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Electricity - a basic human right
Posted: 9 November 2015

I have a theory that, because our modern lifestyle above the poverty line depends on access to affordable energy, eventually many communities will expect affordable electricity as a basic right.

If Moore's law works the marginal price of solar power down to nothing, and the 'energy internet' becomes a reality, then we may well see electricity joining broadband as a basic necessity of life.

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A Texas Utility Offers a Nighttime Special: Free Electricity
9 November 2015
In Texas, wind farms are generating so much energy that some utilities are giving power away.
Swedish and South African governments unleash human and economic potential
Dateline: 12 November 2009
Personal communications and basic financial services have joined shelter, education and health care as basic human rights. Within weeks of each other, the ...
Connecting everything and everyone
Posted: 22 April 2015

There's a lot of buzz about the internet of things, and increasingly the internet of everything, which is terminology we've been using for some time. The importance of the internet of everything, in the approaching technology tsunami, can't be overstated. But it's the nexus of these technologies, connectivity combined with massive data, algorithms and advanced artificial intelligence, ...

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The Internet of Everything Is a Simply Massive Opportunity: $19 Trillion in the Next Decade
22 April 2015
The Internet of Everything describes the networked connections between devices, people, processes and data. By 2020, the IoE has the potential to connect 50 billion people, devices and things.
Could the energy industry be ubered?
Posted: 15 September 2014

In this short video clip Jim Carroll asks whether the energy industry is prepared for disruption, in the same way that the recording industry was blindsided by MP3s. He asks: Could the energy industry be MP3'd? I prefer to ask if the energy industry could be ubered. Because the Uber model of creating a platform, connecting suppliers with customers, often prosumers sharing resources, is bound ...

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The end of ownership
Posted: 9 September 2014

In the networked economy, it's increasingly not necessary own assets, if you have access to the services those assets provide. This is well understood in the consumer market, but also applies in the commercial space.

This article contributes to that thinking and concludes:

"Within the next decade, businesses will need to become much more open and collaborative to survive in an increasingly zero ...

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The End of Ownership: The Zero-Marginal-Cost Economy
9 September 2014
Within industries like hospitality and transportation, entrants are succeeding not by optimizing production but by eliminating production cost altogether.
Free energy spawns hordes of wetbots and kills off big brands
Dateline: 13 July 2033
"We're closing up shop. Wetbots made us broke." The production chief of iRobot consumer products grins ruefully. "Luckily we've still got our military ...
Beyond zero marginal cost
Posted: 7 May 2014 2 Comments

“In this emerging world, much of what we thought we knew about the economy and the workplace and the principles of management is not just different. It is plain, flat, dead wrong.”
Steve Denning, Forbes, 2 May 2014

This is the final paragraph of his article on the Economy of Access, and a fitting quote for me to use in my upcoming panel discussion on the changing nature of the workplace and ...

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Three Strategies For Managing The Economy Of Access
7 May 2014
The Internet has shredded vertical value chains, created vast new horizontal value chains, and spawned a generation that prefers access to ownership. To ...
10m small businesses but 5m have no employees
Dateline: 12 January 2019
The UK has developed into an increasingly polarized workplace. Unemployment has fallen and formal employment has grown, but conversely there has been an ...
Disruption and destruction
Posted: 28 February 2014

We've said many times that 3D printing is going to disrupt and perhaps destroy traditional businesses, but it goes way beyond just manufacturing and logistics.

Here's a great round up of the likely impacts in the future. ...

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10 industries 3D printing will disrupt or decimate - TechRepublic
28 February 2014
As it evolves, 3D printing technology is destined to transform almost every major industry and change the way we live, work, and play in the future.
3D printers are the new PCs
Posted: 7 December 2013

And where better to get the next generation of innovators and makers involved in emerging technology than at school?

We've long passed the dream of a PC in every home, and in every classroom. Now we effectively carry around personal computers in our pockets. But putting a 3D printer in every school will accelerate this technology in ways we can't even imagine. The MakerBot Academy is a great ...

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MakerBot Launches Mission To Put 3-D Printers In Every U.S. Public School
7 December 2013
The MakerBot Academy could put as many as 5000 printers in public schools by the end of this school year.
Energy has a bright sunny future
Posted: 25 October 2013

It seems that solar power is still tracking the innovation curve, and many people are predicting that ultimately solar power will provide affordable energy for the age of abundance. This is despite failures in the industry and talk of China's biggest manufacturer being in financial difficulties.

Our MindBullet on the subject has another five years to run before we hit the dateline. I think ...

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Solar power heading towards cost parity with fossil fuels
25 October 2013
The declining cost of solar power is one of the biggest reasons that the folks at Singularity University are optimistic about the future.
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. ...
Game of Drones
Posted: 27 August 2013 1 Comment

Don't you just love the headline? I feel a bit upstaged by fellow futurist Thomas Frey on this one. We have published numerous scenarios for robotics to disrupt traditional industries, and for flying drones, the obvious one is transport and logistics. Next in this Game of Drones will be agriculture, according to Thomas.

