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Gartner: 10 Critical Tech Trends For The Next Five Years - Forbes

Gartner: 10 Critical Tech Trends For The Next Five Years - Forbes | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
At a Gartner Symposium IT Expo session this morning, analyst David Cappuccio laid out 10 "critical"  trends and technologies impacting IT for the next five years.
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Why Tech Companies Pumping Billions Into VR Could Actually Kill It

Why Tech Companies Pumping Billions Into VR Could Actually Kill It | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
If you’re hoping to create a product that changes the world, the iPhone seems like an obvious model for success. And in 2016, one of the most obvious new technologies on the cusp of a world-changing breakthrough is VR and AR. But there are plenty of reasons to think that the iPhone’s example is actually hurting VR and AR. Let me explain.

VR and AR are each exciting in their own right. Just imagine being able to travel from the bottom of the Mariana Trench to the top of Mount Everest in the span of a minute, or to see the real world overlaid with filters that bend it to your will. But more than that, these technologies potentially represent new interface paradigms—and interface paradigms are what change the world. Just look at the mouse or the iPhone.

But the iPhone’s success was unheralded for a different reason. For literally hundreds of years, innovations in technology have begun with the business world.
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Scientists just demonstrated internet speeds 1,000 times faster than Google Fibre

Scientists just demonstrated internet speeds 1,000 times faster than Google Fibre | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Scientists in Germany have achieved internet speeds averaging a sustained 1 terabit per second (1 Tbps) on an optical fibre network.

At that speed, you're getting a data transmission rate that's a whopping 1,000 times faster than services like Google Fibre, which delivers 1 gigabit per second (1 Gbps).

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12 robots that could make (or break) the oceans

12 robots that could make (or break) the oceans | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
An industrial revolution is unfolding under the seas. Rapid progress in the development of robotics, AI, low-cost sensors, satellite systems, big data and genetics are opening up whole new sectors of ocean use and research. Some of these disruptive marine technologies could mean a cleaner and safer future for our oceans. Others could themselves represent new challenges for ocean health.

The following 12 emerging ocean technologies are changing the way we harvest food, energy, minerals and data from our seas.
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“To have strong innovation, you need a strong state”: How Silicon Valley gets the future wrong

“To have strong innovation, you need a strong state”: How Silicon Valley gets the future wrong | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Not too many years from now, your day will look very different. You will have self-driving cars to rid you of your nightmare commute and AI assistants to take care of everyday drudgery: from grocery shopping to setting up appointments. Smart drugs and nanobots loaded in your blood will keep your body and mind performing at their peak. Wearable sensors and smart clothing will ensure that your doctor knows if anything goes wrong.
It’ll be a life that even the Jetsons will be jealous of, and it’ll be yours if you just let Silicon Valley do its thing—right?
Steve Fuller doesn’t agree. The University of Warwick philosopher and sociologist is a techno-optimist, but he thinks this future won’t become a reality without a few critical things that we’re currently lacking—in particular, stronger, more involved governments that both fund innovation and regulate it intelligently.
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Google's AI is scary good at depicting what's in your photos

Google's AI is scary good at depicting what's in your photos | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Watch out IBM Watson, Google has its own 'Show and Tell' AI and it's getting scary good at depicting what's in your photos.
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Only a cash-strapped public sector still finds ‘smart’ technology sexy | Evgeny Morozov

Only a cash-strapped public sector still finds ‘smart’ technology sexy | Evgeny Morozov | Futurewaves | Scoop.it


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The irony must be lost on Silicon Valley: Uber, a company run by an unabashed admirer of libertarian novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand, is increasingly touted as the saviour of American public transport systems, establishing partnerships with many municipalities to offer a parallel, privately run alternative.

The likes of Mark Zuckerberg already rule the media. Now they want to censor the past
Some local governments already offer impressive discounts to their citizens who use Uber; why, after all, spend all this taxpayer money on infrastructure upgrades if one can simply hand it over to Silicon Valley firms? Others consider outsourcing particular functions – like the transportation of the disabled mandated by law – with Uber being the most obvious candidate to benefit.

