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Tech-enabled groups, tools provide nimble aid after Hurricane Sandy | JWT Intelligence

Tech-enabled groups, tools provide nimble aid after Hurricane Sandy | JWT Intelligence | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, a good deal of the disaster recovery has come in the form of tech-enabled solutions that rely on crowdsourcing and peer-to-peer solutions—approaches that can quickly and efficiently match up supplies with demand and victims with volunteers, often before government and big aid organizations roll out their efforts.

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World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%

World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50% | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The World Economic Forum (WEF) said last week that rising inequality and social polarisation posed two of the biggest risks to the global economy in 2017 and could result in the rolling back of globalisation.

Oxfam said the world’s poorest 50% owned the same in assets as the $426bn owned by a group headed by Gates, Amancio Ortega, the founder of the Spanish fashion chain Zara, and Warren Buffett, the renowned investor and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway.

The others are Carlos Slim Helú: the Mexican telecoms tycoon and owner of conglomerate Grupo Carso; Jeff Bezos: the founder of Amazon; Mark Zuckerberg: the founder of Facebook; Larry Ellison, chief executive of US tech firm Oracle; and Michael Bloomberg; a former mayor of New York and founder and owner of the Bloomberg news and financial information service.
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trendwatching.com: 5 Trends for 2017

trendwatching.com: 5 Trends for 2017 | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Get ready. 5 big trends for 2017. Featuring Google, Starbucks, Abba (yes, really!) and more. Source: trendwatching.com | 5 Trends for 2017 | TrendWatching

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CES 2017: Health meets mobility - JWT Intelligence

CES 2017: Health meets mobility - JWT Intelligence | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Auto companies at CES explored how emerging tech could boost drivers’ health.
Only a few years ago, wearable health trackers were a buzzworthy novelty at CES, and before long you could hardly turn a corner on the show floor without tripping over a treadmill demonstration. More recently, with the looming prospect of autonomous driving, the prevalence of auto brands at CES has led some to jokingly dub it the “Car Excitement Show.”

In 2017, the two trends are meeting, as auto brands are floating concepts that link cars with health. Hyundai has partnered with human-centric design firm IDEO on a multisensory vision for mood enhancement behind the wheel. Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz has organized its showing this year under the banner of “Fit&Healthy”, including “a vision of how society’s increasing health consciousness can be intelligently combined with future mobility.”
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What Happens When Algorithms Design a Concert Hall? The Stunning Elbphilharmonie

What Happens When Algorithms Design a Concert Hall? The Stunning Elbphilharmonie | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
THE MOST INTERESTING thing about Herzog and De Meuron’s newly opened concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie, isn’t its wave-like facade, which rises above the city of Hamburg, Germany. It’s not the gently curved elevator at the base of the lobby that deposits you into the belly of the Swiss architects’ alien landscape. And it’s not the Escher-esque stairways that guide you from one floor to the next.

Though Hamburg’s $843 million philharmonic is filled with stunning architectural gems, its most interesting feature is the central auditorium, a gleaming ivory cave built from 10,000 unique acoustic panels that line the ceiling, walls, and balustrades. The room looks almost organic—like a rippling, monochromatic coral reef—but bringing it to life was a technological feat.

The auditorium—the largest of three concert halls in the Elbphilharmonie—is a product of parametric design, a process by which designers use algorithms to develop an object’s form.
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AI and the Next Industrial Revolution - SERIOUS WONDER

AI and the Next Industrial Revolution - SERIOUS WONDER | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

The actual path of a raindrop as it goes down the valley is unpredictable, but the general direction is inevitable,” says digital visionary Kevin Kelly — and technology is much the same, driven by patterns that are surprising but inevitable. Over the next 20 years, he says, our penchant for making things smarter and smarter will have a profound impact on nearly everything we do. Kelly explores three trends in AI we need to understand in order to embrace it and steer its development. “The most popular AI product 20 years from now that everyone uses has not been invented yet,” Kelly says. That means that you’re not late.

