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Young people aren't reliable predictors of tech trends. So where does that leave Snapchat?

Young people aren't reliable predictors of tech trends. So where does that leave Snapchat? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
We all tend to assume that young people are on the technological vanguard, knowing what "the next big thing" will be. But they are often wrong.
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How Silicon Valley Is Trying to Hack Its Way Into a Longer Life

How Silicon Valley Is Trying to Hack Its Way Into a Longer Life | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The titans of the tech industry are known for their confidence that they can solve any problem--even, as it turns out, the one that's defeated every other attempt so far. That's why the most far-out strategies to cheat death are being tested in America's playground for the young, deep-pocketed and brilliant: Silicon Valley.
Larry Ellison, the co-founder of Oracle, has given more than $330 million to research about aging and age-related diseases. Alphabet CEO and co-founder Larry Page launched Calico, a research company that targets ways to improve the human lifespan. Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, has also invested millions in the cause, including over $7 million to the Methuselah Foundation, a nonprofit focused on life-extension therapies.
Rather than wait years for treatments to be approved by federal officials, many of them are testing ways to modify human biology that fall somewhere on the spectrum between science and entrepreneurialism. It's called biohacking, and it's one of the biggest things happening in the Bay Area.
"My goal is to live beyond 180 years," says Dave Asprey, CEO of the supplement company Bulletproof, most famous for its popularization of coffee with organic butter mixed in. "I am doing every single thing I can to make it happen for myself."
For some, that means daily pill regimens and fasting once a week. For others, it means having the blood of a young person pumped into their veins. "I see biohacking as a populist movement within health care," says Geoffrey Woo, the CEO of a company called Nootrobox that sells supplements that promise to enhance brain function.
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Autonomous flying cars will soon be part of everyday reality - Richard van Hooijdonk

Autonomous flying cars will soon be part of everyday reality - Richard van Hooijdonk | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Urban Aeronautics’ Cormorant passenger drone can fly between buildings AeroMobil – cross between a passenger car and a small aeroplane Airbus to test self-flying transporter this year Uber and NASA engineer working together to take vehicles to the skies Hurdles to overcome Experts in the transportation industry believe that within the next ten t
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The roots of technological singularity can be traced backed to the Stone Age

The roots of technological singularity can be traced backed to the Stone Age | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
David Krakauer discusses the dangers of the singularity - and whether or not the idea is a viable threat to humanity
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Robots Will Soon Do Your Taxes. Bye-Bye, Accounting Jobs

Robots Will Soon Do Your Taxes. Bye-Bye, Accounting Jobs | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Opinion: Between accounting professionals and truck drivers alone, about 4.5 million human jobs could be ceded to robots over the next few years.
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When Will Augmented Reality Get Real?

When Will Augmented Reality Get Real? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Augmented reality, or AR, is technology that blends virtual content with real-world surroundings. Unlike virtual reality, which immerses you in a self-contained digital world, AR overlays 3D graphics and interactive characters into your everyday world.

In the hit game Pokémon Go, players use their smartphones to catch Pokémon characters in the local park or at the office. Released in July 2016, the game was downloaded faster than any mobile app in history and generated nearly $1 billion in revenue in its first six months.

Yet despite Pokémon Go's huge numbers, when surveyors asked average Americans what they thought about augmented reality, the majority of people didn't have a clue. In a ReportLinker survey conducted last September — the same month that Pokémon Go downloads topped 500 million — 58 percent of Americans said they were "not at all familiar with" augmented reality. Awareness was slightly higher among famously connected millennials.

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Elon Musk thinks humans need to become cyborgs or risk irrelevance

Elon Musk thinks humans need to become cyborgs or risk irrelevance | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Human beings are in danger of being eclipsed by artificial intelligence and need to evolve the ability to communicate directly with machines or risk irrelevance, Elon Musk said in a typically heartwarming speech from everyone’s favorite billionaire technologist.

“Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence," Musk told an audience at the World Government Summit in Dubai, where he also launched Tesla in the United Arab Emirates, according to CNBC. "It's mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output.
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The moral dilemmas of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The moral dilemmas of the Fourth Industrial Revolution | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Should your driverless car value your life over a pedestrian's? Should your Fitbit activity be used against you in a court case? Should we allow drones to become the new paparazzi? Can one patent a human gene?

Scientists are already struggling with such dilemmas. As we enter the new machine age, we need a new set of codified morals to become the global norm. We should put as much emphasis on ethics as we put on fashionable terms like disruption.

