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All truth, no lies?
Checking up on the Ministry of Truth
Dateline: 3 July 2029
Covid-19 was a problem, for sure. But misinformation and fake news turned out to be an even bigger virus that needed to be managed. Between Trump and deep fakes, the last couple of years have shown us that a Ministry of Truth might actually do more good than harm. If we have agencies safeguarding and...

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Living the lockdown legacy
Things are very different in this new world order
Dateline: 7 May 2026
Life ‘beyond Covid’ is strangely different from what went before the pandemic. Most obvious is the reluctance of governments and national leaders to relinquish their newfound powers of decree. What a wonderful time it was, for despots and democratically elected leaders alike! Given a golden opportunity to declare states of emergency and national disasters, most...
Making America make again
Going back to the basics of building things
Dateline: 1 May 2025
It’s taken five long years to climb out of the hole blown in the global economy by the viral pandemic of the early ‘20s, but now business is busy again. And making things is part of the new usual. For the past 20 years, innovation has been driven by tech and scaled by globalization. “Designed...
Send big planes, please
Large aircraft desperately needed by airlines
Dateline: 22 April 2027
Airlines that have survived the last decade’s roller coaster ride are back in business in a big way, and what they need most right now are planes – big planes; and quickly. The cycle has turned once again, and although many low-cost carriers and smaller feeder airlines went bust during the brutal travel bans of...
Life skills, for when life is interrupted
DIYOL is the new must-have ability
Dateline: 20 May 2022
Now that we have a vaccine for coronavirus, life has morphed into a new normal. But one thing is clear: we will not forget. One of the many lessons we learned is that Do It Yourself on Location (DIYOL) is the skill we should all be mastering. Restaurant dinners with friends are resuming and hotels...
Designer genes for all
Beat the next viral pandemic with modified immunoprotection
Dateline: 10 April 2025
Five years ago, we were taken aback at how quickly a new viral pneumonia could turn into a global pandemic, and decimate the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems, or underlying illnesses that made them vulnerable. And yet, even then, we had decades of experience, virtually a century, of dealing with viral and bacterial...
Sign up for the surveillance society
Automated contact tracing, for our own protection
Dateline: 3 April 2023
As any politician knows, you should never waste a good crisis. When Covid-19 raised its ugly head, demagogues and autocrats quickly seized the day, putting entire countries in lockdown, and requiring recovered or suspected cases to surrender their personal information, so that their movements could be tracked and their contacts traced. And we happily agreed;...
RIP Travel Industry
The year that travel died
Dateline: 21 March 2021
It’s a little over a year since the coronavirus outbreak became a global pandemic, resulting in travel bans, flight cancellations, and eventually widespread lockdowns of major cities and entire countries. Air travel, except cargo and mercy flights, ground to a halt. Interstate and intercity busses were parked. As people were confined to homes, taxis and...
Hello, Generation V
New generation is not defined by age, but experiences and lifestyle
Dateline: 19 March 2023
Hello. Hi. How are you? I won’t shake hands or hug.  But you didn’t expect that either. We don’t do that anymore. We’ve learned our lesson about casual social contact. ‘No touch’ is not just the auto sensor on the door, it’s become a way of life. And when we do touch, that’s very intimate,...
Beyond the rebellion
Climate change off the agenda as business reality bites
Dateline: 12 March 2022
We all remember the Black Monday crash of 2020, when the nefarious nexus of coronavirus shutdowns and the OPEC price war sent oil plummeting to US$ 33 per barrel. Stocks and shares went with it, and the rout was real, and global. Although precipitated by seemingly random, Black Swan events, the signs were there for...
Release the phages!
Targeting a viral outbreak with a counter-virus
Dateline: 5 March 2026
The latest outbreak of a contagious coronavirus from China came as no surprise – we’ve seen this movie before, several times. But now we’re better prepared, with the sort of biotech ‘weapons’ that just didn’t exist in 2020. We’ve known for a long time, many decades in fact, that you can use one microorganism to...

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