An interesting perspective, and one that reminds us that future ...

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Agriculture the New Game of Drones - Futurist Speaker
27 August 2013
A few days ago the people in Deer Trail, Colorado made national news with a proposed ballot initiative to allow hunting licenses to shoot down flying drones.
The future of jobs
Posted: 24 June 2013

Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs -- or at least the kinds of jobs we know now. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them.

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Growth is not dead
Posted: 14 May 2013

In this wonderfully simple 'Lesson from the Future' Erik Brynjolfsson argues that the key to growth is to race with the machines, not against the machines.

This is a must watch for anyone interested in the future of global growth!

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Atomically Precise Manufacturing
Posted: 8 May 2013 1 Comment

Imagine manufacturing at atomic level, added to the increasingly exciting advances being achieved in the world of 3D printing and one sees a world that Drexler calls 'radical Abundance'. Its all fascinating and even a tad scary but through the mist of vague understanding emerges a massive step change.

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Catastrophic Success
8 May 2013
I’m reading K. Eric Drexler’s new book Radical Abundance, which explores the impact of atomically precise manufacturing (APM). Drexler predicts that APM ...
Twenty years after the dotcom peak we are experiencing a euphoric bubble built on nanotech. Will this new spurt of "irrational exuberance" lead to another crash?
Dateline: 10 March 2020
On 10 March 2000 the NASDAQ hit an all-time high, heralding the peak of the dotcom boom. Two years later, it lay in ruins as the companies tanked. Will ...
Organic vs Commercial food
Posted: 5 September 2012

It's been the view of some that organic food is a nice idea, but it's really only the affluent societies that can afford it, or care enough. I'm not in favour of pumping animals full of hormones or inhumane breeding of chickens, but farming is a business, and high production rates are necessary to feed the global seven billion.

We posed the scenario some years back with this MindBullet that ...

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Organic food: no better for you, or the planet
5 September 2012
For organic farmers, bad news comes in twos this week. Organic crops seem to be no more nutritious than conventional ones, and are not necessarily great ...
...but organic farming threatens the world
Dateline: 1 December 2006
The news is finally out. After months of rumors about pending new government announcements, studies released today by the EU and the US FDA expose the ...
A new problem: Too much oil!
Posted: 3 July 2012

George Monbiot's article documents the demise of the 'Peak Oil' scenarios. "The problem we face is not that there is too little oil, but that there is too much." Now you know why we call them 'Action Scenarios' - go ahead and revise your own. Reality has changed again, so will our future.

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We were wrong on peak oil. There's enough to fry us all
3 July 2012
George Monbiot: A boom in oil production has made a mockery of our predictions. Good news for capitalists – but a disaster for humanity
Cambrian explosion in business?
Posted: 10 May 2012 1 Comment

This is a fascinating article on what's happening in our world of business today and what it may mean! It's a Cambrian explosion in innovation and business impact. Where could it lead? Innovation must still be the victor and the way to save the future. New business models, new innovation, sustainability, consumption changes...all big issues as we explore and debate the future of business and ...

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Can today's disruptive change agents create a modern Cambrian explosion?
10 May 2012
The Cambrian explosion created an unprecedented acceleration in evolution. Can innovation do the same for sustainability in the 21st century?
Is there a new model arising out of the ashes?
Dateline: 21 May 2015
Ongoing violent protests in major cities around the world are crippling developed economies. What started with an overt war against business in India by ...
Energy abundance
Posted: 6 May 2012

Shale gas released by fracking has transformed the economics of energy in the United States. This is the equivalent of a Black Swan - the industry will never be the same again. Not that it is all plain sailing; the Economist says there is an over-supply and some consolidation among producers is inevitable.

What I find amazing is that the US still imports $1 billion of oil per day, even when ...

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Natural gas: Awash in the stuff
6 May 2012
EVEN as it tries to slow production down, America is still pumping three billion more cubic feet (85m cubic metres) of natural gas a day out of the ground ...
Flex-fuel hybrid promises to be the car of the future - today
Dateline: 9 March 2016
At the Beijing motor show, the world's largest auto event, Toyota today unveiled the 'car of the eco-age' - the Lexus Futura. This hybrid-engine flex-fuel ...
Scarcity and Abundance: Are there limits to growth?
Posted: 10 April 2012 2 Comments

There appears to be a battle brewing in the global debate about the future; the future of society, business, and humanity, and the future of the world. We might call this a war of ideas, between the techno-utopians and the neo-Malthusians, a struggle for web-space and YouTube time between the rational optimists and the sustainability alarmists.

One the one hand, we have very real concerns with ...

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Debunking 'limits to growth' inanities
10 April 2012
Adventure sportsman, celebrity environmentalist and non-economist Lewis Pugh speaks in quotations. Misattributing his quotations and misspelling his ...
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 ...

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