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sparks & honey 2013 trends snapshot

This report represents only a small snapshot of our trend analysis for 2013.
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Automated Music Composition With Kulitta Software - YouTube

Donya Quick, a post-doctoral researcher at Yale's Department of Computer Science, has developed "Kulitta," music composition software that is able to analyze bodies of music and produce unique compositions in the same style, a potentially useful reference and analysis tool for human composers.
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There Is Now a Brain Implant that Can Control Emotions Wirelessly | VICE | United States

Current methods for improving your mood are wildly inefficient. Recreational drugs can make you crazy, pharmaceuticals can erase your personality and damage your organs. Sugar and alcohol make you fat and depressed. Caffeine stresses you out, and cigarettes fill your lungs with death. We don't welcome these side effects, but we deal with them because these substances have the potential to alter our emotional thermostat.

It would be so much easier if we could bypass the body altogether and go straight to the source: Our brain. What if there were a better way than shoving something in our mouth, forcing it to travel all over our bloodstream, and blindly showering our brains with thousands of chemicals? What if we could, with the push of a button, make microscopic alterations of a few neurons, causing the happy chemicals to ring out in a jackpot celebration, with no side effects? Would we be ready to handle such complete control over our emotional reality?

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Can we design the ideal city, or must it evolve? – Jared Keller – Aeon

Can we design the ideal city, or must it evolve? – Jared Keller – Aeon | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
It might be pleasing to dream of arcologies, mega-cities, and space colonies – but no one can design the perfect human community
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5 Predictions For The Future Of Wearables

5 Predictions For The Future Of Wearables | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Human beings have long been fascinated with the notion of people and machines becoming one.

Science-fiction author Philip K. Dick played with the premise of high-tech enhancements amping up our ability to process information. In his books, film adaptations for which include Blade Runner and Minority Report, he explored what it means to be human in a world where hardware fuels superhuman capabilities. 

It’s easy to dismiss the fusion of technology and physiology as fantasy, but it’s no longer just science fiction fare. On the contrary, its beginnings are already underway with wearable gadgets. It’s still early in the evolution of wearables—in effect, we're in its early "toddler phase." But already, there are hundreds of devices that monitor everything from steps and sleep to blood glucose.

This emerging category of body-worn devices will become increasingly important—so much so that they will shape the story of the 21st century. I predict the following five areas, over the next few years, will see their greatest impact.


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Netflix keeps disrupting the TV status quo | Toronto Star

Netflix keeps disrupting the TV status quo | Toronto Star | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.—With more than 65 million subscribers worldwide, online streaming service Netflix continues to disrupt TV’s historical status quo with buzzworthy hits Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards, Marvel’s Daredevil andUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Along the way there have been a few critical duds — Marco Polo and Hemlock Grove, most notably — but even those series were popular enough with Netflix subscribers to win renewals.

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How Uber And The On-Demand Economy Are Changing The Way We Live

How Uber And The On-Demand Economy Are Changing The Way We Live | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Now that the Uberization of everything is breaking into mainstream politics, it's time to talk about what on-demand apps such as Uber or Pager will mean for transport, health care or other aspects of modern
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The best futurists ever: how Buckminster Fuller anticipated today's challenges over 50 years ago -

The best futurists ever: how Buckminster Fuller anticipated today's challenges over 50 years ago - | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

By Ross Dawson When I’m asked who my favorite futurists are, usually the first person who springs to mind is Buckminster Fuller. He was an extraordinary inventor, a true visionary who had a massive impact on how we think, and was way ahead of his time. You can discover more about his work from the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

Today I was looking again at some of his work, and was struck at how prescient his thinking was. Five decades ago he was talking about many of the issues that are today dominant in our considerations of the future. He brought deep and powerful insights that are exceptionally relevant to us today, not least to the future of work. His work remains powerful and useful.

I have taken a selection of quotes from his work (from WikiQuotes) below that are still highly relevant today. Let us learn from his wisdom.

 

 

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Food powder made from expired produce may help end world hunger

Food powder made from expired produce may help end world hunger | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
FoPo Food Powder wants to fight food waste by repurposing expired produce into edible powder.
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Why AI could destroy more jobs than it creates, and how to save them - Feature - TechRepublic

Why AI could destroy more jobs than it creates, and how to save them - Feature - TechRepublic | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Automation may be destroying jobs faster than it's creating new ones, but all hope isn't lost. TechRepublic spoke to MIT economist Erik Brynjolfsson on changing the course of the future.
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10 C-Suite Jobs Of The Future

10 C-Suite Jobs Of The Future | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Step aside, chief innovation officers, and make way for chief automation officers and chief freelance relationship officers.
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Robot neemt IT-werkzaamheden over in 2030

Robot neemt IT-werkzaamheden over in 2030 | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

29 juni 2015 - Ruim de helft van de Nederlandse it’ers verwacht dat 80 procent van de huidige werkzaamheden over vijftien jaar is overgenomen door zelflerende en zelfdenkende virtuele robots.

