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Can Google Do What National Governments Can’t?

Can Google Do What National Governments Can’t? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Once upon a time, Google concerned itself with seemingly benign, profit-driven things: the optimal position of online ads for erectile dysfunction drugs, mapping the location of every sports bar in America, churning out free services to further cement a quasi-monopoly in global search.

But these are no longer the comfortable, well-established guardrails around Google.

 

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James Surowiecki: America Goes Off the Books

James Surowiecki: America Goes Off the Books | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Two trillion dollars. That’s how much money Americans may have made in the past year that didn’t get reported to the I.R.S., according to a recent study by the economist Edgar Feige, who’s been investigating the so-called underground, or gray,economy for thirty-five years...

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The key trends that will shape Britain's future - Public Service Europe

The key trends that will shape Britain's future - Public Service Europe | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
An analysis by Frost and Sullivan has identified the key 'mega trends' that will determine the UK economy's growth as one of the most digitally active and urban consumers in the world, writes Archana Vidyasekar...
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Social media: This is what my stuff says about me | Trends | Marketing Week

Social media: This is what my stuff says about me | Trends | Marketing Week | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Showing off what you own is the latest way to define status online and savvy marketers are tapping into this.
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Crowdfunding Industry On Fire: Trends to Watch

Crowdfunding Industry On Fire: Trends to Watch | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Market research data shows that 308 active crowdfunding platforms raised $2.7 billion last year. In 2013, the industry is expected to raise $5.1 billion. Here's a look at where the rapidly-evolving...
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8 Exponential Trends That Will Shape Humanity: Century of the City ...

We live in a time of great abundance and unparalleled possibilities fueled by exponential growth from the impact of technology. Our job at sparks & honey is to
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Economic Trends we can all profit from in 2013

Economic Trends we can all profit from in 2013 | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

By Lewis Humphries The National Small Business Association (NSBA)in America  is well known for its pessimistic reporting, and recently released its outlook for the economic climate in 2013. The Positive Economic Trends that You Should Look For in 2013:

1.The Redistribution of Economic Power

2.Changing Nature of Business

3.Insourcing as the New Outsourcing

 

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Will Google's Ray Kurzweil Live Forever?

Will Google's Ray Kurzweil Live Forever? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal, Holman Jenkins interviews Ray Kurzweil, the famous inventor who expects that in 15 years, medical technology will add a year of life expectancy every year.
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Someone Give This Man A Nobel Prize Already. He’s Going To Save The Planet!

Someone Give This Man A Nobel Prize Already. He’s Going To Save The Planet! | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

This man, Allan Savory, once bought into a lie that everyone accepted blindly. This lie resulted in something horrible happening, which he supported at the time. But now he has a mission. A simple and beautiful mission: SAVE. THE. PLANET. He’s going to do it, too. Watch and be in awe.

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Jacket enables wearers to create music with gestures alone

Jacket enables wearers to create music with gestures alone | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The MJ v1.0 is a jacket that comes with discrete controllers and sensors that allow the user to create music through gestures alone.
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Uber, Data Darwinism and the future of work

Uber, Data Darwinism and the future of work | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Uber, a San Francisco-based personal transportation oriented startup, is facing a backlash from a few of its drivers. But the confrontation is less about Uber and more about the challenges facing a society being rebuilt because of connectedness.
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Again the other side of connectedness.

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Can I borrow your... sharing economy?

Can I borrow your... sharing economy? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The more she shares, the more he shares, the happier they both feel. With the emergence of the sharing economy, even grown ups can share nicely!
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Astronomers anticipate 100 billion Earth-like planets

Astronomers anticipate 100 billion Earth-like planets | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Researchers have proposed a new method for finding Earth-like planets and they anticipate that the number will be in the order of 100 billion.
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Laser sensors automatically fertilize crops that need it most

Laser sensors automatically fertilize crops that need it most | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
CropSpec is a device that users lasers to detect the growth of crops and apply fertilizer only to the areas where it is required.
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Language Knowmads Wanted - Open Up

