De consument vindt het allemaal prachtig. Gratis, mooier wordt het immers niet. Als een bank zoiets wil doen dan is het huis te klein, de wegen van de consument zijn ondoorgrondelijk. Google zijn hele verdienmodel is immers gebaseerd op de verkoop van persoonlijke data. Met zoveel succes dat inmiddels elke succesvolle innovatie moeiteloos ingelijfd kan worden. Google is nu nog een supermarkt met A-merken en huismerken. Als niemand de mannen van Google stopt dan blijven alleen de huismerken over en Google vindt dat prima.
The IMF just released its latest attempt to forecast the health of the global economy, which it thinks will expand by 3.6% this year. The forecast also comes with a warning about what will happen if things go wrong, with growth instead falling to 2.4%, just above the 2% cut-off point that the IMF considers a global recession.
De arbeidsmarkt staat voor grote veranderingen, maar het grote publiek en ook de overheden zijn op die evoluties totaal niet voorbereid. Dat heeft Bill Gates gezegd tijdens een voordracht voor het American Enterprise Institute in Washingon. Over 20 jaar zullen volgens Gates een hele reeks beroepen zijn verdwenen en vervangen zijn door softwarebots..
Shanghai Media Group Pictures believes its freshly minted multi-year deal with Walt Disney Studios to co-develop Disney-branded movies for China and elsewhere marks a major opportunity to learn how to make high-quality films. While the Chinese film market is booming – box office was $3.6 billion last year and is expected to reach $4.6 billion in 2014 – there is still a feeling among domestic filmmakers that scripts need to improve, production needs to become more professional and the industry generally needs to learn from the Hollywood model.
(btckeychain) The Japanese exchange Mt. Gox has long been one of the Bitcoin community's most prominent institutions. It has also been one of its biggest PR headaches. On Friday, the exchange announced that it was declaring bankruptcy.
As technology speeds forward, humans are beginning to imagine the day when robots will fill the roles promised to us in science fiction. But what should we be thinking about today, as robots like military and delivery drones become a real part of our society? How should robots be programmed to interact with us? How should we treat robots? And who is responsible for a robot's actions? As we look at the unexpected impact of new technologies, we are obligated as a society to consider the moral and ethical implications of robotics.
From predicting AI within 20 years to mass-starvation in the 1970s, those who foretell the future often come close to doomsday preachers.In his book The Future of the Mind, the excitable physicist and futurologist Michio Kaku mentions Darpa. This is America’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, the body normally credited with creating, among other things, the internet. It gets Kaku in a foam of futurological excitement. “The only justification for its existence is . . .” he says, quoting Darpa’s strategic plan, “to ‘accelerate the future into being’ ”.
WE are beginning to witness a paradox at the heart of capitalism, one that has propelled it to greatness but is now threatening its future: The inherent dynamism of competitive markets is bringing costs so far down that many goods and services are becoming nearly free, abundant, and no longer subject to market forces. While economists have always welcomed a reduction in marginal cost, they never anticipated the possibility of a technological revolution that might bring those costs to near zero.
Recorded on February 26, 2014. NCompass Live - In this episode, Michael talks with Gary Wolf, founder of the Quantified Self, who will discuss how new self-tracking and personal data systems may change our ideas about "public knowledge."