Signals from the future

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20 June 2024

Drowning in lithium batteries

For the last seven years, there’s been a rush to build more and more ‘Gigafactories’ to supply the seemingly insatiable...

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Drowning in lithium batteries

For the last seven years, there’s been a rush to build more and more ‘Gigafactories’ to supply the seemingly insatiable...

Get certified tonight!

For hundreds of years, we have relied on tuition and training, apprenticeships, internships, mentoring, and coaching to impart new skills...

Provocative Scenarios 2024

We know you can’t predict the future – but you can identify signals and develop scenarios that might play out...

Say goodbye to Gen AI

The tech industry was looking decidedly mundane and mature almost a decade ago. Phones were hotter than laptops and servers...

Circular economy in a tailspin

The circular economy has been a marvelous modern-day invention, overcoming productive society’s two biggest problems in one fell swoop: How...

Space economy takes off

In the three years since SpaceX successfully launched and landed their giant Starship rocket, the space industry has literally exploded...

Bits are in pieces

While fashion operates in cycles, technology inevitably moves forward. Copper wires gave way to glass fibre, landlines were replaced by...

The Business of Education goes bust

Once regarded as the pinnacle of innovation and new thinking, universities across the world held a position of power and...

Drowning in lithium batteries

For the last seven years, there’s been a rush to build more and more ‘Gigafactories’ to supply the seemingly insatiable...

Get certified tonight!

For hundreds of years, we have relied on tuition and training, apprenticeships, internships, mentoring, and coaching to impart new skills...

Provocative Scenarios 2024

We know you can’t predict the future – but you can identify signals and develop scenarios that might play out...

Say goodbye to Gen AI

The tech industry was looking decidedly mundane and mature almost a decade ago. Phones were hotter than laptops and servers...

Circular economy in a tailspin

The circular economy has been a marvelous modern-day invention, overcoming productive society’s two biggest problems in one fell swoop: How...

Space economy takes off

In the three years since SpaceX successfully launched and landed their giant Starship rocket, the space industry has literally exploded...

Bits are in pieces

While fashion operates in cycles, technology inevitably moves forward. Copper wires gave way to glass fibre, landlines were replaced by...

The Business of Education goes bust

Once regarded as the pinnacle of innovation and new thinking, universities across the world held a position of power and...

Hey Doc, I need an upgrade

Wheng Fei ran his finger down the list of markers on the small slip. Blood pressure’s okay, blood glucose’s good,...

Power struggle: Crypto vs Chatbots

During the energy crisis of 2022, analysts were quick to point out that crypto mining, especially bitcoin, consumes as much...

The future is never urgent

A message from our now-retired founder Wolfgang Grulke that was as prescient twelve years ago as it is today.

Zero carbon, zero cost

Ahmad wipes the sweat from his brow, having just installed another solar farm under the scorching Jakarta sun. As a...

Life’s a gas no longer 

When climate concerned biochemists were looking for ways to reduce potent greenhouse gasses, they developed bacteria that could curtail methane...

Nudge, Nudge… Oops!

In an ironic twist of fate, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) that slammed into the perfectly harmless asteroid Dimorphos...

Life gets smart

“We as humans are an intrinsically technological species,” said Mustafa Suleyman in 2024, “and everything in our world flows from...

Insect swarms descend on crops

In what looked like a scene from Terminator 14, earlier this year the first commercial swarm of bio-mechanical insects descended...

Fast food takes a body blow

Four years ago, 800 million people globally were classed as obese, including 40% of the US population, and Novo Nordisk...

The Smart City was a red herring

In the early 2020s, Smart City was the darling buzzword of progressive urban planners. Catch phrases like “We are transforming...

David beats Goliath with AI

There was a time when big business was the only game in town, and you needed scale, capital, buildings, and...

Democracy heads for the door

Never before in recent human history have so many votes been cast by so many citizens, with so few admirable...

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