It’s really difficult to come across truly original, cutting-edge advice to grow our success – especially at a time when staying up-to-date is more difficult than ever.
That’s one of the reasons I’m always looking for the right person to follow and learn from.
One person I have followed for some time is Roger James Hamilton, Founder of Entrepreneurs Institute and GeniusU.
Today he just opened registration for a free download of his Entrepreneur Inspiration eBook (the viral posts in it have been shared over 1,000,000+ times) and an all new 3-part video training designed for entrepreneurs like you…you can register now for both for free.
The Entrepreneur Inspiration eBook is 471 pages of inspiring entrepreneur stories, images and quotes. I’m sending you this email with the link so you can get it now and sign up for the video training here:
When you register you’ll also be signed up for his upcoming training on The Entrepreneur Movement to be released on May 23rd.
I hope you enjoy them both!
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The case for universal basic income (UBI) has been made by financial experts, economists, government officials, and tech moguls, alike. So far, except in the case of Finland, all the talk about UBI has mostly been talk. That’s all about to change now, with Ontario, Canada preparing for its own pilot basic income program in 2017.
The concept behind the pilot was laid out in a paper written by Hugh Segal, former senator and special advisor to Ontario. For Segal, UBI presents a better alternative to a welfare system he describes as “seriously demeaning.”
During the three-year test program experts would, “gather quantitative and qualitative data through access to administrative records, questionnaires and interviews, making aggregate data/preliminary results available broadly and transparently,” says Segal. He believes that supplemental income should be set at $1,320 a month ($1,820 for people with disabilities) for it to be effective. “The objective behind this endeavor should be to generate an evidence-base for policy development, without bias or pre-determined conclusion,” he adds.
Poverty and automation
Though not the first, Segal believes that Canada’s program can add to the growing body of research about UBI. “The opportunity to learn from and engage with these other initiatives should not be overlooked, nor should approaches being tested elsewhere be necessarily re-tested here,” Segal writes. As mentioned, Finland was the first to have successfully tested UBI.
UBI programs are being developed in Utricht in the Netherlands, Kenya, and in India. There have also been unsuccessful attempts, like in Switzerland, where people voted against a UBI program last June.
Segal sees UBI as a means to keep people out of poverty. “Testing a basic income is a humane and useful way to measure how so many of the costs of poverty (in terms of productivity, health, policing, and other community costs, to name only a few) might be diminished, while poverty itself is reduced and work is encouraged,” he writes. But apart from this, it can also serve to facilitate the job transition automation is expected to create in next decade.
We’ll all be printing in 3D very soon. Not long ago it was a struggle to find a 3D printer for less than £1000. Next year there with be a new brand, launched from the Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.
Their founders view is to make 3D printing available to anyone. But what will we print?
Last week, California issued proposed rules for testing self-driving cars while the parties affected pushed back. Company officials from automakers and Google’s Self-Driving Car Project are concerned the rules would slow down and add unnecessary difficulty to forward progress with vehicle autonomy, according to Reuters.
California’s proposal, which sits among other factors the self-driving industry players find objectionable, is based on the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations (NHTSA) guidelines issued in September. But it adds mandatory compliance. The NHTSA guidelines were proposed as voluntary suggestions for supporting, while at the same time regulating, self-driving car development.
California isn’t the only state in the U.S. where autonomous vehicle testing is currently taking place. Projects are also proposed or already underway in Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, among others. The Golden State’s official policies and regulations have great weight, however, and not just because it has the greatest population. California currently has 18 companies testing self-driving tech; the state is a major tech development center for autonomous vehicles.
Google, General Motors, Volkswagen, Honda, and Ford all objected to a California proposal that carmakers gather a year’s worth of test data before even applying for an operating permit in the state. David Strickland, the head of the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a group whose members include Google, Ford, Lyft, Uber, and Volvo, said the California proposal “could greatly delay the benefits that self-driving vehicles can bring to safety and mobility for individuals.”
According to California DMV deputy director Brian Soublet, the state is open to “concrete suggestions” to change its proposals. “The goal is making sure that we can get this life-saving technology out on the streets,” Soublet said.
Another issue for the manufacturers is a requirement to obtain local approval of every city and town through which autonomous test vehicle would travel. That rule would be “unworkable, ” said Ron Medford, the director of safety for the Google Self-Driving Car Project. It would limit testing to specific areas and make it virtually impossible to collect data on the vehicles’ ability to travel to different areas.
It sounds like all parties involved want self-driving cars on the road as soon as possible, and the safety advantages are clear. But establishing rules, policies, and procedures to reach the goals of vehicle autonomy that are considered reasonable and workable is still a challenge.
Looks like we may have as little as 14 years before the Internal Combustion Engine is banned from EU roads. Perhaps Brexit was a good thing after all!
The modern internal combustion engine first came from Germany and now Germany wants to put a nail in its coffin. The Bundesrat has passed a resolution to ban the ICE beginning in 2030.
Germany’s Spiegel Magazine reported this morning that the country’s top legislative body was able to reach a bi-partisan agreement that hopes to allow only zero-emission vehicles on EU roads in 14 years. For the resolution to be instituted across Europe, it will have to be approved by the EU. But according to Forbes, “German regulations traditionally have shaped EU and UNECE regulations.
Greens party lawmaker Oliver Krischer told Spiegel, “If the Paris agreement to curb climate-warming emissions is to be taken seriously, no new combustion engine cars should be allowed on roads after 2030.”
The resolution calls on EU automakers to “review the current practices of taxation and dues with regard to a stimulation of emission-free mobility.” Creating a tougher tax burden could encourage manufacturers to push electric vehicles into production sooner, rather than later.
