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The streets have no names
In today’s modern cityscape, there are no streets or cars
Dateline: 19 October 2028
We live in a strange new world. Odourless aftershave. Wheat-free bread. Virtual assistants. Pointless pastries, devoid of sugar, made with boosted broccoli from basement farms, yet deliciously popular. And cities without streets. China’s latest planned urban extravaganza, a megalopolis known as Yuyuan or ‘Harmony Garden’, isn’t built around roads and streets. The walkways and thoroughfares...

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Globalization is dead
Welcome to the new Cold War
Dateline: 16 April 2026
The last five years have seen a roller coaster ride to a new growth spurt on world markets, following the 2020 coronavirus crash. The boom-bust-boom cycle has been characterized by supply chain disruptions and both shortages and surpluses of critical components and products – from vaccines to silicon chips to rubber tires. On the other...
Please get richer, Jeff Bezos
The world needs more value and growth
Dateline: 9 April 2025
Once again, Jeff Bezos is top of the Forbes World’s Billionaires list, just as he was four years ago in 2021. Jeff founded Amazon. Jeff got rich (it wasn’t quick). Now we need him to become even richer, and quickly. The world needs it; we need the value he creates, and the growth he enables....
Suez Canal closed forever
Egypt decries lost money-spinner
Dateline: 1 April 2037
It sounds like an April Fool’s joke, but it’s true – after 160 years of easing world shipping routes, the Suez waterway will be closed for container shipping. There’s just not enough demand to warrant the enormous expense of keeping the route open and operating. The abrupt turnaround has caught owners of megaships by surprise,...
Around the world in 80 seconds
Big Tesla is watching us drive
Dateline: 27 March 2023
The global Tesla fleet travels over 60,000km per minute, on average. That’s about 1.5 times around the world. Every minute of every day, on average. So it’s more like ‘round the world in 40 seconds. And as we all know, every Tesla is packed with cameras, and enough artificial intelligence to make race car drivers...
You can’t spell alive without AI
Being a modern human means depending on smart systems
Dateline: 19 March 2027
When you’re evolved and you know it, be grateful. You’re alive, you’re healthy, you’re – hopefully – wealthy. Well, at least not poor. Compared to our ancestors and long-gone relatives, we’re pretty well off. We’ve conquered famine, disease and (almost) war. Life has never been so good for so many, worldwide. Sure, we’ve got social...
Bitcoin batteries power the energy internet
Turning curtailed energy into cash the easy way
Dateline: 15 March 2023
Everybody knows that solar power is the most efficient way to generate electricity – and the most affordable. But how do you balance surplus solar with peak demand at night, when the sun isn’t shining? You need storage solutions, and that’s the problem. Energy storage is costly and inefficient. Even the latest battery packs have...
Bank your DNA
And monetize it on the blockchain
Dateline: 5 March 2026
We’re all unique, and we’re all the same. We all have the same number of chromosomes, but each one of us – all eight billion – has a unique genetic fingerprint, our DNA sequence. It’s the ultimate biometric identifier for the individual, and a powerful source of digital data. In the last few years, we’ve...
Stop the game, I want to get off
Meme trading is killing the market
Dateline: 27 February 2024
Over time, financial markets have become increasingly sophisticated, offering far more than stocks, bonds and commodity futures for investors and traders. Now we have derivatives, ETFs, funds of funds, as well as cryptos, crypto funds, and shorts and calls on everything you can imagine – even the national debt of sovereign countries. It’s become a...
Quantronics is the next big thing
Nanomaterials spawn new tech industries
Dateline: 18 February 2025
Many of us grew up in the exciting world of electronic components replacing electro-mechanical devices. Transistors, resistors and solid-state controllers; soon it was all about integrated circuits, microprocessors, and computer chips. The semi-conductor industry was born, and Moore’s Law took over. And for decades, the exponential improvements – more bang for the buck – seemed...
We’re all zombies now
And giant tech pulls the strings
Dateline: 12 February 2027
It’s finally beginning to dawn on us, that we’ve given up so much of our individual will, that we may as well accept that we’re living lives out of our control. We’ve become zombies. For most of us, this has been a relatively painless and voluntary process. We were happy to sign on to social...