This is starting to happen. Last year, America's Carnegie Mellon University announced a new centre studying the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence; under President Obama, the White House published a paper on the same topic; and tech giants including Facebook and Google have announced a partnership to draw up an ethical framework for AI. Both the risks and the opportunities are vast: Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and other experts signed an open letter calling for efforts to ensure AI is beneficial to society:

"The potential benefits are huge, since everything that civilization has to offer is a product of human intelligence; we cannot predict what we might achieve when this intelligence is magnified by the tools AI may provide, but the eradication of disease and poverty are not unfathomable. Because of the great potential of AI, it is important to research how to reap its benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 13, 4:12 PM
Ethics are lived out in the real world, rather than as abstract propositions. Kwame Appiah has written about ethics and legal moralism.
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The AI Threat Isn’t Skynet. It’s the End of the Middle Class

The AI Threat Isn’t Skynet. It’s the End of the Middle Class | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

.IN FEBRUARY 1975, a group of geneticists gathered in a tiny town on the central coast of California to decide if their work would bring about the end of the world. These researchers were just beginning to explore the science of genetic engineering, manipulating DNA to create organisms that didn’t exist in nature, and they were unsure how these techniques would affect the health of the planet and its people. So, they descended on a coastal retreat called Asilomar, a name that became synonymous with the guidelines they laid down at this meeting—a strict ethical framework meant to ensure that biotechnology didn’t unleash the apocalypse.

Forty-two years on, another group of scientists gathered at Asilomar to consider a similar problem. But this time, the threat wasn’t biological. It was digital. In January, the world’s top artificial intelligence researchers walked down the same beachside paths as they discussed their rapidly accelerating field and the role it will play in the fate of humanity. It was a private conference—the enormity of the subject deserves some privacy—but in recent days, organizers released several videos from the conference talks, and some participants have been willing to discuss their experience, shedding some light on the way AI researchers view the threat of their own field.

The rise of driverless cars and trucks is just a start. It’s not just blue-collar jobs that AI endangers.
Yes, they discussed the possibility of a superintelligence that could somehow escape human control, and at the end of the month, the conference organizers unveiled a set of guidelines, signed by attendees and other AI luminaries, that aim to prevent this possible dystopia. But the researchers at Asilomar were also concerned with more immediate matters: the effect of AI on the economy

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Haptic ads - JWT Intelligence

Haptic ads - JWT Intelligence | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Touch technologies are adding a new dimension to mobile advertising.

As media consumption moves to mobile devices and brands seek any edge to stand out on small screens, haptic technologies, which communicate with users using the sensation of touch, are getting renewed attention.

Haptics technology has existed for years in various forms, but is quickly gaining ground in the consumer electronics industry. A 2016 market report by Technavio estimates that the haptics technology market in consumer electronics will grow at a CAGR of 21.1% from 2014 through 2019. Meanwhile, a new study by IPG Mediabrands and Immersion Corporation has quantified the effects of haptics on consumer perceptions of advertising.
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Will Algorithms Erode Our Decision-Making Skills?

Will Algorithms Erode Our Decision-Making Skills? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The advancement of algorithms may result in the loss of human judgment, a new report says. Experts on the subject weigh the pros and cons of computer code that aims to make our lives easier.
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The Technological Future of Surgery - The Medical Futurist

The Technological Future of Surgery - The Medical Futurist | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The future of surgery offers an amazing cooperation between humans and technology, through which surgeries reach high levels of precision and efficiency.
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Aging and Death Are the Evolutionary Price of Complexity

Aging and Death Are the Evolutionary Price of Complexity | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Life’s ever-repeating cycles of birth and death are among the most fundamental principles of nature. An organism starts out as a single cell that grows and divides, develops into an embryo, matures and reaches adulthood, but then ages, deteriorates, and eventually succumbs to death.

But why does life have to be cyclic, and why does it have to end in senescence and death?

After all, animals like corals and marine sponges live for thousands of years and are capable of virtually infinite regeneration and cell repair. Even in more complex animals, offspring do not inherit their parents’ age: every new generation starts with cells in a pristine state, with no trace of aging. If senescence is somehow suppressed in reproductive cells, why do the rest of the organism’s tissues end up deteriorating and dying?
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The End of Conventional Industry Sectors

The End of Conventional Industry Sectors | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
These days, few people expect to work for a single company throughout their career. But what about the expectation that companies will remain in one industry forever? Is that, too, becoming an artifact of the past?