Uber’s foray into public services is part of a broader trend of technology firms pitching their services to cash-strapped municipalities and governments. They do so in the hope of convincing local authorities that the company’s superior ability to gather, analyse and act on data would yield tremendous savings for the public sector, while stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship.

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New Amazon data from Wall Street should terrify all retail stores in the US

New Amazon data from Wall Street should terrify all retail stores in the US | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Amazon's reach has grown so fast in the US that American consumers could soon find it pointless to take the trip to physical stores.
According to a note published on Thursday by financial firm PiperJaffray, Amazon now has a warehouse or delivery station within 20 miles of 44% of the US population. That's up from 38% in 2015 and 26% in 2014.

Having closer proximity to US consumers means it costs Amazon less to deliver products. It also makes it easier to run Amazon's growing same-day and same-hour delivery services. And combine that with Amazon's massively loyal Prime userbase, which is estimated to be 69 million, going to the store to buy stuff could soon become a relic of the past.

"We believe this gives Amazon a critical competitive advantage now that it has acquired so many Prime users in the United State: same-hour and same-day delivery can structurally replace trips to the store," PiperJaffray's analyst Gene Munster wrote in the note.

This chart should give a clue to how fast Amazon's been growing its fulfillment network node, which includes fulfillment centers, product sorting centers, delivery stations, and Prime Now Hubs:

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Weapons of Math Destruction: invisible, ubiquitous algorithms are ruining millions of lives

Weapons of Math Destruction: invisible, ubiquitous algorithms are ruining millions of lives | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Discussions about big data's role in our society tends to focus on algorithms, but the algorithms for handling giant data sets are all well understood and work well. The real issue isn't algorithms, it's models. Models are what you get when you feed data to an algorithm and ask it to make predictions. As O'Neil puts it, "Models are opinions embedded in mathematics."

Other critical data scientists, like Patrick Ball from the Human Rights Data Analysis Group have located their critique in the same place. As Patrick once explained to me, you can train an algorithm to predict someone's height from their weight, but if your whole training set comes from a grade three class, and anyone who's self-conscious about their weight is allowed to skip the exercise, your model will predict that most people are about four feet tall. The problem isn't the algorithm, it's the training data and the lack of correction when the model produces erroneous conclusions.
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How the blockchain is changing money and business

How the blockchain is changing money and business | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
What is the blockchain? If you don't know, you should; if you do, chances are you still need some clarification on how it actually works. Don Tapscott is here to help, demystifying this world-changing, trust-building technology which, he says, represents nothing less than the second generation of the internet and holds the potential to transform money, business, government and society.
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Scientists Have Created Nanorobots That Can Travel Down the Bloodstream and Precisely Target Cancerous Tumors

Scientists Have Created Nanorobots That Can Travel Down the Bloodstream and Precisely Target Cancerous Tumors | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
A new cancer research breakthrough has recently been developed thanks to researchers from McGill University, Université de Montréal and Polytechnique Montréal. The new nanorobots can travel down the bloodstream to administer drugs precisely by targeting a tumor’s cancer cells. This is the best way to inject medication since the integrity of the healthy tissues and organs won’t be jeopardized. This means that the dosage of the drug could be reduced, which is significant because the drug is very toxic for humans.

According to Professor Sylvain Martel, director and the head of the research team at Polytechnique Montréal Nanorobotics Laboratory and the holder of the Medical Nanorobotics Canada Research Chair, these nanorobotic agents hold no less than 100 million bacteria, which are flagellated and self-propelled. These bacteria are full of drugs and take a direct path from the injection site to the part of the body that needs to be cured. The propelling force of the drug is strong enough to enter the tumors deeply and to travel efficiently.
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BIG-i, the Personalized Family Robot of the Future, Is Almost Here - SERIOUS WONDER

BIG-i, the Personalized Family Robot of the Future, Is Almost Here - SERIOUS WONDER | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Joining an increasing roster of family robots, BIG-i is prepared to join the family and become your personal robot companion of the future!
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The Audacious Plan to Save This Man’s Life by Transplanting His Head

The Audacious Plan to Save This Man’s Life by Transplanting His Head | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Like a little white Lazarus with red eyes, the paralyzed mouse was walking again.

