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How e-wallets could be a gold mine for credit card companies

How e-wallets could be a gold mine for credit card companies | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Visa, MasterCard, Amex, and Discover see a big payday ahead in the emerging digital payment business. They're making sure they're in the game along with tech companies, retailers and phone companies.
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And convenient/secure for customers, then YES

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Nine things the iWatch (or any other smartwatch) needs

Nine things the iWatch (or any other smartwatch) needs | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

What would make a great smartwatch? This. Read this post by Scott Stein on Watches and wrist devices.

I've lived with a smartwatch, in one form or another, for several periods over the past few years. Recently, with the Martian Passport. Further back, with the iPod Nano and a Hex wristband. Before that, a SPOT watch.

I love the idea of a smartwatch. Certainly, so does the media as of late. Bloomberg reports and iWatch rumors galore, plus various wearable watch-type items at January's CES, have started to give this territory the sense of a category.

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Should We Use Big Data To Punish Crimes Before They're Committed?

Should We Use Big Data To Punish Crimes Before They're Committed? | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

John Anderton is the chief of a special police unit in Washington, D.C. This John Anderton is the chief of a special police unit in Washington, D.C. This particular morning, he bursts into a suburban house moments before Howard Marks, in a state of frenzied rage, is about to plunge a pair of scissors into the torso of his wife, whom he found in bed with another man. For Anderton, it is just another day preventing capital crimes. “By mandate of the District of Columbia Precrime Division,” he recites, “I’m placing you under arrest for the future murder of Sarah Marks, that was to take place today....”

FutureCast's insight:

Welcome to a future in which big data helps law enforcement predict and punish crime before it happens.

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How Much Does Google Glass Cost and Is It a Business? | MIT Technology Review

How Much Does Google Glass Cost and Is It a Business? | MIT Technology Review | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
The search company is developing a computer in a pair of glasses. But why would anyone wear them?
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I would! Would you?
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What if you could mine the Moon?

What if you could mine the Moon? | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
A new space race is taking shape this one to become the first to mine on the moon
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Question should not be IF but WHEN
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Microsoft's Future Vision: Live, Work, Play

http://aka.ms/envision - Technology could transform our life at work, on the go, and at home.  This is a snapshot of what the future will look like five to ten years from now.  In the years ahead, technology will amplify our senses; help us stay connected to the people we care about and transform the way we live, work and play.

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http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/03/microsofts-envisioning-center-looks-to-a-surface-filled-voice-activated-future/

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What The Home Of The Future Will Look Like

What The Home Of The Future Will Look Like | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Imagine living in a home where your bed knows when you wake up, and automatically gets the coffee pot going.
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The Smart Home is on the horizon...

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The e-Medicine Explosion | MIT Technology Review

The e-Medicine Explosion | MIT Technology Review | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

e-Medicine is on the rise. Medicine has perennially been stuck in the era of fax machines, but new technology and new laws are bringing innovation in mobile devices, data analytics, and telemedicine. This collection explores how the e-medicine explosion is changing the way we collect and use health information—and how businesses manage health-care costs.

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Can we measure foresight impact? | World Future Society

Can we measure foresight impact? | World Future Society | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
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How can we meausure foresight impact? When it comes to policy-oriented foresight, like many other creative processes, proving or measuring it’s impact on policy does not come easily. Foresight professionals might recognize some of these experiences I’ve had in the past:

the impact of the foresight endeavour is limited to the partitioner’s group and is hard to explain to ‘outsiders’ the products like scenarios and trend analyses, might be easy to communicate, but besides inspiration, how do they actually ‘change’ decisionmaking?

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The Wildly Ambitious Quest to Build a Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton by 2014 | Wired Science | Wired.com

The Wildly Ambitious Quest to Build a Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton by 2014 | Wired Science | Wired.com | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis went on the Daily Show in 2011 and told Jon Stewart that he would develop a robotic body suit that would allow paralyzed people to walk again simply by thinking about it -- and he’d do it in just 3 or 4 years.
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See Through 3D Desktop (Behind the Screen Overlay Interaction)

http://www.leejinha.com/seethrough3dd... Project by Jinha Lee done with my mentor Cati Boulanger.
Despite advances in 3D sensing and display technologies, our interaction with desktop interfaces has remained stagnant from the form that evolved under 2D I/O modalities. Our See Through 3D desktop is a 3D spatial operating environment that allows the user to directly interact with his or her virtual desktop. The user can reach into the projected 3D output space with his/her hands to directly manipulate the windows.
Users can casually open up the See-Through 3D Desktop and Type on the keyboard or use a trackpad as in traditional 2D operating environment. Windows or files are perceived to be placed in a 3D space between a screen and the input plane. The user can lift up his hands to reach the displayed windows and arrange them in this 3D space.
A unique combination of a transparent display and 3D gesture detection algorithm collocates input space and 3D rendering without tethering or encumbering users with wearable devices. See-through 3D desktop is a term for the entire ensemble of necessary software hardware and design technological components for realizing this volumetric operating environment
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What most schools don't teach

Learn about a new "superpower" that isn't being taught in in 90% of US schools.
Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi. Directed by Lesley Chilcott.