In a new PwC report called “The Future of Industries: Bringing Down the Walls,” we look at how the boundaries among sectors are shifting. The pace of technological change is creating at least the prospect of a new industrial order, in which most companies no longer operate within the comfort zones of their established sectors. Already, a few companies (Apple, Amazon, and GE, among them) have boldly and successfully moved into new industries. Now just about every other company will have to do business that way.

Consider the telecommunications and automobile industries. Until the past few years, a telecom company based its business primarily on routing calls and data. But now, almost 25 years after the launch of the World Wide Web, telecom companies have become entertainment content companies. Technological change has taken them across industry borders.
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Jose Luis Yañez's curator insight, February 23, 2:17 PM
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Gil Press: Top 10 Hot Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technologies

Gil Press: Top 10 Hot Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technologies | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

The market for artificial intelligence (AI) technologies is flourishing. Beyond the hype and the heightened media attention, the numerous startups and the internet giants racing to acquire them, there is a significant increase in investment and adoption by enterprises. A Narrative Science survey found last year that 38% of enterprises are already using AI.

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EU move to bring in AI laws, but reject robot tax proposal

EU move to bring in AI laws, but reject robot tax proposal | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The European Parliament has voted on a resolution to regulate the development of artificial intelligence and robotics across the European Union. Based on a raft of recommendations drafted in a report submitted in January to the legal affairs committee, the proposed rules include establishing ethical standards for the development of artificial intelligence, and introducing an insurance scheme to cover liability for accidents involving driverless cars.

"The EU needs to take the lead on setting these standards, so as not to be forced to follow those set by third countries," the parliament announced in a statement. The members specifically noted that legislation is urgently needed to manage the speedy introduction of driverless cars in order to legally clarify responsibility in the case of accident.
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China Is Developing its Own Digital Currency

China Is Developing its Own Digital Currency | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

After assembling a research team in 2014, the People’s Bank of China has done trial runs of its prototype cryptocurrency. That’s taking it a step closer to becoming one of the first major central banks to issue digital money that can be used for anything from buying noodles to purchasing a car.

For users transacting over their smartphones or laptops, a PBOC-backed cryptocurrency probably wouldn’t seem much different to existing payment methods such as Alipay or WeChat. But for sellers, they would get digital payments directly from the buyer, lowering transaction costs as the middleman is cut out of the process.

At the same time as it builds up its own capabilities, the PBOC is increasing scrutiny of bitcoin and other private digital tenders. It doesn’t want a bitcoin bubble to blow up. And since currencies have historically been issued by the state, not private players, it doesn’t want to cede the cryptocurrency space to companies it has no control over.

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AI Principles - Future of Life Institute

AI Principles - Future of Life Institute | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Artificial intelligence has already provided beneficial tools that are used every day by people around the world. Its continued development, guided by the following 23 principles, will offer amazing opportunities to help and empower people in the decades and centuries ahead. 

Research Issues

1) Research Goal: The goal of AI research should be to create not undirected intelligence, but beneficial intelligence.
2) Research Funding: Investments in AI should be accompanied by funding for research on ensuring its beneficial use, including thorny questions in computer science, economics, law, ethics, and social studies, such as:

How can we make future AI systems highly robust, so that they do what we want without malfunctioning or getting hacked?
How can we grow our prosperity through automation while maintaining people’s resources and purpose?
How can we update our legal systems to be more fair and efficient, to keep pace with AI, and to manage the risks associated with AI?
What set of values should AI be aligned with, and what legal and ethical status should it have?
3) Science-Policy Link: There should be constructive and healthy exchange between AI researchers and policy-makers.

4) Research Culture: A culture of cooperation, trust, and transparency should be fostered among researchers and developers of AI.

5) Race Avoidance: Teams developing AI systems should actively cooperate to avoid corner-cutting on safety standard.


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Brain scanners allow scientists to 'read minds' – could they now enable a 'Big Brother' future?

Brain scanners allow scientists to 'read minds' – could they now enable a 'Big Brother' future? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Are you lying? Do you have a racial bias? Is your moral compass intact? To find out what you think or feel, we usually have to take your word for it. But questionnaires and other explicit measures to reveal what’s on your mind are imperfect: you may choose to hide your true beliefs or you may not even be aware of them.

But now there is a technology that enables us to “read the mind” with growing accuracy: functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). It measures brain activity indirectly by tracking changes in blood flow – making it possible for neuroscientists to observe the brain in action. Because the technology is safe and effective, fMRI has revolutionised our understanding of the human brain. It has shed light on areas important for speech, movement, memory and many other processes.
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I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.

