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The future is now, maybe
Posted: 20 March 2012 1 Comment

Or maybe quite soon. Or maybe never.

This review of 10 futuristic products, which are already happening, is quite interesting and fun to read. But there is one that I personally am not going to hold my breath for. The Space Elevator.

Besides the fact that Elon Musk is NOT putting any money behind it, the sheer improbability of the physics just make it look like perpetual motion - a nice idea, ...

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10 Futuristic Products in Development Now
20 March 2012
The future is here, and it's filled with all of the mind reading, car flying, robot powered inventions you can imagine.
Breakthrough wireless disruption
Posted: 3 March 2014 1 Comment

Steve Perlman of Artemis Networks is going beyond the limits of the wireless spectrum - but he's sticking to radio to do it. Rather than turning to LEDs to distribute high speed broadband to mobile devices, he has created a unique software-defined network that uses the interference of overlapping signals to provide a 'personal cell' for every device, no matter how many are active in the ...

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Artemis’s pCell Promises a Revolutionary Cure for Slow Wireless Data |
3 March 2014
A veteran tech entrepreneur says that he's about to deliver uncompromised bandwidth to every phone.
For free energy and communication at light speed, take a walk on the bright side
Dateline: 15 August 2020
It's amazing how a few bright ideas can shift the world! Two breakthroughs have crept up on us and swept the globe - and cut the cost of connectivity and ...
Molecular printing machine
Posted: 25 March 2015

Manufacturing small organic molecules, chemical compounds which are used mainly in medicines, is costly and time consuming. Now Martin Burke and his team have unveiled a machine which can automate this synthesis from basic chemical building blocks, enabling experimentation and discovery.

It's not quite the scenario we envisaged in our MindBullet 'MAIL US YOUR DAMAGED GENES', but the ability to ...

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Breakthrough Molecular 3D Printer Can Print Billions of Possible Compounds
25 March 2015
Sure we are likely multiple decades away from widespread molecular manufacturing, but a group of chemists led by medical doctor Martin D. Burke at the ...
And we'll mend them and send them right back - by email
Dateline: 15 August 2022
Now that the bio-replicator is a reality, it is easy to transfer biological fragments from place to place - electronically! In fact, you can send the code ...
Smart healthcare using smartphones and 3D printing
Posted: 28 October 2014

Here's breakthrough technology for detecting cancer that hits all the right buttons. It uses low-tech (smartphone, LED lights and standard well plate) combined with a 3D-printed cabinet and some very smart bio compounds and software. Although the news link is to a site promoting 3D printing, that's actually the least interesting thing about this invention. It's open source, open hardware and ...

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3D-printed microRNA miroculus detects cancers with a single blood test
28 October 2014
About 8 million people die of cancer every year worldwide. The death toll could rise about 80% by 2030, according to the World Health Organization. But the ...
Virtual hospitals are reinventing medicine
Dateline: 14 January 2018
Yessirree, things sure ain't what they used to be! Just take the new hospital in town...not a patient in sight! That's because the new high-tech hospitals ...
Disruption when access beats ownership!
Posted: 25 March 2012 2 Comments

One of the lessons we talk about in our Naked Leadership theme is that we are moving into a world where access is more important that ownership. This, of course, means major disruption ahead for businesses that depend on closed channels to market.
Wandering around Paris this weekend, the lesson was powerfully reinforced.
The network of rental bicycles around Paris is old hat. Now there are ...

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Looking back to see the future
Posted: 7 February 2014

Sometimes as futurists it's useful to look back (with perfect hindsight) to see the future. I don't mean that we should forecast, based on the past, but rather that looking back 10 or 20 years can often give us an idea of just how much things can change in the next 10 or 20 years.

Ten years ago there was no Facebook. Just think today, as Facebook celebrates its 10th birthday, how any ...

