By Cheryl Roberto Imagine a world where homes not only run on clean electricity but also generate, store, and sell it. A world where power companies get paid for conserving energy, not just producing it. Where, when supplies are tight, the power grid gives customers the option of being paid to reduce and even shift their energy to a different time of day, allowing us to use more renewable energy.
De consument vindt het allemaal prachtig. Gratis, mooier wordt het immers niet. Als een bank zoiets wil doen dan is het huis te klein, de wegen van de consument zijn ondoorgrondelijk. Google zijn hele verdienmodel is immers gebaseerd op de verkoop van persoonlijke data. Met zoveel succes dat inmiddels elke succesvolle innovatie moeiteloos ingelijfd kan worden. Google is nu nog een supermarkt met A-merken en huismerken. Als niemand de mannen van Google stopt dan blijven alleen de huismerken over en Google vindt dat prima.
The IMF just released its latest attempt to forecast the health of the global economy, which it thinks will expand by 3.6% this year. The forecast also comes with a warning about what will happen if things go wrong, with growth instead falling to 2.4%, just above the 2% cut-off point that the IMF considers a global recession.
De arbeidsmarkt staat voor grote veranderingen, maar het grote publiek en ook de overheden zijn op die evoluties totaal niet voorbereid. Dat heeft Bill Gates gezegd tijdens een voordracht voor het American Enterprise Institute in Washingon. Over 20 jaar zullen volgens Gates een hele reeks beroepen zijn verdwenen en vervangen zijn door softwarebots..
Shanghai Media Group Pictures believes its freshly minted multi-year deal with Walt Disney Studios to co-develop Disney-branded movies for China and elsewhere marks a major opportunity to learn how to make high-quality films. While the Chinese film market is booming – box office was $3.6 billion last year and is expected to reach $4.6 billion in 2014 – there is still a feeling among domestic filmmakers that scripts need to improve, production needs to become more professional and the industry generally needs to learn from the Hollywood model.
Dubbed the ‘Bionic Kangaroo’, a surprising new robot created by German company Festo was recently unveiled in Hanover. The robot’s jumping power is provided by pneumatic actuators, which also act as shock absorbers upon landing.
2014 was supposed to be “the year of wearable tech,but four months in, it seems clear that it’s going to take some time for wearables to go mainstream. The majority of attention is being paid to smartbands and smartwatches, and new entries to the market keep coming. Google has announced their expansion outside of Glass with smartwatch Android Wear, Nissan has unveiled a watch concept that would pair wearable tech with the car industry, Disney has made headlines with their new smartbands for guests, even Will.i.am is developing a smartwatch. The competition to be the star of tech that lives on our wrists is intense, but so far it is unclear whether consumers—even tech-hungry Millennials— are going to embrace these innovations..
From predicting AI within 20 years to mass-starvation in the 1970s, those who foretell the future often come close to doomsday preachers.In his book The Future of the Mind, the excitable physicist and futurologist Michio Kaku mentions Darpa. This is America’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, the body normally credited with creating, among other things, the internet. It gets Kaku in a foam of futurological excitement. “The only justification for its existence is . . .” he says, quoting Darpa’s strategic plan, “to ‘accelerate the future into being’ ”.
WE are beginning to witness a paradox at the heart of capitalism, one that has propelled it to greatness but is now threatening its future: The inherent dynamism of competitive markets is bringing costs so far down that many goods and services are becoming nearly free, abundant, and no longer subject to market forces. While economists have always welcomed a reduction in marginal cost, they never anticipated the possibility of a technological revolution that might bring those costs to near zero.