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2012 Top Scary Trends in Tech - ZDNet

2012 Top Scary Trends in Tech - ZDNet | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
ZDNet2012 Top Scary Trends in TechZDNetYes, it's time again for Scary Tech Trends. We've been remiss in our last few years of Scary Tech coverage, but we're baaaaaaaaaaaaaack.
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Bye bye, braille! Met deze ring kunnen blinden gewone boeken lezen - Whocares

Bye bye, braille! Met deze ring kunnen blinden gewone boeken lezen - Whocares | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Weet je nog, dat verhaal over die blinde kinderen die dankzij de 3D-printer objecten kunnen voelen? Ge-wel-dig! Maar wat er nu aan komt, is van een heel ander niveau. Bollebozen hebben is uitgevonden waarmee blinde en slechtziende mensen gedrukte teksten...
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The Next 20 Years Are Going To Make The Last 20 Look Like We Accomplished Nothing In Tech

The Next 20 Years Are Going To Make The Last 20 Look Like We Accomplished Nothing In Tech | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
"20 years from now we'll look back and say, 'Well, nothing really happened in the last 20 years,'" predicts founding Wired editor Kevin Kelly.

1.Robots are going to make lots of things.

2. Tracking and surveillance are only going to get more prevalent, but they may move toward "coveillance" so that we can control who's monitoring us and what they're monitoring.

3. Everything really will be about "big data.

4. Asking the right questions will become more valuable than finding answers.

Trudy Raymakers's insight:

The most intriguing idea for me is: "In a certain sense what becomes really valuable in a world running under Google's reign are great questions, and that means that for a long time humans will be better at than machines. Machines are for answers. Humans are for questions."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-future-of-technology-will-pale-the-previous-20-years-2014-6#ixzz380Nsa6cV

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Synthetic Foods Could Combat Future Shortages - PSFK

Synthetic Foods Could Combat Future Shortages - PSFK | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
A designer is reinventing the way we consume essential nutrients to create a more sustainable future.
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The best of capitalism is over for rich countries – and for the poor ones it will be over by 2060

The best of capitalism is over for rich countries – and for the poor ones it will be over by 2060 | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Paul Mason: Populations with access to technology and a sense of their human rights will not accept inequality
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The Office Of The Future Could Be A Park

The Office Of The Future Could Be A Park | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Architect Ju-Hyun Kim re-imagines the workplace as a more public social space, filled with grass and natural light.
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This Is What the Birth Control of the Future Looks Like

This Is What the Birth Control of the Future Looks Like | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a woman who doesn't want to get pregnant could soon implant a matchstick-sized, wireless chip under her arm, stomach or butt and be "on the pill" for years — 16 years, to be exact. 

The device dispenses a day's worth of levonorgestrel, the same hormone used in several types of birth control pills, some IUDs and Plan B, via tiny reservoirs inside. The reservoirs open and close using a minuscule electric current from a battery tucked inside the chip. If a woman using the device decides she's ready to get pregnant, all she has to do is flip a tiny switch on a remote control.

 

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Disrupting Government – Why Countries Will Soon Have to Compete for their Citizens

Disrupting Government – Why Countries Will Soon Have to Compete for their Citizens | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

In the past, countries were defined by a distinct geographical area and the people who lived there. 

The Internet is dramatically increasing our awareness of the events and actions of those in charge, as well what’s happening in other countries around the world.

When a wealthy person like Roger Ver renounces his citizenship in favor of St. Kitt and becomes a citizen of the world, millions of people around the world take notice.

Every country on the planet is about to undergo heightened levels of scrutiny, both internally and externally as our awareness grows. This will, in turn, force governments to rethink virtually every system, process, and strategy as it relate to their citizens.

As awareness grows, counties will soon find it necessary to compete for their citizens, something they’ve always taken for granted in the past. 

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This Band Of Small Robots Could Build Entire Skyscrapers Without Human Help

This Band Of Small Robots Could Build Entire Skyscrapers Without Human Help | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The Minibuilders could take on tall tasks, including automating another frontier of human labor: the construction industry.
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Fully Automated Computer Program Teaches Itself Everything about Anything

Fully Automated Computer Program Teaches Itself Everything about Anything | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

 In today’s digitally driven world, access to information appears limitless. But when you have something specific in mind that you don’t know, like the name of that niche kitchen tool you saw at a friend’s house, it can be surprisingly hard to sift through the volume of information online and know how to search for it. Or, the opposite problem can occur — we can look up anything on the Internet, but how can we be sure we're finding everything about the topic without spending hours in front of the computer?

Computer scientists from the University of Washington and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle have created the first fully automated computer program that teaches everything there is to know about any visual concept. Called Learning Everything about Anything, or LEVAN, the program searches millions of books and images on the Web to learn all possible variations of a concept, then displays the results to users as a comprehensive, browsable list of images, helping them explore and understand topics quickly in great detail.