I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you. | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

A few months ago I wrote about how you can encrypt your entire life in less than an hour. Well, all the security in the world can’t save you if someone has physical possession of your phone or laptop…

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How Robots Helped Create 100,000 Jobs at Amazon

How Robots Helped Create 100,000 Jobs at Amazon | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Accelerating technology has been creating a lot of worry over job loss to automation, especially as machines become capable of doing things they never could in the past. A recent report released by the McKinsey Global Institute estimated that 49 percent of job activities could currently be fully automated—that equates to 1.1 billion workers globally.

What gets less buzz is the other side of the coin: automation helping to create jobs. Believe it or not, it does happen, and we can look at one of the world’s largest retailers to see that.

Thanks in part to more robots in its fulfillment centers, Amazon has been able to drive down shipping costs and pass those savings on to customers. Cheaper shipping made more people use Amazon, and the company hired more workers to meet this increased demand

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Google is teaching its AI to turn on each other

Google is teaching its AI to turn on each other | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence is slowly creeping into our daily lives, and soon, it will become necessary to understand how different agents behave in social dilemmas.

To see what would happen in such a scenario, Google's DeepMind researchers developed two games known as ‘Gathering’ and ‘Wolfpack,’ which build off the Prisoner’s Dilemma from game theory.

Over time, the AI agents learned how to behave rationally – and while they showed the researchers that they would sometimes cooperate, the games revealed the AI would turn on others when necessary.

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11 New Jobs in the Future of Healthcare and Medicine – Part II. - The Medical Futurist

11 New Jobs in the Future of Healthcare and Medicine – Part II. - The Medical Futurist | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

As I am certain that the huge waves of technological change transform the medical professional palette; based on the current and prospective trends in digital health technologies I envisioned what potential new professions could appear in our lives. Don’t miss the first part of the list!

If you have an idea about another new job of the future, please let me know and I will keep on improving the list.

1) No one knows what disease are you suffering from? Ask a healthcare navigator!
2) Healing will be joy and fun with gamification specialists
3) Augmented/virtual reality operation planners for the success of every surgical intervention
4) Reducing suffering and alleviating pain through professionally designed VR therapies
5) With the rise of nanosolutions, nanomedical engineers will be in huge demand
6) Do you have trouble with sending data from your home sensors to your smartphone? Ask an internet of healthy things connector!
7) Do you have trouble in getting from A to B in the healthcare jungle? Hire a patient assistant!
8) End-of-life therapists will prepare patients for death
9) Does your cyborg neighbor complain constantly about his life? Send him to a cyborg therapist!
10) Health data analysts wanted for making sense of big data!
11) People with paralysis will get help from brain-computer interface designers!

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The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding

The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
WHEN I ASK people to picture a coder, they usually imagine someone like Mark Zuckerberg: a hoodied college dropout who builds an app in a feverish 72-hour programming jag—with the goal of getting insanely rich and, as they say, “changing the world.”

But this Silicon Valley stereotype isn’t even geographically accurate. The Valley employs only 8 percent of the nation’s coders. All the other millions? They’re more like Devon, a programmer I met who helps maintain a ­security-software service in Portland, Oregon. He isn’t going to get fabulously rich, but his job is stable and rewarding: It’s 40 hours a week, well paid, and intellectually challenging. “My dad was a blue-­collar guy,” he tells me—and in many ways, Devon is too.
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World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%

World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50% | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The World Economic Forum (WEF) said last week that rising inequality and social polarisation posed two of the biggest risks to the global economy in 2017 and could result in the rolling back of globalisation.

Oxfam said the world’s poorest 50% owned the same in assets as the $426bn owned by a group headed by Gates, Amancio Ortega, the founder of the Spanish fashion chain Zara, and Warren Buffett, the renowned investor and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway.

The others are Carlos Slim Helú: the Mexican telecoms tycoon and owner of conglomerate Grupo Carso; Jeff Bezos: the founder of Amazon; Mark Zuckerberg: the founder of Facebook; Larry Ellison, chief executive of US tech firm Oracle; and Michael Bloomberg; a former mayor of New York and founder and owner of the Bloomberg news and financial information service.
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trendwatching.com: 5 Trends for 2017

trendwatching.com: 5 Trends for 2017 | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Get ready. 5 big trends for 2017. Featuring Google, Starbucks, Abba (yes, really!) and more. Source: trendwatching.com | 5 Trends for 2017 | TrendWatching

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