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A typical iPhone would have cost $3.6 million two decades ago
7 February 2014
The technology power available today in a typical smartphone was way out of reach just 20 years ago.
The pace of technology advances slows as all invention is outsourced to computers
Dateline: 3 March 2033
We are in trouble. We've reached the end of the road. Like the mythical serpent devouring itself from the tail, we have progressed in ever decreasing ...
Multiplanetary civilization
Posted: 5 February 2014

In a recent conversation with World Post, Elon Musk talks about his dreams for a multiplanetary civilization and innovations that are going to profoundly affect the world and life as we know it.

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Half-price gasoline
Posted: 15 January 2014

Now that's a headline to get attention! Sasol has been making liquid fuels from natural gas for years, but it's only viable when oil is costly and gas is cheap. It still takes a lot of energy to convert gas to useful fuels.

Now a startup company appears to have cracked the catalyst conundrum to quickly and easily convert natural gas to... no, not hydrogen, but ethylene, which is one step away ...

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Siluria Promises Half-Price Gasoline from Natural Gas
15 January 2014
A startup called Siluria thinks it’s solved a mystery that has stymied huge oil companies for decades.
Methanol seen as the dominant fuel of the future
Dateline: 15 July 2015
The hydrogen economy - with its vision of gas-guzzling engines replaced by hydrogen fuel cells that produce water instead of smog and greenhouse gases - ...
Breeding better ideas with collaboration
Posted: 3 September 2013

Mapping the global patent database reveals the networked structure of the developing technology landscape. This serves to illustrate and reinforce two key concepts in learning from the future.

The first is "Ideas having sex" which is Matt Ridley's way of describing the power of ideas that share and build on each other, combining parts of different ideas to genetically create better, more powerful ideas. The leading force behind innovation over the ages.

Secondly, the concept of "Extreme Collaboration" - collaboration throughout and beyond the ...

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Innovation and Leadership
Posted: 22 August 2013

I attended the Heavy Chef presentation in Johannesburg last night, featuring Michael Jordaan (@MichaelJordaan on Twitter) with his thoughts about innovation in the corporate space. Many of his insights resonate so closely with what we 'preach' in our keynotes and workshops, I thought I'd capture the best ones for posterity.

Michael Jordaan's Innovation Aphorisms

"Not taking risks is the riskiest strategy of all"
The riskiest thing is to do nothing. If you don't take risks and make mistakes, you will decline into irrelevance. To innovate, you've got to ...

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Spock Challenge
Posted: 13 May 2013 2 Comments

Here's a great new Audi ad which features the Old Spock challenging the New Spock, and some futuristic high tech motor machinery. The best part comes right at the end.

But what really interests me is that this video was published on YouTube only seven days ago and has already been viewed over 5 million times. That's a powerful viral medium! ...

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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!

(Hat tip to Neil Jacobsohn for sharing this) ...

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Play soccer to light your world!
Posted: 12 May 2013

What a truly remarkable tale of ingenuity and innovation - a soccer ball that generates electricity for lighting in poor communities. This invention by four women is starting to make a real impact.

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Kick a ball, turn on a light: Can soccer solve one of the globe’s intractable problems? | SmartPlane
12 May 2013
Four Harvard University women created a soccer ball that generates electricity for use in off-grid areas of the world. It is having a powerful impact.
Making it, faking it
Posted: 10 September 2012 4 Comments

There's something happening out there and it's going to be big - very big.

Yes, I know we've said it before, 3D printing is going to change the way the world works. Not only will traditional manufacturing be completely transformed, but the counterfeiting business will get a real boost. We published this MindBullet a while back, which explores a scenario where it's simple to scan and clone ...

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Difference Engine: The PC all over again?
10 September 2012
WHAT could well be the next great technological disruption is fermenting away, out of sight, in small workshops, college labs, garages and basements. ...
MindBullet logo POINT, SHOOT AND PRINT - IN 3D
From camera phone to plastic clone in three clicks
Dateline: 5 July 2015
It's now a simple matter to create a bust of the company president or a replica of your favorite pet - just point, shoot a couple of times from different ...
3D drawing
Posted: 22 February 2013

The 3doodler is a pen that lets you draw solid objects out of plastic. It's a pretty amazing device, and much cheaper than even a small portable 3D printer.

