Forget optimisation, start with disruption.

Every day organization focus on the day-to-day of running a business: optimise their operations, cash flow, production, and logistics; or innovating to bring new products to the market. And then there are the crazy ones. This week, I would like to draw your attention to a few of the crazy ones; companies that are working on projects so far fetched, they border science fiction.

Planetary Resources -
A company set-up to mine asteroids for Hydrogen, Carbon, Iron, Cobalt, Nickel, Platinum and other elements.

Solar Roadways -
Imagine, every roadway, driveway changed into solar panel with sensors, lights, controls.

Moon Express -
A delivery service to and from Moon. Want to build mine, hotel, science centre or spa? This company will deliver. I wonder if they deliver pizza?

Every so often you come across an article you can't quite believe is for real. This is one of them: The French train operator SNCF discovered the 2,000 new trains it ordered (at a cost of 15 Billions euros) are too wide for many of the regional platforms. One would think that we would've settled on standard train dimensions by now... but no. This brings new meaning to 'measure twice, cut once'. -

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This week brought some interesting articles and news worth taking note of:      
- eBay is not a happy place these days. 145 million user names, password, email addresses and other personal information has bee stolen. Wouldn't it be ironic if somebody offered the information for sale on eBay?
- US charged five Chinese army officers with economic cyber-espionage. Score: 5 down, 1 million to go.
- China bans Microsoft Windows 8 on government computers. In other words, Windows 8 is much harder to copy than Windows XP.
- The FBI no longer cares if you smoke pot. They are looking for the best hackers and they want you to 'joint' them.
- The London cab drivers are attacking the operators of Hailo (similar to Uber). A good example of a disruptive economy.

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