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The self-driving utopia we almost had

The self-driving utopia we almost had | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Half a century after its heyday, the Alden StaRRcar clearly wasn’t made for its world. It looks like a white flatiron with wheels or a sleek, plastic bullet, dwarfed by the regal sedans o
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Tim Wu: ‘The internet is like the classic story of the party that went sour’

Tim Wu: ‘The internet is like the classic story of the party that went sour’ | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
In his sobering new book, the influential tech thinker charts the history of the attention industry, namely enterprises that harvest our attention to sell to advertisers
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Here’s What Happens to Tech in 2017 (Unless 2016 Was All a Dream)

Here’s What Happens to Tech in 2017 (Unless 2016 Was All a Dream) | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Donald Trump takes office at the end of the month, and the great uncertainty begins. But that didn't stop us from predicting what will happen this year.
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Uber just stopped its self-driving car service in San Francisco. Here’s what you need to know.

Uber just stopped its self-driving car service in San Francisco. Here’s what you need to know. | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
A week-long clash between California regulators and Uber over the company’s self-driving cars culminated Wednesday with officials revoking the vehicles’ registrations after the state deemed them to be operating illegally. That move put a halt to Uber’s testing of autonomous vehicles in San Francisco, at least until the company agrees to obtain permits required by the state.

The bumpy week saw accusations that Uber’s self-driving cars broke basic traffic laws and complaints from cyclists that the cars were unsafe additions to the roadway.

The suspension of service comes as Uber looks to expand the use of self-driving cars as part of its popular ride-hailing service.
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Exponential Growth Will Transform Humanity in the Next 30 Years

Exponential Growth Will Transform Humanity in the Next 30 Years | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
As we close out 2016, if you’ll allow me, I’d like to take a risk and venture into a topic I’m personally compelled to think about… a topic that will seem far out to most readers.

Today’s extraordinary rate of exponential growth may do much more than just disrupt industries. It may actually give birth to a new species, reinventing humanity over the next 30 years.

I believe we’re rapidly heading towards a human-scale transformation, the next evolutionary step into what I call a “Meta-Intelligence,” a future in which we are all highly connected—brain to brain via the cloud—sharing thoughts, knowledge and actions. In this post, I’m investigating the driving forces behind such an evolutionary step, the historical pattern we are about to repeat, and the implications thereof. Again, I acknowledge that this topic seems far-out, but the forces at play are huge and the implications are vast.
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Medicine gets personal: 3D printed pills and the FDA

After the first industrial revolution shifted the unit of production from the home to the factory, manufacturing became an area far removed from daily life. When you buy an object in a shop, chances are it was manufactured thousands of miles away in factory. In actual fact, even if a product is made locally, it
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How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution

How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
"The actual path of a raindrop as it goes down the valley is unpredictable, but the general direction is inevitable," says digital visionary Kevin Kelly -- and technology is much the same, driven by patterns that are surprising but inevitable. Over the next 20 years, he says, our penchant for making things smarter and smarter will have a profound impact on nearly everything we do. Kelly explores three trends in AI we need to understand in order to embrace it and steer its development. "The most popular AI product 20 years from now that everyone uses has not been invented yet," Kelly says. "That means that you're not late."
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How can we make sure smart cities benefit everyone?

How can we make sure smart cities benefit everyone? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in mega-cities. How all those people live, and what their lives are like, will depend on important choices leaders make today and in the coming years.
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Aging and Death Are the Evolutionary Price of Complexity

Aging and Death Are the Evolutionary Price of Complexity | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Life’s ever-repeating cycles of birth and death are among the most fundamental principles of nature. An organism starts out as a single cell that grows and divides, develops into an embryo, matures and reaches adulthood, but then ages, deteriorates, and eventually succumbs to death.

But why does life have to be cyclic, and why does it have to end in senescence and death?

