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INFOGRAPHIC: How The Internet Has Evolved From 1996-2011

INFOGRAPHIC: How The Internet Has Evolved From 1996-2011 | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
In the last 15 years, a lot has changed. The landscape of the world has changed dramatically, but one of the things that has evolved the most since 1996 is the Internet.

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We're Entering A New Era of Mass Collaboration

In a networked world, the best way to become a dominant player is to be an indispensable partner
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A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better VR Sooner Than You Think

A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better VR Sooner Than You Think | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

DAVID KOSSLYN AND Ian Thompson are the founders of a virtual reality company called Angle Technologies. Two years into this stealth project, backed by $8 million in funding, they won’t say much about the virtual world they’re building—at least not publicly. But they will say that they’re building it in a way that alters the relationship between computer hardware and software. When a PC or a game console runs this virtual world, the GPU chips play an unexpectedly large role, taking so much of the burden off the main processor.

GPU is short for graphics processing unit. These chips were originally designed as a better way of rendering graphics for games and other software. And they still play this all-important role for the virtual world under development at Angle. But that’s not all. Kosslyn and Thompson are shifting countless other tasks onto these chips, just because GPUs are so good at running so many calculations in parallel. A single machine can hold hundreds of GPU chips, and each chip can operate largely on its own.

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Artificial evolution aims to create life out of non-living matter

Artificial evolution aims to create life out of non-living matter | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Evolution is the generally-accepted answer to how life arose, but how did non-living matter transition into living organisms? A team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is trying to recreate the cradle of life, by gently rocking a combination of key minerals and organic molecules to see if certain chemical reactions give birth to life. If life emerges "easily" from these conditions, it could change our understanding of how common life might be across the universe.

Synthetic life has been created in a lab before. Back in 2010, scientists successfully created a brand-new bacteria by injecting a computer-designed genome into an existing cell, which was then able to replicate itself. A few years later, another team built artificial, self-assembling cell membranes, which could act like the "hardware" to house an artificial genome. More recently, researchers developed a semi-synthetic organism with extra genetic information in its DNA.

But if those scientists were essentially "playing God" by directly creating new life, the UW-Madison project is "playing Mother Nature" by trying to recreate the overall process of evolution itself.

The study of life's beginnings, or abiogenesis, has been ongoing for the better part of a century, and there are several theories for how non-living molecules first gave rise to living cells. Probably the best known is the idea of primordial soup, which suggests that when sources of energy, such as lightning or sunlight, interacted with Earth's early atmosphere, organic compounds would have formed and interacted with each other. These eventually gave rise to amino acids – the building blocks of life – and in turn, simple life forms.

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Old Mice Made Young Again With New Anti-Aging Drug

Old Mice Made Young Again With New Anti-Aging Drug | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

There’s something eerily dystopian about the lives of cells.

Like the young heroes in popular teen novels, cells are born into stringent organ “societies,” destined to perform specific roles preordained by their DNA expression. Like the bodies they inhabit, cells have limited lifespans, and when they grow old, they begin leaking toxic molecules into their surroundings.

To protect the body, aged cells undergo the ultimate sacrifice: they switch on molecular machinery that results in their own death—a process beautifully named “apoptosis,” meaning the “gentle falling of leaves” in ancient Greek.

But sometimes aged cells go rogue. Rather than committing suicide, these cells lurk in our hearts, livers, kidneys and brains, where they silently promote disease. Scientists have long suspected that these “senescent” cells cause us to age, but getting rid of them without harming normal, healthy cells has been challenging.

Now, a collaborative effort between the Erasmus University in the Netherlands and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in California may have a solution. Published in the prestigious journal Cell, the team developed a chemical torpedo that, after injecting into mice, zooms to senescent cells and puts them out of their misery, while leaving healthy cells alone.

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The power of humans: how companies will compete with humanity against AI - Ross Dawson

The power of humans: how companies will compete with humanity against AI - Ross Dawson | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

I was recently interviewed for an interesting article in The Guardian Brand human: why efficient automation will not always be best for business.

The main thrust of the article was about whether companies would choose to hire humans rather than use machines to win customers and improve perception of their brand. It is an interesting point, though I view it as fairly unlikely that consumers will actively shift their buying to companies that hire humans in roles that machines could do.

