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We have at different times looked at different inventions or future inventions and we have seen varying innovations that have blown us away. The invention we shall be exploring today, though not yet in use but has been unveiled as a work in progress is the WINDOWLESS AIRPLANE.

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has designed this concept and estimates that these should be flying our airspace in about 10years. The idea is to replace the windows currently existing with full length OLED screens that allow passengers to experience panoramic views of their journey that will be captured by exterior cameras on the plane. This feature is said to also provide passengers with access to the internet (yaaaaay!!!) and in-flight entertainment. 263180_5_800

According to an estimation done by CPI, over 3 million people are said to fly annually, which in turn translates to over 200,000 gallons of fuel being used. This new design is intended to not only reduce the weight of the aircraft but also reduce the cost of flying for air travellers and even for the airline as well.

Windowless-plane-_466In the words of Matthew Herbert, the marketing manager for CPI, “Removing the windows will significantly reduce the weight of the aircraft, saving fuel and therefore reducing operational costs.”

With innovations like this, the human race is greatly advancing and changing the world as we know it. We as Africans must therefore be ready to embrace the changes and advance with the rest of the world.

Lightleaf Bookmark

New technology is emerging daily and gradually some things are becoming the past. Years from now, the gadgets we are excited about will become almost non-existent except in maybe museums.

Scientists and inventors have even gone ahead of us to envision gadgets we will need for the future. Among such inventions is the Lightleaf bookmark. LightleafsLampBookmarkerbyValentinaTrimani1

For ardent readers, this is a very welcome invention as it helps eliminate a major problem: reading in the dark. leaflight2

For people in countries where electricity isn’t as constant as it should be or who for some reason find themselves in places that are dimly lit, the Lightleaf bookmark kills two birds with a stone. It doubles as both a bookmark and a lamp.

Almost as thin as a sheet of paper, the OLED-equipped bookmark is both wireless and rechargeable.

It is designed by inventor Valentina Trimani.


Autonomous vehicles

Autonomous vehicles, also known as ‘Driverless cars’ are part of the latest inventions to hit our world today. Some years ago, if someone has mentioned the possibility of a driverless vehicle, many of us would have laughed it off as something only for sci-fi movies. Today however, it has become a possibility that not only exists but is already being used in some parts of the world.

Although operated without anybody physically driving it, they are said to be able to perform the same functions as the regular traditional cars. The difference is that with these driverless cars, there are likely to be less road accidents, less fuel consumption and definitely less traffic jam. Google-Autonomous-Toyota-Prius-front-three-quarterPlease note however that this doesn’t that drivers will automatically pull down their chairs and sleep while the car does the driving. In situations that require pulling out or into a parking lot and other complex tasks of driving, you would still need to handle the steering wheel.


Below are some of the findings as contained in a report by RAND Corporation titled: “Autonomous Vehicle Technology: A guide for policymakers”.

Key Findings

Automated Vehicle Technology Offers Several Benefits

  • Without driver error, fewer vehicle crashes will result.
  • The mobility of the young, the elderly, and the disabled will be increased.
  • Traffic flow could be more efficient and congestion decreased.
  • Vehicle occupants could spend travel time engaged in other activities, so the costs of travel time and congestion are reduced.
  • Fuel efficiency can be increased and alternative energy sources facilitated.
  • Because such vehicles won’t need proximate urban parking, space used for parking could be repurposed.

There Are Possible Drawbacks

  • Because the technology would decrease the cost of driving, congestion might increase, rather than decrease.
  • Occupations and economies based on public transit, crash repair, and automobile insurance might suffer as the technology makes certain aspects of these occupations obsolete.

Weighing the benefits against the possible setbacks, it seems like the benefits far outweigh the setbacks thus making the Autonomous vehicle a very welcome and much needed change in our transportation system.

Asides Google owning a fleet of these cars, other car manufacture companies are also working on their projects. Among these are Ford, BMW, Delphi and Texas Instruments. Once these cars hit the streets full-time, they will surely give reduce the time drivers spend driving, giving them ample time to get other things done.

