Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein presents some disturbing statistics about “predictive shopping” in his NY Times Op-Ed, “Shopping Made Psychic”. Unfortunately, Sunstein doesn’t emphasize the downside to his findings. Without sufficient critical commentary, it’s too easy to be too optimistic about the wrong way to build the future. Sunstein defines predictive [...]
As an associate partner and managing director of Ideo’s Boston studio, Colin Raney’s typical day at the office revolved around designing drug-dealing robotsand gadgets that can read your mind. Raney spent eight years traveling the globe, helping the largest companies in the world solve their most interesting problems, and inventing the future. Despite holding one of the cushiest gigs in the design world, Raney recently decided to trade in his designer desk to join the Cambridge-based 3-D printing upstart Formlabs as their new head of global marketing.
Yields of several crops are stagnating (e.g. wheat in some European countries) or decreasing (e.g. grapes in Spain), whereas yields of other crops (e.g. maize in northern Europe) are increasing. These effects are attributed partly due to observed climate change, in particular warming. Extreme climatic events, including droughts and heat waves, have negatively affected crop productivity during the first decade of the 21st century. Projected increases in extreme climatic events are expected to further increase yield variability in the future. Crop yields are affected by the combined effects of changes in temperature, rainfall and atmospheric CO 2 concentration. Future climate change can lead to both decreases and increases in yield, depending on the crop type and the climatic and management conditions in the region.
Most people can sense that the world of work is changing. However, many are still not sure of why these changes are happening, what these changes mean, and how they need to adapt. This is why I'm introducing a podcast to help address and answer these questions (as well as [...]
Country risk analysis has been a topic of investigation for decades, often focused on forecasting the risks to business profitability and assets when investing in a country. We make the case for a new conceptualization and measurement of country-level risk and introduce the Robinson Country Risk Index (RCRI), a tool which incorporates four broad dimensions—Governance, Economics, Operations, and Society (GEOS). Within this holistic macrostructure, the RCRI encompasses 70 sub-dimensions, 126 countries, and, at present, 8 years of data. Its ecological conceptualization, multifaceted goals, and embedded functionalities complement and offer advantages over other risk indexes. The RCRI addresses concerns surrounding the conceptualization and measurement of country risk and provides a dynamic new instrument for educators, researchers, and practitioners. (academic, fee)
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced two $10 million projects to create cloud computing testbeds—to be called 'Chameleon' and 'CloudLab'—that will enable the academic research community to develop and experiment with novel cloud architectures and pursue new, architecturally-enabled ...
Hamilton Smith is scientific director of synthetic biology and bioenergy at the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla, California. He shared the 1978 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his discovery of an enzyme that cuts DNA, an advance vital to genetic engineering. He told Kat Austen he...
Investing in imitation can have big payoffs for economic growth, and sometimes even bigger payoffs than investing in innovation.
A new paper coauthored by Chris Tonetti, a macroeconomist at Stanford Graduate School of Business, shows that some countries are being entirely rational by tilting more toward adopting technology than developing it themselves. In a separate paper, Tonetti argues that the same is true at the company level: There are only a few Googles or Oracles in the world, but there are thousands upon thousands of companies that can generate big aggregate gains by using the innovations from the pioneers.
Olivier Georgon starts this Massive Open Online Course on Developmental Artificial Intelligence in october 2014 (more information http://liris.cnrs.fr/ideal/...
The IDEAL MOOC will teach you the cognitive science background and the programming bases to design robots and virtual agents capable of autonomous cognitive development driven by their intrinsic motivation. More than that, it will offer a place to discuss research in Developmental AI.