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The great shift in search

The great shift in search | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Search is evolving to fit the needs of users who don’t just want a web site, but the actual answer to the question driving the search. To stay on top semantic search technologies are key.
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The Most Powerful Man In Advertising Says Creativity Is Dying In Europe And The United States

The Most Powerful Man In Advertising Says Creativity Is Dying In Europe And The United States | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
WPP CEO Martin Sorrell believes that in the future, Western nations will struggle to keep up with the rest of the world.
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‘Situational Futuring’ and 44 Mind-Stretching Scenarios to Learn How to Use It

‘Situational Futuring’ and 44 Mind-Stretching Scenarios to Learn How to Use It | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Much like dropping a rock into still water and watching the ripples form in every direction, situational futuring begins with a central idea, which grows into a series of rippling thoughts, issues, and questions expanding in every direction.

Unlike the study of macro or megatrends, situational futuring is a micro-futuring process that begins with a single invention, tiny idea, or what-if condition and expands from there.

The process begins with an initial scenario and asking some of the standard who-what-when-where-how-and-why questions. Probing deeper, questions formulated around things like timing, monetary implications, disruptive effects, symbiotic partners, who-wins-who-loses, wild cards, policy changes, and strange bedfellows will help expand your thinking even further.

This works particularly well in a brainstorming environment where thoughts and ideas can be quickly sketched out, described, or clarified so more can be added.

Inside these moments of micro-futuring is where the real treasures live. Companies wishing to expand their product line, service agencies seeking to streamline their processes, or design engineers wishing to gain a new perspective will all find this to be a valuable tool.

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Shift to a circular economy is under way, from crop waste to solar

Shift to a circular economy is under way, from crop waste to solar | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
In reality, there are no scarce resources, we just make them scarce. Through new supply chains, technology and policy, we can secure a future for generations
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The age of the quantified family is upon us

The age of the quantified family is upon us | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
We're one step closer to the quantified household. University of Virginia associate professor of computer science, Kamin Whitehouse, is leading a team that's designing the software to make it possible. "We need to not just be users of the internet of things, we need to also be objects in the internet of things," Whitehouse told a Massachusetts...
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What Do 7 Billion People Do? | Visual.ly

What Do 7 Billion People Do? | Visual.ly | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The occupations of the world’s population today.
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Computer Successfully Pretends To Be Human - WWW Apocalypse?

Computer Successfully Pretends To Be Human - WWW Apocalypse? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

In a breakthrough of engineering a computer has successfully passed the infamous 'Turing test'. You may have already read the headlines about how this is the beginning of the movie Terminator and the downfall of humanity, or if you haven't you should because it makes for a good read. 

 

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Why Connected Learning? - Connected Learning Alliance

Why Connected Learning? - Connected Learning Alliance | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Why Connected Learning? For more than a century, educators have strived to customize education to the learner. Connected Learning leverages the advances of the digital age to make that dream a reality — connecting academics to interests, learners to inspiring peers and mentors, and educational goals to the higher order skills the new economy rewards. …
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 8, 3:27 PM

The idea of production connects the concept of connected learning to a no-liberal economic agenda. It brings to mind a production mentality which "new economy rewards." It is not clear who has been promoting connected learning for over a century, but having read Dewey I do not interpret his thinking as promoting economic interests. Other more conservative and linear thinkers i.e. Bobbitt and Tyler, I connect to economic interests.

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"Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication"

"Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication" | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Addressing a field that has been dominated by astronomers, physicists, engineers, and computer scientists, the contributors to this collection raise questions that may have been overlooked by physical scientists about the ease of establishing meaningful communication with an extraterrestrial intelligence.
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De online zwarte markt is nu helemaal niet meer aan te pakken

De online zwarte markt is nu helemaal niet meer aan te pakken | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Een bitcoinportemonnee met ingebouwde witwasser was onlangs een onaangename verrassing voor misdaadbestrijders. Net als een gepresenteerde online vrijmarkt die niet eens een centrale server nodig heef…
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Language will be transformed by wearable computers | Impact Lab

Language will be transformed by wearable computers | Impact Lab | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Smart clothes and accessories will let us share thoughts and sensations as well as words Fabled mathematicians Edward O. Thorp and Claude Shannon, of MIT,
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KPCB Internet trends 2014

The latest edition of the annual Internet Trends report includes: 1. Key Internet trends, education trends, healthcare trends etc.

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Google predicts future of ads in cars, fridges, watches – and thermostats

Google predicts future of ads in cars, fridges, watches – and thermostats | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Google says it foresees a future of advertising a few years from now in which they could appear on anything from thermostats to refrigerators to car dashboards and watches.

Trudy Raymakers's insight:

Think we have a serious problem here. Personally I wouldn't like to get advertising on everything I see. Where does the digital fight for the customer end?

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Scientists make deep-brain implants possible through wireless charging

Scientists make deep-brain implants possible through wireless charging | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Stanford researchers have figured out a way to wirelessly charge electronic devices that are deep inside your body. Currently pacemakers and nerve
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This Is What the Birth Control of the Future Looks Like

This Is What the Birth Control of the Future Looks Like | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a woman who doesn't want to get pregnant could soon implant a matchstick-sized, wireless chip under her arm, stomach or butt and be "on the pill" for years — 16 years, to be exact. 