A few days earlier, the mouse had been sprawled on an operating table while two Chinese graduate students peered through a microscope and operated on its spine. With a tiny pair of scissors, they removed the top half of a fingernail-thin vertebra, exposing a gleaming patch of spinal-cord tissue. It looked like a Rothko, a clean ivory rectangle bisected by a red line. Cautiously—the mouse occasionally twitched—they snipped the red line (an artery) and tied it off. Then one student reached for a $1,000 scalpel with a diamond blade so thin that it was transparent. With a quick slice of the spinal cord, the mouse’s back legs were rendered forever useless.



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Kapitalismuskritik von Morozov – Die funktionalen Idioten des Silicon Valley

Kapitalismuskritik von Morozov – Die funktionalen Idioten des Silicon Valley | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Die Techfirmen des Silicon Valley ebnen dem Kapitalismus den Weg. Inzwischen dringt er in Bereiche vor, die lange geschützt waren. Zum Beispiel in die Medizin.

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Die Wahrscheinlichkeit, dass man künftig noch eine medizinische Grundversorgung erhält, ohne mit einem Technikunternehmen zu tun haben zu müssen, wurde nach zwei jüngsten Bekanntmachungen gerade beträchtlich kleiner. In der ersten ging es um die Partnerschaft zwischen Alphabet, dem Mutterunternehmen von Google, und dem Pharmariesen GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Die beiden haben sich darauf geeinigt, 715 Millionen Dollar in eine Firma zu investieren, die sich auf Bioelektronik spezialisiert. Sie soll elektronische Miniaturimplantate entwickeln, mit denen chronische Krankheiten behandelt werden sollen.
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Elon Musk Announces His Plan to Colonize Mars and Save Us All

Elon Musk Announces His Plan to Colonize Mars and Save Us All | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
ELON MUSK WANTS to go to Mars. And he wants you—especially if you are a NASA string-puller or deep-pocketed futurist—to help him get there.

Sporting Tony Stark facial hair, Musk outlined SpaceX‘s plan today at the 67th annual International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. It involves a slew of new technology: gigantic, reusable rockets; carbon fiber fuel tanks; ultra-powered engines. Plus spaceships capable of carrying a hundred or more passengers to the Red Planet, landing, then returning to Earth to pick up more. Musk doesn’t just want to go to Mars: He wants to build a civilization there. Which means he’ll need all that sweet gear to make it cheap enough to work.
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Algoritmisch management: Taylorisme 2.0 rukt op. - ManagementSite

Algoritmisch management: Taylorisme 2.0 rukt op. - ManagementSite | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
"Algoritmen bieden fantastische kansen voor roofzuchtige exploitatie van werknemers." Met algoritmisch management de mensen aansturen en deactiveren.
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Forget VR. The Future of Roller Coasters Is About Maglev

Forget VR. The Future of Roller Coasters Is About Maglev | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
What if there was no friction at all? What if electro magnets propelled the cars? This is the idea behind the Sfrear Mountain Coaster.
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'Pepper' robot uses trial-and-error learning to master a child's game

'Pepper' robot uses trial-and-error learning to master a child's game | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Robots, much like children, are now using simple games to learn important skills. Pepper, SoftBank’s adorable humanoid robot, recently learned to play ball-in-a-cup (also called ring and pin) in an effort to better understand optimal trajectory. In the beginning, SoftBank’s team demonstrated the game to the robot by guiding its arm. 

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Who Cares About the New iPhone Camera? The Real Change Is Apple Pay

Who Cares About the New iPhone Camera? The Real Change Is Apple Pay | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
APPLE’S NOT TALKING about it. Tim Cook and company are too busy trumpeting a new iPhone that’s pretty much like the old iPhone (except there’s—gasp—no headphone jack!). But if Apple’s not talking about it, that probably means it’s far more interesting—and far more important. And indeed it is.

