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Super Artificial Intelligence agent thinks it's a real person
Dateline: 7 January 2019
You may recall the movie ‘Her’ where the lead character falls hopelessly in love with his virtual girlfriend Samantha. She returns his love, even though she’s really his smartphone operating system. Perhaps you remember the incident in 2013, when a telemarketing agent called Samantha West insisted she was a real person, but failed several ‘humanity’...

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Never pay for insurance again
Traditional insurance policies just became obsolete
Dateline: 15 January 2025
We all know how insurance works, or should I say, used to work. Life is full of uncertainties, so full of risks, that an unfortunate event could ruin you, or your business. So we take out insurance, and pay premiums, to recover from those losses, should they occur. But if we’re ‘lucky’ and those risks...
Uber takes to the skies
Mobility platform launches first commercial air taxi service
Dateline: 27 January 2027
After many false starts, dashed hopes and broken promises, the first commercial air taxi service has been launched, providing shared rides to and from Los Angeles airport and various city locations. Using specially developed passenger drones, the service offers quick hops that beat the notoriously slow LA traffic, of up to 20 miles (32 kilometers)....
2024: The year that changed everything
It’s the end of the world as we knew it. Happy new year!
Dateline: 2 January 2025
“May you live in interesting times!” is an old Chinese curse. It’s certainly been an interesting year, and now nothing will ever be the same again! We’ve seen the departure of both Putin and Trump, in the same year, and although their replacements are still populists, they are ‘youngsters’ with a different political perspective. Perhaps...
We all believe in Santa
Instead of tolerating benign dictators, we’re choosing populist autocrats
Dateline: 26 December 2023
Let’s go back a few decades, to 1989, and the great revolt against Soviet imperialism and authoritarianism. It seemed that liberal democratic capitalism had won the day, and globalization was the way of the future. Even China eventually joined the party, in their own fashion. Then the rise of smartphones and social media spawned a...
Data is the best medicine
The ultimate medical treatment isn’t DNA, it’s huge data
Dateline: 12 January 2025
Since Craig Venter decoded the human genome, we’ve seen massive strides in understanding and manipulating genetic information. Combined with stem cell research and CRISPR gene editing techniques, it seems the potential for medical breakthroughs is truly unlimited. Five years ago, an even more precise DNA editing tool was developed, called Prime, which opened the door...
Cybertruck outsells Ford F-150 for the first time
Ford gives way to Tesla as king of the pickups
Dateline: 17 January 2024
The most predictable thing about the American auto industry is that the Ford F-150 is the top-selling pickup truck, every year. In fact, Ford has claimed this title for an astonishing 45 years, peaking at a million vehicles in 2019. The Ford F Series was the quintessential American pickup for over 70 years, and the...
Curb your robo dog
Delivery robots banned by city managers
Dateline: 8 December 2023
When DHL, FedEx and Amazon, among others, started experimenting with delivery ‘dogs’, cute little robots that could bring packages to your door, we thought it was a fun idea, and a sign of how the future would work. Unfortunately, it hasn’t turned out that way. Even though the delivery bots were quite agile and smart,...
Saying goodbye to the concrete jungle
Concrete crisis forces a radical rethink on construction
Dateline: 29 November 2028
One of the most visible characteristics of the Boomer years was the exponential growth of cities, with their ubiquitous skyscrapers and concrete apartment blocks. It was the magic of concrete – artificial stone and rock – that made it possible and affordable for cities to grow so fast. Buildings, bridges, harbors, highways and tunnels –...
OK, NATO is the new OK, Boomer
Fast growing economies dismiss old world policies and agendas
Dateline: 23 November 2023
Remember when millennials were bucking the system, and verbally giving the previous generations the finger with phrases like “Whatever, grandpa” or “OK, boomer”? Now it’s happening on a geopolitical scale. High flying economies, predominantly in Asia, but including countries like Brazil, Mexico and Turkey, are thumbing their noses at EU, NATO and OECD policy wonks...
Where has all the money gone?
Big corporations see shrinking profits as new technology destroys traditional revenue streams
Dateline: 30 November 2030
It’s a different kind of Black Friday; one where instead of firms going from losses ‘into the black’, their mood is very black, and there’s no sunshine on the horizon. The writing is on the wall, the corporate joy-ride has come to an end. How could this happen? For more than 40 years, we’ve seen...

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