 

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How The Internet Of Things May Impact Daily Life

How The Internet Of Things May Impact Daily Life | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
In this four week series, #SUInternetOfThings, we will break down what the Internet Of Things (IoT) is, based on a report by the Pew Research Internet Project. For our first week, we discussed how ...
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15 Emerging Neurotechnologies That Will Change The World - Business insider

15 Emerging Neurotechnologies That Will Change The World - Business insider | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Policy Horizons Canada worked with futurist and data visualizer Michell Zappa of Envisioning to produce a report called MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies and
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Things that might disappear by 2050 | What's Next: Top Trends

Things that might disappear by 2050 | What's Next: Top Trends | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
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Apple Is Launching A Vast Project To Map The Inside Of Every Large Building It Can

Apple Is Launching A Vast Project To Map The Inside Of Every Large Building It Can | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
"Apple has learned from its mistakes from the initial launch of map services and won't repeat with launch of indoor mapping."
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Are Algorithms Replacing Reporters? - PSFK

Are Algorithms Replacing Reporters? - PSFK | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence developers are supplying major news outlets with story-producing software
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Timeline of emerging science and technology

Timeline of emerging science and technology | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Timeline of emerging science and technology

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In the future artificial intelligence will write bestseller fiction | Impact Lab

In the future artificial intelligence will write bestseller fiction | Impact Lab | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Robots will write stories that read as if they were written by a human. Kris Hammond is chief scientist and co-founder of Narrative Science, a company wit an  artificial intelligence product called Quill that can turn data into stories that read as if they were written by a human.

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Why technology is not making us smarter: Study | Impact Lab

Why technology is not making us smarter: Study | Impact Lab | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

People have become uncomfortable being alone with their own thoughts. Most Android users check their phones 150 times a day, according to Google. Wearable. A well-publicized study led by Timothy Wilson, a professor of psychology at University of Virginia, reached a “shocking” conclusion. People have become so uncomfortable being alone with their own thoughts that many would prefer giving themselves small electric shocks to being “bored.”

There is a broader conclusion that can be drawn from these experiments that raises questions about the goals of our technological progress. The great power of technology is abstraction, and yet our ability for abstract thought is being undermined by the constant intrusions of digital technology in our mental processes. This is not just a trivial concern. The use of mobile devices among younger and younger children may have serious unintended consequences for the ability of future generations to make use of our rapidly increasing computational capabilities. iPads are being rapidly deployed in middle and high schools, but the results, in my own experience, are not encouraging. Increased game and social media usage seem to be much more prevalent than engagement in the more complex cognitive processes that digital technology are supposed to enable.

 
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The Most Powerful Man In Advertising Says Creativity Is Dying In Europe And The United States

The Most Powerful Man In Advertising Says Creativity Is Dying In Europe And The United States | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
WPP CEO Martin Sorrell believes that in the future, Western nations will struggle to keep up with the rest of the world.
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‘Situational Futuring’ and 44 Mind-Stretching Scenarios to Learn How to Use It

‘Situational Futuring’ and 44 Mind-Stretching Scenarios to Learn How to Use It | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Much like dropping a rock into still water and watching the ripples form in every direction, situational futuring begins with a central idea, which grows into a series of rippling thoughts, issues, and questions expanding in every direction.

Unlike the study of macro or megatrends, situational futuring is a micro-futuring process that begins with a single invention, tiny idea, or what-if condition and expands from there.

The process begins with an initial scenario and asking some of the standard who-what-when-where-how-and-why questions. Probing deeper, questions formulated around things like timing, monetary implications, disruptive effects, symbiotic partners, who-wins-who-loses, wild cards, policy changes, and strange bedfellows will help expand your thinking even further.

This works particularly well in a brainstorming environment where thoughts and ideas can be quickly sketched out, described, or clarified so more can be added.

Inside these moments of micro-futuring is where the real treasures live. Companies wishing to expand their product line, service agencies seeking to streamline their processes, or design engineers wishing to gain a new perspective will all find this to be a valuable tool.

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Shift to a circular economy is under way, from crop waste to solar

Shift to a circular economy is under way, from crop waste to solar | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
In reality, there are no scarce resources, we just make them scarce. Through new supply chains, technology and policy, we can secure a future for generations
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The age of the quantified family is upon us

The age of the quantified family is upon us | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
We're one step closer to the quantified household. University of Virginia associate professor of computer science, Kamin Whitehouse, is leading a team that's designing the software to make it possible. "We need to not just be users of the internet of things, we need to also be objects in the internet of things," Whitehouse told a Massachusetts...
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What Do 7 Billion People Do? | Visual.ly

What Do 7 Billion People Do? | Visual.ly | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The occupations of the world’s population today.
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Computer Successfully Pretends To Be Human - WWW Apocalypse?

Computer Successfully Pretends To Be Human - WWW Apocalypse? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

In a breakthrough of engineering a computer has successfully passed the infamous 'Turing test'. You may have already read the headlines about how this is the beginning of the movie Terminator and the downfall of humanity, or if you haven't you should because it makes for a good read. 

 

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Why Connected Learning? - Connected Learning Alliance

Why Connected Learning? - Connected Learning Alliance | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Why Connected Learning? For more than a century, educators have strived to customize education to the learner. Connected Learning leverages the advances of the digital age to make that dream a reality — connecting academics to interests, learners to inspiring peers and mentors, and educational goals to the higher order skills the new economy rewards. …
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The idea of production connects the concept of connected learning to a no-liberal economic agenda. It brings to mind a production mentality which "new economy rewards." It is not clear who has been promoting connected learning for over a century, but having read Dewey I do not interpret his thinking as promoting economic interests. Other more conservative and linear thinkers i.e. Bobbitt and Tyler, I connect to economic interests.

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"Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication"

"Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication" | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Addressing a field that has been dominated by astronomers, physicists, engineers, and computer scientists, the contributors to this collection raise questions that may have been overlooked by physical scientists about the ease of establishing meaningful communication with an extraterrestrial intelligence.
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