Distributed power—where electricity is generated locally, instead of delivered via complex grid infrastructure—makes lots of sense for Africa. About 600 million Africans don't have electricity. But sunlight is a widely available resource across most of the continent, making distributed solar power one of the more sensible options for electrification. Plenty of companies see the potential.
"Sound baths" are catching on among urbanites seeking meditative experiences.
In New York, Los Angeles and beyond, people are gathering for “sound baths,” group experiences where participants focus on the vibrations of tuning forks and singing bowls.
Wellness expert Debbie Attias recently began hosting sonic meditation sessions in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. “I’m interested in sound healing through listening as well as through expressing and making sound,” she said. “Both bring you fully and completely into the present moment, and when you are in tune, the world becomes synchronistic and your path is made clearer.”
Sound baths are popping up at Twisted Trunk Yoga and Studio Anya, both in Manhattan; at the Wythe Hotel, Maha Rose Center for Healing, and the Brooklyn Zen Center, all in Brooklyn; and at House of Intuition in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. The Integratron, a domed structure built in the Mojave Desert starting in the 1950s, has lately received a surge of new interest as a sound bath mecca.
There's an abundance of job seekers around the globe right now, eager to land steady employment. Yet job vacancies in dozens of countries are also plentiful: In the US, for instance, there were 5.4 million open jobs in 2015—the highest in 15 years. Other countries like Germany and Canada are also experiencing high unfilled-job rates. https://atlas.qz.com/charts/V1AafXGde High vacancy...
Around the world, rapid advances in technology are fueling innovation, propelling economic growth and shaping our future. Ryan Limaye, Kim Posnett, Ward Waltemath and Tammy Kiely of the Technology, Media and Telecom Group in the Investment Banking Division, advise companies as they navigate this evolving landscape. In this video, they discuss four trends dominating the tech sector: data analytics, e-commerce, cyber security, and semiconductors.
You're already connected to your phone 24/7, so is it that much of a stretch that tomorrow's phone will be embedded in your body?
We've already got technology built into our watches, shirts and shoes. While having a phone implanted into your head, hand or arm may sound like science fiction, it's really just the next logical step.
At least, that's the thinking of influential industry leaders who were surveyed by the World Economic Forum, a group of the world's most powerful leaders and tycoons who are meeting this week in Davos, Switzerland.
A cellphone implanted in your head? That is the future, according to a new survey.
Industry leaders peer into the future and see technology reshaping our jobs, our lives, and even our bodies
Of all the wild and crazy technologies we came across on the show floor this year, there was one in particular that stood out — not because it was revolutionary or game-changing, but because it changed our perspective on the world. The R70i, as it’s called, is an exoskeleton, but unlike most exoskeletons, it doesn’t make you stronger or faster. Instead, it actually makes you weaker and slower. It’s designed to make you feel like a crotchety old person.
Who do the most elite Artificial Intelligence thinkers on the social web follow on Twitter? These people:
1. Elon Musk, co-founder of Open AI, a new organization dedicated to making sure AI is beneficial to humanity, is the person most followed by the most discerning AI thought leaders. No surprise. Good.
2. Martin Ford, (top left) author of #RiseoftheRobots and The Lights in the Tunnel.
3. Gary Marcus, (top right) CEO of Geometric Intelligence, Professor Psychology & Neural Science, at NYU, is only followed by 8,000 people on Twitter. But among those are many of the AI elite.
4. Ben Goertzel (bottom left) is a prolific advocate for open source General (human-like) AI.
5. David Brin, (bottom right) futurist, blogger, and author with a new book coming out in March calledInsistence of Vision, which he says "will open doorways into possible (and mind-blowing) tomorrows and alternate realities.”
6. Randy Olson, data scientist researching AI, master curator of great content related to AI, dataviz and more. Seems like a nice guy, too.
7. Peter Xing, intrapreneur at Deloitte and co-founder of TranshumanismAU, an Australian organization that aims to enhance the human biological condition.
8. Nikola Danaylov is a Singularity-minded public intellectual and host of the Singularity 1 on 1 podcast.
9. Rodney Brooks, CTO of Rethink Robotics, a company that makes robots that collaborate with humans.
10. Rod Furlan, a Singularity University alum who’s the founder of Lucidscape, a company "building a new kind of massively-distributed 3D simulation engine to power the vast network of interconnected virtual worlds.”
As advancements in technology continue at an ever-increasing pace, will there ever come a day when we’ll be able to use science to cheat death? Australian startup company Humai seems to think so; it claims to be working on a way to transfer a person’s consciousness into an artificial body after they’ve died.
“We want to bring you back to life after you die,” says Humai CEO Josh Bocanegra on the company’s website. “We’re using artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to store data of conversational styles, behavioral patterns, thought processes and information about how your body functions from the inside-out. This data will be coded into multiple sensor technologies, which will be built into an artificial body with the brain of a deceased human. Using cloning technology, we will restore the brain as it matures.
The implications of this technology are huge, especially for regions of extreme poverty where people do not have easy access to clean drinking water. It’s a self-filling water bottle that actually turns air into drinkable water by using the condensation of the humidity which is contained in the air. It was designed by Kristof Retezar.
Few travel experiences are as frustrating as losing a bag, but Silicon Valley start-up Bluesmart thinks its new connected luggage will help travelers stay sane when bags go missing. The company takes an Internet of Things approach to the suitcase, integrating sensors that allow travelers to track their bag’s location on a map.
Business Insider chatted with CEOs and investors alike to find out what technology and treatment could be the Uber of healthcare. Overwhelmingly, the most common answer we heard had to do with genetics and in particular the gene-editing technology called Crispr. In fact, some were convinced that the power to sequence genes with companies like Illumina had already disrupted the healthcare industry.
It's no secret that robots are replacing humans in factories, and both the retail and service industries are set to take a hit, too. Just how bad will things get? Well, the World Economic Forum says its research indicates that over 5 million jobs will be lost to automation by 2020. The WEF claims white-collar workers -- administrative and office jobs -- are at the highest risk of being replaced.
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