The point I emphasized is that it is very narrow to think of the current shifts as replacing human jobs with AI – that view is deluded and cannot create tomorrow’s companies.

Success will lie in reconfiguring work and organizations to take into account the complementary capabilities of humans and machines. But it is also about bringing out the best of people, having them truly express their unique capabilities in relationships, creativity and expertise.

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78 Skills that will be Difficult to Automate

78 Skills that will be Difficult to Automate | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

In Japan, becoming an itamae of sushi requires years of on-the-job training and apprenticeship.

For this reason I asked Deb if she would prefer eating sushi that was prepared by humans or the same kind of meals prepared by machines. After thinking about it for a bit, she said that she’d prefer having a human chef because she liked the inconsistencies that go along with having a person at the cutting board.

For her, machines meant perfect consistency and perfectly prepared meals and that was less appealing than a human-centric operation with randomness added to the equation.

The key point here is that when it comes to automation, the marketplace will decide, and the market is not always logical.

We still go to concerts even though listening to prerecorded music at home is safer, more comfortable, and oftentimes better quality.
We still go to museums even though we can witness most of the images online without having to wait in lines and fight crowds.
We still go to coffee shops even though we can brew the same kind of coffee at home for far less money.
In each of these cases, the value of the experience far outweighs the incongruity of decisions being made.

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CeBIT 2017- Ray Kurzweil Keynote: The Future is Brighter Than We Think.

Ray Kurzweil is probably the most qualified individual to talk about the future of technology. He does it at CeBIT in a captivating presentation about technologies that will be as important as the internet. Ray is an Inventor, Entrepreneur, Futurist, Writer, founder of the Singularity University and now at Google. (Intro is temporally missing). March 2017
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rather doubt that Ray is the "most qualified" any longer

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Immortal Stem Cells Let Scientists Create an Unlimited Supply of Artificial Blood

Immortal Stem Cells Let Scientists Create an Unlimited Supply of Artificial Blood | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed a line immortal stem cells that allow them to generate an unlimited supply of artificial red blood cells on demand.

If these artificial blood cells pass clinical trials, they'll be far more efficient for medical use than current red blood cell products, which have to be generated from donor blood - and would be a huge deal for patients with rare blood types, who often struggle to find matching blood donor
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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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As climate dangers grow, it might be time to begin limited geoengineering experiments

As climate dangers grow, it might be time to begin limited geoengineering experiments | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
As climate change accelerates, a handful of scientists are eager to move ahead with experiments testing ways to counteract warming artificially. Their reasoning: we just might get desperate enough to use this technology one day.
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A prescription for the future: How hospitals could be rebuilt, better than before | The Economist

A prescription for the future: How hospitals could be rebuilt, better than before | The Economist | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

IN A nondescript part of Cleveland, in a room known as the bunker, a doctor, nurses and medical technicians gather to keep watch over 150 patients in special-care units and intensive-care beds. Their patients are scattered around the region, in clinics that have no specialists covering the night shift. On a wall of beeping screens the bunker team members track their charges vital signs. They can zoom in on any patient via a camera at the foot of each bed. “These here are PVCs [premature ventricular contractions]; they’re bad things,” says Jim Goldstein, a cardiac technician, pointing to a graph of a patient’s heartbeat. The PVCs are getting worse, warns a flashing light. It’s time to alert a nurse on the ground.

Health-care providers such as the Cleveland Clinic, the big American hospital group that runs this remote intensive-care unit (ICU), are rethinking the way hospitals work. Today, hospitals are where patients go for consultations with specialists, and where specialists, with the help of medical technicians and pricey machinery, diagnose their ills. They are also the main setting for surgery and medical interventions such as chemotherapy; and where sick people go for monitoring and care. But high-speed internet, remote-monitoring technology and the crunching of vast amounts of data are about to change all that. In the coming years a big chunk of those activities—and nearly all the monitoring and care—could move elsewhere.

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How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Everything

How Artificial Intelligence Will Change Everything | Futurewaves | Scoop.it


Artificial intelligence is not one technology but rather a group of related technologies – including natural language processing, machine learning (computer programs that can “learn” when exposed to new data) and expert systems (software programmed to provide advice) – that help machines sense, comprehend, and act in ways similar to the human brain. These technologies are behind innovations such as virtual agents (computer-generated, animated characters serving as online customer service representatives), identity analytics (solutions combining big data and advanced analytics to help manage user access and certification), and recommendation systems (algorithms helping match users and providers of goods and services) which have already transformed the ways in which companies look at the overall customer experience.

