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7 Weirdest Hackathons Ever | Inc.com

7 Weirdest Hackathons Ever | Inc.com | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it
Hackathons aren't just for geeks anymore. They now also attract a wide variety of non-techies who band together to solve problems--some serious, some fairly strange--through hours of brainstorming and pizza consumption.
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Nelson Mandela Taught Us the True Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship

Nelson Mandela Taught Us the True Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it
I hope Mr. Mandela knew how many social entrepreneurs, even potentially in children, he influenced by championing peace, forgiveness and racial unity for not just South Africa, but the world.
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Social entrepreneurship is about applying practical and sustainable approaches to benefit society in general, especially the poor and marginalized.


Social entrepreneurs are "heroic troublemakers;" they disrupt the status quo and transform society, promoting systemic social change.


Social entrepreneurs have huge hearts, dreams, solutions and seek big change.


The single most defining characteristic of the social entrepreneur is "perseverance against an array of obstacles."Changing the world is about making the choice to keep going, to keep pushing, to keep running.

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Sentient code: An inside look at Stephen Wolfram's utterly new, insanely ambitious computational paradigm

Sentient code: An inside look at Stephen Wolfram's utterly new, insanely ambitious computational paradigm | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it
Wolfram gave me a glimpse under the hood in an hour-long conversation. And I have to say, what I saw was amazing.
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Google wants to understand objects and things and their relationships so it can give answers, not just results. But Wolfram wants to make the world computable, so that our computers can answer questions like “where is the International Space Station right now.”

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Predictive intelligence: A new breed of personal-assistant software

Predictive intelligence: A new breed of personal-assistant software | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it
THE idea of artificially intelligent personal assistants—digital secretaries, made of software, that take dictation, manage contacts, book lunches and arrange...
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The next generation of assistant software aims to go one step further by pursuing an approach known as “predictive intelligence”. It exploits the fact that smartphones now have access to fast internet links and location data, and can draw upon personal information, address books, e-mail and calendars.


The aim of these new assistants is to anticipate what information users need, based on context and past behaviour, and to provide it before they have even asked for it. 


Google Now service is arguably the most advanced incarnation of predictive intelligence; installed in many millions of Android devices.

In recent years Google has improved its search engine through semantic analysis and, more recently, personalisation. Anticipating your need to search is a logical next step.


But innovators must tread carefully. For one thing, predictive intelligence can be creepy. Some people may not like the idea that their phone is tracking what they are doing so closely.

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SnapCard Lets Bitcoin Users 'Skip Merchants'

SnapCard Lets Bitcoin Users 'Skip Merchants' | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it
SnapCard's users can pay with bitcoin at online retailers that don't officially accept the cryptocurrency.
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SnapCard users can purchase items from major retailers, even if their e-commerce platform doesn’t accept bitcoin.

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EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Horizon 2020 approval by Parliament a boost for European research and innovation

EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Horizon 2020 approval by Parliament a boost for European research and innovation | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it
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The European Commission today welcomed the European Parliament's adoption of Horizon 2020, the next EU research and innovation programme. With a budget of nearly EUR 80 billion euro over seven years, Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research programme yet, and one of the biggest publicly funded worldwide.

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ANA and Nielsen Study Reveals Multi-Screen Advertising to Rise Dramatically

ANA and Nielsen Study Reveals Multi-Screen Advertising to Rise Dramatically | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it
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[REPORT: ANA and Nielsen conducted the Integrated Multi-Screen Campaign survey online during July and August of 2013 among a total respondent sample of 274 people. This sample comprised 119 client-side marketers drawn from the ANA membership, as well as 80 media sellers and 75 agencies drawn from a proprietary Nielsen database. The respondents have an average of 17 years of experience in the industry.  Media spend attributed to multi-screen advertising campaigns is expected to grow from 20 percent of budgets today to 50 percent in the next three years.]

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Bounty Fee paid in Bitcoins on The Assassination Market

Bounty Fee paid in Bitcoins on The Assassination Market | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it
Bitcoin, the online virtual currency, has long been associated with the dark side of the web. The anonymity it provides has made it a favourite haunt of drug dealers and anyone else looking to sell illicit goods or services.
Jurjen Söhne's insight:

Scam or not, such grotesque publicity could be detrimental to this virtual currency. 

 

Then again, 'real-world' money these days could be seen as virtual money, especially when they keep printing paper money out of thin air!

 

The main difference between using physical money for these purposes (sex, drugs, assassinations, repression...), opposed to virtual money would be that one happens behind closed doors and the other happens on the open web.

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Will the Google quantum computer be able to harness the principles of reality?

Will the Google quantum computer be able to harness the principles of reality? | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it
The most Google has done is release a video showing what the thing looks like
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Twitter And The Future Of Social TV

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Twitter And The Future Of Social TV
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Twitter’s own smartphone app is expected to go through a significant change, with a new, stream-based system likely to more heavily incorporate TV and TV-related content.

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JWT | 10 Ways Marketers Are Using The Second Screen

10 WAYS MARKETERS ARE USING THE SECOND SCREEN MAY 2012
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Say Goodbye to the Age of Generalizations: How Social Data Changes Everything

Say Goodbye to the Age of Generalizations: How Social Data Changes Everything | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it

The emergence of social media and the steady decline of mass media are the two biggest marketing stories of the decade. Both print circulation and TV viewership have been falling consistently since the turn of the century; TV viewership, for instance, is down almost 50% since 2002.