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I started programming back in the 1970's with my HP-41CV calculator and later used Pascal, Mbasic, Turbo Pascal and dBASE on IBM compatible PC's...in college. I knew back then that computers were ...the future so programming became my passion
In the mid 1980's I learned MODEL 204 and COBOL, both on mainframes.  From there I went back to the PC, did programming in dBASE again but transitioned over to Clipper and Visual Basic.  From 1994 onward I learned basic HTML and used FrontPage, since I knew the WWW would be the future platform for developers and established my first domain in 1996, Futurecast.com.
Towards the end of the century and into the next I embraced Visual Studio, using Visual Basic and eventually C# creating web based databased applications with Oracle as the DB.  I also learned PL/SQL in Oracle and discovered TOAD as a developer tool of choice...

 

 

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Smartwatches: The next big thing or this year's fad?

Smartwatches: The next big thing or this year's fad? | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
commentary: A computer on the wrist has so far had a lukewarm reception from bleeding-edge buyers and reviewers. Sounds like just about every other major new product. Read this article by Jim Kerstetter on CNET News.
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It will be the Next Big Thing IMHO

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Graphene: Bend and flex for mobile phones

Graphene: Bend and flex for mobile phones | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
In the fourth of a five part series on the future of mobile phones, Roland Pease explores how the "wonder material" graphene could transform phones forever.
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Difference Engine: Are we there yet?

Difference Engine: Are we there yet? | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
THE new kidmobile—acquired primarily for the school run and for chauffeuring teenagers to extramural activities—came with a GPS navigation unit built into the...
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THE new kidmobile—acquired primarily for the school run and for chauffeuring teenagers to extramural activities—came with a GPS navigation unit built into the dashboard. With its bright seven-inch (about 18 cm) display, the navigation system provides turn-by-turn instructions in a soothing voice along with clear images of the route ahead. Overall, it mostly gets the job done.
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School out, tech in: Welcome to the future of education

School out, tech in: Welcome to the future of education | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
What I’m here to say today is that education is being transformed by technology. The future is here, but educators and deans, the ones who hold the gauntlet, are choosing not to believe it.
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30 years of PCWorld, 30 pivotal moments in PC history | PCWorld

30 years of PCWorld, 30 pivotal moments in PC history | PCWorld | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
PCWorld celebrates its 30th birthday this month—and the technological progress we’ve seen since 1983 has been remarkable. Join us on a walk through history as we revisit some of the PC platform’s greatest moments.
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Back to the Future...

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SpaceX CRS-2 Rollout and Vertical

Falcon 9 and Dragon roll out from the hangar and go vertical in preparation for the CRS-2 launch to the International Space Station.
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Space-based solar farms power up

Space-based solar farms power up | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
It would solve our energy needs overnight. But with huge technological and financial challenges, can space-based solar power ever take off?
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Yes!

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4D printed objects 'make themselves'

4D printed objects 'make themselves' | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
A 4D printing process is demoed at TED which could herald an age of self-assembled objects say experts.
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First private Mars mission aims to launch in 2018 - space - 27 February 2013 - New Scientist

First private Mars mission aims to launch in 2018 - space - 27 February 2013 - New Scientist | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Backed by multi-millionaire space tourist Dennis Tito, the project plans to send two people on a fly-by of the Red Planet on a 501-day round trip
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http://bcove.me/404cby69

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23215-first-private-mars-mission-aims-to-launch-in-2018.html?full=true

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Spotting the Dragon: How to See SpaceX on Approach to the ISS This Weekend

Spotting the Dragon: How to See SpaceX on Approach to the ISS This Weekend | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft may be appearing in a backyard sky near you this  weekend. Scheduled  to launch this Friday on March 1st at 10:10 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST)/15:10 Universal Time (UT), this will be the 3rd resupply  flight for the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS).   And the great news is, you may just be able to catch the spacecraft as it  chases down the ISS worldwide.
Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/100281/spotting-the-dragon-how-to-see-spacex-on-approach-to-the-iss-this-weekend/#ixzz2MAjzyXnj

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This Amazing 3-D Desktop Was Born at Microsoft | Wired Business | Wired.com

This Amazing 3-D Desktop Was Born at Microsoft | Wired Business | Wired.com | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
At TED, MIT computer scientist Jinha Lee unveiled SpaceTop, a 3-D user interface that should help open the door to new ways of using computers.
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MYO - Wearable Gesture Control from Thalmic Labs

Preorder at www.getmyo.com. Supports Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android.
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May the Force be with us...

 

Awesome potential here

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