Artificial intelligence can help banks’ finance teams reimagine and restructure operating models and processes. Large banks must process huge volumes of data to generate financial reports and satisfy regulatory and compliance requirements. These processes are increasingly standardized and formulaic but still involve large numbers of people performing low-value-added tasks (often in reconciliation and consolidation). This makes them ideal candidates for robotic process automation (RPA). The software “bots” used in RPA can be coded to deal with rules and some exceptions, but it’s the added layer of machine learning across the more complex challenges and frequently changing tasks that make the combination of RPA and AI particularly powerful.


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This isn’t sci-fi: A space-based sharing economy powered by nano-satellites could save humanity

This isn’t sci-fi: A space-based sharing economy powered by nano-satellites could save humanity | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

The rise of the internet and the ubiquity of mobile computing devices have changed everything from travel and shopping to politics – think Uber, Amazon and Twitter.

But for the next revolution in commerce, governance and social interaction we need to look up – about 100 miles up, into the low Earth orbit. There, falling prices for communication and earth monitoring satellites, along with blockchain-enabled security, will make everything from broadband communication to crop monitoring available not just to technology elites, but to the most remote farm, village or machine.

This sharing economy in space could give even those not employed by large corporations or governments access to real-time, trustworthy data about everything from weather patterns and economic outlooks to cross-border migrations.

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Precision Medicine Is Our Best Hope In The Fight Against Cancer - The Medical Futurist

Precision Medicine Is Our Best Hope In The Fight Against Cancer - The Medical Futurist | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
In the fight against cancer, precision medicine is one of the most promising tools and the logical outcome of current healthcare trends.
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List of the world's top female futurists (Update #2) - Ross Dawson

There are many outstanding female futurists. AHT provides an ongoing list of the world's best talent in the futures field, focusing on women futurists.
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Elon Musk Will Need a Masterplan in Digital Health Too - The Medical Futurist

Elon Musk Will Need a Masterplan in Digital Health Too - The Medical Futurist | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

What we need, is a plan. Though Mr. Musk might jump into healthcare to make this revolution happen, we already know how we could bring science fiction to reality. Here are the four grand challenges that we need to tackle:
1) We need to embrace disruptive technologies
Technological advance is not the solution for healthcare problems, I acknowledge that, but I firmly believe that only disruption can change healthcare from the bottom. We need to massively discuss worldwide how amazing and dangerous disruptive technologies can be. This way we can prepare in time.

2) We must put patients in the center of care
This is an ongoing movement worldwide, but we are far from finishing the job. We have to invite patients and their organizations to every project from hospital advisory boards to conferences in order to let their voices heard. They are the most important elements in healthcare and today we design care without their participation. This must stop.

3) We need to shift from treatment to prevention
We will spend a similar amount of knowledge, money and energy on preventive care, but this will allow us to catch diseases and even prevent them from arising in time. This is only possible with measuring data at home, at the practice and in hospitals. The swarm of wearable sensors and portable diagnosti devices should be incorporated into everyday care.

4) We need to digitize the process of care
We can only improve a system if we measure data in it. Today’s healthcare fails at this. Let’s measure and analyze the vast amounts of data from medical records, patients’ sensors and insurance claims with Watson-like algorithms.

I think Elon Musk’s vision for a cleaner, safer and more efficient world is an example to follow. Imagine how our lives would change if that most important of all industries, healthcare would be similarly transformed. I invite you all to join me in making this change happen. 

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) @ SXSW - Koneksa Mondo

Artificial Intelligence (AI) @ SXSW - Koneksa Mondo | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Ieder jaar komt onderzoeks- en adviesbureau Gartner met een update van haar hype cycles waarin het de stand van zaken schetst vwb technologische ontwikkelingen zoals social media, cloud computing, mobile, etc. Deze hype cycles vergelijk ik al jaren met elkaar … Lees verder →
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Mind-Reading Computers That Can Translate Thoughts into Words

Mind-Reading Computers That Can Translate Thoughts into Words | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

In his latest book, Adam Piore explores how bioengineers are harnessing the latest technologies to unlock untapped abilities in the human body and mind, like translating neural brain patterns of thoughts into written word

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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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