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Will Advances in Technology Create a Jobless Future? | MIT Technology Review

Will Advances in Technology Create a Jobless Future? | MIT Technology Review | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

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Eames era juice glasses

Eames era juice glasses | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
A set of 2 vintage juice glasses with transfer print in orange, black and white + blue, black and white. An elegant mid century addition to your

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#etsyspot #vintageblog #vintageliving #etsy #vintage

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Nanoscientists develop safer, faster way to remove pollutants from water

Nanoscientists develop safer, faster way to remove pollutants from water | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
A team of researchers from the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA has found a new way to use enzymes to remove pollutants from water that is cost- and energy-efficient, able to remove multiple pollutants at once, and minimizes risks to public health and the environment.

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Vivalist's curator insight, November 28, 2015 6:15 PM

"Scientists previously had shown that polluted water could be cleaned using enzymatic activities of naturally occurring bacteria and fungi, which breaks down pollutants into their harmless chemical components. But that method carries the risk of releasing dangerous organisms into the water.

The new UCLA technique, developed by a team led by Shaily Mahendra, a UCLA associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Leonard Rome, a professor of biological chemistry and associate director of CNSI, is a variation of that method. The researchers put enzymes into nanoscale particles called "vaults," then deposit the tiny particles into polluted water."



Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-11-nanoscientists-safer-faster-pollutants.html#jCp

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Chicago's New High Tech Lamp Posts Will Track People & Pollution

Chicago's New High Tech Lamp Posts Will Track People & Pollution | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

Starting this summer, the city is installing a network of high tech lamp posts that will keep track of all kinds of information about the environment and people passing by through sensors. The data collected by Web-connected sensors will be used to help urban planners make the city safer and make traffic flow better. All of this while also tracking environmental factors like air quality.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, July 9, 2014 12:09 PM

great use of technology

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Regenerative Buildings Make Positive Contributions to the Environment

Regenerative Buildings Make Positive Contributions to the Environment | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
A Vancouver building illustrates how architecture can make an active, positive contribution to the environment.

 It’s great that buildings can minimize harm, right down to being carbon-neutral and zero-emission. But what if they could be designed to take it a step further—to give back to nature and make a positive contribution to the environment? This concept is known as regenerative design.


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, May 23, 2015 6:29 PM

Regenerative Design. Buildings that add  to the environment.

Jaclyn Phi's curator insight, August 6, 2015 2:39 PM

"It’s great that buildings can minimize harm, right down to being carbon-neutral and zero-emission. But what if they could be designed to take it a step further—to give back to nature and make a positive contribution to the environment? This concept is known as regenerative design."

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We’re sitting on a Big Data Time Bomb

We’re sitting on a Big Data Time Bomb | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
$114 billion. That’s how much global organizations will spend on big data in 2018, an increase of more than 300 percent in just five years. But how much of that is money well spent?

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Richard Platt's curator insight, October 28, 2015 5:03 PM

Despite big data’s promising benefits, few organizations have begun the essential steps to prepare for the adoption of new capabilities and data platforms. An industry survey of global companies found that only 35 percent have “robust processes for data capture, curation, validation, and retention.” Equally troubling, 67 percent “do not have well-defined criteria in place to measure the success of their big data initiatives.” Instead, big data solutions are integrated reactively, department by department, or not at all.  The amount of available data in the world will have exploded to 44 zettabytes by 2020 — 10 times what it was in 2013, according to a 2014 IDC report. Companies that fail to prepare for this next generation of massive data volume and insights run the risk of incurring operational and technical debt. In an example of corporate natural selection at work, those that fall behind are doomed to wither away.    Here’s what they can expect as this big data time bomb goes off.

Catastrophic loss of transparency. Few IT professionals have experience managing big data platforms at scale — a situation that has created a massive skills shortage in the industry. By 2018, U.S. companies will be short 1.5 million managers able to make data-based decisions. A recent McKinsey Quarterly report estimates that, in order to close this gap, companies would need to spend 50 percent of their data and analytics budget on training frontline managers; it also notes that few companies realize this need.   As data needs broaden, managers without a firm understanding of information management and best-practices in data extensibility will encounter major challenges with managing data-driven systems. 