The future we saw only in movies and dreams is indeed upon us now and we as African must ready ourselves to embrace it or be swept away.

Today is all you’ve got! Use it well

nowToday is the critical platform of exchange. And the only thing we can do about the future is do something now, in the present. Focusing on what we do now is the best way to improve the future and put the past in perspective. It’s a rule for handling any crisis.


Stay in the momentMy first advice for a dear coaching client during a counselling session was for her to always stay in the moment as the crisis last.She is going through so much emotional pain because of the accusing fingers of associates who in their ignorance lured her into a major error that has become a career threatening crisis. She is about to lose her job of over 11years with a potential to not only lose her gratuity but also suffer a devastating impact that could take her licence to practice away. I have been through so many crises myself and have walked very long crisis paths with clients, friends and family over the years. I have learnt that the first response in a crisis is to stay in the moment regardless of the pressure. It’s the first law of crisis management. See, over 90% of the people you know are never really in the moment; they are mostly in the past or in the future.

You see, everything occupying your mind is always happening in one, two or all of three variables. Your head is always working on three fields. One is the past; relieving things we messed up about. Wishing we could have something back that is gone or living in memories of good times past or being angry about things done to us. That’s the past. Two is the future. Worrying about what might happen, or that we might lose or be put to shame. The third is the present— what is happening right now, at this moment? What we are doing now? That’s the present. The entire content of your mind is working within these three blocks every time.

While there’s nothing really wrong with thinking of the past or the future, everything is wrong in predominantly doing so. A crisis always forces you to stay predominantly in the past and the future, but get you to skip the present. Meanwhile, the present is the only platform for exchange. The past and the future are intangibles existing only in your memory and your imagination. But the present is your reality. Somehow, people forget that yesterday is an experience, tomorrow is an idea, and today is the critical platform of exchange. In crisis management, your first responsibility is to always stay in the moment and keep things in perspective.

In a crisis, your duty is to engage the past by analyzing what happened, seeking to learn from it, and committing to moving on. Your next duty is to understand that the future is not practical and is not real. You have no reason to be afraid of what is not real. The future is an arrangement by God to manage your ignorance, your sense of the unknown, your fear, and your anxieties, to keep optimism alive, sustain enthusiasm and inspire hope. We know today because we are in it. But do you know anyone who knows the future like we know yesterday or today? Every time we get to the future, we call it today.

If we spend most of our time thinking about the past or future, we are missing life itself. It’s passing us by while we are elsewhere. You can’t get the most out of life unless you learn to focus on being present while things are happening. You have to learn to lose yourself in whatever you are doing. It’s called flow — that is, reaching that magical zone where you forget about the outside world and are completely doing what you have to do in the present.

Maybe you are like my troubled client, and you are in a big crisis right now, fingers are accusing you everywhere you turn, shame is staring at you straight to the face, maybe it’s even your fault that you are in this mess, trust me, whatever the solution is, it is not in the past; because if it was there, you won’t be in a crisis now. It’s not in the future either, because the contents of the future must be created by the interpretations and actions of today. The solution is always in the moment, stay there. Stay there long enough and you will find it. But don’t stay there alone. Get a general with scars. By general with scars i mean an experienced, non-judgmental crisis management guru. Get one to your side for guidance, accountability, and stratagem. This is what is missing in our many battles that create loss and defeat. People can help you with strategy; but in a crisis, you don’t need strategy, you need stratagem. I define stratagem as strategy that looks beyond the obvious with an unalloyed commitment to discerning the adversary and to defeat it, him, her or they. And that is not taught in schools, you earn it by surviving and thriving through many battles.

Stay in the moment, but stay there with a general with scars. Never forget, there’s rarely anything you can do that most people cannot do. What makes people exceptional and their results extraordinary are those seemingly inconsequential things that everyone may even know but won’t do. Being present in the moment is one of them. It’s a critical victory tool. This is the life! Let me get your feedback here. Go!

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