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The 10 Most Exciting Technologies Shaping The Far Future Of Medicine! - The Medical Futurist - YouTube

1) Cognitive computers
2) Virtual and augmented reality
3) Scanners
4) Wearables and beyond
5) 3D printnig
6) Genomics
7) Nanotechnology
8) Telemedicine
9) Surgical robots
10) Neuroprosthetics
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Why automation means we need a new economic model

Why automation means we need a new economic model | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
A future of unlimited production by few, for consumption by whoever can afford it, is a recipe for economic and social collapse, Robert Reich writes.

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John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, June 24, 1:38 PM

By Robert Reich. Redistribution of wealth. An Unconditional BasicIncome would work.

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How algorithms run Amazon’s warehouses

How algorithms run Amazon’s warehouses | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
When you click “buy’ on Amazon, a flurry of activity begins inside a nearby warehouse – all managed by smart computer code. What’s it like to work there?
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Putting Elon Musk and Steve Jobs on a Pedestal Misrepresents How Innovation Happens | MIT Technology Review

Putting Elon Musk and Steve Jobs on a Pedestal Misrepresents How Innovation Happens | MIT Technology Review | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The idea that particular individuals drive history has long been discredited. Yet it persists in the tech industry, obscuring some of the fundamental factors in innovation.
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Pocket-sized personal transporters could soon be seen on the streets of Tokyo

Pocket-sized personal transporters could soon be seen on the streets of Tokyo | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
(Reuters) -- A Japanese engineer has developed a portable transporter small enough to be carried in a backpack that he says is the world's first 'car in a bag'.
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4 disruptieve krachten die de wereld gaan veranderen - Financieel-management.nl

4 disruptieve krachten die de wereld gaan veranderen - Financieel-management.nl | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Volgens McKinsey zijn er momenteel 4 ontwrichtende krachten aan het werk die 3.000 maal de impact gaan hebben van de industriële revolutie. 

1. Het tijdperk van extreme urbanisatieHet zwaartepunt van economische activiteit en dynamiek verschuift naar opkomende markten zoals China en met name naar de grote steden binnen deze markten. Deze opkomende markten bevinden zich gelijktijdig in een industriële en urbane revolutie.2. Een steeds snellere technologische veranderingDe omvang, reikwijdte en economische impact van technologische veranderingen zijn steeds groter.3. De uitdagingen van een vergrijzende wereldDe menselijke bevolking wordt steeds ouder. Geboortecijfers lopen terug en de wereldbevolking vergrijst in een drastisch tempo. 4. Handel, personen, finance en data: Een grotere interconnectiviteitDe laatste ontwrichtende factor is de mate waarin de wereld tegenwoordig verbonden is door handel en stromen van kapitaal, informatie en personen.
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Theatre's last taboo: artists must adapt to low pay during cuts

Theatre's last taboo: artists must adapt to low pay during cuts | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
While we must campaign for stronger public funding of the arts, theatre artists need to accept there will be low wages – and not be ashamed of taking on other work to fund their creativity
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A World Without Work

A World Without Work | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing?
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The Next Wave | Edge.org

The Next Wave | Edge.org | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

This can't be the end of human evolution. We have to go someplace else.                                 

It's quite remarkable. It's moved people off of personal computers. Microsoft's business, while it's a huge monopoly, has stopped growing. There was this platform change. I'm fascinated to see what the next platform is going to be. It's totally up in the air, and I think that some form of augmented reality is possible and real. Is it going to be a science-fiction utopia or a science-fiction nightmare? It's going to be a little bit of both.                              

JOHN MARKOFF is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who covers science and technology for The New York Times. His most recent book is the forthcoming Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots. 

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Weekday morning dance parties are now a thing

Weekday morning dance parties are now a thing | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
I went to a dance party at 7 a.m. Why go to a dance party at 7 a.m.? Because it's fun and energizing and you don't feel hungover at work.
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Does technology spell the end of work as we know it?

Does technology spell the end of work as we know it? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Technology is in the process of completely transforming the global labour market, writes Jean Pisani-Ferry.
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Forget Bitcoin -- What Is the Blockchain and Why Should You Care?

Forget Bitcoin -- What Is the Blockchain and Why Should You Care? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
It allows total strangers to hold and exchange digital money in a completely transparent way -- without having to trust each other or any central authority.
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Wie wint de miljardenmarkt voor doctors on demand? - SmartHealth

Wie wint de miljardenmarkt voor doctors on demand? - SmartHealth | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Wat hebben Lionel Ritchie, Richard Branson en Dr. Phil met elkaar gemeen? Ze investeren all drie in bedrijven die doktersconsulten via apps aanbieden.
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The sharing economy prosumer

The sharing economy prosumer | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Collaborative consumption platforms such as Airbnb have revolutionized travel from the perspective of the consumer, transforming vast amounts of private residential space into bookable accommodations. But as more people let out their rooms on Airbnb and similar platforms, a new hybrid of producer and consumer is emerging. Startups are rushing to cater not just to the needs of guests, but also to hosts. Flatbook, City CoPilot, KeySafe.

 

 

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