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What is the future of driverless cars?

What is the future of driverless cars? | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Ford is now testing fully autonomous cars in a fake city in Michigan. Meanwhile, one of Google's driverless cars was pulled over in Mountain View, Calif., last week for impeding traffic. What can we expect from the imminent flock of self-driving cars?

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Richard Platt's curator insight, November 15, 2015 10:24 PM

An effective system calls for effective regulation, and the public sector has been struggling to keep up with recent innovations such as Uber. Even if autonomous cars are to adequately replace buses with lowered operational costs, there’s still the question of optimal routing. Also, will city governments be ready to provide subsidies so the service can be affordable to everyone?  Yonah Freemark of The Transport Politic suggests that it is too soon for a complete upheaval of the transportation system in favor of self-driving cars and other technologies.  “New technologies offer the opportunity to change the way we think about transportation and likely offer us opportunities to improve our cities,” he wrote.  “But the public sector, and the civic sector in general, must continue to play the key role in planning, identifying essential investments, and aiding those who are in need.”

Bougrier Benjamin's curator insight, November 16, 2015 5:50 AM
Le futur de la mobilité!
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This Technology could be 100X faster than WiFi

This Technology could be 100X faster than WiFi | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
It has been the stuff of science fiction for some time, a system that would transfer data through LED light bulbs and be up to 100 times faster than Wi-Fi.

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Joshua Ellington's curator insight, November 26, 2015 10:34 AM

Velmenni, which was named a finalist in this year’s Slush 100 startup competition, has designed a system called Jugnu that it describes as the next generation of smart LED bulbs.   They designed a system that would transfer data through LED light bulbs and be up to 100 times faster than Wifi. Able to transfer data through visible light, the system allows for the transfer data to other bulbs, mobile phones, and internet. It is also working on an android app which would receive data from Jugnu.  The startup from Estonia is taking this technology – known as Li-Fi – from the lab and commercializing the concept. Li-Fi refers to the wireless communication system which uses light as a medium of transport instead of traditional radio frequencies.   “All we would need to do is to fit a small microchip to every potential illumination device. And this would then combine two basic functionalities: illumination and wireless data transmission,” he told the audience. “And it's this symbiosis that I personally believe could solve the four essential problems that face us in wireless communication these days. And in the future, you would not only have 14 billion light bulbs, you may have 14 billion Li-Fis deployed worldwide -- for a cleaner, a greener, and even a brighter future.”  Li-Fi, which was invented by the University of Edinburgh’s Harald Haas, isn’t going to completely replace Wi-Fi the transfer of data The transition, when it occurs, will take time, since devices would have to be retrofitted for the new technology and the world would have to replace all these incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs. Haas, in a 2011 TedGlobal talk, argued LiFi would make systems more efficient and be more secure, since light doesn’t penetrate through walls.

Malu Oliveira's curator insight, November 27, 2015 8:38 AM

A internet das coisas!

Scott Young's curator insight, December 11, 2015 12:29 PM

I recently heard about this. Very interesting.

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Swarm robotics brings pheromone communication to AI

Swarm robotics brings pheromone communication to AI | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Scientists have invented a reliable, low-cost system which replicates in robots the pheromone-based communication behind insect swarms

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Future of Food on Urban Rooftops

Future of Food on Urban Rooftops | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
 Avocados from Mexico. Apples from Chile. Broccoli from China. If you take a look at the stickers on the produce you’re buying at the grocery store, chances are they’ll read something like this.
Fast-forward twenty years.

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FRANK FEATHER ~ Business Futurist's curator insight, September 1, 2015 6:04 PM

Vertical farming of various types is starting to spread and will become more popular as the technology improves and the process is simplified.

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Fully Transparent Solar Cell could Transform Windows and Screens into Power Sources

Fully Transparent Solar Cell could Transform Windows and Screens into Power Sources | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers at Michigan State University have created a fully transparent solar concentrator, which could turn any window or sheet of glass (like your smartphone’s screen) into a photovoltaic solar cell. Unlike existing “transparent” solar cells, this is fully transparent.


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FRANK FEATHER ~ Business Futurist's curator insight, October 4, 2015 3:02 PM

SOLAR WILL KILL ALL FOSSIL FUELS, and here is another way that will occur.