While larger approvals will still need to go through the legislative process, the fact that the country with the fourth-largest auto industry in the world is spearheading such sweeping change is a big sign of where we’re headed. It’s a road paved with slow-moving politicians making incremental changes and hoping the industry will warm up to the idea of not killing us all.
This is incredible! A sign of things to come although I think that other countries have a long way to go to follow suit! Exciting news though!!
Costa Rica is pulling off a feat most
This isn’t a blip, either. For 300 total days last year and 150 days so far this year, Costa Rica’s electricity has come entirely from renewable sources, mostly hydropower and geothermal. Heavy rains have helped four big hydroelectric dams run above their usual capacity, letting the country turn off its diesel generators.
Now, there’s a huge, huge caveat here: Costa Rica hasn’t eschewed all fossil fuels entirely. The country still has more than 1 million cars running on old-fashioned gasoline, which is why imported oil still supplies over half its total energy needs. The country also has cement plants that burn coal.
What Costa Rica’s doing is nevertheless impressive — and a reflection of how serious the tiny Central American country is about going green. At the same time, a closer look at the story shows just how difficult it would be for other countries to pull off something similar.
Read more: Vox
This is amazing, watch these enormous parts get moved up a mountain. A sustainable future is well on its way when you seen these feats of engineering being put together across the planet!
Forget about cheap commuting — how about a 200-mph quarter mile in an EV? Hitting that speed in an electric dragster is Don Garlits’ current quest, as reported by Electrek.Just to set the context about the driver, here’s just a bit about his background. Better known as “Big Daddy,” Garlits was the first driver to break the 200 mph dragstrip barrier in a gas-powered dragster on August 2, 1964. Garlits’ Swamp Rat VI dragster went through the lights at 201.34 mph in 7.78 seconds for a National Hot Road Association (NHRA) record speed. That wasn’t Garlits’ only NHRA record. He was also the first to hit 170, 180, 240, 250, and 270 mph in quarter-mile races.Related: Watch an electric van smoke a Tesla and a Ferrari in a drag race
So far, Garlit’s best EV dragster run has been 185.60 mph in 7.274 seconds with his Swamp Rat 37 dragster, which he claims produces the equivalent of 2,000 horsepower. Garlits made his electric dragster run in 2014 and is still on his quest for a 200 mph quarter mile on battery power.
Actually, another EV has hit the 200 mph level, but it’s not a car, not even a dragster. An electric motorcycle, the Rocket, topped the mark in 2012, hitting 201.37 mph in 6.94 seconds.
An organization called the National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA) documents the various electric vehicle categories and race records on its website.
The top official quarter-mile speed and time record with a street production car is Brooks Weisblat’s Tesla Model P90D Ludicrous, with a time of 11.24 seconds and a top speed of 118.58 mph. Weisblat’s run was on January 31, 2016. Since sub-11 second unofficial times with Tesla P90Ds and P100Ds are now being reported, odds are the official record will fall soon.
More recently, a NEDRA XS class (eXtreme Street) record was recently set in England on July 24, 2016. Black Current III, a 400V modified Volkswagen Beetle, set the class time record of 8.28 seconds with a top speed of 159 mph. An EV Pontiac Firebird called Shock and Awe, built by high school students in Bothell, Washington came close to the time at 8.32 seconds but set a new class high-speed record at 166 mph.
If your prime motivations for buying, or even considering, an electric vehicle are minimizing fuel costs and lowering your carbon footprint, you’ve likely not reached this paragraph. It’s safe to say, however, that the attraction, if not the obsession, that many have with motor vehicles is about speed and performance. If EVs can get the attention of a sufficient portion of the motor enthusiast world based on performance factors, the overall shift to electric-powered vehicles will proceed faster as well.
What an incredible idea! We’re not going to be far away from Global energy generation from natural and renewable sources! Very exciting!
Harnessing Nature’s Power
A turbine designed to generate electricity from the tides at Scotland’s north coast was revealed by its developer, Atlantis Resources. The unveiled giant dynamo will be the first of four to be deployed in the waters as part of Phase I of the MeyGen tidal stream project, the world’s first large-scale tidal energy farm.
Standing 15 meters (49 ft) tall, with 16 meter (52 ft) blades, weighing around 200 tonnes (220 tons), and each turbine has a 1.5 megawatt (MW) capacity. The project aims to install 269 turbines in hopes of having a capacity of 398 MW, enough to power 175,000 homes.
The Scottish government has funded the project with £23m. “I am incredibly proud of Scotland’s role in leading the way in tackling climate change and investment in marine renewables is a hugely important part of this,” said first minister Nicola Sturgeon. “MeyGen is set to invigorate the marine renewables industry in Scotland and provide vital jobs for a skilled workforce, retaining valuable offshore expertise here in Scotland that would otherwise be lost overseas,” she added.
A Renewable Energy Milestone
In this proud moment, Chief executive of Atlantis Resources, Tim Cornelius said: “Today marks a historic milestone not just for Atlantis and our project partners, but for the entire global tidal power industry.”
According to Fabrice Leveque, climate and energy policy officer at WWF Scotland, with the launch of the first large-scale tidal energy farm, “Scotland has 25% of the EU’s offshore wind and tidal power potential.”
The success of the project depends on future support. “This is still an incredibly young technology, and future development is absolutely dependent on continued support from Holyrood, Westminster and Brussels, who have all played a vitally important part in the growth of the sector to date,”Jenny Hogan, policy director of Scottish Renewables said.