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Better Than Human

Better Than Human | Forecast of Commerce | Scoop.it

It may be hard to believe, but before the end of this century, 70 percent of today’s occupations will likewise be replaced by automation. Yes, dear reader, even you will have your job taken away by machines. In other words, robot replacement is just a matter of time. This upheaval is being led by a second wave of automation, one that is centered on artificial cognition, cheap sensors, machine learning, and distributed smarts. This deep automation will touch all jobs, from manual labor to knowledge work.


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Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds

Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds | Forecast of Commerce | Scoop.it

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


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Roger Ellman's curator insight, December 12, 2012 6:49 AM

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!?)

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Quantum Computing Solves Classical Problems

Quantum Computing Solves Classical Problems | Forecast of Commerce | Scoop.it

Someday, quantum computers may be able to solve complex optimization problems, quickly mine huge data sets, simulate the kind of physics experiments that currently require billion-dollar particle accelerators, and accomplish many other tasks beyond the scope of present-day computers. That is, if they are ever built. But even as daunting technical challenges keep the dream at bay, theorists are increasingly putting the ideas and techniques of quantum computing to work solving deep, long-standing problems in classical computer science, mathematics and cryptography.


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Urban Gondolas: The Future Of Public Transport?

Urban Gondolas: The Future Of Public Transport? | Forecast of Commerce | Scoop.it

Bus, train, metro, cable car? Michael McDaniel, designer at innovation firm Frog Design, has launched a radical plan for a new form of public transportation in big cities — a system of gondolas.


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Humanity.TV - Inspiring Authentic Travel Through Locals

A first-of-its-kind interactive tablet series to inspire authentic travel through fascinating stories and collaborative filmmaking. ("This is what travel content should inspire." Check out @HumanityTV 's Kickstarter -- really innovative work!
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How Smart Drugs and Cybernetics Could Create a Superhuman Workforce

How Smart Drugs and Cybernetics Could Create a Superhuman Workforce | Forecast of Commerce | Scoop.it

Imagine becoming superhuman. Or, at the very least, becoming superhumanly good at your job. A new prescription allows you total focus. Total composure. Genius-level clarity of thought, and the ability to stay up, in the zone, for two days straight. Aural and optical implants, gene transfers, and even bionics keep you sharp and operating at peak ability well into your retirement years.
Imagine that those technologies used by the military to augment soldiers are turning you into a super-worker capable of moving ahead in your profession, and up the career ladder, with beyond-human, almost Übermenschen abilities.
Now, imagine that everyone in your office is on the same tip. Imagine that you’re being forced to stay in line, too, just to keep up—that you're becoming a medical experiment in human efficiency just to retain your job.


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When will we finally have a world government?

When will we finally have a world government? | Forecast of Commerce | Scoop.it

Political scientists and science fiction writers alike have long been taken with the idea that humans would one day form a global government. Yet few of us take this prospect very seriously, often dismissing it as an outright impossibility or very far off in the future. Given the rapid pace of globalization, however, it would seem that humanity is inexorably headed in this direction. So how long will it take us to build a world government?


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New framework: 2013 and beyond - What will appear and disappear in our lives

New framework: 2013 and beyond - What will appear and disappear in our lives | Forecast of Commerce | Scoop.it

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Szabolcs Kósa's curator insight, December 17, 2012 4:59 PM

a nice future theme overview from Ross Dawson

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Half of foreign executives say Russian business 'innovative ...

Half of foreign executives say Russian business 'innovative ... | Forecast of Commerce | Scoop.it
Russian companies have improved their international image, with more foreign executives happy to do business in the country, a survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit revealed.
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