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HOME ROBOT TURNS KILLER
Japanese family annihilated by cyber-companion
Dateline: 11 June 2021
“It seems to have been a systematic and deliberate process, well thought-through and planned, and conducted over a period of four days or so”, said police chief Hiro Kawasaki. Neighbors called police to the unique designer apartment in Tokyo this morning when they could not raise the elderly couple for their regular once-a-week group walk....

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What you don’t know won’t hurt you
It’s not ‘what you know,’ but rather ‘asking the right questions’ that is most important
Dateline: 27 November 2030
In previous decades and centuries, knowledge was power, and possessing the right knowledge was the key to success, wealth and ultimately, power. That’s no longer the case. Now we live in an age where the internet of everything is sensing and monitoring every aspect of our lives and physical world. With over a 100 billion...
The silk noose tightens
China’s Belt and Road initiative gains pace
Dateline: 19 November 2025
As western countries faltered in the face of coronavirus pandemics and political instability, China quietly ramped up its efforts to create a griphold on global trade. Having established its Belt and Road development strategy a decade earlier, China took advantage of 2020 turbulence to put key alliances in place. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or...
Don’t have heart failure
It takes more than brains to innovate
Dateline: 12 November 2023
If you’re a business leader or entrepreneur, you’ll know that it takes more than smarts to create something new, to be successful, to make a mark in your chosen field. Whether you’re facing Trumpian odds of succeeding or just bidin’ your time to become the leading innovator in your marketspace, you need resilience, persistence and...
Seven years to impact!
‘Chaos’ asteroid headed for Earth
Dateline: 15 April 2029
The asteroid Apophis which flew past two days ago (on Friday 13th) has had its orbital path recalculated, and the results are in. Due to the deflection exerted on Apophis by the Earth’s gravity, a new simulation suggests a possibility of over 3% for impact with our planet in 2036. Previous projections put the space...
Email is dead
It’s time to bury it
Dateline: 12 January 2024
Email was the first universal communication tool of the internet age, and free for most. But now it has run its course, superseded by far more efficient and effective ways of communicating, collaborating, and engaging communities – customers and employees alike. In the early days, we had to draft our emails, then connect to the...
Bitpound takes on Bitcoin
Cryptocurrencies teeter as central banks step in
Dateline: 23 October 2023
Money, even digital money, is all about trust. Do we trust the token someone is giving us for the value we are delivering? Do we trust that it will keep its value and be able to buy the things we need in the future? It’s that simple. The only reason we trust the dollar is...
Everybody’s talking at me
But I don’t hear a word they’re saying
Dateline: 16 October 2024
We’re all connected now, like never before. With the full activation of Starlink and 5G, there’s hardly a spot on the planet that’s not drenched in high-speed internet. Ubiquitous connectivity is finally here, and it’s virtually free. And that has changed the world, again. We’ve all become news junkies, Twitter addicts and Insta freaks. To...
Hard work doesn’t work
Digital Darwinism is survival of the smartest
Dateline: 9 October 2023
In biological terms, it’s all about survival of the fittest, but Darwin got it right when he said that evolution rewarded the species that was most adaptable to change. In the digital age, businesses survive and grow if they’re adaptable and smart. It’s all about survival of the smartest. When digital tech drives exponential change,...
Watts up with GDP
Conserving energy is bad for business, and the economy
Dateline: 3 October 2030
It’s a well-established fact that modern industrial economies run on energy, and the greater the energy resources, the more prosperous the economy. Countries with the highest energy consumption per capita, also have the highest average income per person. With the possible exception of Venezuela. The second half of the 20th Century saw an unprecedented rise...
In mobs we trust
Whose meme is it anyway?
Dateline: 25 September 2025
Much has been written about the wisdom – and madness – of crowds, but now it’s becoming increasingly obvious that any social movement or business enterprise requires at least some level of collaboration and cooperation with like-minded individuals. When it’s creative we call it teamwork or synergistic, and when it’s destructive we call it herd...

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