The device dispenses a day's worth of levonorgestrel, the same hormone used in several types of birth control pills, some IUDs and Plan B, via tiny reservoirs inside. The reservoirs open and close using a minuscule electric current from a battery tucked inside the chip. If a woman using the device decides she's ready to get pregnant, all she has to do is flip a tiny switch on a remote control.

 

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Disrupting Government – Why Countries Will Soon Have to Compete for their Citizens

Disrupting Government – Why Countries Will Soon Have to Compete for their Citizens | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

In the past, countries were defined by a distinct geographical area and the people who lived there. 

The Internet is dramatically increasing our awareness of the events and actions of those in charge, as well what’s happening in other countries around the world.

When a wealthy person like Roger Ver renounces his citizenship in favor of St. Kitt and becomes a citizen of the world, millions of people around the world take notice.

Every country on the planet is about to undergo heightened levels of scrutiny, both internally and externally as our awareness grows. This will, in turn, force governments to rethink virtually every system, process, and strategy as it relate to their citizens.

As awareness grows, counties will soon find it necessary to compete for their citizens, something they’ve always taken for granted in the past. 

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This Band Of Small Robots Could Build Entire Skyscrapers Without Human Help

This Band Of Small Robots Could Build Entire Skyscrapers Without Human Help | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The Minibuilders could take on tall tasks, including automating another frontier of human labor: the construction industry.
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Fully Automated Computer Program Teaches Itself Everything about Anything

Fully Automated Computer Program Teaches Itself Everything about Anything | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

 In today’s digitally driven world, access to information appears limitless. But when you have something specific in mind that you don’t know, like the name of that niche kitchen tool you saw at a friend’s house, it can be surprisingly hard to sift through the volume of information online and know how to search for it. Or, the opposite problem can occur — we can look up anything on the Internet, but how can we be sure we're finding everything about the topic without spending hours in front of the computer?

Computer scientists from the University of Washington and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle have created the first fully automated computer program that teaches everything there is to know about any visual concept. Called Learning Everything about Anything, or LEVAN, the program searches millions of books and images on the Web to learn all possible variations of a concept, then displays the results to users as a comprehensive, browsable list of images, helping them explore and understand topics quickly in great detail.

 

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How The Internet Of Things May Impact Daily Life

How The Internet Of Things May Impact Daily Life | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
In this four week series, #SUInternetOfThings, we will break down what the Internet Of Things (IoT) is, based on a report by the Pew Research Internet Project. For our first week, we discussed how ...
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15 Emerging Neurotechnologies That Will Change The World - Business insider

15 Emerging Neurotechnologies That Will Change The World - Business insider | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Policy Horizons Canada worked with futurist and data visualizer Michell Zappa of Envisioning to produce a report called MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies and
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Things that might disappear by 2050 | What's Next: Top Trends

Things that might disappear by 2050 | What's Next: Top Trends | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
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Apple Is Launching A Vast Project To Map The Inside Of Every Large Building It Can

Apple Is Launching A Vast Project To Map The Inside Of Every Large Building It Can | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
"Apple has learned from its mistakes from the initial launch of map services and won't repeat with launch of indoor mapping."
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Get ready for hybrid thinking

Get ready for hybrid thinking | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Two hundred million years ago, our mammal ancestors developed a new brain feature: the neocortex. This stamp-sized piece of tissue (wrapped around a brain the size of a walnut) is the key to what humanity has become. Now, futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests, we should get ready for the next big leap in brain power, as we tap into the computing power in the cloud.
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These 'Signs from the Near Future' may be closer than they appear

These 'Signs from the Near Future' may be closer than they appear | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Futuristic technologies have never sounded more like they're right on the horizon. From lab-grown meat to virtual reality to fleets of drones that can transport goods almost anywhere, scientists...
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The nine companies that know more about you than Google or Facebook

The nine companies that know more about you than Google or Facebook | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

You probably assume Google and Facebook know everything about you. You may not have heard of a group of companies who possibly know even more. They're called data brokers, and their business is collecting and selling personal data—typically without your knowledge or consent—that are used to verify identity, help marketers, detect fraud and help perform detailed "people searches." 

Most people have little idea that these companies exist. A new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report out today attempts to shed more light on them. The report describes an industry that collects data from many sources without consumers knowing; that is multi-layered and intertwined; and that stores billions of data points covering nearly every US consumer.

The report looked at nine major data brokers: Acxiom, Corelogic, Datalogix, eBureau, ID Analytics, Intelius, PeekYou, Rapleaf, and Recorded Future.

 

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5 things Google will conquer in the future according to Larry Page | Impact Lab

5 things Google will conquer in the future according to Larry Page | Impact Lab | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Google CEO Larry Page Larry Page, CEO at Google, just published his annual founder's letter for shareholders and, as usual, it's a fascinating glimpse into where he thinks Google is going, how it’s going to get there, and what the company will conquer in the future:

1. Same day delivery shopping

2. Curing death

3. Good design

4. Conversational, artificially intelligent search

5. The 5 billion people who are not online

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