But I guess it takes a while to get as good as the guy in the demo video. Especially if you can't draw for toffee. Oh, but wait, you can always trace over an ordinary printed image... ...

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A 3-D pen that lets you draw objects in the air
22 February 2013
We're all doodlers by nature. Give most people a pen, paper and some down time, and they'll fill the margins with the fruits of their imagination.
Radical innovation in air travel
Posted: 26 September 2011 2 Comments

The Boeing 787 'Dreamliner' is finally going into service. What I find exciting about this new aircraft is the radical innovation embodied in its design and manufacture. Traditional commercial jetliners have become increasingly efficient and more modern over time, but have typically been designed on the same basic aluminium alloy metal air-frame structure. For the last 30-odd years, most ...

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787 Dreamliner becomes reality three years behind schedule
26 September 2011
Boeing delivers first of new-generation planes in lightweight carbon fibre to Japan's All Nippon Airways
The nitrogen economy
Posted: 24 October 2012

Here's an interesting article from the Economist that picks up on another alternative in the gas vs electric car debate. As we've recently noted the current market for plug-in electric cars in the US is proving rather slim. The other type of electric car that perhaps holds greater promise is one driven by fuel cells rather than batteries. They are quicker to refuel, have greater range, and ...

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Difference Engine: End of the electric car?
24 October 2012
A COUPLE of dozen electric cars with fuel cells under the bonnet (in place of the more usual flat-pack of batteries beneath the floor) have been zipping ...
Methanol seen as the dominant fuel of the future
Dateline: 15 July 2015
The hydrogen economy - with its vision of gas-guzzling engines replaced by hydrogen fuel cells that produce water instead of smog and greenhouse gases - ...
The end of innovation?
Posted: 1 October 2012 2 Comments

Now here's an interesting perspective! Are we really living in innovative times....or has innovation "gone flat"? Read on!

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Our times: more nano-innovation, less ‘big innovation’ | SmartPlanet
1 October 2012
Are we less innovative and imaginative than 50 years ago? Or is amazing innovation just now so commonplace it has become routine?
More uses for an 'old' phone
Posted: 26 September 2012

It seems we're not the only ones with bright ideas for putting powerful old phones to works. Here's a company whose entire product line is based on freshly discarded iPhones.

In fact, when Apple brings out a new phone, their market picks up, as there is a new crop of devices that have just been obsoleted! ...

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Ubooly, The Plush Toy With An iPhone Brain, Grabs $1.5M In Seed Funding | TechCrunch
26 September 2012
Ubooly, A toy that uses Apple's iPhone or iPod touch as a means to turn a cuddly plush into an interactive experience, today revealed to TechCrunch that it ...
Home-made spy satellites are all the rage
Dateline: 10 October 2015
More and more people are 'going' into space on a shoestring - and controlling their very own spy satellites from their iPads. Like 3D printing, the idea ...
Data World is where it is all happening
Posted: 10 September 2012

Smart machines, smart data sensors and an explosion of data points will create massive new opportunities for those alert to the opportunities...and swamp everyone else in the data deluge. New innovation will either be enhanced by these new smart insights or it will be slowed down by 'filter failure' and the over whelming amount of information available to us. The data world is about to ...

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Data-Driven Discovery Is Tech’s New Wave - Unboxed
10 September 2012
Fueled by hardware and software improvements, data-driven discovery is expected to transform a plethora of fields.
Amazon, Google and eBay dominate internet hardware
Dateline: 5 September 2009
Why buy cows when all you need is milk? Have you noticed how no-one buys any server hardware anymore? In fact, I can't remember the last time a company ...

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