Language Knowmads Wanted - Open Up | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
A key aspect of Society 3.0 involves online open access, crowd sourcing that promotes sharing, remixing, and capitalizing on new ideas. We know that much of this happens through online communities – where knowmads ...
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The Dark Side of the Digital Revolution

The Dark Side of the Digital Revolution | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Google's Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, fresh from a visit to North Korea in January, on why the Internet is far from an unalloyed good to the citizens of dictatorships around the world.
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5 Building Product Trends In the New Housing Market

5 Building Product Trends In the New Housing Market | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

The Housing Market is Evolving - Be Ready As we move into 2013, I think everyone is in agreement, the housing market is recovering. Heres my take on 5 things this ‘new’ normal means to our industry

1. We all have to remember what we have gone through these past few years.

2. People will continue to stay in the homes longer. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like homeowners have also learned some hard lessons.

3. Universal design and aging in place will explode

4. Multi-generational living isn’t going away. Creating homes and products that work, in some cases, for three generations will be key.

5. Millennials are in no rush to buy a home.


 

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Scientific Futuring | World Future Society

Scientific Futuring | World Future Society | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

“Observation informs us about the past and the present; reason foretells the future.” Hans Reichenbach, The Rise of Scientific Philosophy (1951)

Nothing epistemologically exotic needs to be conjured up in order to develop a scientific method for studying the future. Futurology would simply hold itself accountable to customary disciplines of scientific though

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‘Peak oil’ fades, ‘fracking’ trends higher on Google searches

‘Peak oil’ fades, ‘fracking’ trends higher on Google searches | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Has peak oil peaked? Judging from the number of Google searches, it looks that way. On the other hand, the history of Google searches for terms related to hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is on an upswing, although it ticked lower recently.
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Money should be a commons: the proposed Digital-Coin Rule for a Free Society

Money should be a commons: the proposed Digital-Coin Rule for a Free Society | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

“The issue around the nature of money is critical in present economic times. We are in a situation whereby the incapacity to re-define how we deal with money could resolve in an a severe damage to society as we commonly refer to it: contrary to what happens with information systems, there are no backups with money systems. Since the Internet revolution – and also as parts of national communities – we are almost unconsciously as well as coercively using national currencies.

 


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Brandon Bastaldo, Trend Hunter interactive subway libraries(INTERVIEW)

Brandon Bastaldo, Trend Hunter interactive subway libraries(INTERVIEW) | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Digital subway - Brandon Bastaldo passes time on public transit by seeing them as digital subway libraries. When he’s not reading on trains, the gradu.ate of film from the University of Toronto is all about visual creativity. From his love of Sci-Fi all the way to film criticism, Bastaldo will take on all rivals in a movie trivia contest. He also has a strong fondness for the Toronto hip-hop community and considers himself a food connoisseur. 

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Utopia, Dystopia, and the Future of Work

Utopia, Dystopia, and the Future of Work | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

I think a lot about the future.  And although I’m not that old, I’ve already learned that the future, when one gets there, differs from the idea of the future in ways that are unexpected and impossible to predict.Two perspectived:The Future is Coming, and it is Dystopia, The Future is Coming, and it Brings Utopia.

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Why Facebook Home bothers me: It destroys any notion of privacy

Why Facebook Home bothers me: It destroys any notion of privacy | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Facebook’s history as a repeat offender on privacy, and playing loose and easy with our data means that need to be even more vigilant about privacy issues, thanks to this Home app/faux-OS.
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As employers push efficiency, the daily grind wears down workers

As employers push efficiency, the daily grind wears down workers | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
WESTFIELD, Mass. — The envelope factory where Lisa Weber works is hot and noisy. A fan she brought from home helps her keep cool as she maneuvers around whirring equipment to make her quota: 750 envelopes an hour, up from 500 a few years ago.
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Accessible routes for disabled people in São Paulo outlined through app

Accessible routes for disabled people in São Paulo outlined through app | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The Accessibility View project aims to use Google Maps and Street View to help disabled people find the most accessible routes through São Paulo.
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