail. Over time, computers can diminish our skills! ...

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Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster | Tim Harford
12 October 2016
The Long Read: We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks. Driverless cars are next. But is our reliance on automation ...
MindBullet logo WHEN TECHNOLOGY FAILS TO FAIL
Critical system failures that don't trigger corrective action cause disasters
Dateline: 21 March 2016
Yet another airliner has fallen out of the sky without warning. And the reason is fail-safe systems that fail to alert the pilots to the real problem when ...
High tech Olympics pics
Posted: 27 July 2016

Six years ago, we wrote about how high-tech interactive media could add value to major sporting events, like the Soccer World Cup. Now Getty Images has plans to make a big impact with the latest in photo technology at this year's Olympics. They're finally catching on!

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‘Incredible evolution’: How Getty Images will cover the Rio Olympics with robot cameras, 360-degree
27 July 2016
Getty Images will capture and transmit imagery from the 2016 Summer Olympics using technology in ways that it hopes will leave a long-lasting impression.
MindBullet logo FANS LOVE INTERACTIVE HIGH-TECH WORLD CUP
New technologies give massive boost to the bottom line
Dateline: 28 June 2018
It seems like the furor around 'the bizarre secret society of fallible referees' that so dominated the 2010 World Cup is now a distant memory. Technology ...
Electric planes
Posted: 20 July 2016

I used to scoff at the idea of electric cars becoming mainstream. While that's still not likely in Africa in the near future, the popularity of the BMW i3 and the Tesla Model 3 have changed that scenario. But electric aircraft? Surely not anything bigger than a drone? Siemens have showcased a new electric motor for a small conventional aircraft, and it flies. One thing they don't say in the ...

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Siemens Showcases Brand-New Electric Motor That's Super Light, Super Powerful, And Perfect For Elect
20 July 2016
The German parts supplier completed a successful test flight of an electric airplane fitted with a brand-new electric motor that boasts unprecedented power ...
MindBullet logo THE COMING FACE OF AIR TRAVEL
There isn't one: No pilots and no air traffic controllers
Dateline: 10 July 2019
When NATS, the UK National Air Traffic Control Service, was partially privatized in 2001, with the state retaining a 49% share, it started a long-running ...
Jet pack flies in New York
Posted: 27 June 2016

It's 2016, and we're still waiting for those jetpacks promised 50 years ago. But one of the prototypes has recently made a flight in public. The JB-9 jetpack has two jet engines and runs on liquid fuel, which means you get about five minutes of usable flight. Not enough to be a commercial success in my opinion, but it might get a cult following, involving a race series, which is planned.

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JB-9 jetpack makes spectacular debut flying around Statue of Liberty
27 June 2016
The dream of personal flight took a great leap forward last week as Jetpack Aviation unveiled its high speed, high altitude, high endurance JB-9 jetpack in ...
MindBullet logo JET PACK TAKES OFF
Talk about being upwardly mobile!
Dateline: 25 June 2016
After more than 35 years in development, the world's first commercially available jetpack is now on sale. The sticker price is a mere US$ 150,000. Made ...
Who should your driverless car kill - you or someone else?
Posted: 24 June 2016

This has become one of the new-age philosophical debates as the age of autonomous vehicles approaches: who takes the fall? Interesting to see the human survival instinct is as strong as ever.

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Would you buy a car programmed to kill you for the greater good?
24 June 2016
In a series of online surveys, nearly 2,000 US residents have indicated that they would buy an autonomous car that would try to preserve their lives at any ...
MindBullet logo COMMUTING IS SO COOL IN THE iCAR
Road rage and accidents are a thing of the past now that we've got Apps-for-Cars to keep the traffic moving along
Dateline: 15 March 2017
It all started before I even got out of bed! A message on my bedroom smart-wall warned me that a burst water main was slowing traffic, and suggested I ...
Flying car fantasies and factories
Posted: 23 June 2016

Despite several failures like the Skycar, there seems to be an abiding fascination with flying cars, and some people, like Larry Page, are willing to put big money behind their development. Perhaps it's a burning desire to see a childhood dream come true. My personal opinion is that a flying car is the wrong concept. A personal drone seems like a better idea, one that flies itself, and takes ...

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Welcome to Larry Page’s Secret Flying-Car Factories
23 June 2016
With Zee.Aero and Kitty Hawk, the Google co-founder looks to the skies.
MindBullet logo RENT A FLYING CAR FROM AVIS
Computer piloted 'transformer' vehicles cleared for public use
Dateline: 8 May 2021
Ever since DARPA's 'Flying Hummer' known as the Transformer X made its debut, people have been champing at the bit to get a chance to use them for personal ...
Doing away with borders
Posted: 20 June 2016

As the New Scientist says in this article, nation states are an increasingly poor way to organise and run a planet. The current migration crises prove that here and now, in 2016, borders are a problem that can't easily be solved. Are they morally and philosophically defensible? In a future where national currencies are replaced by blockchains and tax regimes compete for residents, will ...

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End of nations: Is there an alternative to countries? - New Scientist
20 June 2016
Nation states cause some of our biggest problems, from civil war to climate inaction. Science suggests there are better ways to run a planet
MindBullet logo BORDERS CRUMBLE, COUNTRIES MERGE AND SPLIT
Migration is the new normal as ultra-mobility ramps up
Dateline: 28 October 2023
In the face of a constant flood of political and economic refugees, as well as 'citizens of the world,' geographic borders are becoming an increasingly ...
Amazon founder joins the space race
Posted: 17 June 2016

Richard Branson is into space. Elon Musk is into space. And this weekend, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos joins them when his rocket blasts off. Space is truly being privatised.

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Blue Origin to live broadcast rocket launch for the first time
17 June 2016
You can't accuse Blue Origin of being entirely secretive. But when Jeff Bezos' New Shepard vehicle is fired into the air on Sunday he'll be giving space ...
MindBullet logo THE FINAL (BUSINESS) FRONTIER
Space tourism and satellite launches compete for profits
Dateline: 27 September 2015
The race to launch a successful private space business has been won - and the victor, surprisingly, is not Virgin's Sir Richard Branson, but a 40-year-old ...
The green energy future beckons
Posted: 13 June 2016

The future of energy is a deeply fascinating space! There will be new winners, and some big losers - mainly slow and cumbersome incumbents, locked into fossil fuels.

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Eight massive power shifts as demand for fossil fuels fades
13 June 2016
The way we get electricity is about to change dramatically, as the era of ever-expanding demand for fossil fuels comes to an end - in less than a decade.
MindBullet logo WORLD POWERS JOIN CHINA'S ‘NO FOSSIL FUEL’ STRATEGY
Europe appears to be left on the fringe of a new green revolution
Dateline: 10 January 2009
Less than a year after China’s bold move to marginalize fossil fuels, India and the USA have released similar strategies, within hours of each other. This ...
Commercializing the Moon
Posted: 10 June 2016

Little-known space company Moon Express has caused a stir by requesting permission from the US government to land a probe on the moon. As a US company, Moon Express needs approval from the US authorities to launch rockets and fly beyond Earth's orbit. On the other hand, SpaceX has already announced its intentions to fly a mission to Mars. No other countries have private companies launching ...

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Permission to land: US draws up rules for commercial moon travel
10 June 2016
Government agencies work on solution to cover regulatory gap governing space activities by private companies
MindBullet logo SPACEX LAUNCHES MOON TAXI
Fancy a walk on the dark side?
Dateline: 15 June 2029
It's fun to go away for a summer holiday, and what better, more exotic place than the moon? That's assuming you can afford the fare, of course. For the ...

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