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dConstruct 2013: "It's the Future. Take it."

dConstruct 2013: "It's the Future. Take it." | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

It puzzles me that technology so easily becomes the dominant metaphor for explaining society, and not the other way round. “Self-organise like nanobots into the middle,” exhorts dConstruct host Jeremy Keith as we assemble for the afternoon session at the Brighton Dome. We shuffle obligingly to make room for the latecomers, because everyone here accepts without question that nanobots really do self-organise, even if they’re so tiny we can’t see them with our puny, unaugmented eyes.

“It’s the Future. Take it.” Dan Williamsmocks strident techno-determinism and refuses to take anything at face value: “I find the concept of wonder to be problematic.” Even Wenlock, the Olympic Mascot, conceals in plain sight a sinis

 

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Cloud Intelligence: The Future of Decision Making? - SERIOUS WONDER

Cloud Intelligence: The Future of Decision Making? - SERIOUS WONDER | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
With technology becoming more integrated with the way that we communicate, how will our decision making be affect in the future by cloud intelligence?
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Life as a Teenager in 1994, 2014, and 2034 – What a difference a generation makes! – Part One | Impact Lab

Life as a Teenager in 1994, 2014, and 2034 – What a difference a generation makes! – Part One | Impact Lab | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Futurist Thomas Frey: How quickly we forget. Events of 20 years ago seem like a distant memory, but 1994 was the year when Nelson Mandela was elected
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This is the Modem World: The brain modem is here

This is the Modem World: The brain modem is here | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Each week Joshua Fruhlinger contributes This is the Modem World, a column dedicated to exploring the culture of consumer technology.Consider this
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Regrowing human body parts: The dream comes within reach - NBC News.com

Regrowing human body parts: The dream comes within reach - NBC News.com | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
For centuries, humans have dreamt of the day when we could grow new body parts to replace the ones we lost, just like salamanders that...
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MIT: 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2013 you should know about

MIT: 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2013 you should know about | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

MIT's definition of a breakthrough is simple: an advance that gives people powerful new ways to use technology. It could be an intuitive design that provides a useful interface (e.g., “Smart Watches”) or experimental devices that could allow people who have suffered brain damage to once again form memories (“Memory Implants”). Some could be key to sustainable economic growth (“Additive Manufacturing” and “Supergrids”), while others could change how we communicate (“Temporary Social Media”) or think about the unborn (“Prenatal DNA Sequencing”). Some are brilliant feats of engineering (“Baxter”), whereas others stem from attempts to rethink longstanding problems in their fields (“Deep Learning” and “Ultra-Efficient Solar Power”). As a whole, this annual list not only tells you which technologies you need to know about, but also celebrates the creativity that produced them.

 


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Jean HAGUET's curator insight, August 30, 2013 9:56 AM

Very eclectic and enlightening!

Sieg Holle's curator insight, August 30, 2013 11:28 AM

technology - the great equalizer 

wallemac's comment, August 30, 2013 5:08 PM
great to see two solar verticles included in the top 10 - PV Solar and Supergrids
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8 New Jobs People Will Have In 2025

8 New Jobs People Will Have In 2025 | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

New technologies will change the kinds of jobs people have in the coming years.

 

1: DIGITAL DEATH MANAGER

2: UN-SCHOOLING COUNSELOR

3: ARMCHAIR EXPLORER

4: 3-D PRINTING HANDYMAN

5: MICROBIAL BALANCER

6: CORPORATE DISORGANIZER

7: DIGITAL DETOX SPECIALIST

8: THE URBAN SHEPHERD

 

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The Future Of Technology Isn’t Mobile, It’s Contextual

The Future Of Technology Isn’t Mobile, It’s Contextual | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
You’re walking home alone on a quiet street. You hear footsteps approaching quickly from behind. It’s nighttime. Your senses scramble to help your brain figure out what to do. You listen for signs of threat or glance backward.
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trend reports | JWT Intelligence

trend reports | JWT Intelligence | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

This report bundles three trends JWTIntelligence has outlined in recent years that spotlight how retailers are evolving for an increasingly sophisticated digital and data-centric world: Retail As the Third Space, Predictive Personalization and Everything Is Retail.