After all, animals like corals and marine sponges live for thousands of years and are capable of virtually infinite regeneration and cell repair. Even in more complex animals, offspring do not inherit their parents’ age: every new generation starts with cells in a pristine state, with no trace of aging. If senescence is somehow suppressed in reproductive cells, why do the rest of the organism’s tissues end up deteriorating and dying?
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The End of Conventional Industry Sectors

The End of Conventional Industry Sectors | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
These days, few people expect to work for a single company throughout their career. But what about the expectation that companies will remain in one industry forever? Is that, too, becoming an artifact of the past?

In a new PwC report called “The Future of Industries: Bringing Down the Walls,” we look at how the boundaries among sectors are shifting. The pace of technological change is creating at least the prospect of a new industrial order, in which most companies no longer operate within the comfort zones of their established sectors. Already, a few companies (Apple, Amazon, and GE, among them) have boldly and successfully moved into new industries. Now just about every other company will have to do business that way.

Consider the telecommunications and automobile industries. Until the past few years, a telecom company based its business primarily on routing calls and data. But now, almost 25 years after the launch of the World Wide Web, telecom companies have become entertainment content companies. Technological change has taken them across industry borders.
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The Future 100 - JWT Intelligence

The Future 100 - JWT Intelligence | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The Future 100 takes a snapshot of emerging trends for 2017, spanning culture, tech and innovation, travel and hospitality, brands and marketing, food and drink, beauty, retail, health, lifestyle, and luxury.

As we look ahead to 2017, markets are confident, even though assumptions have been questioned and narratives overturned. Amid the massive shifts that are sure to follow, there’s never been a more important time for brands to keep tabs on forecasts and emerging consumer behaviors.
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Omidyar, Hoffman create $27M research fund for AI in the public interest

Omidyar, Hoffman create $27M research fund for AI in the public interest | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman are among the backers of a new $27 million fund, announced today, that’s aiming to promote research into artificial intelligence in the public interest.

Concern about the societal impact of AI is rising up political agendas as it becomes clearer how much power autonomous technologies have to shape behavior and outcomes at scale. Witness, for example, the furore around Facebook and algorithmically promoted fake news in the wake of the US presidential election result.

Last month the IEEE technical professional association put out a first draft guide aiming to foster the development of ethically designed AI systems. The political establishment has also been paying more attention to the implications of rising use of autonomous systems.
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Why machine learning will decide which IoT ‘things’ survive

Why machine learning will decide which IoT ‘things’ survive | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
No billion-dollar machine could replace a doctor. But a $25 machine can tell you when you need one.

In 1996, the ER at Cook County Hospital of Chicago used an algorithm to determine when a patient with chest pain was in danger of having a heart attack and was thus worth one of its scarce hospital beds. Using a systematic, flowchart-based approach of basic tests, the algorithm proved not only to be quick and efficient, but accurate: It sorted 70 percent more patients into the low-risk category, but caught a higher percentage of heart attacks (95 percent) than human doctors (75-89 percent). And this was before any deep computing was involved.
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Top 100 Retail Trends in 2016

Top 100 Retail Trends in 2016 | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
2016 retail trends - When designing retail spaces, brands have the luxury of being as creative as they want within their budgets – and the top 2016 retail trend
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Bitcoin Will Never Be a Currency—It’s Something Way Weirder

Bitcoin Will Never Be a Currency—It’s Something Way Weirder | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
A new kind of hedge fund bets that bitcoin is way more valuable if you don't think about it mainly as money.
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The Year in Housing: The Middle Class Can’t Afford to Live in Cities Anymore

The Year in Housing: The Middle Class Can’t Afford to Live in Cities Anymore | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Cities are increasingly populated by lower-income people in subsidized housing and high income people prepared to pay $3,500 a month for a one-bedroom.
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Notes from Technicity 2016: Building smarter cities

Notes from Technicity 2016: Building smarter cities | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Technicity 2016 was an opportunity to gage Toronto’s progress towards the goal of a digital, connected, smarter city.

In the world of Information Technology in 2016, everything is moving very quickly. This year both the IoT and Blockchain technologies seem to have stolen the spotlight away from cloud computing, in comparison to last year.

The conference consisted of two keynote speeches, one short presentation and six panel sessions. All the sessions were, in my opinion, interesting and informative.