James D Johnson's curator insight, October 4, 2015 7:33 PM

Pretty interesting growth opportunity to create "everyday" solar.  Now if they can just get the electro-voltaic conversion efficiency up 

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DARK MATTER: Is this where Humans Came From?

DARK MATTER: Is this where Humans Came From? | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
We're all descendants of Chicxulub.

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FRANK FEATHER ~ Business Futurist's curator insight, November 14, 2015 12:42 PM

Very interesting theory about the origin of modern life on this planet.

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Thermoelectric IKEA furniture could charge your phone with heat from your coffee

Thermoelectric IKEA furniture could charge your phone with heat from your coffee | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

You could soon be charging your phone from heat gathered through a thermoelectric tabletop made by IKEA.


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8 industries robots will completely transform by 2025

8 industries robots will completely transform by 2025 | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
There's a lot disruption happening — and it may cost you your job.

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Unique innovation - SolaRoad

Unique innovation - SolaRoad | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
SolaRoad is a pioneering innovation in the field of energy harvesting. It is a unique concept, which converts sunlight on the road surface into electricity: the road network works as an inexhaustible source of green power. SolaRoad is a project of TNO, Provence of Noord-Holland, Imtech Traffic&Infra and Ooms Civiel. The GPS data of the location …
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Smart Highway: Glow-in-the-Dark Road in The Netherlands

Smart Highway: Glow-in-the-Dark Road in The Netherlands | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
INDEX: Award 2013 winner Daan Roosegaarde's project has come to fruition with the installation of glowing paint on the highway to guide motorists along.

The INDEX: Award pool of innovative designs in Copenhagen all focused on improving life, with the top design being Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde’s Smart Highway- a plan to bring intelligent roads throughout The Netherlands and eventually, the world. Now, eight months later, the first stretch of glow-in-the-dark road has opened on highway N329 near the city of Oss...


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Floating cities: Is the ocean humanity’s next frontier?

Floating cities: Is the ocean humanity’s next frontier? | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

Floating cities are nothing new. In the early 1960s, Buckminster Fuller designed a city – Triton – that was intended to float off the coast of Tokyo Bay. It was later considered but never commissioned by the US government.

“Three-quarters of our planet Earth is covered with water, most of which may float organic cities,” Fuller explains in his book Critical Path. “Floating cities pay no rent to landlords. They are situated on the water, which they desalinate and recirculate in many useful and non-polluting ways.”

Fifty years on, with heavy pollution causing climate change and rising sea levels, Fuller’s floating city concept is being seriously considered as an antidote to those problems.


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Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, August 7, 2014 11:18 PM

Ciudades flotantes....será la humanidad del océano la próxima frontera?....

Eric Chan Wei Chiang's curator insight, August 12, 2014 4:42 AM

With the advent of climate change and sea level rise, such cities may be necessary in the near future.

 

China has may build a floating city. Chinese Construction Company has already has already commissioned plans to test this ambitious project from a smaller scale, beginning in 2015. http://sco.lt/9K70an

 

The eco-friendly project is expected to be self-sufficient, with on-island food production, power generation, and waste management systems. However, there is little information about how food security would be achieved out in the ocean.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/aquascaping-and-nature/?tag=Climate+Change

http://www.scoop.it/t/aquascaping-and-nature?q=food+security

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Self-driving cars may get their own special 'Hyperlane' in the future

Self-driving cars may get their own special 'Hyperlane' in the future | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Our roads may change in to accommodate self-driving cars.

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Self-driving cars will rule the roads in 2030, says Internet of Things visionary

Self-driving cars will rule the roads in 2030, says Internet of Things visionary | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
With no shortage of automakers working on robo-cars, and with Uber already a "sensor platform on wheels," we're well on the way, says MIT vet Kevin Ashton.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, November 11, 2015 8:05 PM