Jurjen Söhne's insight:

Every personalized marketing campaign is a three-step process:

 

Data Collection: The first step to collecting user data is to implement social login. Social Login provides a permission-based way for users to register and sign-in to your web properties via their existing social profiles, so your business can collect and analyze the relevant data points you need to better understand your customers. Data Segmentation: Raw data itself is quite meaningless for marketing purposes. Crunching this data and deriving meaning from it is the crucial second step in the personalized marketing process. This includes analyzing the data to identify customer identity and behavior and using it to create powerful personalized marketing campaigns.Data Conversion: After data is collected and segmented, it needs to be converted into actionable insight. This means tying the data you've collected and analyzed into the marketing platforms you currently use, such as CRM software, advertising networks, email marketing platforms and more.
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Paid Apps Aren't Dead — But They Are on Life Support

Paid Apps Aren't Dead — But They Are on Life Support | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it
For iOS app producer David Barnard, making money from paid applications in Apple's App Store is becoming more difficult. Barnard is the founder of Contrast (previously App Cubby...
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Serious Games Seek Slice Of Health-Care Market

Serious Games Seek Slice Of Health-Care Market | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it
So-called serious, or applied, videogames have sought to take a slice of the health-care budget, offering the promise to help patients and clinicians. But so far they have failed to make any kind of impact.
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With billions being spent just on Alzheimer's treatment, that kind of serious money should start to attract serious money to serious games.




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Second Life Founder, Philip Rosedale, Is Quietly Creating a Next-Generation Virtual World

Second Life Founder, Philip Rosedale, Is Quietly Creating a Next-Generation Virtual World | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it
In Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, humanity escapes a gritty dystopia by donning VR goggles and entering a virtual world called OASIS. Back here in a comparatively rosy 2013, we don’t have a fully immersive virtual experience—yet.
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"Create a virtual place with the kind of richness and communication and interaction that we find in the real world, and then get us all in there!”


This isn’t Rosedale’s first dance. Second Life, his first virtual world, hosts a million users and a $6 billion economy. But Second Life never caught on in the massive way some thought it would.


He wants to make avatar interaction a richer experience. Our virtual selves should precisely mimic our movements in the real world in as close to real time as possible. Body language is a key element of satisfying real world interactions. Until we have realistic body language in the virtual world, folks won’t be drawn there.


While body tracking may make for more realistic and intuitive avatars, High Fidelity’s other big idea will power the world they live in. In exchange for virtual money, virtual citizens will assign their computer’s unused processing power—when they’re sleeping, for example—to construct High Fidelity’s world in exquisite detail.

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Litecoin Price Surges Almost 400% in 3 Days to $48

Litecoin Price Surges Almost 400% in 3 Days to $48 | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it
Over the past three days, the price of cryptocurrency litecoin has skyrocketed, rising almost 400%.
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It’s not just the price of #bitcoin that’s gone through the roof this week, the price of another cryptocurrency – #litecoin – has rocketed too.

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3 Ways Twitter Is Changing TV Forever

3 Ways Twitter Is Changing TV Forever | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it
3 Ways Twitter Is Changing TV Forever
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1) Reality TV is becoming instant reality TV

2) Ads will become more targeted

3) The ratings game will become more complicated

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Three Ways Automatic Content Recognition Will Change TV

Three Ways Automatic Content Recognition Will Change TV | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it
While many in the TV and technology world understand how the future of television is being reshaped by the emergence of social TV, second screen viewing and over-the-top streaming, what they don't often know is how many of these experiences are being...
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Twitter quietly debuts one of its biggest social TV products to date - Lost Remote

Twitter quietly debuts one of its biggest social TV products to date - Lost Remote | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it
Twitter quietly debuts one of its biggest social TV products to date
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If Facebook Proves Its Chatter Leads To Ratings, Twitter's TV Business Could Be In Huge Trouble

If Facebook Proves Its Chatter Leads To Ratings, Twitter's TV Business Could Be In Huge Trouble | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it
If Facebook can prove its television chatter leads to increased TV ratings, Twitter's advertising business could be in real trouble.

Via Mattia Nicoletti
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Will Custom Timelines be The Future of Twitter Events?

Will Custom Timelines be The Future of Twitter Events? | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it
The microblogging service rolls out a much-needed feature for surfacing relevant, timely tweets on certain topics.
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On Tuesday, Twitter announced a new “Custom Timelines” product for developers and third-party sites, effectively giving organizations the power to curate their own Twitter streams to surface the best material related to an event.

 

The possibilities here are huge: Event staff at the Grammy Awards can sift through tweets — either by hand, or, perhaps more importantly, programmatically through Twitter’s new API — showing off big moments that may have blown up to some groups on Twitter, but haven’t been visible to the masses. Or journalism outlets like London’s Guardian can curate a Q&A session on Twitter, embedding the entire conversation on its website.

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The Value of the Second Screen [Infographic]

The Value of the Second Screen [Infographic] | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it
Marketing to the second screen is a balancing act taking place between engagement, distraction, and purchasing behavior.
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BRUTAL: 50% Decline In TV Viewership Shows Why Your Cable Bill Is So High - Business insider

BRUTAL: 50% Decline In TV Viewership Shows Why Your Cable Bill Is So High - Business insider | Infinite Playground on a Finite Planet | Scoop.it
The Dirt FloorMorgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne and his team published a fascinating set of charts yesterday about the long, slow decline of old-fashioned
Jurjen Söhne's insight:

The New Generation are simply not interested in cable or satellite TV services, but view video on their tablets or laptops instead.


Despite this generational shift and massive decline in TV viewership, TV advertising revenues haven't gone down but are paying much more, for much less! Surely this can't go on for much longer?

 

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