It was especially interesting to note that the terms cloud computing, IoT and smart city did not dominate the debate – the focus was on business and the impact of change.
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Augmented identity - JWT Intelligence

Augmented identity - JWT Intelligence | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Blippar’s new facial recognition feature allows people to identify others through their smartphone cameras.
London-based tech startup Blippar has added a real-time facial recognition feature to its augmented reality app, allowing users to identify a person by scanning their face. What was once a futuristic feature in sci-fi movies is now a simple tool in the hands of the everyday consumer.

Users of the app can simply point their smartphone at someone and Blippar will search its database of faces for the correct “Augmented Reality Face Profile.” Blippar recognises faces with over 99% accuracy and generates basic information such as name and biography as well as photos, celebrity lookalike, favorite music and mood. The app uses machine learning and facial recognition to function and can be used in in real life, on screen or on printed images. Approximately 70,000 public figures are already featured in its database such as Hillary Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II and Elvis Presley.

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De toekomst tegemoet - SCP

De toekomst tegemoet - SCP | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
De toekomst is niet onbeschreven, wel ongewis. Toch, of juist daarom, is een blik in de toekomst intrigerend. En met het oog op strategische beslissingen van burgers, bedrijven en overheden bovendien onontbeerlijk. In dit Sociaal en Cultureel Rapport verkennen we de toekomst van vijf domeinen van het dagelijks leven: leren, werken, zorgen, samenleven en consumeren. Hoe, wat en wanneer leren mensen in de toekomst? Hoe ziet werken er dan uit en hoe past dat in het leven? Wie ontvangen er waar en van wie welke zorg? In hoeverre is samenleven ook het overbruggen van afstanden tussen maatschappelijke groepen? En wat betekent een reductie van broeikasgasemissies voor verwarming, vervoer, vakantie en voeding?

Die verkenningen culmineren in twee grote maatschappelijke uitdagingen richting 2050: hoe solidariteit en duurzaamheid vorm te geven. Meer dynamiek, meer maatwerk en meer eigen regie bieden meer individuele vrijheid (en meer eigen verantwoordelijkheid), maar kunnen ook leiden tot nieuwe ongelijkheden en achterblijvers. Dit roept vragen op naar de grondslag voor en vormen van solidariteit. De noodzaak het leven zo in te richten dat het past binnen de grenzen van onze planeet zal in menig domein van het dagelijks leven voelbaar zijn. De toekomst daagt de samenleving alvast uit om nu de vraagstukken van solidariteit en duurzaamheid te agende
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Humanoïde robots: hoeveel autonomie moeten wij hen geven? - Richard van Hooijdonk

Humanoïde robots: hoeveel autonomie moeten wij hen geven? - Richard van Hooijdonk | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Humanoïde robots behoren al lang niet meer alleen thuis in science fictionfilms. Volgens de Europese Unie zien we ze binnen vijf jaar in winkels, hotels, zorginstellingen, bij ons thuis en zelfs in gevangenissen. De nieuwste humanoïde robots zijn uitgerust met sensoren, camera’s en touchscreens en geven patiënten hun medicatie, serveren maaltijden, houden mensen gezelschap en waarschuwen medisch personeel in geval van nood. De robots kunnen kinderen verhaaltjes voorlezen voor het slapen gaan en hen zelfs ophalen van school. Ze worden ingezet om klanten te helpen met informatie, toeristen bij de hotelreceptie te woord te staan of gevangenen in de gaten te houden. Ze zijn al dusdanig ontwikkeld dat zij iemands gedrag door middel van gezichts- en spraakherkenningstechnologie kunnen observeren. Ook kunnen ze leren hoe ze iemand moeten benaderen of op iemand moeten reageren. Hun eigenschappen, zelfs hun stemgeluid, kunnen allemaal aangepast worden. Worden onze menselijke verzorgers, winkelpersoneel en beveiligingsmedewerkers in de toekomst vervangen door deze nieuwe humanoïde robots? Welke soorten zijn er al en zijn sommigen van hen straks nog van echt te onderscheiden?

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