Whether a tool can be used accurately remains to be seen and will be interesting to see. More interesting is the overall attention to online investement in starting companies...still on an upward trend, and that is a good thing.
China.org.cn Economist: Chinese people's incomes may hit US$12000 China.org.cn Under Lin's analysis, the Chinese labor-intensive industry will transform into a high-value industry alongside the increase in income per capita in China.
Global Trends 2030 is intended to stimulate thinking about the rapid and vast geopolitical changes characterizing the world today and possible global trajectories over the next 15 years. As with the NIC’s previous Global Trends reports, we do not seek to predict the future—which would be an impossible feat—but instead provide a framework for thinking about possible futures and their implications. In-depth research, detailed modeling and a variety of analytical tools drawn from public, private and academic sources were employed in the production of Global Trends 2030. NIC leadership engaged with experts in nearly 20 countries—from think tanks, banks, government offices and business groups—to solicit reviews of the report. by The National Intelligence Council
Via Szabolcs Kósa
Roger Ellman's insight:
Looks like a must-see if economics, financial future, and progress + propserity are on your watch list.
It's one of those, have to see it, don't have to agree with it, reports. (Aren't they all!?)
Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation, a major report from the McKinsey Global Institute, presents a clear view of how manufacturing contributes to the global economy today and how it will probably evolve over the coming decade.
Robin Good: If you are interested in understanding more about what your web site visitors effectively see, when they land on one of your pages, this newly launched tool for optimizing your site content by visualizing relevant data right on your web pages, will be definitely helpful.
As part of its free Google Analytics service, Google has just announced the release of a new tool, replacing the old Browsersize tool they offered before, with a new one capable of visualizing on top of any of your web site pages data refelecting the amount of the page that your visitors are actually seeing upon landing on it.
To access this new function do as follows: "Simply navigate to the Content section in Google Analytics, and click In-Page Analytics.
A new information layer is available (the feature is bing rolled out gradually over the next few weeks, so please be patient if you don’t see it yet).
Click Browser Size to shade portions of the page that are below the fold.
You can now click anywhere on the screen to see what percentage of visitors can see it, or control the threshold percentage by using the slider."
Every industrial revolution is spurred by a shift in both energy and communication technology. Author and economist Jeremy Rifkin says we are on the precipice of a Third Industrial Revolution combining renewable energy and the internet. He joins Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss the possibility of hundreds of millions of people producing their own green energy in their homes and sharing it with each other in an "energy internet."
Gold's Demise Keeps Indians Happy Forbes This week, India's Finance Minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram, warned Indians against buying gold as an investment out of concern gold will continue to lose value.
Roger Ellman's insight:
Consider all the implications...you can easily do better than 99% of financial "advisors" but that's not good enough!
In the not-so-distant future, you'll be able to manufacture just about anything in your kitchen -- maybe even living things.
Roger Ellman's insight:
This really is Finacial news, not new in as much as many of us already know if it, but growing in importance and will be a big component of a new and more prosperous, freer future for most countries of the world.
One of the most important themes toward useful social media participation (turning into something akin to playing a good, joyful game, rather than a slog) is transparency and the eroding of corporate-eze, not hiding behind headquarter walls.
Becoming active in social media is a natural follow on to this. It needs to be so, as social media that is not heartfelt (read: adopted by the board, as above so below, and so on, within a company) is merely buffeting like mass advertsing under another name.
As a businessperson enthused and excited with your company's services or products you grow to love social media.
It may take a bit of introduction, familiarization. And thus, the greatest help that can be given to companies with honest to goodness things to offer, is to be shown how to develop and flex their social media muscles, just as being shown how to swing a tennis racket, to breath when swimming, to turn when skiing, all vastly reduce the apparent effort and increase the reward of those acitvities.
Dr. Ben Goertzel, a self-described Cosmist and Singularitarian, is one of the world's leading researchers in artificial general intelligence (AGI), natural language processing, cognitive science, data mining, machine learning, computational finance, bioinformatics, and virtual worlds and gaming He has published a dozen scientific books, 100+ technical papers, and numerous journalistic articles.
This talk draws on the latest global modeling research to construct a sweeping thought experiment on what our world will be like in 2050. The World in 2050 combines the lessons of geography and history with state-of-the-art model projections and analytical data-everything from climate dynamics and resource stocks to age distributions and economic growth projections.
Robin Good: Just as much as music is no longer in the hands of record companies and books are no longer in the hands of traditional book publishers, learning is not anymore in the hands of schools and other educational institutions.
Today a person can learn from a myriad of new different sources, at his own pace and time.
"The internet has democratized education and businesses should take notice.
You are in business because you have some area of expertise.
Sharing your expertise is a way to help you build your brand and provide value."
From the original article: "The Education of Millionaires, a book by Michael Ellsberg that proposes that the best investment in education is one that offers lifelong, relevant knowledge that will make you financially successful.
He urges people to find mentors and experts to teach the skills they need, rather than investing six figures in a traditional college education that is unlikely to contribute to their ability to earn a living.
I have mixed feelings about suggesting that people forgo or drop out of college, but I believe we are seeing a trend worth noting.
People are looking to non-traditional sources to learn from. Education and business are merging. "
The article is full of short, valuable insights, like these:
"As a brand, your expertise in the product you sell — in every way it affects the people who use it — sets you apart. If you sell shoes, you could teach fashion or fitness. If your product is food, teach nutrition."
"Consumers need information to choose when there are too many options."
3D printing, or additive manufacture as it is also known, creates objects from a digital design using a machine that looks not unlike a conventional ink-jet printer, but using materials instead of ink to build up the object.
One of the critical changes occurring is the growing sophistication of the equipment, but also the fall in price and size. The $500 3D printer has now been made; as has a truly portable one that fits in a suitcase. This changes the level of accessibility and affordability.
The scale of what we can 3D print is also changing. At one end, the potential to 3D print a house cheaply and quickly is emerging – an application would be the production of emergency housing made in situ – which could then also be designed to ‘fit’ local terrain. Such an approach could be adapted for low cost housing, radical house renovations or high end bespoke room fittings.
At the other end of the scale are the development of 3D nano-printing and the use of cells. A recent experiment ‘broke the record’ for nano-printing, by making a model of a formula 1 car at nano-scale. Being able to operate effectively at that scale could revolutionise not only material sciences but almost any area of manufacture.