The latest entry in a special project in which business and labor leaders, social scientists, technology visionaries, activists, and journalists weigh in on the most consequential changes in the workplace. When discussing tomorrow’s labor market, the growth of artificial intelligence is a good place to start. Three dimensions of AI are relevant for American work and workers. The first two are AI’s depth and breadth. The third is the media picture of AI that shapes public perception.
The future of food is often envisioned as very practical, we will just take a pill for dinner that has all the nutrients we need. Many would argue eating is a social or cultural phenomenon and the act of having dinner would eventually prevent the rise of ‘pill dinners’. The cultural blindspot is often a problem when it comes to future predictions, but were our predictions of just a pill for dinner so wrong? The last few years we have seen a strong countermovement to modified eating in the health food movement. Food has to be as natural as possible again, no additive, preservatives or GMO food and fastfood was countered with slow food. After sloughed we are now seeing healthy fastfood, which translates in the growing amount of take-out healthy food (local examples for Amsterdam include Sla and Stach).
The journey to digital business continues as the key theme of Gartner, Inc.'s "Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2015." New to the Hype Cycle this year is the emergence of technologies that support what Gartner defines as digital humanism — the notion that people are the central focus in the manifestation ofdigital businesses and digital workplaces.
The Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report is the longest-running annual Hype Cycle, providing a cross-industry perspective on the technologies and trends that business strategists, chief innovation officers, R&D leaders, entrepreneurs, global market developers and emerging-technology teams should consider in developing emerging-technology portfolios.
Op dinsdag 15 september 2015 werd in de zogenaamde Koepelhal in Tilburg - op 'de Spoorzone' - een alternatieve troonrede uitgesproken. Voor bibliothecarissen. Of - zoals ze tegenwoordig ook wel genoemd willen worden - informatieprofessionals. Een toespraak met ook een optimistische toon. Geen verhaal dat er een klein (financieel) plusje aan zit te komen, of dat de crisis binnenkort achter ons zal liggen. Nee, een heel ander geluid. Opmerkelijk voor mensen die menen dat bibliotheken op sterven na dood zijn. Bibliothecarissen lantaarnopstekers en mijnwerkers achterna zullen gaan. Nee, volgens David Lankes - die als professor in Syracuse (in de staat New York) nadenkt over 'new librarianship' - breekt er een 'golden age' voor bibliothecarissen aan. Is die wellicht al begonnen. Opmerkelijk, nietwaar? In een tijd waarin je op verjaardagen steevast als aanstaande werkloze wordt bejegend: 'Eh, hoe gaat het bij jullie?'
From Shanghai to Nairobi, designers, architects, and planners are using advanced materials, smart science, and big data to make cities better than ever.
CITIES USED TO grow by accident. Sure, the location usually made sense—someplace defensible, on a hill or an island, or somewhere near an extractable resource or the confluence of two transport routes. But what happened next was ad hoc. The people who worked in the fort or the mines or the port or the warehouses needed places to eat, to sleep, to worship. Infrastructure threaded through the hustle and bustle—water, sewage, roads, trolleys, gas, electricity—in vast networks of improvisation. You can find planned exceptions: Alexandria, Roman colonial towns, certain districts in major Chinese cities, Haussmann’s Paris.
Increasingly, at work, people expect the same slick, powerful technology and the same efficient, flexible methods that they’ve become used to as consumers. In short, they expect to work the way they live
APIs -- the rules governing how software programs interact with each other -- not user interfaces, will upend software for years to come. When Intel CEO Brian Krzanich doubled down on the Internet of Things at the company’s annual Developer Forum in August, he emphasized what many of us have already known — the dawn of a new era in software engineering. It’s called API-first design, and it presents a tremendous opportunity for developers who adapt — not to mention a major risk for developers (and companies) who don’t.
“Here’s another paradox: the rise and spread of industrial society was at one level a product of that powerful imagination and yet that very same society has been on a quest to limit and contain that imagination. Our industrial society embraces scalable efficiency. It thrives on predictability and reliability and views imagination with some ambivalence – it drives innovation, but on the other hand undermines predictability and reliability….there’s a third paradox: digital technology has intensified the quest for scalable efficiency and undermined our humanity while at the same time opening up the possibility of a new renaissance of the imagination that can help us to recapture our humanity”
My head hurts when I search “big data predictive analytics”. Forrester appears in the 80,000 results with details on the mega-companies it tracks in this space. And the VC news is about millions pouring into the segment.
Wait, I think, doesn’t ‘predictive’ equal ‘guess’? Especially when it relates to marketing innovation? If you really want to put your customers at the center of your marketing planning, can’t you just ask them how best to market to them?
I’m not suggesting marketers replace predictive technologies by ‘just asking’ customers. That’d be hard to do at scale. And it still may seem hard to do at a measurable scale. However, there are new platforms hitting the market this year called Intelligent Alerting, from TrackIf and other companies. These platforms only deliver triggered, personalized and requested marketing communications to customers. Several storm clouds are rolling in pointing to this need to ‘just ask’.
Its more immersive experience for viewing images will wow you.Years from now, we might view today’s process of viewing photographs — by flipping through individual still photos that were printed out at the corner drugstore, or scrolling through 2D digital photo collections online — as remarkably quaint. Photos are coming to life in new ways, thanks to advances in virtual reality enabling more immersive viewing experiences. Instead of just viewing an image, you immerse yourself in the image.
In 2050 our planet is estimates to boast about 9 billion human inhabitants.Considering that the amounts of land suitable for agriculture and food production are mostly already used and probably will not miraculously increase there is a dire need for creative and innovative farming to make sure we can feed those billions of mouths. Together with Rabobank's Banking for Food we produced this book Today’s Farmers about the many innovations, initiatives and solutions today’s creative farmers have come up with to give the production of food new momentum and to make sure there will be enough food while still maintaining significant levels of sustainability.
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