This week, with the arrival of the new iPhone operating system, Apple Pay now works inside web browsers. Yes, that’s more interesting than no headphone jack. And its importance will only grow in the next few weeks as Apple Pay, the company’s digital payments service, reaches the web on Macs as well as iPhones.
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Google DeepMind's AI can mimic realistic human speech

Google DeepMind's AI can mimic realistic human speech | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

It's still pretty easy to tell whether it's a real person who's talking or a text-to-speech program. But there might come a time when a robot could dupe you into thinking that you're speaking with a real person, thanks to a new AI called WaveNet developed by Google's DeepMind team. They have a pretty good track record when it comes to building neural networks -- you probably know them as the folks who created AlphaGo, the AI that defeated one of the world's best Go players.

Currently, developers use one of two methods to create speech programs. One involves using a large collection of words and speech fragments spoken by a single person, which makes sounds and intonations hard to manipulate. The other forms words electronically, depending on how they're supposed to sound

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Jules Verne Accurately Predicts What the 20th Century Will Look Like in His Lost Novel, Paris in the Twentieth Century (1863)

Jules Verne Accurately Predicts What the 20th Century Will Look Like in His Lost Novel, Paris in the Twentieth Century (1863) | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Science fiction, they say, doesn’t really deal with the future; it uses the setting of the future as a way to deal with the present. That would explain all the standard preposterous tropes you regularly see in the genre’s less gracefully aging novels and films: jetpacks, flying cars, holo-phones, that sort of thing. So when you look into sci-fi’s back pages and do come across the occasional accurate or even semi-accurate prediction of the future — that is, an accurate prediction of our present — it really jumps out at you. Many such predictions have jumped out at readers from the pages of Jules Verne’s lost second novel, Paris in the Twentieth Century.

Originally written in 1863 but not published until found at the bottom of a vault in 1994, the book’s scorecard of seemingly bang-on elements of the then-future include the explosion of suburban living and shopping and large-scale higher education; career women; synthesizer-driven electronic music and a recording industry to sell it; ever more advanced forms of ever cruder entertainment; cities of elevator-equipped, automatically surveilled skyscrapers electrically illuminated all night long; gas-powered cars, the roads they drive on, and the stations where they fill up; subways, magnetically-propelled trains, and other forms of rapid transit; fax machines as well as a very basic internet-like communication system; the electric chair; and weapons of war too dangerous to use.
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Top 10 Healthcare Wearables For A Healthy Lifestyle - The Medical Futurist

Top 10 Healthcare Wearables For A Healthy Lifestyle - The Medical Futurist | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
There are thousands of healthcare wearables and trackers. Let me show you my top choices for you to be able to life a healthier and happier life.
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7 smart city innovations you need to know about

7 smart city innovations you need to know about | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Smart cities are on their way – and this time they're for real. Disparate aspects of cities are beginning to connect with internet of things (IoT) devices.
"Projects look at a single system – like transport – but don't link it with say, health," says Steve Turner, head of the Future City programme at Manchester City Council. "The next big challenge for the IoT is to link all the city systems."

Manchester City Council launched its CityVerve project in July to connect the city's health, transport, environment and services with 20 kinds of sensors. The data from the initiative – funded by a £10 million prize from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport – will be used to make city planning more responsive.

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Autonomous Tent - Luxury Tent Can Be Raised In Days and Leave Without a Trace - SERIOUS WONDER

Autonomous Tent - Luxury Tent Can Be Raised In Days and Leave Without a Trace - SERIOUS WONDER | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
When you think of a tent, you probably think of something that is large enough to temporarily shelter one or two people while camping out in the woods. When Autonomous Tent Co. thought of tents, they thought of a means of shelter that could accommodate a large group of people, furniture, etc. All of which can be built in only a few days and then seemingly vanish without a trace.
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Deze 72 innovaties bepalen onze toekomst; wen er maar aan

Deze 72 innovaties bepalen onze toekomst; wen er maar aan | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
In 20 jaar tijd zijn we altijd en overal 'connected', maar volgens futuroloog Thomas Frey is dit nog maar het begin.
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Airbus wants to make autonomous flying taxis by this time next year

Airbus wants to make autonomous flying taxis by this time next year | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Airbus, the second largest aeronautics company in the United States (behind Boeing) envisions a future of flying taxis operated by artificial intelligence. The ambitious plan sounds almost laughable when it reveals that it could begin testing as early as 2017, but then you remember that whole part about being the second largest aeronautics company in …
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