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Furore as the EU scraps the mandatory retirement age as anachronistic and unaffordable
Dateline: 7 December 2010
The European Union debate over Europe’s pension deficit and the mandatory retirement age has been one of the fiercest in its history. Last night, insults were exchanged across the floor amidst a chaotic scene at the EU Parliament in Brussels, as mem-bers debated the scrapping of the mandatory retirement age. The bill was narrowly passed....

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E-cars stay in the slow lane
Start the electric car revolution without me
Dateline: 21 October 2026
Yes, I know. When Tesla stock shot up six years ago, making Elon Musk the world’s richest person, we all thought the market was prescient, and that the age of cyber trucking had finally arrived. Electric cars were going to be the next big thing, and soon! Well, it turns out that the stock market...
China’s perfect storm
The great fall of China reaches a crescendo
Dateline: 14 October 2051
Looking back over a generation, we’ve witnessed the rise and rise of China, and its subsequent collapse. For four decades, China was seemingly unstoppable, adopting urbanization and market principles and tech innovation. Almost a billion people were hauled out of poverty in rural villages and inserted into the industrial economy of China’s teeming cities. At...
Must love robots
We’re all in love with machines
Dateline: 8 October 2028
Love me, love my bot. Yes, it’s true; for many of us, it’s beyond an attachment to a phone or mobile device. But that’s where it started. We grew up with phones, connected to the global zeitgeist, and we became dependent on them. Co-dependent, you might say, as they couldn’t function without us either. Then...
CEO hangs upside down during keynote
They won’t forget this one
Dateline: 1 October 2024
In a bizarre turn of events, CEO Jared Youngman took off his shirt, strapped on a pair of gravity boots and hung from his ankles in the middle of a new product launch last night. Even more surprisingly, his audience remained quiet and attentive for the three-minute ‘meditation’ interlude, after which the tech billionaire calmly...
Solar storm maroons astronauts on Lunar Gateway
Who switched off the internet?
Dateline: 24 September 2031
That’s the problem with the digital, connected, electronic age. When you’re used to the lights always being on, and everything available, on demand, it’s a shock to the system when the world goes dark and silent. The Sun has been so quiet for so long that we’ve become complacent and were totally unprepared for the...
A supercomputer in your pocket
New memory chips to power the smart net of everything
Dateline: 14 September 2028
We’re accustomed to new smartphone models being announced every year or two, promising faster chips and better battery life, but not much else. This time it’s different. Apple’s 2028 iPhone is the first phone that can really lay claim to being a portable supercomputer. Using memory and data technology previously only found in server farms...
China unlocks massive gas reserves
Coal gasification and hydrates remove the need for imported gas
Dateline: 9 September 2032
As part of China’s transition from coal to solar power, the country has been investing heavily in developing new smaller nuclear plants, and also consuming vast quantities of natural gas. With over half this supply coming from imports, China desperately needed new resources. Now two sources of ‘unconventional’ gas are being tapped. Scientists have developed...
Breakup of the century
Space Station plans for scheduled disassembly
Dateline: 1 September 2031
Nasa has issued an urgent instruction cancelling all future ‘tourist’ visits to the International Space Station, and has announced preliminary plans for the breakup of the station into separate modules prior to retrieval or deorbiting. The shock announcement came as further cracks in the Russian-built Zarya module threatened to compromise the integrity of the orbiting...
Exponential tech kills carbon habits
No demand for fossil fuel industries, or their products
Dateline: 27 August 2036
Industrial Age businesses, most of which depended on fossil fuels for their commercial success, have simply not survived the exponential technologies unleashed by the post-digital era. They’ve become economically obsolete. In the early Twenties, energy, transport and food were identified as the biggest emissions culprits, and blamed for 90% of our negative influence on the...
Biden bows out
America no longer top cop in World Police
Dateline: 18 August 2024
President Joe Biden has withdrawn from running for a second term as POTUS, citing his advanced age and ‘personal reasons’. But many believe it’s because, under his watch, the United States has lost its position as chief enforcer of global governance. It started with the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, when Kabul fell within days to...

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