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Micropayments now ready to slash price of online news - tech - 14 August 2013 - New Scientist

Micropayments now ready to slash price of online news - tech - 14 August 2013 - New Scientist | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Using online currencies like Bitcoin to make small payments could make news stories and songs a steal
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The Death of the Author 2.0 | 365Online: E-Commerce en Online Marketing

The Death of the Author 2.0 | 365Online: E-Commerce en Online Marketing | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
With Google's Authorship program, you might be tempted to think authors are on the up. But maybe not. There are quite a number of reasons why authors are as dead as they ever have been.Any mention of ‘death’ in a web headline is likely to bring ac...
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The Future Of Work: Amazon vs. Zappos | TechCrunch

The Future Of Work: Amazon vs. Zappos | TechCrunch | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Twenty years ago Tony Hsieh was part of the three-man Harvard team that won the hyper-prestigious ACM Programmming Contest. Five years later he sold LinkExchange to Microsoft for more than $250 million.
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The writer says there are in Amazon and Zappos arising two microcosms of two potential futures of work. Amazon: breathtaking inequality, “peak jobs,” and the bifurcation of the population into a diminishing elite of skilled/tech/finance workers, and a growing mass of low-quality and/or part-time jobs increasingly threatened by technology and international competition.And then there’s the Zappos future. Its take-home pay still isn’t spectacular; but it’s a future where companies genuinely try to create a social fabric–and safety net–woven from excellent benefits, a thriving culture, a strong community, and the encouragement of entrepeneurs.

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Innovation Excellence | 20 Jobs of the Future

Innovation Excellence | 20 Jobs of the Future | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
In the past, careers were stable, linear and singular. People chose one path and pursued it over the course of their lives from college to retirement. In our modern age of technology driven exponential change - this model no longer works.
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How Words Paint The Trends: New Words Of 2013

How Words Paint The Trends: New Words Of 2013 | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Last week’s announcement of the newest additions to Oxford Dictionaries Online (the esteemed Oxford University Press’s free online dictionary) set media commentators and the social Web on fire.
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25 Cutting Edge Technologies That Will Change The World

25 Cutting Edge Technologies That Will Change The World | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Just by looking at where we are today, we can already see how powerful technology has been in shaping our world. Through the years, scientists have introduced cutting-edge technologies intended to make life a lot more convenient for humans.
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The future of business purchasing will look a lot like Yelp

The future of business purchasing will look a lot like Yelp | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
Business-to-business sales reps and marketers beware. Two companies—G2 Crowd and TrustRadius—want to change your job forever.
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3-D-printed rocket part passes biggest NASA test yet - NBC News.com

3-D-printed rocket part passes biggest NASA test yet - NBC News.com | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
NASA first attempt at using 3-D-printed parts for rocket engines has passed its biggest, and hottest, test yet. The largest 3-D-printed...
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Did a hedge fund billionaire just call for mass civil disobedience over climate change?

Did a hedge fund billionaire just call for mass civil disobedience over climate change? | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
San Francisco hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer has emerged as the antithesis to the Koch brothers, the conservative American industrialists who have bankrolled the Tea Party and other right-wing causes.
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New PEW Study: More millennials are living with their parents than ever before – Stephen's Lighthouse

New PEW Study: More millennials are living with their parents than ever before – Stephen's Lighthouse | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
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The City of 2050: An Interactive Graphic

The City of 2050: An Interactive Graphic | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered where you or your children may be living in 2050?
Experts predict that by then three-quarters of the world's population will live in cities. For part of its Tomorrow's Cities season the BBC takes a look through the crystal ball to imagine what city life might be like in 40 years' time.

Find more details at the interactive graphic at the link.


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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, August 23, 2013 4:15 PM

Here's some ideas on how we might live in the future. What do you think?

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Gartner's 2013 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Maps Out Evolving Relationship Between Humans and Machines

Gartner's 2013 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Maps Out Evolving Relationship Between Humans and Machines | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
The evolving relationship between humans and machines is the key theme of Gartner, Inc.'s
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Platform Thinking: The Future of Work

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Every business is an engine. It needs to do a certain set of things repeatedly to create value. If you haven’t figured out that set of repeated operations, you probably haven’t created a scalable business yet.

Ford needs to repeatedly assemble cars; Google needs to repeatedly run its crawler; Facebook needs to repeatedly get users to interact with other users

 

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Beyond 3D printing: The all-in-one factory - tech - 15 August 2013 - New Scientist

Beyond 3D printing: The all-in-one factory - tech - 15 August 2013 - New Scientist | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
3D printers are so passé. The Microfactory not only prints objects, it can drill and etch too, making it far more versatile
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The Great Freelancer Movement: 8 Reasons Why your Next Job will be a Project

The Great Freelancer Movement: 8 Reasons Why your Next Job will be a Project | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

By 2025, over 75% of the workforce will be comprised of Millennials, a group many refer to as the Facebook generation. That’s just over 11 years away. 

As most Millennials have come to realize, finding a job is an entrepreneurial activity. You’re selling your skills to the highest bidder, or most often, just anyone willing to pay for them. If you can’t find a full time job, a part time one will do for now. Even project work will be fine.

With scant opportunity to move into a “career position,” they learn to get by with piecemeal work, often living at home because they haven’t stabilized their income to the point of being credit worthy, something most landlords are quick to pick up on.

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