In 1999, Ashton coined the term "Internet of Things," which is how we now understand the network of sensor-packed devices, from phones to street lamps to household appliances, that are learning to talk to one another. In thinking about smart tags for labeling products, he foresaw the almost ubiquitous connectivity we enjoy today.  Another of Ashton's predictions, one looking into the less-distant future, is that we will all own self-driving cars by 2030.  Self-driving cars nicely embody the vision of the Internet of Things, as they're expected to pack multiple sensors that will communicate their presence and observe their immediate environment. For now the technology can be seen only in prototype vehicles, but it's being seriously explored by multiple automakers, as well as the likes of Google and Uber. Google and Toyota, among others, are shooting to get self-driving cars in consumers' driveways by 2020 , so accounting for gradual adoption and the long life cycle of vehicle ownership, Ashton might not be too far off.  Meanwhile, the whole of the Internet of Things market will grow apace. Market researcher IDC puts that growth at an average of 13% each year through 2020, by which point billions of objects will be connected and the industry could be worth $3 trillion.  Ashton frequently gets asked whether self-driving cars are safe. "Wrong question," he said, speaking at Microsoft's Future Decoded event in London on Wednesday. The question should be: "Are human-driven cars safe? The answer is no." More than 3,000 people around the world are killed in car accidents every day, according to the Association for Safe International Road Travel , and most of these deaths are caused by human error.

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The abuse of shocking headlines in IoT or how many stupid things will be connected ?

The abuse of shocking headlines in IoT or how many stupid things will be connected ? | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
[First published in https://pacomaroto.wordpress.com/2015/ ] I'm not sure if we have already passed the Peak of Inflated Expectations (Hype of the Io

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Richard Platt's curator insight, November 20, 2015 7:27 PM

Great wrap up of the different points of view on what the IoT is and how it works. 

Kevin T. Kjellerup's curator insight, November 25, 2015 8:58 AM

Are you ready, and is this too much, too fast?

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Cloud is Passé, Fog Computing is the Next Big Thing

Cloud is Passé, Fog Computing is the Next Big Thing | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Fog computing is a technology that extends the paradigm of Cloud Computing to the edge of the network, thereby facilitating information …
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The Next Wave of Wearable Tech Will Surprise You

The Next Wave of Wearable Tech Will Surprise You | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

Austin-based tech company Chaotic Moon is engineering a "smart" stick-on gadget: Tech Tats, they're called. They're applied just like the temporary tattoos of your childhood—stick on and wash off—except these high-tech tats can monitor vital signs, track GPS location, even hold credit card information.


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Olivier Janin's curator insight, November 29, 2015 9:46 AM

The Tech Tattoos are compelling regarding their fashion potential and their low-cost approach (this needs to be verified).

The challenge is how to deliver power to their components ? Classic micro-batteries ? Piezo resistances ? 

And what can motivate me to spend some money for a very short time wearable device ?

Richard Platt's curator insight, November 30, 2015 5:24 PM

The Tech Tattoos are compelling for their low-cost approach (this needs to be verified). The challenge is how to deliver power to their components ? Classic micro-batteries ? Piezo resistances?  Energy harvesting from the human body itself. Short time wearable devices, is there a market for that, likely yes, but Use Cases will need to be defined. More work to be done on the viability of this technology to be proven.

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Five ways to Prepare the Workforce for an AI Future

Five ways to Prepare the Workforce for an AI Future | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
There’s no better way to divide opinion in the tech industry than to ask what they think about cognitive / AI and the future of the world’s workforce.

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FRANK FEATHER ~ Business Futurist's curator insight, September 20, 2015 8:37 AM

As ever, how we work with technology needs to change – and those who make that change will reap the benefits of the digital landscape.

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How to Succeed at Digital Transformation

How to Succeed at Digital Transformation | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Most companies are struggling to make digital a competitive advantage.

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FRANK FEATHER ~ Business Futurist's curator insight, October 28, 2015 10:38 PM

Report by Forrester and Accenture, suggesting 4 ways to drive digital transformation: ... (1). Advocate digital transformation and the customer experience at an executive level. ... (2). Execute change within the context of an end vision. ... (3). Be willing to take risks and learn from mistakes. ... (4). Find partners whose capabilities complement your own. ... Now, there is far more to digital transformation than this, which is wishy-washy at best, and far too theoretical. In practice, you need a strong focus on what needs to change, within the dynamics of overall anticipated marketplace change. That is the only way to future-proof your transformation efforts.